One of the best things about online gaming is that it gives you a better chance to win than gambling at land-based casinos.
Gaming sites don’t need to pay dealers, have physical slot machines, or cover substantial utility bills to keep casinos running. They can, therefore, afford to offer you a lower house edge than with most games.
I’m not saying that internet gaming is inherently better than its land-based counterpart. After all, brick-and-mortar casinos offer an experience that online casinos, poker sites, and sportsbooks can’t.
If you want to win, though, then online gaming is your best chance. But what exact games should you be playing in order to give yourself the absolute top odds?
I’m going to cover which forms of online gambling are the best in terms of winning profits. I’ll discuss both skill-based and house-banked games, the latter of which features a house edge.
1 – Esports Betting
Esports betting has become more prominent in the online gambling scene in recent years. The industry itself is growing at a rapid pace, which has led most internet sportsbooks to feature video game gambling.
One reason why esports wagering offers such a great chance to win is because you can actually gain a long-term edge. You just have to earn enough to beat the odds and juice (house commission).
As I’ll discuss later with sports betting, accomplishing this feat definitely isn’t easy. But it becomes easier with esports betting because this is a newer type of gaming.
Esports have just now come into the limelight in recent years. Bookmakers are still relatively new to the activity, meaning they don’t always create as sharp of lines as they would for, say, an NBA or NFL game.
Furthermore, you have a chance to become an expert in a newer type of betting. Given esports’ relative youth, you can develop your own strategies and win profits.
But what if you’re not very knowledgeable on video games? Do you still have a chance to beat esports wagering?
The beauty of betting on video games is that it’s basically the same as gambling on sports. Both activities use the same type of odds and wagers. If you’re already experienced at wagering on sports, then you can make a smooth transition with esports.
The only downside to esports gambling is that it doesn’t offer as many opportunities as the sports betting world. Again, esports are still coming into their own, meaning they don’t draw quite as much action as the world’s most popular traditional sports.
However, the industry is growing every year. Within five years, esports betting should become one of the top 5-10 forms of betting. It’ll therefore offer more live betting and prop bets opportunities.
2 – Online Blackjack
Blackjack reigns supreme among house-banked online casino games. Most internet casinos feature favorable rules that drop the house edge under 1%.
This is a refreshing break from land-based casinos, which have worse rules in place. Brick-and-mortar blackjack often carries between a 1.5% and 2% house edge.
Again, online casinos don’t have to pay dealers to run games. They use some of these savings to offer their players better rules and a lower house edge.
Here are some of the best online blackjack games by provider:
Microgaming Vegas single deck = 0.31% house edge
Playtech blackjack surrender = 0.35%
Betsoft single deck = 0.38%
These games are great because they all offer a single deck and 3-to-2 natural blackjack payouts. These 3-to-2 payouts are especially important here because they lower the house edge by 1.4% when compared to 6:5 payouts, which are common in land-based blackjack.
Of course, you can’t blindly rely on every online blackjack game giving you a great chance to win. You should familiarize yourself with the main rules that affect the house edge so that you can better tell if an online game is worth playing.
The following rules play a big role in the house advantage:
3-to-2 natural blackjack payouts – These lower the house edge by 1.4% versus 6-to-5 payouts
Double down on any total – Reduces house advantage by 0.25% compared to only being able to double on 9, 10, and 11
Dealer stands on a soft 17 – Lowers house edge by 0.2% in comparison to standing on a soft 17
Double down after splitting (DAS) – Reduces house advantage by 0.17% when available
Single deck blackjack – Offers a 0.59% lower house edge than the eight-deck game
Keep in mind that some online video poker variations have lower house edges than internet blackjack. But online blackjack strategy is easier to learn, which is why I’ve ranked it number 2.
All you need to do is find a blackjack strategy chart that matches the game you’re playing.
If you’re playing Microgaming Vegas single deck, you’d look for a chart that is based on single-deck games.
The beauty is that you don’t even have to even memorize these charts. You can instead simply refer to them whenever you’re stumped on how to handle a specific situation.
3 – Online Poker
Online poker used to be the best way to make money through internet gaming by a mile. Poker is no longer the most profitable form of online gambling for the average player, but it still comes pretty close.
The best thing about online poker is that it gives you a chance to make lots of money. This game doesn’t feature a house edge, meaning your profit potential is nearly limitless.
Of course, you have to put the work in to become a great poker player and make lots of money. Here are some ways to improve your skills:
Pros’ livestreams on Twitch
Strategy videos on YouTube
Poker training sites
Poker is essentially like anything else in that you get back what you put into it. You’re almost guaranteed to become a winning player at some level if you play for 4-5 hours a day and spend two more hours on strategy.
I emphasize “on some level” because it’s hard to tell exactly how far you can climb up the poker ladder. Everybody dreams of earning a six- or seven-figure income through poker, but few can do it on a consistent basis.
Becoming successful at poker is much harder today than it was a decade ago. The online game isn’t as profitable nowadays, and some sites are infested with bots — programs that can successfully win at many online poker stakes.
Nevertheless, the potential is still there to win poker profits. You just have to put a lot of work and dedication into the matter.
4 – Online Video Poker
Video poker has been one of the best ways to beat the house for decades. It offers several variations that have really low house edges or even give you a chance to gain an edge.
Unfortunately, the latter category of games is only found in particular Las Vegas casinos. But on average, online video poker offers players a better chance to beat the game.
Nearly every internet casino features 9/6 Jacks or Better, which has a 0.46% house edge when perfect strategy is used.
Aside from its low house edge, Jacks or Better has the easiest strategy to learn among video poker variations.
You can find even better online video poker games in terms of the house advantage. Here are the best available variations at the time of this writing:
Microgaming’s All Aces = 0.08% house edge (99.92% RTP)
Bovada’s Double Jackpot = 0.37% house edge (99.63%)
RTG 7/5 Aces & Eights = 0.37% house edge (99.63%)
9/6 Jacks or Better (many providers) = 0.46% house edge (99.54%)
You can see that some of these games are better than the top online blackjack variations with regard to the house edge. The only reason why video poker isn’t higher on this list, though, is because the strategy is fairly complicated to learn.
You can use a strategy chart to master certain video poker variants, just like you would in blackjack. However, Jacks or Better is the only game listed above that features a strategy chart.
The rest of the top games require you to use a video poker trainer. A trainer points out when you make mistakes while playing so that you can learn from these gaffes.
Unfortunately, free trainers don’t cover some of the best online video poker variations. You may need to spend $40 or $50 on a program like WinPoker (Amazon) or Video Poker for Winners (VideoPokerforWinners.com).
These trainers allow you to customize pay tables to match the game you’re playing. But if you don’t want to spend $50 on a trainer, you can always just grab a strategy chart and play 9/6 JoB.
5 – Online Baccarat
Baccarat was once a high-stakes game held in roped-off areas. Luckily, the baccarat scene has changed thanks to cheaper land-based and online tables.
This game is one of the few that features the exact same house edge in brick-and-mortar and internet casinos. You can lower the house advantage to 1.06% by making the banker bet every time.
The player bet also has a low house edge at 1.24%.
The tie bet is the one that you truly want to stay away from.
The tie bet house advantage ranges from 4.84% (9:1 payout) to 14.36% (8:1 payout).
Another good thing about online baccarat is that you can play for as cheap as $1 per hand. You can play for hours with a small bankroll when combining this dollar-minimum bet with a 1.06% house edge.
6 – Sports Betting
Sports gambling is just like esports in that it gives you a chance to win in the long run. Again, you just need to win enough to beat the odds and juice.
If you’re betting against -110 odds, you’d only need to win 52.4% to overcome the juice and make money.
Assuming you’re a profitable better, you can increase your wagers to capitalize on your edge.
The tough thing about sports betting, though, is that bookmakers are fairly adept at creating sharp lines. They’ve had decades to study various sports and make lines that are difficult to beat.
However, you still have a chance to beat sports betting by putting in the necessary work. You can handicap matches on your own, familiarize yourself with players and leagues, and use software to develop your own useful stats.
Bankroll management is another big part of sports gambling. If you can remain disciplined with your bankroll, then you’ll be able to survive losing streaks and have a stronger chance of winning.
7 – Daily Fantasy Sports
Daily fantasy sports (DFS) features a similar model to poker tournaments. You can enter DFS tourneys and compete for a prize pool, which is usually dispersed to the top 10-15% of finishers.
This is another game that offers the chance to make long-term profits. You need to have enough skill in filling out lineups to finish at the top of tourneys on a consistent basis.
Daily fantasy has become tougher in recent years, with more players adapting to the strategy. However, you can still make plenty of money with the right approach and skills.
If you’re worried about the volatility of tournaments, though, then you can always play in heads-up tournaments, which theoretically give you a 50% chance of winning.
8 – Online Slots With High RTP
Slots don’t exactly have a reputation for creating lots of winners. Those who do win usually win big, while the vast majority of players leave the casino empty-handed.
But you might be surprised to know that certain online slots have really low house edges. In fact, some of these games can compete with blackjack and video poker in terms of house advantage.
Return to player determines how much each slot machine pays players over time.
A game with 95% RTP will pay out $0.95 for every dollar bet.
Of course, slot machines are the most volatile games in the casino. They can pay well below or above their stated RTP in the short run.
Nevertheless, choosing slots with high RTP/low house edge is the best strategy you can use in the game.
Here are a few online slots that rank at the top of the industry in terms of payback:
Ugga Bugga – 99.1% RTP (Playtech)
Big Bet Machines – 99.0% (Barcrest)
Mega Joker – 99.0% (NetEnt)
ChessMate – 98.7% (MultiSlot)
1429 Uncharted Seas – 98.6% (Thunderkick)
Kings of Chicago – 97.8% (NetEnt)
The only problem with high-paying slot machines is that they’re very unpredictable. They could see you win hundreds or even thousands of dollars one day, then lose it all within the next three sessions.
Contrast this to games like baccarat, blackjack, and roulette, which feature more consistent payouts. Nevertheless, some internet slots give you a strong chance to win in the long run.
You can find these games with as little as a few minutes of research. Simply Google terms like “online slots highest RTP” or “best paying online slots.”
9 – French Roulette
French roulette rounds out our list of top internet casino games with regard to payout percentages. The French version has certain aspects that give it a better house edge than any other roulette variation.
First off, French roulette is played on a European wheel. This wheel has 37 numbers including a single zero, which is the only number that favors the house on even-money bets.
The American wheel, in contrast, has 38 numbers. Two of these pockets — single zero and double zero — favor the house.
Another advantage of French roulette is that it features the la partage rule. This rule gives you half-back on your even-money bets that lose when the ball lands on zero.
All of this combines to give French rule a 1.35% house edge. Compare this to European roulette (no la partage) and American roulette (unfavorable wheel), which carry 2.70% and 5.26% house edges, respectively.
You can technically play this game at either a land-based or online casino and enjoy the same low house advantage. However, French roulette is usually only available in European brick-and-mortar casinos.
You can save yourself a trip to Europe by going online and playing at casinos with either Microgaming or RealTime Gaming software. Both providers feature a true French roulette game.
All of the games featured in this discussion give you a strong chance to win. But you want to use some discretion when choosing skill-based games.
Esports betting, poker, DFS, and online sports betting theoretically offer you the best opportunity to win money. These are skill-based forms of gambling that see the best players/bettors collect profits.
However, you don’t want to jump into poker or esports betting with the mindset that you’re guaranteed great odds. Your chances of winning are largely dictated by how much work you put into studying these games.
If you don’t want to spend lots of time perfecting your skills, you can still have a decent chance of winning. Blackjack, video poker, baccarat, some online slots, and French roulette all feature low house advantages.
Baccarat and French roulette are by far the easiest routes for achieving a low house edge. You merely need to make the banker bet in baccarat and even-money wagers in French roulette to use perfect strategy.
Blackjack requires some effort in the strategy department. However, you can grab a chart for whatever game you’re playing and quickly figure out optimal strategy.
You won’t have to spend much effort looking for the highest-paying online slots. But you will need to deal with lots of volatility.
Video poker is the hardest house-based game in terms of strategy. But you may find it worth the effort when considering how Microgaming’s All Aces and RTG’s Aces & Eights offer a great chance to win.
In summary, check out some of the games discussed here in order to boost your odds. With any luck, you could be in for some serious profits!
Michael Stevens has been researching and writing topics involving the gambling industry for well over a decade now and is considered an expert on all things casino and sports betting. Michael has been writing for GamblingSites.org since early 2016. ...
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