Elite Poker Player Sets The Trap In High Stakes Game (Analysis)

I have a cool hand to share with you today!

The stakes are $200/$400 (with a $100 ante). This one took place on the online felt between one of the world’s greatest cash game players (Linus Loeliger) and one of the world’s greatest tournament players (Michael Addamo).

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Preflop

Addamo raises to $880 with Kd 6d from Middle Position. Linus calls with 5s 3s from the Button. BTC200K-FORSURE (an unknown player) calls from the Big Blind with an unknown hand.

The effective stack between the Addamo and Linus is around $35,000 (87.5bb).

Simple Preflop Analysis

Addamo makes the correct raise with King-Six suited. It is a mediocre hand, but with the ante in play, he has extra incentive to raise. It’s worth noting that this is one of the weaker hands with which he should raise (King-Two suited and Queen-Six suited should be folded).

Faced with this raise, Linus makes a very loose call with Five-Three suited. While this call is too loose in theory, he is one of the best players in the world, so I’m sure he made this call for exploitative reasons.

We never find out what BTC200K-FORSURE was holding, so I can’t comment on his play.

Advanced Preflop Analysis

Given the ante in play, Addamo should be open-raising with a wider range than in a regular 6-max game. Normally, you’d want to raise with around the top 20% of hands from this position. With an ante, that increases to around the top 25% of hands with the ante.

King-Six suited is towards the bottom of that 25% range. His raise size is good. Anything between 2bb and 3bb should work well as it gives him good pot odds on his raise.

Linus’s call with a low suited gapper is probably a bit spewy, at least in theory. It will be an uphill battle to make this hand profitable. I think it’s fairly likely he sees the relatively unknown player in the Big Blind as a weak player. So, he called with this hand in order to play a pot in position against that weak player. But that’s just speculation on my part.

The theoretically correct strategy for Linus in this spot would be to mix between cold-calling and 3-betting with the top ~15% or so of hands. With this strategy, the strongest possible hands (like Pocket Queens or better, Ace-Queen suited, and Ace-King) would always 3-bet. The other hands should mix calling and 3-betting at varying frequencies.

BTC200K should play quite loosely from the Big Blind because he is getting such great pot odds. He only needs to win the pot 14% of the time to break even on a call (he must call $480 to play for a pot of $3,440).

Flop

The flop comes Jh 5d 2d. The pot is $3,440.

BTC200K checks. Addamo checks with Kd 6d. Linus bets $800 with 5s 3s. BTC200K folds. Addamo raises to $3,600. Linus 3-bets to $6,898. Addamo calls.

Simple Flop Analysis

Since we don’t know what BTC200K had, we can’t analyze his check and fold.

Addamo checks with his second nut flush draw, which is a good play. Betting wouldn’t be a bad play, but his check is theoretically sound. It’s important to check with some flush draws, especially when out of position, to make your checking range more diverse. This makes you tougher to play against.

Faced with this check, Linus makes the correct decision to bet small. His hand needs some protection and would benefit from getting folds, even if he currently has the best hand.

Addamo makes a great decision to check-raise with his flush draw. It will put Linus into a very difficult spot with his weak, one-pair hands.

Linus’ decision to re-raise is very unconventional. It probably isn’t correct in theory, but I assume that he had a good reason to play this way.

Advanced Flop Analysis

BTC200K has the weakest range by far, so checking is the best option for him with his entire range. 

Despite the fact that he has a flush draw, Addamo should also probably check his entire range here. The rest of the players combined will have more nutted hands than he does.

Linus is incentivized now to bet for a very small size here with a lot of medium-strength hands and semi-bluffs. The idea here is that by risking a little bit of money, he accomplishes a few things:

Addamo should be check-raising here, so his decision is correct. This range should consist of overpairs, strong top pairs, overcards with backdoor draws, and flush draws. This strategy is optimal because he doesn’t want to let Linus realize his equity for so cheap.

Linus makes a rather unconventional play here and 3-bets. We don’t usually see 3-bets as part of an optimal strategy for the in-position player, especially on boards such as this one and at a high stack depth (almost 100bb deep).

But if we want to look at why Linus might have decided that this is the best strategy, we need to understand when such a play would be optimal. This line with 53-suited would be best if Addamo:

  • Is too bluff-heavy with high equity hands that will call the raise
  • Is too bluff-heavy with weak semi-bluffs that will fold against the 3-bet
  • Will fold some strong hands such as overpairs with a diamond that block his bluffs

There may be one more reason why Linus might prefer 3-betting with this hand: Equity realization. If he thinks that he will be able to navigate the future inflection points more accurately, then it can make sense to choose this line.

As far as blocker selection goes, having the 5 is a good choice as it blocks the set of 5’s that Addamo is representing while it unblocks his bluffs. Also, Linus still has outs to make good two pairs and trips in case Addamo has a strong but vulnerable hand.

Addamo’s call is good here. He is getting great pot odds, only needing to win the pot around 19% of the time once he calls. An easy feat with a high flush draw.

Turn

The turn comes the Ad, making the board Jh 5d 2d Ad. The pot is $17,236.

Addamo checks. Linus checks.

Simple Turn Analysis

An action turn gives Addamo the nut flush while severely downgrading Linus’ pair of fives.

Despite having the nut flush, Addamo’s decision to check is correct. He is trapping and letting Linus bluff or bet worse hands for value.

Linus makes the best possible play by checking back. His hand is weak and it will be hard for him to get many hands to fold.

Advanced Turn Analysis

A great card for Addamo and a horrible card for Linus. 

Addamo’s range now improves to contain the top set. Plus, his bluffs have improved to a flush.

Linus won’t have many flushes at this point since 3-betting with anything other than the nut flush draw on the flop doesn’t make much sense. And since the Ad came on the turn, there is no way he had the Ace-high flush draw on the flop.

Both players played this street correctly in my opinion.

River

The river comes the Qc, making the final board  Jh 5d 2d Ad Qc. The pot is $17,236.

Addamo checks. Linus shoves all-in for an effective bet of $27,007. Addamo calls and scoops the $71,252 pot.

Simple River Analysis

Addamo makes a good decision to check with the nuts, although betting would have been fine as well. His decision to check works perfectly as Linus takes the bait.

Faced with this check, Linus makes the correct bluff. It will be hard for him to have any worse hands that arrive at the river, so there is no chance he can win by checking.

Obviously, Addamo makes the correct call with the nuts. Not much to say there.

Advanced River Analysis

The Qc is a total brick. The effective nuts do not change.

Addamo realizes that Linus has a capped range from which it’s going to be very hard to extract value. This happens because Addamo’s range has improved so much on the turn. 

In theory, we would probably expect Addamo to mix between checking and betting with this hand. In practice, if he thinks that Linus might be the type of player to overly attack a capped range, or simply has a weak range, then trapping would be the superior action. 

Linus’ 3-bet on the flop was quite suspicious to begin with, especially against a shorter than 100bb stack. In this case, it makes even more sense for Adammo to give Linus some rope to put some more money into the pot with a high probability of him holding a weak hand.

When Linus faces a check on the river, he is never winning if he checks back. On top of that, he is very likely at the bottom of his range in a spot where it is very hard for him to have bluffs. This makes it a prime situation for turning his hand into a bluff, so his play is good (but he probably never should have been in this spot to begin with).

What do you think of how this hand was played?

In these battles of elite players, there will be a lot of back-and-forth exploitation going on. Sometimes one player gets the upper hand, sometimes the other one.

That’s all for this article! I hope you enjoyed it and that you learned from it! 

What do you think of Linus’ 3-bet on the flop? What do you think of Addamo’s trap on the river? I am curious to hear your opinion!

Till’ next time, good luck, grinders!


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How to play Carousel & Game Rules – PlayingCardDecks.com

(Above is an ending layout from a game of Carousel Rummy)

(Above is an ending layout from a game of Carousel Rummy)

Card Game Rules

Carousel is a Rummy type game for 2-5 players. For 2 players, Carousel requires a standard deck of 52 playing cards and 1 Joker. For 3-5 players, Carousel requires 2 standard decks of 52 playing cards and 2 Joker. In Carousel Aces can be High or Low, however they cannot connect a King and 2. The objective of Carousel is to play all of your cards by melding them.

If you are looking for cards to play Carousel with, check out a standard deck here or one of our newest arrivals here.

For more Rummy type games, check out our guides for Canasta and Gin.

Set-Up

Before game play can begin, a dealer must be selected. Each player draws one card from a shuffled deck. The player with the lowest card becomes the dealer. Ties are broken by a redraw.

The dealer then shuffles the deck and passes out ten cards one at a time to each player. The remaining cards form the stock pile.

How to Play

Starting with the player left of the dealer, players try to meld off as much cards as they can. A player begins their turn by first drawing from the stock. If they cannot make any melds with their cards, they draw another card from the stock. If they still can’t make any melds, they draw a final card from the stock and end their turn, even if they can make a meld with the drawn card. 

Notably, a player may rearrange all of the melded cards as long as they return to valid melds at the end of their turn.

Melds

A player makes a meld by either having three or more of a kind or by having three or more of a run. A run is made of three or more cards of the same suit in increasing or decreasing order. When a player makes a meld they lay it face up on the table. 

Melds are communal, meaning once a meld is made, another player can continue the sequence/set with their own cards.

Joker

Jokers are wildcards. If a player has the card that the Joker is replacing, they can swap the two and get the joker to make their own melds. 

Knocking

Once a player has a hand of 5 or less points, a player can choose to “knock” and end the round.

Scoring

In Carousel:

Jokers are worth 25 points.

Face cards are worth 10 points.

Cards 2-10 are worth their face value.

Aces are worth 1 point.

Once somebody Knocks, the player with the least number of points in their hand wins the difference between their opponents’ hand and their own.

If a player Knocks after playing all of their cards, they win a 25 point bonus.

If a player Knocks while somebody else has a lower hand than them, the person with the lower hand wins the points for the round and a 10 point bonus.

For more information about Carousel, check out The Rummy Rule book here or Pagat.com’s article here.

Looking for more card games to play?  Check out this article:

40+ Great Card Games For All Occasions

About the author: John Taylor is a content writer and freelancer through the company Upwork.com. You may view his freelancing profile here. He has a B. A. in English, with a specialty in technical writing, from Texas A&M University and a M. A. in English from the University of Glasgow. You may view his previous articles about card games here and his LinkedIn profile here.

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Last update date: 08/29/20

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10 Essential Poker Statistics That Will Change Your Game

It doesn’t matter if you play live or online – understanding poker statistics is a vital part of the game.

Of course, it’s much easier to access these stats in online games, as you can use various trackers and software which display key online poker player statistics. But even in a live setting, you can get a very solid understanding of your opponent’s play by observing them in action.

Let’s talk about what you should look out for in your games.

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  1. VPIP (Voluntarily Put $ In Pot)
  2. RFI (Raise First In)
  3. 3bet
  4. Fold to 3bet
  5. Fold to steal
  6. C-bet
  7. Fold to c-bet
  8. Went to showdown
  9. Aggression % by street
  10. River call

1. VPIP (Voluntarily Put $ In Pot)

VPIP stands for “Voluntarily Put Money ($) In Pot” and helps you understand how often your opponent is choosing to play.

If a player performs any voluntary action like raising, calling, or even limping, and chooses to play the hand, his VPIP stat increases.

Of course, if he’s sitting in the big blind and was forced to post it because of the game structure, but then folded to a raise, this does not count as an action and does not influence this stat.

While it only gives basic information, you can profile your opponents by how often they choose to play, since many recreational players opt to get involved with way too many hands making their range too weak.

If you notice these tendencies, it can help influence your final decisions.

2. RFI (Raise First In)

Preflop raise or raise first in (RFI) shows how often the player decides to enter the pot by raising when everyone before them folds.

While good players have similar VPIP and RFI stats, since they often enter the pot by raising if they decide to play, you will find opponents who have a wide gap between these numbers.

This is a huge indication of weaker players because they usually decide to limp or call a raise instead of raising, and take passive lines post-flop most of the time.

You should look to play as many hands as possible against these players, because they will usually call your bets and rarely bluff, so you will always know where you stand.

3. 3bet

This poker statistic shows how often a player decided to re-raise instead of calling or folding when someone already entered the pot by raising.

The higher the 3bet stat, the more aggressive your opponent is.

As a rule of thumb, you should be looking to play fewer hands against players with a high 3-bet percent because you will be forced to fold a lot when facing aggression.

It is better to avoid these situations with the weakest part of your range, and only play reasonable hands or add more 4-bet bluffs in the mix.

4. Fold to 3bet

Knowing how often your opponent folds to 3-bet after raising is one of the most important online poker statistics.

If you find opponents who are opening too many hands, they are also likely folding to 3-bet too often. If that’s the case, you can add many weak hands to your 3-betting range and exploit their mistakes.

Contrary to this, if these players choose to call many 3-bets after raising with a wide range, you can exploit it by 3-betting only a strong part of your range.

No matter what, knowing this stat will help you adjust against various opponents and put them in some tough spots.

5. Fold to steal

Fold to steal shows how often a player in the blinds folds when facing a raise, and is something you should evaluate when choosing which hands to play from later positions.

The player sitting in the big blind is especially important because they get the best odds and close the action, so will likely be your main competition.

If you find an opponent who is folding a lot, you can raise with more hands than you usually would, or even open every single one of them if the big blind is particularly weak and you find yourself on the button.

Of course, if you’re up against a tough opponent who’s not so keen on folding and chooses to 3-bet a lot, the best adjustment would be to fold your weaker hands and choose a tighter approach.

Knowing how often people fold to steal can be very valuable when choosing what hands you opt to play, so always consider your opponents and how they react to your raise.

6. C-bet

Continuation betting (known as c-bet) is a situation where the preflop raiser opts to continue his aggression and bet after the flop.

If you notice how often a specific player is c-betting, you can adjust your play against them and even build your entire strategy based on this information.

Even though c-betting is a very wide and complex topic, people rarely change their strategy and mostly keep doing the same things over and over again. If you caught someone c-betting too much or way less than they should, you could make simple adjustments and exploit irregularities in their play.

Thinking about your own strategy, one thing that you should avoid is c-betting too often and then being forced to fold almost your entire range after checking.

Instead, put some medium-strength hands in the checking range to protect it, and you will be a much tougher opponent to play.

7. Fold to c-bet

The name is self-explanatory. This poker statistic shows how often your opponent folds when facing a continuation bet.

Often players chose to play too many hands and then fold to any bet if they miss the flop, which is probably one of the worst strategies to have.

Against these players, you should forget about balancing and c-bet every single time you miss yourself to take advantage of their mistakes.

However, if you’re up against a player who’s not very keen on folding, the previous strategy would cost you a lot of money. Instead of betting all your bluffs, you should choose to continue with hands that have some equity and give up with complete air.

Of course, it’s not as simple as that, but knowing how often other players are folding on the flop can help you make superior decisions, so always observe your opponents.

8. Went to showdown

Went to showdown stat lets you see how often your opponent goes to showdown after seeing the flop.

If your opponent has high “went to showdown” stats of more than 35%, it means you should not try to bluff them. Instead, you should be value betting more medium-strength hands, because they are not going to fold if they have any piece of the board.

Contrary to this, if your opponents rarely go to showdown, it means they are only playing very strong hands after the flop, and you should be looking to punish them every time you get a chance to bluff.

Of course, it’s way easier to observe this in online games, where you can quickly see the difference. But even in a live setting, you will notice who is calling down no matter what and who is opting to check/fold most of the hands on the flop, so make adjustments based on that information.

9. Aggression % by street

I am referring to Flop Aggression %, Turn Aggression %, and the same stat for the river.

These numbers show how aggressive players are in any given street, and how often they perform an aggressive line by betting or raising, instead of calling or checking. It’s quite a good indication of how aggressive the player is in general.

While many have reasonably high aggression stats on the flop because of an automatic c-bet, you will find plenty of opponents who play later streets passively, and this is where you can take advantage.

You can categorize various players to see when you should be barreling multiple streets or when you should check your strong hands and let your opponent dictate the action.

Many aggressive players love to bluff, so give them a chance to lose their money.

10. River call

River call efficiently shows how often your opponent is calling with weak hands.

So, whenever you see a player with river call efficiency lower than 1, you know they’re losing money when calling on the river, which is quite hard to do because of all the strong hands players have in these situations.

When you notice something like that, you can be sure they are calling way too wide, thus can value bet more often.

A final word on poker statistics

All of these poker statistics should be in your HUD (heads-up display) when playing online. When playing live, the theory behind these poker statistics should still be observed to help you make better adjustments.  

PokerTracker4 HUD showing poker statistics
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Be sure to check out some more poker articles by Tadas, such as the 10 most common mistakes in Texas Hold’em or the most common poker cheats.

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What is the game of bridge?


In it’s simplest form, bridge is a whist-like card game played with a single deck of 52 playing cards (no jokers) and four people who make up two partnerships. It is played in three basic stages:

  1. The bidding
  2. The play of the cards
  3. The scoring

This is the first in a series of articles that will attempt to answer some of the most basic questions about our favourite game of cards.

A little bit of history

The card game bridge is rich in history beginning in the 16th century where it evolved from a British game, Whist. It underwent significant transformations in the 19th and 20th centuries, culminating in the version known as Contract Bridge, popularized by Harold Vanderbilt in the 1920s. This evolution marked a shift from a leisurely pastime to a game of intricate strategy and skill which is played by millions of people around the world today.

The game swiftly gained popularity, becoming a staple in social gatherings and clubs. Its appeal transcends generations, establishing itself as not just a game but a cultural phenomenon, uniting people across age groups and backgrounds.

Introducing the Basics of Bridge

The Fundamentals

Bridge is played by four players, forming two partnerships. Using a standard deck of 52 cards, all the cards are dealt with each player ending with a hand of 13 cards. Dealer starts the bidding, which is like an auction, and play moves to the left. Each player can either bid or pass. When there are three passes, the auction is over. The person who won the auction is the ‘Declarer’, the play to their left is ‘On Lead’ and the partner of Declarer becomes the ‘Dummy.’

The Bidding Phase

In bidding, players make a series of declarations, predicting the number of tricks their partnership can win. This phase sets the stage for the game’s strategic depth, as players must assess their hand’s strength, communicate with their partner through bids, and anticipate opponents’ strategies.

The Play of the Hand

Once the bidding is over the cards are played out. Each player contributes one card to each round – the highest played card wins the trick. Players must follow suit. If a player doesn’t have a card in the suit played, they need to discard a card from another suit, which will never win a trick. Or they can play a trump card, which often does win the trick. Whether there is a trump suit and what it might be is determined in the auction.

The scoring

At the end of each hand, a score is given depending on if the Declarer succeeded in winning all the tricks they bid (a plus score for their side), or did not succeed (a score for the other side). There are bonus scores for achieving different trick totals and playing with certain trumps or without trumps.

There is no room in this article to give you specifics on how to play but we have an excellent page on this site that will help walk you through the basics. We call it the classroom and you can find it here – Learn to Play Bridge

The Enduring Appeal of Bridge – A Game for All Ages

Bridge’s appeal lies in its ability to bring together players of all ages. It’s a game that rewards experience and wisdom, making it particularly popular among older adults. In fact, recent studies have proven that playing bridge can help seniors keep their brains sharp and their social skills intact. There is even evidence of bridge as a preventative to dementia. At the same time, its strategic depth and competitive nature attract younger players as well, making it a cross-generational pastime.

With the advent of online platforms, Bridge has found a new lease of life. These platforms allow players to connect with others worldwide, participate in tournaments, and hone their skills, ensuring that the game continues to thrive in the digital era. You can find many of the world’s most popular platforms on our Play Bridge Online pages.

Bridge stands out as a game of intellect, strategy, and partnership. Its enduring popularity attests to its depth and the mental agility it demands from its players. It’s also a social event for most of us! I know I can travel to anywhere on the globe and be able to find a crowd of bridge players who will welcome me with open arms. Recently I was recovering from a difficult break-up and needed to find some friends. So I went back to playing bridge at the local club and everyone was so happy to see me it felt very good.

For those intrigued by strategic card games, Bridge offers a rich, rewarding experience. It’s a game that challenges the mind, fosters social connections, and provides endless hours of engagement. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned player, Bridge beckons with the promise of a captivating adventure in the world of cards. Is bridge difficult to learn? Not really. Is bridge a lifelong challenge? Yes. As you play you will continue to hone your skills and improve your game and this will captivate you for a lifetime.

How to play Faro & Game Rules with Video – PlayingCardDecks.com

(This is the typical set up for the game Faro)

(This is the typical set up for the game Faro)

Card Game Rules

Faro is a historical casino game for two or more players. It requires a standard 52 card deck, an extra set of 13 cards for each rank, a set of betting chips for each player, and a penny for each player. In Faro, Aces are low and Kings are high. The objective is to win the most bets. 

If you are looking for cards to play Faro with, check out a standard deck here or check out one of our recent arrivals here.

For more casino games, check out our guides for In-Between and Baccarat.

You can also find an 1882 rule book to Faro here.

Set-Up

To set-up a game a Faro, place the extra 13 cards in two rows face up in the middle of the playing table. These cards make up the tableau. From the top left going right, the card order should be King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, and 8. The 7 should be placed to the right of and halfway down from the 8. The 6 should then be placed to the left of the 7 and directly below the 8. From the 6 going left, the card order should be 5, 4, 3, 2, and Ace.

The dealer sits opposite of the players with a faced down deck of shuffled cards in-front of them. Players bring their own chips to bet with. Every player receives a penny to bet against cards with.

 

How to Play

The dealer begins the game by showing everyone the top card of the deck. The card is then placed face up to the side of the gameplay area. Players then place bets on one of the cards in the tableau. Next the dealer draws two card from the deck and places them face up for all the players to see. The first card is the loser. The second card is the winner. Bets on the first card are lost. Bets on the second card receive 1:1 payout from the dealer.

The flipped over cards are placed to the side and another round begins. Players can move their bets around, keep them where they were or begin placing bets on multiple cards. Multiple players can bet on the same card. Gameplay continues until the deck runs out.

 

Misc. Rules

A player can bet that the winning card is higher than the losing card by placing chips next to the deck. Payout is 1:1.

A player can bet on the losing card by placing a penny on top of their chip. 

When the deck has three cards left, players can bet on the order of the final draw.

If the losing and winning cards are of the same rank, then the dealer receives half of the bet made.

If a player places a bet on a card that has already been drawn four times from the deck, the first person (player or dealer) who notices can say “dead bet” and receive the chips.

History

(A game of Faro in 1895)

(A game of Faro in 1895)

Faro was first played in 18th century France. It was named after the picture of an Egyptian pharaoh that appeared on many French playing cards. The game spread eastward towards Russia and eventually reached the American West in the 1800’s. By 1925, the game became virtually extinct as Baccarat and Blackjack took over as the more popular games at casinos.

For more information about Faro, check out David Parlett’s article here or Pagat.com’s article here.

 

Looking for more card games to play?  Check out this article:

40+ Great Card Games For All Occasions

About the author: John Taylor is a content writer and freelancer through the company Upwork.com. You may view his freelancing profile here. He has a B. A. in English, with a specialty in technical writing, from Texas A&M University and a M. A. in English from the University of Glasgow. You may view his previous articles about card games here and his LinkedIn profile here.

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Buffalo Blitz Megaways Slot Game Review

With this release, players can pack their bags and head to North America, as they search for a herd of wild buffalo. A selection of other animals can be seen on the reels of the Buffalo Blitz Megaways slot, while the background consists of a picturesque mountain range. This title comes with a range of features, including the popular Megaways mechanic. Should a matching combination form, the symbols will be removed from the board before new icons drop in from above to fill the space. This process can continue until no more combinations appear, with the number of active paylines also varying with each spin.

Buffalo Blitz Megaways was created by Playtech, a company that has over 20 years of experience in the casino slots space. They have an impressive portfolio to their name, including titles such as Flaming Bars, Full Moon Wild Track, and Sahara Riches: Cash Collect. Playtech has also released a variety of games in the ‘Blitz’ series, with titles such as ‘Rhino Blitz‘ and ‘Shark Blitz’ sharing four progressive jackpots. 

Featured Symbols

The standard symbols in Buffalo Blitz Megaways consist of the 9, 10, J, Q, K, and A symbols that are commonly found in slots online. Premium symbols are shown as a moose, a bear, a racoon, a puma, and a buffalo. Forming a matching combination of six with these symbols can award 4x, 4x, 5x, 5x, or 6x the stake size, in that order. When it comes to premium icons, only two are needed in order to form a combination, with standard symbols requiring a minimum of three. 

Now, this slot also features two different special icons, the first of which is a wild, shown as a diamond. Wilds can replace any standard or premium icon along a payline. The other special symbol is a scatter, displayed simply as the words ‘Free Games’ or ‘More Free Games’. As the writing on these icons suggests, scatter symbols can trigger the main bonus mode.

Bonuses and Jackpots

The first bonus mode in Buffalo Blitz can be triggered when four or more scatter icons appear simultaneously. Interestingly, players will then get to pick a bonus mode from a list of four, all of which offer their own number of spins and wild multiplier values. The first mode is known as ‘Blitz Free Games’, awarding players with 10, 15, or 20 free spins, depending on how many scatter icons triggered the selection, alongside wild multipliers of 2x, 3x, or 5x. Next up is ‘Thunder Free Games’, offering 8, 12, or 16 free spins with a 3x, 4x, or 6x wild multiplier. 

Buffalo Free Games is the name of the third mode, with this bonus awarding 6, 9, or 12 free spins with wild multipliers of 4x, 5x, or 10x. Last but not least is the ‘Mystery Free Games’, which can offer anywhere from 6 to 20 free spins and wild multipliers of 2x to 10x. It’s worth mentioning that the multiplier is only applied to potential winnings when a wild symbol is part of the combination. Should multiple wilds be included, their values will be added together before being applied.  

Each bonus mode can also be retriggered by landing three or more scatter icons. However, the number of spins will depend on the variation selected. In all cases, the maximum number of free spins is 1,000. 

This title is also part of the ‘Jackpot Blitz’ series of online slots UK, meaning that four progressive jackpots are included. At random, players can be taken to a screen that contains 20 diamonds, with a different jackpot behind each. These diamonds must then be selected one at a time, until three of the same jackpots appear, at which point the corresponding value will be awarded to the player. 

In total, there is a Mini, Minor, Major, and Blitz jackpot, with seed values of 50.00, 500.00, 5,000.00, and 100,000.00. As these are progressive jackpots, a portion of each wager will be added to the value of each. There is no minimum stake size required for the jackpot feature to activate, either! 

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While the theme of Buffalo Blitz Megaways is rather simple, the range of different features certainly helps to keep things entertaining. One of the standout aspects is the ability for players to choose their bonus mode from a total of four different options. There are also four progressive jackpots that can be awarded at random, regardless of the bet size! 

Is Buffalo Blitz Megaways available to play at bwin?

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Which company created the Buffalo Blitz Megaways slot?

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50 BEST CHRISTMAS GAMES – Game Rules


50 best Christmas games

Tis the season to be jolly! With Christmas time fast approaching, we will be surrounded by family, delicious food, and good tidings. Add to the fun by checking out our Christmas party games! They are guaranteed to spread a little more Christmas magic. 

These games have been selected to give every Christmas get together the right game for the occasion. We have family Christmas games, Christmas games for kids, and Christmas games for adults. In fact, we have a fun Christmas game for any vibe you’re feeling this Christmas season. 

Wrap the presents, set up the tree, and grab yourself a little holiday cheer. 

CHRISTMAS BOARD GAMES

Board games are a great pass time, and that doesn’t stop when the snow starts falling! We have the best Christmas board games recommendations for you this Christmas time. Below we will talk about themed classics, and fun christmas games that stand all on their own. A mix of great games for families, with the ability to interest both adults and children.

Board games also make for perfect presents. They can be played repeatedly, and are fantastic ways to spend time with family and friends. They make board games for any age! These great Christmas Party Games are sure to please, and can be shared with generations. 

1. CHRISTMAS-OPOLY

Christmasopoly

A Christmas twist on a classic board game, Christmas-opoly is a themed game where 2 to 6 players race to be the person with the highest Christmas value. It is for ages 8 and older, so this makes the perfect family Christmas game. 

This fun christmas game has player tokens such as a reindeer, a train, Scrooge, a teddy bear, and a giant candy cane! It also has themed properties such as Candy Canes and Christmas cookies. You can get presents from the christmas tree to make your property values soar! Be careful not to be naughty, because this Christmas game also comes with its own lump of coal!

WHERE TO BUY IT

If you love Monopoly but just want something more catered to the holiday, Christmas-opoly is perfect for you! It’s a great Christmas game for kids and adults, and a long standing classic revamped. 

2. THE CHRISTMAS EXPRESS

Christmas express

All aboard The Christmas Express! This Christmas game for kids will be a hot hit this winter. This game is made for 2 to 4 players in mind, and is for ages 8 years and older. The Christmas Express is a daring adventure as you race to the North Pole. It only takes 30 minutes to play, making this a great family Christmas game.

Prepare your tickets! This ride is a race to the finish line, right at the North Pole. Players will start from their homes and take off! Be wary of the hazards on the track, and other players trying to slow your progress!

WHERE TO BUY IT

Want to experience all this holiday cheer for yourself? This Christmas game can be found in the link below. The kids are bound to love this game of the season!

3. THE SANTA CLAUSE GAME

santa clause

The Santa Clause game is where your kids get to learn to be Santa! This is a great christmas game for kids, because it teaches the values of giving and sharing. It’s for ages 3 years and older, making it a great family Christmas game for the little ones. 

Kids will love this perfect Christmas party game! While they love playing they will also be learning. This game has received the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval. Kids will choose their sleigh and fill it with presents to deliver all over the board. They will sing, dance, and do their best Santa impressions.

WHERE TO BUY IT

The Santa Clause game has your kids learning the value of giving to others. Kids get to hand out presents, do funny challenges, and be introduced to the concept of sharing. This is a great educational game for the tiny tots this Christmas season.

4. CLUE: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS

clue the grinch

If you love traditional CLUE, you will love this themed edition of a fantastic classic. This fun Christmas game is for 2 to 6 players. Made for ages 8 years and older. This twisted tale of the original needs players to solve the crime of who stole Christmas. 

Players will take the roles of the movie’s incredible characters. You can play the Mayor, Cindy-Loo-Who, and many more. Players must race to solve the mystery. Who caught the Grinch? What did he steal? And from where did he steal it! Solve all these and accuse the Grinch of his treacherous plot to ruin Christmas. 

WHERE TO BUY IT

If you love the classic and want a holiday themed edition look no further. This game makes a fantastic gift, or can also make a perfect night of holiday fun!

5. ELF CARD SCRAMBLE BOARD GAME

elf card scramble

Elf is the perfect Christmas movie, and now you can compete with your family and friends in the classic film’s setting. This game is for 2 to 4 players, and is recommended for ages 12 years and older. The goal is to complete your collection, players will compete to draw cards, find matches, and use strategy to out smart the other elves. 

In this game you can play as Buddy, Jovie, Santa, or Poppa Elf. There are three different play options for this fun Christmas game. Players will draw cards, collect matches, and out strategize the other players in order to win!

WHERE TO BUY IT

This is a great Christmas party game for any fan of the movie Elf. It has a fun competitive spirit that keeps the holiday interesting. If you or someone you know loves Buddy the Elf, they will love this game.

6. OPERATION RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER

operation rudolph

See Rudolph’s shining nose and hear Bumble’s roar in Operation Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer! If you enjoyed the classic operation then prepare yourself for this fun Christmas game version of it. It’s made for ages six and up, and can be played by 1 or more players! The range of this game allows the whole family to participate. 

Steady your hand to remove new wacky parts such as the Mistletoe, the cold shoulder, sweet tooth, and a charlie horse. Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster needs your help. Scrub up with Santa, Rudolph, and Hermey to help perform a Christmas miracle. 

WHERE TO BUY IT

Operation’s Fun Christmas game edition is an easy gift for those holiday lovers. This is a great family Christmas game to bring in as tradition.

7. NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS MONOPOLY

Nightmare before Christmas monopoly

Can’t let go of Halloween, or just want a little scare in your season cheer? Nightmare Before Christmas Monopoly is the perfect Christmas party game. This game is made for 2 to 6 players, ages 8 years and older. This game is a great present for those who love the movie!

The edition of this fun Christmas game has Jack Skellington, Evil Teddy, Zombie Duck, the Mayor’s Hearse, Sally, and Oogie Boogie. They have incredible properties such as Zero’s Tomb, and Jack’s Spiral! Players will compete to become the king of Halloween Town, buying toys and assembly lines to improve their properties. 

WHERE TO BUY IT

If you love Christmas party games, and love The Nightmare Before Christmas, this is an incredible find. PLay the classic game of Monopoly with a fun and spooky twist.

8. ELF: JOURNEY FROM THE NORTH POLE

elf game

Another Elf game for those who can’t get enough of the movie. Elf: Journey from the North Pole is a Christmas Party game made for 4 players ages 6 years and older. This game is a perfect fun Christmas game to spend some time with friends and family. 

In this great family Christmas game you are trying to help Buddy the elf make his way from the North Pole to New York City. PLayer will play cards from their hands, creating an epic route to the Big Apple. Each player has secret landmarks they must try to visit to earn more points. The player with the most points when Buddy finds his dad wins!

WHERE TO BUY IT

This game is based off a classic Christmas movie, and would be a great gift for any fan. It’s a fun game made for families in mind.

9. ANIMAL UPON ANIMAL: A CHRISTMAS STACKING GAME

animal upon animal

Animal Upon Animal: A Christmas Stacking Game is a perfect Christmas game for kids. It is made for ages 4 and older, and can be played with 1 to 4 players. It helps children develop fine motor skills and helps with hand and eye coordination. 

The game is full of whimsy, with christmas themed stacking blocks in the shape of a sleigh, christmas tree, white rabbit, a squirrel, a reindeer, a penguin, and a star! Players will roll a dice and have to stack blocks on top of the stack. The stack start with a mountain piece and builds up from there.

WHERE TO BUY IT

This game is a limited collector’s edition of the game. The game comes with a decorated tin case, and carved beech wood from Germany. 

10. HOLIDAY FEVER

holiday fever

Holiday Fever is a fast-paced family Christmas game. It is made for 2 to 6 players ages 8 years and older. The game comes with both a rule sheet and video instructions, to make learning the rules easy. This game is crazy enough to keep the kids engaged, and strategic to keep the adults entertained as well.

This Christmas party game is fun for the whole family. Players will race to Christmas day. The goal is to have the most extravagant Christmas! You will race around the board winning contests, buying presents, and collecting the most fun before reaching Christmas day.

WHERE TO BUY IT

If you think Holiday Fever is the game for you this Christmas be sure to pick it up. This game is perfect for a cozy game night in.

CHRISTMAS CARD GAMES

When you don’t have the space for a board game, or just need to accommodate a bigger family, CHristmas card games are a must. We have some incredible christmas party games, from mind-racking trivia, or card games based on your favorite movies. We have a Christmas game for you.

11. 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

12 days

12 Days of Christmas is a fun and festive family Christmas game. The game is made for 3 to 5 players and is best for ages 8 years and older. The play of the game is simple and easy to teach. Games are short, usually around 15 to 20 minutes. It’s a great game for a cozy night in.

The goal of the game is to have the highest amount of days and gifts by the end of the game! Players achieve this by playing through the game and collecting presents, and even Santa and Mrs Clause. This Christmas party game is a blast all year around. 

WHERE TO BUY IT

The game 12 Days of Christmas is great game for a stocking stuffer. It’s also perfect to play around the tree on Christmas day.

12. SEVEN SANTAS CHRISTMAS GAME

seven santas

Seven Santas Christmas game is a card game made for ages 5 years and older. It can play groups of 2 to 4 players. This game is a super easy family Chritsmas game to learn and play. It uses a lot of common mechanics for card games so that it’s easy to explain and can be used to introduce younger children to these game concepts.

To play Seven Santas Christmas Game each player is dealt 7 cards. Each turn a player will either draw a card from the stock or from the discard. The first player with all 7 of Santa’s cards wins!

WHERE TO BUY IT

This game is not yet available in stores. If you are interested in this game check out the link below to see more about it.

13. HOME ALONE KEEP THE CHANGE

home alone

Home Alone Keep the Change is a fantastic Christmas party game. For those who are fans of the movie you will have a great time playing out the circumstances of the film. It is made for 2 to 4 players and is recommended for ages 10 years and older. 

In the game you will either play as one of the wet bandits or as Kevin. For Kevin players they will use a deck of traps in order to stop the bandits. As the bandits you want to get as much loot as you can and escape the house before Kevin’s family gets home.

WHERE TO BUY IT

If this game sounds like a fun christmas game, please checkout the link to explore it more. This would make a great game for the holiday. 

14. TIS THE SEASON CHRISTMAS TRIVIA GAME

tis the season

This game, Tis the Season Christmas Trivia Game, Is a great play for adults and kids. This Christmas game for kids does not have a strict age limit. This game plates up to 12 people, also making it a fantastic Christmas party game. It’s full of fun, interesting, and silly fun facts that will keep the whole family happy.

The trivia questions are a mix of trivia from your favorite christmas movies, songs and many more categories. This game is both educational and entertaining, as it has fun facts about Christmas from all around the world. The player with the most Christmas knowledge wins!

WHERE TO BUY IT

This game is a great pastime for Christmas. It’s a fun game that can be played anywhere and is easy to bring along for Christmas traveling. 

15. MERRY DISSMAS

merry dissmas

Feeling like a Christmas roast is in order? WIth Merry Dissmas you’ll be in stitches with all the ridiculous questions and answers you’ll encounter. Merry Dissmas is a Christmas party game for ages 12 years and older. It plays a minimum of 3 players but can be played with 20 or more players. 

The game is pretty simple. There will be a Dis-master which rotates with each round. The player will draw a question card out and read it to the group. All other players will write down their funniest answer and it will be read out loud to the group!

WHERE TO BUY IT

If you want a crazy callout this Christmas season, Merry Dissmas is the perfect game for you. It’s a fun game that will keep players laughing for hours. 

16. CHRISTMAS STORY – A MAJOR CARD GAME

Christmas story

Need a quick and fun Christmas game? Christmas Story- A Major Card Game is perfect for you. Its play time is around 15 minutes and is easy to learn and teach. The game plays 3 to 6 players that are ages 8 years and older. The goal of the game is to make sure Ralphie gets his BB gun and Decoder for Christmas!

Players will compete to find Ralphie’s coveted Christmas presents. They will need to wheel and deal with their competitors in order to do so. Not to mention there will be bullies and triple-dog-dares to watch out for.

WHERE TO BUY IT

This is the perfect stocking stuffer this season. If you love A Christmas Story movie, the game will be just as fun!

17. NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION

National Lampoon's Christmas

This great family Christmas game is for any fan of the movie, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation! Now you can enjoy the movie all over again in game form. It’s a perfect Christmas party game, and  is made for 2 to 4 players ages 8 years and older. The game can be played in 20 minutes and would fit perfectly into a stocking. 

The goal of the game is to help Clark add all the Christmas lights to the house. However, you must watch out for the squirrels and make sense of the tangled wires. Find the right pattern in this chaos and win!

WHERE TO BUY IT

This game is a great gift for adults and kids alike. It’s a perfect Christmas morning game to keep the kids entertained. 

Santa cookie elf

Santa Cookie Elf Candy Snowman is the holiday version of a popular game called Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza. It is a perfect Christmas party game. It plays 3 to 8 players and is recommended for ages 8 years and older. This game can be played anywhere and is small and transportable. It is super easy to learn and teach and can be set up in just a few minutes. The game play is short but fun needing alone about 15 minutes to play!

Santa Cookie Elf Candy Snowman is a fast paced and fun Christmas game. PLayers slap their cards on the table while saying the next word in the line. If the word and card ever match you must not be the last player to notice!

WHERE TO BUY IT

This game is a perfect Christmas party game to bring along anywhere. This game is great year round and is tons of fun!

19. CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: A CARD GAME

Christmas lights

Christmas Lights is the perfect family Christmas game. It plays 2 to 6 players ages 6 years and older. It also is an incredible value because not only is it the standard game but there are an additional 12 games to play with the deck included!  You’ll never be tired of the game with 13 versions of it to play.

Players will trade strings of light and play cards in order to make beautiful Christmas light patterns on the tree! The player able to complete two full sets of lights wins! Of course this is only one game of 13 to choose from!

WHERE TO BUY IT

Christmas Lights is an incredible gift for this Christmas season. It’s a perfect value for 13 games in one!

20. THIS THAT AND EVERYTHING – MERRY CHRISTMAS EDITION

this that everything

This That And Everything is a great game in itself, but now check out This That and Everything- Merry Christmas Edition! This game is the ultimate Christmas party game. It is recommended for ages 12 years and older, and plays 4 to 44 players! This game can be played by any group. 

This fun Christmas game is a team game, so everyone will grab a partner. Each team takes turns. One player will draw a card and must give clues in order for their partner to guess the correct answer. Be fast, the timer is for only 30 seconds!

WHERE TO BUY IT

This game is great to bring for any Christmas party. It also makes a perfect gift for any holiday lover!

  • THIS THAT AND EVERYTHING PARTY GAME – MERRY CHRISTMAS EDITION (Buy it on Amazon

DIY CHRISTMAS GAMES

Feeling a bit crafty this Christmas season? We have several recommendations for a more personalized game experience. Bring the whole family together making over the house to be a holiday fun zone.

21. CHRISTMAS CHARADES

Christmas charades

Christmas Charades is a holiday twist on the classic game. To create this game yourself you’ll need to make a large stack of Christmas themed answer cards, these can then be shuffled and placed into a container. Players will then define teams, which can be as large or small as the host decides. Teams will then take turns, with one player acting out the answer without using sound while the other members guess. A timer is set to get as many answers in a few minutes as possible. The fun Christmas game can be made to fit any number of players!

WHAT YOU NEED

  • A timer, a stack of Christmas themed answer cards, a container to pull from, and a pen and paper for score keeping. If you want to skip the DIY below is a link to a ready made version. 
  • CHRISTMAS CHARADES (Buy it on Amazon

22. CHRISTMAS SCAVENGER HUNT

Christmas scavenger hunt

A Christmas scavenger hunt is fun for the whole family. The host of the game must make a list of items they plan to hide in a determined area, then hide those items. Copies of the list of items will be made for each player or team that participates in the game. Once the hunt is set, the players are released as they compete to be the first to find all the items before anyone else. 

This is a great family Christmas game to play. It can be made to host as many players as needed, and can be set for any difficulty as well. 

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Pens, lists of all of the scavenger hunt items, a collection of Christmas themed items (or photos of items), and a determined area for the hunt.  If you want to skip the DIY check out this version of the game available below. 
  • CHRISTMAS SCAVENGER HUNT (Buy it on Amazon

23. CHRISTMAS PICKLE

Christmas pickle

There’s a Christmas tradition that is becoming more widespread. The christmas pickle is the perfect Christmas game for kids to play before opening presents. The hosts of the game must first make their christmas pickle. This can be done with pottery, laminated paper, or an ornament. Once it is made the hosts will hide the pickle either somewhere in the christmas tree, around the presents, or somewhere around the house, depending on how difficult you want the search to be. Once it is hidden the kids are released to search. The first to find the Christmas pickle opens the first present!

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Christmas pickle made of your choice of material, and a designated area.  If you want to skip the DIY, here’s a Christmas Pickle ornament. 
  • CHRISTMAS PICKLE (Buy it on Amazon

24. CHRISTMAS MAD LIBS

Christmas mad libs

Christmas Mad Libs is the perfect family Christmas game to play throughout the season. The host must make the blank Mad Lib page using Christmas themes. An appropriate amount must be made for as many players or instances the game will be played. Once made the sheets can be filled out by asking other players for random nouns, verbs, adjectives, ect. While the original player writes the answers down. Once the page is full, it can then be read out loud to the party, or even acted out using the answers given. This is a great game even the host can play too!

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Christmas themed Mad Lib pages, pens, and guests. If you want to skip the DIY here is a version of Christmas Mad Libs online below. 
  • CHRISTMAS MAD LIBS (Buy it on Amazon

25. ANTLER RING TOSS

antler ring toss

An Antler Ring Toss is a great Christmas party game! It can be made into a drinking game for a fun Christmas game for adults, as well as being a great family Christmas game. To set up an Antler Toss first the host must decide where and what the antlers will be made of. Real antlers can be placed a distance away, or antler hats may be worn. The host will also need rings as well. To play people will take turns throwing the rings to attempt to hook them onto an antler! The person with the most rings hooked wins. 

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Antlers, either real, worn, or constructed, a way to keep score, and small rings to toss. If you want to avoid DIY, you can buy an Antler Ring Toss kit online below. 
  • ANTLER RING TOSS (Buy it on Amazon

26. SHAVING SANTA

shaving santa

Shaving Santa is a great family Christmas game. To start the players must separate into teams of two. The host should make sure each team has the same amount of shaving cream. THe team will prepare for the game, one sitting in a chair to be shaved and the other being the barber. Two teams at a time will play. WHen both barbers are ready with their towel, shaving cream, and popsicle stick, the host can say go! Both barbers will rush forward covering their “santa” with shaving cream to form a beard from ear to ear and above the top lip. Once their santa is covered with the shaving cream they will then start to “shave it off”. Once the timer runs out, whichever team was closest to completion wins a point. 

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Shaving Cream (Buy it on Amazon), a santa hat, popsicle sticks, a towel, and a timer

27. PIN THE NOSE ON RUDOLPH 

pin the nose on Rudolph

A classic party game with a Christmas twist, Pin the nose on the Rudolph makes the perfect Christmas party game.  The host can make a DIY Rudolph by drawing the famous character. I would recommend laminating the picture to use again in years to come, and the stickers will be easier to remove. The host should then either find or make several red circular stickers for Rudolph’s nose. 

To play this fun Christmas game, players will take turns, one at a time. They will be given a sticker, blind folded and then spun around several times before being faced toward Rudolph. The player is then released and must stumble their way to the picture and place their nose where they believe it should go. 

WHAT YOU NEED

  • A Large drawing of Rudolph, a blind fold, and red stickers.
  • PIN THE NOSE ON RUDOLPH  (Buy it on Amazon

28. CHRISTMAS NAME THAT TUNE

name that tune

Christmas name the tune is a fun and easy game for the whole family. The host will collect some Christmas music to be played during the game, and will need a timer as well. Players will gather for this family Christmas game, and will sit together. One at a time a player will go. The host will play the song but only for as long as the timer is. The player must guess the name of the song before the timer runs out to get a point. To make the game more difficult you may also require the artist who is singing the song as well. 

WHAT YOU NEED

29. SARAN WRAP PRESENTS

saran wrap presents

Saran wrap presents is a great Christmas game for a family tradition. The game is simple in concept but very fun in practice. The host will buy presents for the wrap. Some should be smaller gifts, and you should have at least one desirable gift for the center. The host will start by wrapping the best present first, we suggest in wrapping paper so it’s not visible. The host will begin wrapping the first present in layers of saran wrap. As the host continues to wrap they may add more gifts in between the layers, and may also use other materials such as glitter, duct tape, or slime, to make the unwrapping more chaotic. 

Once the present is fully wrapped the game can begin. The grift will be passed around the group, and each player will attempt to unwrap as much as they can within their time limit. Anything they unwrap in the process is theirs!

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Lots of Saran Wrap (Buy it on Amazon), gift(s), a timer, and any other material you wish to use. 

30. UGLY SWEATER CONTEST

ugly sweaters

An ugly sweater contest is both fun and easy. It is also an incredible Christmas party game. The host should reach out to all guests before the party to let them know about the contest. Let them know to wear their best ugly Christmas sweater. This is also a great time to let them know if there are any rules or restrictions. 

Partygoers will show up in their sweaters and all that remains is the vote. The host should have a system in place, such as a station to vote or a person to bring their vote to. The player withe the ugliest sweater wins. 

WHAT YOU NEED

FAMILY CHRISTMAS GAME

If you’re looking for a game the whole family can play, we have fantastic family christmas games. Make sure no one feels left out of the fun. With our games we have a mix of games great for smaller children and one that are fun for both the kids and adults. 

31. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

Charlie Brown Christmas

If you are looking for a great family Christmas game, A Charlie Brown Chritmas is sure to please. Named after the classic Christmas movie, this game has players racing to help Charlie Brown find the greatest Christmas tree of all time! The game can play 2 to 4 players and is recommended for players 8 years and older. 

The players will each choose their character from Snoopy, Linus, Sally, or Charlie Brown. Then the race through the Winter wonderland begins. Keep your wits about you as you tread through the icy lands, and remember that family and friends are more important than anything this Christmas season. 

WHERE TO BUY IT

A Charlie Brown Christmas is a fantastic family Christmas game that is perfect for any fan of the movie. It’s a fun, easy, and quick game for this Christmas. 

32. RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER MEMORY MASTER CARD GAME

Memory Master Rudolph

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Memory Master is a fun Christmas game for the whole family. It plays four players, in two teams. It’s recommended for ages 6 years and older, making it a great family Christmas game. It is also super easy to learn, only taking 5 minutes to explain. The game is also only 30 minutes long. 

The players will team up, and begin playing. Each player is given a hand of five cards that they must memorize, then players switch hands with their teammate. Each player then chooses a card trying to match the card their partner will pick. If you match you gain a point!

WHERE TO BUY IT

This game is fun, simple, and perfect for Christmas. This game is sure to please any little one in the house. 

33. RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER CHRISTMAS JOURNEY

Rudolph's Christmas journey

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Christmas Journey is the perfect Christmas game for kids and adults alike. It features tons of Christmas characters we know and love. The game is made for 2 to 4 players and is recommended for ages 8 years and older. This fun family Christmas game comes with three game modes and classic characters such as Rudolph, Hermey, and more. 

Players are enlisted by Santa to help Rudolph find the misfit toys before Christmas day. The players will explore the winter wonderland in hopes of tracking down these toys so that all the little boys and girls will have their presents on Christmas morning.

WHERE TO BUY IT

Get this game for a Rudolph lover in your family. It’s the perfect game for kids this Christmas season.

34. CHIP ‘N’ DALE CHRISTMAS TREASURES

Chip n Dale Christmas

Chip ‘n’ Dale Christmas Treasures is a great Christmas game for kids. It plays ages 5 years and older and can play 2 to 6 players. The game is easy to learn and typically lasts for 20 minutes. It’s a fantastic resource to teach kids memory skills.

The players will race to collect as many treasures for Chip and Dale’s stockpile for winter. One player at a time, they will take turns flipping cards looking for matches. The game includes events to watch out for, and a start to top the tree! The player with the most treasures at the end of the game wins!

WHERE TO BUY IT

Chip ‘n’ Dale Christmas Treasure is a fun Christmas game that is perfect for a stocking stuffer. Kids will love this fun festive game. 

35. THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS MERRY MADNESS

Merry Madness

If your little one is a fan of Halloween, this would be the perfect game for them! The Nightmare Before Christmas Merry Madness is a family Christmas game to die for. The game can play 3 to 5 players and is recommended for ages 6 years and older. The game has strong themes from the movie it is based on and has the perfect mix of festive and spooky. 

The players will be rushing to make presents to send off to the children of the world. Fulfill the presents requested form the dice roll and rush them to Sandy Claws bag!

WHERE TO BUY IT

This is a fun, and easy game to play this Christmas season. The themes and multiple ways to play will keep the excitement going. 

36. SANTA’S FACTORY

Santa's Factory

Santa’s Factory is an incredible Christmas game for kids. It;s made for 2 to 4 players and is recommended for ages 4 years and older. Kids will love this game which has tubes to slide gifts through and a rotating Santa’s sleigh. 

The goal of the game is to load all the presents into Santa’s sleigh so he can deliver presents to all the nice girls and boys of the world. The kids will learn motor skills and will train depth perception and strengthen object permanence. It’s sure to keep your kids busy and entertained all through the Christmas season. 

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Santa’s Factory is the perfect game to get a little one this Christmas. The dynamic board and gameplay will help stimulate their brains and have fun.

37. FROSTY THE SNOWMAN BOARD GAME

Frosty the Snowman

Frosty the Snowman Board Game is an exciting race to save Frosty and keep him coming back year after year. This is the perfect family Christmas game. It plays 2 to 4 players, and is recommended for ages 8 years and older. This game is great for a cozy night in.

Players will play one of 4 Frosty characters. They will race to the North Pole, avoiding dangers and obstacles in order to find Santa. Santa can use his Christmas magic to save Frosty and make sure he can return every Christmas. The player to help save Frosty first wins the game!

WHERE TO BUY IT

This game is perfect for a small Christmas gathering. If it’s just you and the kids this Christmas, this game will be fun for all. 

38. MATCH: RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER

Match Rudolph

Match: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is the perfect game to get your little ones this Christmas. This Christmas game for kids, is recommended for ages as young as 4 years and older. The game plays 2 players, making it perfect for your kids to play together. It teaches memory, strategy, and cognitive skills. 

KIds will love this game that has some of their favorite Christmas characters on it. The game is simple: match 5 in a row of any character in any direction and win! Kids will have fun playing with the blocks and it’s the perfect size to travel with. 

WHERE TO BUY IT

If you’re traveling, or just want to give the kids something to have fun with, this game is perfect. It’s simple, quick, and easy to clean up.

39. MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL GAME

Mickey's Christmas Carol

Mickey’s Christmas Carol Game is a great pastime. It encompasses the themes of Christmas perfectly by bringing in details from the movies. It’s a fun Christmas game that can be played with 2 to 4 players. It is also recommended for ages 4 years and older, making it available for the whole family. 

Players will race the clock, collecting puzzle pieces from the bag and trying to recreate pictures before Scrooge can wake up. Each player will have a small puzzle board, showing a scene from the movie. They must collect all their pieces and solve the puzzle before the clock strikes. 

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This cozy game is small and easy to travel with. It’s a great game to showcase the events of the movie, and have kids remembering the themes of the movie.

40. DR. SEUSS: MERRY GRINCHMAS!

Merry Grinchmas

Merry Grinchmas! Or maybe not so merry for the Whos of Whoville. Dr. Seuss: Merry Grinchmas is a great family Christmas game, and is super fun for those who are a fan of the movie. The goal is to collect presents for the Whos before Grinch steals them all away. 

Players will race the grinch, making and saving as much of Christmas as they can from the Grinch. They will race across the board hoping to save Christmas. The whos are none the wiser and if you manage to gather more presents than the Grinch, Christmas will be saved and you will win!

WHERE TO BUY IT

You can find this fun Christmas game below. It’s a great gift to those who are a fan of the classic film, and make a fantastic way to spend some time together on Christmas day.

CHRISTMAS DRINKING GAMES

Drinking games are fun for any occasion, but we have some special Christmas games for adults that are sure to liven up the party. In these fun Christmas games, we have games for any number of party goers. Some allow a competitive edge, and others are meant to just add to the classic entertainment. Always drink responsibly!

41. SANTA HAT DRINKING GAME

Santa hat

The Santa Hat Drinking game is a great Christmas party game. It does not need a lot of setup, and does not have any complicated rules to pay attention to. The host will need to get a large Santa hat. Then the party should discuss a movie to put on. Once a movie is decided on the host should place the hat on one of the corners of the TV. Any time a character ends up wearing the Santa hat you must drink. To make it even more exciting you can put a Santa hat on both sides of the TV. 

WHAT YOU NEED

42. CHRISTMAS ALPHABET GAME

Christmas Alphabet

The Christmas Alphabet game is an exciting, and fast-paced Christmas game for adults. The host will prepare drinks and then all players should sit around in a circle for the game. The first player will start the game off by saying out loud a Christmas themed word starting with the letter A, such as angel. The next player must quickly, without pause, state another Christmas themed word starting with the letter B. This continues until a player pauses too long or does not have an answer, they must drink. The game continues and once the alphabet is completed you may start over from the beginning or end the game. 

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43. “DRINK IF” GAME- CHRISTMAS

Drink if

Drink If – Christmas is a Christmas game that plays like the opposite of Never Have I Ever. Players will sit around together with drinks. The first player to go will need to think of a prompt. The player will declare “drink if…” and give a Christmas related scenario. Some good examples would include “drink if…” you’ve missed a flight on Christmas, regifted a Christmas present, or kissed under mistletoe. The players who have done this scenario will drink. The next player will choose another scenario to state. The game continues until the players are too drunk to keep playing or when interests wane. 

WHAT YOU NEED

44. JINGLE SHOTS

Jingle shots

Jingle shots is a festive and fun Christmas game for adults. The goal of the game is to be the most sober by the end. The host should get shot glasses and alcohol ready for the game. The players will sit around in a circle and the first player will start singing their favorite Christmas song. After singing a line or two the player to their left must continue the song with the next time. Players continue going around the circle until the song ends or a player messes up a line or doesn’t know the next one. WHen this happens the player who messes up must take a shot and then start singing their favorite song from the beginning.

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45. PRANCER PONG

Prancer pong

If you have played classic Ping Pong, Prancer Pong is a Christmas variant that’s perfect for the holiday. The host must collect a nice table, several plastic cups, and ping pong balls. The game is set up so that instead of a triangle shape on each teams side, there is a Christmas tree shape made with the cups. Teams will be made, and the game can begin. The players will take turns throwing the balls in an attempt to make their ball into a cup. When a player scores then the other team’s player must drink. The cup is then removed from the shape. The first team to clear their opponent’s table is the winner.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Cups, Ping Pong table, Ping Pong balls, Alcohol. Here is a link to a Christmas Beer pong set (Buy it on Amazon

46. KRIS KRINGLE

Kris Kringle

Kris Kringle is a simple yet complex game. It is an easy to set up, and play Christmas party game. The host should get lots of alcoholic drinks for the party. PLayers will all sit next to each other in a large circle. The game starts of simple, the first player looks to the player to their left and says “Kris Kringle”. The next player will do the same and so forth. Eventually a player may decide to say “jingle jingle”. Any time this phrase is said the order of the phrase reverses. Moving forward from the player who says “jingle jingle” now each player must say “Kringle Kris”. If a player messes up the phrase they must drink.

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47. ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE

rockin' around the christmas tree

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree is a fantastic Christmas game for adults. This game takes music, drinking, and dancing to a whole new level. The host should set up the christmas tree so participants can dance round the circumference. Drinks should be prepared, and music should be readied. To play the host will start up the music. All players then begin to dance around the Christmas tree. Once the host stops the music all players must freeze! The host will check each person to make sure they are sufficiently frozen and deadpan. If anyone does not meet their standard they must drink! Then the music starts up again. 

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48. NEVER HAVE I EVER-CHRISTMAS EDITION

Never have i ever

Never have I Ever is a classic party game. Now you can play it with a Christmas twist. This great drinking game is also a fantastic Christmas game for adults as well. The game is very similar to the original. The players will all take turns declaring this they have never experienced on Christmas. Some examples include Never have I Ever…. Drank eggnog, kissed under the mistletoe, lost a present on christmas day, ect. 

Once a player makes a declaration, every player who has done the activity must take a drink. The game can be played until the players are satiated. 

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49. ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH

angels we have heard on high

Angels we have Heard on High is a fun Christmas game. It is very loud though so be warned. The goal of the game is to be able to distinguish who is the angel every round. To play a random player is chosen to close their eyes for the turn. Another random player will loudly yell “on high” over the sounds of the party. The first player must then guess which party goer is the angel they heard. If they guess correctly then the angel must take a drink, but if the guesser is incorrect the they must drink instead.

WHAT YOU NEED

50. DECK THE HALLS

deck the halls

Deck the Halls is a fantastic Christmas game for adults. It’s a fun drinking game that involves stealth and opportunity. The host will need to buy lots of Christmas bows, and alcohol for the occasion. The host will then either choose to divvy up the bows equally to each player or to have the bows scattered around the party area available to everyone. 

The player will attempt to secretly stick bows onto the backs of other party goers. If they notice the bow is removed and the player caught must take a drink. At the end of every hour the player must see how many bows they each have on their backs and take that many drinks. 

WHAT YOU NEED

CONCLUSION

There are so many great games to choose from, whether you are looking for family Christmas games, or some Christmas games for adults only. We have compiled these games to make the season a little easier. The games above make perfect Christmas party games as well as terrific presents. You can’t go wrong planning your holiday with these games in mind. 

Sit back and relax, using this resource to take a little stress off you this Holiday season. WIth all the festivities planned and the hustle and bustle of Christmas Day, make sure you find time to connect and spend time with friends and family. 

Amber Crook
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There are several ways to play roulette online. You can choose to play with or without a casino’s house edge. Most online casinos offer this option as well as an auto-play feature for those who want to sit back and let the game run itself.

Explore and learn more about the popular game roulette

Online games in various forms have become popular in the UK and worldwide. On tradacasino.com you can explore many different games and play live roulette, one of the most popular and iconic games in the world.

Even if you’re not very familiar with casinos, you can probably still easily picture a Roulette wheel. Roulette is one of the most beloved and popular casino games, especially in the UK. And it’s very easy to see why. The popular game is played in the UK and worldwide for a number of reasons. It’s a fixture in casinos and very easy to recognize and play for most people. It’s fun and easy to learn quickly. Now, you can play Live roulette and many other popular casino games on Tradacasino.com from the comfort of your own home and still experience its many benefits.

Roulette is fun and easy to learn

Over the past years, online games have skyrocketed in terms of popularity in the UK and across the world. From slots to blackjack and roulette, there’s something for everyone. The roulette table consists of two parts. The wheel and the roulette layout. It’s composed of 36 numbered spaces, which are either coloured black or red and arranged in three columns of 12 spaces each, where the number 1 is on top and the number 36 is at the bottom. In a game of roulette, the players bet on which black or red numbered compartment of a spinning wheel a small ball will eventually come to rest on. It’s a game that offers excitement, chance and the planning of strategies. Visit roulette-games.co.uk and learn to play roulette with a step-by-step guide.

Games with pirate or Egyptian themes

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Roulette originated in France

One of the first forms of roulette is believed to have had its origin in France in the early 18th century. The game is named after the French word which means little wheel. It is derived from much older games, and since its birth, it has been developed and modernised many times. It was not until about the year 1790 that the game of roulette achieved its present layout design and wheel structure, and since then it has grown in popularity. Today it is one of the most popular games in casinos around Europe and the world. Read more about the origins of roulette on Britannica.

 

Chili Eruption Thundershots Game Review

For a simple yet spicy casino slots experience, this title could certainly be one to consider. As the name suggests, the Chili Eruption Thundershots slot revolves around red and green chillis, with a total of three bonus modes being linked to these icons. The board itself sits in the middle of a desert, and a handful of cacti can be seen on either side. Chili Eruption Thundershots comes with a total of 5 reels, 20 paylines, and a minimum stake size of 0.10 per play!

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This title was created by Playtech, a titan in the realm of online slots. In the past, they have released a huge variety of different games, such as Sahara Riches: Cash Collect, Full Moon Wild Track, and Flaming Bars. Playtech titles tend to come optimised for mobile devices, which also applies to their range of table games.

Featured Symbols

Chili Eruption Thundershots 3

The standard symbols in Chili Eruption Thundershots consist of the J, Q, K, and A symbols that can be found in many online slots UK. Premium symbols are shown as a pair of maracas, a guitar, a sombrero, a skull, and a pinata. These can award players with up to 4x, 4x, 5x, 10x, or 15x, their stake size, respectively, should five land along the same payline. 

Wild symbols are also present, displayed as a bottle of hot sauce, or a splatter icon during one of the bonus rounds. Of course, wilds can replace any standard or premium symbol as part of a combination. There are also two different scatter icons, shown as red and green chillis, which are responsible for triggering the bonus modes in this title. 

Bonuses and Jackpots

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The first bonus mode in Chili Eruption Thundershots is the regular free spins mode, which can be triggered if three chilli scatter symbols appear anywhere in view. Before the round starts, each chilli will reveal an additional number of free spins or a win multiplier, with the maximum sitting at 12 and 8x, respectively. If any other chillis land during the round, they can add more spins or increase the win multiplier, too! 

Now, during the base game, whenever a chilli symbol lands, it will be added to a pot at the top of the board. This can randomly become full, at which point either ‘Saucy Super Spins or the ‘Thundershots’ feature will trigger. If players are awarded with ‘Saucy Super Spins’, the pot will tip over, causing chillis and wild symbols to randomly be added across the reels. This is repeated at the start of each spin, and again, chillis can award extra spins or increase the potential win multiplier for the round. 

Finally, there is the Thundershots bonus, where players will be taken to a wheel featuring an assortment of different potential winnings. These include fixed values, free spins, and ‘Saucy Super Spins’. The wheel will be spun five times, with the outcome of each spin being totalled up and awarded at the end of the round. If players land on any bonus rounds, these will begin immediately after the fifth Thundershots spin has been finalised. 

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In conclusion, Chili Eruption Thundershots lives up to the spicey theme with the inclusion of three interesting bonuses. Two of these are made up of free spin modes, while the other grants the player a total of five spins on a wheel featuring various potential winnings!  

Is Chili Eruption Thundershots available to play at bwin?

Yes, Chili Eruption Thundershots and many other popular video slots can be found at bwin.

Which company created the Chili Eruption Thundershots slot?

Chili Eruption Thundershots was produced by Playtech.

How do players unlock the bonus mode in Chili Eruption Thundershots?

Like in many slots online, landing three scatter icons simultaneously will trigger the free spins bonus in Chili Eruption Thundershots.