How to Choose Your Game

The range of casino games you can play online is extensive, and finding the one that is right for you can be tricky.

It is a process that may involve trying several different games or game variants before actually knowing what you are best at or enjoy the most. Yet the great thing about playing on the internet is that you are given the time and freedom to practice any game as much as you desire, before actually betting real money. This allows you not only to develop strategy, but also, to learn everything that the game involves before jumping straight into it.

Topics Addressed

  • The importance of payout rates and odds for beginners
  • How to better understand the elements of a game
  • How to take advantage of what you know

Previously Required Knowledge

Because you are starting from scratch, you aren't required to know anything specific. However it wouldn't hurt to learn how to play online in general, and get to know the different gaming software - each offer a variety of games, and some are more user-friendly than others. The easier it is for you to understand how it all works, the easier it will be for you to relax and have fun with your game.

Instructions

Step 1

What kind of game category appeals to you the most?

  • Card games

    Usually the first to be learned, the most popular casino card games are Poker, Blackjack, and Baccarat. In any card game, the rules can be modified according to the players' taste, and once decided upon are called the "house rules". When playing card games, you will almost always be accompanied by a dealer. The advantage in playing card games is the ability to influence the outcome with an element of skill. However as a beginner, this will be a difficult place to start from. Of the three, Blackjack is the simplest and most suited to first time gamblers.

  • Dice games

    The oldest of all gambling game categories, dice games are based on chance and rarely involve proficiency. However, there are many betting strategies available which have been proven to work. The most popular dice game in online casino's in Craps, which has many game variants in itself. Dice games are a great place to start, as they can be played by all level players, yet still require wagering decision making, which is easy to learn.

  • Table games

    these are games of skill whereby balls or disks are propelled across specially-designed tables. The most commonly played table games include Roulette, darts, and billiards. Table games require that people sit in designated places facing a dealer who sits in an area called "the pit". Table games are played with various equipment such as dice or cards, and are therefore frequently a mix of other gambling game categories.

  • Slots games

    A coin-operated kind of casino game, in which players must pull a lever to activate the spinning of three or more reels. The combination of symbols seen on the reels when the spinning stops will determine a win or loss, and to what degree. Slots games require no skill whatsoever, so they are generally designed to profit the casino. However, they still remain a highly popular gaming choice among gamblers, especially for beginners who are more interested in enjoying the game than winning money. 

Step 2

Are you looking for fun or money?

The first thing that you should understand is that gambling should always be fun, and that losing is a natural part of gambling. You cannot enjoy yourself if you are in it only for the money. Of course winning is fun, but in order to enjoy all aspects of this hobby, it is best to consider money a bonus, rather than a given. 

Having said that, there is a big difference in odds and payout rates between different casino games. Although this will differ from casino to casino, some games will always return you more money than others. For example, Blackjack and Craps involve elements of both luck and skill, so the house edge is less than one percent (.80 for Blackjack, 0.60 for Craps). Keno however, is completely luck based and designed to favor the casino, so its house edge can be up to 25%. The rates will always be published along side the game icon, if this is something important to you. 

As a beginner, though, you will come to see from trying out new things that nearly all of what's important in choosing your game is how much you enjoy it. This can result from being simply being good at it, enjoying the layout (for example table games VS slots), or the game dynamics.

Step 3

 

Make use of your knowledge...

If you are a sports fan then gambling is a great way to turn your knowledge into cash. Understanding the team dynamics and abilities, and being able to assess a competitive situation may allow you to make some decisions that will hopefully pay off. 

Tips


  • Take the time to understand the game; some games are quite complicated and take time to learn and master. Until reaching that point a game may seem on the surface somewhat boring, but this is probably because you don't really understand. Once it hits you, you may suddenly find yourself unable to quit.
  • Read guides and instructions prior to playing - in order to know better what the game is about, acquaint yourself with the game rules, objective, and instructions, and even read up some strategy guides. This might make you more confident when playing, which will allow you to enjoy yourself a lot more.
  • Keep an open mind; you may by chance start playing something you do not like, and have to try many others before finding the one that you like best.

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