Over the years, I’ve been asked hundreds of questions about gambling. These questions range from common ones about how to be a winning gambler to odd ones about specific games or situations.
It seems like a majority of the questions fall into a small range, and I’ve decided to put together some information on this page to cover many of the questions I hear a lot.
While everything I cover may not be a secret to you, depending on how long you’ve been gambling, you should be able to learn at least a few things that can help you. You also might want to bookmark this page so that you can point people to it if they ask you questions about gambling.
The problem with questions like what’s the best or worst game in the casino is that it depends on what the casino offers. You also need to understand that people judge the worst and best using their own wants and needs, so what’s best for one person may be the worst for another.
A gambler looking for the lowest house edge avoids playing a game like keno at all costs. It usually has the highest house edge in the casino. But a gambler looking for a chance to win $10,000 or more and doesn’t want to risk much every hour to do it can’t pick a better game than keno.
My answer when someone asks me what the worst game in the casino is starts with me asking what their gambling goal is. But I’m not taking the easy way out here by saying it depends.
From a straight house edge viewpoint, keno is terrible. But slot machines combine a high house edge, even though it’s lower than keno, with the possibility of making hundreds of bets per hour.
Even if you’re only betting $1 per spin, you’re taking 600 spins per hour with a high house edge. This can quickly add up to huge losses.
The fact is that there aren’t very many good games offered in the casino. The casino is designed to profit while providing some entertainment in return. This means that if you don’t consciously work toward winning by studying games and strategies, the odds are high that you’re simply giving the casino your money.
I covered quite a bit in the last section that directly relates to the best game in the casino. Just like in the last section, I’m not going to take the easy way out and say it depends.
The best games in the casino are usually poker if they have a poker room and blackjack.
The reason why poker and blackjack are the best games in the casino is that you can play each of them in certain ways that allow you to have a realistic chance of winning. Let’s take a look at blackjack first.
Blackjack has a relatively small house edge in comparison to most casino games. But the specific rules each blackjack table uses changes the house edge. This means that not all blackjack games are created equal. This also means that you need to spend some time learning about blackjack rules so you can take advantage of tables with good rules.
Once you learn all the blackjack rules, the next step is to learn how to play perfect blackjack strategy. You can use a strategy chart while you’re learning, but if you play a great deal, you can quickly memorize all of the correct plays. You can play blackjack with a lower house edge than just about any other game in the casino when you play at tables with good rules and use of a proper strategy.
You can even learn how to count cards in blackjack, and if you’re good at it, you can actually play with a small, long-term edge over the casino. This means that it’s possible to beat the casino at their own game.
Poker is a unique game offered in many casinos. It’s so unique because you compete against the other players, not the casino. You pay a small charge, called the rake, on every hand, which is how the casino makes money from offering poker.
When you compete against the other players instead of competing against the casino, it gives you a rare opportunity to play with an advantage. As long as you learn how to play poker better than most of your opponents, you can win in the long run.
An honorable mention for one of the best games in the casino is video poker. Some video poker games with good pay tables offer a house edge as low or lower than blackjack with the correct strategy. But unlike blackjack, you usually can’t push the edge in your favor with video poker.
I’ve been asked about many different gambling systems, and the answer is always the same. Gambling systems don’t work, no matter how good they sound. All gambling systems are scams, so you can stop wondering and asking about them.
While there are probably a few people selling winning picks, the truth is that the majority of pick selling services are scams.
You can develop your own models that can help you be a winning sports bettor, and some people call these systems, but the truth is that you’re not going to be able to buy a winning model. You have to develop your own, and even when you do, you have to constantly test and adjust it to stay ahead of the sportsbooks.
I’m all for accepting comps if the casino where you play offers them and if you were going to play the games anyway. But don’t fall into the trap of believing that the casino is giving you something for free. Comps programs are designed to make the casino more money, not to give back to players.
All of your compensation through a comps program is based on your play. The more you risk, the higher your comps. The casinos know that if they can get you to risk more, then they can keep some of what you risk as profit.
Every time I see an article about chasing comps, I cringe. Chasing comps leads to players gambling more than they originally planned, which falls right into the casino’s plans. Sign up for the comps program anywhere you play and accept what they give you, but never play more than you planned or risk more than you’re comfortable with just to earn some comps.
Yes, you can win, but it takes a lot of work. The two places to focus on are blackjack and poker, as I’ve already mentioned. You can learn how to win playing either game, but your best chance is to focus on one or the other.
I prefer poker because I’ve played it more than blackjack and you don’t have to deal with casino heat when you win, but either choice gives you a real chance to win.
If you’re playing anything else offered by the casino, you can’t win in the long run without being extremely lucky.
While there are a few side bets that aren’t awful, the truth is that most side bets offered by the casino are terrible. Side bets usually have a much higher house edge than the games they’re attached to. The safest thing to do unless you’ve studied the house edge for the side bet is to simply never make a side bet in the casino.
Casinos are sneaky, and some side bets are disguised as part of the base game. The biggest example of this is the insurance bet in blackjack. It’s a bad bet, and you should always decline insurance.
Should you play slot machines or table games? I already mentioned that slot machines are some of the worst games in the casino, but most table games are bad too. If you don’t know how to win by playing blackjack or poker at a high level, you should pretty much avoid gambling.
I realize that this is not what you want to hear, so here’s a more in-depth answer.
Outside of blackjack and poker, the best games in the casino are:
The banker bet in baccarat has a low house edge, and the don’t pass line backed by full odds in craps has a low house edge. Neither of these wagers is as good as most blackjack games, but they’re both better than almost every other table game and slot machine.
These seven gambling secrets cover most questions players have about casinos. If you simply learn from these and start using them, the odds are good that your results are going to start improving. With the right mix of work and dedication, you might even be able to turn the tables on the casinos and start regularly winning.
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