The Top Gambling List Of Common Card Games
People have always loved playing card games, and it looks like there won’t any changing that in the future, based on how much these games are enjoyed and loved all over the world. To my observation, the three most popular card games in casinos are poker, blackjack, and baccarat. These games are played among friends and family, and are also staples in every land-based or online casino you can find.
Perhaps what makes these card games so popular is the fact that they require a combination of skill and luck to win. Luck always plays a part in any card game, but you can actually increase your chances of winning when you play with good strategies. The excitement of wagering money, plus the natural fun that people enjoy from playing games of skill and chance makes card games a winner by all accounts.
Poker – The game is generally considered by slot online a majority of card players as the king of card games. It has spawned many variations across the world. You only need a standard deck of 52 cards to play poker, although there are variations of poker that require less than 52 cards, and some others that need extra cards, called “wild cards”. In poker, the jokers are generally used as the wild cards.
A card deck contains four suits: hearts, clubs, spades, and diamonds. Each suit has 13 cards, ranked from the lowest to the highest, as 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace. Usually the Ace is the highest card in poker, but it can also be the lowest ranked, depending on which variation of poker you are playing. But no matter what variation you are playing, the objective of the game remains the same: make a stronger hand than your opponents have and win the pot.
Speaking of poker variations, the most popular today are Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha Hi-Low, Caribbean Stud, Draw Poker, 7-card Stud and 5-card Stud Poker. Several casinos also offer high stakes poker tournaments, and players can also indulge in free poker games for practice.
Blackjack – also called as “21”, due to its French origins from a game called “Vingt Et Un”. A 52-card deck is also used to play blackjack, but when you’re playing in a casino, you can expect that two or more decks are mixed and used for the game. The value of the card is the number of the card itself, with court cards counting as 10. The ace can either be counted as 1 or 11, depending on the situation. In blackjack, however, the card’s suit has no value.
To beat the banker’s hand is the sole objective of blackjack. You and the dealer are dealt two cards in turn, and depending on the situation, both of you can draw cards until you make a total count of 21 or as close to 21 as possible. If your count goes over 21, it means you’ve busted and you automatically lose.
What about investing in agribusinesses such as Monsanto, which have promoted the “Green Revolution” through the bioengineering of foods and the production of GMO (genetically modified) seeds, synthetic fertilizers, and herbicide and pesticide sprays? Won’t these corporations, at least, help to alleviate the global food crisis? To the contrary, critics say these businesses too are just driving food prices up. Monsanto’s patented GMO seeds have been genetically engineered so that they cannot reproduce but must be purchased every year from the company. Small farmers who have fallen for the hype of greater productivity and subjected their land to these seeds and chemicals have found that not only have their yields been reduced but that the land will no longer bear anything except GMO seeds. Farmers who can no longer afford the seeds are priced out of the market, handing monopoly control over to the agribusiness giants that can then raise prices to whatever the market will bear; and in the case of food, it will bear a lot, right up to the point of slavery. As Henry Kissinger once famously said, “Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world.”
What can you invest in, then, that actually would help relieve the global food crisis? One possibility is local organic farming. “Community-supported agriculture” (CSA) is a model of food production, sales, and distribution aimed at increasing the quality of food and the care given to land, plants and animals, while reducing losses and risks for producers. A variety of CSA systems are now in use worldwide, allowing small-scale commercial farmers and gardeners to have a successful, small-scale closed market while providing their customer-members with a regular delivery or pick-up of healthy local produce. The USDA provides a list of CSA addresses and websites.
That still leaves the problem of speculation in food futures. How can parasitic profits to non-producing middlemen be eliminated while still protecting farmers? The futures market was first created for farmers, who needed to be able to lock in a price today that would cover their costs and return a reasonable profit later. One interesting proposal is to return to the policy of “farm parity pricing” enacted during the 1930s. It ensured that the prices received by farmers covered the prices they paid for input plus a reasonable profit. If the farmers could not get the parity price, the government would buy their output, put it into storage, and sell it later. The government actually made a small profit on these transactions; food prices were kept stable; and the family farm system was preserved as the safeguard of the national food supply. With the push for “globalization” in later decades, farm parity was replaced with farm “subsidies” that favored foods for export over local markets. They also favored large corporate farms engaged in chemical farming over sustainable farming, forcing thousands of family farmers out of business. Farm parity pricing could help, but a complete solution to the problem of global inflation would require an overhaul of the private central banking system that has created one bubble after another for the last century. (See E. Brown, “Market Meltdown: The End of a 300 Year Ponzi Scheme,” webofdebt.com/articles, September 3, 2007.)