Casino Games - List of Casino Games You Can Play Online
Online Casino Games
There are many different varieties of online casino games available but only about a dozen core casino games that have stood the test of time and become classics. These include baccarat, blackjack, craps, keno, pai gow poker, punto banco, roulette, sic bo, slots and video poker.
Every year casino companies design and manufacture new types of casino games in an effort to come up with 'the next big thing', but in reality, most new games are new takes of old games and very few make the grade and get taken up by you, the gambler.
Check out our list of the most popular casino games below - and also links to an overview of the games and their rules.
Baccarat is a popular online casino game, in part because if offers a house edge of only 1.06% - one of the lowest any casino game has to offer. Baccarat is a glamorous leisurely paced card game favoured by James Bond. The object of the game is for each hand to total as close to nine as possible. Unlike in blackjack, players can’t choose to hit or stand, the dealer follows strict rules as to which players will be hit with extra cards.
Blackjack is perhaps the most popular casino table game. A simple game, each player competes against the dealer to get as close to 21 as possible without exceeding it, becoming bust. Players choose to hit or stand until they are happy with their hand. After all the players have stood or bust the dealer plays their hand. Once the dealer stands or busts everyone’s cards are compared and the winner/s declared.
If you think you don’t know how to play Casino War, then you’re wrong. You most likely played it many times as a kid and it’s one of the easiest casino card games to learn. You place your bet and draw a card from a 6 standard decks. The dealer then draws a card and if your card is higher in value than the dealers, you win. Hurrah! In the event of a tie, you can choose to go to ‘war’ against the dealer and attempt to beat him again. A really simple idea but sometimes they turn out to be the best.
Craps is mainly played in the US but all online casinos offer this game too. Fast, furious, fun and can be confusing! Fortunes can be won and lost in minutes with a house edge ranging from 1% to as high as 16%. Craps is a dice game played on a large betting table. One player will shoot the dice and everyone else will bet on what numbers the dice will fall on. There are a huge variety of possible bets, evens or odds, low numbers or high and many, many more.
Just like the games you’ll find flashing in the corner of your local British boozer. Fruit machines are a fun variation of slots games with bonus rounds and trails. Fruit machines generally have three reels displaying symbols such as fruit, numbers and gold bars. The aim is to get three of a kind across the middle row (this can vary), then opt to collect your winnings or gamble them on a bonus round and trails to potentially win thousands. Only a few online casinos offer UK style fruit machine games.
Keno started life over 2000 years ago and can be classed as perhaps one of the oldest (and simplest) casino games. In keno, there is a bank of 80 numbers from which a player can pick as many as 15 or 20 numbers. The object of the game is to match as many of your chosen numbers to those selected at random by the machine. Many keno games have progressive jackpots attached so although the house edge is a massive 25% to 29%, the payouts can be very high.
Pai Gow Poker
Pai gow poker is yet another online casino game with its roots based in ancient China. Pai gow poker is played with a standard 52 card deck plus a wild joker. Players and the dealer are dealt seven cards, which are assembled into a five card hand and two card hand. The five card hand must score higher than the two card hand. The object of the game is to beat the bankers’ two hands with higher ranking hands. The player can win both hands, lose both or push (tie).
Like baccarat, but with a more European twist, punto banco offers you the chance to wager on the outcome of either the player or banker: Both try to get closest to 9, but it’s up to you to decide which one will be the winner. Commonly considered as one of the most entertaining and chic casino games and with a low house edge ranging from 1.06-1.24%, punto banco is a favourite with experienced players.
Along with blackjack, roulette is one of the most popular casino games in the world. There are two main varieties of roulette, single zero (European roulette) and double zero (American roulette), with single zero offering the best odds. The numbered wheel is mounted horizontally and a matching table layout serves as the betting area. A wide range of bets can be placed as to which number the roulette ball will rest on. Chips can be placed on an individual number, odds or evens, red or black and numerous other combinations.
Despite having a complex looking table layout, Sic Bo is a very simple dice game. Players make their bets by placing chips on sections that designate possible combinations of results of the dice. After all bets have been placed the dealer will shake and throw three dice. The results are entered into the results table and the winning areas will be illuminated. The pay offs can range from a small 1:1 to a massive 1:180 with a house edge ranging from nearly 3% to over 33%!
Slots are without doubt the single most popular games in casinos online and offline. Simply pay your credit, spin the reels and match the symbols to win. Traditionally with three reels, many slots games now have up to and over five reels and multiple pay lines so there are even more ways to win. The most credits you use (Max Bet) the higher the payout. Many online casinos feature slot machines with huge progressive jackpots that often go over the million pound mark. If you hit the jackpot on a progressive slot you can win seriously big.
An electronic version of poker, of course this works very well online and is a relatively easy casino game to play. A five card hand of draw poker is displayed. There're many variations of video poker with some offering wild cards and bonus options and varied pay tables. Always read the game instructions and pay tables before playing. Remember, you're playing against a machine that can not bluff; the quality of your hand is everything. One of the most popular versions of video poker is Jacks or Better.
Other Casino Games
Most online casinos offer a vast array of other games. These include Caribbean Poker, Let it Ride and Spanish 21 as well as many hybrid versions of more familiar casino games. As of the past 2 years there has been a new breed of games that feature in some online casinos, these are called instant win or ‘fixed odds games’. However, the house edge on these games is pretty bad and they require no skill whatsoever. A good rule to stick to is to always read the game rules and try to find out the house edge before you make a bet to avoid any nasty surprises.