So you have joined or are thinking of joining an Online casino, but you don't know what games are available or how how play a game in the casino, then this games guide could assist you.
Many online casino's allow you to play for free and play with practice money or chips.
In this guide, we will try to cover the basics for all the popular online casino games that are also available in the actual casino's.
Blackjack, also known as twenty-one, is the most widely played casino banking game in the world. Blackjack is a comparing card game between a player and dealer, meaning that players compete against the dealer but not against any other players. It is played with one or more decks of 52 cards.
The object of the game is to beat the dealer, which can be done in a number of ways:
- Get 21 points on the player's first two cards (called a blackjack), without a dealer blackjack;
- Reach a final score higher than the dealer without exceeding 21; or
- Let the dealer draw additional cards until his or her hand exceeds 21.
The player or players are dealt an initial two-card hand and add together the value of their cards. Face cards (kings, queens, and jacks) are counted as ten points. A player and the dealer can count his or her own ace as 1 point or 11 points. All other cards are counted as the numeric value shown on the card. After receiving their initial two cards, players have the option of getting a "hit", or taking an additional card. In a given round, the player or the dealer wins by having a score of 21 or by having the highest score that is less than 21. Scoring higher than 21 (called "busting" or "going bust") results in a loss. A player may win by having any final score equal to or less than 21 if the dealer busts. If a player holds an ace valued as 11, the hand is called "soft", meaning that the player cannot go bust by taking an additional card; 11 plus the value of any other card will always be less than or equal to 21.
Roulette is a casino game named after a French diminutive for little wheel. In the game, players may choose to place bets on either a single number or a range of numbers, the colors red or black, or whether the number is odd or even.
To determine the winning number and color, a croupier spins a wheel in one direction, then spins a ball in the opposite direction around a tilted circular track running around the circumference of the wheel. The ball eventually loses momentum and falls onto the wheel and into one of 37 (in French/European roulette) or 38 (in American roulette) colored and numbered pockets on the wheel.
The pockets of the roulette wheel are numbered from 1 to 36.
In number ranges from 1 to 10 and 19 to 28, odd numbers are red and even are black. In ranges from 11 to 18 and 29 to 36, odd numbers are black and even are red.
There is a green pocket numbered 0 (zero). In American roulette, there is a second green pocket marked 00.
There are many different types of bets you can place and you can place more than one bet for each spin of the wheel if you desire. Bets include:
- Inside bets
Straight (or Single) - a single number bet. The chip is placed entirely on the middle of a number square.
Split - a bet on two adjoining numbers, either on the vertical or horizontal (as in 14-17 or 8-9). The chip is placed on the line between these numbers.
Street - a bet on three numbers on a single horizontal line. The chip is placed on the edge of the line of a number at the end of the line (either the left or the right, depending on the layout).
Corner (or Square) - a bet on four numbers in a square layout (as in 11-12-14-15). The chip is placed at the horizontal and vertical intersection of the lines between the four numbers.
Six line (or Double Street) - a bet on two adjoining streets, with the chip placed at the corresponding intersection, as if in between where two street bets would be placed.
Trio - a bet on the intersecting point between 0, 1 and 2, or 0, 2 and 3 (single-zero layout only).
Basket (or the first four) - (non-square corner) a bet on 0, 1, 2, and 3 (single-zero layout only).
Basket - a bet on 0, 1, and 2; 0, 00, and 2; or 00, 2, and 3 (double-zero layout only). The chip is placed at the intersection of the three desired numbers.
Top line - a bet on 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3 (double-zero layout only). The chip is placed either at the corner of 0 and 1, or the corner of 00 and 3.
Outside bets typically have smaller payouts with better odds at winning.
1 to 18 (Manque) - a bet on one of the first low eighteen numbers coming up.
19 to 36 (Passe) - a bet on one of the latter high eighteen numbers coming up.
Red or black (Rouge ou Noir) - a bet on which color the roulette wheel will show.
Even or odd (Pair ou Impair) - a bet on an even or odd nonzero number.
Dozen bets - a bet on the first (1-12, Premiere douzaine (P12)), second (13-24, Moyenne douzaine (M12)), or third group (25-36, Dernière douzaine (D12)) of twelve numbers.
Column bets - a bet on all 12 numbers on any of the three vertical lines (such as 1-4-7-10 on down to 34). The chip is placed on the space below the final number in this string.
Poker is a card game involving betting and individual play, whereby the winner is determined by the ranks and combinations of players' cards, some of which remain hidden until the end of the game. Poker games vary in the number of cards dealt, the number of shared or "community" cards, and the number of cards that remain hidden. The betting procedures vary among different poker games in such ways as betting limits and splitting the pot between a high hand and a low hand.
In most modern poker games, the first round of betting begins with one of the players making some form of a forced bet (the blind and/or ante). In standard poker, each player bets according to the rank he believes his hand is worth as compared to the other players. The action then proceeds clockwise as each player in turn must either match, or "call", the maximum previous bet or fold, losing the amount bet so far and all further interest in the hand. A player who matches a bet may also "raise", or increase the bet. The betting round ends when all players have either matched the last bet or folded. If all but one player folds on any round, the remaining player collects the pot and may choose to show or conceal his hand. If more than one player remains in contention after the final betting round, the hands are revealed, and the player with the winning hand takes the pot. With the exception of initial forced bets, money is only placed into the pot voluntarily by a player who either believes the bet has positive expected value or who is trying to bluff other players for various strategic reasons. Thus, while the outcome of any particular hand significantly involves chance, the long-run expectations of the players are determined by their actions chosen on the basis of probability, psychology, and game theory.
Below is the ranking of hands that can be made in Poker.
1. Royal flush - A, K, Q, J, 10, all the same suit.
2. Straight flush - Five cards in a sequence, all in the same suit.
3. Four of a kind - All four cards of the same rank.
4. Full house - Three of a kind with a pair.
5. Flush - Any five cards of the same suit, but not in a sequence.
6. Straight - Five cards in a sequence, but not of the same suit.
7. Three of a kind - Three cards of the same rank.
8. Two pair - Two different pairs.
9. Pair - Two cards of the same rank.
10. High Card - When you haven't made any of the hands above, the highest card plays.
One of the most popular Casino and Poker games around today is called Texas hold 'em Poker
Texas hold 'em is a variation of the standard card game of poker. Two cards (hole cards) are dealt face down to each player and then five community cards are placed face-up by the dealer — a series of three ("the flop") then an additional single card ("the turn" or "fourth") and another additional card ("the river" or "fifth street"). Players have the option to check, bet, raise or fold after each deal; i.e., betting may occur prior to the flop, "on the flop", "on the turn", and "on the river".
So now, instead of playing Poker with 5 cards in your hand (Like standard 5 card Poker), you have the 2 cards you were dealt, plus the 5 additional cards that the dealer has turned over in the middle of the table.
You now have 7 cards to make the best 5 card hand.
The Video Slot Machine is a more recent innovation, with no moving parts at all – instead a graphical representation of one appears on screen. Since the player is essentially playing a computer/video game, the manufacturers are able to offer more interactive elements, such as advanced bonus games and advanced video graphics.
In addition, because there are no mechanical constraints on the design of video slot machines, most display five reels rather than three.
Also, there are literally hundreds of different graphical fronts therefore you can play slots that have a feature such as music, movies, television and much more.
Video slots work in the same way as a standard slot machine you can find in an arcade, although because of the video aspect, the designers can make them appear so much larger, and therefore offer many more ways to pay out, larger pay out areas, more lines etc.
Progressive Slots, you can play with others, just like you are with a whole bunch of people at a row of machines with a giant display board above them that's turning into quite the spectacle, that's a progressive game. These types of slots have a jackpot total that grows each time the machines are played. All their machines are linked up to each other's and the first person to hit the jackpot gets a percentage of all the play, not just their own.