You may well be excused for asking “What on earth is a casual casino game?”. After all, surely all casino games are designed to be casual entertainment? Well, you’d be half right. Sure many casino games – especially our beloved slots – are designed to be just as much fun to enjoy in free play as they are for money play. But there’s still a huge market for games which are a little more basic than a modern slot and don’t really fit in any other category. These are games designed for fast and often low-stakes fun where luck is much more a factor than any stressful strategies. Some are familiar favorites, others are very new – so let’s take a look at some of the best casual casino games well worth a quick flutter or two.
Platinum Play casual games are a great example of a modern, glitzy online casino that still pays attention to good old-fashioned games of chance. All of the games we’re going to check out can be enjoyed on their site for both free or money play.
Rather bizarrely even though Keno sounds Chinese and actually can be traced back thousands of years, the actual name was coined by the French! Stories of the actual origins have been mixed up with folklore and tall tales over the centuries, but it is believed to have been devised to save an ancient Chinese city from being pillaged and burned to the ground. Talk about high stakes! Nowadays it is so popular you can find it in many casinos across the world in what is believed to be pretty close to the original format.
Keno is essentially a form of lottery. The board has 80 numbers and players choose between 10-20 depending on which version you are playing. 20 random numbers are then generated, after which the player receives a payout depending on how many they matched. It is incredibly simple, involves absolutely no strategy and is brilliant fun!
Once again these are totally down to the player’s luck on the day. It is advisable to shop around when looking for online scratchcard games because the variety of prizes (and odds) can be startling. Usually, they adopt a straightforward format whereby the player ‘scratches’ off the panel by wriggling their mouse cursor (or finger on a tablet) to reveal the hidden symbols. Three matching icons usually equates to a prize of that value. It doesn’t get much more simple than an online scratchcard – with the advantage being that they are impossible to lose down the back of your sofa.
Along with online poker, bingo was one of the pioneering forms of gambling in the early days of the internet and still retains a large and loyal diehard following. Some of the specialist sites can be very competitive and offer astonishing prizes, but bingo can also be enjoyed peacefully with a nice cup of tea. Online bingo is fast and the player has to keep their wits about them (or if playing solo against the house just let the software do that for you). To win match a vertical, horizontal or diagonal line, all four corners and of course the full house.
Virtual Horse Racing
This works just like the real thing. Modern virtual racing usually involves pretty smart 3D graphics that follow the action around the track just like a TV broadcast. Generally speaking, the races are a single lap and take about 30 seconds or so, with each horse having odds depending on their likelihood of finishing in a place (almost always top 4). Each way betting is also allowed and players can bet on as many horses as they wish. The perfect casual racing game to pass those off-season months.
There are all sorts of other lotteries and games which can easily fall into the casual gaming category. However, these four are those anyone should try at some stage to pass a little time with Lady Luck.