For hundreds of years, casino games have been a popular pastime. In fact, it’s been centuries since the first cards were invented, so you can only imagine how some of the games have evolved to stand the test of time.
In the modern-day, you can play so many of these casino classics online, from any device, at any time, anywhere you have internet access.
With this in mind, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to casino classics, so the next time you walk into a land-based casino or log into your chosen site, you’ll know exactly where to start.
Perhaps one of the most beloved casino games of all time, when you opt to play Blackjack online, or at a land-based venue, you’ll find that this classic card game has a rich history and plenty of followers.
The aim of Blackjack is essentially to beat the dealer with a hand value of exactly 21, or as close to it as you can get, without going over.
The game itself, despite originating in the 1700s, wasn’t actually called Blackjack until the 20th century, when Las Vegas casinos put forward a bonus payout when players won with a black Jack (the Jack of Spades) and an Ace.
This promotion faded out, but the name stuck.
The first form of Roulette first came about in the 17th century but didn’t make its way to French casinos until the 18th century. But, did you know that the Roulette wheel was actually invented by accident?
Whilst variations of the betting game of chance have been around since the Ancient Greek and Roman times, it was thanks to Blaise Pascal’s failed attempt at a perpetual motion machine that we began to see the creation of the Roulette wheel we know and love today.
The aim of the game, whether you play online or at a land-based venue remains the same – place your wager on where you predict the small ball will land when the wheel stops spinning.
There are a variety of different bets you can place, separated mostly into ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ bets. These can sometimes vary based on whether you opt to play on a European or American wheel, as well as the house edge.
Whilst slot machines don’t date quite as far back into history as some of our other classic games, it’s hard to imagine any casino without a sea of singing slot machines to greet you.
In fact, many pubs and bars still host a couple of the colourful machines, and Slots make up an average of 70% of an online casino’s income.
The very first slot machine to allow automated payouts was called the Liberty Bell. This was invented by Charles Fey in 1894. The machine itself was powered using a lever, which would pull a spring to set the reels in motion.
As the technology evolved, Slots became electric, and then moved onto up-cycled television screens where they would later be transferred into the digital, online video Slots we know and love today.
Much like Roulette, slot games rely solely on chance, with a range of symbols providing you with the chance to win real-money when you land winning combinations or unlock bonus rounds.
What’s more – in the modern-day, you might find special symbols or bonus features that have the potential to unlock some unique gameplay with even more ways to win.
With your newfound knowledge of these three casino classics up your sleeve, which takes your fancy?