It’s fair to say that a lot of us don’t like change. We are, as a rule, creatures of habit after all. We have the same daily routine, we stick the same things on our shopping list and we all have our favourite bar or restaurant that we return to again and again.
It stands to reason then that, when it comes to online casinos, most of us have one or two games that we prefer. Whether it’s slots, poker, blackjack or roulette, there’s something satisfying about knowing how to play a game, feeling like we have the hang of it and – hopefully – picking up enough regular little wins that we feel it’s OK to return (that you’d probably get better value for money going to your favourite bar every night is something we won’t go into now).
Try something new
If this sounds like you then take moment to think about your average online casino homepage. How much do you actually take in? Do you know what games are there? Truth is, most casinos have a tonne of different games, as well as plenty of varieties of the same game, that are often left unexplored.
For all you know, you could be passing up on a huge win, or a game that really suits your playing style because you haven’t taken the time to dive into something new. To stir that spirit of adventure in you, here’s three online casino games that you may have seen but, until now, haven’t played.
Pai Gow Poker
Sure, it’s a bit of a mouthful and, when there’s ‘normal’ poker on offer why would you bother with something you haven’t a clue about? Truth is, this unique variant of poker is gaining popularity among savvy online casino fans at quite a rate.
PaiGow itself is a Chinese domino game and Pai Gow Poker is a US version that uses a standard deck of cards, with the addition of a joker. Players have to beat the banker (or dealer) by making two winning hands from the cards dealt to them. Each player is dealt seven cards and must make a five card hand and a two card hand, with the larger one having to have a higher rank.
Cards are dealt out in seven piles of seven. The joker acts as a 53rd card and is partly wild. Betting carries on until a showdown occurs, where the player compares their hand to the banker’s. The player must set their seven cards into a five-card hand and a two-card hand, with the former of higher value than the latter.
If both hands beat the dealer the player wins. And that’s Pai Gow in a nutshell, but you can find out more info by using our comprehensive guide here.
Keno, despite not being played by everyone, is nonetheless a casino classic. In short, it’s a bit of a mixture between lotteries and bingo, but with a bit of a casino twist.
That twist often comes from betting slips, which are used by players. To get the game started players wager by choosing numbers from one to 80, after which 20 are drawn completely by random. There’s a whole load of ways to win, depending on numbers drawn and how many are matched, but it’s a great way to have a bit of instant gratification.
Word of warning though: rules can vary from game to game and casino to casino so it’s worth familiarising yourself with Keno as much as possible. Do it with our guide, which can be found here.
Sic Bo is particularly popular in Macua, but it’s creeping its way into our conscious when it comes to modern online casinos. That’s largely due to its relative simplicity.
To all intents and purposes it’s a game where players bet on the outcome of a dice roll. In that respect, it’s similar to craps, but there are a few differences that make Sic Bo a worthy standalone game.
Play online and you’ll see a betting table represented, with the various bets available on it – main bets are a big or small bet – the dice are shaken in a box and the outcome is revealed. Sic Bo is purely a game of chance but it’s worth knowing more about how you can maximise your opportunities. Do that by reading our Sic Bo guide here.
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