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20th Anniversary Party at Casino Royale

On 6th September Casino Royale celebrated its 20th Anniversary.

DSC_0771The casino was decorated with bunting and DSC_0808the guests were treated to an elegant buffet, champagne and a fabulous cake.

Candles seemed too understated for a 20th Anniversary, so the cake came alive with flaming torches and soon the gaming floor was awash with party poppers and balloons as staff and guests joined in the fun.

A great night was had by all – congratulations to Wael for organizing the fabulous cake and Hany from the Maritim Jolie Ville for the delicious buffet.

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Staff Tournament – training. team-building and lots of fun!

On Monday afternoon the staff made the most of the Casino’s Ramadan opening hours to hold a “just-for-fun” Hold ‘Em tournament. Even with no money at stake there was a buzz of excitement and a certain amount of tension as everyone took their places at the tables. Could the Blackjack dealers beat the croupiers? Could the reception staff take on the Managers? Everyone had a shot at winning bragging rights as the best Texas Hold ‘Em player at Casino Royale.

Just as too many cooks can spoil the broth, having several dealers on each table did make things interesting! The tournament director stepped in and very quickly everything was running smoothly; turns were taken at dealing and players new to the game were helped with the rules by the more experienced staff. While everyone was having fun, cheering great hands and cunning bluffs the day also made for a superb training exercise for those wanting to become Hold ‘Em experts.

As the blind clock ticked its way to the higher levels, 3 tables became 2 and then to the final 9 players – a mix of management, back room staff, dealers and the lovely lady from reception who amazingly had never played before and was getting a great big slice of beginners luck.  It was great to see a total of 4 ladies in the final 9 especially as the male staff out-number the girls about 10-1.

Eventually the beginner’s Luck ran out for the lovely novice, but not before pushing all-in and winning a couple of decent pots to replenish her dwindling stack. With just 5 players left in things started to get a little more serious and sunglasses were donned by some in the hope of looking like a professional poker star. During one crucial hand one of the marketing team went all-in after the flop – 2 diamonds and a possible low straight. Two other players also went all-in and we had a showdown. Mr Marketing had 2 diamonds and the others were on for the straight. On the turn the straight came in but the flush was still possible. As the river was dealt, an Ace of diamonds, a cheer went up around the room as the popular Mr. Marketing raked in the chips.
He eventually went on to win the tournament but without that diamond he would have been out before the final three – it just goes to prove that one lucky card can make or break you.

Ramadan Kareem

We wish all our Guests and their families peace and prosperity during this time of blessings.

Opening hours from 8pm to 8am until Eid

Normal 24 hour service will resume at the end of Ramadan on July 18th

Inaugural Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament at Casino Royale

The inaugural Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament at Casino Royale  was so successful that all three tables were full and latecomers ended up disappointed. The mix of nationalities and experience made each table an entertaining experience in itself; those who play regularly were happy to explain the rules and strategies before play began so that even novices felt welcomed.

The chatter at the tables was monitored by the multi-lingual dealers who ensured no collusion was taking place and translated where necessary from Russian, Italian, Arabic and English. Whichever language the players spoke, the language of the cards was universal. Many hands went down to the wire with the river card being make or break.

One hand was particularly memorable; nothing much on the flop and a lady with a small stack went all-in. The table thought this too rich except for one guy with enough chips to ride it out – we had a showdown. The lady had a possible straight but the guy was winning with high pairs. The turn helped neither and it came down to the river. As the 10 turned to give the lady her straight the other players cheered and thumped the table in joy. It seems even at a tournament everyone loves an underdog.

In fairness the gentleman  with the large stack went on to have a chance at the big money, but the lady who had  Luck on her shoulder for one hand seemed happy just to have entertained the table. When she did finally lose her stack (just before the final 9) she was amazed to have done so well and confessed to being a complete novice. Just goes to show how far a little luck can take you.

At the end of the night it came down to nerve and stacks. Two players ended up with the choice of going head to head after a long night of play. Equal stacks and a mutual respect saw then sharing the prize for 1st and 2nd rather than risking it all on a turn. Maybe even the best gamblers prefer even money odds…

All-in-all (no pun intended) a great night for Casino Royale’s inaugural tournament. Lots of interest in more games and many players gave great feedback about the night and their wish-lists for future events. The casino will definitely be hosting more nights like this and have plans for a regular schedule.

Maybe one day soon they will be hosting the World Poker Tour with Johnny Lodden and Adrian Mateos going head to head in a nail-biting final rather than graciously splitting the pot…

Mateos v Lodden EPT finale

Mateos v Lodden EPT finale

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Blackjack Table

How to play Blackjack

Blackjack is played with one or more standard 52-card decks, with each denomination assigned a point value. The cards 2 through 10 are worth their face value. Kings, queens, and jacks are each worth 10, and aces may be used as either 1 or 11. The object for the player is to draw cards totaling closer to 21, without going over, than the dealer’s cards.

The best total of all is a two-card 21, or a blackjack. Blackjack pays 3-2–that is, a two-card 21 on a $5 bet will win $7.50 instead of the usual $5 even-money payoff on other winning hands. However, if the dealer also has a two-card 21, the hand pushes, or ties, and you just get your original bet back. But if the dealer goes on to draw 21 in three or more cards, your blackjack is still a winner with its 3-2 payoff.

The game is usually played at an arc-shaped table with places for up to seven players on the outside and for the dealer on the inside. At one corner of the table is a rectangular placard that tells the minimum and maximum bets at that table, as well as giving variations in common rules. For example, the sign might say, “BLACKJACK. $5 to $2,000. Split any pair three times. Double on any two cards.” That means the minimum bet at this table is $5 and the maximum is $2,000. Pairs may be split according to the rules described below, and if more matching cards are dealt, the pairs may be split up to three times for a total of four hands. The player may double the original bet (double down) and receive just one more card on any two-card total.

Most games today use four, six, or eight decks. After being shuffled, the cards are placed in a receptacle called a shoe, from which the dealer can slide out one card at a time. Single- or double-deck games, most common in Nevada, but also popular in Mississippi and some other markets, may be dealt from the dealer’s hand.

Play begins when you place a bet by stacking a chip or chips in the betting square on the table directly in front of you. After all bets have been placed, each player and the dealer are given two cards. In a shoe game, all player cards are dealt faceup, and the players are not permitted to touch their cards. In a single- or double-deck game dealt from the hand, cards are dealt facedown and players may pick them up with one hand. Either way, one of the dealer’s cards is turned faceup so the players can see it.

Once the cards have been dealt, players decide in turn how to play out their hands. After all players have finished, the dealer plays according to set rules: The dealer must draw more cards to any total of 16 or less and must stand on any total of 17 or more. In some casinos, the dealer will also draw to “soft” 17 — a 17 including an ace or aces that could also be counted as a 7. The most common soft 17 is ace-6, but several other totals, such as ace-3-3 or ace-4-2, on up to ace-ace-ace-ace-ace-ace-ace in a multiple deck game, are soft 17s.

Hit: If you hit, you take another card or cards in hopes of getting closer to 21. If the player’s total exceeds 21 after hitting, the player is said to “bust” and loses the bet. In shoe games, the player signals a hit by pointing to his cards or scratching or waving toward himself. In facedown games, the player signals a hit by scratching the table with the cards. Verbal calls to hit are not accepted — signals are used for the benefit of the security cameras above the table, so a taped record is on hand to settle any potential disputes.

Stand: If you stand, you elect to draw no more cards in hopes that the current total will beat the dealer. Signal a stand by holding a flattened palm over your cards in a faceup game or by sliding your cards under your bet in a facedown game.

Double down: You may elect to double your original bet and receive only one more card regardless of its denomination. Some casinos restrict doubling down to hands in which your first two cards total 10 or 11. Others allow you to double on any two cards. Double down by taking a chip or chips equal to the amount of your original bet and placing them next to your bet. In a facedown game, at this point you also need to turn your original two cards faceup.

Split: If your first two cards are of the same denomination, you may elect to make a second bet equal to your first and split the pair, using each card as the first card in a separate hand. For example, if you are dealt two 8s, you may slide a second bet equal to the first to your betting box. The dealer will separate the 8s, then put a second card on the first 8. You play that hand out in normal fashion until you either stand or bust; then the dealer puts a second card on the second 8, and you play that hand out.

Insurance: If the dealer’s faceup card is an ace, you may take “insurance,” which essentially is a bet that the dealer has a 10-value card down to complete a blackjack. Insurance, which may be taken for half the original bet, pays 2-1 if the dealer has blackjack. The net effect is that if you win the insurance bet and lose the hand, you come out even. For example, the player has 18 with a $10 bet down. The dealer has an ace up. The player takes a $5 insurance bet. If the dealer has blackjack, the player loses the $10 bet on the hand but wins $10 with the 2-1 payoff on the $5 insurance bet.