Casino games have been around for hundreds of years. Games of chance that people have placed bets on have been recorded as early as 2300 BC in China, but since then casino games have evolved through many different shapes and forms. Today casino games can be found around the world, both in brick and mortar casinos and in the virtual world via online and mobile casinos. The games come in a myriad of different types, but most are based on chance, some purely on chance and some with a bit of strategy thrown in.
There are three general categories that almost all casino games can fall under. These are table games such as Poker and Blackjack, electronic gaming machines such as slots, and random number ticket games such as Keno. Electronic gaming machines are usually played by one player at a time, and are not very social. Random number games are based upon the selection of random numbers, which are drawn in various ways depending on the game and casino that you are playing in. Table games generally involve playing cards, and can be either played with other players, or played alone online, for example using Video poker.
In casinos the term Table Games refers to games of chance that are played on a table, for example Poker or Baccarat. These differ from other games such as slot machines which make use of a mechanical device to operate. Table casino games are very popular, and due to this popularity have expanded hugely into the online and mobile casino world.
These days, table games can be played between the player and the computer, who acts as dealer and croupier, and does not need any live participation from real people. Alternatively many online casinos still offer the option of taking part in Live Games. This is where a player can log in to a real game being broadcast from a brick and mortar casino and play a table game against other real people and a real live dealer. Many table games make use of playing cards, although some like Craps make use of dice or another vehicle of chance. All real money mobile casino games are games of chance, although some do have elements of strategy that a player can learn.
Electronic Gaming Machines
The second category of casino games is electronic gaming machines. In brick and mortar casinos these are physical machines that a player can sit down at and spin reels to try and win a jackpot. At online gambling casinos and mobile sites, these have evolved into almost computer game like games, with story lines and animated graphics. The aim of these games is always to get three or more identical symbols in a row. This is achieved by spinning a number of symbols on the reels, and seeing if any of them match when the reel stops. These casino games are also greatly based on chance, although again there can be an element of strategy to them, especially with the more complex ones.
Instant Win Games
These casino games are played in a ticket, which in brick and mortar casinos is represented by a piece of card, and in online and mobile casinos is a graphic on the screen. The aim here is to choose a set of numbers, and hope that when numbers are drawn randomly you have some that match.