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Scratch cards remain one of the most enduringly popular forms of gambling. Many casino games capitalise on this popularity by providing virtual equivalents of the paper cards you can buy in stores.
Some of these feature cool, interactive interfaces, bonus rounds and accumulators to add extra layers of excitement, while retaining the simplicity gamblers love. Scratch and sniff the wins!
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About scratch cards
When it comes to casino games, scratch cards are as simple a game as you can find. Most of us will have at least once in our lives bought or played a scratch card. You scratch off a panel which reveals your mystery symbol or symbols, and if you can match that symbol(s) with the prize list, then you've gotten yourself a winner.
Some scratch cards are subtly different. For example, you may have a whole panel of symbols to scratch off, if you match three identical symbols, then you win the prize as indicated.
Online scratch cards work on precisely the same principle, except that of course all the scratching that is done is virtual.
Typically, you are presented with a prize amount panel, which you first scratch off. This will reveal how much you are going to win if you 'scratch lucky', as well as your lucky symbol. The second panel will contain a number of symbols that you are required to scratch off. If you can find your lucky symbol among the number from the bigger panel, then you've won!
All the scratching is perfomed virtually, with a virtual coin. Online casinos will not be held responsible if your damage your laptop screen, monitor, smart-phone or tablet by trying to scratch off the panels using a real coin.
Some other types of scratch cards will offer you a larger number of panels, and if you can find three identical symbols among them, you're a winner.
When it comes to scratch cards online, you can either scratch off the panels one-by-one if you want to prolong the ectasy, or you can click a button that will scratch all the panels off in one fail swoop.
The history of scratch cards
Scratch cards are a relatively modern invention. The first scratch card was produced in 1974 by the US games company Scientific Games Corporation. The company Astro-Med of Rhode Island, also in the US, was in receipt of the first US Patent to develop an instant scratch-off lottery ticket.
The majority of scratch cards throughout most of the world are manufactured by a mere two companies: the aforementioned Scientific Games Corporation and yet another US-based company, Pollard Banknote. Scientific Games have grown incredibly since their humble beginnings in 1973. The company has since expanded into all forms of internet gambling with the purchase of WMS Industries in 2013, and Bally Technologies a year later.
Real-world scratch cards are big business. It's estimated that people in the US spend US$60 billion on scratch cards annually.
Scratch cards at online casinos
Most online casinos carry scratch cards of some variety, although some some casinos prefer to call them 'instant win' games or 'jackpot' games.
Online scratch cards first appeared in 2010, but have failed to capture the gambling public's imagination in the way that online pokies and online table games have. Enough people must continue to play them though, as casinos continue to provide them.
Some operators - such as Playtech - release scratch cards that tie-in with some of their online pokies titles. In Playtech's case, most of their 'Marvel' slots also have scratch cards, such as Wolverine, Daredevil and Captain America. The pokies and the scratch cards have the same basic graphics, which is something of a convenience when it comes to software development.
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