There are stark differences in the games of chance in the gaming world. Some games are purely chance with the occasional die-hard player claiming to have a strategy and other games that are dominated by players who have deft skill and have real opportunity to influence the outcomes. Enter Roulette and Poker. In the gaming world one would be hard pressed to find two games that fit the title of “pure chance” better than Roulette and a game that suits the wise bettor better than one of the Poker offerings.


Roulette, Spin the Wheel and Watch

It can be said that Roulette is a no-brainer. We simply put a bet down and watch which slot the marble lands on. There are 38 numbered slots on a Roulette wheel, numbers 1-36 which alternate between red and black; a zero (0) and a double zero (00), which are green. Bets can be as simple as placing a bet on a number, color or range of numbers. The action is fast and can be relaxing because it doesn’t require anything more than a “hunch” since the outcome is completely random. Bet one, two, three numbers, or as many as you want. Bet red or black, odd or even; or maybe the green zero or green double zero. The choices are simple, the game is fast and you can choose from a long odds choice of the green zero or double zero that each pay 35 to 1, or great odds (red or black) that has a 47.37% chance of winning.


Poker, Increasing Your Odds with Skill

If Roulette is the dealer game most left to chance, Poker is the game most influenced by skill. Cardrooms across the country are filled with Poker players from novice to professional. A shrewd player can supplement an income or make it a career. Poker is a card game that oftentimes pits players against one another with the winner taking the entire pot. Different levels of betting indicate the allowed betting amount per hand. These can range from just a few dollars per hand to no limit for the not-so-faint-of-heart. Pots can grow large and the winners play with supreme focus looking for the slightest “tell” from their opponent. Good players can pick up on another players weakness or strength and make their bet accordingly. Additionally, good players are much less likely to be “bluffed”. As Kenny Rogers said “you got to know when to hold them, know when to fold them”, knowing when to fold your hand is just as important as spotting your opponents weakness. With careful attention, Poker will pay out based on your skill level in the long run.

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