Online slots continue to be amongst the most popular choice of online casino games, thanks to the sheer variety of options and ease of playing.
Players can choose from old-school 3-reel classic slots, which do an excellent job of recreating the look and feel of traditional fruit machines, as well as modern 5-reel video slots, many of which are themed around popular movies and franchises, and are packed with special in-game features. Online slots usually feature a set number of pay-lines, with the option to change your bet sizes, making them some of the most straightforward and simple games for newcomers.
Deriving its name from the French word meaning ‘little wheel’, roulette is a stalwart online casino table game that comes in a number of different varieties.
The rules of roulette are quite straightforward, and the general premise of the game is to place bets according to where players think a little ball will land after being spun around on a wheel with various numbered pockets. One can place bets on whether the ball will land on an odd or even number, black or red and high or low. Roulette is one of a few casino games upon which players can try their hand at various strategies.
Blackjack, also known as ‘21’, is probably one of the most famous online casino table games, after poker.
The main aim of blackjack is to beat the dealer, rather than other players seated at the table, by getting a hand of cards with a total as close to 21 as possible, but not over. This is another game that players like to test various strategies on, and with a number of different ‘moves’ to make, including Hit, Stand and Split, there is ample room for experimenting, and plenty of potential to win big. Because one competes only with the dealer, it’s a popular solo table game at online casinos.
Affectionately associated with James Bond, baccarat is a popular online casino card game, in which two hands are compared, namely the ‘player’ and the ‘banker’.
As with any card game, baccarat requires a bit of practice to get the hang of, especially considering that there are 3 possible outcomes per game, including ‘player’, ‘banker’ and ‘tie’. While there are a number of versions of baccarat, the most common is called ‘punto banco’, or ‘North American baccarat’, and is the form most likely to feature at online casinos. It’s always a good idea to check the rules of the game before placing any bets, though, just to familiarise yourself with which version you’re playing.
Based on traditional 5-card draw poker, and technically a table game, video poker selections very often get their own section or category at online casino sites.
Much like slots, video poker games have a long history, and are commonly played on machines at casinos or pubs. Online video pokers, of course, come in a massive number of versions, with the most popular including Jacks or Better and Joker’s Wild. Because players go up against a computer, as opposed to a real dealer, there’s no need for bluffing or putting on a poker face. Depending on which version you play, the rules remain consistent with non-computerised forms of the game.
What is an online casino without a few games that have the potential to pay out some pretty life-changing jackpot amounts? This is where progressive jackpot games come in.
Progressive jackpot games usually come in the form of slots, like Microgaming’s Mega Moolah, and how they work across the board is simple: every time a player places a wager on the game, a percentage of that bet goes to the main prize pool. All that is needed, then, is for one lucky player to hit the right symbol combination on the reels or a spot on a bonus wheel, and the rest could well be some record-breaking payout history.
Without a doubt one of the most innovative additions to hit the online casino scene in recent years, Live Dealer games, AKA Live Casino games, are gaining traction like never before.
Thanks to HD streaming technology, Live Dealer games allow players to stream actual table games to their preferred device, in real time. What’s more, they have the opportunity to chat and interact not only with the dealers at the head of the table, but with other players, too. Popular game selections include Live Roulette, Live Blackjack and even a handful of gameshow-style games, like Evolution Gaming’s Dream Catcher.