Online Table Games

Online Table Games

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Comprehensive Online Table Games Guide

 

While slot machines and video poker are relatively new to the casino market, table games have been around for centuries. Craps, for instance, originated from the English dice game Hazard, which was played as far back as the 14th century. Literary references to veintiuna (21 in Spanish) made it clear that people were playing some form of blackjack as far back as the 16th century.

 

As table games moved from underground gambling houses to casinos, they were formalized and run by a Dealer and pit boss. Dealing cards, explaining rules, and determining wins are all part of the Dealer’s duty, and the pit boss is only called when there’s a dispute. When the games transitioned to the online realm in the ‘90s, dealing was automated with computer technology. The change meant people could play table games faster than they could at land-based casinos—and from the comfort of home.

 

The transition to the web also paved the way for a bigger game selection. No longer limited by the physical boundaries of a brick-and-mortar building, online casinos could offer more games than land-based ones. To see just how vast the selection is, you could take a look at our Online Table Games section, or continue reading this table games guide for an overview of all our games. We’ll also provide advice on picking the right game for you, and explain some general strategy.

 

Casino Table Games Overview

 

With the exception of table game poker, a table game is always played at a table instead of a screen. This distinction is more obvious when you’re in a traditional land-based casino, where you’d see that blackjack, craps, baccarat, and roulette are all played on table tops. The distinction is blurred with online table games, as everything is on a screen.

 

Every table game has a goal and a set of rules. Achieving the goal in any given round gets you a payout—based on the game’s paytable. For example, when you play online blackjack, the goal is to get a score that’s higher than the Dealer’s up to a maximum of 21 points. If you succeed, you win even-money. Of course, there are different goals and rules based on the game you’re playing; even within blackjack, there are rule variations. We’ll explain the goal of each type of game separately.

 

Card Games

 

Baccarat

The goal of baccarat is to correctly “predict” which opponent will get a higher score: The Banker or the Player. You can also bet the Tie, which pays when both sides get the same score.

 

Blackjack

It’s you against the Dealer in Blackjack; you each receive two cards and have the option to add more cards to your hand (among other things) to increase your score. Whoever has the higher score without exceeding 21 wins.

 

Online Roulette

 

American and European Roulette

 

Roulette is a game of numbers, all of which are either red or black. In order to win a round of roulette, you bet on a number, or range of numbers, and with a little luck, one of your numbers is declared the winner once the roulette ball lands on it after being spun around the wheel. Alternatively, if you bet a colour, the number that ball lands on must reflect that colour for you to win. American Roulette has numbers 00, 0 and 1-36, and European Roulette has numbers 0-36.

 

Poker Table Games

 

Tri Card Poker, Pai Gow Poker, Caribbean Hold ‘Em, Caribbean Stud:

 

These poker-inspired table games all have the same goal: get a better poker hand than the Dealer. With Pai Gow Poker, you’ll need to do this with two hands that you strategically divided from your original 7-card hand. For all four games, the Dealer must have a minimum hand (as stated in the game rules) in order to qualify for the round.

 

Let ‘Em Ride

 

Let ‘Em Ride is unique, as there is no Dealer involved. Simply aim for a pair of 10s or better to get paid. A progressive jackpot side bet is available to up the ante.

 

Dice

 

Craps

The goal of craps varies depending on the bets you’re making. You can bet the Pass Line and try to roll a 7 or 11, or bet the Don’t Pass Line and aim for a 2 or 3. There are many different approaches to craps, so you can make the game whatever you want.

 

Roll the Dice

Roll the Dice is as simple as they come. Bet on the seven different animations, and try to roll them with the three dice. There’s also an option called Any Triple for rolling three matching icons regardless of what the icon is.

 

How to Choose the Right Table Game for You

 

Picking the right table game isn’t as complicated as it may seem. Certain types of games complement certain playing styles. For example, poker is for the pensive player. There’s a lot to consider when pursuing the best poker hand, and that reflection is a natural part of the poker player’s persona. On the opposite side of the spectrum, anyone looking for entertainment can’t go wrong with craps. This game has rounds within rounds and a plethora of betting options. You can bet with the table or against the table, depending on if you want to join the party, or go for the better odds. There’s a reason why the craps table is always lively in a brick-and-mortar establishment.

 

Blackjack players can be one of two people: they can be strategists who methodically work through puzzles, or they can be looking for fun and a low house edge. The game can be whatever you make of it, which is why no two blackjack players are exactly the same.

 

Baccarat may have a reputation of exclusivity; it was a pastime of French royalty in the 19th century after all. But the advent of online gambling means that people with small bankrolls can get on board. There are no VIP ropes restricting access to baccarat in our casino.

 

It’s hard to compare the rush that you get from watching a ball spin around a roulette wheel with other games. The build-up is all-consuming. This is for the true gambler who likes to put it all on the line and watch luck unfold before their very eyes.

 

The Strategies Behind Table Games

 

If you’re looking to maximize profits, don’t just jump into a table game without doing a bit of research beforehand. You’d be surprised by how easy it is to incorporate basic strategy into your approach. Blackjack has easy-to-follow charts, which you can find in most online blackjack guides, that tell you the optimal move to make for every hand you could possibly have. Following the charts leads to more profit than making gut decisions. As for baccarat, researching the odds for each of the three bets will help you make an informed decision. We have table games strategy articles dedicated to each game, so you will be able to maximize returns with a little reading.

 

Another thing to consider alongside strategy is everyone’s least favourite topic: bankroll management. A good way to manage your bankroll as a beginner is to use Practice Play mode as a learning tool, and then switch to Real Play when you’re ready to test your skills. Always go into a paid session with a budget—that’s the core of bankroll management. Determining how much you want to dedicate to the session will ensure that you have money left to play again in the future.

 

Casino table games are a stimulating way to pass the time, as there are always ways to improve your game. Whether you’re playing with cards, dice, or a spinning wheel, you can incorporate a little strategy to boost your odds of success. But winning isn’t everything. These games are designed for enjoyment, so make sure you’re playing a game that suits your style and you’ll never get bored.

 

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