Pai Gow

Pai GowPai Gow Poker is a traditional Asian game played with tiles resembling dominoes and the Americans adopted it to give online players a chance to experience its unique player attraction. Pow Gow Poker uses the standard 52-deck cards as well as a joker. The joker is used as either a wild card or an ace to complete a straight flush, straight or a flush. To play you need to place a bet according to the table minimum. You are dealt seven cards that must make two Pow Gow Poker hands.

 

One hand must be a standard five-card hand and the other a two-card hand. The two-card hand is called the in-front, minor, low, on top or small hand. The five-card hand is called a big hand, behind, high or bottom hand. During play, your objective is to make sure the two-card hand has lower cards than the five-card. For example, when you are dealt, 4-6-7-10-Q-A-A, without having a flush, the Aces must be in the five-card hand.

 

When your two-card hand has higher cards, you lose automatically as it will be a foul. The basic rule is that the five-card hand follows traditional poker rules, while the two-card hand holds the highs and pairs. At all times you want two winning hands against the dealer.

Craps

CrapsThere are many theories as to where Craps originated and many believe that it is based on a French game called Crabes while others believe it is based on Hazard, which is an old English game. Around the turn of the 18th and 19th century, a Louisiana gambler introduced Craps to New Orleans, Louisiana. Craps is one of the simplest and easiest online casino games to master. It consists of two basic bets, pass line and don’t pass line.

 

In addition, you also get more than 40 other bets, and it is recommended that you steer away from these more complicated bets. Your best options are to concentrate on Pass/don’t pass bets as well as come/don’t come which have a house edge of 1.40%. The only confusing aspect of Craps is the table layout. However, you roll the dice and typically aim for 7 or 11.

 

The craps numbers that mean you lose are 2, 3 and 12. Numbers 4, 5 and 6 are neutral which does not add to a win or lose and are known as the craps point. Craps might sound complicated; however, all online games have their own set of rules, but you will find this one easy to master.

Blackjack

BlackjackWhen most people think of a casino, alongside roulette and slots, Blackjack is high on the list of games they associate with the environment. Blackjack, also known as 21 and Pontoon dates as far back as at least 1601, first featuring in a story by Miguel de Cervantes, and is now a mainstay of casinos worldwide, earning them more revenue than all other casino games aside from slots.

Part of Blackjack’s appeal is that it’s relatively easy for casino novices to get involved in. Compared to many casino card games, the rules aren’t overly complex and  the rounds are fast. The house edge isn’t large and there’s not as much strategy involved as in card games such as poker. However, one known and somewhat dubious strategy of pontoon is named card counting. It has effectively been driven out of casinos on account that it was able to compensate for the house edge and tip the balance in the favour of the player.

The aim of Blackjack is to reach 21, or as close to 21 as possible with your cards. Two cards are dealt for the players, one face up and one down. The player can then place bets based on that card, and then additional bets with each further card. Achieving 21 with the first two cards dealt is called Blackjack (and beats the dealer, assuming he doesn’t also have Blackjack). Another winning outcome for the player is to reach a higher score (of 21 or below) than the dealer achieves with his cards. The final way of winning it when the dealer ‘twists’ (is dealt additional cards) in a bid to beat the players total, and ‘busts’ by going over 21. The game uses one or more, 52 card decks (more decks are now used to counter card counting).

Aces can be used as both 11 or 1 in value. The player needs a higher value than the dealer to win, which offers an advantage to the dealer. The dealer does however have to keep twisting until he reaches at least 17. If the players two cards are both the same, they can split the them to have two separate hands. There are numerous other rule variations in this popular casino game.

 

 

Keno

KenoKeno is believed to originate from China and historians claim it funded the Great Wall of China. Modern Keno games, however, date to the 19th century and in 1847 the game was played in Macau with 80 Chinese characters. The Americans made it their own when Chinese immigrants came into the US and started calling it Keno.

 

A lottery draw is popular across the world and while online casinos cannot give players millions of dollars that state and national lotteries can give, they give the next best game, keno. Online keno gives players the chance to choose spots (numbers) in the hope that they are chosen in the next draw. Typically, you will have a selection of 1 to 15 choices, each with different prizes. When the drawing takes place, twenty numbers are picked, ranging  from 1 to 80.

 

The results come down to comparing how many drawn numbers match those of the player’s selection. Very much like a lottery draw, the numbers must be matched, and the prize depends on the type of ticket chose. For example, if you picked one number, your winnings will be 3-1 odds and if you picked ten numbers and have five correct, you will also win. The more you hit, the bigger the reward and keep in mind that online keno has different odds and options at different online casinos.

Big Wheel Six

Big Wheel SixBig Six Wheel is for players who love the challenge of a good game fuelled with high emotions and a promise of hitting the jackpot. This should tell you that the odds in this game are pretty low, yet it remains incredibly popular in brick-and-mortar and online casinos. You get a large spinning wheel that mounts vertically in a spindle. It has numerous small sections with monetary denominations, a wild card spot where the casino name usually is and a joker.

 

You need to place your wager on the number you think it is going to land on after the spin. The wheel will spin and if it stops on your number you are the winner, if it does not you lose. That is it, simple and straightforward.

 

You will find different versions of Big Six Wheel depending on which casino you play at. It can be called Lucky Wheel, Big Wheel, Money Wheel, Wheel of Fortune and Big Six. The odds are convenient and the same as the wheel’s number chose. For example, a bet on 6 will pay out six to one. It is one of the online casino industry and land-based casinos worst betting odds games but continues to attract gamblers who find the challenge inviting.