All casino games feature a house edge. The gambling experts at Lioncasinos said it best “house edge is what the casino asks you in exchange for the entertainment provided”.
That’s somewhat accurate. In mathematical terms the house edge is the statistical advantage built in the games to ensure that the casino is always making money in terms of expected value.
Does this mean that you will never win? No, due to short term variance it can go either way, but over a period of time the casino will always have the best end of the deal.
10 – Baccarat
Baccarat has different variants and can have side bets. In order for you to make a bet, you’ll have to bet on the “player” (1.2% house edge) or on “banker” (1% house edge).
Then the one who has the hand which is closest to 9 will win the round. There are some additional rules such as, for example, if either the player or banker have an 8 or 9, they stand. If the player has a total of 5 or less, then he can have another card.
Otherwise, the player will stand. If there’s a stand by the player, then the banker will have a total of 5 or even less. There’s a final option to bet, which is a tie, that has a payout of 8-to-1.
09 – Craps
Craps has the basic house edge of 1.4%. When it comes to playing this game, it has many wagers available. Players can make a bet by putting a chip on the pass line on the table.
Others bets will require the dealer to move the chip. The pass sequence starts with a come out roll and it’s the shooter who will roll the dice.
Those who bet will win if the roll is 7 or 11 and lose if it’s 2, 3 or 12. If it’s any other number then it becomes the points. If the shooter rolls a point number during the comeout, then it will keep rolling until either he rolls the same one to get an even payout or a seven to lose.
If a shooter makes a point, then he will keep rolling with a new come out. If there isn’t one, he 7’s out, which means that the dice will rotate to another one.
08 – Blackjack
Blackjack is a simple game where you’ll need to hit 21 or higher than the dealer. Playing blackjack using blackjack strategy is a very good idea and it can give you a house edge between 0.2% and 2%.
The rules are very easy to understand. You can’t go over 21, since that will make you lose and, automatically, the dealer will win or vice-versa. It’s possible to get another card if you think you have low “points” on your hand.
Cards from 2 to 9 have their face value. 10, J, Q and K value 10 points and the A can either value 1 or 11 points, depending on what you need.
With the introduction of live dealer blackjack, we’ve seen a lot of different types of this game being introduced, namely by Evolution Gaming.
As a good rule of thumb – the more complex the rules are, the higher the house edge. Also, always avoid sidebets as these have a margin of up to 10%.
07 – Roulette
Roulette is an easy game to play as shown by James Bond in Casino Royale. The house edge varies from 1% to 16%, depending on the variant of the game and on the type of bet you made.
Basically, you have to make a bet on a number or several numbers, colors, groups of numbers and then wait until the dealer spins the ball and it stops on a specific number.
If it stops on the number you bet on then you win the bet. If not, then you lose.
06 – Casino Hold’em
Poker is one of the most favorite games for many players and there are many casinos where it can be found. Regarding the house edge then it’s of 2,1% on average.
This game can be complicated to learn but when you’re able to play then it’s highly rewarding. You’re handed 2 cards and from those 2 you need to have a hand of 5 cards with the best cards in order to win your opponents, the other players.
05 – Pai Gow
The house edge of this game is 2.44% when it’s played the House’s Way. This is a difficult game for you to learn and the goal is to have both player and banker have high and low hands and compare each.
What makes this game hard is the fact that there’s an order of hands and the tiles are large and random, making them difficult to memorize.
Pai Gow is played with 32 dominoes and each player and the dealer will be dealt 4. The player should separate his into low and high hands. There’s no need to specify which is the high or the low hand.
Each pair of tiles has a ranking order: Pair, Wong, Gong and 9 to 0. There’s an exception due to the 2 tiles because of the two tiles Gee Joon pair since they’re worth 3 or 6 points.
04 – Sic Bo
When it comes to Sic Bo then its house edge is of 2.78%. This game is played using 3 dice.
There are several outcomes which means different payouts. It’s played in a table and the players will make a bet on the section of the layout they want. Once all bets have been made then the dealer will pick up the chest and shake it.
Then it will return it to the normal and the players will be able to see the result.
There are different types of bets available such as Big/Small, Odd/Even, Roll Totals, Domino Combinations, Doubles, Triples and Single dice.
03 – Three Card Poker
With three card poker the house edge is of 2.01%, which is definitely an advantage since it’s very small.
Playing this game it’s easy. Basically, it’s just like any other game of poker but with 3 cards. Instead of being dealt 2 cards, the players will be dealt 3 cards instead.
Besides, players will be playing against the dealer instead of playing against other players.
The rest of the rules remain the same, so there aren’t any changes. Learn how to play it through practice and then play it with real money for a chance to win some money.
02 – Caribbean Stud Poker
The house edge of this game is 5,2%. You can play it easily whenever you want since it’s quickly found at any casino. This is played with the normal rules of poker. However, the player and dealer get 5 cards.
One from the dealer is exposed, faced-up. There are no table cards in this variant, so all that counts are the cards that the player and the dealer have in their hand.
01 – Dragon Tiger
Dragon Tiger’s house edge is of 3,73%. It’s definitely low for a simple game like this.
Two cards are drawn, one to the Dragon and another is drawn to the Tiger. You must bet which one has the highest card.
There are also some proposition bets on individual cards. It can be played until 8 decks of cards. Cards are ranked as in poker, except aces since those are low.