If you’re a fan of the casino, a night of fun, high glamour and even higher stakes is probably one of your favorite nights out. However, these days you can easily recreate the experience at home, with just your laptop and a broadband connection. Online casinos are quickly becoming one of the most popular gaming experiences, with plenty of people logging on to play their favorite game or even try out a new one before hitting the casino itself. Best of all, every game you can think of is available, as well as some you’ve possibly never heard of; here we present five of the best.
One of the classics, roulette is for those who want the thrill of the casino without having to think too hard about what they are doing. The slight difference between online and everyday roulette is the absence of a table bias: since the table itself is virtual, the odds are completely random, and online roulette is the biggest game of chance available. A tip for making your odds better: choose a traditional European table with a single zero, unlike the American tables that have a zero and a double zero.
Poker online can be even more complicated than in real-time, meaning it should only be attempted if you’re feeling super confident about your bluffing skills. Some websites offer video poker where you can see your opponent, but if you don’t fancy that you can play anonymously. The tip with online poker is to err on the side of caution: choose definite wins over high-stakes and risky payouts to avoid any unfortunate losses.
Slots are the most simplistic option out there, meaning if you want to fully switch off from the world and not have to think too hard; this is the game for you. You can also tailor the slots you choose to your own personal tastes, from fruit machines to a celebrity version: there’s a game out there for everyone. A good way to maximize your winnings is to look at the game’s payout stats; a website with a 95 percent payout, for example, will give you 95 percent of every token you put in.
Online blackjack is almost identical to the real-life version, making it good for anyone who wants a familiar game. The premise is simple: you and the dealer both have two cards; your objective is to get as close as possible to 21 without going over, ideally hitting the magic number exactly. The twist is that if you both go over then the dealer still wins: make sure you think carefully about taking another hit. A tactical ‘do nothing’ can work wonders.
Baccarat is a game often overlooked by gamers in favor of the bigger card games that dominate the market. However, give it a chance and you’ll find a simple, fun game that can be played by almost anyone. Similar to blackjack, the object is to get the total of your cards as close to the number nine as possible, betting on either the player or the banker to manage it first. Totals over nine have their digits added together to produce a final number: so 15 would become six (one + five = six).
Whichever online game takes your fancy, it’s important to remember that you’re still playing a casino game and therefore the same rules still apply. Set yourself a gambling limit to ensure you don’t get carried away and research each website thoroughly to check that it’s trustworthy; there are some unscrupulous gamers out there, and you don’t want a nasty shock at the end of the game. After that, all that’s left to do is relax and enjoy the experience of the casino in your own home.