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How To Choose The Best Online Casino

Incentives and Bonuses
The best online gambling sites allow you to play their games without setting up an account. Many sites even offer strictly recreational games, where players can participate in their favorite games and chat with other players while vying for points instead of cash. The casinos offer the play for free option because it’s a good way to attract new customers; these days, most Internet-savvy consumers want to try something before they plunk down hard cash for it. The play-for-free option is good for you because it gives you a chance to explore the software and get comfortable with it before you put any money on the line. You can find out which games are offered, study the rules for each game, and try a few practice hands to get a feel for the action. At some sites, you also can watch as other players gamble before jumping in yourself. You probably should stay away from any site that does not allow you to take its gaming software for a test run before signing up. Some sites might ask you to fill out a short form before using the play-for-free option. As long as this form doesn’t ask for banking or credit information, you’re probably safe. If you have to give credit or banking information before you can try the software, leave the site immediately and don’t go back.

Payouts and Payoffs
Reputable online gambling sites such as will post their payout percentages on their Web pages, as well as their procedures for paying out winnings. Look for payout percentages in the very high 90s-97 percent or higher. Like their brick-and-mortar counterparts, legitimate online casinos make their money by building a reasonable house edge into all their games and by taking advantage of players’ mistakes in strategy. If you avoid online gambling sites with payouts of 95 percent or looser and exercise the same care in playing that you would use in a real-life casino, you should experience more or less the same win rate no matter where you play. It also is important to understand how you will receive your winnings. In most cases, an online casino will return your original deposit the same way you made it. That is, if you use a Visa to deposit $100 in your online gambling account, you’ll get that $100 back as a credit on your Visa account. Winnings, though, are usually handled differently. Instead of crediting your winnings to your credit card, most online casinos will cut a check and mail it to you; it may take about two weeks to receive it, depending on where the casino is based and which bank it uses. Some online casinos also offer a wire transfer option for receiving winnings. You get your winnings faster, but usually you have to pay a fee for this service.

Customer Service and Support
Reputable and legitimate online casinos make it easy for their players to get help and information. Before you sign on with an Internet casino, check out its customer service and support facilities. You should be able to contact the casino via e-mail and via telephone, and there should be a toll-free number for technical support, especially when you download the casino’s gambling software. You can test an online casino’s customer service by calling the telephone number and asking a real person to explain the bonus structure, rules, and restrictions. Also ask about withdrawal policies. Some casinos require you to maintain a minimum balance in your account or close it out entirely. She support personnel should be able to explain every item in the terms and conditions; if they hedge or give only vague answers, look for another gambling site. Check to see if the site offers real-time support in chat mode. This is important if you run into problems or questions with the software; you don’t want to be held up with technical issues when you’re ready to play, and often chat-based support can resolve problems more quickly than telephone-based systems. You also can test the responsiveness of the site’s e-mail support system by asking a question and seeing how long it takes the site to reply. 1f you don’t get a response within twenty-four hours, be cautious about playing at that site. Find out the hours when support is available. Some online casinos offer twenty-four-hour e-mail and telephone support. Others have twenty-four-hour e-mail support but their phone support hours are limited. The best companies offer several convenient ways for you to contact them, no matter what time of day it is.

Casino Table Games & Lottery Games Rules

Table Games

Lottery Games

Slot Machines: A man named Charles Fey developed the first commercially successful slot machine in his San Francisco machine shop around 1896. Made of cast iron with three internal reels, a slot for taking in coins and an external lever for activating the machine, it quickly became a staple of saloons, gambling houses and even many retail stores (where patrons would trade their winnings for goods from the store – hence the term “trade goods”).

Video Poker

Deuces Wild: Just as poker began dominating card tables in America’s Wild West, some enterprising enthusiasts added the concept of “wild” cards. The term may have derived from the famous wildcats, or mountain lions, that would occasionally come down from the hills at night to add a good deal of excitement to a mining camp.

Casino Card Games Rules

Card Games

Online Pokies Gambling Games

Online pokies paysafe games are popular through out the gambling community. The transition to online pokies paysafe games has been very well accepted and it’s keeping casino gambling games on a top position next to other gambling activities like sports betting.

You can find a variety of casino gambling games sites on the internet. Most of these sites will have special software that could work under two different forms. The first one is to access the online pokies paysafe games site and play their gambling games with the use of the internet browser. Many of these sites will use technology such as Flash or Java on their online pokies paysafe games. The second form of playing online pokies paysafe games is to download a special software which you have to install in your machine. You can then access it without having to go into the online pokies paysafe site. For both ways of playing casino gambling games, you will need to be registered on their site and have money deposited in your account since you will be asked for your login and password every time you wish to play online pokies paysafe games.

There are many popular online pokies paysafe games enjoyed by thousands of gamblers across the world. The most usual games you will encounter in most of the casino gambling games sites are Poker, Slot Machines, Black Jack, Roulette, Craps, Keno and Paigow.You don’t need to go to several casino gambling games websites to play on all of your favorite games! A good casino gambling games site will offer you all of the casino games you are looking for and if they work with download software, this software must have every game you wish to play. So don’t waste your time playing on different sites, just find the one that has it all and has a good reputation and quality service.Casino gambling games are a lot of fun! Many of them give you the capability of playing multiplayer casino games in which you can play with your friends or other very good players online. Online pokies paysafe games are available to you 24/7 on almost every online casino website. Have fun playing on casino gambling games and good luck!

Blackjack Game Rules

Blackjack is a very popular game that probably originated in 16th Century France as vingt-et-un (20 and 1), hence its other name “21”. It gained the English name Blackjack since a player who held the Ace of Spades (i.e. a Black spade) and the Jack of Spades as the first two cards would be paid out extra, and the gambler’s penchant for easy rhymes took over (think “chuck-a-luck”, “acey-duecy”). The object of the game is to get as close to 21 without going over (“bust”).

Game Play:
Players will place their wagers in the center of the betting circle in front of their seat at the table. The dealer will then deal two cards, face up, to each Player and two to himself, one face up and one face down.

Our Blackjack is a multi-hand game, meaning you can play up to 3 hands at the same time. Simply place wagers in the betting circles to either side of the center seat if you want to play additional hands. It makes the game much more interesting and increases your chances of winning.

Card values:

Kings, Queens, Jacks, and 10’s each count as 10.
Aces count as 1 or 11, as a player wishes.
All other cards count at their face value (i.e. 2 through 9).

If a Player’s first two cards are an Ace and a 10 value card, the Player has Blackjack and will be paid one and one-half times the wager (3-to-2), unless the Dealer also has Blackjack – in which case it’s a push (bet neither paid nor taken). All other winning hands are paid even money (1-to-1).

A Blackjack will beat a point total of “21”. For example, an Ace and a 10-value card will beat a 10, 5, 6 hand. Even though both hands total 21 points, the Blackjack wins.

The Player not having Blackjack may continue to draw cards attempting to total as close to 21 as possible without exceeding 21. He is free to stand at any point total or to ask for another card (a “hit”) at any point total under 21. If the Player goes over 21, he busts and loses his wager.

Dealer must hit on all totals of 16 or less. Dealer must stand on all totals of 17 or more.

Blackjack Terminology and Game Controls

Place a number of chips in the betting circle as a wager.

Place the same number of chips in the betting circle as you
did for the previous hand.

Play a hand of Blackjack for the wager placed in the betting circle. Clicking “DEAL” starts the game and commits the wager to the outcome.

Request an additional card from the deck.

Take no additional cards.

The Player will match the original wager and split the first two cards into two separate hands. The two cards must be of the same point value (for example: a pair of 8’s, a King and a Queen, etc.) For split hands, an Ace and ten-point card equal to “21” and not Blackjack – in other words, they don’t pay 3-to-2, but they will beat a Dealer hand that has 20 points or less. Also, after splitting a pair of Aces, the Player will draw only one card per Ace.

The “DOUBLE” button will become active after the first two cards have been dealt to each hand. Players who feel confident that they are going to win this hand can “Double Down” to earn twice as much if they do win by clicking DOUBLE. Their original bet amount will be doubled automatically and they will receive exactly one additional card. Double Down wagering is not permitted on a Blackjack hand because you would automatically bust when you received the additional card.

When the dealer’s up card is an Ace, all Players have an opportunity to buy “insurance”, an additional amount equal to half of that Player’s original wager, before any further play begins.
A Player may purchase insurance when he/she believes that the dealer’s down card is a ten value card. If the Dealer has Blackjack, the insurance wager pays 2-to-1. If the dealer does not have Blackjack, the insurance wager loses and the game continues as usual.

Do not accept the insurance offered on this hand. If Pass is clicked and the Dealer has Blackjack, the player loses his original wager and play ends for this hand (unless Player also has Blackjack, in which case it’s a push). If Dealer does not have Blackjack, play for this hand continues as normal.

Rules of Baccarat Game for Players

When the Player’s first two cards total: Player Action
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 DRAW
6, 7 STAND
8, 9 STAND (natural)

Now it is the Banker’s turn. When the Player stands on 6 or 7 (and therefore did not draw a third card), the Banker’s play is quite straightforward. The Banker must draw on scores of 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 and stand on 6 or 7.

Rules of Play for Banker when Player Stands on 6 or 7

When the Banker’s first two cards total: Banker Action
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 DRAW
6, 7 STAND
8, 9 STAND (natural)

However, if the Player did draw a third card, the Banker’s play gets more interesting. In this case, the Banker stands on a score of 7 but draws or stands on scores of 6 or less depending on the value of the Player’s THIRD CARD (not on the score of the Player’s HAND). The rules governing whether the Banker draws or stands are as follows:

Rules of Play for Banker when Player Draws a Third Card

Player’s Third Card
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
7 S S S S S S S S S S
6 S S S S S S D D S S
5 S S S S D D D D S S
4 S S D D D D D D S S
3 D D D D D D D D S D
2 D D D D D D D D D D
1 D D D D D D D D D D
0 D D D D D D D D D D


  • The hand with the highest score closest to nine wins.
  • Winning bets on the Player’s hand are paid at 1-to-1.
  • Winning bets on the Banker’s hand are also paid at 1-to-1. However, a winning Banker bet pays a 5% commission to the House. Each time you win when betting on the Banker, 5% of the winning amount is automatically deducted from your Account balance.
  • If both hands result in equal scores, the Tie bet wins, paying 8-to-1. When a tie occurs, all bets on either the Player or the Banker are a push (neither paid nor taken).

Baccarat Game Rules

Baccarat is an exciting card game that was a featured plot device in the James Bond novel Casino Royale by Ian Flemming.
It originated in Italy during the middle ages and derives its name from the Italian word for “zero”, because the face cards and Tens – which normally are high value cards in most games – are counted as zero in Baccarat. At some point it migrated to France where it was embraced by the aristocracy. Today, Baccarat is a favorite game of high rollers and famous gamers around the world.

The object is to bet on which of two hands (the “Player” or the “Banker“) will have a score closest to 9. You can bet on either hand – or you can bet on a tie.

Dealing and Scoring

Baccarat is played with eight decks of cards, shuffled and placed in a “shoe”. Each hand will receive at least two cards, but no more than three. The first and third cards dealt from the shoe constitute the Player’s hand and the second and forth cards constitute the Banker’s hand. If required, a third card is dealt to either hand according to specific rules outlined in the charts below.
All cards are dealt face up.

Card values are:

  • Face cards and tens count as 0;
  • Aces count as 1,
  • All other cards count as face value.

The score of each Hand is the last digit of the sum of the card values in the hand. Thus, a hand with an 8 and a 9 would have a score of 7 (since 8 + 9 = 17). This is why Tens and Face cards count as zero – only the last digit counts, so a 10 has a value of zero. The scores will always range from 0 to 9 and, unlike Blackjack, it is impossible to bust.

Examples of point scoring:

  • Example 1: 9 + 0 = 9, the score of this hand is 9.
  • Example 2: 4 + 0 + 9 = 13, the score of the hand is 3.
A Natural

Since the object of each hand is to get as close to 9 as possible, getting a score of 8 or 9 with the first two cards is a good thing. This is called a “natural”, and if EITHER hand scores a natural, BOTH hands must stand. Naturally (pardon the pun), the only score that will beat a natural 8 is a natural 9.

Game Play

Two cards are dealt face up to both the Player and the Banker.
If one hand has a natural, that hand wins. If both hands have a natural, the higher natural wins. If both hands have the same natural, it’s a tie.

If neither the Player nor the Banker has a natural, then play goes to the Player.

The Player’s hand stands on a score of 6 or 7. If the score is less than 6, the Player draws one card and receives a new score based on the value of all three cards.