While there are bound to be regional differences, the top four card games are going to be remarkably similar everywhere you play in the world. Blackjack, Baccarat, Live Poker and then the Carnival Variants of Poker are going to be offered at almost every Live or Online casino you venture into.
Play Via Your Web Browser & No Downloads
Today you can play these card games using HTML5 instant play technology. That means you can use your web browser instead of having to download an iOS or Android app. Every mobile operating system has a built-in web browser app. For iOS this is usually Safari, while Microsoft mobile operating system tend to use Edge, and Android use either custom OS, Edge, whole many people also like to use Chrome or Firefox.
The point is, we all have a browser app on our smartphone or tablet. In the past, we would also have an app to play casino card games. Yet today HTML5 tech means we no longer need these downloads. We can simply save the URL to the card game website to our mobile, and then connect to the website, auto-login, click on the card game you want to play, and the game loads via your web browser!
Blackjack is a simple game where the players receive two cards and the dealer receives two cards with one of them exposed for the other players to see. The object is for your hand to beat the dealer to being as close to 21 as possible without going over. The dealer will always hit any two card total of sixteen or less. And stand on 17 or higher. The players take turns either hitting or standing on their hands until the dealer’s turn.
In order to win you will need to be closer to 21 then the dealer without going over. If the dealer goes over 21 he busts, and if you still have cards in play, then you win. All face cards count as ten and an ace can count as 1 or 11. If you’re dealt a face card and an ace in your first two cards that is a blackjack and as long as the dealer doesn’t also have a blackjack, is an automatic winner and pays time and a half whatever you wagered.
As you can see, in this game your strategy will make a difference and you are playing against the dealer.
While Baccarat can at first appear confusing, it is also a very simple game. The objective here is to get as close to 9 as possible. Unlike Blackjack, here you can bet either on the player or bank or even for a tie.
Two cards are dealt to both sides and then somewhat complicated rules decide whether the player or bank will take a third card. But fortunately for us, unlike Blackjack we don’t have to know those rules or make a decision, the dealer will deal the cards according to those rules and then pay either the banker or player side.
The banker side is somewhat more likely to win, so all Banker bets pay a 5% commission. The totals of either hand are calculated by dropping the first digit. So a jack and a 4 might appear to be 14, but the one is ignored and it is a total of 4. An 8,9, and a queen might appear to be 27, but the 2 is dropped and is a total of 7.
In this game we are still playing against the house, but we can bet either side, and there is no strategy needed. Just pick player or bank and the dealer will follow the built-in rules.
Video Poker & Slots
Video poker and slots are also becoming popular mobile games. The xo slot is extremely popular in Asia while in Europe they are simply called video slots. Alongside these video slots you will also find numerous video poker titles such Bonus Poker, Jacks or Better, 10s or Better, and Aces & Eights. These cards games are old school Vega 5-card single draw poker games, and they are still popular online today and played by mobile players globally.
Live poker is a broad term, but essentially means any of the many different types of poker games where one is playing against other players.
This is different from the Carnival Poker games where one plays against the house. Since you are betting and playing against other players, the Casino will make its money in this game by taking a commission or “rake” out of the pot. In almost all the different variants of poker, suit and rank are what determine your hand.
Ace’s at the top, deuces at the bottom. 5 cards of the same suit is called a flush, while 5 cards in order of rank is called a straight. 5 of the same suit and in order of rank is a straight flush. For instance the 6,7,8,9,10 of hearts is a straight flush.
A full house is three of one rank, two of another, so 3,3,3,7,7 is a full house. In most poker games, straight flushes rank best, followed by 4 of a kind, full house, flush, straight, three of a kind, two pairs, and a single pair.
In all versions of live poker, you play against other players and strategy is extremely critical. One should not play for very high stakes without a lot of knowledge of the game.
Carnival Poker Games
Carnival Poker is a term given to the large number of poker game derivatives where the player once again plays against the dealer. This would include games like Let It Ride, Mississippi Stud Poker, Carribean Stud Poker, Three Card Poker and a slew of others.
Many of these games will have high payouts or jackpots for Royal Flushes or other rare hands and that makes these games quite popular with the public. In some of these games you will play against a pay table, meaning your hand only has to be as good as one of the hands listed on the pay table to win.
Others will require you to have a better hand than the dealer to get paid, and nowadays most will have several different bets in the same game that combine playing against the dealer or beating the pay table. Strategy is important in these games but is also usually quite simple.
For instance, you would only want to make the play bet on 3 card poker if your hand was at least queen,6,4.
Card games in casinos can be a huge amount of fun, but yet appear confusing. Strategy definitely helps but isn’t required. And in all these games the dealer will do his/her very best to help explain any questions you have. If online, help is generally never more than a live chat away. So come on down and get in on the excitement, Casino Card games don’t have to be scary.