Online Casino Games
The technological innovations behind online casino games have actually been in the works long before the advent of the internet. Land-based video gambling machines, including video slots, video blackjack and video poker, have been a hallmark at Las Vegas Casinos for decades. While obviously lacking many of the moving parts of brick 'n mortar casino games, these online counterparts operate according to the same principle: Programmed Software. More specifically, all casino game software is programmed with a Random Number Generator (RNG), which in effect, determines an unpredictable outcome of each wager within the mathematical odds of the game rules. Although different variables determine a games payout percentage (total amount wagered versus total winnings paid out), it should reflect statistical averages according to the odds of the game over time. Like land-based slot machines, online casino games have measurable payout percentages.
The degree of entertainment provided by online casino games is also dependent on the software platform the games are built on. The same holds true for security measures, which obviously is an important consideration when seeking to play casino games with real money. For more information on casino game software technology and the leading software developers of today, see our Online Gambling Software page.
Most online casinos provide all - if not more of - the same games offered in land-based casinos, including multiple versions of blackjack, slots, video poker, table poker, roulette, craps, baccarat, 3-card poker, stud poker games, casino war and keno. It is not uncommon to find a minimum selection of 100+ games at a single online casino.
Despite casino games not affording the same kind of social interaction at a land-based casino, this is beginning to change with the growing popularity of live dealer casinos, which incorporates the use of live video streams broadcasted between an actual casino room and a players computer. Live chat features even enable players to interact with the dealer and other players in real time.
As online gambling technology continues to evolve, the future of online casino games will be one that is akin to the experience of stepping inside a brick ‘n mortar casino. This is the advent of Virtual Reality online gambling - the logical next step beyond live dealer online casino games. Although this will not take place until VR headsets are as common as smart phones, the “virtual reality” systems already in development certainly will be the future of online casino gambling. For the time being, highly entertaining online casinos games are widely available via download or instant-play Flash, like those offered above.
For those who seek to play casino games for real money, the security measures and encryption technology used to ensure a safe bet is the same technology that ensures a safe online banking transaction or credit card purchase at Amazon, for example. Secure online gambling banking methods range from credit cards to bank wires. In regards to the accuracy of hand results, as online casino games use an RNG to deliver outcomes, even if an internet disconnection is experienced in the middle of a hand, the results will be logged according to the precise outcome delivered by the RNG milliseconds before the hand was initiated.
While there is no need to be concerned about the accuracy of an RNG that has been tested by a certified testing house, there are some bettors who still prefer to have a human deal the cards, and hence why live dealer casino games are popular with some players.
Types of Online Casino Games
Online casino games are generally grouped into the following categories at online casinos.
Slots – Just like land-based casinos, online slots account for the greatest number of games offered at internet casinos. It is not uncommon to find hundreds of titles available at a single casino, which ultimately depends on the software platform being used. 5-reel, feature-rich, video slots are the most common, while traditional 3-reel and specialty series games can be commonly found online as well.
Video Poker – Popular with players who prefer to play with strategy, video poker can deliver a very low House Edge, and comes in many different variants. The most popular versions of online video poker include Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better, Joker Poker, Power Poker, Aces and Eights, Looses Deuces and Sevens Wild.
Table Games – All of the table card game classics can be found at online casinos today, including Blackjack (with variations), Baccarat, Casino War and standard poker games of 3 and 4-Card Poker, Pai Gow, Red Dog, Let’em Ride, Caribbean Stud, Caribbean Hold’em, Caribbean Draw and Texas Hold’em.
Specialty Games – Sometimes classified as table games, the reality is that Roulette (American, European and French), Craps and Sic Bo are speciality games - not to mention some of the most popular games found at the casino. Other specialty games may include Keno and Lottery-style scratch cards, although these may be grouped in their own categories.
Arcade Games – Similar to the various video terminal games found in land-based casinos, arcade-style, aka "Casual" casino games range from virtual horseracing and dice games to darts and soccer penalty shoot-out games. These games are valued for their entertainment and simple odds.
Progressive/Jackpot Games – Certain software platforms provide a selection of what are deemed jackpot games, which are essentially spin-offs of traditional casino games, but with added jackpot and bonus features.
Online Poker is very popular these days. A select handful of online poker rooms cater to most of the action online, producing very large player pools, thereby translating into large guaranteed pots. It is common to find weekly million-dollar-plus pots offered at leading poker rooms. Fun-money mode is also available at the leading real money poker rooms.
Bingo - Commonly found at online gambling destinations catering to UK bettors (where bingo is more popular than in other areas of the world), online bingo can be just as fun and social as an actual bingo hall (minus the cigarette smoke). Sometimes offered at online casinos, standalone online bingo rooms are more of the norm.