Card Games: Banking Games
In these games, instead of all the players competing against each other, there is one player, the banker, who competes against each of the other players individually. Often the banker has a slight built-in advantage over the other players. Many casino games are of this type.
- Baccarat in which the player tries to make a total as close as possible to 9, ignoring tens.
- Blackjack in which the aim is to get as near as possible to 21, but not more than 21. There are also a couple of versions of Tournament Blackjack in which players compete with each other rather than with the bank.
- Pontoon / Shoot Pontoon are relatives of Blackjack played in Britain.
- Quitlok or Kvitlech - a Jewish 21 game with special numbered cards.
- Seven and a Half has a mechanism similar to the 21 games but the target is 7½ - court cards are worth ½ and there are no 8's, 9's or 10's in the pack. It is popular in Italy, Spain and Brazil.
- Faro - a 19th century game in which the players bet on winning or losing cards, as determined by pairs of cards turned up by the dealer.
- Pai Gow - a Chinese domino game in which a hand of four dominos is partitioned into two pairs.
- Pai Gow Poker - an American casino game inspired by Pai Gow, in which seven cards are partitioned into five and two.
- Red Dog / High Card Pool / Slippery Sam / Shoot in which the player bets that one of his cards will be higher than and the same suit as a card trurned by the banker.
- Yablon / In Between / Ace-Deuce in which the player bets on whether a third card will be between the first two cards dealt.
- Let It Ride in which the player combines his three cards with the dealer's two cards, and is paid at fixed odds according to how good a poker hand they make.
- Caribbean Poker in which you win if your five cards form a better poker hand than the banker's five cards
- Three-Card Poker in which you form poker-like combinations with three cards, and try to beat dealer's three cards.
- Casino Hold'em Poker in which the player and banker are each dealt two cards, and make the best poker hand they can out of these and five shared cards.
- Card Bingo in which the aim is to match all your cards with cards called by the dealer.
- Video Poker - not exactly a card game - the role of the banker is normally played by a machine that displays the dealt cards on a screen - the player is shown a five card hand, can 'discard' some cards and get replacements, and is then paid fixed odds according to how good a poker hand is made.