Not all casino games were made equal.
Millions of people gamble online every day, but most people don’t realize that their game of choice can have a significant impact on their chances of success. Here you’ll find a guide on how to stack the odds in your favor.
Understand House Edge
All casino games have a ‘house edge’, measured in percentages. This is the amount the dealer is statistically likely to win more than lose over a full session of play. So, if the house edge is 5%, the dealer will win 5% more often than they lose. Here is a video explaining house edge when it comes to roulette.
Avoid Slot Machines at all Costs
While most table-based casino games are games of chance, slot machines are, for all intents and purposes, rigged from the start. Your chance of hitting a jackpot can be as low as 1 in a million. And why wouldn’t they be? Slot machines are specifically designed to turn revenue for their owners! And online, you can’t be sure they’re not completely rigged. Stick to table games!
The Best Table Games
Statistically speaking, Blackjack is the game with the best odds, with a house edge of just 0.28%. This means that your chances of winning are more or less 50/50 – a fair bet.
While poker has the next-lowest house edge, at 0.46%, there are some other factors to take into account. One of the biggest weaknesses of poker is that you have no idea who your opponents are or what their skills levels may be. Unlike in Blackjack, in which you’re only squaring off against the dealer, in poker you may be stuck playing against secret grandmasters. Steer clear, unless you’re confident in your abilities. Train by playing no- or low-stakes games!
In Craps, you’re simply betting on the results of a roll of the dice. This may sound daunting, but statistically your odds are still around 50/50. The game may look intimidating from afar, but it’s quite easy to pick up and learn.
If Craps seems too intimidating to you, Roulette may be your next best bet (pun intended). Stick to betting on reds or blacks, however, and avoid specific numbers, as they dramatically reduce your chances of success. Sticking to colors puts your odds of winning at, again, roughly 50/50, ignoring the 2 green numbers.
In the long run, it’s important to remember that if you choose to gamble, you are risking your money, and that if you do it often, the casino will always have an advantage. The best strategy is to only bet what you’re willing to lose, and to never chase your losses.