Sic Bo

Sic BoIt is amazing how many of the best online casino games originate from China’s distant shores. Like Craps, Sic Bo is also a dice game. While it is older than roulette, Sic Bo still appeals to fans of both Roulette and Craps lovers. It has elements of both these online games and is equally entertaining. Sic Bo literally translates to dice pair which suggests that in ancient times, Sic Bo was played with two dice instead of three.

 

The objective is to place a bet by predicting what the outcome of the dice would be. It is played by three dice which are shaken, then thrown. Playing Sic Bo online you have a rather complex looking table and three dice. The Sic Bo table is marked similarly to roulette with a variety of betting options. You merely decide which wager to bet and how much. You have an unlimited number of bets you can place per roll with the more you bet, the bigger your chances.

 

If you look at the rather complicated Sic Bo table initially, it could be confusing, but this busy layout indicates that there is a myriad of betting options to be made. The optimal bets include odds and even including big and small. These bets pay even money and have a house edge of 2.78%.

Backgammon

BackgammonBackgammon is a two-player game and when gambling online you are playing against a software provider’s integrated backgammon. The object of the game is to move your colour, for example, white checkers into your home board and bear them off. Backgammon is a game of luck and strategy where you move your colour pieces according to the roll of the dice.

 

The reality of backgammon is that it is not a game of pure luck, it is, in fact, one of the greatest skill games online. It features gambling concepts, tactics and a test of strategy that are popular in high-level tournaments. If you play against a player that knows what they are doing, you will soon realize that the dice is of little consequence. It can obviously swing a close game, however, if you show significant skill, even a great roll of the dice from the opponent will have very little effect.

 

A backgammon board is divided into four quarters, each with six triangles. In addition, it is divided into halves, top and bottom, left and right. Each player gets 15 checkers at different points on the board. To start the game,  two dice will roll, a white and a black with the player with the highest number going first. You will move your checkers according to the combined number of the rolled dice.

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.