As per the Gambling Act of 2005, all UK Casinos have to be licensed by the Gambling Commission before they go into business, and all these casinos are expected to uphold the three primary objectives set up by the Commission:
- Prevent gambling from being the source of crime or disorder;
- Ensure gambling is conducted in a fair and open way; and
- Protect children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited.
Once these guidelines are established, the casinos have a preset for the kind of games that are allowed to be played in a casino, and all licensed businesses have to uphold this code of conduct laid down by the Gambling Commission. The usual games that one is expected to see in most UK Casinos are:
The Roulette is played with a wheel having about 38 or 37 compartments, that are numbered from 1-36 and have either one or two 0s. The numbers are colored black and red simultaneously, where a single small ball is spun to eventually land on a particular number. People bet on the possible numbers that the ball will stop on, and the stoppage of the ball decides the winner. Roulette, in itself, has many other sub-categories, like dragon roulette, rainbow ride, crown double zero, etc. In all of these, the basic rule remains the same, with minor changes distinguishing one from another.
The game of Blackjack is ideally played with either 4 or 6 decks of cards, unless one is going for the single deck game. The aim of the game is to achieve a score of 21 or something closer to it, without going over the limit even once. Even in Blackjack, there are multiple variations to the game, like high hand, house money, perfect pairs, lucky lady, etc. However, every different UK Casino has a different variety of games that they include in their clubs.
Punto Banco is another popular casino game which is found in most of the casinos in the UK. The game is normally played with about 6 to 8 deck of cards, and is a derivation of the traditional game of Baccarat. This game is usually played in two formats: the mini and the full size format. In the mini format, the dealer acts as the banker and draws all cards, whereas in the full size format the seated players are offered the role of the banker. Players wager on the instance if they believe the winning hand after all cards are dealt will be that of the player, the banker, or a tie.
In every UK Casino, the games mentioned above are commonly found. Apart from these, there are other games that find refuge in the casinos, like:
- Poker games
- Slot machines
- Wheel of Fortune
- Pai Gow
Moreover, every casino in the UK has a plethora of games that they offer their patrons, and all of these games are only for people above the age of 18 years.