You may never have played casino games before, but that’s ok!
This guide will cover the three main types of casino game that you’ll be using to complete offers.
How To Play Slots
A slot is like an online fruit machine.
Online casinos love them as they’re programmed to make money over time. There will be people playing them, no matter what time of day it is.
Let’s take a look at a common slot, Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven:
This is how a slot machine will look. There will be some columns and rows. You must match certain symbols in consecutive columns to win.
Different symbols will pay out different amounts. For example:
- 3 10s in a row might pay 50p
- 3 Aces in a row might pay £5
There will also be a thing called a “wild” on some slots. A wild is good as it acts as any symbol. So if you had 10 Wild 10, it would count as 3 10s.
How the payouts work isn’t important as you have no control over it. All you want to know is how to actually use the slot.
A line is any path from the left reel to the right reel. If you have enough matching symbols on a line you will win.
You should always leave the number of lines set to the maximum on a slot.
In the above example, it is set at 25 lines, which is the maximum for that slot.
Bet/Line or Coin Value
Changing your stake on slots can vary with slot manufacturers.
Some slots only have a “total stake” button where you can increase or decrease the total amount you bet.
Others like the one in the above example are a bit trickier. You will have to change the “Bet/line” button. On some slots, it can be called “coin value”.
This will change your total stake as it’s the coin value multiplied by total lines that determines that.
In the above example you’re betting 2 pence per line, and with there being 25 lines that brings a total of 50p per stake.
It’s very important that before you click spin that you check how much your total stake is.
There have been a few times where people get the bet per line confused with the total stake and end up in trouble.
If you imagine you wanted to do £1 stakes and accidentally put the bet per line as £1. You would be doing £25 spins which could be a very costly mistake!
So always check your total stake before doing any spins, and if unsure then don’t hesitate to ask.
Almost every slot will have some form of bonus round.
This is an added feature to the slot that often results in a bigger win than the normal spins. It occurs when certain symbols appear on the reels.
The bonus rounds are designed to suck you into the slot as lots of them require you to interact in some way. Because they tend to pay out more, people end up “chasing” bonus rounds.
Do not to fall into this trap, as the outcome is all pre-determined anyway!
Autoplay is a great feature for us as it means you don’t have to sit there and click spin every time. You can set up the game to spin for you.
Most slots will have this feature and it’s super simple to use.
All you need to do is click the autoplay button, select how many spins you want to do, and set a stop/loss limit. Here’s an example for the slot above.
Click the Autoplay button and choose how many spins you’d like to do. If you have to wager £5 and you’re doing 50p spins then you’d select 10 spins.
A box will pop up and you will have to set a stop/loss limit. If you’re wagering £10 or £20 then it’s best to just put that as your stop/loss limit.
When you’ve started auto spinning you’ll see the progress at the bottom. It’ll tell you how many spins are left until you’ve reached the specified amount.
The only problem is that sometimes if you hit a bonus round on a slot then the auto spins will stop, so just bear that in mind.
So as you can see slots are actually extremely easy to play.
How To Play Blackjack
Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games and you will be using it lots when completing offers.
You may have played it before, and refer to it as “21”, or “pontoon”.
Unlike with slots and roulette, you get given different options. Hit, stand or pass.
The decisions you make will impact the expected return that you make.
Team Casino has created a detailed strategy guide. This explains how to play blackjack, and what decisions to make.
You’ll find this guide on our welcome offers page, before the first blackjack offer.
How To Play Roulette
Roulette is perhaps the most famous casino game and the first thing many people think of when they hear the word “casino”.
It’s very simple to play, you can place bets on different possible outcomes and then watch the wheel spin.
If you correctly guess the outcome, you win money.
Roulette has lots of different things that you can bet on.
Generally, Team Casino would recommend sticking to ‘Even Money Bets’. These are:
- Red or Black
- Odd or Even
- Low (1-18) or High (19-36)
Even Money Bets payout 1x your stake, so if you were to bet £2 on red, and it came in, you would receive £4 back. This is your £2 stake plus £2 in winnings.
Most members will pick an option and stick with it for their entire time completing offers. For example ‘I will always use bets on black to complete offers’.
Warning: Never cover more than 50% of the roulette wheel with bets, as this goes against most casino’s T&Cs.
For example, don’t put £5 on red and £5 on black at the same time to get through wagering.
Casinos hate this, so you could have winnings confiscated and get gubbed. Plus the ball will sometimes land on zero, so it doesn’t improve the value of offers at all.
The Martingale “betting system” is where a gambler places a bet on a near even money bet (such as red or black on roulette).
If the bet loses, they double their stake each time. The first win they get would recover all the previous losses plus win a profit equal to the original stake.
The reality is that this is a terrible approach that could lead to the loss of your entire bankroll. The amount you would have to bet grows exponentially, so a £2 bet becomes £4, then £8, £16, £32 etc.
If you were to have a bad run of the same colour or series of blackjack losses. Your small bet could very quickly become a bet of hundreds, if not thousands of pounds.
You could lose your entire bankroll in a matter of minutes, or hitting the maximum allowed bet on the table.
You might think that you would have to be very unlucky to hit a long run of losses. But you would be amazed how often it happens.
There have actually been many reported cases of over 20 of the same colour occurring on roulette in a row. So 10+ of the same colour will happen quite often!
A £2 bet following a run of 9 losses, using the Martingale “system” would see your 10th bet be for £1024. All for the sake of trying to make a £2 profit!
Do not…I repeat do not, ever consider doubling your previous bet amount to try and recover your previous losses.
This can and does end extremely badly!
Instead ensure that you are always sticking to our recommended approaches and stake sizing. For more information on gambling responsibly, please see our Responsible Gambling guide.