When it comes to taking a trip to a casino, the first thing on most people’s minds is “what games am I going to play?” If you’re a relatively inexperienced gambler (like most) the tendency is to avoid the more complex casino activities and focus on the cheaper, more simplistic varieties of games. Perhaps the 3 most classic examples of accessible casino games (which also happen to be extremely popular) are Bingo, Keno, and the Slots. Arguably, the true appeal of these activities lies in the fact that they are more or less based purely on luck. In other words, you have to make decisions when playing a game as simple as Blackjack, sticking to something like Bingo, Keno, or the Slots doesn’t require you to make any choices at all, aside from what machine to sit down at, perhaps.
Bingo is a classic lottery game that developed out of an Italian game from the 1500’s called “Il Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia”. Players basically draw a card with numbers printed on it and fill in the squares which match the corresponding figures which are called out by whoever is running the game. The first player to get 5 in a row, wins, and must yell out “Bingo!” So, why is Bingo a great casual game, you ask? Simply put, Bingo can be both exciting as well as intense, especially if you’re in a room full of people who are all vying for “the big win”. At the same time, it’s highly affordable and extremely easy to understand from a conceptual point-of-view. Pretty much anyone can jump straight into a game of Bingo and if they’re lucky, they might even emerge as the big winner.
Similar to Bingo is the game of Keno, which is slightly more complex. Yes, Keno is still a lottery game, but what makes it even more intriguing is that wagers are placed. According to most historical accounts, Keno was developed in China during the 1800’s, as a means of funding governmental projects. After players are given a card that’s numbered 1 – 80, they are to pick 20 numbers and then place their money wager. Following this, all the cards are collected and registered; then, a caller will randomly draw 20 numbers and announce them. Obviously, if more of your selected numbers are called you win increasingly larger sums. Keno is a great casual game because it affords some of the excitement of Bingo, but without the need to remain constantly vigilant (and marking numbers).
Last but certainly not least, we have the Slots, which are arguably the most iconic type of casual game associated with casinos. The first slot machines were invented in the 1800’s by an American named Charles Frey and were entirely mechanical in their design(s). Over time, of course, most slot machines have become digitized; for example, now most all of them operate via some type of software. It’s been said that around 70% of the money brought in by casinos around the world comes directly from slot machines, that’s how incredibly popular they are. To play you only need to insert a coin or token and pull the lever (or perhaps push a button), your winnings (or losses) will be displayed on screen and you can repeat the process. The slots are great because they don’t require any type of decision making process and are quite cheap. Furthermore, by playing the slots you often have a chance of winning a big jackpot which might be in the millions of dollars.