When playing at an online casino for the first time it can be hard to know where to start. If you’re accustomed to trying your hand at table games or simply want to see if Lady Luck is on your side, then you’re in the right place.
We’ve comprised a list of the top three most popular table games of all time, so the next time you play online casino games, you know exactly where to start.
Read on to find out more.
Originating in French casinos around 1700, Blackjack, which was originally known as Vingt-et-Un or Twenty-One, is one of the most beloved casino games of all time.
Due to its fairly low house edge and ability for players to think and make decisions that could influence the outcome, the game of chance has stood the test of time, making its way as one of the first games to debut online.
The aim of the game is to beat the dealer to the card value of 21, with a minimum of two cards. Face cards are worth 10, Aces have a value of either one or 11, and all other cards stand at their face value. Throughout the game, you can choose whether to ‘stand’, ‘hit’, ‘fold’ or ‘split’. The winner is whoever has the value closest to or exactly of 21 in their hand, without going over.
Another classic casino game, Roulette is said to have been around, in forms, since the ancient Greek and Roman times. However, the primitive version of the Roulette wheel we know today was created by Blaise Pascal – a French mathematician and physicist, in 1655.
In 1842, French brothers Francois and Louis Blanc created what’s now known as the European Roulette wheel by removing the green double zero pocket, leaving just the single zero pocket and significantly lowering the house edge from 5.25% to 2.70%.
This version of the game became hugely popular around Europe, but didn’t quite take off in America – hence why the double zero version of the wheel is known as American Roulette.
Again, Roulette was one of the first games to make an appearance on online casino sites, and each version, along with themed variations, are available to play whenever you fancy, as long as you have internet access.
Even if you’re not a seasoned casino player, there’s no doubt you’ve heard of Poker. Some historians believe that Poker’s origins can be traced back as far as 10th century China, but others claim it is a descendant of a 16th century Persian card game called As Nas.
However, 17th century France saw Poker’s closest European predecessor, Poque, rise in popularity. In Germany at the time, there was a game known as Pochen, and both Poque and Pochen were said to have been based on a Spanish game named Primero, originating from the 16th century.
This game features three cards dealt to each player and incorporated the idea of bluffing. In the 1800s in the United States, English-speaking settlers adapted features of the game, starting the creation of modern-day Poker.
Its clear Poker has a rich history, becoming popular thanks to the Mississippi River trade route and Wild West saloons. Eventually, the five-card bluffing game of chance made its way onto the Las Vegas Strip, into Hollywood movies and right into our homes with the help of online casino gaming.
Now you know the top three table games to play online, which will you try first? Will you be trying your hand at some classic card games or spinning the ultimate wheel of chance?