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Written on Saturday 20th of October 2012

Casino games online

When it comes to what casino games are popular in the UK, our tastes are very much different to those of American players. The all singing, all dancing, razzamatazz associated with US casinos can be a bit much for UK players. British tastes are more table focused games with greater skill levels required, rather than flashing lights and unimaginable jackpots. This is leading to a gradual change in US based casinos as they seek to attract more customers from across the pond.

Here is an overview of what you can expect to find when entering an online casino based in the UK. See if there is anything that tickles your fancy:

Roulette

Roulette is probably the best known of all the Casino games and is played worldwide. Its simplicity makes it an easy game that can be enjoyed by all levels of player. Most European versions have a numbered wheel 0-36, half the numbers being red and half black (except 0, which will usually be green). You can bet on a number, colour or combination of the two and hope it comes in as you wait for the wheel to stop spinning and the ball to land. Visit our roulette guide for more info.

Blackjack

Blackjack is closely associated with another popular UK game called pontoon, however there are differences between the two card games. Blackjack involves drawing as high a score as possible without exceeding 21. If you do go over 21 you are out of the game. Players have a variety of options they can call. Twist, Hold, Split are common words used to decribe the choices a player can make during a game. You will need to get a better score than the dealer if you want to win. A multi hand version is also very popular requiring a different strategy. Find out more about scoring in Blackjack with this page.

Craps

Craps is a popular casino game of chance involving dice. Players can bet on the outcome of one roll, or a series of rolls with 2 dice. Money can be won by guessing the correct total before the dice have been rolled. A specially designed craps table allows chips to be placed on one or more of the possible outcomes.  Then the dice a rolled down the channel of the the table to determine the winning number. There are all sorts of strategies in craps and here are a few examples.

Baccarat

Baccarat is a simple card game where the objective is to gain a higher ranking value hand than the dealer. The value of your hand rises as the cards are dealt, if you reach 10 your hand resets to zero. The objective is to get as close to 9 with the value of your cards before the betting stops. There are only 3 possible results that can be achieved from Baccarat, 'player', 'banker' or 'tie'. Refering to the ways a customer can bet and not specifically to players in the game.

Slots

Slots are more commonly known in the UK as 'fruities'. They work on a principle of spinning 3 or more reels to create a combination of objects. The idea is to get a combination of these objects lined up using nudges, features and pot luck. There are many different variations of slot games, usually coming with flashing clours and lots of catchy sounds. For a greater insight into online slots visit gamingslots.com, which has a very comprehensive overview of the different slot providers and games.

Video Poker

Video Poker is similar to slots, involving a poker style game. You are dealt five cards on a reel. You are given the option to keep or discard cards. The idea is to finish up with the strongest hand possible before you run out of reel spins. Unlike most casino games, video poker involves more Skill than luck. Players can dramatically improve their game given practice.