Whilst our focus is on online betting in India, most betting sites we cover also offer online casino games. And you might want to enjoy playing some slots or try your hand at poker or roulette.
Sooner or later most players will try various games, whether they simply want to win a jackpot or try a new blackjack strategy. Playing games at an online casino can be fun and sometimes a nice distraction.
Here we’ll tell you the most important things you should know about online casinos and the games you can play there.
How to get started at online casinos
If you want to learn more about online casinos in India, our site is actually a good start. Just saying. But in all seriousness, how about you check out our reviews of online betting sites? We’re not just reviewing the sportsbooks but also the online casinos they offer.
We will let you know the kinds of games you can play there, whether there is a casino welcome bonus or other promotions and other useful information about the online casino.
If you want to get started playing at an online casino once you’ve done your research, you can simply open an account. Perhaps you already signed up via the sportsbook. In that case, you will usually be able to play the games at the online casino and the live casino as well. Most online gambling sites work through a single wallet, meaning you don’t have to open an account for every section separately.
Usually, you’ll also be able to claim some sort of welcome bonus. Online betting sites with a stronger focus on sports betting often offer a free bet welcome offer. But you may also be able to claim an online casino bonus.
Claiming an online casino bonus
Keep in mind that you will only be able to claim an online casino bonus if you’ve never claimed a different bonus at your online betting site before and haven’t started playing or betting there. Usually, you can claim such a bonus only with your first deposit.
A casino welcome bonus is usually a match bonus of perhaps 100% or sometimes even 200% of your first deposit. So, you may deposit INR 10,000 and get another INR 10,000 as bonus cash, which you can then play with. That means you have a total of INR 20,000.
Some casinos also add some free spins into the mix, allowing you to play a particular slot or selection of slots without using your own funds.
The one thing you need to be aware of is that winnings from free spins and bonus cash usually have wagering requirements. Free spin winnings may also be capped. So, even if you have won INR 1,000 with your free spins, for instance, the casino may only allow you to withdraw INR 500. That may seem like nothing at all, but the free spins also didn’t cost you anything.
In our online betting site reviews, we will always mention the applicable wagering requirements (as far as we know them) and make a recommendation whether we consider them fair and player-friendly or if we believe you should not claim the full bonus. Sometimes wagering requirements can be very strict and nearly impossible to fulfill. In such cases, it makes very little sense to even try and you’re better off just playing with your own funds.
Most online casinos allow you to opt-out of a welcome bonus, which we consider good practice. Not everyone wants to use such bonuses, after all.
The games you can play at online casinos
Whether you play with bonus funds or with your own funds, there is a wide range of games that you can play at online casinos. Let’s take a brief look at them.
You can find slots at any online casino. They make up the biggest portion of online casino games, usually numbering at least in the hundreds but often even over a thousand. They are a simple game, where you usually just spin the reels and hope to trigger a feature or simply align the symbols so they may form a win.
Slots come in various themes, popular among them are Asian themes, Norse themes, ancient Egypt or Greece, Irish Luck or Fairy Tales. Seasonally, you may find more horror themes around Halloween and Christmas slots in December.
Most slots have extra features such as a free spin bonus or side games including picking me bonuses that allow for extra wins.
So-called fruit machines are classic slots. They are the original type of slot theme and have various fruit and other symbols on the reels. They are usually much simpler and more volatile in gameplay.
A special category is jackpot slots, which have set, local or even network progressive jackpots, where you can win a few hundred or up to millions with just one lucky spin.
Most casinos also have a good selection of table games. These are computer-generated versions of brick-and-mortar casino table games and include games such as roulette, blackjack, baccarat, casino poker, craps, sic bo or other games.
Online casinos catering to Indian customers may also offer Andar Bahar or Teen Patti in the table games section.
It’s important to note that you’ll be simply playing against the computer instead of other players or against a live table.
Live casino games
At the live casino, which many online casinos include but not necessarily all of them, you’ll be able to play many of the same table games already mentioned above. Usually, you’ll be able to play roulette and blackjack at the very least. Bigger live casinos include baccarat and casino poker.
And there are dedicated live casino developers who developed games such as Dream Catcher, Deal or No Deal or Football Studio, particularly for live casinos.
Here you’ll be playing against a real-life dealer, who moderates the game and often engages with the players currently online.
There are several versions of poker you might be able to play at an online casino. Mostly, you’ll find at least video poker games at many online casinos, though sometimes you may only get two or three such games.
Then there are casino poker games, which are similarly set-up but more sophisticated. In both versions, you’ll be playing against the computer. Casino poker games also offer different poker games such as draw poker or stud poker, etc.
Of course, as mentioned above, another way of playing poker online is at a live casino, where you can play casino poker games against a live dealer.
A few of the largest online betting sites also have poker networks for their players, where you can play against other players. This is as close as you can get to playing real-life poker.
Often casinos have a separate section for games that are difficult to categorize or aren’t classic casino games. Here you may find scratch cards or keno and bingo games. Some large one-stop gambling operators have a separate section for lottery games or bingo.
You may also find virtual games or arcade games here. The selection varies and the bigger the gambling site, the more games you are likely to find here.
Such games are often more for entertainment than big wins.
Trying games for free
One of the main benefits of trying out online casino games at your preferred online betting site in India is the ability to play most games in demo mode.
If you’re new to online casino gambling and the games you can find there, you’ll be able to simply try them for free, play with fake funds and see which games you like. Even if you already have an account somewhere and can technically make deposits to play with real funds, you can try most games in free play mode.
This is a good way to learn the rules and get better at certain games that require some skill or strategy.
Of course, any wins from such playing sessions are not real either and you won’t be able to win a jackpot. But you can at least figure out if you want to try a game with real cash and maybe try to win something. Or you simply play for fun, which should be the main purpose anyway.
Do keep in mind that you can’t try out the live casino games for free just as you can’t play in a poker network for free.