Casino games

Casino Games

In the online gambling industry, there are thousands of different casino games that you can choose from and these all fall into a number of categories. For example, you have table games which are essentially games that you can find in a land-based casino and include the likes of roulette, blackjack, poker, craps and baccarat.

In addition to this, with regards to roulette, there are also different versions that include French roulette, American roulette, and also European roulette.

At online casinos, these are then also available in many different forms. Many different online casinos will have branded versions of each game and it is not unusual to find over 10 types of blackjack and baccarat for example.

Then there is poker. While in some land-based casinos, you will generally only find Texas Hold 'Em poker, at online casinos, you can find other types such as Stud Poker, Omaha Poker and Speed Poker. Because of this, it is always worth visiting different sites if you are interested in playing poker, to find out which ones may appeal to you the most.

Furthermore, you will also find slot games. There are literally thousands of slot games available now for players and these are arguably the most popular product in the online casino industry. These are all available from a wide range of top software providers such as NetEnt, Microgaming, Playtech, Evolutions Games and Scientific Games.

Of course, there are many different software providers, each of which vary considerably in size and also age. A lot of the new software providers tend to be a lot more niche and smaller and it is often the case that these are then bought by the larger companies.

Slots make up roughly 70 percent of the online gambling industry and there are many to choose from, again which can fall into different categories. While you have traditional favorites available such as Starburst and Gonzo's Quest (both developed by NetEnt), you also have those which focus on a particular theme.

One of the most popular themes focuses on history and mythology, such as Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and Norse mythology respectively. There is a considerably huge draw to these type of slots, because they inspire intrigue among slots fans and are also usually very well made, with interesting characters. Also, you can find a lot of slots that are focused on sports which are also quite popular, with some software providers regarded as specialists in this niche; particularly Evolution Gaming.

Slots that are based on particular movies and television series are also a huge hit in the online gambling industry among slot enthusiasts with slot games such as Game of Thrones and Indiana Jones having a lot of fans.

Closely related to slots are progressive jackpot games, which are responsible for some of the biggest payouts in the industry. These are where a particular slot assigns a significant jackpot payout that can range from the mid-five to low eight figures, while some progressive jackpots also have three different payouts available as well in different formats.

Let's take a more detailed look into the various categories of casino games.

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Table Games

These are very popular in a land-based casino because players become immersed in the experience of the games, with people around and so, very often adrenaline sets in. While they might not be the most popular online casino product, they still have their fair share of fans and there are even casino sites that do focus more on table games.


At online casinos that have a wealth of table game options available, you will often find a lot of options when it comes to roulette. This means that it is entirely possible to find four or five different versions of each type, such as American Roulette, European Roulette and French Roulette.


Also, some software providers offer their own unique roulette games, such as 'Speed Roulette', while some are even branded. Roulette is one of those games which has always been at the center of debate as to whether it is more luck or skill-based.

As a result, there can be arguments made for both, because while it is essentially based on luck, because you have no idea where the ball will land, you can also apply certain strategies that can also increase your chances of winning. When you spin the wheel though, depending on how many bets that you have placed, it is possible to work out your odds. The more conservative players, will often spread their risk and have multiple bets placed, for low amounts.

There are some roulette players though who place large bets and make just one single bet, adopting an 'all or nothing' approach, however, this should be applied with a lot of caution.


Arguably one of the most popular casino games, this is a table game that often gets a lot of players at an online casino and it is not too dissimilar at a land-based casino either. While there is only usually one form of blackjack available in a land-based casino, like with roulette, at online casinos, it is entirely possible to find multiple games of blackjack available to players.


For example, in addition to classic blackjack, you can find such types as Atlantic City Blackjack, Vegas Strip Blackjack, Spanish 21, and progressive blackjack as well.

One of the reasons why blackjack is so popular is because it represents a chance for the player to beat the dealer and also it can have one of the most favorable house edges, which means that the player has a better chance of winning.

It is also really easy to understand, with the aim of the game being not to exceed '21' in terms of the overall value of the cards that you are dealt, while you have the option to stick from 15. The aim of the game is to beat the dealer's total. Because of the nature of the game, it means that players often win at blackjack, though it really can go either way. It is recommended to get a good understanding of the rules first before you play, so it is worth playing on demo first.

Because of the completely random order of the cards, this can be quite a luck-centric game, however, it does allow the player to also adopt strategy, especially when it comes to deciding whether to stick, or even split, which is when you are able to divide a pair and make another hand to increase your chances of winning.


There are hundreds of thousands of poker fans around the world and as a result, you will always find a good selection of poker games available at most online casinos. This is because of the highly intriguing nature of the game as well as there being a lot of different ones available.

Arguably the most popular is 'Texas Hold 'Em' poker, which is played in many live tournaments all around the world. Poker though, can be a hard game to learn and understand at first, so it is definitely worth making sure that you understand the rules fully before you commit real money.


It is also a casino game that many believe is more about skill than luck, because of the number of strategies that you can apply to it. When played in a land-based casino this is when more strategies can be applied, because a lot of players like to actually see others and their behavior.

This is because 'bluffing' is very popular (which can still be done online), which means that one player might not have as favorable a hand as others might think, but could still gamble a lot in an attempt to get others to fold their hands.

Some players are really successful when playing poker online and the most successful often win thousands at a time, while there are others who prefer to play in person, rather than at an online casino.

As mentioned, there are other forms of poker as well, where the rules vary slightly. One, in particular, that is as popular is Omaha poker. While in Texas Hold 'Em, players are only dealt two cards, in Omaha, players get four cards and must make their best hand using just two of those cards. This can provide players with a lot more interesting variety because some believe that it can considerably increase their chances of winning.


Interestingly, this is the most popular table game in the world, based on player participation. While in some markets across Europe, it does not have a lot of players taking part in games, you can still find a number of baccarat options at online casinos.


The biggest reason for the popularity of baccarat is that it has a lot of Chinese players, with this being regarded as a hugely popular game among the Chinese gambling community. While poker is regarded by a lot of people as a strategic game, there are those who believe baccarat is even more so and as such, labeled a 'thinker's game', because of the amount of concentration that is often required in order to win.

It is without a doubt one of the most complicated casino games to learn, because of the number of eventualities that are involved, such as possible winning combinations in addition to the number of different bets that you can make.

Just like with roulette, blackjack and poker, there are a number of varieties of this game that you can find at online casinos such as Three Card Baccarat, Punto Banco, Super Pan 9, Baccarat en Banque and Chemin De Fer to name just a few. Also, there are software providers who have developed their own branded versions of baccarat games as well. If you want to play baccarat, it is highly recommended that you first have a very good understanding of the rules and what is involved.



Much lesser known in the online casino industry, while it is still possible to find craps games available in the table games section, this is still not as popular, especially in the European market.

One of the reasons why this is not as popular, is because it is really in a land-based casino where the game is seen as being more fun, because of you are able to, in a sense, have more control because you are able to throw the dice yourself.

When you play online, it is more about betting on where you think the dice will land, which means that this takes the more 'fun' element away from the game. Nevertheless, it still does get a loyal, if not small fanbase.

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Online Slots

What could be regarded as the 'other half' of casino games, online slots have surged in popularity over the last 20 years. Indeed, it is possible to find some online casinos that offer players in excess of 3,000 different slot games to play, often with titles from 20 software providers.

Every slot game from a legitimate software provider is programmed with a random number generator (RNG), which means that the results of every spin is completely random. A random number generator has no memory so it has no way of knowing the previous sequences.

Also, at casino sites, you can find that most slots games have a demo mode where you can play for free first, as a way of making sure that you understand how they work, before you wager with real money. In addition to this, many also have descriptions that explain the aim of these and what you need to do, plus technical elements.

Popular slot games

Incredibly, there are many slot games that have stood the test of time and are still regarded fondly by many different players. As touched upon, Starburst is one of those and it is usually quite hard to find an online casino that does not offer this game.

Known in particular for its simplicity, this is a favorite among those who are new to the world of online casinos because it is easy to understand, while many find the game very easy on the eye, because of the attractive colors that are used throughout.

Gonzo's Quest is another slot game that appeals and being developed by NetEnt, this has a good reputation associated with it, because of how well that it has been designed. Like Starburst, it is hard to find an online casino that does not offer this game.

The Thunderstruck series (two slots) is also another that is particularly popular, due to the fact that it focuses on Norse mythology, which curiously has a large following in the world of online casino. Developed by heavyweight slot provider Microgaming, it comes with a strong reputation and it is argued that Thunderstruck II is even better than its already very successful predecessor.

Progressive Jackpot Slots

For those players who are focused on trying to win a large amount of money, then a progressive jackpot slot experience might be for you. There are many online casinos that offer a lot of different ones to try, each varying in the amount of money that can be won.

Progressive jackpot slots are based on a particular slot title, that is offered at many different online casinos, which means that at any one time, there could 10s of thousands of players all taking part, but from a range of online casinos.

This is one of the reasons, why they can justify the large payouts that they offer because they know that each of these players is constantly making small, incremental bets. It is also often the case, that a progressive jackpot slot, in order to keep you playing, will payout small amounts on a regular basis, to make sure that you have a steady bankroll. This means that it has a low volatility level.

Players are attracted to progressive jackpot slots, quite simply, because of the often life-changing sums of money that can be won, while they also know that the completely random nature of how a slot works, means that this could drop at any time.

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Live Casino

This is an element of the online casino industry that has surged in popularity in recent years and as a result, there are hundreds of live casino games available to players.

One of the reasons why live casino is so popular is because it provides players with an authentic casino experience, but from the comfort of their own surroundings, because of the fact that they can play from anywhere (with a good WiFi connection), using a device of their choosing, such as a mobile smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop.

A software provider that leads the way on the live casino scene is Evolution Gaming, which has almost taken this to the next level, by even creating their own unique games such as Monopoly Live and Dreamcatcher.

However, what you will find is that there are often many different forms of roulette, blackjack, baccarat, and poker available at a casino site that offers live casino, with each one having its own, highly trained live dealer in a safe and secure environment.

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Video Poker

Is this a slot game, or is it a table game? Because there is a divisive split of opinion about this, it is often one of the reasons why you will usually find it in its own category at a casino site.

For those who are in the know, video poker is seen as the easiest of all of the casino games to win at because of the hugely favorable house edge that is just over 45 percent. It is also a lot easier to understand than all of the other forms of poker, and for those who are new to the online gambling industry, this is usually a preferred choice of all of the other table games.

Casino games FAQs

What are the most common casino games?

Usually, the most popular casino games are slots, because of the amount of money that you can win, while players also find the user experience that is involved in a slot game, a lot more interesting. However, there are table games enthusiasts who would disagree, with both blackjack and poker also having a strong following; particularly via live casinos.

What is the best game in a casino to win money?

It is often the case that any game with the most favorable house edge to the player presents the best chance to win money and as a result, if you do want to increase your chances then video poker is a good choice. However, there are also players who have won millions playing online slots with a very small stake.

What is the best Canadian online casino?

There isn't necessarily a right answer to that, because it really depends on your preferences. It is worth checking out our highly detailed reviews of all of the licensed online casinos that we recommend which go more into detail about those that are available.

What casino games deliver the most win?

Most casinos have "return to player" information listed on their websites. In the footer of most sites you can find reports from external companies that check these. Although these percentages are not really something you can play on, it gives a rough estimation.