There’s such a thing as ‘beginner’s luck’—the rookie who bowls a perfect strike or the first time gambler who lands on 21 straight away. However, for those of you who actually want to have a bit more strategy to win big at the casino games at the Grand Club in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, read on.
We’ve compiled a list of tips for how to bet well, have fun and perhaps walk away with some cash or play vouchers to show for it. If you’re looking for something new to do in District 1 in Saigon, love free cocktails and have a bit of money to spend, then the e-gaming club at the Grand Club in Ho Chi Minh City is the perfect choice for you.
The Rules Rule at the Grand Club
It may go without saying but if you want to do well at any casino game in Vietnam, you should first brush up on the rules. Whether you’re playing Blackjack, Baccarat, Roulette or even the slot machines, if you don’t know what your objective is, you won’t get very far. Few of of us will ever be as adept at card counting as Dustin Hoffman in “Rain Man” and luck can only go so far.
After slot machines, Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games in Vietnam and worldwide for a reason. It’s easy to understand and your odds are good! Another plus, is that the play is fast, making this an excellent choice for players who want to pass by the Grand Club during their lunch break or for those who are looking for a fun, fast-paced gamble with colleagues after work.
Regardless of whether you play at a casino with a live dealer, at an e-gaming club or gamble online, the rules are pretty much the same. The only difference between e-Blackjack and live Blackjack is that at an e-gaming club such as the Grand Club the cards and dealer are electronic and are part of the computer interface. However, the game has the same advantages as live Blackjack.
The basics of Blackjack are that each player receives two cards, as does the dealer. The players can choose to add more cards (hit) or keep the cards that they have (stay) to get as close as they can to a card total of 21 without going over (busting). The suites (Hearts, Spades, Aces and Diamonds) have no effect on the game.
For example, if you have a 10 of Spades and a 9 of Hearts the grand total will equal 19, which is getting dangerously close to 21. Common sense says that you should ‘stay’, whereas if you have a 4 of Diamonds and a 2 of Spades, totaling 6, it is a good idea to ‘hit’.
If the player gets closer to 21 than the dealer, and doesn’t go ‘bust’ while trying, they will win the hand.
How to Win at Blackjack at the Grand Club
One of the reasons that some players swear by Blackjack in Vietnam is that the ‘house edge’ swings towards the player because they can base their strategy on probability rather than just pure luck. When the deck is full of high cards (aces, queens, kings etc.) the player has the advantage.
Some players claim to be able to count the cards to know when the deck is stacked in their favour but these professional players are few and far between. A safer bet is to just play smart. Here is a handy chart you can reference if you want to win big at e-Blackjack casino games in Vietnam.
Baccarat is hands down the most popular casino game in Vietnam and across Asia, largely due to its huge presence in Macau, sometimes known as “the gambling capital of the world”.
A game of Baccarat has three possible outcomes: player wins, banker wins or tie. Two cards are dealt out to each player and whoever gets closest to 9 wins. The fun part lies in choosing which hand you’ll bet on prior to seeing the cards. Players can bet either on the ‘player hand’ or the ‘banker’ (dealer) hand. So if you are not feeling your luck you can always bet against yourself!
Contrary to Blackjack, there is no way to ‘bust’. If the cards that are dealt total more than 9, you simply add the two numbers together and drop the first digit.
For example: 8 + 4 = 12. Drop the 1 to get 2. 10 + 9 = 19. Drop the 1 to get 9.
If the player’s cards total five or less, the player will receive another card. Otherwise, the player will stand.
How to Win at Baccarat at the Grand Club
Here are some tips to help you master your game of e-Baccarat at the Grand Club.
- Baccarat is a game of chance. The only real way to ensure you walk away with winnings is to wait until you’re ahead and call it quits.
- What to do if you’re on a losing streak? Just keep playing. Eventually, the hand will fall in your favour and you can slowly win back what you’ve lost. Ideally, you’ll have a budget for the game that is big enough to support you on a short losing streak.
- Don’t bet on Tie. The odds of both player and banker hitting the same number is low so there is no reason to base your odds on a long shot.
Roulette seems simple and that is part of what makes it fun. Pick your numbers or colours, place your bet and watch the wheel spin. Winning at Roulette really depends on your luck but a bit of savvy is still essential to playing the game well.
Even though you have no control over where the ball lands on the wheel, you can still control how much you bet and what type of bet to place. This is where skill really comes into play.
Before diving into the techniques for playing let’s brush up on the basics.
E-Roulette and normal Roulette differ only in the fact that instead of having a live dealer (otherwise known as a croupier) spin the wheel, in e-Roulette the ball is automatically sent into the wheel. At that point in both versions of the game, the ball spins around the outer rim of the wheel and eventually falls into one of 37 pockets numbered from 0 to 36. Each pocket alternates between the colours red or black, except for the number 0, which is usually green.
Before each spin of the Roulette wheel, players can place bets around the table and bet on a single number, a combination of numbers or even a colour.
Check this guide to see some of the possible bets.
How to Win at Roulette at the Grand Club
Placing your Roulette bets intelligently is all based on odds. If you choose to put all your money on an individual number your payout will be bigger if you win. However, your odds of winning are much lower than if you decide to place your bets on several numbers or a colour at once.
Remember that like a coin toss the outcome of the next spin of the Roulette wheel is never affected by what came before. So even though it may seem impossible for the Roulette wheel to land on a 5 three times in a row, in Roulette nothing is impossible. Your betting strategy should be based on how much you have to spend and how quickly you want to blow through it in an attempt to win big.
The best odds you can get at a Roulette table are roughly 50/50. These bets are called ‘outside bets’ and if you are a bit risk averse this is the best place to put your money. Some outside bets include betting on a colour (red vs. black), even vs. odd numbers, or lows vs. highs (1 to 19 or 19 to 36). However, since you have a bigger chance of winning one of these bets, your payout will also be less.
An ‘inside’ bet gives you a greater return for your money but very steep odds. Single number bets, which are also known as ‘straight-up’ or classic bets, are a good example of a long shot. Players may wager on that number by placing their Roulette chips on top of the number and if they win then the bet pays out 35-1.
The bottom line is that we’ve all seen the movies set in Vegas where a character throws all caution to the wind and bets his/her life savings on a random number then walks away rich. However, as a Roulette technique this type of strategy is more likely to empty your pockets than fill them. Just like with any casino game in Vietnam, if you bet smart and slow it will not only make you a better player, it will also give you the time you need to be able to sit back and enjoy the Grand Club’s atmosphere without striking out on the first game.
The beauty of Roulette is that each player can put in as much or as little as they are willing to spend (as long as the player meets the table limit).
How to Win a Jackpot at the Grand Club Slots
Playing the slots is one of the most popular casino games in Vietnam. The Grand Club has more than 69 slot machines to choose from such as Aristocrat, Bally, WMS, IGT and Weike. Each machine has its own style but the general idea is that you take a spin of the dial in the hope that luck will be in your favour and that you will line up a certain amount of icons in a row. Everyone loves the clink and clatter of a big win at one of the slot machines as the coins or tokens pour out of the machine. Some players have certain techniques for making the slots fall in their favour such as playing several machines at once, or always using the same trusty machine that gave them a big pay day in the past. However, there is no real strategy to winning at slot machines, it’s a game of pure luck.
However, at the Grand Club the slot machines are the most popular type of casino game for a reason: there is a good chance of winning a jackpot!
The best part about the Grand Club jackpot is that the more money that gets put into the pot the greater your chance of winning. Depending on how much is wagered, jackpots can build up every hour all day long. There is no limit to how much you can bet or how much you can win.
The jackpot at the Grand Club is also a fun thing to try to win with colleagues or a group of friends. If you and your entourage all gather around the slots and bet on the jackpot, one of you has a good chance of walking away with a pile of cash.
Come to the Grand Club in Vietnam for the Best Casino Games and Membership Benefits
Now that you’ve brushed up on all the rules and top strategies for winning at the Grand Club’s casino games, you should be ready to have some fun and make some money. The best part? Not only do you have a chance to win every time you play but you can also build up valuable membership benefits regardless of your luck. Ask your host or hostess at the Grand Club for more information about the membership benefits so that you can get to work accumulating prizes like play vouchers, spa treatments, and free stays at the Grand hotel.
Whether or not you’re on a winning streak there is always fun to be had at the Grand Club. Grab a free cocktail, some complimentary snacks and get ready for some excitement playing the best casino games in Vietnam at the Grand Club in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1.
* The Grand Club is open to foreign passport holders only.