The Most Popular Casino Games in the UK
Casino games are more popular in the UK than ever before – particularly in the online realm. One popular gambling site reported earlier this year that online gambling is up 80 per cent in the UK since 2008. That’s an incredible hike in popularity, and it’s currently generating more than £2 billion in revenue.
Gambling online or off can be a lot of fun, so long as it’s done responsible. With that in mind, let’s have a look at some of the most popular casino games in the UK:
Believe it or not, the old one-armed bandit is still the most popular casino game by far in the UK. Of course, casinos love slot machines, too, and this is where they make the majority of their revenue. Whether you pull a lever, push a button or get the slots rolling in some other way, your ultimate fate depends entirely on a complex algorithm. In other words, the machine will hit when it hits, and hopefully you’re in front of it when that happens.
Blackjack is the most widely-played casino banking game in the UK, and for those who know what they are doing, it offers some of the best odds on the casino floor. In this game, each player is matched against the dealer and is dealt playing cards with the aim of getting as close to a point value of 21 without going over. Anyone who exceeds 21 goes bust and loses the bet. Number cards have a face value, while the Jack, Queen and King are each worth ten and the Ace is worth either one or eleven. Two cards are dealt, with the option to receive more upon request.
Poker has become a sensation in recent years, due in no small part to its popularity on the Internet at sites such as Euro Palace Online Casino. In poker, you are dealt cards and formulate hands, each of which is ranked in value. You play other people at the table rather than the dealer, and the house makes money on a rake. Skill plays a strong role in Poker. There are many variants on this game, including stud poker, hi-lo, Omaha and Texas Hold’em.
The Big Six
This Wheel of Fortune style game is a big hit in the UK, where it has been a legal game for more than a decade now. It’s played with a large vertical wheel that can be spun. Here’s how it works: the wheel is divided into several equal segments that are each associated with a number. These are separated by spokes (or pins sometimes). Each segment corresponds to a pound amount, and players post bets on a table over symbols that correspond to each of those segments. If you hit a winner, it pays out according to the amount indicated on that segment.
This is a classic casino card game, but don’t let the cards deceive you. This is strictly a game of chance. Some casinos allow players to make limited choices within the game, which reduces the role of chance – albeit only slightly. Cards have a point value (face value for 2 to 9, zero for 10s, Jacks, Queens and Kings and one point for Aces). Hands are valued by tallying up the total and using only the last digit. For example, a 2 and a 3 have a value of five, but so do a 7 and an 8, because ‘5’ is the last digit in ‘15’. This game is not extremely popular – or well-known for that matter – but it offers some of the most favourable odds in a casino for the inexperienced.
Lisa Davis is a writer for Euro Palace Online Casino, a website that is part of the Fortune Lounge group and offers more than 500 quality casino games in the form of baccarat, roulette, craps, blackjack, video poker and slots.