Casino Games

Casino games are vastly popular among millions of players for hundreds of years. They are primarily 3 categories of casino games; table games (roulettes, and craps), electronic gaming machines (pokies and video pokers) and random number ticket games (keno and bingos).

A major obstacle for players in playing and wagering in all these wonderful game were the restrictions enforced by various governments. The birth of online casino came as a relief to millions of players world-wide as they could enjoy the games sitting in their own table and their favorite chair, from anywhere in the world. Online casino games are backed by a software developer who created the game and rendered all the necessary features to suit player needs.
Below are the most admired online casino games available throughout online casinos.

Pokies Games

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Pokies (Australian and New Zealand English), Slots (American English), Fruit Machines (Classic British English) are undoubtedly the most popular casino games. After the huge success of Liberty Bell, the first slot machine invented around 1887; pokies have been bigger and better in every aspect. Innovative designs, improved payouts, eye-catching themes, attractive bonuses, have all helped this game become one of the pioneers in the gaming world. Thereafter, Microgaming started translating the traditional land-based pokie to the web which proved equally successful. Now there are numerous software clients developing this game giving result to 500+ pokie games available online.

Online pokies have virtual mechanical reels which contain symbols that are spun using a random number generator. After the reels are spun, the symbols line up in random order. If the symbols line up along a pay line and create a combination, you win, as simple as that. The chance of spinning a combination at random is programmed to pay out at a certain percentage which is called a Payout Percentage. This figure varies among casinos and pokie games.

The prime attractions that online pokies offer over land-based pokies are the extensive range of added features into the game. Almost all the online pokies are comprised of unique themes, additional bonuses like wild and scatter symbols, free spins, multipliers and bonus games.

Roulette Games

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Roulette is the French term for ‘Small Wheel’. Since first played in Paris in 1796, it is perhaps the most popular among table games and the fact that it offers such a wide variety of betting options is its cutting-edge.

A Roulette table consists of a range of numbers, 0 – 36 (37 numbers; European & French Roulette) or 0 – 36 plus 00 (38 numbers; American Roulette) which are either coloured in Red or Black. Players place chips on either a specific number called Inside betting or range of pockets which are divided into groups called Outside betting, like Even or Odd, Red or Black, 1st 12/2nd 12 or 3rd 12. A small ball is thrown into the Roulette wheel which contains all the numbers on the table. The wheel is spun and a small ball is thrown in the opposite direction of the spinning Roulette wheel. The numbers and colours are determined by where the ball lands at the end.

The payout odd for each type of bet is determined by its probability. For example, the paying odds for a win on a single number bet would be 35 to 1 whereas a win on an Odd or Even bet would be 1 to 1.

Blackjack Games

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Also known as 21, Blackjack is arguably the most widely played casino table game in the world. The origin of this game has still not been exactly traced. Some believe that its started in France where it was called Vingt-et-Un or ‘twenty-one’ and some say it was originated in Spain which was called ‘Thirty-one’ where as others believe it was created by the Roman, but an exact origination remains a debate. Nonetheless, the French Vingt-en-Un or ‘21’ grows in popularity till date.

Some rules of Blackjack differ according to region of play or in this case, the type of Blackjack played, however, the general rule remains the same. The online blackjack shows a semicircular table. The players start by placing their wagers on the betting box. Each player is dealt with 2 cards each, most of the times visible only by the players. The dealer also deals himself with a face up card, visible by all and a face down card, visible only by the dealer. Next, the dealer hands the players additional cards from the Dealer’s Shoe.

In order to win, the sum of cards in the player’s possession should rank higher than that the dealer, but without exceeding 21. In order to take a card, the player must ‘Hit’, to end their turns ‘Stand’, to double their bet amount and receive a single card ‘Double’, ‘Split’ if the player receives identical cards and wants to separate them making 2 hands, or give up by clicking ‘Surrender’.

The valuation of cards in Blackjack is conducted in a unique way. The numbers card count on its original value whereas face or picture cards count as a 10 and the Ace can be valued as either 1 or 11, depending on the player’s choice.

Players lose their wager either by exceeding 21 in their sum of cards which is called a Bust, or by having a set of cards lower in value than the dealer. Winnings are paid out 1:1 except for a Blackjack win (card of 21) where the payout is 3:2.

Video Poker

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Video Poker is amongst the popular forms of gambling found in all the casinos today. Originally known to be created around the 70’s, the game really came into action when SIRCOMA or International Game Technology, as we know it today, introduced the Draw Poker in 1979. Unlike many other casino games, video poker is also a game of skill and not just pure speculation. Low house edge, possibility of large wins and one man game play are few of the reasons this game is so vastly popular throughout the world. Players also tend to find this game less intimidating that other casino games, eventually helping the players feel more comfortable wagering in the game.
The rules of video poker are pretty straight forward. It is generally players with a standard 52 card deck (unless it has additional jokers involved) and basically follows the guidelines of Five-card draw poker. Players make the wager by adjusting the bet amount and bet per line and press the ‘deal’ button. The game randomly hands over 5 cards from the deck. The play gold cards that they want to keep and discard the rest which is later replaced by another random card from the remaining deck. The payouts are elaborately displayed during the game play itself and players are paid to the poker value of his final hand.

Other Games

This is a classic example of the wide range of games that online casinos offer. Apart from Pokies, Roulette, Blackjack and Video Poker, these are games that do not fall under any major categories. Craps, Baccarat and Scratchies are among the popular games that are classified as other games in major casinos.

Craps

Craps is undoubtedly one of the liveliest game in any casino. In Craps, players wager on the outcome of the dice roll. The Shooter (player rolling the dice) rolls a pair of dice on the Craps table that is filled with a variety of betting options relating to the outcome of the dice.  For instance, players can place their chips on ‘Pass’ (a roll of 2, 3 or 12, which is also known as Craps) or ‘Point’ (4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10) or even on specific outcomes.

Baccarat

Baccarat also known as ‘Punto Banco’ is amongst the oldest casino games ever played. The game is immensely popular among high rollers and Asian gamblers especially in Macau where it is extremely dominant. The game is primarily divided into 3 categories according to the size of the table in which it is played, but having similar rules.
Baccarat is a simple betting game based on pure speculation but played with great intensity and excitement by game by players. The basic rule is to obtain a hand that is close to 9. Place your bets on either the player, the banker or a tie and a correct guess on the player or the banker have win odds of 1:1 and an odd of 8:1 on a tie. After the players and the banker receive their 3 cards, they are totaled and you win by correctly betting on who will have the card total with the highest value. The cards from A to 9 have their natural value but anything above a 9 has a value of 0.

Scratchies

Scratch-cards are a fast and fun way to win casino money. There are hardly any rules in a scratchie game but players are sure to be highly satisfied with the wins. All players have to do is buy tickets and keep scratching for generous prizes. These games are popular due to the mere fact that there is hardly any rule to understand and lots of prizes to win.