The “New Wave” of Online Gambling is Here. Are You Reaping the Benefits?

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There is a new wave of online casinos and gamblers. Are you part of the new wave? Do you know what differentiates the class of the “New School” from that of that of the old?

We do.

We have seen the progression from early last decade to where we stand now, and in this post we will share some the things that we have learned.

1. Instant Deposits Are…Well, Instant

Things have changed in the short time that the internet has been around, and mostly for the better. Things are faster, easier to use, and they are safer—that last one is an important one for the online casino industry.

These days you can sign-up for a casino and start playing for real money without even waiting for your credit processing delay times. We have come full circle such that online casinos operate just as much, if not even faster, than their land-based counterparts.

The bottom line: many casinos provide instant deposit capability. If you are not playing at such a location, why the hell not?

2. These Aren’t Your Grandfather’s Deposit Bonuses

Look around. There’s so many bonus codes and promotional offers that we have entire repositories of codes that pile up from year to year. These are not your grandfather’s bonus codes either. They are the future smart gambling if used correctly. Many bonus codes are non-cashable and otherwise not very desirable, but there are also some “diamonds in the rough” that provide an unparalleled leg-up.

If you can find them.

The bottom line: when it comes to payouts, that boost can mean the difference between winning big and quitting your day job. Are you making use of the top resources available to give yourself a competitive edge If not, why?

3. Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile

Let’s say it one more time: mobile. Hopefully the concept has taken hold, as it is about to take over.

In 2014, mobile use will actually surpass desktop use, and it’s easy to see why. Mobile devices allow you to connect to anyone, anytime, anywhere, and this is a boon for the gambler who knows that you cannot plan out luck.

The luckiest people, one could argue, are the ones that spot trends that run outside of the normal bounds of the average gambling “routine.” By giving yourself the ability to play any time that you feel lady lucky, you have opened yourself up to a whole new world of potential wins. It’s not like you need to play more or recklessly, but one would argue that you do need the ability to bet whenever you feel a streak is occurring.

The bottom line: if you don’t play, you cannot win. So why not play where and when you want?

4. There’s Social Media, and then there’s Social Winning

Social media is great, but nowhere has the power that it brings become more apparent than within gambling communities, where you can not only have fun talking to other people with like interests, you can also talk strategy and cheer one another on in your collective exploits.

Every gambler knows that winning is never quite as good as when you are winning with other people, and in many instances joining forces can result in more money that could be won otherwise. Also, don’t forget slots and blackjack tournaments. They provide unmatched excitement for hours at a time with the opportunity to win a handsome sum if you take the top spot(s).

The bottom line: gambling with others people is fun, and maybe the safest way to gamble because you have the support of friends to help you when it’s needed.

8 Ways You are Gambling Online Without even Realizing It

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What Are You Even Doing?

Even if you do not consider yourself a gambler, we all gamble in different ways. You don’t have to sit down at the high stakes table in order to place a bet that could end up being incredibly costly. As it turns out, all you have to do is sit down at your computer.

In this blog, we will take a look at some ways that you are gambling with your life, love, career, and sanity without even realizing. That is not to say that you should never gamble, but rather that you should be cognizant as to whether or not the rewards outweigh the risks.

1. Saving Passwords Into Chrome

Chrome, the overwhelmingly popular internet browser from Google, is popular for a reason: it’s impressive. It’s fast, gives you the most screen real estate, and has a bunch of rather innovative features and plugins that make life extremely easy—including remembering passwords.

Maybe a little bit too easy. There is a potential dark side you should be aware of because every time you save a password into Chrome you are taking a monumental risk. Did you know that someone can very easily see all of your chrome passwords? It doesn’t require any hacking. In fact, all it requires is a two-minute search. No, we’re not joking.

Better think twice about saving any password that would allow one to access your bankroll. You don’t want to come home to your computer to find that you’ve suffered a “bad break”…into your account.

2. ChatRoulette-like Services

So it’s Tuesday Night, you are halfway through that 12-pack of beer. You don’t really want to go to out to the bar, but you do feel like talking to a random stranger.

Enter ChatRoulette, the service that matches you with a random person (optionally, someone who lives in your general geological vicinity). And many times this is someone who is in a similar state of mind. The resulting experience is what the service is all about. Spontaneous interaction between strangers.

Like actual roulette, this is fundamentally just a colossal spin of the wheel. Unlike roulette, where the worst case scenario is typically seeing the ball land on the ‘double zero’ slot, the worst case scenario in Chatroulette is much worse—like seeing the unmentionables of some “double zero” type of individual plastered across the screen. Or any number of other things. Like gambling for cash, if you are going to play the game, just be sure to understand the risks, and never gamble with sexual sanity if your personal supply is running low.  Know your limits. Play within them.

3. Tinder-like Services

Unlike the above, services like Tinder provide the opportunity for a little bit of recreational fun, in-person, wherein you can meet up with a random stranger pretty much any time or place.

The main argument for something like Tinder is the simple fact that many times regardless of how you meet someone, they are still a “stranger” to a certain extent. Might as well do it online if the option is a loud, drunken bar where you talk to someone for all of a couple minutes before potentially leaving. However, it’s essential to keep in mind that services like Tinder present no real barrier to entry, whereas real life social events can require things like shirts, shoes, shaves, and showers.

It’s one thing to go home with someone you met at a club only to find that their place is really small, or dirty. It is another thing to meet someone on Tinder, only to find out that they live in a van in a MacDonald’s parking lot, and are looking to get it on before “the morning crowd starts to show up.”

4. Buying Medicine and Supplements

Have you ever heard of the international committee that checks supplements to ensure that you are not getting ripped off? No? That’s because there isn’t any such committee. When it comes to the internet as a whole, but especially with regards to e-commerce checks and balances, it’s still the Wild West out there. You’re on your own for the most part.

It doesn’t actually matter if you are buying “breakthrough” nootropics from some European “pharmacy,” a bottle of “Russian strength” Viagra from a website called дороговизну, or some “legal” herbs from the country whose name you have never heard of before, the risks are plenty and obvious simply from a law standpoint, and that is putting aside the fact that virtually anything could be hiding in that nondescript container. Yeah, the  film canister and that bag of vacuum-sealed sawdust.

5. Subscribing to Pornstars on Twitter/Instagram

Listen, we get it.

By following a pornographic star on a media-rich social platform, you are hoping to catch a glimpse of some sideboob action, or even something a little bit more revealing perhaps. Maybe some snapshots posted in front of the mirror during moments of insecurity…or confidence.

Here’s the problem with that plan, genius: these people make the elicit material you are waiting around to see, do so specifically so that you don’t have to wait around. Why roll the dice that your wife will find that one pleasant young lady named “Hard Kandy” on your Instagram if you can avoid it? Just open up Pornhub in a private browser like the rest of us and call it a day.


How USA Players Can Benefit from No-deposit Bonuses

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Although they’ve been around for some time, no deposit casinos are slowly creeping into people’s awareness, and like their name suggests, they have immediate appeal to new and old gamers alike. The foundational principle behind no deposit casinos is quite simple: by offering certain incentives and bonuses, online casinos can strike a very particular relationship with their patrons.

How, exactly, does this work? ?

How You Can Win – Without Paying

Unlike most casinos, which require a membership and then ‘topping up’ of credit, no deposit casinos don’t require any membership or even any deposit of money from their patrons – this allows players to indulge in various gaming websites, almost on a trial basis. But in many cases, players can even win real money without having to invest anything.

There are several different forms of no deposit casinos, each with their own rules and nuances – in some cases, there are credit accounts which involve a player playing through certain games in order to cash out at the end. This is designed to prevent bots and fickle players from taking advantage of the option, and other terms may apply, such as the number of times you are required to wager the bonus prior to cashing out, and many no deposit casinos also tack off a limit on cash out amounts.

Other No-deposit Methods:

Free Time

Other casinos may utilize a ‘free one hour’ element, in which a player has access to the casinos stock of games for a limited amount of time as a way to introduce them to what is being offered and get them comfortable with some of the games. Although it’s only for an hour, some players can even make a few hundred dollars in that time, which speaks to the incentive of joining or purchasing membership to the casino.

Additional Bonus

Some No Deposit Casinos also offer additional bonus points and awards for joining (sometimes in the form of free game tokens, sometimes as actual cash to get a player started) – these bonuses are often included in the form of coupon codes that can be entered when joining a casino.

No-Deposit is No Problem

Many companies that feature no deposit are, while becoming more popular, are retroactively becoming more difficult to find and often use a different gaming software. However, the games available to players encompass all the usual games as well as some new ones, including Video Poker, Baccarat, Slots, and Scratch Cards.

For new players, a little research into no deposit casinos in the USA, combined with patience and a desire to learn the games, can amount to a lucrative venture. It is also an excellent way, if you’re looking for an online casino to join, to sample some of what they have to offer and see if their range of games suits you both aesthetically, financially, and recreationally.

The Big Secret for No-deposit Free Spins

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Learn the Secret

If you have been gambling for any period of time, you will have heard of the no-deposit bonus. This is a staple in the casino industry that has been around for a while now where you are given some money without making a deposit.

There is a new kid on the block, however. We’re talking about the no-deposit free spins bonus, a coupon code that is applicable for slots play only. It’s new and exciting, and even if you have heard of it before, chances are you haven’t heard the whole story.

In 2013, this new type of bonus may end up being the difference between winning a little bit of money and winning a whole lot of it. Some no-deposit spin codes are particularly noteworthy, and the secret for success will be finding these lesser-known codes and using them before they become too well-known.

Who Can Use this Bonus Code?

The short answer: only slots players can benefit from a no-deposit free spin bonus code because they are for slot machine play.  That is where the “spin” part of the terminology comes into play.

What do You Mean “No-deposit?”

We mean that we want to take our games for a quick spin (literally) by way of some extra spins provided free of charge by the casino. You do not have to make a deposit. You just have to sign up and create a player account. Otherwise,the money will have no place in which to be deposited.

How Many Free Spins Can I Get?

The number of free spins will depend on the coupon code in question. For the most part, the number of free spins will vary anywhere from 15x-100x. While not a perfect correlation, for the most part, the higher number of spins awarded, the more aggressive the playthrough requirements will tend to be. This is not a hard-and-fast rule, however, so be sure to check out the terms and conditions pages.

How Much Money Can I Win?

You can theoretically win just as much money as you could by playing with your own cash. Keep in mind that this is full and otherwise legitimate real money play. So if you win big, that money is yours once you fulfill the playthrough conditions.

There is the distinct possibility that you could hit a jackpot without having to actually invest any of your own money.

What You Need to Know About Bitcoin and RTG Casinos in 2013

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Bitcoin is what is referred to as a “cryto-currency,” which is a slightly complicated concept because it means that the value is derived from mathematics as opposed to anything tangible. That is, Bitcoin is a purely digital currency, not backed by anything physical.

Bitcoin is not the first crypt-currency; however, it is certainly the first to take the world by storm and become a household name.

As of 2013, there are some important things that you should know about Bitcoin especially if you plan on making some serious money playing with RTG casinos in the United States. Let’s take a look at what you need to know.

How Does One Get Bitcoin(s)?

Each “coin” is “mined” from the digital earth like a piece of gold might be mined from the physical earth.

This happens through the use of high-end computer hardware, typically the graphics processor in (multiple) graphics cards, which repeatedly solve complicated algorithms in search of a Bitcoin. This process can be likened to the act of drilling in traditional mining.  most common way to obtain a Bitcoin is to pay for one, or (more likely) for a fraction of one. This can be done at the Mt. Gox currency exchange, amongst others.

The cryto-logic that drives the Bitcoin system is programmed to periodically—and with increasing diminishing returns—“release” a coin from the static cache of 30 million “buried” in the digital ground.

Why Use Bitcoin(s)?

There are a couple compelling reasons to start using Bitcoin.

  • It is big business — the total worth of all Bitcoins exceeds one billion dollars.
  • It is fast — Bitcoins can be transferred from peer-to-peer (p2p) instantly without any use or need of a middle man.
  • It is cheap — the above transfers have no third-party fees.

Bitcoin as it Relates to RTG Casinos

As was stated above, there is big money in Bitcoin. For instance, a website called SatooriDice recently sold for 11.5 million dollars. It is a basic game in which users can bet on the outcome of dice rolls.

Other establishments have jumped onto the crypto-currency train with more comprehensive gaming options. Already, there are gambling destinations for playing slots, table games, or even sports betting using Bitcoin.

Most of the RTG websites featured on our Top USA Online Casinos page do not accept Bitcoin at this time; however, some of them have addressed the possibility in the news, so be sure to check them out to see about the possibility of play in the future.

Patriotic USA Players Play at No-deposit Casinos

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USA Online Players Should Use No-deposit Codes

Fellow Americans, casino players, countrymen, lend me your ears, and I will deliver you from the clutches of the external influences that prevent you from gaining cash for free. I will show you how you can put out your hand and receive a stack of bills.

The Reds would have us living in a world where honest people do not receive free money before signing up to play at an online casino. It is blaspheme. It is the will of the opposition, and we’re here to rally the troops to fight against the will of Red Tape Army that gets in the way of a smooth, enjoyable casino experience with their rules and institutional bombardments.

We’re all about free market gains. We’re all about encouraging the American dream.

What We Have here is Failure to Communicate…Free Cash

If you are American, you should ideally be looking to the no-deposit option to load up on some ammo for the upcoming battle. The USA casinos we have listed will provide you with free cash, and you can use that free cash to gamble and make money. Free money, to make more money – that is more in-line with the American Dream.

If you live in the United States and you think you would like to try your hand at some absolutely free slots (bonus) spins, some table game play, or maybe even just experiment with special games, then read on because we’re going to explain, step-by-step, how to do that.

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I’m a USA Player – What Do I Have to Do?

The steps are simple. Let’s take a look.

  1. You read through our casino reviews
  2. You find a casino that you like
  3. You click on the coupon code link
  4. You follow that link to the casino to make an account
  5. In the account area, you enter the bonus code in the clearly marked area

That’s it, Americans. Easy, right? Note that you can repeat this same process for all of the casinos we’ve listed here. The option is yours, but you can load up on thousands in free money bonuses.

Sexy Blackjack

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You know the old saying: sex sells. Well there is saying within the casino industry, “sexy wins,” which is really just another way of saying…sex sells to gamblers.

If you haven’t figured it out, this blog is going to be about sex. In particular, a more sexy form of blackjack. Think of it as an inter-course that will teach you everything that you need to know and may have been wondering. Gambling is all about giving into that monetary lust, so why not throw the throes of primal biological desire onto the heap as well?

Sexy Blackjack is something new, and this young vixen of a game will grab you in the sensitive areas and sit you down in your chair for a wild ride. Read on to find out exactly how it works.

Blackjack with More Sexy. Why Not?

At a certain point in every gambler life—be it man or a woman—you start to ask yourself certain questions. Some of them are deep within the recesses of the introspective void; others are more pragmatic, like what would happen if the dealer took off their shirt?

When you reach this point, it begins to tug at the coattails of your soul. Every hand that passes, is another hand where you could have been looking at cleavage or rock-hard abs, and it starts to weigh on your conscience like a pair of DDs barely contained in that metal bra from Star Wars.

Eventually the realization is this: even if for just one game, why add some eye candy into that at-the-desk diet that keeps you sustained and focussed on the game at hand? Everyone needs to feed their sweet tooth, be it psychological or literal, every once and a while.

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“More Sexy. Got it. What Else Can I Expect?”

Not too much else. It’s blackjack—sexified. Basically, the game designers took the dealers that you would normally (not) see in your typical online blackjack environment, and took off their clothes.

The traditional blackjack is that the dealer—be it a man or a woman—is usually wearing some sort of formal casino attire, but formal casino attire is tiresome for some. If you are sitting alone in the luxuries of your private residence, why not embrace your American freedom to live a better life?

“I’m Convinced”

You should check out our no-deposit bonus codes page and load up some real money coupons so that you can show off your huge bankroll to the hotty inanimate digital character on your screen. They’re probably not going to sleep with you, but…you never know. They definitely won’t unless you start winning big.

No-deposit Bonus Blogs

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Chances are if you are reading this text, you know what a no-deposit bonus blog is. Why? Because Rick’s Picks itself is a no-deposit bonus blog. In essence what websites like ours do is go out and scour the many other different sources for casino information in order to bring back the most comprehensive information on the latest and most profitable real money casino coupons, and then we present all that information to the user.

The Different Styles of No-deposit Casino Websites

No-deposit casinos come in a couple of different styles:

  • The ‘mass list’ style
  • The ‘full review’ style

Full Review

Take a look at the front page of Rick’s Picks and you will see an example of the ‘full review’ variety. The reason that we choose to adopt this type of approach is simple: we’re focussed on giving you the absolute best casino coupon codes. We would rather you not have to search through—and get lost in—a gigantic list of casinos trying to money at you. Those of us here in the Rick posse firmly believe that it’s better to hand-select a few top choices and in-turn pass on that efficiency to our users.

Hopefully you agree!

Mass List

In contrast, there is the mass list style of review sites. They have a ‘quantity over quality’ approach that requires a little bit more effort on the part of the user. The upside, of course, is that you are presented with more choices, so theoretically you could find the exact bonus that you are looking for. But that sort of brings us to the next point, which is as follows:

Are all no-deposit bonus codes created equal?

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Are all No-deposit Codes Created Equal?

Not really.

In fact, the main purpose of our website is to give some order to the varied details surrounding using bonus codes.

Rollover and Playthrough?

When you see the words ‘rollover’ and ‘playthrough’ they are referring to the time spent playing, or the amount wagered, before the free money given to you by the casino—and anything won by it—can be withdrawn from the establishment.

Almost every bonus code will have some sort of prerequisites attached to them. That is completely normal. What you will find, however, is that some casinos offer much better rates than others. Sometimes this is because they are a higher quality casino with more authority; other times it’s because it’s a lower quality casino, or even a brand new casino that is looking to bring in new players.

The above is just another reason why we try and weed out the ridiculous bonus offers to only bring you viable options, good for 2013. Thanks for reading.

This is How We Choose the Best Slots Available Online

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There are many different slots games to choose from – we know, because we sifted through hundreds of different websites, each with around 100 or more slots titles to choose from when we set out to make

One of the questions that we get a lot via email concerns the approach that we used to ultimately pick the casinos that we did. We’re going to explain the key factors that we look at when when deciding which casinos we should include on the website. Then, we will explain how we use those factors to ultimately bring the very best options to our readers.

This will be an in-depth examination of our entire methodology, so play close attention because the Rick Ross “secret sauce” is about to be disclosed. Look, there is even a table of contents.

Table of Contents 

  1. The Software
  2. The Types of Slots
  3. The Bonus Rounds
  4. The Player Bonuses
  5. Variance and Volatility
  6. Determining  the Best Slots Online

1. Getting to Know Slots Software

Did you know that slots games are (not) typically coded up by the casinos themselves? Rather, they license the software from other companies that specialize in the creation of digital gaming platforms. So, the first thing you want to take into consideration is what type of software the casino happens to be using.

If you see that the casino you are considering is using one of the big names (below), then great – you can probably expect some pretty consistent plays and pays there. If it is something else, you can probably expect, well… something else.

As of 2013, these are the top three platforms according to Rick.

  1. RTG (Rick’s Favorite)
  2. RIVAL (Popular with bingo)
  3. NuWorks

Cick on the links for more information, check out our Bingo Page, featuring more on the Rival software, or keep reading for more slots information.

2. Getting to Know the Types of Slots

One of the advantage with slots is right there in the plurality of the name: slots—with an ‘s.’ There is a whole universe of options to to choose from. It can be kind of intimidating, but at the same time it’s super easy to handle if you get that all slots break down into a few common archetypes.

From there it’s easy to make sense of them:

  1. The ‘Old School’ 3-reel variety: this is the format that everyone knows and many still love. 3 reels. Usually little-to-no bonus ’round’ of any kind. You are trying to align symbols and little else.
  2. The ‘New School’ many-reel variety: this is the format you might be most used to seeing if you are younger. They have for the most part taken over most casinos. They are digital, and will traditionally include some sort of an overall theme (beyond the usual slots symbols). They will also usually feature a bonus round (see more below).
  3. The’Honeycomb’ variety: this version of slots gets its name from the fact that each ‘slot’ area is dimaond shaped, with the entire slot facing forming what looks like a honeycomb due to the nature of the interlocking diamond slots, which is not unlike a bee hive. These slots are a little different in that players will usually have to connect three or more symbols starting at a ‘choke point’ near the beginning where one diamond splits into two (and four, and so on)  The effect is that if the first diamond doesn’t hit, then the rest are not going to either. In effect, these games usually have a high volitility. (More on that term below).

3. Getting to Know the Slots Bonus Rounds

Unless you are more on the old school type, the bonus round is the main reason that you are going to be playing a slot machine. It’s where the real excitement happens. It is the moment where you are most likely to hit the type of huge win that all gamblers are ultimately playing to achieve. Here are the main types of bonus rounds that will be found in any given slot title.

  1. Selection that Ends the Game: as the name implies, for this bonus, you are trying to avoid that one selection that ends the bonus round.
  2. Bonus Spins: you are awarded with free bonus spins. Usually automatic.
  3. Static Credit Amount: you are awarded with a predetermined amount of credits. This type of bonus is not as fun, as there is no selection or relevative excitement involved compared to a normal spin.
  4. Max Spin Progressive: is a bonus that is (typically) only awarded if you are playing the max spin. Progressive wins can pay off dramatically as these jackpots, while rare, are among the highest paying bonuses that exists. Sometimes in excess of a million dollars.

4. Getting to Know Player Bonuses

The majority of the casino slots bonuses available are either designed for, or most benefitted by playing slots (as opposed to say a table game.) This is good to know, and with the right additional knoledge, you can really benefit from using these casino bonus codes. In fact, it’s almost a requirement because it’s basically free money. That is for the most part why this website exists.

Let’s take a look at the different types of bonus codes that are available:

  1. Deposit Match Bonus: This type of bonus is often referred to as a ‘100%’ bonus code because the casino will match your deposit amound with 100% of the amount in additional gambling money for free. So for example, if you put in a $800 deposit, then you would get $800 in free cash. This is the standard bonus. If you are not getting at least this amount, we do not recommend playing at that location.
  2. Deposit Percentage Bonus: The deposit percentage bonus code is very similar to the above bonus, only the percentage does not have to be 100%. It could be, and usually is, more. So if you had a 300% bonus, then your deposit of $100 would result in $300 that would land in your account. It is smart to pay attention to the Terms and Conditions
  3. No-deposit Free Money Code: This type of code is often referred to as simply ‘a no-deposit bonus’ and it is perhaps the best bonus out of the three because it is free money. No you don’t have to make any depsit – or anything. You just enter the code, create an account if necessary, and then when you sign in, you will have the money awarded to your account. Sometimes the amount is in the range of $5, and sometimes it is a lot more. Note: in the event that it is more, be sure to check the Terms and Conditions for the playthrough* amount. (We will explore that concept more in a moment.)
  4. No-deposit Free Spins Code: These are the least-known types of codes, but they are actually pretty cool: you just get some free spins. You don’t get any money technically, but if those spins happen to win, then it’s like you paid for the spin anyway. It’s as close to getting money as you can get, and for the most part the playthrough requirement on your winnings isn’t as bad as what it might be for a no-deposit bonus.

(Playthrough – Sometimes also called ‘rollover,’ is the time or the amount that must play or wager befor you can withdrawal the money that you have either made or still have from your bonus. )

Volatility and Variance

These two words are the wild sisters of the slots world that basically represent the frequency for which the slots game before you will be paying out. Some slots games will pay out more often than not, but the amount is also low more often than not. Those are examples of games with low variance. Some games will pay out very infrequently, but they will pay out extremely large sums when they do. Those are examples of games with a high variance.

Another way of lookng at it is sort of like the experience of a roller coaster. Games with a high variance are a wild ride where you are constantly scared for the life of your bankroll: you are losing big, but you are also winning big – sometimes very big. Some players enjoy these types of games, whereas some do not. So long as you know what you are looking for you will be able to adjust your gameplay accordingly. There is really no right or wrong decision when it comes to variance; it’s about the experience.

Crunching the Variables to Find a Winner

If you’re still reading, fantastic! It’s time to take a look at how we bring all of the above variables together into our finalized casino lists.

The general process for our research happens is as follows:

  1. First, our team of players (see: rick and his friends) make a deposit using the best-sounding bonus code and we give the software a go.
  2. Second, we monitor for wins, loses, and the overall ‘feel’ of the casino.
  3. Third, we attempt to make a withdrawal and we monitor how long that takes
  4. Fourth, even if we don’t really need to, we will make an effort to get a hold of the customer service to test out the level of professionalism found therein those departments.
  5. Fifth, we will often repeat steps one and two with another credit card.

Slots Specific Research

For the slots, the above considerations are tempered with respect to the above-mentioned variables that make up a great slots experience: the slot style, the bonus style, the bonus codes play style, and of course the software that everything is running on.

And that’s it! We hope the above information was helpful in explaining the ‘behind the scenes’ action that happens here at Rick’s Picks. If you are all jazzed up on the idea of playing some slots, then definitely check out our best casinos slots list and grab yourself some of the bonus codes that we talked about and start playing just like Ricky does.

Best USA Online Casino Games

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When it comes to online casinos, there are a few games that routinely stand out as the best. They are, ironically, the ones that avoid the pretension of flashiness.

Many casinos based out of the USA that are online, including Grand Parker and Silver Oak Casino, have kept this in mind, even as gaming becomes more and more virtualized.  It is a difficult balancing act to continually come up with new content while still offering some of the classic and well-known platforms, but the ability for casinos to incorporate both appeals is what attracts thousands of players every day.

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It’s the most beloved game, both online and offline, in part because unlike some other games, the degree of chance is equally countermanded by a player’s strategy.

Like real casinos, players generally play against the house, and over the years a number of different varieties of poker have surfaced, some finding more popularity than others.  Five Card Stud and variations of Texas Hold Em (such as No Limit or Pot Limit) have become the staple for most casinos, in part because the overall gameplay is easy enough for beginners to pick up, but also allows more advanced players to strain their instincts as well – it is also a generally ‘quick’ game, which means that you don’t get stuck in a tedious routine of betting, and it allows you play more games in the same amount of time it would take to endure a drawn out game.

The simplicity of poker, in terms of displaying it visually, also makes it easy for casinos to develop attractive simulations.  Whether it be trying to capture the elegance and suaveness of an aristocratic parlour or the flashy fast-paced grittiness of a Reno floor, there’s a form of poker that can suit any mood you’re in.  Lately, Video Poker has become a phenomenon as well, and is a sharp hybrid of old and new.  Combining the versatility and fast-paced element of slots with the keen strategy of poker hands, it is noticeably faster than any other poker game and allows a player to rack up considerable coinage in a short amount of time.


Another of the major card games out there, Blackjack often competes with Poker as one of the more popular games, and for good reason.  The speed of a Blackjack game, like Video Poker, makes it very accessible to online gamers who may or may not have a great deal of time at their disposal, and the ease of the gameplay makes it easy to pick up.

While it relies heavily on chance, it too involves a degree of strategy and critical thinking – especially for more advanced players, who can eventually increase their odds by recalling previous cards.

Like Poker, Blackjack also has a simplistic visual basis, but this hasn’t stopped online casinos from utilizing the flexibility of programming to come up with a large array of creative types, ranging in style and themes from ancient Egypt to dystopian futures to sexy strip blackjack variations.


Although another staple of casinos around the world, the complexity of craps often steers away amateurs and newcomers to gaming. However, the beauty of craps as an online game means that players can learn through trial and error (often times without penalty if they’re playing for free) until they feel confident about it.

The complexity of craps comes from the large number of different bets available at each turn, and being able to identify which bet is appropriate to a given turn of the dice – in a real casino, one would be required to know all these different bets and strategies beforehand, but online craps allows a player to transition into the feel of the game by showing which bets are available, and avoids the kind of embarrassment a newcomer to the table might experience the first time they tried to play.