Tips on Scratch Cards Selection

Scratch cards are the simplest of online casino games. Players have to scratch the cards to reveal the hidden icons. Then depending on the match obtained and the value of the matching icon players receive payouts. Unfortunately scratch cards have among the lowest average return to player. And therefore the first and most important tip is not to wager on scratch cards. But obviously this advice will not be universally heeded. The simplicity of scratch cards makes it attractive for players to unwind on these games in between sessions on blackjack or video poker where their skill is tested. Therefore the tip to players who will wager on scratch cards is to keep such wagering to a minimum and to keep the bet sizes as small as they can.

The question that then arises is how to choose which scratch cards to wager on. The most rational criterion would be to opt for those scratch card games that offer the highest average return. Unfortunately this information is not provided and there is no way that the player can calculate it from the known parameters of the game. The crucial information of the probability of finding a particular symbol on the scratch card is not in the public domain and without that no calculation can be done. Therefore players have to make a choice based on other criteria and hope that they are not losing out too much on the average return.

Most scratch cards have themes, just as online slots do. Some themes have a powerful appeal and players with some affinity with those themes will find it more pleasurable to wager on scratch cards with those themes. The Wild West is a popular theme, whether in slots, movies, comic books or scratch cards. Gunslinger's Gold at all Rival Gaming online casinos is the perfect game for cowboy fans. Which lady can resist the charm of shopping? High Fashion from the software developer Cryptologic offers all the goodies that they would love to buy.

The other criteria relate to how interesting the scratch card games are. There are two factors to be considered. The first is the audio visual special effects prevalent in some scratch cards that enhance the gaming experience. Many of the scratch card games very evidently have a card with six grids and scratching on the grid reveals the multiplier only. Players need three matching multipliers to receive a payout. In the more interesting games the card is concealed in the overall scene. For example in High Fashion the card takes the form of the display window of a shop. And the actual goods for sale are revealed as symbols. And the girl who is the shopper expresses delight or disappointment on the outcome of the game.

The second factor that makes the scratch card interesting is some innovative feature that changes the basic format. The software provider Realtime Gaming offers some scratch cards of this kind at its online casinos. In 5 Diamond Blackjack players need not get matching symbols. Five player's hands and one dealer's hand are revealed. Players receive payouts on hands that beat the dealer's hand. In Hot Dice payouts are made if the pair of dice revealed display a total of 7 or 11.

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