10 most popular gambling games of our age

10 most popular gambling games of our age

Gambling games allure people from around the world with a possibility to win money or other material values. A chance to strike it rich tempts many citizens. Therefore, they visit land-based casinos and join online platforms.

Typing a query ‘the best gambling games’ in the Google search box, readers will find the answer in many pop-up materials that lotteries, slot machines, card games, roulette, craps, sports betting, and other types of gambling are popular among players in various countries. TVs most frequently show such kind of gambling as the Fortune's wheel and bingo lotteries.

Let’s figure out what games of chance are the most popular today and examine their features.

1. Lottery

A lottery is a gambling game with the random concept. People win if the random number generator gives figures specified in their tickets.

Lotteries are appealing to players due to an opportunity to win large amounts of money. Sometimes jackpots are estimated at millions or even billions.

The record lottery win in Russia was 506 million RUB: the lucky one was a retired woman from the Voronezh Region. The biggest jackpot in the USA was drawn in October 2018: $1.6 billion.

2. Slot machines

The special feature of slot machines is that the game process does not involve casino representatives.

Earlier, slot machines were mechanical. Currently, they are computerized. The game takes place on a display showing the results of random number generator operations.

Gamblers should spin the reel. They win money when managing to collect similar symbols in a line. Players’ winnings can significantly exceed their bets.

3. Betting

Betting is wagering on the outcome of a certain event aimed at receiving of profit.

Sports betting allows players to predict who will win competitions. If the prediction is correct, they gain a money reward. It is betting shops that accept online and offline bets on the results.

In this kind of gambling, players are able to enhance their odds of winning, examining statistics and analyzing the previous performance of teams and athletes.

4. Poker

Some players refer this card game to sports, as a possibility to win here depends not only on fortune but also on intelligence abilities and psychological skills of people.

Poker involves two or more players at the same time. Depending on varieties of this card game, there are several stages of the gaming process. At the beginning of each one, participants should place a compulsory bet (blind) if they are ready to continue the game. Besides, new cards are handled at every stage. Receiving the cards, players decide whether to make a new bet or pass.

A player who has the highest card hand is the winner.

By the way, a participant can get a victory by bluffing. In this case, players keep betting without having the best card hard. They should convince opponents otherwise using their actions and facial expressions. Other participants, in such a situation, can withdraw from participation in the next poker stages, being afraid of losing.

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5. Blackjack

The blackjack rules are quite simple. Initially, players make bets. Then, the dealer gives two cards to each of them and take on one or two cards. Every card means a certain amount of scores. The task is to collect 21 scores or the closest number to this figure. To achieve this goal, players can take any quantity of cards.

Participants win when collecting 21 scores and lose when getting more than 21 scores. In case of losing, the casino receives player’s bets.

6. Baccarat

Baccarat is similar to blackjack. All participants get two cards. Players should gain a card hand equal to 9 or the closest to this number sum of scores. Players are given the third card if the first two cards provide them with less than five scores.

There are three possible outcomes: a player win, a banker win, and a tie.

7. Roulette

Such a gambling type is popular in land-based gambling clubs and online casinos now.

A wheel of European roulette is divided into 37 sectors. They contain the numbers between 1 and 36 and 0. The playing area consists of 36 tiles: 18 red and 18 black figures, and zero. They are placed in three rows. A ball is thrown on the concave spinning wheel divided into slots with numbers. When the roulette stops, the ball stands still in one of the slots with a corresponding figure, which is the winning number.

The concept is the following: gamblers place a bet on a number where the ball lands.

The American roulette wheel includes 38 numbers: from 1 to 36, as well as 0 and 00. Therefore, this kind of gambling is often called a double zero roulette.

8. Bingo

Winnings in this gambling type depend only on the fortune.

Participants are given cards, each of which contain a unique set of accident numbers. Afterwards, one activates a drawing machine with balls indicating the figures. Numbers fall out randomly.

If a fallen number is in your card, you should mark it. Players win when their cards collect one of the combinations: in a horizontal or vertical line, diagonally, figures in the form of geometrical pattern, and other options. When it happens, participants should yell “Bingo!”.

This game can be played in the family or friend circle, in special bingo clubs, and in tournaments. Russia holds TV lotteries based on the bingo rules.

9. Craps

It is a game of dice. Craps is considered to be one of the most ancient of gambling types.

Participants make bets on the number that comes up when throwing a hexagonal dice, during a series of throws, or when throwing several dices. Players can bet on a victory or a defeat.

10. Fortune’s wheel

A game where participants spin a reel in order to win money or prizes is popular on TVs and in online casinos.

Players place bets on various sectors. Afterwards, one activates the wheel primarily spinning vertically. Such a reel is divided into several sectors. Each of them has a certain meaning: amount of winning, joker, prize indicator, or symbol. When the wheel stops rotating, the indicator stands on one of the symbols. Players who bet on this symbol win. One can also determine a prize in such a way, which players will compete for during an intelligent contest.

Russia’s analogue is the ‘Field of Miracles’ TV show.


Gambling games are diverse. Some kinds of gambling make players only hope for their luck, while others require human skills as well. Thus, everyone will be able to find the most appropriate variety of gambling. However, it is worth remembering that the main thing is to stop in right time in order not to lose all the money or go into the red.

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