Casino games have been around for a long time and while there are many types of casino games you can play online, some are just more popular than others. Some classic casino games are considered evergreen because they never lose their popularity.
In this article, we will talk about some of the most popular types of casino games and include a review of a few classic games for each type.
The most popular types of casino games are:
- Video Poker
- Table Games
- Live Dealer Games
- Specialty Games
- 1 Slots
- 2 Video Poker
- 3 Table Games
- 4 Live Dealer Games
- 5 Speciality Games
Let’s start with the most popular type of casino games – slots. Slots are also the most numerous type of casino games and many online casinos, such as Virgin Games, offer a great variety of slots that you can play, including classic slots, video slots and progressive jackpots.
While classic slots are still quite popular, the most popular type of slots today are video slots. They come with superior graphics, engaging gameplay, multiple types of bonuses, innovative features, etc. Video slots commonly have a certain number of lines between 10 and 20, although there are many modern slots with a greater number of lines.
Progressive jackpots are basically video slots that also give you a chance to win massive jackpots. They accumulate the prize over time but you must play these games on big bets if you are to win the jackpot.
Some of the most popular slot games ever include Starburst, Cleopatra, Rainbow Riches, Gonzo’s Quest, Double Bubble, Da Vinci’s Diamonds, Thunderstruck, etc.
Classic Slot Game – Starburst
Starburst is one of the most popular slots of all times and you would probably struggle to find an online casino without this game. The slot is pretty simple and easy to play, which is probably one of the reasons why people keep going back to it.
The game has only 5 reels and 10 paylines. It also has wild symbols that serve as a substitute for any other symbol. Wild symbols also activate the bonus round but they have to land on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th reel. Wild symbols spread to the entire reel and remain active while the rest of the reels re-spin.
Starburst launched back in 2013 but it is still one of the most popular slots. You won’t win huge jackpots on it, but you can get big wins and have some fun in the process.
Classic Slot Game – Gonzo’s Quest
This is one of the most popular slots by NetEnt, one of the largest software providers in the gambling industry. When the game first appeared, it was truly unique due to its unorthodox gameplay, engaging background story and stunning visuals. Your goal is to help the main character Gonzo to find Eldorado, the lost city filled with endless streams of gold.
The unique feature that separates this slot from the others is the set of 5 cascading reels. The game also has 20 paylines with multiplies that can reach five times your original bet. However, in the bonus game, the multipliers can reach 15 times your original bet.
The key to winning is making winning combinations multiple times from a single spin. After each winning combination, the winning symbols explode to make room for new cascading symbols and after each winning combination, your multiplier goes up. To activate the bonus feature, you need to get three bonus symbols on a winning payline.
Video poker games are probably the oldest type of casino games after classic slots. These games are played on machines like slots but they are based on poker and include many different varieties. The basic variant of the game was basically poker on a machine – you were dealt 5 cards and you chose which to keep before you were dealt the second time to complete the hand.
Some of the most popular video poker games you can find at online casinos today include Jacks Or Better, Deuces Wild, Bonus Poker, Loose Deuces Wild, Double Bonus Poker, Jokers Wild, Triple Poker, etc.
Classic Video Poker Game – Deuces Wild
Deuces Wild is a variant of that classic video poker game. Like in the classic game, you also receive 5 cards for each hand and choose which to keep before you are dealt again. However, in this version, all 2s in the deck act as wild cards, which means that that can substitute any other card. There are 4 deuces in the deck.
The lowest paying hand is three of a kind, while the royal flush is, as always, the strongest. However, the odds for a natural royal flush and a wild royal flush are not the same. As expected, the odds for a natural royal flush are much higher since the chances of getting a royal flush without wild cards is much lower.
Table games are another popular type of games you can find on most online casinos. These games are quite different from slots since they mix luck and skill. In a nutshell, table games are mostly card games but roulette and some dice games are also considered table games.
While in brick and mortar casinos table games are played with a dealer, in online casinos they can also be played without one. Of course, most online casinos also have a live casino section where you can play table games with a live dealer.
The most popular table games include various types of blackjack, baccarat, poker, roulette, etc.
Classic Table Game – Texas Hold’em
While you can play Texas Hold’em at specialized websites, many online casinos provide poker rooms for Texas Hold’em, Omaha and other popular poker games. This usually includes cash games and tournaments alike.
If you never played Texas Hold’em, here are the basic rules:
- At the start of each hand, all players are dealt two cards only for their eyes
- Before the dealer deals the cards on the flop, players place their bets by raising, calling, checking or folding
- Once the bets are in, the dealer puts three cards on the flop for everyone to see. After that, he draws one more card, and then another. After each draw players can call, raise, check or fold
- In the end, there will be 5 cards on the flop and 2 cards in your hand. Out of those 7 cards, you get to pick 5 that to present the strongest possible hand.
- Other rules are similar to regular poker, especially hand strength. The strongest hand you can have is royal flush (10 to A of a suit)
Live Dealer Games
Live dealer games are basically table games that include live dealers, making the player feel like he is playing at a real casino instead online.
Like with the standard table games found at online casinos, the most popular games include blackjack, poker, roulette, baccarat, and others.
Classic Live Dealer Game – Premium Blackjack
One of the most popular variations of blackjack played online is Premium Blackjack. This version of the game allows you to play up to five hands simultaneously, with different-sized bets on each of your hands. That means that this game involves more strategic thinking than regular blackjack because you have to consider all five of your hands when making side bets.
Other rules are the same as the standard blackjack rules – your goal is to beat the dealer by getting closer to 21 than him. However, there are some unique rules like the infamous 10-card Charlie. This rule says that you automatically win the hand if you draw 10 cards without going bust, unless the dealer has 21.
Speciality games are all casino games that can’t be classified under any other category we have listed. These games are unique and different but they aren’t as numerous as other games.
Some of the most popular speciality games include keno, bingo, lottery games, scratch cards, etc. Of course, some of these specialty games also have slot versions.
Classic Speciality Games – 90 Ball Bingo
Although there are many different variants of the 90 Ball Bingo, the premise for each of these games is the same. This game originated in the UK but it quickly spread across Europe and other continents.
The numbers on the bingo card are arranged in three rows and nine columns, with each row containing 5 squares with certain numbers and 4 blank squares. The numbers are randomly placed on the card, unlike in the other variants where you have a certain range of numbers in one column.
You can win prizes if you get all numbers in a row, 15 in a row and 10 numbers in a row. Of course, the value of your winnings will not be the same for each of these outcomes.
There are many different casino games you can choose from and play on numerous online casinos. However, some casino games are considered classics and they remain as popular today as they were when they first came out.
We hope that our selection of classic casino games was helpful and that you have found your new (or old) favourite game to play.