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Odds of winning at the casino - Here the games you should consider

Published on March 11, 2020, 1:49 pm

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Have you ever wondered what the best casino games based on odds are?

When playing at brick-and-mortar casinos or online, most properties have more or less the same game selection.

However, depending on what game you choose, your chances of winning varies a lot.

In this article, we will show you casino games with the best and the worst odds, so you know what games to play and what games to avoid. If you care about the odds when playing casino games, that is.

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Table games give you the best odds

Something that most people don’t realize is that table games have a huge advantage over other casino games when it comes to offering the best odds.

Players tend to try the easier games, such as slots, instead of table games as some people think they are hard, but in reality, they offer the best odds available in the casino.

And these odds are the same even if you play online or offline.

Blackjack gives you a 49% chance of winning

It’s not hard to learn the basics of the card game Blackjack, but it might take some time to learn and really understand the optimal strategy when playing.

Chance of winnings playing at blackjack
49% are the chance of winnings playing at blackjack

In blackjack, you and all the other players around the table are playing against the dealer. In short, you need to come as close to 21 without going bust (getting more than 21).

The same rules apply to the dealer, so if the dealer goes bust, all players (who have 21 or lower) wins.

However, as the dealer deals himself last, he has the advantage of players going bust at an earlier stage, giving him a slight advantage.

As mentioned earlier, playing according to optimal strategy rules will give you great chances of winning, but it’s important to remember that this is still a game of chance, and the stroke of luck plays an important (but not significant) role.

Roulette gives you close to 50% chance of winning

The game of roulette includes a wheel with 37 or 38 numbers/slots, depending on what version you play. The number 0 slot is green (number 00 is also green, but only existing in the American version of roulette), and the numbers 1-36 are either black or red (18 slots per color).

The European version of Roulette is better for players than the American one, as it gives you better odds of winning, so when in doubt, choose the European Roulette tables.

To make things easier, I will use the European Roulette rules in this guide.

When playing roulette you place bets on a variety of options. You can bet on a single number (pays 1/36), on red/black (pays 1/2), on even or odd numbers and on whole rows, among other bet options.

When the bets are placed the dealer will spin the roulette wheel and drop the ball inside the wheel. If the ball lands inside one of the slots/numbers you’ve placed your wager on, you will win according to the winning table.

Chance of winnings playing at the roulette
50% are the chance of winnings playing at roulette (punting on red or black)

Highest wins are achieved from single numbers (as they have the lowest odds) and the lowest wins come from red and black (and even/odd number) bets

Craps gives you close to 50% chance of winning

If you’re a fan of dice games, then Craps is the table game for you. Craps is well known from Hollywood movies such as The Hangover and Black Panther and has been featured in TV-series like Friends and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air among others.

The game is very social and features one “shooter” (the player who rolls the dice) and multiple players around the table who simply places wagers on the outcome of the shooters roll.

The shooter can win on the following:

The first roll (coming out): Shooter needs either a seven or eleven to win. If any other number is rolled,  that number is now considered the “point”. If this happens, in order to win, the shooter needs to first roll and hit the same number (the point) and then roll a seven to win.

As a gambler who’s not the shooter, there are multiple betting options. The most common bets are pass line & don’t pass line bets, come and don’t come bets, place bets, buy bets, lay bets, hard ways, single-roll bets and odds bets.

The pass line bets give you the highest chance of winning at almost 50%, but with lower payouts than other bets with a lower chance of winning.

Online Craps: how to win using a strategy

Two casino games most players love, but with the worst odds

According to Forbes Magazine, the casino games with the lowest odds of winning are slots (generally) and the progressive machines like the Wheel of Fortune.

What’s interesting here is that these 2 games are among the most popular casino games all around the world, mainly due to their extremely high payouts.

Still, the chance of winning on the Wheel of Fortune or to win big on slot machines are considered very low, with terrible odds.

Sure, winning small on slot machines happens quite often, but winning a progressive jackpot, for example, is sometimes one in 50 million or more.


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