Article published on 25 November 2009

Which casino games have the best odds?

Freshman Studies  

What a great question. In fact, one of the greatest questions you can ask as a budding online gambler. While online gambling is highly entertaining, remember that as long as you play for real money your main objective should always be to win more than you lose. Well obviously, I can almost hear you saying as your read the last sentence, but you'd be surprised at how much money some online gamblers throw at casino games that offer terrible odds, and thus lessen their chances of winning.

So if it's winning you're after, then there are two table games you should focus on as both offer the best odds. The first is blackjack and the second is craps. What this means is that the house edge or casino advantage is less in these two games than in other popular casino games, giving you a greater chance of winning. By using basic blackjack strategy, you can reduce the house edge to under 1 percent, compared to a game like keno, where the house edge can exceed 20 percent.

To lower the house edge in blackjack and thus increase your odds of winning, you need to know how many 52-card decks the dealer is using. The standard is six decks, but some casinos may still offer single and double deck blackjack which is great, because the fewer decks, the lower the casino advantage. Also seek out online blackjack games where the dealers are required to stand on soft 17 as opposed to hit on soft 17. The former lessens the house edge by 0.3 percent.

When it comes to craps, a game that seems complicated until you take half an hour to learn the rules, there are many bets where the house edge is negligible, and by concentrating more on those bets you can maximize your chances of winning. Probably the most common bet in craps is the Pass Line Bet, which boasts a house edge of only 1.41 percent, which is pretty good. There are other ways to reduce the casino advantage in craps, which you will no doubt learn as you go.

But it is important to remember that all land and online casino games have a house edge - which is how casinos make their money. However, that doesn't mean you can't reduce that edge every way you can, and give yourself the best odds or chance of winning.

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