If you have ever played card games at home or in a land-based casino, the switch to playing online will hold no fears for you. The same basic rules still apply in the likes of blackjack and baccarat. So, what else do you need to know to get started?
Choose a Version of the Game
The very first step is to choose one of the many online versions of casino games that are currently available. While they are all similar in most ways, they also have subtle differences between them that allow you to make a decision on which one suits you best.
A look at the online gambling games at Paddy Power shows us blackjack versions such as Premium Blackjack with Side Bets, where the Perfect Pairs and 21+3 bets are added. The Deal or No Deal Blackjack game from Red Tiger adds a twist based on the TV show of the same name.
If you want to play baccarat, you can choose from games with or without side bets. Some games also feature a live dealer while others are played on virtual tables but with the same rules. Video poker versions typically include Jack or Better, Joker Poker and other variants with slightly differing rules.
When you want the classic approach with nothing extra added, look for titles with words like Classic or Original in them. They will generally be straight-forward games with no additional rules or features on them.
Set Your Stake
The next step is to choose the stake for your chosen game. This works in the same way as in any live game, as you choose your chips and place them in the betting area. If you want to play with a side bet, you just need to put the correct stake there too.
Most online casino games allow for a wide range of possible stakes. This means that lots of different players can try them, from newcomers with a small bankroll to experts who are happy placing large bets.
Games that mention VIPs or high-rollers in the title will generally have higher minimum stakes set, going up to large maximum wager levels. If you are just starting out, it probably makes more sense to start with a game that accepts smaller bets.
Play Your Hand
Once you hit the button to start the dealing, the gameplay is exactly what you would expect it to be. In blackjack, you get two cards initially and can see the dealer’s first card. On the basis of what you can see, you need to ask for another card or stick with that you already have.
Advanced blackjack strategies see you split out identical cards or double down if you feel that you are in a very strong position. When the dealer has an ace as their first card, you can also take out insurance that pays if they get 10 or a face on their next card.
In baccarat, the first cards and dealt and then pre-set rules are followed, to decide whether a third card is needed for the player of the banker.
All of this means that if you already know how to play the game, you can start doing it online very easily. Once you get used to seeing the cards on the screen, it is just a question of using the same strategies that you have always used when playing in any other way in the past.