Most casino gamblers are naturally inclined to be sociable. The party atmosphere and the ability to socialize with fellow gamblers is what draws in many players.
Some gamblers stay at home when they don’t have a group of friends that are ready to hit the casino. Or maybe when you’re ready to make another trip to the casino, your friends would rather sleep off the previous night’s festivities, leaving you to fend for yourself.
Luckily, there’s no need to ever gamble by yourself if you prefer to gamble with others. These five casino games you’ll never have to play alone will make you new friends and give you a fair shot of winning.
1 – Roulette
Roulette is the first casino table game I ever played. A friend took me to Sam’s Town in Shreveport, Louisiana, and we were primed to knock the casino with his foolproof plan.
Later, I would learn the system we attempted was the Martingale betting system, which is inherently flawed. My friend was bankrupt within an hour.
He limped off to our room with slumped shoulders and an empty wallet. Fortunately, I was a novice casino gambler that didn’t possess the intestinal fortitude to double my wager after a loss.
I stuck with a standard bet size (the table minimum) and made even money bets for hours. I had just turned 21, which made me younger than most of the players at the table, but I looked even more youthful.
Eventually, my friend had enough and joined me back at the table. I had to convince my new friends to squeeze him into the table. The entire night was spent laughing, mourning losses, and celebrating wins. I lost around $100 that night, but I was hooked.
The camaraderie of the table was something I instantly fell in love with at the casino. Roulette offers players the chance to make low-risk wagers that can stretch a bankroll to its limit.
That makes for more fun and more time with your new friends.
2 – Poker
Poker tables aren’t often considered to be the most sociable in the casino. However, I’ve met some of the most exciting people in the poker room.
People will chat you up around the poker table for a number of reasons. But unfortunately, players will sometimes attempt to throw you off your game by keeping you talking.
The thought is that if you’re focused on the conversation, you won’t be focused on the cards. It’s a proven strategy that can work on the correct type of poker player. That’s part of the reason why you see so many players listening to their favorite music or audiobook through their earbuds.
Other players are genuinely friendly and want to hear about you. But of course, they won’t skip the opportunity to tell you about themselves.
These players mean no malice; they merely can’t help but talk. You’ll be surprised at the fantastic tales you hear if you care to listen.
Whether you’re a player that prefers to be conversational at the tables or not say a word, poker provides an atmosphere where you’ll never play alone.
I’ve played any type of table you can imagine, from heads-up tournament face-offs to eight-player tables in dark smoke-filled rooms. But of course, there’s something to be said about a full table.
The slow games where you’ve only got two or three opponents seem to stagnate. I prefer a full table of six players over an empty poker room.
The beautiful thing about poker is that it doesn’t take a ton of experience to enjoy the game or even succeed at the table. All you need to do is find a player or players that are weaker than you and attack.
Be sure to be courteous and respectful as you milk them for every last dollar.
3 – Baccarat
You’ll never have to play alone at live dealer baccarat. The game seems to have been built specifically for social gamblers.
For starters, the table can accommodate anywhere between seven and 14 other players. Having so many players around will make you feel like you’re part of a big group facing off against the casino.
So, players merely select which wager to make and wait for the hand to unfold. No thought or complex strategy requires your constant attention.
You also aren’t playing against the other players like in poker. That means you’re all fighting the battle to beat the casino out of some cash.
To recap, you’ve got up to 14 players all facing off against the casino with no influence on the outcome whatsoever and no real job other than making a bet. It makes baccarat one of the most social games at the tables.
You also have one of the lowest house edges in the casino. The prefered banker bet in baccarat has a house advantage of only 1.06%, and the player bet is only a little worse at 1.24%.
That makes baccarat a fantastic game for hanging out with a crowd for hours without ever taking too severe of a bankroll hit.
I should also mention that baccarat is becoming the most popular casino table game. In Macau, the baccarat tables already outnumber the blackjack tables. The baccarat tsunami has already begun to make changes in Las Vegas casinos.
4 – Craps
The craps table is party central on the casino floor. Nowhere else in the casino will you see many players celebrating and enjoying themselves at the craps table.
I see many players stay away from the craps table because the whole scene can be intimidating. That’s a casino shame because they are missing out on the most exciting gambling available.
Most players are relatively novice gamblers that know a good time when they see one. You only need to familiarize yourself with two bets to play craps with fantastic odds.
Those bets are the pass line and don’t pass bets. The pass line is betting on the shooter to win on the come out roll or make the point.
The don’t pass line is betting on the shooter to crap out. Both wagers have a house advantage below 2%.
They don’t pass line has slightly better odds because you’re essentially betting that the house wins. However, betting against the shooter also means betting against most of the players at the table.
This strategy can stretch your bankroll slightly further than betting the pass line, but it won’t win you any friends. However, if you prefer to be adversarial, the light-hearted ribbing exchanged between pass line and don’t pass bettors can be entertaining.
It won’t make much difference which way you’re betting; craps offers the most thrilling action on the casino floor. You and the other players will bond over a fun game as you fight the casino.
Don’t be ashamed of your lack of knowledge. Your fellow players and the dealers will be happy to show you the ropes and share helpful tips with you.
5 – Blackjack
Real money blackjack is one of the finest casino games in existence. Usually, you’ll have players seated to your immediate right and left that are happy to engage in light conversation.
Baccarat may be making its push, but the blackjack tables continue to rule the casino floors in the United States. The simplicity of the game is a significant factor in its popularity.
Even players that have never stepped into a casino have a loose understanding of blackjack. This familiarity emboldens players to sit down and try their hands.
Doing this will help slow the number of hands you play per hour, thus, limiting your hourly liability.
Unless you’re counting cards, you’re not going to overcome the house edge in the long term. So, the slower you play, the slower you lose.
However, should you ever find yourself in a position playing on a table solo, you’ll have the dealer to keep you company.
Blackjack dealers are, in my experience, incredibly helpful and talkative. They’ll help you navigate the game and even ask open-ended questions that keep you talking.
So there you have it! The five casino games you’ll never have to play alone have something for every gambler. Players can find the perfect fit depending on how much or how little interaction they prefer to have with other players.
It’s not always a simple case of heading to the casino with a party. Sometimes, you’ll have to branch out on your own and make some new friends in the casino.