Fun facts about online casino games
Online casinos have grown in popularity over the years but so have a number of myths about gaming online. Unfortunately, while we would all like to believe some of the get-rich-quick tales that come out of online gaming, most of these are not actually true. However, instead of some of the more appealing myths and tall tales, we’ve collected together a number of true and fun facts about online casino games. For instance, slot games are sometimes called fruit machines – a throwback to the days when these games were physical and offering a real sweet prize. Read on for some more fun facts.
Going back to the old times and the Devil’s game
If we stick to our old-timey theme, then there are a number of other fun facts we can bring up. For instance, slots also used to be called one-armed bandits. This was because before they transitioned to the online form, these games were triggered by pulling down on an arm to set the reels spinning. Nowadays, while you can still find physical slot machines in Ireland, most slots are found online, triggered by the simple press of a button. What’s also crazy is that while slot machines have been around since 1895, it wasn’t until 1994 that they made their way to virtual form!
Sticking with some of those alternative names, let’s consider the Devil’s game, more commonly known as roulette. The name for this game grew out of the fact that the sum of all the numbers on the wheel actually adds up to 666, which is commonly known as the Devil’s number. While this might sound a pretty ominous start to a game, roulette is actually one of the easier games to win. Depending on the roulette variant being played, the house edge is actually one of the smallest around meaning there’s a high chance you can walk away richer – just steer clear of the American version with its extra pocket!
Who prefers what and how to win?
What’s also interesting to look at is the playing habits of online gamers. It may not come as a surprise but it’s men that take to online gambling a lot more than women. While both do enjoy a flutter every now and then, men are more likely to choose a game that requires skill and strategy such as poker. Women, on the other hand, are much more likely to be found playing games of chance such as slots or roulette. In fact, while men gamble as a test of their skills and to win, women are more likely to play for fun or to enjoy the social aspect of gaming.
A final misconception with online games is that in order to win big, you have to play big. Happily for those of you who are budget players, this is actually not the case. You don’t need to place a massive bet in order to win more money. Some of the slot games, for instance, have been known to pay out some massive jackpots over the years, with some of the smallest bets being placed. Mega Moolah from Microgaming is one such game where players have one with just a 75 cent bet and walked away with millions. It’s really just down to pure luck rather than bet size.