Currently, the Online Casino industry worldwide is valued at approximately CAD$55 billion a year and growing. However, it’s amazing how little some people are aware about the Online Casinos they are playing in.
If you’re a new visitor to Online Casinos or you are a veteran of Live Video Poker or an Online Slots fanatic, you may still want to learn more about the industry where you are choosing to spend your precious leisure time.
Here are 8 cool things you may not realise that you didn’t know about online casinos;
1. Why did I Choose 8 Things?
Playing at an online casino is all about hitting the right numbers and making the right calculations that suit your style in your chosen game. Many players, however, believe some numbers to be lucky and some to bring bad luck.
The number ‘8’ in the Chinese represents fortune and is also a symbol of eternity and is the luckiest number of all. This is exactly why the Beijing Olympic Games began on 8/8/2008 at 8.08pm precisely.
Now, you know the origin of the 888 Casino name.
2. The Numbers on a Roulette Wheel add up to 666
Continuing on the theme of Online Casinos and superstition going hand-hand, it is not surprising that mystical properties have been ascribed to some popular games. The Online Roulette wheel (both 0 and 00 versions) is often nicknamed the ‘Devil’s Wheel’, partly due to its propensity to mesmerise players with its whirling, spinning dervish and/or more likely, that the numbers on an Online Roulette wheel add up to 666 – ‘The Number of the Beast’.
Originally, numbers were placed on a wheel in non-sequential order to avoid cheating and the problem of ‘biased wheels’ which favoured one side or the other.
3. Online Blackjack has the lowest House Edge
Every game in an Online Casino has a built-in advantage for the house, known as the ‘house edge’. If you want the best chance of winning though, the game you should turn your attention to is Online Blackjack. The house has a slightly less than 1% advantage in Blackjack, meaning Blackjack should typically yield the most reliable amount of profit for the player over the long term.
However, be warned, Blackjack games do require a certain level of skill, or at least, a certain level of familiarisation with the rules. Be sure to check out our Blackjack Guide and/or take advantage of a free play practice session option at great online casinos like Spin Palace, Ruby Fortune, Betway, Royal Vegas, 888 Casino, Jackpot City, William Hill and Bet365.
4. Taking a ‘Welcome Bonus’ isn’t always advisable
Whenever you sign up to an online casino, you will be offered a welcome or sign-up bonus. Many of these are very tempting, and in some cases, are a fantastic way to double your money or get some free spins to begin your play with, especially if you’re a Slots-Only player. In many cases, certain game winnings do not contribute to the casino’s ‘play-through’ demands whilst others may require you to play your bonus money by as a much as 50x before you can claim your winnings. It is always worthwhile to either check out the fine print for yourself or read our honest Casino Reviews to learn the terms and conditions of all the different Welcome Bonus rules before you accept any ‘free money’.
5. The Roulette System’s “Bond, James Bond”
Some clever Online Roulette strategies can really cut risk and limit the ‘house edge’. A famous example is the Bond Strategy. In this system, if you had CAD$100, for example, you would bet CAD$55 on the high numbers, CAD$40 on the first third and CAD$5 on zero for insurance: this covers 31 of 37 numbers and gives an 83.7% chance of ending up with a win after the spin.
Some key numbers in other silver screen roulette games:
- 22 – The winning number in ‘Casablanca’, which saves the bacon (and the wife) of a new groom.
- 20 – Lola pulls together the last of the 100,000 Deutsch Marks she needs to save her boyfriend in ‘Run Lola Run’. The celebratory howl of delight is echoed nightly at tribute cinema showings of the cult-classic movie across the globe.
See our Guide to Online Roulette if you’re interested in learning more about Online Roulette strategies.
6. Set your Betting Limit to Avoid Huge Losses
As Online Casinos are much more accessible these days, it has led to concerns about addiction and problem gaming. Many Online Casinos have started to take pre-emptive action in this regard and will allow you to set limits on your account to prevent you from spending too much money. This is an awesome way of keeping yourself in check if you feel the need to set yourself per session, daily, weekly or monthly spending limits.
7. Counting Cards Doesn’t Work in Online Casinos
Over the years, a lot of people have made a lot of money by counting cards in Blackjack (which is perfectly legal by the way, but definitely frowned upon by pit bosses in Vegas, Atlantic City and Macau). Though strictly not illegal, forget about it at an Online Casino. As card counting only works with an unshuffled deck, you can’t do it at an online casino, as the decks are reshuffled after every hand of Online Blackjack.
8. The Best Poker Players play Online, but Most Poker players are Bad
Online Casinos are packed with some extraordinarily bad poker players, and that’s to your benefit in order to win more often. However, the very best champion poker players also play online, but they are in the minority. Even if you’re just a little better than average, you should end up ahead. Beginners should check out our Video Poker Guide to familiarise themselves with the game.