What is a Casino?
Casinos have been around for hundreds of years although the precise origin of gambling is unknown. A casino is a place where people can come together to play certain games and wager either real or free money on those games. These establishments are incredibly popular past times.
Almost all of the games in casinos are based on chance, which makes for exciting and fair game play. This also means that the entertainment is open to all sorts of people, and you don’t need any particular skills to partake. From the Ancient Romans and Greeks to Europe throughout the ages, establishments where players can wager on games of chance have cropped up again and again in stories and folklore. In American history early gambling houses were known as saloons.
Virtual and Brick and Mortar Casino
Over the years the only way it was possible to partake in the excitement of a playing in a casino was to go to an actual brick and mortar building. This obviously had setbacks such as travel ability and time. These days with the birth and massive popularity of the Internet casinos have become virtual. This means that proper establishments are now found online and are available to Australians all over the country, no matter how far off the beaten track they may live.
Playing in a Casino
Most countries worldwide have very strict limitations on wagering real money on games in casinos. These include a minimum age limit and in the case of virtual online casinos sometimes restrictions on nationality of players or the country they currently reside in. Many casinos also enforce a house edge on various games. This is basically tipping the odds in the casino’s favour so that they do not lose too much money to players and go out of business.
As mentioned all games played in a casino rely heavily on chance, although there are aspects of strategy to some of them. The games fall into three main categories; Table games, mechanical device games such as slot machines, and random number ticket games such as Keno or Bingo. Table games are played on a table and make use of a particular vehicle of chance for example a deck of playing cards or a set of dice.
These include popular games such as Poker, Roulette and Blackjack. Almost every casino will offer a number of these games to players, and some will even offer more exotic varieties such as Pai Gow. In online casinos these come in various forms, and need not be played with any other people or a real dealer as the computer stands in for both of these. Mechanical device games such as slots or pokies are wildly popular due to their excitement aspect, and the chance to win big jackpots. These games are not social and are played alone with just the player and the machine. In online casinos video slots have taken on a life of their own and have become almost video game like, with animated graphics and extra features such as bonus rounds. Random number ticket games are played by choosing a set of numbers, and marking them down on your ticket. A random selection will then be done by the dealer, or in the case of online casinos the computer, and if the player’s numbers are selected, they win.