With the popularity of casino gaming skyrocketing every single day, both providers and developers have been innovating at a furious pace to keep up with the growing demand for options.
Digitization has only accelerated the innovations, with more and more variations of casino games being rolled out frequently to capture the interest of new markets and demography.
While traditional casinos have been in existence for a long time, the digital era has escalated the market leaders to a greater novelty. All that, however, has been achieved while keeping the core of casino gaming intact. As things stand, the variety of games has increased to an extent that one can play a new game every day and it will still take several years to exhaust all options.
But with the wide variety of games on offer, it is important for the providers to have a handful of broad categories to simplify the choosing process for users. For example, games like blackjack, baccarat, roulette, and craps come under the category of Table Games.
There are mainly four different categories of casino games and here’s a detailed look at each one of them.
For someone who is new to casino gaming, table games include all card games like blackjack, baccarat, and pai gow. Sometimes, dice games like craps, as well as roulette are also included in this category. However, it is worth noting that table games need legalisation.
Some of the most popular table games that involve cards are Baccarat, Blackjack, Teen Patti, Three Card Poker, Red Dog and Four Card Poker. Those involving dice are Chuck-a-luck, Craps and Sic Bo.
If there’s still confusion, imagine a roulette; something that you might have seen in movies like Diamonds Are Forever and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Roulette is particularly popular among punters who prefer the classic casino experience.
In this, a player chooses to place a bet on a single number or groups of numbers. The winner is determined after the croupier spins the wheel and the ball in the opposite direction. Once the ball loses its momentum, it ends on a certain number and the player punting on that very number wins the bet. Players can also bet on colours and odd-even numbers.
On that note, we look at some of the popular Table Games
Blackjack is a type of casino game that is played using a deck of cards against the dealer. In this game, the goal is to draw cards with a value close to 21 but not exceeding it.
It is a type of card game played at the casinos between the player and the banker. The objective of the game is to bet on the winner between the two hands - banker’s hand and player’s hand.
Teen Patti is an Indian origin card game. The objective of the game is to draw the best three cards and to maximize the prize pool decided before play.
Three card poker
Three card poker is a card game played against the dealer. In this game, each player competes with the dealer rather than rivals.
Four card poker
Similar to Three card poker, Four card poker allows players to place a bet three times their Ante (mandatory bet).
Red Dog, also known as Yablon, is a type of casino game involving three to eight players. In this game, players place bets on whether the rank of their third card would fall within the first two placed cards.
Slots are arguably the most popular games in any casino, be it the online one or physical one. One advantage of slot games is that they are easy to understand and the time spent on them is less. The objective of this game is to create a line of matching symbols in order to win.
But what makes these games so attractive is the themes they offer. Right from the classic 3-reel games to movie-themed slots, there are hundreds of such skins. On top of it, it is said that the most popular slots have an RTP of 96 per cent or sometimes even higher. In simpler terms, RTP is the percentage return to the player.
Furthermore, there are different types of machine categories in slot games with each machine having its own limit of maximum stake. The maximum prize money from these machines varies from country to country.
The major types of slot games are as follows
Classic slots or three-reel slots are single line slot machine games. In this game, a player needs to pull the lever of the machine to make a spin and if a player lands on three similar symbols then they hit the jackpot.
Video Slots or five-reel slots are advancements of classical slots. The game involves higher jackpot offers and has a larger engagement owing to its top-tier graphics. Contrary to classical slots, Video slots have more pay lines increasing the odds of winning.
In progressive slots, players need to play with the maximum wager. In this type of slot when a player makes a maximum wager, a part of the amount of the bet placed is added to the jackpot prize. The jackpot prize progresses with every bet placed until it is won.
3D slots are amongst the recent innovations in slot games. 3D slots involve three-dimensional elements within the game with improved graphics and colourful animation effects.
VR slots provide players with a virtual environment and a realistic gambling experience. They are computer-generated software enabling players to simulate a real-life experience.
Live Dealer Games
Live dealer games have become increasingly popular since online casinos came into existence. To simplify, live dealer games are nothing but table games that the traditional casinos offer but are played online in real-time.
These games are organized in a studio and are broadcast from a variety of camera angles for better assurance.
Many providers stream the footage of these games online and the dealers, as well as the spectators, are given the option of live chats. This feature enhances an already unique experience of live dealer games.
In all, live dealer games allow players to play at the same table as the others with the experience of playing in an actual casino. All the action, however, is happening online.
Blackjack, Baccarat, Roulette and Poker are some of the popular Live Dealer Games.
Typically when you think of casino games, Poker, Blackjack, Slots and Roulette are the primary notions. However, everything that goes beyond that comes under speciality games. These games are solely based on luck and are played online. Some of the most popular speciality games are Bingo, Keno, scratch-offs and Wheel of Fortune.
What makes these games so popular is the fact that they are easy to play and are usually more entertaining. On top of it, they are more affordable than most traditional casino games and prizes are given out quickly as well.
Here are some of the types of Specialty Games
It is a type of casino game where numbers are called out randomly from mechanical or electronic number generators. The objective of the game is to cover a specific pattern of numbers before anyone else.
Keno is a casino type game where players have to choose numbers in the range of 1 to 10 from the given table of numbers ranging between 1 to 80. The numbers are then drawn by the casino and based on the correct match with the player’s card, he or she receives a payout.
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune is a type of casino game where contestants spin the wheel until they achieve three spins on the pay line.
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