Playing online casino games is now a hugely popular activity all over the world, as players across the globe enjoy the thrills of casinos from the comfort of their home. But to many, you cannot beat the feel and atmosphere of a real-life, land-based casino and the physical interaction with other players. Of course, Nigerians are no exception to this rule.
Here, players from all over have embraced the fun and thrills of playing games such as roulette, poker, blackjack and slots as much as anyone else the world over. Before we look at not just the best casinos in Nigeria but the best casinos across the African continent, let’s quickly look at what we can expect when we come to play in such an establishment.
With traditional casinos, you would expect to see a broad selection of slots as well as a range of table games that should typically include roulette, poker and blackjack, which are all staples of the modern-day casino. You might also find some rarer games, such as Keno, Pai Gow and Punto Banco, at more expansive outlets.
For a lot of players, one of the main draws of a casino is the live dealer action where they can place their bets and interact with others at the table, including the dealers, croupiers and others. Of course, it almost goes without saying that you must make sure that you know the rules of the game you are playing before you begin. Otherwise, you could end up significantly out of pocket. On that note, let’s take a brief look at the main games that you might come across in a casino.
In blackjack, you play against the dealer, who represents the house, and receive a card on your request, with your aim to match or at least get as close to 21 without going bust. Should your cards value more than 21, the dealer wins, and you lose.Another card game, poker, pits you against a table of others. Each player is betting against the hands of the poker players at the table. In the game’s most popular format, Texas Hold ‘em, players are dealt two cards each after which they begin betting against each other, challenging their opponents to prove otherwise.
When everyone makes their move — some may have already folded their cards — the first three of five community cards, known as the flop, hit the center of the table for all the remaining players to use to construct or at least pretend to construct the best hand. Again, players bet before dealing the next card in what is known as the turn, followed by another round of betting before the final card is dealt, which is called the river, and so on.
Another popular poker format is Omaha Hi-Lo where players receive four cards, two of which they must use in combination with three of the available community cards to make a five-card hand. The Hi(gh)-Lo(w) part of the game’s name comes from the fact that the players compete for both the high-hand and the low-hand halves of the pot, making it a “split-pot” poker game.
Usually, you play the game with fixed-limit betting, with the pot split 50/50 unless one payer is in possession of the best high and the best-low hand on the river, in which case they win the whole lot.