Canada is one of the unsung gambling hubs of the globe, with a number of world class casinos to be found across the region. The variety and quality of the casinos, along with a number of greyhound and horse racing tracks, make Canada a favourite destination of gambling enthusiasts.
Virtually every casino game under the sun is available in the country, from classics such as roulette and poker, plus a huge variety of the best slots online and video poker. So, if there is a favourite game you’re looking for, chances are it can be found without too much looking around.
There is, however, a trend in Canada for poker, and other similar card games, which are often made the centre of attention on casino floors. Canadian gambling establishments seem to favour these games over others, which is partly because poker games are among the most popular with local gamblers, but also because the games tend to be recognised around the world.
The most popular table top card games in Canada include 5 card stud poker, Pai Gow Poker, Red Dog, Texas Hold’Em, and baccarat. Let’s take a closer look at some of these games, and learn what about them appeals to Canadian online and real world casino goers.
Pai Gow Poker
Pai Gow Poker perhaps has a misleading name, given that it really doesn’t bare that much resemblance to traditional poker. Instead, Pai Gow poker is based around an ancient Chinese domino game. The player is dealt 7 cards, and must form two separate hands.
One hand will consist of 5 cards, and the other hand 2 cards. The player’s hands must beat the values of the dealer’s hands, with payouts made depending on a set of specific rules. If, however, both the player’s hands are winners, the biggest payout is made. If just the 2 card hand, or just the 5 card hand are winners, the payouts are less, or may result in the game being a push.
The name Pai Gow poker comes from the fact that the 5 card hand shares many of the same rules as classic poker, but with a few minor differences. The game is very popular in Canada and some specific areas of the world, often referred to as poker, but for a person who enjoys a bit more multitasking. Pai Gow Poker is available at a number of online casinos in Canada.
Red Dog is a very interesting card game, although many beyond Canada may not be very familiar with it. It is, however available at many online casinos. The rules of the game are simple; the dealer deals two cards. If the cards are consecutive, such as a 9 and a 10, the round is a push, meaning the player does not lose.
If the two card are separate such as a 5 and a 10, a spread is announced. The spread in this case would be 4, since 6, 7, 8 and 9 sit between 5 and 10. The player must bet on if the next card that is dealt is one of the spread, or not. A correct prediction makes the player a winner.