Casino Guides & Articles

At OnlineCasinos we do much more than just review sites and recommend offers and features.  It is our aim to give you as a player all of the resources needed to get the most out of playing at online casino sites.

On this page we discuss many aspects of playing casino games online and try to answer any questions you may have, including; how games and software work and how to get the best out of them, how the law and verification works, history and scams, how casinos make money, and much more.

Random Number Generators Explained

random patternThe clear majority of games played online, or on cabinets in land based casinos, are based on random number generation.  Randomness in real games is created by shuffling cards, multiple decks, throwing dice or spinning wheels, but in the digital world that is not possible. 

Virtual games need to have random number generators in order to work fairly, numbers are generated using complex mathematics, but that doesn't matter as long as they are trusted by players and casinos alike. For licensed casinos and software providers, therefore, RNGs  are independently regulated.

Must Win Jackpots

stopwatchThe recent rise of the must win jackpots have caused a frenzy of activity from avid slots players, but the question is are these games good value or is it just smoke and mirrors to get you to play more?  Daily and timed jackpots offer the chance to win a guaranteed jackpot each day with the amount dictated by the number of wagered placed over the time period, but how easy are these to win, how random are the payouts, how are the games determined and what actually triggers the payout. 

Does It Matter How Many Coins You Play On A Slot Game?

smaller coinsIf you have observed a slot machine being played with many coins being fed in but not paying out, your chances of winning are increased surely?  Surely slot machines can only hold a certain volume of coins before a payout has to be triggered?   However it isn't always as straightforward as we many think with a number of intricacies to consider that casinos and slot machine engineers take into account with regards to payouts, such as the random number generator and various numeric denominations.

Casino Games With The Lowest House Edge

roulette tablesOf course everyone wants to beat the house, to take home big wins, however, consideration to games with a better or worse house edge is important for the discerning player  when enjoying casino table games.  After all when we play games we surely want the best chances of winning, yet more often than not people don't actually know what margin a casino takes for a given game.

Whether your a Roulette kind of person or prefer Blackjack or event Baccarat, this article talks you through opportunities and options to playing games and game strategies with the lowest house edge.

 The Worst Bets In A Casino To Avoid Risk

poker devil cartoonWhen it comes to casino games, every player - seasoned or otherwise, probably has their own strategy or gameplan, though, ultimately they are all in it for one thing; to finish off better than they started!

Although there is undoubtedly a number of great bets to concentrate on that may make a player small amounts on most occasions and where the risk isn’t that high, there are just as many that should be avoided. Let’s take a look at the ones to swerve.

Counting On The Cost Of Card Counting

card up sleeve smallGlamourised on television shows and in Hollywood movies, it has consumed the thoughts of casino staff for decades spanning centuries, even to the point where now they even have specialist security teams, constantly monitoring players on camera from seperate rooms, continuously liaising with the dealer, instructing them to cut cards differently, or anything to catch players off guard. Here we look at the history of Card Counting.

Blackjack Strategy: Stick Or Twist?

lady winning blackjackPerhaps the casino game with one of the simplest outcomes; total 21 or get as near to that number as you can and make sure your hand is at least higher than the dealer to stand a chance of winning some of the pot each time.  Easy right? Well, until you bring strategy into it. A minefield of options, analysis and general game of cat and mouse between player and dealer. Here we look at some useful strategies.

Casino Robberies

armed robberWhen we think of casino robberies, we imagine all of the Hollywood films that are centred around this theme that are filled with suspense and leave us all on the edge of our seats, however, when these are carried out for real, it is no doubt a very different feeling for the perpetrators - some even coming to a very 'sticky' end! We take a look at the history of casino robberies and attempted casino robberies over the decades and across the world and the future of casino security which certianly remains to be paramount for all casino establishments.

Adobe Flash vs HTML5

html5 logoFor years people moaned that Flash based games kept on crashing but the fact of the matter was if you wanted to play instant play games online it was your only choice. With the growth of online gaming in general the need for a new system was pressing and when HTML5 launched in 2014 this appeared to be the end of the road for Flash.

Still there are many that swear by Flash based games and up until recently there were many developers still using the platform, despite the fact many browsers now do not offer extensions for it and support ended in 2020.  Even though HTML5 is taking over it may not be the end of the story as newer formats are coming out that may limit its future.

Casino & Online Casino Job Role Hierarchy Explained

online vs real casinoThe boom in online casino created many new job roles in the gambling sector, but how many of them were just online versions of the same job at a brick and mortar casino? Similarly, what sort of workers will you find at a physical casino that have no place at an online casino?

This article is all about who you might find working at casinos on land and online, what each job role consists of, and where they sit in the staff hierarchy. You will also find out who you are likely to see front of house and who stays working away behind the scenes, and what the main differences are between the two.

Casino Estoril: An Underrated Portugese Gem

monte estoril Ask 100 people to name a place synonymous with casinos or gambling, and most will say Las Vegas or Monte Carlo. You would be unlikely to hear Casino Estoril mentioned. Despite being a favourite of the gambling elite Estoril is not yet part of the general public's consciousness.

But maybe it should be. This classy casino has the highest standards, boasts world class food and entertainment, and stunning views. Not to mention being something of a cultural hot spot as well. Find out why Casino Estoril should be on your list of places to visit next time you are in Portugal.

Did 32Red Revolutionise iGaming?

32red logoWhen an ex Ladbrokes employee took a gamble on the explosion of online casino and created 32Red, he set a chain of events in motion that no one could have predicted. The company went from strength to strength, eventually even launching a sportsbook of their own and becoming a competitor of the CEO's former employers.

But how did they do it, and what was the key to their success? Furthermore, how influential were they in the progression of the online casino industry as a whole?

What Happens When Online Casinos Close Down?

success and failure bigstock 400pxIt might not happen very often, but sometimes online casinos become insolvent and have to close for business permanently. A number of factors can contribute to such a drastic course of action, and customers can be left in a state of confusion over what happens to their accounts and, more importantly, the money in those accounts. 

A lot depends on your casino's deposit protection level, and the reasons behind the closure can also have an affect. This article explains all, as well exploring the stories of some of those casinos that have not managed to keep up the pace.

How do You Complain About an Online Casino?

complaint letters It shouldn't be a frequent occurrence, but just like in any other industry, sometimes you might have reason to complain about the service you recieved at an online casino. Depending on the issue at hand this could range from a minor inconvenience to a serious failure of duty on their part.

This process should be simple enough in theory, but companies sometimes have their complaints procedure hidden within dense terms and conditions making them very difficult to find and understand. However, all of them have to abide by the same rules and regulations and follow the same structure when it comes to complaints, so here it is laid bare for your in the clearest possible terms.

ID and Verification

verification For some it is little more than an annoyance, for others a slightly intimidating invasion of privacy, but for those it is there to protect verification is essential. Verification now has to be undertaken on every new customer that signs up to an online casino, in order to protect vulnerable and underage people as well as to help combat illegal activities like money laundering.

If you have ever been suspicious of a casino asking for a copy of your passport then this article should put your mind at rest, and you can also find out what happens to casinos who don't take their responsibilities in this area seriously enough.

History of Casinos in the UK

casino sign This country has a love affair with gambling going back centuries - us Brits just love to have a flutter. But gambling hasn't always looked the way it does now, and there was a time when a casino was unheard of.

That's all changed these days though, and you can find at least a few casinos offering a variety of games and experiences in every city or large town in the country. This article looks at the best of the best, and also explores our affinity with casinos and gambling as a whole, going right back to where it first began.

UK Gambling Licenses & Laws

gambling law onlineThe world of online gambling is just a few decades old but has changed considerably in that time and continues to do so. It's not unfair to say that the powers that be were a little on the slow side when it came to updating the law to deal with this new and quickly growing market, but after a scramble in 2005 regulation was put in place.

These rules have been updated often and it is an ongoing process, but at the centre of this attempt to control the online gambling industry is the gambling license, bestowed upon operators by the UK Gambling Commission. 

Why do Casino Accounts Get Limited?

account limited A frustrating event for any casino player is trying to log into your long term online casino account only to be either blocked from entry, or getting in to find a message telling you that your account has been limited.

This hamstrings you, and makes it impossible to place higher wagers, or to take advantage of promotions, or prohibits betting on specific markets. However they choose to restrict you, it will affect you in a big way. Better to avoid this altogether, and this article explains how.

Gamblers Fallacy

gamblers fallacyGamblers professing that they have spotted a pattern in results or that a certain result is 'due' are nothing new. People have been displaying this sort of beaviour for as long as gambling has been around, but do their claims hold any weight?

The answer is an emphatic no. Gambler's fallacy explains why they believe it though, and learning a little more about it could stand you in better stead next time you are at the roulette wheel.