7 Casino-Kartenspiele, welche Sie vor Ihrer Kreuzfahrt lernen sollten

7 casino card games you should learn before your cruise.

Preparing for a cruise? That's certainly very exciting. A few weeks on the blue sea, a few stops at beautiful port cities, and plenty of time to really relax.

But the journey never becomes monotonous. There are hundreds of ways to entertain yourself on and below the deck of a cruise ship. From bars and restaurants to music clubs and arcades, there is everything. The latter option is particularly popular. While some guests play Book of Ra for free, others look for a comfortable gaming table

If you're a gaming fan, you now have the chance to prepare properly. There are more than a dozen options for card games on board, but you certainly don't want to waste time on your cruise getting familiar with the rules. That could bring unwanted stress and ruin the experience. Therefore, we want to introduce you to seven card games in advance that you could play on your cruise.

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Since poker is perhaps the most popular card game in the world, you will certainly find a variety of poker tables on the cruise ship. However, poker is not just poker. There are dozens of different variations of the game. Even if you have played poker before, the rules you know might apply to a completely different variation. If you want to play poker on your trip, it's best to learn the rules of Texas Hold'em. This variant is the most widespread and relatively easy to learn.

At the start of the game, the dealer deals two cards to each player. One player is designated as the Big Blind and another as the Small Blind. Both of them are required to place bets in this round. All other players look at their hole cards and decide whether to call, raise, or fold (exit for this round). The dealer then reveals three face-down cards, and the process repeats. If two or more players remain in the game when the fifth card is revealed, the showdown begins.

Now, players reveal their hole cards and see if they can form the best possible combination with the help of the open community cards. Whoever can show the best hand gets to collect all the chips in the middle of the table. The game is a lot of fun, and you should try it to see if it's for you. For more variety, there are also other game variations like Stud and Omaha.


Even though it might not be known as a casino game, you'll certainly find some partners for this game on the cruise ship. The game is especially popular in Germany, and a large portion of Germans know the rules. Each player has 13 cards in their hand and must get rid of them as quickly as possible. To do this, one must form certain combinations. These are called sequences or sets. As soon as a player discards their last hand card, all remaining hands are evaluated, and points are awarded accordingly. The player with the lowest score wins the round.


Blackjack is one of the most popular casino card games in the world, enjoyed in both land-based and virtual gaming halls. The rules are relatively easy to understand. The dealer deals two open cards to both themselves and the player. Each card has a specific point value. The player tries each round to get as close as possible to a score of 21 and to exceed the dealer's score by drawing more cards. However, caution is advised, because anyone who reaches a score of 21 or higher immediately loses the round.


Baccara, also known as Baccarat, looks quite similar to Blackjack in its gameplay. A player tries to exceed the dealer's hand without exceeding the maximum score of 9. Unlike Blackjack, however, there is a maximum card limit of three, making the rounds on average even faster. The scoring of the cards in Baccarat is significantly different, though. Aces are worth one point, the 10 and face cards have no point value, and the cards 2 through 9 are worth their face value.


The German card game Skat might seem complicated at first, but it is actually quite easy to learn. It is a game for three players. At the beginning of the game, it is determined by lot which two participants will form a team and who will play alone. Then, in turn, each player places a card in the middle of the table, and the trick begins. The one whose card has the highest value gets to collect the cards of the trick. All cards have a point value, and if the solo player has at least 61 points (eyes) in front of them at the end of the game, they win. Since there are a total of 120 eyes in the game, the team players only need to have a combined total of 60 eyes to win.


Bridge bears a large, fundamental resemblance to Skat. Instead of three players, here two teams of two players each compete against each other. The game of Bridge is divided into two phases: the so-called "bidding" and the actual card play. During the bidding, players bet on how many tricks they need to win. The dealer decides during the bidding when the game can start. Now, the two pairs try to form at least as many tricks as they have specified in the bidding. The rules in Bridge are far more complex than those in Skat, so you should do your own research to learn the game.


Finally, there's Solitaire. The great thing about this game is that you can play it with an opponent or by yourself. At the beginning of the game, the cards are placed face down in a wedge formation, with the top card of each pile remaining face up. Now, according to the scoring rules, you must move the top cards from pile to pile, with the revealed cards always being turned face up. The game is won when all the cards are sorted in sequence.


These were seven card games that you could play on your next cruise. Some of them are simple, while others require some practice and patience. There are also many other games that you can play in the casino area of ​​the cruise ship. Some passengers will play roulette while others will place sports bets. Why not sit down for a change and watch the football team's rise? If you meet a few new friends, you can invite them to a game of cards.

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