The thrill of casino gaming is more available now than ever with online casino operators providing the games you love on your computer and even on your smartphone.
For beginner players, knowing what games to play can be confusing – there are so many available, and with different odds of winning, different versions of the basic game, and combinations of luck and skill.
Each player will have a preference, some enjoying the simplicity of slots while others want to pit their wits against the computer or other players in poker – but there are ways you can identify the best games to play for both enjoyment and chance of winning.
If you know and understand the basics of these top five online casino games, then you should be able to pick up the rules for the different versions.
Playing slots is simple, the rules are usually quite easy, and you don’t need any skill to play. To win on a slots game, you just need to make the winning combinations (usually in lines) by pressing a button to spin.
In terms of the odds of you winning, slots are a difficult one to navigate because the ‘house edge’ differs from one provider to another, and pay-outs can come at unexpected times. However, for the beginner player slots are straightforward and welcoming.
You’ll notice that slots tend to be the type of game that has multiple versions and themes based on things like movies, popular culture, and various locations.
Popular in bricks-and-mortar casinos as well as online, blackjack is another simple to grasp game that is fun to play and doesn’t require much in the way of skill for success – it is based on the turn of the cards.
The aim in blackjack is to get the highest hand and beat the dealer without going over 21 (going bust).
There are different strategies that you could use to improve your chances, such as splitting your hand into two, getting a blackjack (face card and an ace), or doubling – but the main premise is the same throughout variations.
Because of the simplicity, there is not much ‘house edge’ to consider in blackjack, and it offers one of the highest odds of success in online casino games.
When you imagine a casino, you’ll think about the black and red roulette wheel. Roulette is another game that is simple to understand; place your bets on red or black or choose a number. You win if the ball stops on your choice, and nobody wins if the ball lands on green.
If you bet red or black, the odds are practically 50/50 for a win, so this is a good way to get a payback.
There are certain variations to the game. American roulette has 38 numbers, 36 split evenly between red and black and two green (house) numbers of 0 and 00. In European roulette, there are the same 36 numbers split between red and black, but there is only one house space (0). European roulette therefore has slightly better odds whether you choose a colour or a number.
Poker is among the best-known card games in the world, and people enjoy playing it because the rules are the same whether you are playing in a casino, online, or with friends.
With video poker, your cards are dealt as they would be in a normal game, but you just submit them when you have the best hand possible and the cards get compared to the pay table. You are still looking for the flush, the straight, or even the pair to get the best returns.
As there are so many variables to a game of poker – it relies on luck of the draw of course, but you still need to make the right skilful decisions of when to fold or ask for more cards – the odds of winning are not as obvious as in other online casino games.
An interesting variation of online poker is a live game, where cameras are used to broadcast a live dealer and players can play against live opponents. This is a brilliant experience that brings the atmosphere of a casino to the online space, which can make it much more exciting.
Betting on a roll of the dice is a favourite game for players in the casino, and craps is an excellent example.
Online craps is the same as the traditional game in that the shooter rolls the dice and wins if they roll a seven or eleven. If on ‘coming out,’ the shooter doesn’t get a seven or an eleven then players can bet on a pass/don’t pass line or later come/don’t come to decide who will win.
There are other craps bets that can be made, including side bets, but once you get the hang of the basic rules it is a simple and easy game to play.
Odds can be as good as 50/50 if you make a basic bet as to whether the shooter will win, but they change if you make more specific bets.
Choose Your Favourite
Getting to grips with the basic rules of some of the most popular games will help you play them – and then you can decide on which is your favourite.
Online casinos are designed to be just as much about the fun as the excitement of winning, so get playing and find your favourite.