The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) will be issuing online gambling licenses in three different categories sometime in 2018. The categories are:
- Table games
That means traditional peer-to-peer online poker games and online versions of the same slot machines that take up the majority of the real estate inside brick and mortar casinos across the state are headed online.
Plus, it also means electronic versions of a variety of different table games, or casino games, will be joining them there.
Online casino in PA will likely offer classics like Blackjack and Roulette. Additionally, players will probably find Craps and Baccarat. Plus, several unique casino games like Let It Ride, Three Card Poker, and Texas Hold’em Bonus will probably find their way onto online casinos in PA as well.
Traditional casino games vs. online
If these online casino game titles sound a lot like the traditional casino games you find inside Pennsylvania casinos, it’s because they are. In fact, the difference between online table games and the ones you find at PA casinos is negligible.
Table games in traditional casinos use cards, chips, wheels, balls, and dice to determine the outcome of available wagers. The difference online is that the table games are electronic and they use computerized random number generators to determine the outcome.
You’ll see something that looks exactly like a Roulette wheel, pair of dice, or cards when you’re gambling online. However, with the exception of Live Dealer games, these are just graphics.
The random number generators actually make online table games faster. Plus, fairness and accuracy increase, as human error is removed. Other than that, the games are the same.
Here’s a look at a few of the most popular online casino games you will likely be able to play in Pennsylvania, including a little about how each one works:
Just like it is in casinos, Blackjack is the most popular table game online.
The game is the same and relatively straightforward. Players take on the dealer in an attempt to get 21, or as close they can without going over. Make a hand higher than the dealer’s and you win.
Players are dealt two cards, and the dealer gets one up and one down. All face cards are worth 10. Aces are worth one or eleven. Players can draw additional cards one at a time as long as the total value of all cards showing remains under 21.
Once a player hits 21, goes over, or stands, the dealer draws. The dealer stands or hits based on a formula set out by the rules of the specific version of blackjack. The game is often dealt from a shoe of multiple decks. Online, these decks are essentially shuffled between hands by a random number generator.
Blackjack represents one of the best chances to beat the house. The lowest house edge is found playing Single-Deck Blackjack.
Players can expect to find Single-Deck Blackjack and various other Blackjack games at online casinos in PA.
Roulette is almost as popular as Blackjack online.
The traditional game is played with a small numbered spinning wheel and a ball. The ball is sent into the wheel in the opposite direction the wheel is spinning and ultimately lands in one of the numbered slots, determining the outcome of various bets.
Online Roulette replaces the equipment with a random number generator determining the outcome of each electronic spin.
Players can bet on a number, color, range or group of numbers. Roulette wheels either have 37 numbered slots with varying red and black colors and a single green zero, or 38 with a single and double green zero. Two zeros mean you’re playing American Roulette. One zero is European Roulette.
Roulette can play a lot faster online than live because the payouts are immediate and error-free.
Most online casinos in PA will likely have both. However, the odds of winning are much better playing European Roulette over American Roulette.
Craps has the reputation as the loudest and most social game in most casinos. Developers have yet to bring the social aspects of the live game online. However, the game is available and it is much easier to learn to play online.
This because online craps can be played at a player’s own pace.
Of course, online Craps uses a random number generator and not real dice. But other than that, the online Craps games in PA are expected to be pretty much the same dice games you’ll find at brick and mortar casinos in the state.
Bets are placed on the Pass Line or Don’t Pass Line before the dice are rolled for what is known as the Come-Out. If a seven or 11 is rolled, all Pass Line bets are paid. If any two, three, or 12 is rolled, the player craps out. All Pass Line bets lose and Don’t Pass bets are paid. Should any other number be rolled, it is established as the point.
Subsequent rolls continue until the point hits or a seven is rolled. Additionally, various other proposition bets are available, as are Odds bets up to the maximum allowed.
Other online casino games
Here’s a list of other casino games that may be made available online in PA once the first online gambling sites get up and running:
- Pai Gow Poker
- Three Card Poker
- Texas Hold’em Bonus
- Let It Ride
- Caribbean Stud Poker
- Mississippi Stud
- Sic Bo