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Everyone knows what the casino experience entails, for the most part. But does the same scene and experiences apply to the online variety?
That’s why we’re here to present you with this piece to (hopefully) explain the ins and outs of an online casino and why you should definitely take a peek behind the curtains of this ever-lucrative gambling industry.
This basic information may be helpful in teaching you how to not lose your income in the first few minutes of playing. And you’ll hopefully also be able to slowly get the hang of more complicated games down the line.
What Is An Online Casino?
First things first, allow us to get the obligatory definitions out of the way:
An online casino is also known as a virtual or Internet casino. These casinos vary from your traditional brick and mortar casinos in that they enable gamers and patrons to play and place wagers on classic casino games through the Internet without having to leave your home.
That’s really all there is to it. Simple, yes?
Let’s move on to the following section.
What Are Online Casino Games?
Any online casino worth their weight in gold will deffo have a wide range of diverse, fun, and exciting online casino games on hand to entertain (and hopefully please) their customers and players.
In this case, online casino games are a mirror reflection of their real-world counterparts. The most noticeable difference here is that the online forms of the games require you to interact with computer software instead of face-to-face with a real person or a physical machine.
And similar to their physical counterparts, online casino games comprise several types including the most commonly found slot games, poker, roulette, baccarat, blackjack, and more. Likewise, these online games may be played in the form of a video game or live with real dealers.
In most online casinos, all games offered are usually categorised into several types — with slots often being the biggest contributors, followed by table games, live table games, and other similar albeit less common types of games. Among them, only live casino games do not involve computer software of some sort.
Here are a few examples of the types of popular online casino games:
Online slot games are as straightforward as they come and entails a similar playing experience to that of a slot machine. To win, you simply need to line up the correct pictures or symbol combinations, depending on the slot title you’ve picked. And contrary to real-world slot machines, online slot games look more like a regular video game as you play by clicking a button ad infinitum or until your capital dries up.
However, the biggest thing that slot games in online casinos have over physical slot machines is the sheer variance of playful themes, fun characters, and amazing graphics that in combination, also do not take up the bulk of space in the form of huge machines in a room.
Roulette is a classic casino table game rooted in European high-end culture in the past. Today, the game is a mainstay in most physical casinos, so it comes as no surprise that it has finally made the trek into the online realm as well.
In roulette, you play by placing wagers on a table with a layout consisting of various betting options. The croupier then spins a ball on a spinning wheel marked with numbers and the results of that particular round will depend on where the ball lands.
Online roulette may be played in its live version format or via a simulated environment.
In online casinos, poker is a card game that is played using computer software and algorithms — thus eliminating the need for a “poker face” since you don’t necessarily come face-to-face with anyone.
To win in your standard poker game, simply show a 5-card combination that is higher in rank than the other players. Of course, there are also ways to play in and around a bad hand, but we’re not here for that. It will definitely be helpful if you could seek out some online guides to improve your game.
Featuring another card game, blackjack is not too dissimilar from poker. In this game, you aim to collect cards that sum up to no more than 21 and your hand should also be higher than the dealer’s card value to win.
Initially, you are given two cards to play and your role as a player is to hit (add more cards to your hand one at a time) or pass if you are confident in your hand. The closest value to 21 wins in blackjack.
This is yet another popular casino card game that is highly suitable for newer players due to its straightforward rules.
In this game, the banker (who is also presented as the card dealer) will deal two sets of two cards — one for each the player and the banker. The cards that total closest to 9 wins. And as players, you bet on either the banker or player or even a tie to win.
While online casinos provide the convenience that physical casinos cannot afford to offer, some players may still be inclined to visit your traditional brick and mortar style establishment due to the atmosphere it offers.
This is where online live casinos come in.
In almost any trusted and reliable online casinos, there is always a section dedicated to live casinos. Online live casinos function similar to how a physical one does with the caveat that the games are live-streamed to your device instead. Most live casino tables games involve the aforementioned games such as poker, roulette, baccarat, blackjack, and more.
There are also certain online casinos that offer the option to purchase lottery tickets in addition to other casino games. Look no further than Malaysia’s own local online casinos which offer various lottery retailers like Magnum 4D and Sports Toto on their respective platforms.
FAQ Regarding Online Casinos in Malaysia
Are Online Casinos Legal in Malaysia?
While gambling is tightly regulated in the country, you will not get into trouble if you play in an online casino as the responsibility for conforming to the local regulations falls on the shoulder of the operator.
Are Online Casinos Safe To Play In?
Yes, a legitimate online casino is safe to play for the most part. However, you should always do your due diligence and research prior to parting with your income.
Are Online Casinos Free To Play?
Most online casinos offer free accounts to their players, along with test/demo accounts for you to test out some of their games before you commit.
What Are The Most Popular Games In An Online Casino?
In Malaysia, the local players tend to gravitate towards slot games either due to simplicity or because slots offer a high variance in the game’s themes and payouts.