When the Blackjack dealer reveals his final card – a nine – and places it beside his eight, there is an audible release of breath at the crowded table as a triumphant smile spreads across the player’s face; his jack and nine beat the house.
The simple elegance and exhilaration of Casino Rama Resort’s most popular table game have attracted players since opening day. Today, there are more than 30 Blackjack-style tables – hosting from $5 to $5,000 wagers – among the 110 gaming tables at Casino Rama Resort.
“Blackjack is definitely the most popular table game at Casino Rama Resort,” said Angus Walker, director gaming operations at the popular casino. “Blackjack is the game people are most familiar with; it’s a game, thanks to pop culture, that people have heard about and want to play.”
While Blackjack is a hit among gamblers young and old, many are also attracted to action-packed casino staples such as Craps and Roulette – games reminiscent of a 1930s-era Las Vegas casino.
“This is exactly like what you would have seen back then. Really, the game hasn’t changed,” he said of Roulette, noting players can choose a specific number on the board, they can choose a range of numbers, they can choose even or odd numbers, red or black; each bet offers various chances of victory based on the odds of the ball landing on the selected destination.
“It looks kind of intimidating, but it’s really an exciting, intense game. The physical proximity of other players, the adrenaline rush … it’s an electrifying atmosphere,” he said.
With an opportunity to bet up to $5,000 on a single spin of the Roulette wheel, that atmosphere often attracts many who just want to soak up the excitement. Similarly, when a game of Craps is in full swing, the pace is frenetic.
“Craps offers the widest variety of bets in the casino with dozens of wagering options,” said Walker. “It’s very complicated and you can bet from $5 to $5,000 … but, like with all our table games, you can ask questions of the dealer if you’re confused or unsure. They’re there to help.”
In fact, Casino Rama Resort offers lessons for all of its different table games, said Jenna Hunter, the resort’s director of public relations.
“You can just call us and set up a lesson for yourself or a group and our professional dealers, who are amazing, will explain the rules of play for whatever game you want to learn,” said Hunter. “We want our players to have fun – not be worried or confused. For a lot of people, the lessons help them feel more comfortable.”
Many Casino Rama Resort patrons certainly feel comfortable playing poker; its dedicated Poker Room is open 24 hours a day. For poker lovers looking for a new take on a classic game, Casino Rama Resort offers a five-card hand bonus progressive game – an electronic wagering system that allows players to bet using a personal bet module.
“We have 15 tables that are linked and offer a variation of five-card Poker games and the bets on those tables are linked so that people playing on those tables have an opportunity to win bigger jackpots,” explained Walker, noting progressive games include Caribbean Stud Poker, Let it Ride Bonus Poker, Three-Card Poker, Four-Card Poker, Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker, Mississippi Stud and Big Raise Stud Poker.
“This is sort of the evolution of Poker and offers even more entertainment and excitement,” said Walker. “In some of these games, you can also bet on the dealer to win, which is new. And, there are three mystery prizes – Lucky Player, Lucky Dealer and Magic Card – that will reward random customers. People are really excited about this.”
While Poker, Blackjack, Roulette and Craps are popular, Casino Rama Resort also offers Pai Gow Poker – a unique blend of American poker and the Chinese game of Pai Gow – and Baccarat.
As part of the extensive renovations at Casino Rama Resort, the Baccarat Room has been updated and now includes big-screen TV monitors to create a fun environment for players. The renovations also include an expansion of the High Limit Area for casino VIPs.
“Players who play higher limits appreciate the quieter environment,” said Hunter, who noted the area now features a new private room that can be booked by VIPs. “In the High Limit Area, the wins are bigger and it’s not unusual for someone to be betting $15,000 per hand, so it’s pretty intense.”
Being a dealer can also be intense – and fun, said Walker.
“A dealer is a key component of the game, so we hire based on personality,” said Walker. “We look for people who are outgoing; friendly … previous experience isn’t essential as we do our own in-house training.”
About 800 people – or one-third of the Casino Rama Resort workforce – are employed in the table games area; that includes those from entry-level dealers to pit bosses and supervisors, making them the largest single staff component at Casino Rama Resort.
To book a lesson or to reserve a spot in an upcoming tournament, call 705-329-3325. If you want to learn in detail about each of Casino Rama Resort’s table games, visit CasinoRama.com and go to Table Games under the Play section.