19 May 2020  |   01:46am IST

Gambling Alternatives While Sports betting is On Hold

With the majority of sporting events around the world halted due to COVID-19, many players are looking for suitable alternatives. With a huge variety of options to choose from, it can be difficult to pick the game that will set you on the path of real entertainment, which casino is really all about. Many Indian operators has more or less shut down their sports book and focus is now on adding value in the casino according to Sam Evans, casino expert and Editor in Chief at Casino Captain.Sam has helped us create a mini guide for what’s still out there in terms of online gambling options.

Online Blackjack for beginners

Blackjack is by far the most popularly known and played casino card games there is today. In order to win, a player must beat the dealer's hand by scoring 21 or under. Once your two cards are dealt, you are given the option to 'sit' on your hand or ask for another card. If your hand exceeds 21, then you are 'bust' and lose the round.

Online Keno for beginners

Keno, or Bingo, as it is known in many parts of the world, is a lottery-style number game. It's popular for newbies in the online casino world as it is straightforward to play and anybody can hit the jackpot - even first-time players.

The Keno balls, numbered from 1-80, are dropped into a pit and selected at random. The objective is to correctly predict the numbers that will be drawn. Unlike poker, winning at Keno requires luck as it doesn't care about your previous betting experience. Anyone can win and have fun!

Online poker for beginners

There are many varieties of online poker games to choose from, but Texas Hold'em is by far the most popular. Basically, the dealer gives each player two cards facing down. The idea is to use your two cards in combination with five shared communal cards to make your best five-card poker hand.

An understanding of the different value hands is a must if you are to succeed in playing online poker. Whichever player has the best hand (or manages to convince others to fold their hand) wins the money in the pot.

Online slot games for beginners

Most online slot games, especially the new-age options, are available with lots of exciting characteristics. There are so many slot games to choose from, but the fundamental rules remain the same. It is all about arranging specific symbols in a defined combination in order to win big. Random number generators determine what symbols will come up. Unlike poker, there’s no way to determine your chances of winning. The advantages of playing slot games online are the ability to bet low denominations, no skill required to play, and many feature fantastic jackpots.

A recommendation from expert Sam is to start by playing demo mode before committing to real money.

Final thoughts 

With COVID-19 wreaking havoc on players' sports betting option, now can be the time to pause or decrease your gambling habits. Set a proper limit if you’re going to play and make sure to do it for the entertainment. The land based casinos in Goa has been shut down and there are no international sports events, yet the industry will survive.


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