Online casinos are big business. They have grown exponentially over the years, going from a relatively small and niche corner of the internet, to a huge, multi-billion dollar industry. Since its inception in the late 90s, online gambling has evolved, embracing new technological innovations as they arrive and staying ahead of the curve compared to many other industries.
Given how convenient online gambling is, as well as the range of games and secure environment that it offers, it isn’t hard to understand why so many people are choosing it over the older methods. Those who have experience gambling offline should have little trouble adapting to their new environment. Many of the games you encounter will be familiar to you, and the ones made specially for the digital space shouldn’t be hard to pick up.
However, those who are new to casinos in general might want a little bit of guidance going in. The following are the most common and popular online casino games; these are the ones you need to know how to play.
Slot machines are a nice and simple way to start, although online they are known as slot games, rather than slot machines. These are games of pure chance where the player loads the machine, or game, with a bet and then spins a wheel. If a winning combination of matching symbols shows up, the player receives a payout based on which symbols were matched. The idea couldn’t be simpler, and it is this simplicity that attracts many people to the slot games.
Poker is a card game with several variations. The goal in every version of poker is the same, however, you want to obtain the best hand possible. In some versions of poker, players swap out the cards in their hands for new ones they draw from the deck. Between each swap there is a round of betting, in which players can either bet on the strength of their hand or inflate their bet to appear as if they have a stronger hand than they do – this is known as bluffing.
In blackjack, the aim of the game is to acquire a hand of cards whose combined values are as close to 21 as possible without going over. The dealer has their own hand, once the player has settled and stopped drawing cards, the dealer draws cards until they either get closer than the player (in which case the player loses) or they go over 21, known as going bust, meaning the player wins.
Another game of pure chance, and another popular choice, both online and offline. Roulette is sometimes known as the King of Casino Games; the roulette wheel itself is one of the most instantly recognizable and iconic symbols in gambling. Players in roulette simply bet on where a ball will land. The wheel is spun and the ball ‘loaded’ in, players bet on where the ball will come to a stop.
There are a whole range of other games available at most online casinos. The above list deals with the most common and most popular, but it is by no means exhaustive.