Introduction to Online Casino Games

The games are without a doubt the most exciting aspect of an online casino. They generally fall into different categories, with the most popular being Table Games, Card Games, Video Pokers, Online Slot Machines (both classic slots and video slots) and various other categories such as Speciality Games, Asian Games, Lotto Games, Arcade Games and more.

Almost every online casino today has both a practice mode (free play demo mode) and a real cash mode, which gives players the chance to play just for fun, or for the chance to win real cash prizes. These games are generally supplied to the casino by a software company that specialises in developing online casino gaming content.

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Slots

There are many different types of online slots now available. Almost forty reliable software companies have altogether developed somewhere in the region of 2000 online slots. These slots range from classic slots with just one reel and usually one single winning payline, to having as many as 100 or more winning paylines with 5 reels. Most slots are easy to play and just require that you set your stake and then hit spin.

The easiest slots to play on are the classic slots, because they generally aren't too complicated, meaning that they don't have any additional bonus games that are randomly triggered and they don't have any special symbols to look out for. You just have to decide how much you want to bet per spin and then hit spin and hope for a win.

The 5 reeled video slots have perhaps one or two bonus rounds and special symbols such as Wilds, Scatters and Bonus Symbols. These can help boost your balance and also activate mini prize-winning side games. The rules are fairly similar to classic slots, it's just there is much more happening on a video slot than on a more traditional 3 reel slot.

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Blackjack

Blackjack is also a traditional Vegas-style card game and possibly one of the most popular card games available anywhere in the world today. There are in fact several different versions of this game, but the main aim is to beat the house by reaching 21 or as close to 21 as possible. You only play against the house (the dealer) and if your cards are better than his (nearer to 21), then you win the hand.

Each player (including the dealer) will start a new game with two cards and you must then look at the value of each card to see how much they add up to. You can do this quite simply because each card is worth its face value, so a 10 equals 10 points, a 5 equals 5 points and so on. However, an Ace is equal to one point or 11 points and the Kings, Queens and Jacks are all worth 10 points.

Therefore, a Jack and an Ace together would be the best possible start, awarding an instant 'Natural Blackjack' (21). The only thing that could beat this would be if the dealer happens to deal himself the same, which does actually happen quite often. The result would therefore then end in a tie (called a push) but you would still get your initial stake returned.

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Roulette

Roulette is classed as a Table Game. The main aim is to strategically place bets on where you think the ball will land once it has spun around the roulette X amount of times. You can place bets in roulette by using the roulette betting table. When playing online, all you have to do is bet on the chip denomination and then click on where you would like to place the chips.

The outcomes with the lowest odds that usually require a minimum bet of $/€/£1.00 include bets such as Red/Black or Odd/Even. This means that if you place a bet on either of these outcomes, you will basically double your money and end up with a total of $/€/£2.00. There are numerous other bets, which have odds up to as much as 35:00 (36/1) because you can place bets on individual numbers and there are usually 36 individual numbers on a roulette wheel/table.

When you visit the roulette table for the first time, the best advice would be to view the paytable. This area will explain the odds for each bet, which should make things easier when it comes to placing a bet. You could also practice in the free play mode until you get used to how the betting works.

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Video Poker

Video Poker is another popular game that has many different versions, although each game is based on five card draw poker. Knowing a little bit about the many different poker wins is quite crucial if you want to play this game. The reason that you should learn these wins is because you get to hold certain cards in place to try and make a better winning poker hand.

When you play a hand of video poker, you will be dealt five cards which are all face up because you are playing against yourself and no other players. You will then be given the opportunity to hold or discard up to as many as five cards and the cards that you are re-dealt will either form a winning or losing hand.

This is basically one game of video poker completed. On most video poker games, the lowest win starts from a pair of 10's and you generally don't get paid for having a high card. You should be able to view the payouts for each hand once you have opened a game of video poker, but this would also be worth trying out in the free play mode until you are more familiar with the wins, especially if you are new to five card draw poker.

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Baccarat

Baccarat is another exciting and fast-paced card game and if you enjoy playing Blackjack, you should also enjoy this game. The aim though on this game isn't to reach 21 like in blackjack. You must try to end up with a hand that is closest to 9. This game is also only played against the banker, not against any other players but you actually get to pick which hand you think will win. You don't have to go with the cards that are dealt to you. You could also bet on a tie.

In Baccarat, all cards from the number 2 through to the number 9 are worth their face value in points. All 10's and Face Cards (for example a Jack, Queen and King) are worth zero points and any Aces are worth just 1 point.

You can use the player controls (which are self-explanatory) to place your bets when playing online baccarat and once you have made your bet and played your first hand, you will see how fast paced this game really is.

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Keno

Keno is a popular numbers game that has Asian roots. In keno, players basically have the option to select usually a maximum of 15 numbers out of a grid of 80 and you can play one, five or even ten games consecutively, which is similar to the Autoplay feature on a slot. This is basically a game where you have to hope that as many numbers as possible that you selected at the start of the game match the ones that are drawn out. Usually 20 numbers are drawn.

If you select 15 numbers, but only one or two match the ones that appear in the grid, you prize is likely to be very small, if anything at all. But if you select 15 numbers and all 15 numbers are drawn, you will win the top prize. You could just select one number, but again, the prize will be tiny.

To select your numbers, you can either select 'autopick' or 'quickpick', which is basically a lucky dip where the system will choose the numbers for you, but if you want to pick them yourself, simply hover over and then click on the number(s) you would like to bet on. Then you can increase or decrease your stake using the player controls that are available.

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