Multi Player Online Casino GamesBy: Ryan Alders, Wednesday January 6th 2010
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Some online casino games are designated as multi player games. These are usually card games that are played seated at a table. Blackjack and Caribbean stud poker are examples. New players must clearly understand the difference between single player and multi player games.
The term multi player gives the impression of a game in which a number of different online players can play together as is done in land casinos. However this is not the case. In single player games though the table may show seating position for a number of players, the cards can be dealt only on one of the positions. The player plays only one hand at a time. In multi player games cards can be dealt at all the positions shown on the table. The player can choose how many positions are to be played. The cards are then dealt at all the chosen positions and the player plays each hand one at a time. For example in a game of blackjack if the player decides to wager at three seats he places the bet at three of the seat positions. The dealer deals two cards face up at each of the three positions and then deals his own cards. The player plays out each of the three hands independently one at a time. After this the dealer's hand is played according to the rules of the game. Each of the three hands of the player is independently compared with the dealer's final hand and separate payouts made for each winning player hand.
Several other online casino games also allow for multiple independent wagers by the player. However the term multi player is not used to describe these games. Different games have different terminologies. In video poker this concept is referred to as multi hand video poker. Depending on the player's choosing multi hand video poker games have from four to hundred hands. One of these hands is the base hand. The player makes his decision on the base hand and this decision is replicated on the remaining hands. Each hand is finally independently compared with the payout table.
Microgaming is one online casino software developer that has incorporated this concept in slot games. These slot games are referred to as mega spin slots. These are all three reel slot games in which players can wager on four, six or nine sets of reels simultaneously. Players place the wager and then set all the slot games spinning at the same time. When the reels come to rest each set is independently compared with the payout table and payouts made as required.
Some advantages of multi player games are that they are visually more appealing and provide greater excitement. However the real advantage lies in the fact that they play out much faster. Hundred hands are completed in a very short time in a multi hand video poker game. Playing hundred single hand video poker games will take a much longer time. On the flipside, the investment required in multi player games is much larger. Therefore players who are getting started at online casinos should begin with single player games. Once they have understood the rules completely and have accumulated sufficiently large bankrolls then they can graduate to multi player games.
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