Casino Games

With some online casinos offering more than 450 casino games, choosing the right one can seem a little too confusing. But trust us: it isn’t. Almost all casino games can be sorted into one of the following categories: table, card, dice, or slots; and while most games may initially seem daunting to the new player - again, trust us – they really aren’t.

Our easy-to-understand casino game guides will help you sort myth from fact, and our handy ‘vitals’ rating, which works on a scale of 1 to 5, will help you find the game that best suits your skill level, while also ranking games based on their riskiness as well as how much fun you can expect to have while you play.

Click on your game of choice to read the in-depth guide that covers all facets of the game from strategy, winning tips, variations and ‘need to knows’.

Slots

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Easily the biggest section of most online casino sites, slots are a game of chance; place your stake, spin the reels and see what you win.

From basic fruit machines and one-armed bandits to video slots with animated features and computer graphics, there's a slot machine for all tastes.

Such a variety of options has made online slots hugely popular, and most online casinos publish a list of the house edge or payout return for individual titles, helping you choose a slot machine that offers the best odds of a big win.

Blackjack

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Blackjack is the classic card game where you 'hit' or 'stand' to try and make a hand worth up to 21 points, without going bust.

It's one of the most popular table games, with variations like Pontoon that use slightly different rules, and each online casino has their own rules on aspects of gameplay like 'insurance', 'split' and 'double down'.

Although the cards you are dealt are random, there's a skill aspect too, with experienced Blackjack players memorising the ideal strategy for the best chance of a return.

Roulette

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Roulette is possibly the most iconic casino game of all, and one of the most popular table games, with its grid of numbers on which to place your bets and its wheel that chooses the winning number and colour.

You can bet on individual numbers, odds vs. evens, red or black, and certain combinations of two or more numbers. Some casinos also take bets on regions of the wheel, which are known as Orphelins, Tiers du Cylindre and Voisins du Zero.

It's fast paced, purely luck based and easy to start playing, and unlike some card games, you don't have to wait for an available seat.

Video Poker

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In video poker you are dealt five cards and choose which ones to hold and which ones to discard or 'burn'. Those you discard are replaced, and if you end up with a winning hand, you get paid out.

Jacks or Better is the most widely known variation, but there are lots of different rules and win rates, with some of the most generous versions offering a theoretical return to the player of over 100%.

To achieve that, you'll need to learn the optimal strategy and turn a game of chance into one of skill; our How to Play Video Poker guide can help.

Baccarat

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Baccarat is the game played by James Bond in the novels and the early movies, and is instantly recognisable when you hear the dealer say "neuf a la banque" which means "nine to the bank" in French.

You are dealt just two cards. Aces are low (i.e. worth one point), 2-9 are worth face value, and higher cards score zero. Add the values and the last digit is your score, up to a maximum of nine.

Depending on the rules in play, you can then be dealt a third card and the higher hand wins. It's fast, easy and a true casino classic.

Fruit Machines

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Fruit machines are one kind of online slot that feature symbols like cherries, strawberries and other fruit on their reels - other than that, they are much like any other slot machines.

They're popular because they're familiar, dating back to the earliest real-world one-armed bandits, and they often have simpler sets of rules or fewer side games and features.

It's worth checking the pay-out percentages though - sometimes you'll find fruit machines pay out less than the more glamorous video slots on the same site.

Craps

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The Craps table looks confusing at first, but it helps by learning how a single type of bet works and taking it from there.

You bet on the roll of a pair of dice, with follow-up bets depending on the initial score. There are over 30 different bets to choose from, but the basic rules are the same at every casino.

This is the game where you are most likely to hear the term "snake eyes" for a roll of double-one, and it's also where the phrase "crap out" comes from, for a losing roll.

Caribbean Stud Poker

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You'll rarely see Caribbean Stud Poker in a British land-based casino, but it's growing in popularity online having only existed since the 1980s.

It's unusual in that you don't play against other players, but instead bet against the dealer on whether your hand will beat the house, as well as on any side games offered by each particular casino.

There is usually a progressive jackpot too, and if you want the best chance of a big payout, you should always buy into this.

Casino War

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Casino War is a variation on the classic card game War, in which the player and the house are each dealt a single card at random, and the higher card wins. It's incredibly easy and therefore hugely popular.

If the first cards are a tie, you can 'go to war', where more cards are dealt to the player and the house to break the tie and find an outright winner.

Some casinos allow you to bet on a tie, too, but this is a bad idea as the odds are almost never in your favour and even with a bigger payout, it's not worth the risk.

Keno

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Keno has poor odds but potentially huge payouts. It's a lottery/bingo-style game where you choose several numbers in the hope that they will all be drawn.

In each game, 20 balls numbered 1-80 are selected at random, and you can stake on matching as many as you want (with some restrictions depending on the casino's own rules and variations).

The odds of matching all 20 are astronomical, but payouts are big even for matching in single figures, so while it's a game of chance, there's some strategy in deciding on what you wager.

Pai Gow Poker

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Pai Gow Poker is a seven-card variation on traditional poker games, and it requires you to make the best possible five-card and two-card hands from the seven dealt to you.

If both of your hands outrank the dealer's under traditional poker scoring - e.g. flushes, pairs, and so on - then you win.

You don't have to decide on the two hands yourself, as most online casinos will automatically detect the best combination, and this makes for an interesting and easy way to get into poker if you're new to the game.

Punto Banco

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Punto Banco might not sound familiar, but if you've played baccarat, you’ll be able to see how the two games are virtually identical when played at most online casinos.

The name translates to 'Player Bank' and in it you go head-to-head against the house. Punto Banco is purely chance based, as there are rules that decide whether or not you are dealt another card.

In real-world casinos, some baccarat tables allow the players to deal, but online this doesn't happen. Essentially, this means Punto Banco - where the house always deals - is by far the most common version of online baccarat.

Sic Bo

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The fabulously named Sic Bo is a table-dice game akin to Craps and Roulette, with its origins in the Far East. It looks complex at first glance, but that's mainly because all the bet options are laid out for you on the table.

While common in the East, it’s rarely found in British and American casinos, which is why many fans in the West go online to play it in all of its virtual glory.

Sic Bo is a game of chance, but players have their own preferred strategies and favourite bets, from single numbers to combinations and high/low.

Common Questions and Answers About Casino Games

Why are casino games so popular?

The thrill and excitement of winning is like nothing else. The thrill of not knowing whether you are going to win or not is equally exciting. It’s these two factors combined that drive the popularity of casino games.

Which casino game offers the most play time for the least money?

Slots, by far. The ability to adjust your bet to as low as £0.01 on some machines makes it the clear winner. However, make sure you keep an eye on the number of lines you have selected; a £0.01 bet on a 100-line game will see you bet £1.00.

Do I need to have a strong understanding of maths to play well?

No, not really, but a strong grasp of mathematics will help you to better understand the odds and risks you are taking, especially when playing poker and card games such as video poker and baccarat.

Are some casino games easier to play than others?

Yes. Games such as slots and roulette are very easy to play and require almost no prior gaming knowledge whatsoever. However, to enjoy games like blackjack, baccarat, and any of the poker-style games, you need to know card rankings and understand the rules.

How do I turn £5 into £1 million?

Simple: take a spin on the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot slot and trigger the jackpot wheel feature. Spin the wheel in the feature, and if it lands on the ‘Mega’ jackpot it guarantees you a minimum £1 million jackpot win – chances are it will be more than that.

How many casino games are there?

There are seven main casino games and at least 50 other games which are predominantly derivatives and variations of the main games. The seven main games are baccarat, blackjack, craps, poker (pai gow and video poker), roulette, slots and video poker.

What's the most fun casino games to play?

Most casino games are fun to play, however, if by “fun” you mean a relaxed game with very little thought involved and the opportunity to win big on a small bet, slots will take the title.

What's the coolest casino game?

Poker is by far the coolest casino game. Over the last 50 years, poker has worked its way into the cool side of popular culture, helped by its inclusion in blockbuster movies and books such as The Cincinnati Kid, Casino Royale, and The Sting.

What is the oldest casino game?

It’s a point of contention between blackjack, roulette and keno. However, keno is the best probable candidate, with Chinese roots reaching as far back as 206 BC, the period of the Han dynasty.

Can I play casino games professionally?

If you consider poker to be a straight-up casino game then yes, you can play a casino game professionally. You will never find a professional slots, blackjack or roulette player, as the house edge on those games is so big that, over time, the player will eventually lose.