Online casinos aren’t all about hard-nosed serious players, nor or they as rigidly set in their ways as some might think. In fact, online casinos have evolved a lot in recent years, and there are many areas that have some geeky credentials. Let’s learn more with this geeky guide to online casinos.
Games will surprise you
The question most ask themselves is how can I win real money online? While that’s obviously the idea, we also want to enjoy ourselves when playing. Find the likes of roulette and blackjack repetitive and boring? No problem. Online casinos have many, many other games that will surprise you. For example, did you know that there are around 20 titles in a series linked to the DC Comics universe, all of which have connected jackpots? Or did you know there are endlessly inventive games (all officially licensed) based on geek-tastic bits of pop culture like the X-Files, the Matrix and yes, even the might Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
So, most online casinos have live dealer tables now, i.e. streamed games with a real croupier, cards and tables. Obviously, because these games aren’t virtual, the house-edge isn’t built into the software – it’s a real game of chance. For that reason, you should get your maths wizard hat on start using your head. For example, if faced with the choice of American and European roulette, which would you choose? Consider that American roulette has an extra slot on the wheel – the double zero – which increased the house edge for all bets on the game. European roulette doesn’t have this extra slot, so the odds are slightly raised in your favour.
Be aware of the bonuses
Most of us are clever enough to realise that there is no such thing as a free lunch, so we are naturally inclined to sceptical when offered free bonus money and so on. The truth is somewhere in between: these bonuses are real, but they are usually laden with some restrictions, normally a requirement that you wager the bonus cash a number of times before withdrawal. Like everything else in life, we never read the terms and conditions at casinos, but the best operators will make the terms clear and fair. Read them.
Don’t be an idiot
Not to sound like a lifestyle guru, but, please, keep your head. The best advice for anyone playing at a casino is to set some boundaries, in terms of time, potential losses and wins. We can all lose track of time playing video games, and casino is the same. In terms of money, if you say: “I am prepared to lose this amount” or “I will walk away when I win this amount”, you will have a better experience. It doesn’t take a Mr Miyagi level of discipline – just some boundaries.
Involve some friends
Casino games are getting more interactive than ever before, but it doesn’t have to be a lonely experience. Live dealer games obviously allow some social interaction, and there are chat options to talk to friends, but even some slots now have multi-player versions.
Have a ‘real’ strategy Not a all of us can claim to have Rain Man-like powers to count cards and so on, but a strategy can be employed at online casinos. For example, some games will have less frequent wins, but bigger jackpots, whereas others will have less ‘volatility’. Decide what you are aiming for: If you are hoping to win a massive jackpot, treat the game like a lottery; if you are simply playing for fun, pick a low volatility game that won’t hurt your bankroll as much.