Some people go to the casino to have fun, and only want to play the games they like the most. But if you want to improve your opportunities of walking away with more money than you went in with, you need an edge.
Before you sit down at a table, know which casino games have the best odds so that you can spend your money wisely. Before you start, know that none of the casino games have good odds for players. There’s a reason for the phrase, “The house always wins.” Every casino game is designed to give the house a better chance of winning, but some of them are more tilted than others.
Table Games Give You The Best Odds
Blackjack is a simple card game with an element of skill to it. The odds of winning aren’t that bad. You play against the dealer; more people can play at one time, but each is only trying to beat the dealer, not each other. The person whose hand comes closest to 21 without going over (which is called a “bust”) wins.
Winning blackjack takes luck and a relatively small amount of skill. The dealer depends as much on luck as the players do, so the odds of winning are pretty even. In most casinos, the advantage to the dealer is about one percent.
Craps’ Odds of Winning: Nearly 50 Percent
Craps is a table game played with dice. One player is the “shooter,” who rolls the dice, and the other players make wagers on the results of that roll. On the first roll, called “coming out,” the shooter wins on a seven or an eleven. If the shooter rolls any other number, that number is now the “point.” The shooter needs to hit the point before he rolls a seven to win.
If you make a “pass line” wager to bet whether or not the shooter will win, your odds are nearly 50/50. If you make more specific bets, the odds of winning drop but your payouts rise.
Roulette’s Odds of Winning: Nearly 50%
Roulette is a wheel with 38 numbers on it. The numbers 1 – 36 are either red or black and the number 0 (and in American casinos, also 00) in green. The croupier, as a roulette dealer is called, spins the wheel and the ball falls on one of the numbers.
There are several ways to place roulette bets. The easiests to bet on is whether the ball will fall on a red or black piece, which has odds of almost 50/50. You can increase the payout — but lower your odds — by betting on specific numbers or ranges of numbers (like “1 to 12” or “1 to 18”).
The Two Casino Games with the Worst Odds of Winning
The two casino games that are hardest to win also happen to be two of the most famous games to play. They’re easy to understand and require little to no skill, so a lot of people play, making lots of money for the casinos.
Big Six Wheel/Wheel of Fortune: Odds of Winning: 26% – 39%
When you play the Big Six Wheel, you bet on whether the wheel will stop on a segment labeled $1, $5, $10, $20, or a joker. The segment that the wheel stops on is the amount you’ll get if you win.
Slots: Odds of Winning Around 1 in 49,836,032
You play slots by putting money into a slot machine and pulling a lever or pushing a button to spin a wheel. Depending on where the wheel lands, you win or lose. Slot machines have several odds of winning, and the odds are printed on each machine. Be sure to read them before you select a machine to play.