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Scratch Cards Online | Rules, Tips & History

Scratch cards onlineEver since their introduction in the mid nineteen seventies, scratch cards have evolved to what they are today and are one of the most popular games played not just at brick and mortar casinos, but at various convenience stores and kiosks in just about every major city and town throughout the world. When the idea of the digital or virtual scratch card was first proposed in the late 2000’s, many thought they would not be quite the same, or work in the same way. As it turns out, online scratch cards actually work in exactly the same way and, thanks to technology can be ‘scratched’ and the underlying prize revealed. Online scratchcards are massively popular today and are available at the most online casinos.

History Of Scratch Cards

In the mid nineteen seventies, a company called Scientific Games Corporation designed and produced the very first computer-generated instant lottery tickets which can be thought of as the forefather to the modern scratch card games we know today. Over a decade later, another American company called Astro-Med received the first U.S. Patent for their “instant scratch-off” designed lottery card. These were the first real scratch cards and were much closer in resemblance to modern scratch cards.

The basics of the first scratchcards were very simple and only contained a single covered layer and three or four sections. Players were required to scratch the thin membrane to reveal a potential prize if there were enough matching symbols. The original game symbols included numbers and letters. More advanced scratch cards added special symbols, words or pictures, often related to specific promotions including sporting events, products and more. Some scratch cards also used popular casino games as symbols such as blackjack and poker card symbols and gameplay to match different combinations together.

Modern scratchcards are available all over the world and, depending on the type in question, can be purchased at various kiosks and stores and can be played at various brick and mortar casinos. The American Scientific Games Corporation is one of the largest designers and manufacturers of scratch cards in the world today and they have production plants across the globe including in Germany, Australia, the United Kingdom, Brazil and Canada.

In the latter half of 2009 and the early part of 2010, scratch cards began to make their first appearance at online casinos. These new online scratch cards used the latest Java and Macromedia Flash technology to perfectly simulate the mechanics and gameplay of real life scratch cards. This meant that players could buy or bet on their scratch cards at various online casinos and could actually ‘scratch’ the surface using their mouse device to reveal the potential prize below.

Rules For Playing Scratch Cards Online

The online scratch card is very easy to play, just as easy in fact as their ‘real life’ counterparts. Scratch cards have always been enormously popular and now online scratch cards have taken over real life scratch cards in popularity. More and more online casinos now offer a wide range of exciting themed scratch cards to choose from and the process of playing them is very easy. It is also important to note that the rules governing scratch cards is also very basic and easy to understand. If you have never played this game before but have always wanted to, then simply follow the following basic rules and guidelines to begin playing virtual scratch cards at your favourite online casino.

Man scratching lottery card with coinTo begin playing, simply sign in to your online casino account and navigate to the scratch cards section. The next step is to choose a good online scratch card to start with. Modern online casino scratch cards come in all sorts of styles and prize ranges so it is important to choose the best one for your particular needs or preferences. The next step is to click on the coin selector to choose the size of coin that you want to play with. Simply by increasing (plus sign) or decreasing (minus sign) the coin value, you can determine how much you want to spend on your scratch card games.

The next step is to pick a new scratch card to begin playing and this is usually achieved by clicking on the “New Card” button. This will bring up a brand new scratch card on your screen. Most online casino scratch card games will give you two basic ways to reveal the potential prizes beneath the covered surface. On the one hand, players that prefer to go with the old fashioned and more exciting ‘scratch’ reveal process can use their computer cursor as a sort of virtual coin to scratch away the surface to reveal the symbols beneath. The other, much faster method is to simply click on the “Show Card” button which will instantly uncover the entire scratch card. Once the prize has been revealed, any winnings will be automatically allocated to your player account.

You win if three or more symbols match with the amount that is actually won calculated by the amount of your bet as well as the value of the symbols in the winning combination.

Tips For Playing Scratch Cards Online

Playing scratchcards online is not only very easy, it is also a lot of fun. If you have not yet played online scratch cards, why not take a look at these useful tips before heading out to your nearest online casino for a few exciting scratch card games?

  • Manage your budget: Online scratch cards are a lot of fun and it is very easy to get caught up in the fun and how fast the games go. It is always a good idea to keep your eye on your budget as you are playing to ensure that you do not run out of money too quickly. It is also a good idea to decide before you start playing how much you want to spend on scratch card games, regardless of how much you actually make off them.
  • Stop playing when it’s not fun: Many scratch card players feel that the more they play the more chance there is of winning a big prize but it is important to remember that this is also supposed to be fun and it is better to stop playing if it no longer feels like fun. You can always log on tomorrow and carry on from there.

Popular Scratch Card Games

Online scratch card games have gotten more sophisticated over the last few years and many of them now feature cool themes and even amazing 3D graphics. There are tons of different scratch card themes to choose from although they all work on more or less the same principle. You can usually choose from casino themed online scratch cards, fantasy, sports, comic books and much more.

Software Providers For Online Scratch Cards

Top online casino scratch card designers and manufacturers include:

  • NeoGames
  • PariPlay
  • WinTingo (Microgaming scratch card site)