Online Casino Games
Guide to Playing Casino Games Online
Casinos are all about entertainment and the chance to potentially win big. Millions of players in UK are regularly playing different casino games. Some prefer slots with huge jackpots, while others enjoy playing when they can use a strategy to try to beat the house. Here we'll take a closer look at your options.
Top 5: Classic Casino Games in the UK
If you want to enjoy mobile gaming in the UK, most modern mobile casinos will include the following slot games and table games. Many of these classics have survived the test of time and existed long before we could play casino on our mobile devices.
|Roulette||A true classic where a wheel is spun, and players bet on where the ball will land. There are alternating red and black slots with the numbers 1-36. Betting on red/black, high/low or odd/even is about as close to 50/50 odds as you can get at a casino.|
|Blackjack||In this card game the goal is to come as close as possible to 21, but without going over. Face cards are worth 10, Aces are worth 1 or 11 and the rest of the cards are worth the value written on them. Getting a face card or a 10 together with an ace is known as getting "blackjack". It's a game full of strategy, because the house can also go over 21 and bust.|
|Slot Machines||Often divided into video slots and classic slots. Video slots are the modern slots with plenty of advanced graphics and animations. They come with different themes and most modern casinos have hundreds of them. Classic slots mimic how slots originally looked when they were still physical machines.|
|Baccarat||A card game commonly played at both land-based and online casinos. The name and the fancy terms used in the game often gives the misconception that Baccarat is difficult to play. It’s not very complicated. You can bet on punto (the player wins), banco (the house wins) or a draw.|
|Video Poker||Works like a slot machine but is based on five-card draw poker. Jacks or Better is a common version, meaning a pair of jacks or better pays. The very best poker hands such as Royal Straight Flush can pay an insane amount of money.|
Nowadays most table games like Roulette and Blackjack can be experienced in live casino with real dealers. It adds extra realism and becomes almost like playing in a land-based casino. Most casino games can be played for fun as a free demo with play money. It's a good way to learn the rules of a casino game.
Understanding House Edge and RTP%
Most people know that the casino has an edge over the player, commonly called the house edge. This is true no matter if you play online or in a real brick-and-mortar casino, but there are some important differences. Take for example European Roulette. Then the physical roulette wheel would have 36 numbers and one green 0. The 0 gives the house an advantage. 36/37 is approximately 97.3%, meaning a 2.7% edge over the player.
For online casinos it's software that decides the outcome. The game doesn't have anything physical, but instead uses RNG (Random Number Generator) to make sure it follows the theoretical RTP (Return to Player). Slots typically have a RTP% around 95%, while table games like Roulette, Blackjack and Craps are higher. For some bets they can approach 99%. There is however always a slight edge for the house.
Many players misinterpret RTP. They think the actual RTP% applies for an individual session at a casino game, while it’s what the game is expected to pay back to the players long term. When playing a game an hour or two you can make a big profit of 500% or maybe only get back 50%. Long term with 95% RTP you're expected to get back around £95 out of every £100 you bet. Even using betting strategies it's hard to beat the house in the long run, because they use betting limits to prevent players from placing too high bets in table games such as Roulette.
Other Mobile Games to Play
If you're looking to spice up your casino experience, mobile casinos have more to offer than just slots and table games. In UK it's very popular to play games like bingo. Historically people often gathered in bingo clubs all around UK to enjoy the game, but thanks to the internet it's possible to play on your own terms in the convenience of your own home. You don't have to travel to any physical location and it also becomes easier to play multiple bingo cards at the same time.
Keno and scratch cards have also grown in popularity at mobile casinos. Many find that the gaming experience can be quite like slots. These games can have big jackpots to win and you get to know almost instantly if you won or lost. You can find different versions of Keno and scratch cards, so usually you'll be able to find mobile games that suits your personal preference.
Finally, we shouldn't forget about Caribbean Stud Poker. The game was invented in the Caribbean and is played with a deck of cards. Even if it's influenced by poker, you don't play against other players. Instead you play against the house. This means you don't have to bother with bluffing or putting on your best poker face.