Casino games are games of chance where the winner is decided by a random outcome or a series of random outcomes. The casino or the host normally has a long term advantage of winning, while the player has a short term advantage of winning a large sum. This means that there is a bias toward the casino and there are no true odds.
There are numerous casino games that one can play both in land based and online casinos. Some of these are discussed below.
Online slots are virtual slot machines based on their land-based counterparts. There are many different variations of games, some mimicking traditional 3-reel or fruit-style pub slots, whilst others are more complex featuring multiple paylines with video game quality. Online slots work in the same way as brick-and-mortar machines – players place a bet and spin the reels through the click of a mouse, and wins are formed when combinations line up correctly.
Live dealer casino games are games produced in real-time via video streaming through the application of webcam technology. By using oversized cards and different camera angles for example, players are able to comfortably participate in the action from a land-based casino that is set up for live-dealer purposes, as it happens.
As the name implies, the game is played on a table with other players and involves one or more live dealers. The first round of betting starts with one or more players placing a bet in accordance to what they believe their hand is worth in comparison to the other players. The action happens in a clockwise fashion as each player around the table must either match or “call” the maximum previous bet, or “fold” – in which case all bets thus far are lost and the player exits that round.
The betting ends when all players have either called the last bet or folded. If all but one player folds on any round, the player remaining collects the pot and is not required to show their hand. If, after the final betting round, more than one player remains, all hands are revealed and the winning hand takes the pot. The most common poker variations are made up of five cards, but it can also be played with 7 cards e.g. CyberStud, 4 cards e.g. Badug, and for a real challenge, try 3-Card Poker Gold, 3-Card Poker Multi-hand Gold and Triple Pocket Hold’em Poker Gold.
Video poker is played on a computerized style 'slot' machine and is based on the five card poker game. The player pays and starts the game when the machine deals five cards. The player then has the option to discard one card an draw another from the same virtual deck of cards. The machine will then make a payout based on the pay table posted with the game. Typically, rarer combinations are worth a greater payout. For instance, a pair of jacks will be even money or a refund of the stake. Most of the other combinations for payout are those used in standard poker games such as straight or flush.
This is a game where the player is pitted against the dealer, not other players. It is also called 21. The game has many variations, but essentially, the player and the dealer each start with two cards. The aim of the player is to get a total of 21 or less with the two cards. If the player or the dealer gets more than 21 points they are bust and lose. If neither has 21 points they can choose to discard and get another card or see who has the higher points to determine the winner. For this the King, Queen, and Jack are all considered 10 points while the Ace can be wither 11 or 1. Other cards have points equal to their face value.
Baccarat is a common card game of comparison that played between two parties, the “player” and the “banker” It is strictly a game of chance that requires no skill or strategy, and players’ moves are purely driven by the cards they are dealt.
As the ball loses momentum it drops into a slot that determines the winning number and color. The payout depends on the odds, that is, choosing to bet on the color or even or odd number will reduce the risk and the payout, while betting on a specific number will increase the payout and the risks as well.
This is another random game of choice offered in casinos. The casino uses 80 different balls numbered from one to 80. A blower blows into the case and mixes the ball while the caller presses the lever to get the balls to move into a V shaped tube. This is done until 20 balls are selected. The players get a ticket with all 80 numbers printed. They mark an S over 20 of the numbers they select. The casino pays out to those players who pick a predetermined number of correct numbers. The payout tables vary from casino to casino and even within the casino depending on the wagers placed.
Craps can be played in a non-professional setting called street craps or in a casino. In a casino, the craps table has elaborate arrangements including four casino employees, mirrors, and checked dice to ensure fair play. Players have to take turns being the shooter and throw the dice while the other can place bets on the outcome of the throw. The payouts depend on the bets placed and the outcome of the throw. Most casinos discourage sitting players and also expect the shooter to throw the dice such that it bounces off the opposite wall of the craps table. This is done to ensure fair play by preventing controlled rolls or loaded dice.
As casino games are mostly about chance, players are advised to only bet within their limits, and not depend on luck to see them through a series of bad patches.