Online Slots Guide

Online Slots Guide

Without a doubt, the most popular games in the house, whether you’re at the Canada’s Number One Online Casino or at a land base casino, are slot machines. Most people enjoy slots because they are very approachable and easy to use. Some gamblers shy away from table games because playing these games requires not only a substantial understanding of the games, but also dealing with other players, which can be intimadating.

Instead, slot machines are fun and friendly, and, in many cases offer astronomical jackpots. At many online casinos, it’s not uncommon to see progressive jackpots at some of the largest casinos approach or exceed $1 million. The average progressive jackpot at most all other casinos ranges from $50,000 USD to $100,000, which is still a nice a win if you can get it.

Here are a few online slots tips and strategies:

Bankroll Management: Play the minimum bet possible, unless you happen to feel lucky. Slots have the best house edge of any casino game, and there is little a player can do to put the odds in their favor. As a result, to have more fun and enjoy a longer slots gaming session, pace out your bets and take your time.

Know the Slot Machine: Aside from the old fashioned 7-7-7 one line slots, which are fairly self explanatory, many other slot machines at online casinos are much more complicated. There are multi-line slots, video slots, and progressive slots. Some of these slots also have bonus games built into them, which allow players the chance to win more money. One thing to remember is that the house figures it will win some easy money from you while you "learn" the machine, or at least figure out how the game works. As a result, you may spend some money as practice while you’re figuring out what the best bets are. If you’re new to a particular online slot machine, start out using your casino’s "free play" or "play money" option. This allows you to learn the game without losing your money. Once you’ve figured out how it works, only then should you go the cashier and make a deposit.

Cut your losses and run: Sometimes, no matter what you do, you’ll have a losing slot game, since it is nearly impossible to beat slot machines in the long run without hitting the jackpot. As a result, if you’re losing money with every bet, it may be time to throw in the towel and try another game. The reason there are so many slot machines in casinos is because they are instant money makers for the house. Therefore, don’t fall victim to the allure of fast cash from a slot machine jackpot, because most of the time, you’ll probably never see a jackpot payout, except for on TV or in the movies.

Various Online Casino Slot Machines, by Software Type:

Microgaming: Major Millions, Tunzamunni, Treasure Nile, King Cashalot, Mega Moolah

RTG (Real Time Gaming): It’s Good to Be Bad, Midlife Crisis, Shopping Spree, I.R.I.S. 3000, Alladin’s Wishes, Aztec’s Treasure, Caesar’s Empire

Top Game: Bankroll Reload 1, 3 & 5 Lines, Berry Flavors 3 Lines, Big Bang 3 Lines, Bingo Slot 3 & 5 Lines, Black Diamond 1, 3 & 5 Lines, Crazy Pizza 1 Line , Diamonds are Forever 3 Lines, Fandango’s 1 & 3 Lines, Fruit Slot 1, 3 & 5 Lines

Rival Gaming: Major Moolah, Strike Gold, Gold Rush, Big Cash Win, Chicken Little, Fantastic Fruit, Flea Market, Milk The Cash Cow, Sevens and Bars, Surf Paradise, Scary Rich 2, Gobblers Gold

Online Blackjack Guide

Online Blackjack Basic Strategy

Online casino blackjack can be fun and exciting, but there are a few important differences between it and land based casino blackjack. Knowing these differences is important improving your odds of winning, and will also allow you to enjoy the game for longer gaming sessions.

One of the most important aspects of blackjack is the number of decks used, and if they are shuffled or not after a shoe (container of cards) has been played. Typically, most casinos use between 6-8 decks, shuffled, cut, and stored in a shoe. Lately, however, blackjack gaming trends are changing: many land based casinos, in an attempt to better the house edge, now use continuous shuffle blackjack machines. 4-6 decks of cards are automatically shuffled between each hand of blackjack. This means that card counters’ efforts are foiled, because they rely, for the most part, on knowing what cards are remaining in the shoe. With a continuous shuffle machine, it is impossible to know what cards remain. Also, since there is no break for shuffling between shoes with the continuous shuffle machines, the game moves much faster; and the potential to lose more money increases. Many casinos will use shoes of cards at high limit tables, so as to attract high rollers and serious blackjack players. If you can’t afford to play at these tables ( in many cases the minimum bet is greater or equal to $25 ), you’re stuck playing with the shuffle machines, where the odds are not in your favor.

It’s important to bear all this information in mind when you’re playing online. Most all online casinos use Random Number Generation teamed with continuous shuffling to give the house a greater edge. If a true electronic “shoe” is used to deal the cards, many times, you won’t know when the software stops and shuffles. Instead, the game will just continue indefinitely. There are a handful of casinos, however, that will indicate when the decks are being shuffled. An even smaller minority of online casinos offer single deck blackjack, where table limits are low. Players can put the game in their favor with single deck blackjack, but remember, you’ll be hard pressed to find this alternative available at most online casinos.

Since most online casinos don’t indicate their shuffling policies, or don’t offer single deck blackjack, the player needs to remember a few other things in order to make the game worthwhile.

Bankroll Management: If you start with $100, give yourself at least 20 bets before you tap out. This means the maximum you can bet per hand is $5, before any double-downs or splits. Some players will deposit and then bet most of the bankroll right away. This usually doesn’t work, and these players find that their online blackjack session ends prematurely. A good rule of thumb is to divide your bankroll by 20, and use the result as your maximum bet amount.

Game Speed: Online blackjack is fast. Moreover, with automatic “re-bet” buttons and no other players to slow the game down, you’ll quickly see that one can get carried away and start to bleed money right away. Instead, it’s a good idea to establish a set number of hands you’d like to play before taking a break. If you’ve deposited $100, and you have 20 $5 bets, take a rest after 10 hands. This accomplishes a couple important things. First, the game slows and you can refocus yourself if you find that you’re beginning to chase your losses. Second, it allows you to better manage you bankroll and not play with utter abandon.

Know Basic Strategy: It’s a well known fact that players well versed in Blackjack basic strategy can mitigate the house edge in the game. Basic strategy is a set of actions to take given the total number value of the dealer’s up card. Additionally, there are basic strategy rules for splitting pairs, surrendering, and doubling down. We’ve provided a free basic strategy chart below. Learn it and play better blackjack!

Know basic strategy – it is by far the best way to gain an edge in the game. The following is a great chart to use as reference.

H=Hit, S=Stand, SPL=Split, Y=Surrender, D=Double Down

Player 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
2-7 H H H H H H H H H H
8 H H H H H H H H H H
9 H D D D D H H H H H
10 D D D D D D D D H H
11 D D D D D D D D D H
12 H H S S S H H H H H
13 S S S S S H H H H H
14 S S S S S H H H H H
15 S S S S S H H H Y H
16 S S S S S H H Y Y Y
17-21 S S S S S S S S S S
A,2 H H H D D H H H H H
A,3 H H H D D H H H H H
A,4 H H D D D H H H H H
A,5 H H D D D H H H H H
A,6 H D D D D H H H H H
A,7 S D D D D S S H H H
A,8 S S S S S S S S S S
A,9 S S S S S S S S S S
2,2 SPL SPL SPL SPL SPL SPL H H H H
3,3 SPL SPL SPL SPL SPL SPL H H H H
4,4 H H H SPL SPL H H H H H
5,5 D D D D D D D D H H
6,6 SPL SPL SPL SPL SPL H H H H H
7,7 SPL SPL SPL SPL SPL SPL H H H H
8,8 SPL SPL SPL SPL SPL SPL SPL SPL SPL SPL
9,9 SPL SPL SPL SPL SPL S SPL SPL S S
10,10 S S S S S S S S S S
A,A SPL SPL SPL SPL SPL SPL SPL SPL SPL SPL