Casino Games

Guides for the most popular casino games.

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Welcome to the Casino Edge game guide channel, where we give you the low-down on the best casino games and how to get the most out of them. Playing the right game is crucial to enjoying yourself, and, just as importantly, maximizing your profits. For those looking to sample all the fruits of the online gambling tree, feel free to have a look through all of these game guides to find out which ones you find most enticing.

In contrast, if you already have a favorite casino game or two, here’s the opportunity to learn more about them. Take a few minutes to brush up on the history of the game or the different variations that can be found in land-based and online casinos. And, regardless of what level of play you’re at, make sure you check out the strategy section for each casino game, created specifically to provide you with invaluable help on how to lower the casino’s house edge. After all, even the most experienced gambler can always improve his or her game.

And keep an eye out for the Casino Edge tips that are spread throughout these game guides, for our best recommendations on how to set about lowering the all-important house edge and improving your game-play.

Baccarat

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A simple game made famous by its recognition as James Bond’s favorite casino game. As we say at Casino Edge, if it’s good enough for him, then it’s good enough for us! While it may appear complex at first, baccarat is actually one of the simplest games available in casinos. It basically consists of betting on the banker, player, or a tie. For the banker or player to win, they must have a baccarat score that is closer to nine than their opponents.

Bingo

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Although not a traditional casino game, and despite a lack of optimal play strategy, bingo has nevertheless become one of the world’s most fun and sociable games, and has grown even more popular thanks to a successful transition to the Internet. Today, online bingo ranges from traditional forms where players race to be the first to complete specific patterns or lines, to single-player versions where multiple cards can be played against the casino. Whichever version you decide to play, bingo is great fun and can create massive wins if you strike it lucky.

Blackjack

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There’s a reason why blackjack is one of the most popular casino games in the world: Its unique mixture of skill and luck creates an exhilarating gaming experience while also giving you a great chance of winning if you play it correctly. Blackjack ranks number one on our personal favorite games list — we can’t get enough of it. The aim of the game is to beat the dealer’s hand, not simply to get to 21, as many casino guides state. After all, you can be a winner with less than 10 if the dealer busts! The popularity of online casinos has caused a wide range of new blackjack variations to spring up but nothing beats the original, a timeless classic of a casino game.

Caribbean Stud Poker

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Caribbean stud poker is a poker game with a twist, and the more we play it at Casino Edge, the more we like it. It involves playing against the dealer and betting on whether your hand can beat theirs. True, the house edge in Caribbean stud poker is slightly higher than in other card games, but this is made up for by the game’s progressive jackpot, which can be won in any given hand. This twist means you stand to win incredible amounts of money while betting a relatively small amount, and that certainly adds to the appeal of the game.

Craps

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Craps is more than a simple dice game — it’s possibly the most exciting of all casino games. While it loses a bit of its edge at an Internet casino, it still makes for an excellent game, and, with the right strategy and some luck, a rewarding one, as well. The rules, terminology, and betting in craps can get pretty complicated, so we recommend checking out the rules section of our craps guide, for a more complete understanding of all the ins and outs. The different bets vary massively in terms of house edge, and there are even a couple of bets that have a house edge of 0%! This plethora of betting options, coupled with the sheer fun the game offers, makes craps a game you don’t want to miss.

Keno

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For anyone looking for a lotto-style game, this is the game for you. Don’t expect big or frequent wins — keno has the worst odds of any casino game. But you can expect a fun and extremely easy online game that consists of choosing numbers on a grid and hoping that matching numbers are drawn. Keno’s transition to the Internet has meant that you can now play multiple games at the same time, which only enhances the excitement when you win.

Pai Gow Poker

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Another Casino Edge favorite, pai gow poker blends luck and skill to create an enthralling and entertaining gaming experience. It’s played against the dealer, with seven cards dealt to each player. From these seven cards, you have to create a five-card hand and a two-card hand by selecting two cards to split. The hands are then compared with the dealer’s and, if both of your hands are superior to the dealer’s, you win. This is a brilliant game and, frankly, we’re amazed that it isn’t more popular in casinos.

Roulette

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Ask someone to name any one casino game and the chances are good that the response will be roulette. (Don’t believe us? Try it for yourself and see!) A game of sheer luck, Roulette has proved popular with online and offline gamblers for many years — all thanks to the excitement of watching that ball roll to a stop. There’s nothing quite like it. In roulette, you bet on where a ball on a spinning wheel will land; there are many bets possible, with payouts ranging from one to one up to 35 to one. Roulette truly is a game that caters to all players.

Sic Bo

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Online Sic Bo is a dice game similar to roulette and craps but with a distinct East Asian twist. Three dice are rolled, and players have a variety of options on guessing how they’ll land. Payouts reach as high as 180 to one, making this a game that can create huge wins for players willing to make bets on options with slightly higher house edges. Knowing what bets are best is the key to enjoying this game.

Slots

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By far the most popular game in online and offline casinos because of their simplicity, exciting game-play and big wins, the greatest appeal of slots may well be the sheer variety of games on offer. Some online casinos have more than 200 slots, all differing in design, theme, payouts, and cost. The emergence of online gambling has only reinforced the popularity of slot machines thanks to the addition of huge progressive jackpots, auto-play options, and even simpler game-play.

Video Poker

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Video poker is another timeless classic, although it’s a relatively new casino game. With a strict betting strategy, on some versions of the game you can reduce the house edge dramatically. To play, simply choose which, if any, of the five cards you’re dealt you want to hold. Wins are created by revealing traditional poker hands that correspond to the pay table. As a game that was originally designed to be played on electronic video screens, video poker’s transition to the Internet has been smooth and successful, with its place in the casino games hall of fame ensured for years to come.