Blackjack

Blackjack Blackjack is an easy card game to understand. Your challenge is to beat the dealer at each hand. The aim is to achieve a hand of cards that totals 21. If you do this, you are said to have blackjack.

However, you do not need to hit the magic 21 to win the hand. All you need to do is to get a total that is closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand… without going over. If your total is 22 or more, you go bust. Similarly, if the dealer’s total is over 21, they go bust.

Live online casinos may have several players at the same table. However, their progress is independent of yours. Your only aim is to beat the dealer’s hand to win a prize. It doesn’t matter what other participants do.

Once you have made a bet, the dealing begins. Each player receives a face-up card, while the dealer receives a face-down card. The process then continues with one more card dealt to each player. This time, the dealer gets a face-up card.

All numbered cards count as those numbers, while the ace can be a one or 11. Picture cards are worth 10 each. You must decide whether to ask for another card (at the risk of going bust), or sticking with what you have.

Backgammon

Backgammon Backgammon is better known as a board game than a game you’d see at an online casino. However, selected casinos do offer players the chance to try it.

This game differs from many other casino games in that strategy plays an important part. Many other casino games are based on good fortune. A skilled backgammon player stands a chance of beating the casino more often than a novice.

There are two versions of online backgammon. You can play against the casino or against another player if a live version is offered. Not all casinos offer both options.

The idea is to get your game pieces – called checkers – into your home board area. This is done by rolling two dice and making your chosen moves, with the two players alternating dice rolls. You’ll play with either black or white pieces.

Once you have your checkers in the home area, you can roll the dice again to start bearing the checkers off the board. The first player to bear off all their pieces wins the game. When playing online, you would usually place a bet on the outcome of the game. Whoever wins will receive the pot, i.e. the bets taken from both players.

Poker

Poker Poker is the name given to a collection of card games. A good casino should have two or more poker game options to choose from, such as Casino Hold ‘Em, Five Card Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, or Pai Gow Poker.

Online poker varies from real poker because you cannot employ psychological tactics as you might in real life. For example, you may have a bad hand, but a good poker face might convince an opponent otherwise… tempting them to fold and give you the winning hand.

This does not occur in online poker games. This makes it easier for newcomers to start playing the game. It is important to understand the house edge (the amount the casino retains from the bets) varies depending on how to decide to play a hand.

For example, the average house edge for Caribbean Stud Poker is around 5.2%. However, with experience and a good strategy, you can reduce this.

Video poker is faster for the player and often easier for beginners. However, the casino poker variations (whether live or not) offer the real poker table appearance. These games are harder to understand and play, though.

The idea in all games is to get the best hand of five cards. The best outcome is a Royal Flush, with a pair the easiest to get.

Slot Machines

Slot Machines Slot machines are present at most – if not all – online casinos. They vary from simple to complex. There is the iconic three-reel game with a single payline based on the classic one-armed bandit game. At the opposite end of the scale, there are video slots based on five reels (occasionally more). These offer multiple paylines and often special features too such as bonus rounds, click me features, and free spins.

Slot games are simple to understand and play. The house edge varies from around 10% (around 90% RTP or return to player for the participant) to 1% in the best cases (99% RTP).

Online slots offer paytables filled with prize potential. Some might offer progressive jackpots too. The idea is to find enough matching symbols across a payline to win a prize. Wild symbols stand in for others to increase winning chances. Scatters pay out wherever they land if you find enough of them.

Bonus rounds are often triggered by different icons. The scatter usually triggers the free spin feature. Different slots are inspired by different themes. Every player can find plenty of opportunities to play slots that appeal to their budget and preferences. Bets often start from as little as one cent per line.