Online Casino Games – Overview of Slots, Blackjack, Video Poker and More
The most exciting thing about an online casino is the games. Most Realtime Gaming and Playtech powered online casinos have anywhere in the region of 150 to as many as 250 games and these games can be accessed instantly or from within a download client. Most Microgaming casinos contain anywhere between 250 to 630+ different games (also available instantly via a flash casino platform or from within a download client).
The vast majority of the games are generally available in the real cash mode, plus they should also be available what is commonly referred to as the free play mode, the demo mode or the practice mode.
Whether you are playing at online casino that is powered by Microgaming, Playtech, Realtime Gaming, IGT Interactive, Betsoft Gaming, Sheriff Gaming, Net Entertainment, NuWorks, Bwin Party or even by the casinos very own ‘in-house’ proprietary software, you can pretty much guarantee that the following game categories will be available.
Online slot machines tend to take up most of the space at any of today’s online casinos. In other words, more than 50% of the games available at today’s online casinos are generally slots.
The main different slot categories include Classic Slots, Fruit Machines, Video Slots, 3D slots and Progressive Slots, plus depending on where you are playing/which software provider has developed the slot will determine exactly what category the slot falls into.
The great thing about slots is that they have a wide betting range, they are easy to play and there are so many fun ones out there for you to enjoy exploring.
Blackjack is one of the world’s most love card games and it is now widely available online. This is a particularly fast-paced card game and the rules are very easy to learn. Most hands are over in just a couple of seconds and although there are several different versions, most versions follow the same basic principles – reach as close to 21 as possible and beat the dealer.
Some of the most common blackjack variants that you can expect to find online today (in no particular order) include standard blackjack, multi hand blackjack, pontoon, blackjack surrender, live blackjack, progressive blackjack, 21 duel blackjack, super 21, face up 21, blackjack redeal, spanish blackjack, Atlantic City blackjack, double exposure and perfect pairs.
Online Video Poker
Video Poker is basically five card draw poker, but the game is played out in a virtual environment. The game is played alone, meaning that you don’t have to play poker against any other players and all you have to do is try and achieve a winning poker hand using the five cards that you are dealt.
The great thing is that you can discard certain cards and then have new ones redealt in an attempt to improve your hand. If those cards improve your hand and you end up with a winning poker hand (of usually tens or better), you will then be paid accordingly. The most common video poker variants include aces and faces, all american, tens or better, jacks or better and deuces wild.
Roulette is one of the most exciting table games available online today. The aim is to place bet on where you think the while ball will land after it has finished spinning around the roulette wheel. There are normally 37 slots on a European roulette wheel (38 on an America roulette wheel), but the betting table contains even more possibilities for you to strategically place your chips on.
The minimum bet when playing roulette is usually 1.00 coin (in any currency), but this can involve several different bets or just one bet. In addition to American Roulette and French/European Roulette, you can also now find mini roulette, 3D roulette, Marvel roulette and one or two other exciting variants.
Although Craps tends to be one of the most confusing games to learn in a casino, it is also usually the most popular game where all the excitement is. The aim is to place a wager on what you think the outcome of the dice will be. The betting table contains multiple different betting choices, but the demo mode should help you get to grips with the main bet types.
When you play craps for the first time, it would be a good idea to head straight to the rules section. This area should reveal the different odds, which can help in your decision making when placing your chips.
Online Baccarat, just like blackjack, is a very fast paced card game that is played against the dealer. However, the aim of this game is not to reach as close to 21 as possible. Using the cards you are dealt, the total value of the winning hand must be as close to 9 as possible. Before the hands starts, you can bet either on the dealers hand (the banker), the players hand, or for the game to end in a tie.
Some of the most popular version of baccarat that you can expect to find online today include standard Baccarat, European Baccarat, Live Baccarat, Punto Banco, Progressive Baccarat, Mini Baccarat and Baccarat Pro.