Lakeside Inn and Casino 168 • Highway 50, Stateline, NV 89449 • Toll-free: 800-624-7980, Local: 775-588-7777

Gaming Guide


South Lake Tahoe SlotsSlot machines have grown rapidly in popularity over the past decade. Technology has given the slot player more exciting options with a much wider variety of games. At Lakeside Inn, we maintain the popular machines, and introduce the newest equipment for your entertainment. If you are unfamiliar with a specific type of machine, please ask our slot staff to assist you in learning the proper method of play. Our personnel are knowledgeable about the newer machines and are happy to help you feel more comfortable with your gaming experience.

Lakeside Inn and Casino is proud to offer the higher payout schedules traditional throughout Nevada. You may even notice some payouts here are better than those offered in other area casinos.



South Lake Tahoe BlackjackBlackjack (sometimes referred to as Twenty-One) is one of the most popular table games, mostly because it is simple to learn and fun to play. The object of the game is to make a hand that is 21 or closer to 21 than that of the dealer (it is important not to exceed 21).

  • Each player receives two cards, and the dealer receives two cards (one of which is placed face up). Cards are counted at their face value, except face cards, which count as 10, and aces, which count as 1 or 11. Aces can be confusing at first, please ask your dealer to help you count hands which contain aces.
  • After receiving your first two cards, the dealer will give you the option of taking another card (hitting) or staying on the cards you have received (standing). There are hand signals, which are proper etiquette when playing Blackjack. Once again, your dealer will explain the proper method of asking for a "hit" or indicating you'd like to "stand". If after hitting your hand the total of your cards exceeds 21, you must surrender your cards to the dealer.
  • The dealer has specific rules by which they must play their hand. These rules will be posted on the table. If the dealer's hand exceeds 21 after a hit is taken, all players who did not exceed 21 prior to the dealer hitting will be paid. Otherwise, your hand must be closer to 21 than that of the dealer. If the player and the dealer have the same count, no money will be exchanged. The hand becomes a "push".
  • If a player's first two cards are an ace and a 10 or face card, the player has a Blackjack and will win one and one half times their bet. If the dealer also has a Blackjack the hand becomes a "push". When the dealer asks for Insurance, please request an explanation of this bet. It will only occur when the dealer's up card is an ace.
  • There are several other bets available to the players on a Blackjack game, which increase the fun and excitement of playing, such as "doubling down" and "splitting". Your dealer can explain the rules for these interesting bets and will be happy to show you the proper protocol for making them.

If you are interested in learning this fun and simple game, just let one of our dealer's know you are a novice. They will be happy to assist you in learning the rules. 



South Lake Tahoe CrapsDice games have fascinated people and decided fates for over 2,000 years. When Caesar made his decision to take his army across the Rubicon against the instructions of Rome, he took his reply from the language of the dice player: "lacta alea est." The die is cast.

Popular among the most fashionable gentlemen of the 18th and 19th century was a dice game called Hazard, played in luxurious private gaming houses throughout England. The French adopted the game and called it "Crapaud", an adaptation of the word "Craps" a name for a pair of ones. Today, the game of "Craps" is a simple Americanized version of "Hazard"; it was made popular on the riverboats and wharfs during the days of the early settlers.

  • Craps is a fast paced game played with dice and offers many exciting bets.
  • One player known as the "shooter" throws the dice.  All other players may bet either with the shooter or against the shooter.
  • If the shooter throws the dice and they total 7 or 11 on the first throw (come out), bets on the "pass line" will be paid by the dealers. If the shooter throws the dice and they total 2, 3 or 12 (these numbers are called "craps"), the dealers will collect the "pass line" bets.
  • If the shooter throws a total of 3 or 12 on the first throw, bets on the "don't pass" line will be paid (a total of 2 is neither paid nor taken). If the shooter throws a total of 7 or 11 the "don't pass" line will be collected by the dealers.
  • If the shooter throws a total of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, that number will be considered their point.
  • Once the point has been established, if the shooter throws the point before a 7 is thrown the "pass line" bets will be paid and the "don't pass" bets will be collected. This is called a "pass" and the game starts over with a new roll (come out). The same shooter will retain shooting privileges.
  • Once the point has been established, if the shooter throws 7 before the point is thrown again, the "don't pass" bets will be paid and the "pass line" bets will be collected. The game then starts over with a new shooter. "Pass line" and "don't pass" bets are only made on the shooters first roll (come out).
  • "Come" and "don't come" bets are made after a point has been established. The rules for these bets are the same as the rules for the "pass" and "don't pass" bets.
  • Players can make proposition bets anytime during the game as long as the dice have not been given to the shooter. With the exception of "hardways", proposition bets are only in action for one roll of the dice. All proposition bets must be placed by the dealer in the center of the table. Please ask our dealers to explain these bets. They can add a lot of excitement to the game.
  • "Field" bets may be placed anytime during the game. Players making a bet in the "field" are betting that 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12 will roll on the next roll of the dice. These bets are one roll bets. Players place their own bets in the field and should position them as close to themselves as possible. Be sure to pick up your winnings when a "field" number rolls.
  • Place bets, buy bets and odds bets are more complicated and should be explained to you by the dealers while you are playing. It is easier to learn the game while playing and the dealers will have more time for explanations on a game that is not too busy. Please feel free to approach the game and tell the dealer you are a novice.

Lakeside Inn and Casino dealers will be happy to help you learn this exciting dice game. Odds and payoff schedules are available at the craps table.



South Lake Tahoe PokerTexas Hold Em Basics

  • The two players to the left of the dealer put out blind bets. (A blind bet is a forced bet to bet the action started.)  The player directly to the dealer's left puts out the small blind while the player two to the dealer's left puts out the big blind. 
  • Every player is dealt two cards, face down. These are called hole or pocket cards.
  • The action, or the first move, falls on the player to the left of the big blind. She can either call the bet, raise it, or fold. Betting continues around the table, clockwise.
  • After the betting is completed, three cards are dealt face up in the center of the table, which is referred to as the board. The first three cards in Texas Hold'em are called the flop. These cards are “community cards” meaning everyone can (and will) use them in combination with their own hole cards to make the best hand.
  • From the flop on, betting begins with the player to the dealer’s left, who can check or bet.
  • A fourth card is dealt face up onto the board. This is called fourth street or the turn card.
  • Another round of betting.
  • The final card is dealt face up. This card is also called fifth street or the river.
  • A final round of betting occurs. The remaining players show their cards and the person who can make the best five card hand by combining their pocket cards with the cards on the board wins.
  • Note: In some rare cases in Texas Hold'em, the five cards making up the board will actually be the best hand, in which case everyone left in the hand divides up the pot.
  • And now you know how to play and all the basic Texas Hold'em rules!

The staff in The Poker Room at Lakeside is happy to help players of all levels.  Don’t let the terms scare you away!  For more information about Texas Hold Em visit this helpful page on Wikipedia.



Lake Tahoe Sports BookSports betting can add to the action and excitement of spectator sports. Lakeside Inn and Casino's Sports Book staff can assist you in making wagers and help familiarize you with the different types of bets available.

Basic Sports Book Wagers

  • Straight Bets - A wager on one event whose outcome for betting purposes shall be determined by a point spread or money odds.

  • Parlays - Two or more team events or propositions can be tied together to make one wager (multiple odds). All teams must win by the listed point spread. Parlays are more challenging to win than straight bets, but the return on your wager is much more attractive. The more teams bet, the higher the payoff. Parlay odds are posted in the Sports Book.

  • Teasers - A type of wager in which additional points are either added to the underdog or subtracted from the favorite. Teaser points and payoffs are posted in the Sports Book.

To help you understand the bets and to learn the easiest method of making your wagers, please ask the writer to assist you.



Race BookBetting on horse racing is different than betting on other sports, but the differences make the sport more attractive in many ways - there are many more widely available options to bet on any race than there are for most regular sporting events. It's also pretty easy once you understand what's going on, or once you have someone explain horse race wagering to you. If you aren't familiar with betting on the ponies, here's a quick introduction to the more common bets that are available.


This is the most common and most obvious bet. You are simply picking the horse that you think will win the race. There is a $2 minimum on this bet, and there is no maximum. The payouts for this bet are listed on the tote board at almost every track, so you can easily tell what the return will be on your bet. Horseracing uses a pari-mutuel system, which means that the payout on a bet is determined by the amount bet on a horse compared to the other horses. The more that is bet on a horse to win, the lower the payout will be.


This is like a win bet, except it pays off if your horse finishes in first or in second. Because you have twice as many opportunities to win the payoff is obviously less than it is for a win bet.


This is a bet where a horse has to finish first, second or third in order for you to get paid. This bet has the least risk available, but that means that it often doesn't pay very well. The minimum possible payout is a profit of 10 cents on a $2 bet.


To win this bet you have to correctly select the two horses that will finish first and second in a race. In order to pay off it doesn't matter which order the horses come in as long as one is first and the other is second.

Pick 3

Like the daily double only harder, this bet requires you to choose winners in three consecutive races. As with some of the previous bets, the pick 3 will most often be played by bettors with a combination of more than one horse in one or more of the races. Pick 3's are usually offered on every set of three races on a card.

Pick 6 (or Pick 7 in some places)

This is the hardest bet to win on any track, but it is also the most lucrative. On big race days the payoff for picking this bet correctly can be several hundred thousand dollars. Because of that you will often see people bet hundreds of dollars worth of different combinations in hopes of picking a correct one. If there is no winning ticket on a day (which is very common), some of the money in the pool will be paid out to the bettors that had the most correct choices, and the rest of the pool will be carried over to the next day. The carryover can often build up to be very large. On those days the betting action is often very heavy.

Our knowledgeable Race Book writers can explain exotic bets such as the quinella, exacta, trifecta, superfecta or daily double. These bets are available if the track is offering them for a particular race.



South Lake Tahoe RouletteBetting on the wheel began almost with its invention. The ancient Romans were legendary for wagering on spinning chariot wheels and other "wheel of fortune" devices. Pascal, a French mathematics scholar, is credited with inventing roulette in the 17th century as a variation on perpetual motion devices. The French introduced roulette in England sometime in the 1800"s and history reveals that the game is identical to that which we play in the Nevada casinos. The game grew in popularity across the United States from the illegal gambling rooms in New Orleans to the bars and bordellos of California and Nevada. Roulette is the oldest casino game played today.

  • Roulette is a simple game, easy to play and fun to learn, with a variety of bets and combinations of bets, some at long odds and some at even odds.
  • The roulette wheel has 36 numbers from 1 to 36, plus a "0" and "00." The numbers are alternately colored red and black, except the "0" and "00" which are green.
  • Play begins when the players have placed most of their bets by putting chips on the numbered layout. The dealer then spins the ball in the opposite direction of the spinning wheel. Bets may be placed until the ball is about ready to drop into the wheel and the dealer calls, "No more bets, please." The dealer will place a marker on the winning number and all bets on that number will be paid.
  • Each player is issued chips of a different color, denominations are determined when buying-in. You may make as many bets as you wish.
  • Bets may be placed in many different ways on the table, and on a variety of numbers. Players may choose to play different numbers every spin or select favorite numbers such as birthdays, ages or anniversaries.
  • Payoffs vary depending on the type of bet placed. Your dealer can give you a quick demonstration of the types of bets available and the corresponding payoffs. Payoff schedules are available at the roulette game. You are now ready to play roulette, just like in the movies.



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