Online Casino Games – Which is the Best One For You?

People who search for a way of spending a little time trying their luck at casino games are no longer limited by their distance from a bricks and mortar casino. The digital age has allowed legal gambling to be available to all, and those who are interested in this type of gaming experience can now try their luck from any computer that has internet access. While there are some restrictions on US players, it is possible for US people to play at certain online casinos.

Whatever is offered at real casinos is also available to the online version and there are countless different games that can be played at an online casino. As with real life casinos, most of these games have different probabilities for winning as well as different costs for playing. Some of the various casino games that can be found online are outlined below.

First of all there are the card games. These games are still the most popular of all casino games and that includes both the online casinos and the real life ones. There are literally hundreds of different card games that can be played today, with several variations of blackjack, poker and baccarat.

Secondly we can find the slot machines and these are as popular online as they are in real casinos. Because there are many different slots available, players are able to decide which ones they want to play based on design and style. The main characteristics of a slot game are the three reels, five reels, and bonus slots. Progressive slots are also available from several online casinos, wherein the jackpot can build up. Online slot machines vary in playing costs, with some charging a few cents while others could cost $5 and upwards for a spin.

Thirdly you can find table games. These can include games such as craps where you throw the dice and hope for the best, roulette, which is the classic wheel spinning game where you can choose your odds and with a number of different variations accessible at most casinos, Pai Gow which is the Chinese tile game, and sic bo which is also a Chinese game but this time involves three dice and has a variation called chuck-a-luck. Each of these games can be found in nearly all real casinos as well as in most online versions. One thing that has to be remembered though is that the odds with these games are profoundly biased toward the house, and the computer generated spins or rolls will only make the result more uneven towards the houses favour!

When playing online chance games, you will never lack in the variety of games that are offered in a real life casino. These variations of the game are also accessible in the same diversity as the real casinos, but with the difference of being able to play from the comfort of your own home. If you have some time to spare and would like the chance to win a bit of cash, the prospect of playing casino games is never too far away.

Six Simple Steps to Organizing Fun Casino Evenings

Fun Casino Evenings are for entertainment of guests at a social ‘do’ or a ceremony. Fun Casinos are virtual casinos replicating the real casino without the exchange of real money. Some tips will enable you to hire a quality fun company:

A casino theme is a good idea. The two most popular themes for Fun Casino Evenings are James Bond and Las Vegas. A good fun casino organizer should be able to provide all gambling equipments, props and costumes and professional staff, including additional attractions in the form of magicians, dancers, singers, and waiter to match your casino party theme.

A full-fledged ‘authentic’ evening will cost you quite a sum. However, some companies offer full-sized professional casino tables along with cheaper options for the rest. For lesser cost, you can opt for cheaper ones that are lighter and smaller and have only a few professional gaming staff.

It has both machine games and table games. If you have a large space for your party and can fit in all the games of both types, then have a full strength of both non-machine and machine games for Fun Casino Evenings. Machine games like Bingo and Slots and non-machine or table games like Roulette, Blackjack, Dice, Poker, etc will bring unlimited fun to your guests.

Checkout the list of equipments including chips, cards, dices, and ‘fun money’ the company provides. A good fun company should provide plenty of tables and chairs and as many gaming facilities as possible.

Fun casino organizers should be able to support costumes for croupiers, waiters and magicians, dancers, and other props depending upon the theme of your party. More importantly, the company should be able to provide professional gaming staff, dealers, and croupiers to conduct the game.

Your guests can play with ‘fun’ or fake money to win as many chips as possible for prizes at the end of the game. If it is a charity event, real money is used to purchase chips. The collected amount is donated. A player wins when he/she has the highest number of chips, and is given a prize.

Prizes are usually of high value to attract the maximum number of game participants.

The concept of organizing Fun Casino Evenings has evolved from the idea of entertaining your guests and desire of people to gamble. By providing virtual casinos with an authentic atmosphere, you are allowing your guests to indulge in gambling, and since no real money exchanged, nobody plays with the tension of losing heavy sums of money, hence guilt-free, safe indulgence.

Online Casinos: Mathematics of Bonuses

Online casino players know that the latter ones offer various bonuses. “Free-load” looks attractive, however, are they really useful these bonuses? Are they profitable for gamblers? The answer to this question depends on a lot of conditions. Mathematics will help us answer this question.

Let’s begin with an ordinary bonus on deposit: you transfer $100 and obtain $100 more, which it will be possible to get having staked $3000. It is a typical example of bonus on the first deposit. The sizes of a deposit and bonus can be different, as well as the required stake rates, but one thing remains unchangeable – the amount of the bonus is accessible for withdrawal after the required wager. Till this moment it is impossible to withdraw money, as a rule.

If you are going to play in the online casino for a long time and rather insistently, this bonus will help you, it can really be considered free money. If you play slots with 95% pay-outs, a bonus will allow you to make on average extra 2000 $ of stakes ($100/(1-0,95)=$2000), after that the amount of bonus will be over. But there can be complications, for example, if you simply want to have a look at a casino, without playing for a long time, if you prefer roulette or other games, forbidden by casinos’ rules for winning back bonuses. In the majority of casinos you won’t be allowed to withdraw money or will simply return a deposit, if a wager is not made on the games allowed in the casino. If you are keen on roulette or blackjack, and a bonus can be won back only by playing slots, make the required $3000 of stakes, in the course of 95% of pay-outs you will lose on average $3000*(1-0,95)=$150. As you see, you not only lose the bonus but also take out of your pocket $50, in this case it is better to refuse the bonus. Anyway, if blackjack and poker are allowed for winning back the bonus with a casino’s profit only about 0,5%, so it can be expected that after winning back the bonus you will have $100-3000*0,005=$85 of the casino’s money.
“sticky” or “phantom” bonuses:

More and more popularity in casinos is gained by “sticky” or “phantom” bonuses – the equivalent of lucky chips in real casinos. The amount of bonus is impossible to withdraw, it must remain on the account (as if it “has stuck” to it), until it is completely lost, or annulled on the first withdrawal of cash means (disappears like a phantom). At first sight it may seem that there is little sense in such a bonus – you won’t get money anyway, but it’s not completely true. If you win, then there is really no point in the bonus, but if you have lost, it may be of use to you. Without a bonus you have lost your $100 and that’s it, bye-bye. But with a bonus, even if it is a “sticky” one, $100 are still on your account, which can help you worm out of the situation. A possibility to win back the bonus in this case is a bit less than 50% (for that you only need to stake the entire amount on the chances in roulette). In order to maximize profits from “sticky” bonuses one needs to use the strategy “play-an-all-or-nothing game”. Really, if you play little stakes, you will slowly and surely lose because of the negative math expectancy in games, and the bonus will only prolong agony, and won’t help you win. Clever gamblers usually try to realize their bonuses quickly – somebody stakes the entire amount on chances, in the hope to double it (just imagine, you stake all $200 on chances, with a probability of 49% you’ll win neat $200, with a probability of 51% you’ll lose your $100 and $100 of the bonus, that is to say, a stake has positive math expectancy for you $200*0,49-$100*0,51=$47), some people use progressive strategies of Martingale type. It is recommended to fix the desired amount of your gain, for example $200, and try to win it, taking risks. If you have contributed a deposit in the amount of $100, obtained “sticky” $150 and plan to enlarge the sum on your account up to $500 (that is to win $250), then a probability to achieve your aim is (100+150)/500=50%, at this the desired real value of the bonus for you is (100+150)/500*(500-150)-100=$75 (you can substitute it for your own figures, but, please, take into account that the formulas are given for games with zero math expectancy, in real games the results will be lower).

The cash back bonus:

There is a seldom encountered variant of a bonus, namely return of losing. There can be singled out two variants – the complete return of the lost deposit, at this the returned money usually is to be won back like with an ordinary bonus, or a partial return (10-25%) of the losing over the fixed period (a week, a month). In the first case the situation is practically identical to the case with a “sticky” bonus – if we win, there is no point in the bonus, but it helps in case of losing. Math calculations will be also analogous to the “sticky” bonus and the strategy of the game is similar – we risk, try to win as much as possible. If we are not lucky and we have lost, we can play with the help of the returned money, already minimizing the risk. Partial return of the losing for an active gambler can be regarded as an insignificant advantage of casinos in games. If you play blackjack with math expectancy – 0,5%, then, having made stakes on $10 000, you will lose on average $50. With 20% of return $10 will be given back to you, that is you losing will amount to $40, which is equivalent to the increase in math expectancy up to 0,4% (ME with return=theoretical ME of the game * (1-% of return). However, from the given bonus can also be derived benefit, for that you need to play less. We make only one but a high stake, for example $100, on the same stakes in roulette. In 49% of cases again we win $100, and 51% – we lose $100, but at the end of the month we get back our 20% that is $20. As a result the effect is $100*0,49-($100-$20)*0,51=$8,2. As you see, the stake then has positive math expectancy, but dispersion is big for we’ll be able to play this way rather seldom – once a week or even once a month.

I will allow myself a short remark, slightly digressing from the main subject. On a casino forum one of the gamblers started to claim that tournaments were not fair, arguing it in the following way: “No normal person will ever make a single stake within the last 10 minutes of the tournament, which 3,5-fold surpasses the prize amount ($100), in nomination of a maximal losing, so as to win. What is the point?”

And really does it make sense? The situation is very similar to the variant with return of losing. If a stake has won – we are already in the black. If it has lost – we’ll get a tournament prize of $100. So, the math expectancy of the above-mentioned stake amounting to $350 is: $350*0,49-($350-$100)*0,51=$44. Yes, we may lose $250 today, but shall win $350 tomorrow, and over a year playing every day, we’ll accumulate pretty 365*$44=$16 000. Having solved a simple equation, we’ll find out that stakes up to $1900 are profitable for us! Of course, for such a game we need to have thousands of dollars on our account, but we certainly can’t blame casinos for dishonesty or gamblers for being foolish.

Let’s come back to our bonuses, to the most “free-load” ones- without any deposit. Of late one has been able to notice more and more advertisements promising up to $500 absolutely free of charge, without any deposit. The pattern is the following – you really get $500 on a special account and limited time for play (usually an hour). After an hour you get only the amount of your gain, but still not more than $500. The gain is transferred on a real account where you must win it back, like any bonus, usually having run it 20 times in slots. $500 free -it sounds attractive, but what is the real price of the bonus? Well, the first part – you need to win $500. Using a simplified formula, we can see that probability of winning is 50% (in practice, it is certainly even smaller). The second part – we win the bonus back, you need to stake $10 000 in slots. We don’t know the rates of pay-outs in slots, they are not published by casinos and make up on average about 95% (for various kinds they fluctuate about 90-98%). If we get at an average slot, then till the end of the wager we’ll have $500-10 000*0,05=$0 on our account, not a bad game… If we are lucky to choose a slot with high pay-outs, we can await $500-10 000*0,02=$300. Even though the probability to choose a slot with high pay-outs is 50% (you have listened to the opinions of other gamblers since by random choice this probability will make up hardly more than 10-20%, for there are few generous slots), in this case the value of a generous deposit free bonus amounts to $300*0,5*0,5=$75. Much less than $500, but still not too bad, though we can see that even with the most optimal suppositions the final amount of the bonus has decreased seven-fold.

I hope, this excursion into mathematics domain of bonuses will be of use to gamblers – if you want to win, you simply need to think a little and make calculations.