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Go Large Or Go Home - The Best Casino Games For High Rollers

Much has been made over the past year or two about the rise of online casinos and how they make it easier for everyday people to play real money games without having to put up much real money. That's fine for anyone who wants to experience the fun and excitement of casino games on a limited bankroll.

It makes a lot of sense. After all, the first golden rule of casino gaming is to only bet what you can afford to lose. But even in these trying times, there are some who can afford to lose quite a large amount. For high rollers, the second golden rule is "go large or go home." If you're lucky enough to have a substantial bankroll in your pocket and are eager to risk it all at the casino, let's pick out some of the best games you might want to try.

Roulette

There's something magical about the roulette wheel, and in both fact and fiction, it lies at the heart of some of the most fascinating stories of high roller wagers. There's the immortal scene in Casablanca where Rick Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart, helps a man in need with the line "have you tried 22 tonight?"

And how about the real life stories of two men, 15 years apart, who cashed in everything they owned and went to Las Vegas, looking for a casino that would accept a single high-stakes wager. Both men put literally everything they had on red. And on both occasions, the ball landed on what many call the "lucky number" red number seven.

Baccarat

In the 1953 novel Casino Royale, James Bond takes on Le Chiffre in a high-stakes game of baccarat. It was changed to poker for the 2006 movie, but baccarat has always been the game of choice for high rollers. In recent years, online casinos have brought the game to a wider audience, especially in Canada, where the game is now hugely popular with everyday gamers.

Now online gambling in Canada for real money stakes doesn't have to mean burning your entire bankroll on a single game, and nobody will think the less of you for playing dollar stakes. But in land-based casinos, both in Canada and in the "James Bond heartland" of West London, there is always an area set aside among the high roller tables for baccarat, and $1,000 table stakes are not unusual.

Jackpot Slots

High rollers are not limited to table games. Jackpot slots like Mega Moolah have a progressive jackpot that increases every time someone plays the game. It might go for months between payouts, but when it does, it can make instant millionaires of the winners. The catch is that to even have a chance at the progressive jackpot, you have to wager the maximum bet.

The odds of success are on a similar level to winning the lotto, but then again, so are the potential rewards. No wonder most high rollers find it hard to resist at least a couple of spins at a jackpot slot once they've finished playing table games for the night.