Introduction

Welcome to multiplayer online poker games, the fastest growing pastime on the net today. Unlike the Online Casinos, the house does not have an edge here, as the online poker player is playing against real people. It is up to the player’s to fund that game, and the house gets its cut for providing the facilities. Without leaving their homes, players can get together to play Poker and because of its growing popularity it is not uncommon to find hundreds and even thousands of players online. This enables one to find online poker games that are most suitable to ones pocket or skill level (yes, there is a comfort zone for novices too). Most poker rooms may also provide full sets of rules and game strategy. There are even those who go the extra mile to assist you in getting good online gaming pleasure. South Africa is very lucky to have one of the best poker rooms on the internet. Piggs Peak Poker is a well established poker room that features South African Rands poker games.

Keeping with the times, Australian Casino Gambling has also increased in leaps and bounds. No longer are they “down under” as they continually strive for the goal posts in offering players not only safe casino gambling, but some of the most awesome up to date online pokies, blackjack, roulette and a great many other casino games available on the net.

Online Poker Games

Texas Hold’em
Unlike Seven-Card Stud, Texas Hold’em is a fast and fun gane and is mostly the choice for all Poker Tournament Championship events. To start there are two cards, (hole cards) dealt to each player face down, which is then followed by a betting round. This is followed by an additional three cards, (The Flop) being dealt face up in the center of the table. These are community cards and form part of each player’s hand. Another betting round follows this. One more card, (The Turn) is dealt to the center and another betting round. The final card, (The River) is dealt to the center and is followed by the final betting round. Along with the hole cards, the original 2 card hands are turned over and the highest five-card Hand determines the winner.

Seven Card Stud
Along with it being the best known of all poker games, Seven-Card Stud is probably the easiest to learn but the hardest to play (so many cards!). Seven cards are dealt to the player, starting with two cards, (Hole Cards) face down and one card face up. A further three rounds follow where 1 card card is dealt face up to each player. A betting round follows each deal. The final betting follows the final card being dealt face down. The player with the best five-Card hand wins the money.

Omaha
Although it is dealt the same way as Hold’em, Omaha is an action variation and instead of two cards to start, each player is dealt four cards face down. To make your best five-card hand you must use two down cards out of your hand, along with three on the board (Community cards). Rather than having one set of two cards hidden, each player’s hand has a six two-card combinations therefore creating more winning opportunities per player than in hold’em. This makes it a killer game also enabling it to be fast-paced.

Omaha (8 or Better)
These games can get fast and furious. They are dealt in the same way as Omaha. However the best (Highest) and the worst (Lowest) hands split the pot. Aces can count for either a High or low. The best hand for a low is A-2-3-4-5, which is also considered a straight. You hand needs to have no cards exceeding 8 in order to win low. There are more drawing opportunities in this game than in the high version of Omaha for each player. This is because the same player can win both high and low in the same hand as there is a different two-card combination that can be used from your hand for high and for low.

Introduction

Online Casinos offer a great arrangement of different casino games, some of which are games of chance such as Slots, Bingo and Roulette where your luck is dependant on where the “machine” comes to a stop. From there you get your games of skill such as Blackajack and Poker – in these types of games of skill one can form or learn a strategy that will enable you to either play your hand according to what the other players or the dealer are playing, or what cards have been rejected by other players.

To start the game every player including the dealer is dealt 2 cards. As a player you play against the dealers hand only. If your hand value is nearer to 21 than that of the dealer’s (without exceeding 21), you will win your hand. The object of the game, obviously, is to have a hand value as near 21 as possible, without exceeding 21. However for the expert player this is most defiantly NOT the case as the expert’s aim is simply to beat the Dealer.

“Blackjack” with your first two cards, is the best hand to have. An ace and a ten value card is what makes up a “Blackjack”. Unless the dealer also has blackjack, you will be paid three chips for every two that you have played should you be dealt a Blackjack.

Online Blackjack Rules
When to Hit (be dealt another card) and when to Stand (Stop being dealt cards) is determined by you as the player. With regards to the dealers play there are fixed rules. Until the dealer has reached seventeen or more he has to hit and then must stand. Whoever’s hand value is less than or equal to 21 and which is greater than the dealers hand value, wins the amount equal to his wager. However should the value of the dealers hand be less or equal to 21 and/or greater than that of the players, the player loses his bet.

Should the same hand value be had by both the dealer and the player this is called “push”. This is not a win or a loss and gives you a full refund.

A “Bust” is when you go over 21. You lose your bet. At this stage the dealer has his greatest advantage over the players.

Keep in mind, that as a player, you have four options and can therefore be flexible. A player gets to determine when to Hit, Stand, Split (when you play 2 separate hands) and when to Double Down (double your wager in a favorable situation).

You may only split when the 1st 2 cards that you are dealt are of equal value. Remember that all face cards and tens are equal in value. When you split you are effectively playing two individual hands. When you split, you 1st play out of your right hand set of cards, followed by play of the left hand. When splitting, should you have a ten and an Ace is drawn, this can NOT be taken as “Blackjack”. Keep in mind though that the only way that the dealer can beat any hand of 21 is by dealing himself a blackjack.

You can “Double Down” on a hand when it consists of two cards, which then doubles your original wager. You can only be dealt one additional card to your hand when you have doubled down. There are a few casinos that do have restrictions with regards to “doubling down”, where you are not allowed to double down when you either have a split and/or only allowing when your two card hand values total ten or eleven. Should you double your wagers in a favorable situation, this adds heavily to your advantage. Therefore it is advisable to locate casinos that have the least restriction in rules of play regarding “Double Down”.

Insurance – When the dealer shows an ace, you get the chance to take insurance against him having a blackjack. The insurance option is just another form of wager that is accessible to the players. One-half of your original wager is the cost of the bet for the insurance option. If the dealer does in fact have blackjack then your payoff is two-to-one. A two-to-one payoff on a wager that is one-half your original wager is an amount equal to your original wager.

Therefore, should you win the insurance bet, the dealer will simply pay you by leaving your original wager on the table. We consider this a sucker bet and you should not normally take insurance.

To better the Casinos odds, some changes were made to the game of blackjack over the years. The casinos introduced new technology like shuffling machines, and multiple decks to help beat the odds of those who were counting cards and watching the card decks closely. These changes along with the realization that the blackjack systems in the books were hard to master, brought back the casinos edge to a zone which they considered acceptable.

Introduction

Baccarat is one of the most played casino games, may it be online or land based. Why? The answer is very simple: this game is one of the easiest games, so you do not have to be a master to play it. Baccarat is played by every gamer category: from beginners to professional players, because it is simple, but it can give you big rewards.

Online Baccarat Main Rules
Before you start playing, should know that there are three types of baccarat: American Baccarat, Chemin de Fer and European Baccarat. These three types share all important qualities, but there are some minor differences. I will tell you the point of baccarat, then I will describe every type of baccarat, so you should know what to do when you are playing the different types. The goal of the game is to bet on the winning hand: the banker’s or the player’s. The hand which is closer to nine, wins. You should know the card values: cards from 2 to 9 have face value, the 10 and the face cards worth 0 points and ace is one. That is all, now you know the point of the game, you can almost play. All you have to do is to read the following section, in which I will describe in detail all three types of baccarat, then you are ready to choose the one that fits you the best and play.

The first variety of the game is American baccarat, as suggested by its name, it is played mostly in America, Canada, Australia and a few other countries. American baccarat is sometimes called Punto Banco, they use this name mostly in Europe. The aim of the game is achieving nine points, or as close as possible. In land based casinos this variety is played with six or eight decks, but in the case of online baccarat you can play it with only one deck of cards. In American baccarat you play against the house, so there is a casino employee, a croupie, who deals the cards. The casino usually takes 5 % commission on all the hands won by the bank for this. Although there is a croupier, one of the players plays the role of the bank. Four cards are dealt: first to the player who placed the largest bet, then to the banker and the squence repeats itself. After this, the croupier announces the winner. So, the other players have two options: they either bet on the bank hand, or on the player hand. Of course, the bets are placed before dealing the cards. Some additional rules of American baccarat: the shoe containing the decks moves counterclokwise, if a player does not want to play the role of the bank, he can pass over the shoe. Another rules states that the player automatically gets another card if he has five points.

The next variety is Chemin de Fer, you can easily figure it out that it is mostly played in France. In this case six decks of cards are used for the play. The dealer puts an amount of chips in the bank, the other players should make their bets so the sum will be at least equal to the amount placed by the dealer. Then the game starts, the cards are dealt in the way described earlier. The rules of this variety are a little bit more flexible: the banker may not place a bet, and the player might choose to stand when he has five points. There is a croupier assigned by the casino, but he does not get involved in the game, he only has tu supervise if the rules are followed.

The third variety of baccarat is European baccarat, sometimes called baccarat (en) banque. This version is mostly played in European Casinos, and of course, has the same goal as the other types. Here a casino assigns a croupier, he will deal the cards. The person sitting on the right of the croupier will be the bank first, the next bank will be the person on the other side of the croupier. Differently from the other types, the shoe contains only three decks of cards, but there might be two or four decks. The difference from the former type of baccarat is that the players are not allowed to pass the shoe among other players. The betting and the dealing part is just like in the other types of baccarat.

Now you know all about the varieties of baccarat, but you should know that when you play online, the dealer will always be a virtual one.

Still, it is important to know what variety of baccarat you are playing to enhance your winning chances. Here are a few tips, which might be useful for you if you choose to play: you should always play on the bank hand, because the bank wins more often, so it is more profitabel for you. Otherwise you can bet on the player hand and on a tie, but you should avoid to bet on a tie, because the house edge is very high (15.75 %). In order to help you choose the best room, I will give you some advice: always look for a room where there are few decks in the shoe, the best choice is usually six decks. The last tip I give you is that take a look around on the Internet and find an online casino, which charges less than 5 % in case of the banker bets. This is all you have to know in order to be a winner at the baccarat table!

Now you know everything you should know about baccarat. All you have to do is choose the variety you like the best and go find yourself the best casino online. And do not forget: bet on the bank hand, you will win more often this way. Good luck playing!