Casino games

Australian online casinos that we have recommended offer a wide range of games. Every player will find something suitable. If you like games that involve both skill and luck then there is a range of blackjack and video poker variants to choose from. You will get games that follow the exact rules of land casinos and games with innovative variations as well. This section of Australian Casino Gambling gives an overview of the main casino games categories.

Pokies

Most of the wagering is done on pokies at Australian online casinos. The pokies at the online casinos can be accessed from the Games Menu and are listed under Classic Pokies and Video Pokies. Special types of Classic Pokies like pokies with bonus games, mega spin pokies and fruit machines are also separately listed. Similarly, the Video Pokies with free spins and bonus games are listed separately.

The online casinos that we have recommended lead the innovation in online pokies. There are a fair number of branded video pokies. These have been developed under license from holders of copyrights of popular Hollywood movies and television serials. They use audio and video content from the original, particularly in the introductory clip, win animations and bonus games. Some titles are Jurassic Park, Game of Thrones and Terminator 2. You will find high payout progressive jackpot pokies both in the classic pokies and the video pokies categories. The top favourite at Australian online casinos is the Mega Moolah network that has five awesome video pokies linked to it.

The only material decision you will take while wagering on online pokies is selecting the betting parameters. If the pokie allows you to choose the number of paylines, always go for the maximum. Then select the coin size and number of coins according to your bankroll. It would be a good idea to check out the payout table and game rules before you start wagering. These give you an idea about the variance of the online pokie – whether it will deliver smaller payments more frequently or larger payments less frequently.

Blackjack

Blackjack is a very popular land casino game and all the online casinos we recommend offer several variants of blackjack. They are listed under the Blackjack category in the Games Menu, Single Hand and Multi-Hand being the subcategories. In Single Hand online blackjack games you play one hand at a time and in Multi-Hand blackjack games you can play up to five hands at a time. Blackjack variants offer average returns of over 99%, but you have to play using optimum strategy. This will not be a problem at our recommended online casinos because a strategy card is included in the game.

The objective of blackjack is to get as close to a hand value of 21 without going over, which is referred to as busting. The normal cards are valued at their pip count, the picture cards are valued at 10 and the ace can be either 1 or 11. There are several moves available to you and the more important ones are described here. If you want another card then you hit. If you think you are close enough to 21 you stand. If you are dealt a pair you can split your hand by placing an additional wager. If you think you are in a very strong position then you can double down your wager. The dealer then plays his hand according to set rules. If neither you nor the dealer busts then the hand values are compared. If you win then you are paid even money. There is a special payout of 3 to 2 if you are dealt a natural blackjack.

Roulette

Roulette is one of the most glamorous games at Australian land casinos with the long table spread out on either side of the huge wheel. The online casinos we recommend offer variants of roulette that are listed under the Roulette subcategory in the More Tables category in the Games Menu. In online roulette you have 37 or 38 numbers on the layout, depending on the variant, and you can cover various combinations of these numbers through different bets. Then the roulette wheel is spun and the ball comes to rest on a number. If any of your combinations cover this number then you win according to the specified payout ratio. There are single bets that cover only one number and pay out at 35 to 1. At the other end there are the even money bets that cover 18 numbers. The most common of these are Red and Black.

There are three main variants of online roulette. American Roulette has the numbers 1 to 36 and 0 and 00. Most bets lose when either 0 or 00 are called. American Roulette has an average return of 94.7% and is the least attractive. European Roulette has the numbers 1 to 36 and only 0. Most bets lose when 0 is called. European Roulette has an average return of 97.3% and is preferred. French Roulette is similar to European Roulette, except that if the even money bets lose on account of 0 being called then half your wager is returned. Hence this is the best option for players wagering the even money bets.

Baccarat

Baccarat is a casino game made famous by James Bond movies. A simple version of the game is played at the online casinos we recommend. The online baccarat variants are listed in the Other subcategory of More Tables category in the Games Menu. Actually each hand is automatically played between the Player and Banker and you have to bet on which one will win.

Though you can get by without knowing the rules and gameplay, it is better if you have some basic idea. Cards from twos to nines are valued at their pip count. Aces are valued at 1 point and tens, jacks, queens and kings are valued at 0 points. In order to get the hand value, the values of all the cards are added and the tens digit is dropped. Hence all hand values range from 0 to 9. The Player hand is first dealt two cards. Under certain circumstances a third card will be dealt. Similarly the Banker hand is first dealt two cards, and a third card may be dealt following a different set of rules. The final hand values are compared and the hand with the higher value wins. Winning bets on the Banker pay even money less a 5% house commission. Winning bets on Player pay even money. For tied hands the bets push.

The optimum strategy for online baccarat is to always bet on the Banker. This gives an average return of 98.9%. The Player bet has an average return of 98.8%. Some of the online baccarat variants offer other bets like Tie Bet and Pairs Bet, but these offer significantly lower returns.

Keno

Keno is a fast paced game that has the potential to deliver large payouts. This is the reason why it is popular amongst a section of Australian casino players. However, it is a high risk game and the large payouts are not likely to occur frequently. You will find keno under the category Variety Games at our recommended online casinos.

You begin by placing your wager. 80 numbers are displayed in a grid and you have to select up to 15 of them. You can make the selection in any way you want. Mathematically it makes no difference. Many players do choose numbers or patterns they feel are lucky. The payout table for the number of spots selected will be displayed. It will show the payouts for the different number of hits. When the game is started, 20 numbers are randomly drawn. If a drawn number corresponds to a selected number then it is considered to be a hit. You receive the payout corresponding to the number of hits you have made.

An important decision in online keno is the number of spots that you mark on the screen. As you mark more numbers, the payout for the maximum hits will increase, but this will have a lower probability of being realised. For example if you mark five spots, then the payout for five hits is 50 times your bet. If you mark 15 spots then the payout for five hits is even money and the payout for 15 hits is 10,000 times your bet.

Other games

The most popular among the other games at our recommended online casinos are the video poker games. They are classified as standard (single hand), Power Poker (multi-hand) and some special categories. The objective is to get a five card poker hand that matches one of the hand rankings in the payout table. The higher the hand ranking is, the larger will be the payout. After selecting the bet, you will be dealt five cards. You can replace as many of these cards as you want. Your final five card hand will be compared against the payout table and you will be paid accordingly. There are a number of online video poker variants on offer. These include Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild and Joker Poker. In some of the Power Poker variants you can play up to 100 hands at a time. Video poker can offer very high returns if played with correct strategy.

Our recommended online casinos also offer poker based table games. These use different formats, but the essence is to get a higher ranked poker hand than the dealer. These will be found under More Tables in the Games Menu. Some of the popular titles are Cyberstud Poker, 3 Card Poker, Pai Gow Poker and Poker Ride. Dice based games like Craps and Sic Bo can also be played. Some of the bets in these games have very high house edges, so you have to choose well. The Variety Games also include some ingeniously designed fixed odd games. Some of the games categories have multi-player games where a number of players can wager together.

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