Types of casino games online
This is a guide for learning how to choose an online casino game for novice players. I have listed over 10 casino games and each game has a short description of how and where to play it for real money.
If you click on the link for each section you will come to a comprehensive guide with rules and strategies to play each casino game. There’s also a section about local Indian casino games such as Teen Patti & Andar Bahar, which have become more and more popular in India.
Use the navigation to find your best internet-based casino game – all of them which can be played from both computer and mobile and win money.
List of casino games & how to play
The following guide is split upon different categories of stochastic casino games. Stochastic games are games which are based on a certain amount of luck and mathematics. Compare this to deterministic games such as Chess or Carrom where You, as a player, control the outcome to 100%.
My guide will only encompass stochastic games, which is split upon two categories:
- Imperfect Information – These type of casino games are skill based and therefore You can control the outcome.
- Perfect Information – This means you already know all the possible outcomes of a round. For example, in Roulette, you know the ball can only land on one out of 37 pockets. You can’t control the outcome, but you know it will be one of the numbers between 0-37. Now it’s up to you to be the guess king of where it will land.
You might ask why this is important to me?
Because if you know whether a game is ‘Perfect’ or ‘Imperfect’ you know which strategy to choose.. If you play games with ‘Perfect Information’ you should apply a smart betting strategy, meanwhile ‘Imperfect’ games you should practise, practise and practise.
And as a wise man once said:
“Pattice makes one perfect, or else you only get ragda.”
Learning how to play casino games for free is a good start for every novice Indian online gambler. Knowing the basic rules before you start betting for real money will allow you to play for longer and earn more in the long run.
Even if playing casino games involves a lot of risks it does not mean you as a player should be stupid. Learn the basic game rule, play a bit for free and THEN start playing for real money.
The first step in knowing how to play casino is knowing what online slots machines are. Online slots fall into the category of ‘Perfect Information‘ games and are the main livelihood of an internet casino. It exists several of thousands of slot games and new are released every day all. This type of internet-based casino game has conquered a big share of the online gambling market and are incredibly popular in Europe.
The online casino slots are developed by third parties software providers companies, such as NetEnt or Microgaming. The game is computer animated and has an appealing soundtrack. The gameplay is determined by an algorithm and dependent on which game you choose it feels like you win more or less. This is called variance of the game:
- Low variance slots – The curve of winning is linear and you will win little by little almost every spin, but you can’t win big wins. This type of casino game is best for beginners.
- High variance slots – The curve of winning has its ups & downs. For long periods you win nothing but then all the sudden you win BIG. High variance slots can quickly burn a hole in your wallet and is, therefore, best for experienced players.
Check out my complete guide on online slots here or play the Youtube video below to know the basics.
Roulette is a board game and just like slots also a ‘Perfect Information’ game. This means there’s not a ladder of skill to climb, but knowing how to place the bets becomes more important.
Roulette originally originates from Europe and the goal is to bet on one or several outcomes. A ball is placed on a spinning wheel and will land at any number between 0-36. Much like the chocolate wheel at the festival fair. When the board game came to America the ‘Muricans’ decided to add a double 0 and therefore is less beneficial for you as a gambler.
There are several other versions apart from European & American Roulette, such as Double Ball Roulette, Speed Roulette and Lightning Roulette.
The game is offered in two different layouts where you can choose to against a computer or a real person, both available for mobile devices:
- Online Video Roulette – 2D version whereas you play towards a computer.
- Live Roulette – Real-time streaming of a human Roulette dealer from a Live Studio somewhere in the world. You can chat with the dealer who replies with her voice, or with the other gamblers if you want that. All streamed in 1080p HD and you only need a 4G connection and a mobile from 2017 or later to utilize the casino game to the fullest.
Can you guess which Roulette version I prefer?
Knowing the bets in this casino game will make you more money. Therefore I recommend you to check the G2G guide to Roulette betting and where you also can play the Online Video version for free.
Finally time for the best card game ever; Blackjack!
In the legendary game Blackjack you play versus a dealer and just like in Roulette there’s also a live version in HD available. The concept is the same whereas you can chat with the dealer and the other players.
Compared to Live Roulette which has unlimited seats at a table Blackjack has a limit of 8 seats. But with the Live-streamed version, you can now ‘bet behind’. Betting behind means you bet on another player which is on a hot streak (winning many hands in a row). This feature has long been exclusive for land-based casinos.
The goal in Blackjack is quite simple. You play vs. a dealer who deals you cards and the purpose is to get 21 or as close to 21 as possible. Since this is an ‘Imperfect’ betting game I highly recommend you to read up on my guide on how to play Blackjack and also practise for free until you become “pattice ragda”.
Once you master the skills I am sure Blackjack will be your best-preferred game too. Do you want to know how to do it? Check out my guide to Blackjack here.
Baccarat is another card game which is very popular in Asia and especially China. It goes fast to learn how to play since you only bet on three outcomes; either win for the Player or the Banker, or it can end in a tie
Learning the basics is so easy that it only takes 4 minutes to learn, according to the American casino Ceasars Palace in Las Vegas. I recommend you spend a little more time getting to know how to play the game.
Since Baccarat is another ‘Imperfect’ game I recommend you to check out our guide to Baccarat. Read up on the rules and play the game for free before you sign up at a gambling website.
Craps is a real money dice game which you can play with your friends or towards a dealer. If you are a big fan of Hollywood movies then you’ve most likely seen it in Ocean’s 13, James Bond Diamonds are Forever or my favourite mafia movie; A Bronx Tale.
In Ocean’s 13 and the James Bond movie they play vs. a croupier (the fancy word for the dealer) and that version is called “Casino Craps” which is the official version. The unofficial version you play with your friends is called “Street Craps”.
The reason why there are two versions of the popular dice game is that the prerequisites are few. To play Craps for real money you only need two dices. However, the easiness stops here and the betting system is quite complex and let’s address that in a separate article.
Craps is just like Roulette a ‘Perfect Information’ game. Some bets require certain rolls before they can become winning or losing bets, thus encouraging strategy. Craps is one out of a few casino games where you can become friends with your opponents because you can choose to play with or against your opponents, as you can see in the short clip above.
Unfortunately, there are not so many online casinos with online Craps in their game library. In fact, I have never played it at an online gambling site, only at a physical casino in Macau and on “the street” with my friends.
If this sounds like a casino game you want to make money on I suggest you to check out my more detailed How To’s.
Video Poker is an electronic version of five-card draw Poker, but where you play against an AI. The game was invented in the 1970s when the first computers came around but has evolved a lot since then.
Online Video Poker reminds of slot machines and just like slots also has different variations which can make you win more or less. Reading up thoroughly before you choose a variation of Video Poker machines is important. For example: Did you know that Jacks or Better has an RTP (Return To Player) of 99.54% meanwhile Deuces Wild has 96.7%?
If you want to know more about how to play Video Poker I suggest you check my extensive guide.
Sic Bo (骰寶)
Sic Bo or Tai Sai (骰寶) is originally a Chinese ‘Perfect Information’ dice game which is slowly gaining popularity in the rest of the world. Looking at the table might give you a feeling of complexity but once you get a hang of the rules it’s actually quite simple.
The dealer tosses three dices and you bet on the results. There are many different betting options whereas each bet has a different payout. Just like in Roulette, you can place as many bets as you like.
Learning the betting strategies is essential in Sic Bo, especially since Sic Bo is one of the highest paying casino board games with 180 to 1 in payout. (Bet Rs. 1000 and win 180 000 in a single game round).
Sic Bo is just like Roulette, Baccarat and Blackjack also available in Live Casino and Online Video mode. Since the game is mainly played in Eastern Asia, many of the Live Studios have female Asian looking dealers. So if you like Live gambling and chatting to pretty Chinese ladies, this might be your favourite game…!
Although, if you want to have a good chance of winning money I suggest you check out my guides first and learn the betting systems.
Indian casino games
Growing up in India has made us familiar to a certain type of casino games, or maybe I should say games of chance. Many of these games have their roots in Indian culture. For example, the oldest of dice games are found in the Atharva Veda script.
Below is a list of some Indian games which can be found online casinos. Click on them to read my guide and find a casino where you can play it at:
- Andar Bahar (Katti) – A card betting game originated in Bangalore which is very popular in India. Just like Baccarat, you bet on a 50/50 outcome.
- Passa – Is a very simple dice game similar to heads and tails and has a 50/50 outcome. You bet on hare (loosing) or jeetae (winning).
- Flush/Teen Patti – A popular card game in India and reminds of Poker where you play towards other opponents. Skilful playing and sound judgment of the opponent’s hand is crucial to winning. Therefore I strongly recommend reading my guide on Teen Patti.
- Satta Matka – Are you ready to become a filthy rich ‘Satta King’? Satta Matka is a popular casino game for the Indian middle class and does not involve any skill. All you need to do is guess the right winning number; just like Lotto!
Rummy, Poker, Lotto & More
There are many more popular online games of chance available which I have chosen not to cover on this page. I have dedicated separate sections of G2G for these games!
The reason being is that there is so much which can be expanded in Poker so it would not make sense to put it in this list. Also, I don’t see Rummy, Poker or Lottery as casino games but as separate real money gambling games.
If you click over to the other sections you can read more about different Poker game rules for Pai Gow, Strip Poker (Yes you read right!) and many more. Or maybe you are more of a Paplu person, then head over to G2G’s Rummy section.
Download vs. No download casino games
Let me tell you a story when I was young…
Back in the days, the only entertainment available on a computer was downloading music from Kazaa (extremely slow!) and playing the computer game “Command & Conquer: Red Alert.” There was no Youtube for mobile, Clash of Clans or Google Docs.
I remember so well visiting an internet café in central Bangalore to play Red Alert and surfing dodgy websites which most likely gave the computer viruses. Aaah, it was the best of times!
Or was it, really?
Welcome to 2019 where downloading applications is a waste of mobile data. Where Flash is not even supported on Apple mobile devices. So no, maybe it wasn’t the best of times but it was the best for that time.
The same theory is applied to downloadable online casino clients. If you ever have played one you know what I am talking about. The game interface feels like something from 1995, it is slow and built in Flash. And the chance is high that you have encountered a Rogue casino which cannot afford to develop a proper gambling website.
Nowadays all real online casinos can be played seamlessly from your Android, iPhone, PC or Apple computer directly in your internet browser. You can sign up with your iPhone in the morning, play slots on your Android tablet during lunch and finish off some hands of Blackjack in the bed before sleep.
So if you want to play any of the online casino games listed above I highly recommend doing so directly through your web readers browser.
My favourite online casino games
I would like to express my opinion about the best casino game(s). Personally, I love both online slot machines and live blackjack games. Playing these two games is what I call a perfect ‘Friday night out’, or Tuesday night for that sake.
The night starts with finding a nice welcome bonus. The second step is signing up for a casino account and making my first deposit to activate the bonus.
The third and most important step is to find some low variance slots (= easy-to-win). The reason why I want to find these type of slots machines is that I can easily play through the bonus wager requirements and clear the terms & conditions of the promotion.
I make a spin and hit a win of one lakh! Finally, the casino game is starting to pay off some real money. Now I have two options:
- Withdraw the money, log out and go to bed
- Double my money
What do you think I choose?
So, I switch over to a high-stake Blackjack Live table. Blackjack is my favourite casino game for making real money fast. In fact, you can “double” one lakh into five, within just a couple of minutes of play. Blackjack is just like Poker or Rummy a skill-based game. Once a betting game involves skill you have a greater chance of controlling the outcome.
Which is exactly what I want. Manish, focus!
A couple of hands later and the Rs. 100 000 I made playing slot machines have now been turned into 400 000.
Now that’s what I call a good night.
Which is the best casino game?
That’s a very good question and the answer will summarize my list of casino games.
My personal opinion is the same as the answer: Online slots & Live Blackjack. One game which is the ‘Perfect Information’ category and another in the ‘Imperfect’. This means I can balance betting systems versus game strategies.
Choosing a game where you can provoke the outcome such as Blackjack, Poker or Rummy is always advisable if you want to win real money playing casino games online. Because as I said in the beginning:
“Pattice makes one perfect, or else you only get ragda.”
And the more you play, the better you will become. If you are ready to take the leap and start playing casino games, I recommend choosing one of the casinos below. I have personally played at all of them and have never had any issues of withdrawing my winnings.