How to Choose the Right Online Casino Game

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BetMGM Dec 25, 2019, 8:11 AM
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Imagine living in a world where pineapple had to come on pizza? Choice is a beautiful thing when you know how to make the right one. With an ever-growing list of casino games online, how is anyone to know what the best games to play at a casino are? Read on to make sure you make the right decision.

A Reasonable Starting Point

Given the sheer multitude of casino games available online today ( BetMGM has more than 400 games alone), a great starting point in the journey to discovering what online casino games might be right for you is to gain an understanding of what’s on the table - pun very much intended.

Generally speaking, there are three main categories of online casino games for you to explore:

  • Regular Slots
  • Jackpot Slots
  • Casino card games/casino table games
Couple playing casino card games on a green table, with stacks of poker chips and cards laid out.

To Play Free Casino Games or Not?

The three categories of casino games will feature both free casino games and real money games. While we know that many of you are interested in win real money games, free slots games and the like do exist. The benefit of these games is that losses are very much inconsequential and they allow you to sharpen your skills as well as gain a greater understanding of the games before you wager real money.

As a rule of thumb and for your financial wellbeing, we strongly advise against the use of money that is reserved for your financial commitments. Resorting to the use of such funds could very well be an indication of a gambling problem or the beginnings of one.

Now, let’s take a closer look at how to decipher what are the best games to play at a casino so that you can make a more informed decision when you decide to play casino games online.


Free slot games and real money slot games require you to spin a series of reels. As these reels spin, each one will come to a halt. The objective of these casino games is to ensure a series of symbols line up. When they do, you win jackpots, free opportunities to play again or a series of other benefits. Those who play casino games online or play casino games at brick-and-mortar casinos will recognise that the majority of machines have either 3-reel to 5-reel slots. Developers have also begun experimenting 6-reel and 7-reel slots.

Developers are constantly innovating and this means that there is always a multitude of different slots games coming out. Here’s a rundown of things you should consider to make sure you choose the right online casino game for you:

3 casino slot machines, each displaying different jackpot and number combinations on reels.

Bankroll Budgeting

It’s always a great idea to allow your budget and bankroll to help you determine where you play. The smaller your budget, the more likely that smaller best will be in your best interests. This is because you will be able to afford to play longer without eating into your budget.

Conversely, if you have a large budget, slots that require higher wagers might be more attractive as they will deliver maximum returns.

Simplicity of Structure

When choosing what slot game to play, consider the structure of bonuses and payouts. Do you prefer simple and straightforward or does variety, additional rounds and special features appeal to you? Simpler slot game variations offer quick and easy winning combinations while those with a more complex structure and special features such as wilds, scatters, free spins and multipliers can increase the possible payouts.

Whether you enjoy simplicity or variety, you can rest assured that leading online casinos offer the best slot games for either preference.


While most slots games may be variations or have similarities, a simple change in aesthetics can help breathe new life into your casino game experience. Slots with virtually any theme the imagination can conjure up are now available and need only to be found, helping you keep captivated and engaged during your online gambling experience.

Regular Slots Vs Jackpot: Spot the Difference

The primary distinction between regular slots and jackpot slots is rooted in the winnings.

Regular slots, often referred to as “non-progressive jackpot slots”, have a payout that always remains the same. Regardless of the number of times you win, or how often you choose to play, the maximum payout will not change.

Big gold lettering spells out ‘JACKPOT’ with three 7 numbers on the slot reels, on a blue background.

On the other hand, jackpot slots or progressive jackpot slots vary. While they do have a base value they increase each time a player participates as their wager is added to the jackpot. These increases happen in real-time which creates the opportunity for colossal winnings. However, when the jackpot is won, the jackpot wins returns back to its base value. It will rise again as new wagers are made and added. Jackpot slots can be either local or connected to multiple online casinos via a network. This means that the winner of a particular jackpot might not even be playing at the same casino. It also means that the winnings can be astronomical due to the sheer number of participants and wagers being included.

Paylines, Ways to Win and Win Both Ways

Not to be taken for granted, paylines are the line of adjacent symbols needed to secure a payout. Being wary of the complexity of paylines is important because some games have fewer paylines while others have significantly more.

Paylines can either fixed or adjustable. In the case of fixed paylines, the number of lines to bet on cannot be changed whereas you can activate any number of lines up to a designated amount with adjustable paylines.

Win both ways, as the name implies ensures a win for a payline whether the symbols run from left to right or vice versa.

In the case of ways to win, there are no paylines but you do win when there is a combination of symbols on adjacent reels. These usually run from the right to left.

Return to Player

Return to Player or RTP is the percentage of the money you wagered that will be paid back to players on average.

Variance is also a vital consideration to make when choosing what game is right for you. In a nutshell, it describes the risk involved in playing a slot which generally ranges from a high chance of winning small and a low chance of winning big.

Both are important considerations to make when deciding on what game to play as they are indicators of how likely you will win.

Table Casino Games

If playing table casino games seem more your speed then you’ll be glad to know that there are fewer options with most games being variants of casino classics. This does make deciding much easier but the key to making that choice clearer is to know what each casino game entails.


Roulette is a simple game which makes it easy to play but more challenging to win. However, the challenge is more about patience than anything because it is a game that requires no skill and all the luck you can hope for.

Light up roulette table, with blue lights and black background.

In this game, a ball is thrown onto a spinning wheel. Your challenge is to guess where it will land. Each section is numbered and is either red or black. To win, your guess simply has to be correct. To lose, well, your guess simply has to be incorrect. Your guess can be on one particular number, a combination of different numbers or the colour the ball will land on. Online casinos have replicated this experience well with the social aspect, perhaps, being the only aspect that is pale in comparison to the live experience.

Black Jack

Part skill, part luck but always fun, Blackjack is a classic and favourite among gamblers. It is an easy game to pick up with simple rules to grasp. The challenge comes when deciding on what tactics to employ and strategies to rely on. Each player begins with two cards.

To “Hit” is to ask for another card to add to your total while choosing to “Stand” is opting to forego taking another card and ending your turn. The goal is to score a total of 21 or as close to it as possible. Exceeding 21 results in an automatic loss.


Does a 1 in 3 chance of winning in a game that is completely predicated on luck sound like a gamble you would like to take? If so, then Baccarat is certainly for you. Fast and frantic, it’s an exciting game to play.

Someone playing baccarat on a green table with red and green poker chip stacks.

Your role will be choosing between three possible outcomes:

  • You winning
  • A tie
  • The dealer winning

What does it take to be the winner? The winner has to have either 8 or 9 cards first. If neither you nor the dealer does then it is declared a tie.

Take Your Seat at the Table

Follow BetMGM’s hassle-free registration process and get access to more than 400 different online casino games at no charge and with no obligation. Your BetMGM account lets you manage your bets and update your personal details effortlessly. If you want to play any of our online casino games for real money, simply deposit real money into your account and you will be able to place bets with real money, sending you well on your way to winning big.

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