Casino Games

Online casinos can offer a huge selection of games because they don’t take up any actual physical space. Unlike live casinos, in which the managers attempt only to include the most popular games, online casinos are able to offer their players a complete buffet of casino games.

This list of casino games isn’t all-inclusive but it should help you get off to a very solid start. All the most popular online casino games are here as well as a few that aren’t quite as popular. Use the following articles to familiarize yourself with each game and to learn a little strategy if you wish.

Blackjack

Blackjack is the all-time favorite of casino gamblers around the world. Out of all the table games in the casino, blackjack is by far the most popular. Thanks to several true-life accounts of players gaining an advantage over the casino in blackjack and winning millions of dollars, the game has earned a certain reputation as “that one game” in which anything can happen if the player plays his cards right.

The object of blackjack is very simple: get as close to 21 as possible without going over. Numbered cards are worth face value in points and all face cards are worth 10 points. Aces are worth 1 or 11. Once you have that down, the rest is easy. The hard part is memorizing which actions you should take in each situation in order to minimize the house advantage.

European Blackjack

For the most part, European Blackjack is indistinguishable from traditional Blackjack. The one key difference between the two games is that in European Blackjack, the dealer does not get a hole card until the end of the game. If you’re a casual player, this doesn’t affect your experience at all. All the rest of the rules are the same.

When the dealer doesn’t have a hole card until the end of the game, it adds about 0.11% to the house advantage. This is because the dealer doesn’t check for blackjack until the player has made all of his decisions, including making additional bets such as doubles and splits. In traditional blackjack, the dealer checks for blackjack before the player makes any of those additional bets. That one difference adds a little bit to the house edge.

Tri Card Poker

Tri Card Poker is an entertaining casino game that actually consists of two games in one. The main game is called the “Ante Bet” and in that one the player and the dealer each get three cards. After the cards have been dealt, the player may choose to fold his hand and lose the initial bet or continue by placing another bet. After that, the player’s hand is compared to the dealer’s hand. If the player’s hand is better, he wins the bet plus a little bonus according to a special pay table.

The secondary game is much simpler and goes by the name “Pair Plus.” In that game, the player makes a small bet at the beginning of the hand. If the player’s final hand consists of a pair or better, he will be paid according to a separate pay table. In the Pair Plus game, the players do not have to beat the dealer for a payout; they just need to have a final hand that consists of a pair or better.

Let It Ride

Let It Ride is a simple card game that shares many similarities with poker except that Let It Ride is played against the house rather than against other players. Each hand begins with the player making three separate bets and then receiving three cards. The player may then decide whether he wants to take his bets back or “let them ride.”

The house edge runs at about 3.5% which isn’t too terrible for a game that’s played against the house. The slow pace of the game is appealing to frugal gamblers because a small amount of money can last for hours of fun.

Caribbean Stud

Caribbean Stud is closely related to Five Card Stud Poker but this game is also played against the house rather than against other players. In Caribbean Stud, each player and the dealer receive five card face down. The dealer then reveals one of his cards and the players must decide if they wish to fold or continue on in the game and place an additional bet.

Caribbean Stud is especially popular because when players beat the dealer, there are special payouts for winning hands. In addition to that, Caribbean Stud has an optional side bet in which players can compete for a massive progressive jackpot. If you play the side-bet and then hit the right hand, you could be in for a serious payday.

Caribbean Holdem

Caribbean Holdem is sort of a cross between Caribbean Stud and Texas Holdem poker. Each hand of Caribbean Holdem begins with the players placing ante bet and then the players and dealer each receiving two cards face down. Three community cards are then dealt face up on the table. The players then decide whether to fold or continue with an additional bet.

If the player beats the dealer, the player receives even money on the additional bet and a special payout of up to 100:1 on the ante bet. Just like in Caribbean Stud, the players may also place an optional bonus bet for additional payouts on winning hands. The house advantage on bonus bets is very high but the potential payouts are also quite large.

3 Card Rummy

Three Card Rummy isn’t as popular as the above games but it still has a loyal following of fans. The object of 3 Card Rummy is to end up with fewer points than the dealer after receiving three cards. Numbered cards are worth face value, face cards are worth 10 points each and Aces are worth 1 point. Additionally, pairs, triples and suited runs are worth 0 points each.

Like in the above games, there is an optional bonus bet in 3 Card Rummy. If the player places the bet and then ends up with a score of 12 or less, the player will receive special payouts. The bonus bet payouts range from 4:1 all the way up to 100:1.

Pai Gow Poker

Pai Gow Poker is loosely based a Chinese domino game called “Pai Gow” but Pai Gow Poker is much simpler. In Pai Gow Poker, each player is dealt seven cards, from which two separate hands will be made. One hand must consist of five cards and the other hand must consist of two cards. These hands are then compared to the dealer’s hands to determine the winner.

Learning how to set up your hands can be a little confusing at first but the casino is always willing to help. If you are ever in doubt about your hand, just ask the dealer to set your hand “the house way.” Surprisingly, the house way of arranging your hands isn’t too far off from optimal playing strategy.

Face Up 21

Face Up 21 is a variation of blackjack in which the dealer’s hand is played face up the entire time. This extra information is extremely helpful in determining when you should hit or stand but that information comes at a cost. Most notably, the dealer wins on all ties except on natural blackjacks. Also, blackjacks only pay even money in this version of blackjack, rather than the standard 3:2.

Face Up 21 is an interesting game but it requires a strong stomach. Because the dealer wins on all ties, it’s not uncommon to catch a strong hand, think you are about to beat the dealer, and then watch as the dealer pulls a lucky card to tie you and win the pot. The house advantage is slightly higher with Face Up 21 but it’s still a great game for frugal gamblers.

Match Play 21

Match Play 21 is yet another variation of blackjack. In this variant, all of the 10s have been removed from the deck. The face cards are still there but the actual 10s are all removed.

The lack of tens makes it slightly more difficult to catch strong hands but the players are compensated for this with the presence of additional bonus payouts for catching certain hands. The players don’t have to do anything extra to receive these special payouts.