Sep 20

How to pick the best casino games to play for your personality.

How to Pick the Best Casino Games to Play by Personality

Well over 100 million people visit casinos every year in North America (with the exception of 2020, of course). It’s an extremely popular past time for adult vacationers; especially those who don’t have young children in tow. From the Hard Rock Vancouver, to MGM Las Vegas, Borgata Atlantic City to Casino de Montreal – billions of dollars are spent gambling in the US and Canada every year. And that’s just at land-based casinos.

For every casino goer, there’s always a ‘first time’. When planning that very first trip, some players want to dive right in, playing a little bit of everything. Others might be a little more cautious, picking and choosing the games they feel would best suit their personality. If you’re one of those – if you’re wondering, “Which casino games are right for me?” – please continue reading.

How to Pick the Best Casino Games For You

As you probably know, there are many different types of games in the casino. Slot machines dominate the gaming floor, and with good reason. They are by far the most popular games of all. But they might not be your cup of tea. Then there’s blackjack, roulette, baccarat, craps, video poker, and a slew of other games to consider.

In the following text, we’ll describe these games very briefly; just enough that you can get an idea of whether each one suits your style. Based on this information, you should be able to decide which games are worth trying, and which ones are not.

Slot Machines – They’re a “No-Brainer”

slot machines

Anywhere from 70-90% of the casino floor will be made up of slot machines. Players just seem to love them! The reason is simple. They require absolutely no knowledge or forethought to play. Insert money. Push button. Cross fingers. It really is that simple. Win or lose, it’s all up to luck.

If you’re looking for a ‘no-brainer’ game that you can enjoy playing, without having to think about what you’re doing, slots are for you. Don’t feel bad though – that’s not an insult in anyway. Remember, the vast majority of casino goers prefer slot machines. They are designed for sheer entertainment, and in that regard, they do deliver.

Baccarat – Win, Lose or Draw

baccarat

Pronounced “bah-kuh-rah”, this is the easiest table game you’ll ever play. As easy as a slot machine, except that you do have to make one decision – which hand to bet on. You won’t play the game. You don’t receive any cards. The dealer does all the work, based on a set of house rules. You only have to pick which hand you think will win.

That being said…

The game involves the dealing of two hands – the Player hand (but it’s not really yours), and the Banker hand. You choose to bet on the Player, the Banker, or a Tie between the two. The Tie is a sucker bet, so just don’t. The Banker has a higher chance of winning than the Player, so you should always bet on it.

So, strategically speaking, if you play baccarat, you should always bet on the banker, making this game just as simple as any slot machine. Drop your banker bet, cross your fingers. If you want to appear more sophisticated, without actually putting any thought into your game, choose baccarat.

Roulette – Easy as 1, 2, 3…34, 35, 36

roulette

Roulette is another game that takes virtually no skill to win (or lose). The only thing that makes this game more complex than slot machines or baccarat is that there are so many different ways to bet. You can drop your chips on a single number, two numbers, three, four, or six numbers, or you can make bigger group bets involving one-third or one-half of the numbers; except for that pesky 0 (and 00 in American Roulette), which is where the house gains its edge.

If you are looking for a more exciting game, with a communal (multi-player) atmosphere, but again, no mental strain, roulette is a good option. Please don’t play American roulette though. That double-zero also nearly doubles the house edge from 2.7% to 5.26%.

Keno – If You Like Playing the Lottery…

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If you’re going to the casino for the first time, keno games are an absolute waste of time and money. You might as well stay home and buy a few scratch off lottery tickets. Your odds of winning will be about as good, and you’ll save a lot of cash in travel expenses.

The game consists of 80 numbers on a 10×8 grid, labeled 1 thru 80. Your job is to pick 1 or more numbers that you believe will be randomly chosen by the game. The house edge can vary from one game to the next, depending on the pay table. However, a survey of keno games in Vegas once returned a variable house edge of anywhere from 20% to 35%, depending on the amount of numbers selected.

Those are horrible odds – the worst of all casino games. However, if you really enjoy scratching lottery tickets, or watching lotto numbers get drawn on live TV, maybe you’ll have enough fun playing to get your entertainment’s worth. Just because I don’t recommend it doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it.

Craps – Not as Hard as it Looks

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The most intimidating of all land-based casino games is craps. It’s actually not a hard game to play. There’s just a whole lot of bets, with a whole lot of rules as to how and when they win or lose. Add in a crowd of very excitable people, and it can dissuade any newcomer from getting in on the action.

The truth is, it’s a very easy and fun game to play, once you figure out what’s going on. My advice would be to learn more about craps. Play online first, or download a craps trainer app. By the time you learn the betting system, you’ll either love it or hate it.

Blackjack – Play it Right, or Don’t Play It

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This game requires more mental capacity than any other. Not only should you know how to play with proper, basic strategy, you need to be able to do it in a timely manner. If you’re not playing with basic strategy, you’re only lowering your chances of wining the game. Basic strategy isn’t difficult, but it is situational. Every variation in the rules, the pay table, even the number of decks in use, can impact the correct decision for every opportunity to either stand, hit, split, or double down.

If you aren’t willing to learn blackjack strategy, don’t bother playing blackjack – at least, not in a live, multi-player setting. You’re just going to piss a bunch of other people off. Again, it’s not that hard to learn, but it does take constant mental fortitude on your part. We’ll talk more about card game strategy in a moment. First, there’s one more game you need to consider.

Video Poker – Take Your Time, but Play it Right

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To me, video poker blends the best qualities of blackjack and slot machines. You get the low-edge benefits of playing with perfect strategy, combined with the solitude and relaxation of the slots. By making the correct decisions on every hand, you’re maximizing your chance to win. Yet, there’s no rush to make any decision.

You can look down at a strategy card between every play. Or, you can use a video poker strategy app, inputting your hand with each new deal and following its advice, play by play. No one cares. You’re not wasting anyone’s time. And some of these games carry a super low house edge – as low as, if not lower than blackjack.

Important Note about Casino Card Game Strategies

This last bit of advice applies to any and all card-based casino games that allow you to make a decision after seeing the initial hand. Whether it’s blackjack, video poker, pai gow poker, Caribbean stud poker, 3-card or 4-card poker, casino hold’em – whatever the game, if you can make any decision after placing your initial bet, listen up.

For each and every hand dealt, there is only one strategically correct decision to be made. That decision is the one that proffers the maximum probability of a positive outcome. It doesn’t mean you’re going to win, or that your odds of winning will be better than 50/50. Actual odds are circumstantial, determined on a case by case basis. But regardless of true odds, using basic strategy to achieve maximum probability is strongly recommended. Otherwise, you’re leaving your chances to fate, and fate is known to be less than kind, especially when it comes to casinos.

If you’re not physically or mentally prepared to put forth that kind of effort, these are not the best casino games to play. For someone else, maybe, but not for you.

Lastly, if you’ve read over each of these game descriptions and are still on the fence about what to play, there’s a simple way to find out for sure, without risking any money in the process. Simply visit an online casino, sign up a free-play account, and practice any game you wish. They are the same games, with the same odds (except slots – online slots pay out better; even the real money ones).

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Sep 14

How slot machines work to spin out wins and losses to players.

How Slot Machines Work

All slot machines are not created equal. This we know. The oldest games were built with mechanical drums, while the newest models are nothing more than big cabinets, with tiny computer chips and fancy LED screens. How they determines wins, losses, and the value of payouts, cannot possibly be the same. But it’s not just a matter of technological advancement that alters they way different machines get the job done. There are actually five different methods in which a slot can determine the results of any spin. We’ll talk about each of these, and how you can tell the difference before you sit down to play.

How Slot Machines Work – In The Old Days…

The oldest slot machines were built with mechanical drums, displaying symbols on physical reels. They were built with a special mechanism that ensured each reel would stop on a random position. This was the earliest form of what we know today as a “random number generator”, or RNG.

Manufacturers knew the probability of a slot machine landing on any possible outcome, because it was a matter of simple math. Multiply the number of reels by the number of symbols to get the number of possible combinations. Multiply the number of reels by the number of a specific symbol to get the number of ways that specific combination can appear. Divide the first result by the second, and you get the probability of that combination appearing. Easy, peasy!

When Computers Took Over – Circa 1980s

About 40 years ago, mechanical slots were replaced by computers. They looked and acted the same on the surface, but a programmed microchip did all the work. Still, it wasn’t much different than the old days. Class III, electronic slots (the ones found in casinos from Las Vegas to Atlantic City) are still powered by an RNG; albeit a more sophisticated one.

These newer slots use a computer program to rotate the numbers in a very, very long algorithm. Those spins are constantly changing, with each nano-second that passes, whether the game is actually being played or not. The moment the spin button is pressed, the RNG halts. The result of that long algorithm tells the machine what symbols to place in each position, with the pay table determining the payout (if any).

Bingo Games that Look Like Slot Machines

Tribal casinos all over North America are famous for their “Class II” slot machines. They look just like the Class III variety at other casinos, the way they spin out results is completely different. You see, most tribal casinos are not legally able to offer “gambling” games, but they can offer “bingo” and “pull tabs”. So, their Class II slots are actually bingo games disguised as slots.

Every time you spin the reels on a Class II slot (a.k.a. Bingo Liner), you’re actually buying a randomized ticket in a bingo game. Once enough slots (bingo) players press spin (buy a ticket), the game automatically draws numbers. If your bingo ticket wins, the slot machine spins out a winning combination equal to the value of the bingo ticket.

Many players never even know that this is happening, because their game just looks like a slot machine. Some are even named and designed to be identical to their most famous Class III cousins. But a bingo liner will always have one distinguishable difference. Somewhere on the screen, usually in a corner, you’ll see your bingo card displayed; winning numbers highlighting as the real game takes place in the background.

Video Lottery Terminals – Spin to Scratch-n-Win

Video lottery terminals, or VLTs as they’re more widely known, are not real slot machines, either. Much like those Class II bingo slots, VLTs are the equivalent of scratch-off lottery tickets. Lottery operators from all over North America – and especially here in Canada (Tap Tix, anyone?) – developed these games to offer slot machines in jurisdictions where gambling is illegal.

Here’s how they work. The computer is packed with pre-programmed, virtual scratch tickets. Each ticket is a winner or loser, with preset prize values on the winners. When you insert your money and spin the reels on a VLT, you are essentially putting your hand in a hat and drawing out one of those tickets. Once scratched, that ticket is removed from the batch. Spin again to draw another ticket. When all tickets in the batch are depleted, a new batch is uploaded.

In this way, the lottery operator is able to control exactly how much money it takes in, and how much it pays out.

Historic Horse Racing Slots – Too Complex to Care?

Whoever came up with this idea was either a genius or a madman. It is the most complicated of all “not rely a slot machine” mechanics. Historical horse racing (HHR) games are a lot like the bingo liner slots described above, except that players essentially get to choose their own card.

So here’s how slot machines work with the historic horse racing variable. Three actual horse races from the past are randomly selected by the machine. Each race contains 10 horses, meaning there are 30 possible horses to choose from. Each race has a win, place and show, so there are 9 possible horses that can win prizes of varying amounts. As you choose horses, and the race plays out, it creates a 30-digit binary number that will look something like this: 101100010000111001001000010001

That binary number determines whether you win a prize, and if so, how much. As the player, you have the option of picking your horses in the race, or having the machine randomly pick for you. If the machine does all the picking, then spits out the results, the experience looks and feels identical to that of a slot machine.

What’s The Difference? Value to Player

On the surface, there’s not much difference at all. Underneath, however, there’s one very important thing that sets these games apart, and that’s the theoretical return to player, or RTP. The higher a game’s RTP, the more likely you are to win; (or more appropriately, the less likely you are to lose).

Land-based class III slot machines (the real ones) can carry an average RTP of anywhere from 88% to 92%, depending where you play. Their online counterparts average 96% RTP. VLTs only pay an average RTP of 88%. Class II bingo slots can pay out as low as 80%. HHRs are impossible to judge, since they’re based on pari-mutuel wagering, but the minimum is generally 80%.

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Sep 09

Influence of sports on Canada slot machines online and on land.

Influence of Sports on Canada Slot Machines Online and On Land

You wouldn’t think sports betting and traditional casino games, like slot machines and table games, would have much in common. Yes, they’re both forms of gambling. And yes, both can be enjoyed at most of the world’s casinos; especially here in Canada, since single-game betting was legalized earlier this year. But the similarities end there… or do they?

In truth, sports have impacted the casino gambling market quite a bit. We’ll take a look at the influence of popular Canadian sports on different types of gambling, and how it’s helping to attract more players to the tables and machines; not just in land-based casinos, but online as well.

Sports in Canada Slot Machines Online and On Land

This is the most obvious casino gaming genre influenced by fan-based sports. Think about the types of athletics Canadians enjoy most. Of course, we absolutely love ice hockey. Seven of the NHL’s 32 teams are based in Canada. We’re also big basketball and baseball fans, home to the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies, and the MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays. We don’t have an NFL football team, but we do host our own Canadian league, the CFL, and many of us enjoy watching (and betting on) American football, too. That’s not to mention soccer, tennis, golf, etc.

These are just the most popular sports in Canada. And if you’ve been to any casinos lately – especially the online variety – you may have noticed just how many slot machines integrate these sports themes into their gameplay.

Sports Themed Online Slots

Basketball Slots - Basketball Star

All the major gambling software companies have built slots for NHL fans. We have Break Away by Microgaming, the Ice Hockey Slot from Playtech, Hockey League and Hockey Hero by Pragmatic Play and Push Gaming, respectively. There are far more basketball themed slots to choose from; Microgaming’s Basketball Star, iSoftBet’s Slam Dunk, Playtech even has a license-branded slot machine called Dennis Rodman. Dozens of baseball themes exist as well. I’ll never forget the first time I came across Microgaming’s farcical 3-reel gem, The Umpire Strikes Back.

Even Table Games Incorporate Sports Themes

Surely you’re familiar with roulette, but have you ever played Touchdown Roulette? It’s a standard American roulette game with a side bet that goes into play if the ball lands in 0 or 00. If this happens, a simulated football game is played using four spins of the roulette wheel. Each qualifying player chooses a team – red or black – and the results of the next four spins determine which team wins.

There’s an exciting Touchdown Blackjack game, too. It’s a traditional game of blackjack on the surface, played hand by hand. At the same time, players start on the 20 yard line, gaining yardage for successful splits and doubles, or losing yardage when the dealer gets blackjack. Once a touchdown is scored, the player can kick the extra point and start another drive.

The most interesting sports-themed table game I’ve seen yet is Evolution Gaming’s Live Football Studio. It’s not the football we’re used to, but rather European football; a.k.a. soccer.

Sports Themed Table Games Live Football Studio by Evolution Gaming

What they did was take the traditional Asian table game, Dragon Tiger, and gave it a sporty twist. Instead of betting on Dragon or Tiger, players bet on the Home Team or Away Team. Otherwise, the rules are identical. What makes it really interesting for football/soccer fans is that the background displays live games, assuming any are actively being played. It’s especially fun when a big game is on. The crowd (of online players) really tends to get involved as the dealer commentates on the live game.

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Sep 06

Bring On Fall: A quick review of cool autumn online slots games.

The leaves are changing. The air is cooling. There’s pumpkin spice products flooding every market! Summer is finally giving way to fall, and we’ve got some interesting ways to celebrate the change of season.

Of the tens of thousands of digital slot machines dominating the iGaming industry, only a few have incorporated the autumn theme. In fact, it’s one of the most scarce themes in the business – odd, since the season is beloved by so many. I’m convinced that the lack of autumn themed-slots has everything to do with the gross over-abundance of holidays themed games. There are more Halloween and Thanksgiving themed slots than I could possibly care to list on a single page; certainly not with reviews and stats.

Celebrate the Season with these Cool Autumn Online Slots

Today, we’ll take a look at what’s out there, who made it, and where you can play it. As I said, there aren’t too many fall slots for mobile. It is easily among the most overlooked themes in the business, especially when you consider just how many people absolutely adore the season (and the pumpkin spiced products it brings).

So without further ado, here my top 5 favorite autumn themed online slots. I’ve provided a very brief review and some basic details for each, like reels, paylines, and return to player (RTP).

Seasons by Yggdrasil

Seasons Autumn Online SlotsThis quirky little game features all four seasons. Each season represents its own game mode. Each game mode comes with its own wild features and free spins modes. The fall season features Random Walking Wilds. When a wild owl lands, it triggers free respins where the owl travels one reel to the right, along the top, middle or bottom. Respins continue until the owl leaves the screen. During free spins, the Random Walking Wilds are even more likely to appear. The other seasons are interesting too, but fall is my absolute favorite!

Reels: 5×3 Paylines: 20 RTP: 96.10%
Where to Play: You can find the Seasons Slot at any Yggdrasil powered online casino, including LeoVegas Mobile.

Moonshine by Microgaming

Moonshine Autumn Online SlotsIt’s harvest time down on the farm, but this is no ordinary farm. Alongside the fields of pumpkins and cabbage, shotgun-toting granny and the rest of her backwoods bootlegging brood are making moonshine! Humor and profitability to go hand in hand with this 5-reel video slot. Granny is the wild, taking the place of all other standard symbol to line up wins. The sheriff is a scatter, awarding scatter pays. The moonshine bottle is the bonus, awarding free spins. Before you start, you’ll pick from a number of moons to collect extra free spins and increase the multiplier. The feature starts when the block labeled ‘Star Free Spins’ is chosen.

Reels: 5×3 Paylines: 25 RTP: 96.02%
Where to Play: You can find the Moonshine Slot at most Microgaming powered online casinos, including Royal Vegas Casino.

Monster Mash Cash by Habanero

Monster Mash Cash Autumn Online SlotsGet your autumn groove on with Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, and all their ghoulish friends as they do The Mash, slot machine style! This fiendishly fun video slot comes with expanding Jekyl and Hyde wilds that double all prizes they help to line up. He only appears on the first reel in the base game, but virtually guarantees a win when he does. During free spins, the expanding wild can appear on reels 1, 3 and 5. The Dracula Bonus scatter pays out multipliers of the total bet for 2 or more, and awards 8, 20 or 30 free games when 3, 4 or 5 appear. Add in a catchy musical score, and it all comes together with Habanero’s bar-setting flare for the dramatic.

Reels: 5×3 Paylines: 50 RTP: 96.00%
Where to Play: You can find the Monster Mash Cash Slot at all Habanero powered online casinos, including LeoVegas Mobile.

Sweet Harvest by Microgaming

Sweet Harvest Autumn Online SlotsHarvest time is the best time of year on the farm, but when the farmers happen to be super cute, it’s all the sweeter. The buxom beauty is the farmer’s daughter. The studly cowboy with the 6-pack abs is the ranch hand. They’re high paying symbols in the base game, but during free spins, they both become wilds that can stack on any reel. When the farmer’s daughter and ranch hand appear next to each other, they’ll pay out winnings with a 2x multiplier. To trigger those free spins, you need to see 3 or more barn house scatters land anywhere on the reels. If a scatter appears on reels 1 and 2, but nowhere else, those reels will hold in place for one respin of reels 3, 4 and 5, in hopes of trigger the feature.

Reels: 5×3 Paylines: 20 RTP: 96.29%
Where to Play: You can find the Monster Mash Cash Slot at all Microgaming powered online casinos, including Jackpot City and Royal Vegas.

Autumn Gold by Eyecon

Autumn Gold Online SlotsIf you like slots that are simple to understand and play, this one is a sure favorite. Autumn Gold, released by Eyecon in 2018, is a classic 3 reel game with the max number of 9 paylines. It’s packed with all the symbolic items of a beautiful fall day – from colorful leaves, pumpkins and acorns, to mushrooms, owls, and squirrels, to rain boots, umbrellas and homemade jam jars. Unlike most 3-reel classics, this one has features built in, too. The fall leaves are the scatter, awarding 8 free spins with triple payouts. You can even re-trigger the bonus up to 15 times. The umbrella is another scatter, activating the prize pick bonus for landing 3 anywhere on the reels. Prizes include instant credits wins of up to 111x the triggering bet per pick. Although the RTP on this one is a little below average, but Eyecon hit a bullseye with the cool autumn online slots theme.

Reels: 3×3 Paylines: 9 RTP: 95.41%
Where to Play: You can play the Autumn Gold Slot at all Eyecon powered online casinos, including 888 Casino.

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Aug 06

What it Takes to Start Your Own Online Casino Business

What it Takes to Start Your Own Online Casino Business

If you’ve spent any time gambling in an online casino, you may have noticed a few things. For one, the games are extremely entertaining. There are hundreds to choose from, with rules and themes to appeal to anyone and everyone. With so many online casinos vying for your membership, there’s clearly some healthy competition in the industry. Perhaps most important of all, you’ve recognized that the house has a distinct advantage in every game.

If casino games are designed to win more money for the house than they pay out to players, wouldn’t it make sense to play on the side of the house? And what better way to do that than to own the house? With that in mind, we’re going to take a look at how to start and online casino. It’s not easy, and it’s certainly not cheap, but if you’ve got the means and the drive, it may very well be worth your time and effort.

What it Takes to Start Your Own Online Casino

While the concept above – the casino always wins, so I’ll just open my own casino – is a common theory, it’s not necessarily a realistic one, which is why most people don’t do it. The truth is, there’s a lot that goes into opening an online gambling site; much more than most people realize. It’s a lengthy, step-by-step process, and an expensive one at that. The very first thing you’ll need to do is…

Register and Host Your Online Casino Domain

The first step is to choose a domain name. It should be something quick and catchy, and directly to the point. The shorter the name, the more likely people are to remember it. Betfair, LeoVegas, PokerStars – they all meet this easy-marketing requirement.

Once you choose your domain name, you need to register it with a domain registering service. Then you have to pay a server to host it.

Even if you don’t intend to launch your casino for a year or two, registering the domain should come first. Search engines take into account the longevity of a domain when indexing. Simply put, a website created two years ago ranks better than one launched two weeks ago.

Apply for an Online Gambling License

This is going to be the most expensive step, by far. Your operation must be licensed to garner any respect from the iGaming community. Where you obtain your license from will directly impact the cost and reputability of the operation.

Some jurisdictions, like Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, pretty much anywhere in Central America, offer very little in the way of regulation. You pay a smaller fee, but sacrifice the respect of strict player protections. Obtaining a license from the Malta Gaming Authority carries much more respect, as you’ll have to comply with their high standards. But, you’ll also pay a lot more for that license.

Also consider which countries you want to accept players from. Black markets, including much of the US, require lax regulation, but could get you into trouble down the line. To accept players from the UK, the world’s most productive iGaming market, you’ll need a UK license, which comes with the strictest standards, and highest price tag. A Maltese license will grant you access to most legal markets, including Canada.

Every license comes with fees. Expect them to be in the five-figure range. Then there’s financial reporting and taxes to be considered. Think very carefully about which way you want to go here, and do your research.

Employ One or More Casino Software Suppliers

Every online casino needs an assortment of games to offer their players. There are dozens of highly respected content studios to choose from. You may wish to go with a single platform with a large portfolio of games. Or, you could employ a collection of software brands to offer more diversity. Just keep in mind, you’ll pay a separate fee for each casino suite you integrate. Then there’s always the option of going beyond csaino games and into the field of poker, bingo, sports betting, etc.

Another thing to consider is just how involved you want the software supplier to be. There are generally three options.

  1. Casino Games Only: Employ the casino suite only, granting you a license to supply its games.
  2. Games + System Platform: This option comes with the casino suite license, plus a back-end platform that administers and manages player account services.
  3. The Whole casino Package: If you take the full package, you’ll get the casino suite license, the player account system, plus integration of security features, software certification, and a dedicated customer support / tech support team.

The more you want, the more you’ll pay for it, but the less you’ll be responsible for managing in the long run. Choose a full package from a major content supplier like eCOGRA-certified Microgaming, and you can rest assured everything that needs to get done, will get done.

Payment Processing – Choose Your Banking Methods

As any avid online casino gamer knows, the security and availability of payment methods is paramount to attracting new player sign-ups. Today, iGamers expect a wide selection of banking options for deposits and withdrawals.

Some players are very picky, and will only use eChecks, or Paypal, or Instant Banking methods like Interac or Citadel. Others are esteemed supporters of the cryptocurrency movement. If you want to cater to these types, you have to supply a long list of trusted payments to hit all niche players. And of course, credit and debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, etc.) are a must.

Once again, consider your options, do your research, and know your intended customers.

Catering to the Mobile Generation

Ten years ago, the mobile casino movement was hardly a quiver. Today, it’s rushing ahead like a locomotive. You don’t have to build a mobile app for your casino, but you could miss out on an entire generation of would-be customers if you don’t.

Now You Must Build It…

With all these steps out of the way, it’s time to put all the pieces together. You may want to hire a web design team for the website, as well as a mobile app developer. That’s more money going into your project. And once you get the casino up and running, you’ll need to factor in software and licensing renewal fees, plus additional costs like marketing and employee salaries.

As I said, this will be an expensive venture. There are cheaper routes, but as the old adage goes, “You get what you pay for”. Like any successful business, the more you’re willing to invest into a quality product, the more you’re likely to get out of it.

If learning how to start your own online casino business was enough to make your head spin, maybe it’s not the right choice for you. Maybe playing those online slots and table games, despite their slight disadvantage to the player, weren’t so bad after all?

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Jul 02

Is there a trick to playing online slots? What you need to know.

Online casinos aren’t the shady, unreliable, slow-loading operations of decades past. At the turn of the century, internet gamblers didn’t really know what they were getting into. Now days, iGaming is a global industry, embraced by the tech-savvy, secured by government regulation. The games that were once questionably partisan are now certified fair by respected watch-dog services. Slot machine jackpots aren’t just for show. Multi-million dollar payouts really do happen. With the clandestine smoke of yesteryear cleared, and player apprehensions faded, there’s really only one question left. Are there any real tricks to beating online slot machines?

Is there a trick to playing online slots

Is There a Trick to Playing Online Slots?

I’ve been asked this more times than I can count. The answer is, “Yes and no”. It really depends on what you mean by “trick”. If you’re asking if there’s a way to swindle, deceive, or conspire against the online casinos to win money – to somehow cheat the system or trick a digital machine into paying more prizes – then the answer is a steadfast, “No”.

Not only would that be fraud, which is rightly illegal (and the very thing people were so upset with rogue online casinos for doing in the late 1990s), it would be impossible to succeed without getting caught. Technology is far more advanced these days. There are security systems monitoring everything that goes on at online casinos. If a game’s software malfunctions, by chance or by tampering, the payout is void. Leave any trace of evidence, and you’ll be in deep trouble before you know it.

Then there’s the noble variety of winning slot tricks…

Honorable Tricks to Beating Online Slot Machines

These aren’t deceptive tricks at all. They are the kind that come with great knowledge of the way iGaming software works. These tricks will increase your chances of winning, but will not break any laws or breach any moral codes in the process.

With that in mind, it’s important to understand that you cannot increase a slot machine’s payout percentage above 100%. The payout percentage is the theoretical return to player (RTP), a figure that represents how much a machine will return in winnings, compared to how much players bet on that machine. For example, a 97% RTP slot would pay back 97% of it’s intake (i.e. $97 for every $100 wagered).

That’s a theoretical figure, of course, and only holds true in the long-term, over the course of millions of spins. In the short term, a machine could pay more or less than its intended RTP – in some cases, a lot more or less. This is how players are able to beat casinos.

The other thing you need to understand is what “fair” means in the casino industry. Players like to think that “fair” means they have a 50/50 chance of winning or losing. That’s not the case. Fair simply means the casino isn’t cheating. Remember, casinos are businesses, and businesses have to make money. Thus, a 97% RTP slot machine guarantees, over time, that the casino will earn a 3% profit on all bets made on that game. And if the casino wins, then the players must collectively lose. Some will win, sure, but more will lose than win. And that is what is considered “fair”.

With this knowledge in tow, let’s take a look at 3 valid tricks for playing online slot machines.

#1 Know the RTP Before Playing Online Slots

This is one of the greatest advantages of playing slot machines online. Land-based casinos rarely reveal the RTP of their slot machines. They might say they have 98% RTP slots, but they won’t say which slots pay that high. It could just be a single slot, mixed in a sea of low-paying games. Online casinos, on the other hand, will almost always reveal the RTP of each game. If you find one that doesn’t, don’t play there. You can always find a better casino that does.

It should be your right as the customer to examine a game’s payout percentage, so that you can make an informed decision as to whether you should play or not. The best slot machines are always going to be the ones with the highest RTP. A game that pays out at 97.2% is more likely to be profitable than a game with a 94.3% RTP. Knowing what we know about the “fairness” of casino games, at the very least, you should be able to play a higher RTP slot machine longer than a low RTP slot, before your bankroll runs low.

Average Slot RTP and Where to Find It

The industry’s more reputable iGaming software labs will list each game’s RTP within its pay table info. If you don’t see it there, try going to the manufacturer’s website (Microgaming, NetEnt, Playtech, etc.) and look up the game title. Again, if it’s not easy enough to find, don’t play. It’s their loss, not yours.

The average RTP for online slots these days is about 96.15%. Anything above that is good – the higher the better. The only exception is progressive slots. Microgaming’s Mega Moolah, for example, is networked across a wide selection of games with RTPs ranging from 88.12% to 93.45%. Having a million dollar jackpot seed and an average hit rate of $6m every 8 weeks, it’s understandable that the RTP would be lower.

#2 Play High Volatility Slots, Carefully

Today’s slot machines have what we call “volatility”, or “variance”. A high-volatility slot machine does not hit winning combinations very often. However, when it does, the payout for those wins tends to be a lot better. A low-volatility game, on the other hand, will pay out very frequently, but in very small amounts – most often smaller than the amount you’re betting per spin.

The reason you should stick to slot machines with a high variance (or at least a medium variance) is because low-volatility slots are more likely to drain your bankroll dry. The wins you do hit won’t be very significant, which (purposely) convinces most players that they should just keep going. As they do, their bankroll slowly bleeds out. They get a good deal of entertainment for their wagering dollars, as the game tends to last longer, but the chance of profitability is slim to none.

If entertainment value is your goal, by all means play the low-volatility slots. But if you really are hoping to strike a big win, it’s the high-volatility slots you should be playing.

Remember, I said to play these games “carefully”. That’s because your bankroll is going to drop faster between winning spins. Make sure you have enough money to play with that you can spin the reels at least 100 times (i.e. minimum $100 bankroll at $1 per spin). Anything less, and the probabilities are stacked against you.

#3 Don’t Get Greedy, a Small Profit is Better than None

You have to go into your online casino experience with realistic expectations. Set a reasonable profit goal, maybe 15-20%. That might sound low, but when you consider the casino is happy to earn just 1-3%, not only is 15-20% more than reasonable, it’s actually rather high. Even blackjack players, who play games with average 0.5% RTP or better, rarely expect to make more than 10% in a session. Fortunately, slot variance makes it more reasonable to shoot for up to 20% profit.

If you hit your win margin, cash out and walk away. This is the most neglected trick to playing online slots. Most people get caught up in the excitement of the win, and lose sight of the real goal – to actually win something. If you keep going, you’re only helping the casino to reach its inevitable long-term goal of beating you.

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May 28

Where can I get paid to play games online?

Besides Casinos, Where Can I Get Paid to Play Games Online?

This is going to sound crazy, I know, but bear with me. There are actually companies out there that pay real money to play games on your mobile phone or tablet. Download games, play them, get paid – it’s that simple. I’m not talking about online casinos, either. You don’t buy anything. You don’t deposit any money. There’s no risk involved whatsoever.

If you’ve heard this before, and had some bad experiences, you’re not alone. For as many real paying game apps on the market today, there are 10x as many apps that don’t pay, or make it so hard to earn anything that it’s not worth it. I know, because I’ve used many of these apps myself. The good ones really are few and far between.

Where Can I Get Paid to Play Games Online?

Let’s start with the stuff you really want to know – which apps pay out. Here’s a quick list with brief descriptions for each.

Mistplay – Earn a Variety of Gift Cards

MistPlay Get Paid to Play Gaming Apps

Mistplay is my go-to app for earning free gift cards. I’ve been using this app for years, and never had a problem with it. They offer a very wide variety of games, catering to all types of players. They offer war strategy and city building games, tile matching games, cooking/ restaurant service games, card and board games, brainy word games, social casino slots – you name it, they have it.

Each game comes with a different point-earning level. The higher the level, the more points you can earn for playing it, and they rack up faster than you might think. You can cash in once you have as little as 400 points, but I suggest waiting until you have 3,000. That gets you a $10 gift card, where as it takes 1,800 to get $5. thus 3,000 gives you the best value.

As for types of gift cards, there’s a lot. If you want spend-anywhere cash, take the Visa gift card. Other options include Amazon, PayPal, Google Play, Uber Eats, Xbox, GameStop, Playstation, Apple, Starbucks, eBay, H&M, Nintendo, and Spotify.

The only problem with Mistplay – and it’s a big one – is that it’s only available for Android devices.

Rewarded Play – Earn Amazon Gift Cards

Rewarded Play Earn Gift Cards for Playing Games

Rewarded Play is another great gaming app that gives you free gift cards. This one awards points for the time you spend playing, and for achieving certain goals in those games. For example, a slot machine game might award points for reaching levels 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100.

You’ll need 45,000 points to exchange for a $5 Amazon gift card, but it doesn’t take long to get there, especially if you have multiple games downloaded. Plus, if you earn 5,000 points on consecutive days, you receive progressively larger bonus points (up to 5k) each day. I earned my first card after just two days, and have cashed in for well over $150 so far.

Only thing is, they only pay in Amazon gift cards; nothing else. If you like Amazon as much as I do, that shouldn’t be an issue. And, once again, you won’t find this app on the Apple Store – Google Play (Android) only.

SwagBucks – Earn Cash and Gift Cards

Swagbucks Make Money Playing Games and More

SwagBucks is an app that’s gotten far better over time. I downloaded it years ago, and while they did pay out, I wasn’t impressed. Back then, you had to take surveys to earn money. Anyone with experience taking online surveys knows that they can be tedious, boring, extremely time consuming, and you aren’t always able to complete them. The good news is that swagBucks has evolved into a variety rewards app. Surveys are still available, but you can also do things like play games, watch video ads or movie trailers, use their search engine, and/or earn cashback rewards on all your online purchases.

Everything users do converts to points, known as SBs. You can then exchange SBs for cash or gift cards. 100 SBs = $1, and you’ll need at least 500 SBs to convert to cash/gift card. Visit the Rewards Home and you can often find deals on gift card exchange, such as a 12% discount (2200 SB) on a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

Lucktastic – Earn Real Cash or Gift Cards

Lucktastic App Win Money Playing Free Scratch Cards

Lucktastic has been around for a long time. You may have even seen their ads on television. It’s a scratch-off lottery ticket app that’s absolutely free to play. You scratch tickets to win prizes. Just like real lottery scratchies, you’ll lose more than you win, but at least these are free. Cash prizes range from $2 up to $1,500 per ticket.

All winnings are collected in your Lucktastic Wallet. Once you reach $5, you are eligible to exchange that for real cash in the form of a cheque in the mail. You can also choose a gift card, or tokens, which you can use to play more games and enter cash prize drawings.

You can get this app for Android or iOS devices. Unfortunately, it’s only available to players located in the United States.

21 Blitz – Free Blackjack Tournaments for Real Money

Free Blackjack Solitaire Game with Chance to Win Real Money

21 Blitz is a unique style of blackjack that combines 21 with solitaire. Card counting skills will really come in handy here! If you’re a blackjack player and want to fine-tune your counting skills, or just want to play for fun, Blitz 21 is a good option. As for making money, you’ll need some real skill.

When you first start out, you’ll get paid to play games they call ’21 Solitaire’. You get $2 free for playing 25 rounds. It’s not enough to cash out, but you can use it to compete in real money tournaments against other real players. The $1 tournament cost $0.60 to enter, and you play against one other person. But be warned – I only suggest doing this is you’re really good at it.

Due to an ultra high 20% rake, you’ll need to win way more than 50% of your matches to actually make money. If your cash balance runs out, you’ll have to make a deposit to keep playing for cash prizes. Think twice before you do, because you’re odds of winning real online blackjack are far better.

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May 18

Where to Begin: The most played casino gambling games in Canada

If you’re new to casino gambling, you may be wondering where to begin. Don’t feel bad – every gambler has a “first time” experience. We all had to start somewhere. Most people are far too intimidated to sit at a live dealer table right off the bat, leading us to the slots or video poker machines, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Building up a little confidence first can be a good thing.

For he most part, I believe casino gambling is an experience best enjoyed for entertainment value. To get the most entertainment out of it, you need to try a little bit of everything. Not all at once, mind you, but to get a good grasp of what’s out there, and what you enjoy most, you’ll need to spread your wings.

For beginners, I generally recommend starting out with the most popular types of games. That way, you’re most likely to find something genuinely exciting, without limiting yourself too much.

The Most Played Casino Gambling Games in Canada

You can’t go wrong playing the most popular casino games in the country. They may not all be your cup of tea, but there’s surely something fun for every Canadian on this list. After all, they are the most played games for a reason. So, without further ado, here they are…

#1 Slot Machines

Most Played Casino Gambling Games #1 Slots

Don’t look so surprised! Yes, these games draw the intimidated newbies like moths to a flame, but it’s not just their solitary nature that makes them so approachable. Slot machines are just plain fun. Manufacturers endow with them with incredibly attractive themes – everything from tropical destinations and unimaginable wealth, to hit TV shows and Hollywood films.

If there’s anything out there you genuinely love, you can bet there’s a slot machine themed around it. With crystalline graphics, enthralling animations, and exciting features, it really is hard to deny the entertainment value in a good old fashioned (or digitally modernized) slot machine.

#2 Poker

Most Played Casino Gambling Games #2 Poker

It’s true – Texas Hold’em (and other variants) draws a vast crowd of Canadian players to the felt; or the virtual felt, as the case may often be. There’s something about competing against other players like yourself that makes poker so intriguing.

Sure, the games are fun on their own, but when you know you have this much control over your destiny – when you know that your level of skill, the decisions you make, and your ability to convince someone that you have the best hand (whether you really do or not) is far more impact on your odds of winning than pure luck – it’s easy to see the appeal for live and online poker in Canada.

#3 Roulette

Most Played Casino Gambling Games #3 Roulette

None can deny the exponential thrill that takes hold when that wheel starts spinning. Your bets are on the table, and their fate is entirely up to the speed, weight, and trajectory of that little ball, bouncing and bobbling around the wheel’s many numbered columns. The adrenaline pumps ever faster as it finally makes its descent into that fateful pocket. Then, with wide-eyed wonder or the inevitable pangs of disappointment, we place more bets only to see the process repeated.

The thrill of anticipation is by far the main attraction of roulette. However, there are some things you should know before you choose this game. First and foremost, pay attention to the number of zeroes on the table and wheel. If there is a zero (0) and double zero (00), it’s the American version. It has the worst house edge of them all, 5.26%. If there’s just a single zero (0), it’s the European version, featuring a house edge of 2.7%. Better still, if it has a single zero (0) and features the La Partage rule, it is French Roulette, which features the lowest possible 1.35% house edge on all even-money bets, and 2.7% on all others.

#4 Blackjack

Most Played Casino Gambling Games #4 Blackjack

Just as roulette is loved for its simplicity, lacking any real strategy (aside from gamer selection) to increase your odds, blackjack is loved for the opposite reasons. In blackjack, players do have some control over their fate. A player’s decisions can make or break their experience. That doesn’t mean the smartest players will gain an edge over the house. The rules make that virtually impossible (without some fancy card counting techniques). But a smart player can easily achieve a house edge of around 0.25%.

It’s this knowledge that makes blackjack such a popular casino game in Canada. Not necessarily the strategic knowledge itself, but the knowledge that such strategy exists. Even knowing it’s available, you’d be surprised how many players don’t employ even basic strategy. The majority play on gut instinct. While professional may scoff at such behavior, there’s something to be said for the increased entertainment value of playing off the cuff, so to speak.

#5 Baccarat

Most Played Casino Gambling Games #5 Baccarat

I’m convinced that the popularity of baccarat (pronounced bah-kuh-rah, not back-a-rat) has everything to do with its depiction in Hollywood films. There’s nothing more dramatically suspenseful than watching James Bond play baccarat (aka Chemin de Fer) in so many of Ian Fleming’s iconic 007 films. – Casino Royale (1953), Dr. No (1962), Thunderball (1965), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), For Your Eyes Only (1981), and Golden Eye (1995).

The game itself is somewhat complicated to learn, and yet extremely simple to play. The way the cards are dealt, and the hands are built, is based on a complex system of rules. But you – the player – do not need to understand the rules to partake. All you need to know is how to place a bet. Drop your chips on the Banker, or the Player, or if you’re feeling particularly lucky, the Tie bet. That’s all you have to do. The dealer will take care of the rest.

As for strategy, the best thing you can do is bet on the Banker – always. There’s a 5% commission on all winning Banker bets, but the rules of the game still give the Bank hand a slight advantage, reducing the house edge to 1.6%. The Player hand carries a 1.24% edge. Don’t bother with those Tie bets either. They come in at a dastardly 9.5%.

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May 10

Microgaming’s Absolootly Mad Mega Moolah pays ‘absolutely huge’ world record online slot jackpot worth €19.43 million

Enormous jackpots are nothing new to Microgaming, its software-licensed casinos, or the countless players who access them. Microgaming is especially famous for its online slot machine jackpots; in particular, the Mega Moolah. That progressive network has paid out so much money, on so many occasions, it’s earned the rightful nickname, the “Millionaire Maker”. Now, it’s becoming just as well known for breaking online progressive jackpot records. Before long, we’ll be calling it the ‘World Record Setter’.

Another World Record Online Slot Jackpot

In a press release issued last week, Microgaming confirmed that one of its Mega Moolah networked online slots was responsible for paying out a new world record jackpot. The game that unleashed the massive prize was Absolootly Mad, a game released hardly a year ago. The “absolutely huge” jackpot it paid was worth a mind-blowing €19,430,723.60.

That life-altering sum of money was paid to one very lucky Belgian member of the Napoleon Sports & Casino online and mobile gaming operation. While the numerical value may not seem as high as the January 2019 payout of $20,057,734 to a Canadian player at Zodiac Casino, the currency conversion rate (Euro versus CAD) makes this latest strike more valuable.

As is often the case with virtual gambling prizes of such size, the winner has chosen to remain anonymous. However, he did provide a few juicy details worth passing on. The lucky Belgian chose to make a small deposit at Napoleon Casino after hearing of another player who’d won two million on the site. His intuition was definitely on point.

On April 27, he was spinning the reels of the Absolootly Mad Mega Moolah Slot when fate rained down upon him with ultimate favour. The randomly triggered bonus wheel game activated, and spun to a stop on the Mega sized prize of €19.43 million.

The fortunate winner found it hard to describe his feelings at that exact moment, saying only that he felt utterly overwhelmed by the experience. Never did he even dare to dream of winning a jackpot of world record-breaking magnitude.

Microgaming / Napoleon “Abbsolootly” Delighted

Both Microgaming and Belgium’s Napoleon Group were quick to acknowledge and congratulate their monumental winner. In last week’s press release, Microgaming CEO John Coleman was up first.

“We’re absolootly (sic) delighted to see Mega Moolah make history once again with its latest record-breaking win, and what an incredible win it is – €19.4 million!”, Coleman enthused. “That’s the largest jackpot payout in an online slot of all time. Congrats to the player, and well done to Napoleon Sports & Casino on their second Mega jackpot win on our network in as many weeks.”

Tim De Borle, CEO of Napoleon Sports & Casino, commented on the new record online slot jackpot as well.

“This is a historic day for Napoleon Sports & Casino. We are completely over the moon. The winner of the Mega Moolah jackpot read about our player winning €2 million+ with the WowPot and pursued his own dreams and luck on the other Microgaming jackpot-giant Mega Moolah,” he said. “It almost feels like our site has become “the home of the jackpot“. This record breaking jackpot is the absolute highlight of the amazing partnership we have with Microgaming.”

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May 04

Pragmatic Play Floating Dragon Hold and Spin online slot review.

Pragmatic Play, one of the online gambling industry’s hottest digital slot machine platforms, is putting out a lot of new games lately. Part of the credit goes to there independent partner studios, like Reel Kingdom, who’s been churning out, on average, one new game every month. Among them is a unique Hold & Spin Slots series; the Hold & Spin referring to a special feature functioning within these games. To date, there are three of them, including the latest and greatest release of “Floating Dragon”.

Pragmatic Play’s Floating Dragon Hold and Spin Online Slot Review

This latest addition to the Pragmatic Play portfolio is an interesting new arrival, carrying with it a theme that’s proved incredibly popular among slots fans all over the world. I’m talking, of course, about Ancient Chinese culture, exhausted for its mystical charm and sibylline ability to bring good fortune to beholders. Whether you believe in prophetic lore or not, the game’s 96.71% RTP ensures a high chance of profitability.

Floating Dragon Hold and Spin Online Slot Review

Floating Dragon is the third edition in Reel Kingdom’s Hold & Spin series, following the release of 777 Ultra Hold & Spin in late August 2020, and Hot to Burn Hold & Spin in February of this year. The only difference between this latest version and its predecessors (aside from not being a ‘fruit machine’) is that the first were second-comings of an original online slot. 777 Ultra H&S is the sequel to the Ultra Burn Slot, while Hot to Burn H&S follows the original slot of the same name.

Floating Dragon H&S revolves around the culture’s vibrant Chinese dragon and the lovely Geisha Princess. It’s packed with exciting features, including re-triggers, free spins, multipliers and, of course, the Mystery Hold & Spin. We’ll talk more about these in a moment…

The game is a 5×3 reel affair with just 10 betways. It offers a wide betting range of $0.10 to $250. Its high volatility is best suited to veteran slots fans with a large enough bankroll to outlast potentially long swings without a strike. On the plus side, most of those wins will be worth waiting for, especially when the game’s features kick in.

Symbols, Bonus Games & Features

Reel Kingdom Adds to Hold & Spin Slots Series

Floating Dragon’s high paying symbols are kites, imaginatively designed to resemble colorful objects and creatures, like butterflies, peacocks, and koi fish. The Geisha is the wild, substituting for all standard symbols. The Chinese dragon is the scatter. When 3, 4 or 5 of these appear anywhere in a single spin, it triggers 10, 15 or 20 free spins, respectively.

Generally, free spins are a game’s most beloved feature, and while it can be very valuable, triggering Floating Dragon’s Hold & Spin feature can be far more exciting. It happens when the golden Coin symbol, which only appears on the middle reel, occupies all three of its positions. Those golden coins hold in place as all other reels fade to blank. You get three ReSpins to land another gold coin. Each time one or more coins lands, you re-spin meter resets to 3. In addition to gold coins, diamonds can also appear during this feature. When a diamond lands, it will display a multiplier on it, ranging anywhere from 100x to 4993x the triggering bet. Once no additional gold coins or diamonds appear in three consecutive spins, all current values are collected and paid out, and the bonus ends. You’re guaranteed to win a minimum of 20x your stake each time the Floating Dragon Hold & Spin online slot feature triggers.

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