Gambling is a pastime that’s been around for many years – since ancient times, in fact – and, as such, there are many different games that people play. Whether they’re machine related (like slots) or pure card games, there is a big variety of different gambling games that can be played.

But different games tend to involve different types of strategies. Furthermore, some games are more focused on luck, while other games are based half-half on luck and strategy. Indeed, the games that you choose to play are very much linked to how much control you want to have.

Here are the 8 most popular card games in gambling.

  1. Poker

Starting off with potentially the most obvious game on the list, poker is played all over the world in a variety of different ways. From traditional poker tables to online poker, poker can be played in different places and in different variants. Some of the most popular poker variants include Texas Hold ‘Em, Seven-Card Sturdy and Omaha.

  1. Pinochle

Ideal for two to four players, Pinochle is a card game based on tricks. You play with a 48-card deck, and it’s a “trick-taking”, ace-ten game. Also referred to as “Cutthroat”, this is an American game that can either be played with everyone playing for themselves, or in pairs.

  1. Blackjack/21

Blackjack is a game of luck and risk management – it’s about making decisions on when to stop and when to keep going based on your reading of the other players at the table. Players need to try and reach 21 (which is why it’s also commonly known as “21”) and not exceed 21.

Luck, however, dictates a great deal of the game – you have no control over which cards you’re going to be dealt!

  1. Baccarat

Online Pokies NZ or in land-based venues is a pretty simple game. It’s all about playing the odds. Players bet on the outcome of fames – that is, whether the banker’s hand will win, the player’s hand will win, or it’ll be a tie.

  1. Spades

Spades is another one that’s known as a trick-taking game – players big the numbers of tricks that their team will take in each round. Thus, a lot of it is up to chance!

  1. Bridge

Bridge may be known as an old people’s game, but it’s actually quite a common gambling game! It’s another trick-taking game and people often bet a fair amount of money during bridge tournaments.

  1. Solitaire

It’s been around for a while, but Solitaire is still a super popular gambling card game. The goal of the game is to move all your cards to foundation piles, and people bet money on the outcomes of the games.

  1. Hearts

Hearts is a trick-taking game that requires you avoiding certain cards – a little different to many other games where the objective is normally to find cards, not avoid them. In Hearts, if you end up with the unlucky cards, you end up being penalised.