A short history of casino games

Tracing the origins of luck
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Like many traditions and practices that are old as humanity itself, the origins of games of chance lie hidden in the mist of prehistory. Anthropologists and historians believe that in one form or another gambling has existed for thousands of years. We must look at the records of the earliest civilizations to find clues for the origin of what is today a widespread, globalized form of entertainment.

“Head or tails” could be the simplest and earliest form of a chance game. The game could be played with an ordinary seashell tossed into the air. Records from the Roman Empire confirm this form of “coin flipping” prior to the actual use of a coin. When coins were common within the Empire, a coin toss became a popular way of settling disputes. It was called “navia aut caput” meaning “ship or head” as many coins had a ship on one side and the head of the emperor on the other.

In Ancient Greece the practice of gambling was embedded in their very mythology. It is said that Zeus, Poseidon and Hades divided the universe amongst themselves after a game of dice. Zeus won the Heavens, the sea went to Poseidon and Hades won control over the Underworld. In this context it is easy to understand why the ancient Greeks believed that the gods controlled the results of a game of dice. They used this game of chance to select rulers, look for omens and predict future events.

Did you know that according to ancient Greek mythology, Zeus and two others gods divided the universe amongst themselves after a game of dice?

One of the most elaborate games of chance in antiquity is Keno, originating as early as 2500 years ago in China. It is the earliest form of lottery, where participants select a few numbers from a set of 80 and wait for the outcome of a random selection of numbers. Legend has it that the Great Wall of China was partially financed by the selling of Keno tickets!

As we move closer to our times, more and more games of chance started to appear. Many of the prototypical casino games such as Blackjack, Roulette, Craps and Baccarat have their origin during or after the European Middle Ages. The game of Craps is believed to be of English origin, developed by knights in the 12th century to pass time. An early version of Blackjack is mentioned in Cervantes’ famous novel Don Quixote. Playing cards were at first hand painted but later, with the invention of printing, they were manufactured in printing houses. The philosopher and scientist Blaise Pascal introduced a primitive form of Roulette in the 17th century. Later in the 18th century both Roulette and Baccarat began to take their modern form.

The casino as an establishment for gambling purposes has an obscure origin. Gambling has always been an extremely popular form of entertainment but rulers and governments in the past, like now, have attempted to suppress it. In 1190, during the Third Crusade, King Richard of England and Philip II of France issued edicts that forbade gambling for money for those below the rank of a knight. It is only in 1638 that we see the first legal casino appear in Europe. Known as “Il Ridotto” or “the private room” in Italian, this was a government-owned gambling house in Venice. It only offered two types of games: Biribi and Basetta. The first was a kind of lottery game, while the latter was a mix between poker, gin rummy and blackjack.

In the US gambling saloons were widespread in the 19th century but it was only in 1931, when Nevada became the first state to legalize gambling, that real casinos made their appearance in Las Vegas. The second major gambling hub became Atlantic City after New Jersey legalized gambling in 1977. Today there are 21 states that allow commercial gambling establishments in the US.

The last phase in this short overview of casino games has been the introduction of gambling into the online world. The very first online casino was launched in August 1995, offering only 18 games of very poor quality compared to today’s online games. Fast forward only 20 years and the internet now harbors over 1,500 gambling sites according to a recent Economist.com article.

What could be the future of games of chance? As we have seen in this Summer Edition, the arrival of 3D slot games sets a new standard of quality and entertainment. We can look forward to plenty of new releases of 3D and mobile games in the near future as we begin to shape the next phase of the age-old gambling tradition.

Tips for casino lovers

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By Robert Sanders 

I have been visiting casinos and playing at online casino for over two decades. I have come in contact with all types of gamblers. I’ve had amusing conversions with penny slots aficionados and shared adrenaline-pumping moments with high stakes gamblers. Some do it just for passing time, others for the thrill and there are others that try to make a living from it. I have distilled from all these different people several lessons that allow you to enjoy gambling in a responsible and effective way.

I personally choose to gamble for the entertainment value and constantly keep present in my mind not to go overboard by over betting in heat of the moment. We will look at 7 habits that are shared by effective players around the world. Practicing these habits does not guarantee unprecedented success at a casino, but will reduce the risk of the detrimental aspects of gambling.

1) Set a budget

It does not matter if you are a high-roller playing nightly for enormous profits or a Sunday gambler placing a few penny wager for a modest jackpot. What matters is to start the playing session with a set budget. This is not a hard habit to set in place. First you must look at your income and calculate all necessary expenses (rent, mortgage, utility bills, groceries, and so on) and set aside the rest for what can be called leisure activities (movies, gaming, eating out or hobbies). I recommend not spending more than 75% of your leisure activities budget on gaming. Then decide if you want to use this money in a single playing session or over several days or weeks. This habit will allow you to fully enjoy every minute of your Sloto’Cash experience with peace of mind.

2) Get informed

You do not have to be a rocket-scientist to figure out how to play at an online casino. But you can still gather vital information about the casino, its games and promotions that will help you perform better. Experience in online gaming will pay off in the long run. Learn about what a game’s RTP (return to player) is, what low and high-variance games are, and the different terms of a promotion (maximum cash out, sticky/non-withdrawable bonus, max bet limit, restricted games and so on) plus the terms of the casino (weekly withdrawal limits, security documents procedures). When you are fully informed about every aspect of your gaming experience, then you won’t get big unpleasant surprises such as finding out that your winnings have been voided because you played a table game with a slots-only bonus.

3) Play it slow

The casino experience is not only about making a quick buck but also about enjoying the rollercoaster ride of ups and down in luck. What often happens, however, is that we are so engrossed in the thrill of the game that we momentarily forget that we are actually playing with our hard-earned cash. Thus, a lot of experienced players have learnt to play slower so they can have time to meditate on their next move. It doesn’t matter if you play skill-based games such as Blackjack and Video Poker, or only games of pure chance such as Scratch Cards or Slots. Make sure you have enough ‘thinking gaps’ in your play session to consider moving to another game or as we will see in the next section, calling it quits.

4) Know when to call it quits

This habit takes time to develop in the individual and it is important to learn to end a session both when you are winning and when you are losing. Pay attention to patterns in the games so you can learn when it is realistic that the games won’t pay more. This is essential when you have achieved a decent win. Continuing playing after a certain point likely entails that you will put the money back in the casino’s coffers. Likewise, if you have lost your set budget, take a deep breath to cool down and consider ending the session and playing again another day when your luck could change. If you reduce the risk of further losses and maximize your winnings, then you have more opportunities to play in the future.

5) Get full value

Playing at Sloto’Cash casino has a lot of perks and you should try to take advantage of every single one of them. Join the loyalty club to receive extra rewards and cashback bonuses. Learn which games grant the highest rate of comp points and redeem them often. Make sure you check our daily bonus chart, read the weekly newsletters and message center in the lobby that often have free spins and other rewards for customers.

6) Learn the basic strategies

Not all games have effective strategies but there are some that require a bit of skill and tactics to ensure you reduce the house edge to a minimum. I’ve heard about many slot machine strategies but generally they are nothing more than wishful thinking. However, games likes Video Poker and Blackjack have certain sets of rules you can follow that will mathematically increase your chances of success. Knowing what cards to hold in Video Poker and when to ‘double’ in Blackjack can be efficient ways for you to increase your rate of winning!

7) Don’t drink and play  

We all love to get spoiled by casino waiters as they keep our glasses full of beer and cocktails. But it carries a risk of ruining your success at a casino table or game. There is no secret that a tipsy mind can make wrong decisions, and worse of all, you are likely to forget all the previously mentioned tips and habits we’ve mentioned in this article! So avoid drinking while you play. If you cannot resist the combination of casino excitement coupled with a relaxing drink, then limit the intake to one beer or glass of wine per every 1.5 hours and make sure you’ve had a hearty meal before your first drink.

 

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There is no escaping the fact that we want to play long hours when we make a visit to Sloto'Cash Casino. To increase the possibility of winning, starting off with a big balance makes all the difference. Therefore, many of us decide to take a bonus along with our deposit. The extra bonus cash allows us to play through moments when the slot machines are tight. But taking a bonus is not always the wisest move; especially if you want to play the entire range of games including table games and progressives or if you want to cash out quickly.

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The basic promotion types: Upfront vs Cashback

90% of all promotions are Upfront Bonuses meaning the bonus money is giving in advance either with or without a deposit. Bonuses that go along with a deposit have different names such as:

Match Bonus: a bonus equal to or higher than 100% your deposit. The casino 'matches' the player's deposit so they can play with at least double the deposited amount. For example, if you are offered a 100% and deposit $100, the casino gives you $100 in bonus money for you to start playing with $200. These are often available as welcome bonuses for the player's initial deposit(s).

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Fixed amount bonus: with these bonuses you are specified the exact bonus will you receive with a precise deposit amount. For example, the casino will offer you a $50 bonus on a $25 deposit. This will represent 200% the deposited amount. Note that depositing more on a fixed amount bonus won't increase the bonus amount. In the case above, if you deposit $50 you will still only get a $50 bonus.

When you do not require a deposit to receive an upfront promotion, the bonuses are of several kinds:

No deposit bonus: These are quite popular and most players are familiar with them. They can also be called No-deposit tokens, chips or cash rewards. The player receives a predetermined amount in bonus cash after redeeming a coupon code. This type of promotions is generally granted when you sign up to casino and are often called: Sign up or free trial no-deposit bonuses. You also get these as rewards for your loyalty to the casino. With these promotions you are often able to play a great variety of games, such as all slots, keno and scratch cards.

Free Spins: When you get free spins, the spins are mainly restricted to a single game. You are granted a finite number of spins to play on the game. You are then allowed to keep the winnings from the spins after fulfilling certain conditions. The Free Spins can be granted without a deposit involved, but they are also used in combination with percentage bonuses. The casino gives you a number of Free Spins prior to playing the bonus and your deposit.

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Cashback: With this promotion you get a percentage of your deposit back, if you don't happen to win with the deposit. While the percentage is generally lower than a Match or Reload bonus, the upside is that the terms are leaner than an upfront bonus. This is great option for those that enjoy playing more than slots, as the cashback offers at Sloto'Cash also allow you to play table games and video poker.

Casino promotions explained

Playthrough: The casino has to protect itself so players don't cash out all the promotion money right away. Therefore, all bonuses carry a wagering requirement also known as playthrough or turnover. The playthrough condition demands that you 'risk' or wager the money for a specified amount in the games prior to cashing it out. The condition is expressed as a multiplier figure. For example, if you receive a 100% bonus with 25x playthrough (deposit+bonus) and deposit $100, you will start playing with $200. This amount ($200) has to be multiplied by 25x. This totals $5,000 that must be placed as wagers on allowed games before you can withdraw your winnings from the promotion.

Sticky bonus: Always check to see if you can keep the bonus after you finish with the playthrough. If a bonus is 'sticky' that means that the bonus amount will be deducted upon completing the playthrough. Following the example mentioned above, if you have $700 when you finish the promotion, the bonus amount ($100) will be deducted and you can cash out $600 overall.

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Aquarius

It’s going to be a busy year in many regards. You’ll be constantly surprised by where jackpots are won. Unexpected games paying out high, at the least expected moment. Up till March 6th, payouts will be volatile. At that time Uranus will enter your 4th House of Home until 2026. Stabilized results rest of the year with some high and low peaks in between.

Recommended games: Big Shot, Caesar’s Empire, Eagle Shadow Fist, Food Fight, Loch Ness Loot


Pisces

Start the year flying high, see your bankroll soar. January 13, June 16th and September 21st, Jupiter squares off with Neptune in your sign. Lots of choices to be made. Tune in your intuition to select the best coupons, play the less risky games and claim all loyalty rewards to extend your luck. You’ll end 2019 with a smile on your face.

Recommended games: Gold beard, Jazz Time, Mayan Queen, Ocean Oddities, Santa Strikes Back

 

Aries

It will be a year of finding balance, between leisure, family and work. The solar eclipse on January 5th will thrust your luck forward. However, the solar eclipse on July 2nd will require that you make careful choices. Play with caution; don’t exceed your gaming budget.

Recommended games: Aladdin’s Wishes, Ancient Gods, Outta This World, Ronin, The Naughty List

 

Taurus

There is going to be a lot of flux this year. It will keep things exciting, with stubborn low streaks and consistent high streaks. Jupiter moving through your 8th House of Other People's Money until December 2, so you might experience a surge in funds!

Recommended games: Nova 7s, Panda’s Gold, Secret Symbol, Tiger Treasure, Triple 7 Inferno

 

Gemini

Money will be a protagonist in 2019.  The solar eclipse on July 2nd falls on your 2nd House of Earned Income. This will set a boost in your cash flow. Key to your success will be where you allocate your bets this year. Temptation to play high jackpot games may lower your luck. Explore little played games for surprise payouts!

Recommended games: Roberta’s Castle, Honey to the Bee, Golden Retriever, Coyote Cash, Coat of Arms

 

Cancer

You’ll start the year on a high note but it will be hard to keep the luck all the way through the spring. Don’t despair; the lunar eclipse on July 16th will lead to a clear shift in luck’s gear. Cherish the wins and don’t put it all back in the games. Play with a cool hand and you’ll end with a very positive 2019!

Recommended games: Basketbull, Cash Bandits, Enchanted Garden II, Triple Toucan, I Zombie

 

Leo

Jupiter, the planet of blessings and luck, will move through your luck sector until December 2. There’s a lot to reap in 2019. You’ll feel invincible but you have to keep your feet on the ground. Some tough calls will be made throughout the summer. Don’t overspend thinking you can bring back the lucky streak. Trust your gut feelings and cash out when you can.

Recommended games: Mister Money, Sweet 16, Texas Tycoon, Elf Wars, Super 6

 

Virgo

This is a year of responsibilities. You’ll have to manage well your time so you can get your well-deserved leisure time. Enjoy games moderately and you’ll see your bankroll stabilize after March 6th, when Uranus moves to our 9th House of Higher Mind.  You’ll see a change in your style or mode of play. Remember to have fun, life is not only work!

Recommended games: Boy King’s Treasure, Bubble Bubble 2, Eternal Love, Golden Lotus, Paydirt



Libra

Balance is the key to 2019. While it is not easy to keep a balance between budget, entertainment value and payout expectations, you’ll learn fast this year how to play optimally at Sloto’Cash. You’ll start to see slow but upward payouts as the year unfolds.

Recommended games: Hockey Hero, Megasaur, Pirate Ilse, Samba Sunset, Tally Ho

 

Scorpio

2019 will be a very rich year in many ways. It’s not only in terms of jackpots, but also entertainment and good memories. Money will roll more freely than previous years. But you have to manage risks carefully. Sense when lucky streaks are coming to an end and cash out. You’ll be mostly optimistic but don’t become complacent.

Recommended games: Ocean Dreams, Megaquarium, Sunken Treasure, Wooden Boy, Lucha Libre 2  

 

Sagittarius

Time to free yourself and play with a little more risk. This can mean shorter play sessions if things don’t go your way. Jupiter moving through your sign is promising a big payout this year, enough to eclipse all previous losses.  

Recommended games: Green Light, Haunted Opera, Mystic Dragon, Orb vs Elf, Rudolph’s Revenge

 

Capricorn

It’s a year of diligence. Saturn has been in your sign for over a year now. You will play persistently (but like always, carefully) to get your money’s worth. The 2019 eclipses will fall on your sign and opposite sign. This means you could see a historic win this year! As is your custom, cash out the majority to save up for future playing sessions. 2019 will be a year to remember!

Recommended games: Ghost Ship, Count Spectacular, Fucanglong, Monster Mayhem, T-Rex

New Year 2019 Luck Horoscope