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Auto-play in casino games more common

14 Apr 2010

It's becoming more common that casino players like to play in order to win, but don't necessarily want to be so hands on with the games that they play. As a result, many casinos are introducing auto-play options to a number of their games. This effectively means that players set the parameters, and the game plays through by itself. These features are more common with games of luck, though some software providers are also introducing it to games of skill

Games of Luck with Auto-Play

Originally, it was just games like Slots that allowed players to use auto-play mode when playing at an online casino. With this feature, players can select the number of pulls they'd like to make on the Slot machine, and also set what their wager will be for each pull. Or, they can set the same parameters and allow the game to essentially keep on going until they have used up the maximum they told the casino that they would like to bet.

Doing this, players don't need to even so much as touch their mouse or their keyboard while the game plays out. With many casinos that offer these auto-play options, players are able to play more than one game at the same time and this is possible because they don't really need to be paying attention. The game automatically follows the player's initial instructions, and then pays out as appropriate.

Other games that have commonly used auto-play functions at online casinos and other gaming sites are games like Bingo and Keno. These games are simple to use auto-play functions, since all players really need to do is select their numbers. With Bingo, the auto-play version automatically dabs their Bingo cards and keeps track of any winnings; and similarly with Keno winning numbers are compared to numbers drawn and appropriate winnings are paid out.

Skill Games with Auto-Play

Some software providers are allowing players to use auto-play functions on games that do require skill and strategy. Backgammon, varieties of Poker and even games like Blackjack have all had this option applied at some casinos. Many players do object to this, because they say it gives players an unfair advantage since the auto-play option automatically selects the best strategy to use for every situation, since it is programmed into the software; and doesn't allow for human judgement which could result in error. Essentially, those who object to auto-play in skill games say that there's really not much point in playing at all.

No matter where you stand on the debate, it is inarguable that auto-play in luck or skill games can be convenient for those who are more focused on winning and increasing their bankroll than they are on taking enjoyment away from the game. Though, if a casino does offer the opportunity to play more than one game at a time, then players just might increase the odds of winning while one game plays on its own at the same time as they're engaged in another game.
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