Online casinos offer a vast array of games to their clients but casino games can, by and large, be separated into three principle categories. Those are video games such as slots and video poker, but which can also include Pachinko and video lotteries, random numbers games such as Bingo and Keno, and table games such as blackjack, baccarat, craps and roulette. Here we’ll give a concise explanation of the most popular table games you will find in both traditional casinos and on online casinos.
In blackjack a player plays against the dealer with both the player and the dealer attempting to get the closest combination of card values to 21 as possible without going over that number. The dealer initially deals two cards each to the player and himself. The player must then decide whether to stick with the initial two cards, the optimal combination of which would be a 10 and an ace, or to take an additional card in the hope of getting closer to 21. While theoretically both the player and dealer both start with two cards and are both trying to get as close to 21 as possible, the dealer, or house, has a slight advantage in that the player must act first. This means that if a player plays the odds perfectly the house has a fine edge of a little less than 0.5%. However, in practise most players do not play with an optimal strategy meaning that in reality the house probably has a profit of a minimum of 5% off all money taken on the blackjack table.
Baccarat is one of the oldest casino games and although you will find it in European and American casinos, both online and offline, the game is most popular in Asia. Macau is the baccarat capital of the world and its tables attract high rollers from all over the continent and beyond. The rules are very simple and are the equivalent to betting on the flip of a coin. Each player takes a turn to be the dealer and deals two cards to the player whose turn it is and the ‘banker’, who is a casino employee. The remaining players bet on whose hand will win and the winning hand is that which has the highest score. The score is calculated by adding the values of the two cards plus the ‘right’ digit of the total. So 8 and 7 would be fifteen, plus the five from the fifteen, totalling 20.