The games played in casinos vary from country to country.
Some games have a number of international variations which are known by
different names, others are seldom played outside their country of origin.
Poker, craps and slot machines are commonly found in the USA and in
international resort casinos, whereas European casinos tend to have
traditional games, like French roulette, boules and chemin de fer. Two-up is
confined to Australian casinos. As the name suggests, Caribbean stud poker is particularly
popular in that region, although it is also played elsewhere.
Casino cards are usually larger that normal playing cards.
The two standard packs (decks) of cards used widely in casinos, English
language cards and French language cards, differ only in the symbol marked on
the court (or picture) cards. In the English deck the King, Queen and Jack are
marked with the symbols K, Q and J respectively, while the French cards use R,
D and V (standing for Roi, Dame and Valet). Although the symbols differ, the
cards are easily identified by the pictures and players using an unfamiliar
deck should not be confused.
Many casinos produce leaflets outlining the various rules
and providing brief details on how to play each of the games. Some casinos
also give lessons at quieter times of the day, enabling players to try the
games and learn the rules without losing any money.