The first “state-controlled” arcade was opened in Venice in 1638 and in 1891 the New York Sittman and Pitt developed the first one-armed bandit. Bally introduced the first electromechanical machine in 1963 and Fortune Coin Co. developed the first video slot in 1976. A Sony Trinitron color tube was used as the screen at that time. Fortune Coin Co was later acquired by IGT, which is still successfully developing slots for arcades and online casinos. The first online casino was developed in 1994 by Microgaming in cooperation with CryptoLogic. The latter were responsible for the security of financial transactions. Today CryptoLogic belongs to the well-known Amaya Gaming Group.
Top Casino Games
In online casinos there is a variety of different casino games, which in turn have different variants. So that they can get an overview, we want them the different casino games, which they can find in most online casinos here briefly introduce.
The money gambling devices, as they are officially called in Germany in the law, make up the bulk of most online casino games. As a rule, these machines are the typical Daddelkisten, which are known since the 1960s from the corner pub and the Spielothek. Some of the well-known German vending machine manufacturers have their machines both in real gaming halls, as well as in online casinos. You can divide them into different categories. Of course the boundaries are not set in stone and the slots can belong to different categories.
The classic slots are in most cases relatively simple machines with three or five reels. As symbols are usually the typical card symbols 9-A and lucky symbols such as the “Golden 7”, a bell or even a bar symbol. The fruit slots also belong in this section. The gameplay is usually very simple and there are few extras and hardly worth mentioning animations. Just as typical for the classic slots is the risk function as known from the pubs. Especially popular among the classic slots are the slot machines from Merkur Gaming, Bally Wulff or Novomatic. Of course, most other manufacturers also have classics on offer.
In principle, video slots work on the same principle as the classic slot machines. One of the differences is that you will find animations and video sequences on these slot machines. One of the first video slots that made big headlines was Tomb Raider with Lara Croft. As with the computer game, everyone wanted to have the attractive Lara on the reels. With the appropriate symbols she winked at you. Thanks to the ever advancing technology, the simple wink turned into extensive animations which do not have to be put back before some movies. In addition, there are more extra features, bonus games or even several hundred paylines.
Some of the most popular video slots are those that pick up on familiar motifs. These include Hollywood blockbusters, bands or foreign and mysterious or foreign cultures.
The slot machines with progressive jackpot can pay out millions of dollars in winnings with just one spin. This works because all the slots in online casinos around the world are networked together. With every game round that is played with real money, a small part of it goes into the pot. This then grows until a lucky winner is randomly selected. Meanwhile, many of the machines even have several progressive jackpots. The most popular slots with progressive jackpots are Mega Fortune and Mega Moolah, known as “Millionaire Makers”.
Live CasinoThese are all the games that you could call classic casino games in the broadest sense. One finds these also in the state casinos and all casinos around the globe. In online casinos, the table games are available in digitalized form. The rules and payout odds are identical to those in the real casinos. An advantage in the online casinos is that one usually finds all the different variants and of course does not have to wait until a seat at the table becomes free.
Roulette is probably the most famous casino game par excellence. Its simple game pattern and flexible betting options make it a game for everyone. The casinos offer both the European version with a “0” and the American version with “0” and “00”. In addition, there are now also several other versions and high and low roller tables.
Blackjack is the casino version of “17+4”. It is about scoring 21 points with your cards, or getting as close as possible without exceeding that number. You always play against the dealer, no matter how many other players are at the table. Although there are many different variations, which can be confusing for beginners, this is one of the most popular card games around the world.
Although many think that Baccarat originated in France, its roots go back to Naples in the 16th century. Many people first came into contact with the card game through the James Bond movies. Basically, the idea is to get as close as possible to 9 points with 2 cards. If you have an 8 or 9 with the two cards, that is a natural. If the 2 cards form a sum that is higher than 0, only the “ones digit” is counted. In Baccarat two players play against each other. One player is the banker, the other is the player. All other “passive players” at the table can bet on the winner. The dealer is subject to fixed rules when it comes to buying a third card. Sounds more complicated than it actually is.
Video Poker is certainly one of the most exciting casino games. There is no other game where you have more influence on your chances of winning, because a lot depends on tactics and not only on luck. One of the main differences to real poker is that you do not play against others, but winnings are paid out according to a fixed winning key. In online casinos there are different variations. It is important to familiarize yourself with them before you risk your deposited money. In general, you can test the video poker games for free to familiarize yourself with the rules.
Actually, the game principle of Craps is really simple. You bet on the outcome of a roll of 2 dice. Actually, it’s super simple. Maybe that’s why Craps is a very popular game in Las Vegas casinos. One of the participants rolls the dice and the other passive players bet on the roll. However, there are over 100 different options on the roll to bet on. In online casinos a random number generator throws the dice, but otherwise the respective rules apply. There are of course again different variants which you should know and understand exactly before you risk your hard savings.
Sic Bo comes, as most people will think by this name, from Asia, more precisely from Shanghai in China. There are records that Sic Bo was already played 2000 years ago. At the beginning of the 20th century Chinese emigrants brought Sic Bo to the USA. Meanwhile, the fast-paced dice game is also becoming increasingly popular in European online casinos. You can also bet on certain combinations of dice or even on “High” and “Low”. The casino game works similarly to Craps, but is learned faster, especially by beginners.
Bingo was almost completely unknown in Germany 20 years ago. Senior citizens’ homes, workers’ welfare organizations, the Red Cross and others organized bingo rounds for senior citizens to socialize. It is a number lottery where you have to mark the drawn numbers on your bingo ticket. If you have a number right in all 5 columns you call bingo and have won the round. Since there are online casinos, the game is also in Germany increasingly popular. There are also different variations where players have different chances and winning odds. Bingo is easy and quick to learn but still an exciting pastime.
Keno is a number lottery, originated in China and is over 2000 years old. It is similar to bingo. It is played with 80 numbers. You can choose how many numbers you want to mark and how much you want to bet per round. In most of the Keno games available in online casinos, there is the option of betting between 1 and 10 numbers (in other variants also up to 15). The bet per game round is between 1 Euro and 10 Euro. Afterwards 20 winning numbers are drawn. Already with a correct number you get a profit. Usually the bet amount is doubled. Whoever has bet one Euro gets two Euro back. The more numbers one has correct, d esto more profitable is the betting odds.
The ultimate kick in the online casino are the live tables. These are an ever growing trend. Here you play directly with professional dealers and croupiers. You are connected to them directly via a HD live stream and can watch them from different angles and viewing directions. There is even the possibility to chat with the dealers. However, this conversation should be limited to professional topics related to casino gaming. Anyone who overshoots the mark and does not treat the croupiers with the appropriate respect can be immediately banned from the live casino. In most online casinos you will find several live tables which offer classic casino games such as Baccarat, Roulette or Blackjack. With the live poker there are some variants with those one however always against the dealer plays. It concerns here adapted forms of the well-known poker variations.
Sports bettingSports betting has been integrated into society in many countries for decades. Certainly, betting on a winner is one of the oldest “games” ever in the history of mankind. While a few years ago sports betting and online casinos still go separate ways, there are now more and more casinos which also offer betting and more and more traditional betting providers who now have a complete online casino in their program.
With the offered bets you can not only bet on the outcome of competitions, but also on certain events during a competition, such as who scores the first goal. Some bookmakers even offer very curious things. You can bet on the day after which a certain coach will be fired.
Of course, today there is no way around the mobile casino. Without a well-functioning mobile casino one is hardly competitive. Here one can distinguish between two or three different mobile casinos. Some providers have a casino app that you can download for free from their website or can usually be found in the well-known stores for Android or iOS apps. Others rely on a complete download casino. If this is installed, you can play from your cell phone even without a constant Internet connection. However, the choice of games at the download casinos is often very limited. Many of the modern casinos rely on the HTML5 programming of their website. Thus, the casino is directly accessible in any modern browser. This type of programming also allows the platforms automatically adjust to the width of the screen. Some of the older casino games, however, do not work on cell phones.
Casino Virtual Reality Casinos are certainly still a bit of a dream of the future. Since 2016, when the first VR glasses at affordable prices came onto the market, software developers have been working feverishly on them. So there are already the first VR Casinos. These are limited, however, to the fact that players can move through a casino in virtual reality, walk past the long rows of slot machines, or visit the roulette launch. Whoever then takes a seat at a slot machine has this in “normal” format before his eyes. The other casino visitors, which one meets in the halls cannot look over the shoulder into the cards while playing poker. Some software developers have already presented the first VR Slots at trade fairs. It will certainly be interesting soon if you can sit at the table in the VR Casino while playing poker not only with the dealer but also with other players or meet them at a VR bar and chat comfortably about the latest strategies and tactics.