Card games occupy a special and privileged niche in online casinos, as it is these classical games that generate the lion’s share of revenue for entertainment portals and enjoy everlasting popularity among players.

References to playing cards go back to the 12th century. The first cards appeared in the Orient – in China and Korea, and after their arrival to the European continent they gave birth to games that hold top positions nowadays– poker, blackjack and baccarat. And most probably nothing better will be invented in the nearest future.

With the arrival of online casinos, card games so beloved by many of us were shifted online. Neither innovative slots with colourful graphics, nor other technological gambling novelties could surpass them.

Casino card games are produced by world-known companies with years of experience, as well as beginning manufactures. And every manufacturer makes his own contribution, adds some peculiarities, uses creative graphics, comes up with new kinds of games, but the very core of each game remains unchanged, after all it is thanks to these centuries-old rules that card games still attract players’ attention.

Poker

The origin of poker is quite hazy, and its history goes back to the beginning of the 16th century in Europe. It is known that there were lots of poker’s ancestors - with different names and in different countries. Those games differed from each other, but at the same time they featured some principles common for modern poker, namely the requirement to collect a certain combination of cards in order to win.

As far back as the 18th century, many written sources described poker rules that almost completely coincide with its modern types.

Poker rules and its types

At the first glance poker rules seem to be very complicated and can pose a challenge for beginning players. And this is true; poker is not just an intellectual and psychological game, it requires some training and knowledge of rules, leads and combinations.

Number of players

From 2 to 10

Number of playing cards

32, 36 or 54 cards per pack

 

Number of bets

Blind bet – is placed before the cards are dealt.  There are small and big blinds, the latter being twice bigger than the first.

Ante – another kind of a blind bet, placed by all players and found not in all types of poker.

Main bets: bet, raise and call

Bet – the first bet, made by the first player

Call – matching the current bet – after the first bet player can place a bet that matches his competitor’s bet

Raise – increasing the bet, making it higher than competitor’s bet

Bet types also depend on types of poker, for example limit or no-limit poker

 

Number of cards dealt

2 cards face down for each player

3 cards face up on the table

 4th card face up on the table

5th card face up on the table

 

Number of betting rounds (streets)

 

The number of betting rounds ranges depending on the type of poker. But there are 5 main rounds common for the most popular and traditional types of poker:

Preflop

Betting round after dealing two cards

During this round player can fold, bet, raise, or pass his lead – check.

All placed bets make up the pot, for which players will compete

Flop

Betting round after dealing 3 cards face up on the table.

Once players define possible combinations of the 2 cards they have in hands and 3 cards on the table, estimate their chances, betting begins

Turn

The 4th card is dealt face up on the table. Players use it to make combinations and place bets

River

The final betting round, when the 5th card is dealt on the table. Afterwards all placed bets are added to the pot and doubting players can fold.

Showdown

The last stage of the game, when players expose their cards and the player with  the strongest combination appears to be the winner

 

Number of combinations

10 winning combinations:

Royal straight flush - 5 high cards (ace, king, queen, jack, ten) of the same suit, for example: A♥ K♥ Q♥ J♥ 10♥.

Straight flush – any 5 successive cards of the same suit, for example:  9♠ 8♠ 7♠ 6♠ 5♠. Aces can both start and end the hand.

Quads or four of a kind - four cards of the same rank, for example: 3♥ 3♦ 3♣ 3♠.

Full house - three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank, for example: 10♥ 10♦ 10♠ 8♣ 8♥.

Flush – 5 cards of the same suit, for example: ♠ В♠ 8♠ 4♠ 3♠.

Straight – 5 successive cards of different suits, for example: 5♦ 4♥ 3♠ 2♦ Т♦. Aces can both start and end the hand.

Set – 3 cards of the same rank, for example: 7♣ 7♥ 7♠

Two pair – 2 pairs of cards, for example: 8♣ 8♠ 4♥ 4♣

One pair – 2 cards of the same rank, for example: 9♥ 9♠

High card – the weakest poker combination, if it’s collected by two players, the pot goes to the player with the highest card. Т♦ 10♦ 9♠ 5♣ 4♣.

 

Number of poker types

There are more than 40 types of poker, each of which has its own peculiarities and rules.

The most popular types of poker:

Texas Holdem

Stud Poker

Caribbean Stud poker

Omaha

Oasis poker

Three Card Poker

3-5-7 Poker

Russian Poker

Chinese Poker

Draw poker

Joker Poker

 

 

Profile of poker player

Anyone who has ever been to a casino plays or at least has tried to play poker. There are players for whom poker is just a kind of entertainment or hobby, but there are also professional players, who earn their living by playing poker. Poker is a game played by men and women, the latter play less though.

A typical poker player is considered to be a man less than 40 years of age with median or above-average income.

Poker variations from Slotegrator’s partners

BetSoft

Bonus Poker

Caribbean Poker

Caribbean Poker Hi Limit

Five Draw Poker

Joker Poker

Oasis Poker

Pai Go Poker

Pai Go Poker Hi Limit

Poker3 Heads Up Holdem

Ride’m Poker

Ride’m Poker Hi Limit

Pyramid Bonus Poker

Pyramid Bonus Poker Hi Limit

Multi-hand Bonus Poker

Multi-hand Double Bonus Poker

Multi-hand Joker Poker

Triple Edge Poker

 

Microgaming

3 Card Poker Gold

Aces and Eights Poker

Bonus Poker

Bonus Poker Deluxe

Double Bonus Poker

Double Double Bonus Poker

Multi-hand 3 Card Poker Gold

Joker Power Poker

XPG

Single Poker

Table 10

3 Card Poker

Texas Hold’em Poker

Tom Horn

Aces and Faces Mega Poker

Caribbean Stud Poker

Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker

3 Card Poker

Video Poker Aces and Faces

Video Poker Deuces Wild

Video Poker Double

Video Poker Jacks or better

Video Poker Joker

Video Poker Jacks or better 4 hands

Video Poker Joker 4 hands

Video Poker Deuces Wild 4 hands

 

Blackjack

The history of game 21 goes back to the 18th century, France, where it was known as «vingt-et-un». The name ‘blackjack’ comes from the combination of jack of blades and ace of blades, which brought additional winnings to player and was invented in the USA. Thanks to simple rules and exciting game play this game has conquered the gambling world, and today it is considered to be the most popular card game in land-based and online casinos.

Blackjack rules

Number of points

 

In blackjack player competes against dealer, his main aim is to collect more points than the dealer, but not more than 21. And naturally the number of points should be as close to 21 as possible.

 

Number of players

Usually the number of players depends on the number of boxes, i.e. spots for bets on the table, traditionally there are 7

 

Number of cards and decks

 

Blackjack is played with 1 to 8 decks or a kind of endless deck in shuffle machine

 

Card value

Value of cards from two to ten equals to 1 to 10 correspondingly

Jack, queen, king – 10

Ace – 1 or 11 (player can choose what is more beneficial for him)

 

Number of bets

A bet is made before the cards are dealt

Number of cards dealt

Each player gets 2 cards

Dealer gets 2 cards – one face up and one face down, or just one card (depending on the type of the game)

Then players assess their chances, taking into consideration the face-up dealer’s card, and take the required number of cards circle wise, taking one card at a time. The number of points must not exceed 21.

 

 

Blackjack combination

If a player receives a blackjack combination straightaway, winnings are paid out immediately. If dealer has chances to receive a blackjack combination, i.e. he has a face-up ace or jack, combinations should be compared.

 

 

Number of blackjack types

 

There are several types of blackjack: American blackjack, exposure blackjack,

blackjack switch, Spanish 21, single deck blackjack, six deck blackjack, Super Fan. The most popular games are American and European blackjack.

American blackjack is more player friendly: for example, in European blackjack player can double his bet if he has 9, 10 or 11 points, and in American blackjack he can do it at any time. In European blackjack, if dealer has 17 points and one of the cards is an ace, he must take another card, and in American blackjack he must not take more cards in this situation.

 

Profile of blackjack player

Blackjack is very popular among players of different ages, as far as it has more comprehensible and simpler rules compared to poker, and does not require any preliminary training. Besides, players don’t have to build complicated strategies or compete in psychologically strenuous battles, everything depends on luck mainly and on those cards that player gets. Player’s experience also plays a great role. A typical blackjack player is a man from 23 to 45 years of age with median income.

Blackjack variations from Slotegrator’s partners

BetSoft

21 Burn Blackjack

American Blackjack

Blackjack Mini

Single Deck Blackjack

Single Deck Blackjack Hi Limit

Super 7 Blackjack

Super 7 Blackjack Hi Limit

VIP American Blackjack

VIP European Blackjack

VIP Super 7 Blackjack

Microgaming

Atlantic City Blackjack Gold

Classic Blackjack Gold

Vegas Downtown Blackjack

Tom Horn

European Blackjack

XPG

Blackjack live

Lucky Streak

Blackjack live

 

Baccarat

As in above cases the origin of one of the top 3 popular games in the world is unknown. There are several explanations of its origin, and several European countries claim to be a birthplace of baccarat, including France, Italy, and Spain. Until now there are various types of baccarat in different countries, having their own names. One of the most popular versions is the one made up by Felix Falguiere, and based on the ancient ritual that decided virgin’s destiny and to whom out of nine gods she would belong. Therefore, figure 9 is the most important in baccarat.

Baccarat rules

Number of players

Maximum  14

Number of points

The aim of the game is to collect the number of points that is close to 9 or 9

If player gets more than 9 points in total, 10 points are deducted from that amount, meaning that it is impossible to bust.

 

Number of decks

From 1 to 8

Card value

The value of cards from two to nine equals to 2 to 9 correspondingly

Ten, jack, queen, king – 0 points

Ace – 1 point

 

Number of bets

The aim of the game is to predict its outcome.

Main bets:

Punto – bet on a player

Banco – bet on a dealer

Tie – bet on a tie

Bets are made before the cards are dealt

 

 

Number of cards dealt

Each player gets 2 cards.

If the total sum of points equals to 8 or 9 straightaway, player’s cards are compared with dealer’s combination, and a winner is defined. If player has less than 6 points, he gets one more card.

 

Types of baccarat

There are several types of baccarat: European (classical), American, mini baccarat, Macau baccarat, punto banco, Chemin de Fer, etc.

All these types of the game have one common goal – to collect 9 points and differ from each other in subtleties of betting, numbers of decks, and ways of dealing cards. 

 

Profile of baccarat player

Baccarat rules are very simple, even a beginning player will understand them easily without any preliminary preparation. Besides, baccarat is a very dynamic game, where winner is defined very quickly. Therefore, baccarat will appeal to those players, who want to enjoy a fast-evolving and engaging game, rather than to think over combinations.

Baccarat variations from Slotegrator’s partners

BetSoft

Baccarat

Baccarat Hi Limit

XPG

Baccarat live

Microgaming

Baccarat

High Limit Baccarat

Tom Horn

Baccarat

 

Lucky Streak

Baccarat live