Here is a concise list of several Casino related terms.
Animation makes your games look like a film of a real casino game – the slot machine wheels rotate, the roulette wheel turns around and the ball spins and jumps. The animation can be turned off in the Options window, which speeds up the game pace considerably.
Casino Server is the computer that manages all games and with which your computer is communicating. It processes the requests of all users and uses a random number generator to obtain the result of each game before it returns the results to the users.
Chip selection bar is used to select the chip that you want to place on the table. When you left-click on a chip, it is selected and can be placed on the table by left-clicking on the appropriate spot on the table. There are usually more chip types to select from than is visible in the selection bar. More chip types can be displayed by clicking on the arrows on either side of the selection bar. A click on the arrow will shift the visible portion of the selection bar so that a new chip becomes visible. When the game is started, the chip that represents the lowest stake on this table is selected by default. No chips of smaller value can be used.
Encryption The communication with a casino server is encrypted with the widely used SSL protocol. You can be assured that no one can intercept your messages sent to the casino server or the answer from the casino server sent to you.
Game controls are the graphical control elements found in each game window. Each game control contains several elliptical buttons. For example, one of them is to open the cashier window and transfer money to and from your account, “Exit game” to stop the game and close the game window, and “Player Info” to open the player info window. In addition, it contains a box which shows your current account balance, current bet or payoff in the last game as well as the minimum and maximum wager at the game table.
A Casino program is the program that you download from the Internet. It is installed on your computer and runs to play casino games together with the casino server.
Guests You can visiton online Casino as a guest just to look at the games and to try your luck. You don’t have to fill in any forms or get any passwords, you simply click on “Guest games” on the main screen and you can start playing. Some games, notably multi player games, are available only for casino members.
Help texts are short texts that appear in the bottom left corner of the selection and game windows. They usually explain what will happen if you click on an active element on the window, or they contain a message concerning the game, e.g. a warning that you will be moved to a private table if you do not bet. The help texts can be disabled in theOptions window.
Neighbors are numbers located next to each other on the roulette wheel. The French roulette provides announces (call bets) where it is possible to bet on a number and up to three of its neighbors on each side.
Player Info window is a small window that displays important data concerning the player and its games, for instance the player’s nick-name, his/her current account balance, money wagered and won etc.
Park money means to put a part of your casino balance aside so that you can enter a tournament with a smaller balance and so have a higher winning percentage with the same win. When no longer needed, the money can be unparked again.
Private table is a single player table to which players are moved if they do not make their game move in time. In roulette, players who place no bets in several consecutive rounds will be moved to a single player table. In blackjack, when a player does not bet or play her/his hands in time, s/he is moved with her/his card and the dealer upcard to a private table where s/he can finish the game without any time limits.
What is the purpose of the private table? When a player does not react in time, the casino server must continue because other players are waiting and don’t want to wait forever. The casino server could enforce some default game moves, e.g. use the dealer rules to play the player’s cards. However, this would not be fair to the player because if s/he loses the Internet connection, s/he may lose money as well. The online Casino handles the communication problems in an extremely fair way: As soon as you bet any money, you are guaranteed to have as much time as you like to finish your game. Often you will get this opportunity at a single player table instead of at the multi player table. This, however, will in no way influence the outcome of the game.
Random number Random events are the real basis for every game of chance. The players bet on the outcome of a game which cannot be predicted because the result is random and does not follow any rules or algorithms. At first sight, a series of random numbers has no particular set of properties – they are just numbers. Sometimes a number or a couple of numbers are repeated, most of the time they are not. It is actually impossible to prove a sequence of numbers to be random. One can just test it for un-randomness and if a test succeeds, the sequence is proven not to be random.
Random number generator is a device which generates random numbers. In traditional casinos, there are various ways to assure the unpredictability of results, and each casino game uses a different method; the physical randomness of the roulette wheel, the untraceable shuffling of cards, etc. The online Casino uses a hardware device based on the quantum mechanical uncertainty of tunneling electrons, which is, in its principle, unpredictable and thus yields truly random results.
Round-trip time is the time it takes for a message to pass from your computer to the casino server and back. It is displayed in the Player Info box. The higher the number, the longer it takes to obtain a response from the casino server. High round-trip times can be caused by a bad connection, network congestion, etc.
Time display shows the remaining time in a multi player game. It is a horizontal color bar located usually in the upper portion of the window above the playing table. At the beginning of a game the whole bar is lit. As the time passes, the bar will fade from left to right. As long as the highlighted color is green, the player may be reasonably sure that when s/he makes a game move, there is enough time for the message to reach the casino server before the time expires. When the fading reaches yellow, it is less likely that you reach the server in time, but it is still possible. When only red is left, you either are no longer allowed to bet (roulette) or it is quite likely that your message will not reach the casino server in time.
Unfinished game is each game that has been started but not yet properly exited. The casino server stores the result of each game round until the player either confirms that s/he has seen it and wants to start a new round or has properly quit the game. When you start playing a game and the connection to the server is interrupted (your Internet connection is interrupted, your computer crashes, you log out or simply close the casino window), the last state of each unfinished game is still stored in the casino server database. As soon as you log in again, you will be offered the choice of continuing these games.