Here you will find general rules, tips and strategies for all of your
favourite online casino games. There's a lot to cover so let's get right to it.
Slots are the most popular casino game for their simplicity and big payouts. There are many different types but the most popular are five-reel, multi-line slots with a bonus. Some slots even have 100 lines. On multiple line ones, players work the entire position of each reel instead of fixed lines.
For example, if you play a one-reel game with 243 ways to play, you have three symbols or numbers in the first reel that pay anywhere in the three positions, while all other reels pay in the center only.
Unused areas are darkened or dimly lit to keep you from getting confused. If you play five reels, symbols can appear anywhere and pay out as long as there is one in each reel.
Generally, symbols must appear left to right but can also be scattered on occasion resulting in equal payouts. The only wager with no house edge in slots is the double up bonus, either by colour or by suit.
Here are a few common misnomers about slot machines.
- I must be losing because this slot machine is cold! Truth: There is no such thing as a hot or cold machine. Every spin has the same chance of winning no matter when you play. The machine does not keep track of how much money has been played through. Though a casino may advertise a 98% payout, it may only apply to select machines.
- Will I have a better chance of winning if I play the maximum bet? Truth: The odds don't change based on your amount wagered. However, if you play less than the maximum, you won't get the full amount if you hit jackpot. In other words, always play the maximum. If the max is too rich for your blood, find a lower-priced machine.
- Can I win based on the order of symbols on the machine before spinning? Truth: You can't predict a win based on the symbols on the machine before playing. This has no bearing on the outcome. It's simply just the last spin played.
Poker is the oldest and most popular type of card game. You play against other players, not the dealer. Variations include straight, draw, stud and community (includes popular types of Texas Hold'em and Omaha). The rise in popularity is a result of high-stakes tournaments for large amounts of money.
The styles differ but all games have a few common themes. It's played with a standard deck of 52 cards with defined hand rankings. Bets are made into a pot that the winner of the hand receives.
Players take turns betting to find out who has the best hand as stakes increase leading up to the final showdown when cards are shown and a winner is determined. Bluffing, or a form of deception where you act like you possess a better hand than what you really have, is a key attribute to be successful in poker. Hand ranks from highest to lowest are as follows: Straight Flush (with a Royal Flush being the highest Straight Flush), Four of a Kind, Full House, Flush, Straight, Three of a Kind, Two Pair, Pair, and High Card.
Aggressive Play: the most exciting
poker move. Aggressive moves include placing an opening bet or
raising. Obviously, it is best used when you have a strong hand.
If you overdo it though, your opponents will catch on, brand you
as a loose player and use it against you.
Bluffing Play: when you deceive your opponent by betting with a poor hand. If you're successful, your opponents will fold out of the hand. You increase your chances of winning if other players are out.
Slow Play: the opposite of bluffing, for the careful poker players. You bet small, even if you have a really strong hand, in order to keep players in the game. Opponents who were planning on folding might then stay in the hand. The object of the slow play is to be perceived as weak and be raised by someone else.
Protection Play: a bet made with strong but vulnerable hand, example being a pair of Jacks when a flush or straight is possible. Unlike bluffing, it doesn't require all your opponents to fold, but that's the easiest way to win.
Check-Raise Play: when you have a strong hand but check (pass to the next player with no bet) early in the hand to get someone else to place an opening bet. It's like bluffing or slow play, but you raise after previously checking. This is how pots get bountiful and is sometimes frowned upon so it's best to brush up on the rules of that table or casino before playing.
If you want to win money fast and know the strategies, blackjack is your game. Players are in control of how much they bet and if they should hit, stand, double-down or split. A high turnover and incredible runs of good and bad luck will keep you on the edge of your seat.
The object of the game is to receive cards totaling 21 or as close to it as possible without going over, and get a better total than the dealer. Cards 2 through 10 count as face value, face cards (Jacks, Queens and Kings) count as 10, and Aces count as either 1 or 11. Suits have no bearing in blackjack.
In most versions of the game, you receive two cards and the dealer has two cards, with one card facing up. The dealer's up-card is the only strategy you have on your opponent.
- Maintain your bankroll. Set loss limits and win goals.
- Keep your emotions in check. Despite how it may seem, the dealer isn't the one to blame for your losses.
- Pay attention to the dealer and the up-card, not others at the table.
- If you lose three consecutive hands, move to another table.
- When you start getting tired, pack up and move on or at least take a break.
The object of craps is to roll a 7 or 11 as the shooter rolling the dice. If you roll a 2, 3 or 12, you 'crap out' or lose automatically. If you roll one of the other numbers (4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10), you get to keep rolling until you roll that number again, which is called the 'pass-line point'. If that happens, the goal is to avoid rolling a 7 on any of the next rolls.
To win, you have to match the pass-line point before a 7 comes up.
For example, if you first roll a 5, you keep rolling until you hit a 5 again, and if you roll a 7 before a 5 comes up, you lose. The other players bet either that you match your pass-line point or that you won't.
- Pick a table minimum within your price range.
- The bets with the lowest house advantage of 1.5% are the pass line bets and a 6 or an 8.
- Don't get tempted by the proposition bets in the middle of the layout. Those are the house bets and have as much as a 16% house edge.
If you want a simple, classy game, find a roulette wheel. The object of the game is to correctly guess which number a small ball will land on when the roulette wheel slows to a stop. The wheel has 38 holes (1 through 36, 0, and 00) for the ball to land in. The 0 and 00 are each green; half of the others are red and half are black.
The dealer, also known as the 'croupier,' spins the wheel and releases the ball that travels in the opposite direction around the top of the wheel. Usually, up to 6 people can play and your bets are placed on a common layout used by everyone at the table.
Generally, the table layout for betting in roulette has 48 boxes, one for each number on the wheel colored red, green or black to match the wheel, plus 11 boxes around the perimeter for special bets such as odd/even, red/black and high/low.
Baccarat may not be the most popular but it is still a classic card game at the casinos. The object of baccarat is to get a total of 9, or as closet to 9 as possible, in two or three cards. Cards 2 through 9 count as face value, aces count as 1, and 10s and face cards count as 0. If the face value of two cards total more than 9, 10 is subtracted from that total.
For example, a 4 and a 9 equals 3 (13 minus 10). Every hand is limited to three cards and the player is not allowed to take a third card if the total of the first two is 6 or higher. Two 'natural' hands in baccarat are when the first two cards equal 8 or 9. If the player has a natural hand, the dealer is not allowed to draw a third card, and vice versa.