Strategy Based Online Casino GamesBy: Adam Richards, Friday November 27th 2009
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One way of classifying online casino games is whether they involve a strategy or not. In some online casino games players simply place the wager and activate the game. Thereafter they just sit back while the game does the rest. In other online casino games players have to make choices after the game has been activated and these choices are based on strategy that would give the player the maximum chance of winning.
It is natural for new players to gravitate towards games that do not involve any strategy. These online casino games are simpler and because new players are often not familiar with the strategies required for the other type of games they are uncomfortable playing those games. The games that do not require strategy include online slots, roulette and scratch cards. Craps and keno do not require a strategy as such but require players to choose wagers that have the highest average payout percentages and avoid the other wagers.
Online casino games that involve strategic decisions are blackjack, video poker and certain card games based on poker. New players should make an effort to understand and become skilled in these games for two reasons. The first reason is that these games are much more challenging and therefore more interesting. The more important reason is that if the strategy is mastered then most of these games offer an average payout percentage that is significantly in excess of the other category of games.
Blackjack is the most complex of the strategy based online casino games. Not only is the player required to make a decision more than once within each game but the number of choices offered to the player is far greater. Apart from requesting another card, which is called hit, and refusing another card, which is called stand, the player has to deal with moves like split, double, surrender and insurance. In video poker games the player is dealt a five card hand and he has to decide which cards to hold and which cards to discard. The strategy is to achieve the highest possible ranking poker hand. Both blackjack and video poker have a large number of the variants and each variant requires a slightly different strategy. New players should pick one variant and focus on that to start with.
An intriguing casino poker game is Pai Gow poker. In this game the player is dealt seven cards. The strategy or skill element is involved in splitting the cards into a five card hand and a two card hand, with certain conditions. The dealer's cards are automatically split into similar hands and then each hand of the player is compared with the corresponding hand of the dealer. There are a number of poker based games in which skill with cards is not required, but players need to be able to judge probable outcomes based on cards dealt. Based on their judgments they can either increase or decrease wagers. The strategy involves deciding when to alter the wagers, when to stand and when to fold. Let It Ride, Texas Hold'em and Red Dog are some such games.
Some of the online gaming software providers incorporate features that allow players to make the optimal decisions even in the strategy based casino games. Therefore players can comfortably wager on the games assured that they will not lose money on account of making the wrong moves.
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