Casino games
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Date: 02 September, 2005


Starsky and Hutch Pinball

'For those who like card games for money without the annoying side-effect of having to sell your family.'

Casinos. Never been in one myself. That devilish combination of an addictive personality and a guilty conscience have always kept me away. But I do like the games. Here’s a load of casino games you can play online without registration and without losing your salary.

Some games require your browser to have a 'plug in' for Shockwave. You can download this for free here here

If you are a parent, we advise you to try the game and the site it's on first before letting your kids play them, to make sure you're happy. (And, don't forget, you can also find great games for kids in our own Global Gang area).

To play a game, simply click on its name.

BlackJack for fun. Dealer lends you the money and then (in my experience) wins it all back.

Dracula’s Lair
A fruit-machine game just for fun. You start with $100 (100 turns) and try not to lose it using the usual combinations of holding, nudging and gambling.

It’s a lottery game. Practice your birthday selection.

The classic dice game. 15 sets of 3 throws with 5 dice; 15 boxes to fill. Bonuses for getting lots of 5s, 6s etc. Easier to play than explain.

Mario Poker
For those who like card games for money without the annoying side-effect of having to sell your family.

Pyramid Solitaire
Bored of losing someone else’s money in the casino? Play this slightly distracting solitaire game for a few minutes to recover your nerve.

Roulette Online
Place your bets ladies and gentlemen. Work out the odds and try to break the imaginary bank.

Starsky and Hutch Pinball
As a break from the industry-standard pinball which was already installed on your new computer when you bought it, there are many other fine desk-top pinball games. This is one of them.

21 Blitz
Place cards, as they are dealt, on a 4 by 4 grid. Add rows/columns up to 21 and gain a star. Don’t go bust. Earn enough stars to get to the next level.

‘Aim to get all 52 cards in your pile. The cards are rated the same as their poker value with aces high. The player and dealer each get one card. If the player's card is higher than the dealer's, then the player wins even money. If vice versa, the player loses.

‘If both cards are the same it sparks a 'war'. In this case, the player can either forfeit half his bet or go to war. In war, the player doubles his bet, then the dealer burns three cards before giving both himself and the player a second card.

‘If that card beats or ties the dealer's, then the player wins even money on the raise and the original bet is a push. However, if the dealer's second card is higher, the player loses both his original bet and the additional bet.

‘You can play up to 3 hands simultaneously by placing bets at all 3 locations. After the first game, press the deal button again without placing any bets to repeat the bets you placed in the previous game.’

Got that? Good.

Apologies that last month I referred you to an alleged sudoku online site which turned out to be simply a place you could print off hard copies of puzzles. Go here to play on-line.

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