What do you think about when you think of the casino? Is it James Bond tossing chips onto a roulette table as the wheel spins? Or high stakes poker games with bundles of cash in the centre of the table for the winner? Whatever you imagine, you are probably hoping to come out on top yourself after a visit to the casino.
However, for most people a trip to the casino will end up costing them as there is a reason for that expression ‘the house always wins’. It’s true: the house does always win in the long run, but there are ways to improve your chances and walk through those casino doors with some extra cash in your pockets.
A Fool and His Money…
The easiest way to lose your money is to wander into a casino without the slightest plan of what games you are going to play or how much you are going to spend. For those people who aren’t accustomed to casino gaming then the experience of going through those doors for the first time can be a little overwhelming.
The casino is a riot of noise and lights, with people everywhere and the sound of clanging slot machines dominating the room. If you don’t know what you are doing then it can be easy to make bad choices which end up with you spending more than you wanted, and in less time than you should have. We are going to give you a few tips to make sure that that won’t happen to you!
Begin at the Beginning
First things first: before you even set foot inside of the casino you should know exactly how much you are prepared to play with. What that means, in reality, is ‘How much can I afford to lose?’ because there are no guarantees when it comes to casino gaming. Whether it is $20 or $20,000, choose an amount that you can lose without losing any sleep over it and stick to that limit.
Gambling at a casino with money you cannot afford to lose without it impacting negatively on your life is a big no-no and should never be considered. If there were a guaranteed way to win at the casino then they would all be going out of business, but as you can tell from the swanky surroundings of casinos in places like Las Vegas that is definitely not the case. We can’t guarantee you any winnings, we can simply improve your odds of doing so and give you a better chance of turning a profit.
The most important factor in that regard is quite simply the games you choose to play at the casino. Not all games are created equally, and some will offer you a much better chance of success than others. If you are new to the world of casinos it can be tempting to sit down at one of the hundreds of slot machines clamouring for your attention.
After all, that’s what their flashing lights and noisy payouts are designed to do. You may have successfully played slots online, but beware trying to reproduce your success on the physical versions. All slot machines/games have a pre-set ‘return to player’ which is the percentage of money that will be returned to the player after hundreds of thousands of spins of the reels. However, that RTP is normally much higher for online slots than the offline version.
Online slot RTPs are usually more than 95% whereas the land-based machines are more often between 70-80%. That means that you are much more likely to make a profit from the online versions and should probably steer clear of their metallic cousins.
The Best Options for Winners
So, if you are not going to be seduced by the charms of slot machines then which is the best game to select? The best way to decide this is by using that Return to Player (RTP) percentage again, as this can be applied to all casino games where you are taking on the house. That means a game like poker – where you play against other customers – depends on your own skill (and some luck) and so there is no statistically probably outcome.
Roulette is one of the easiest games to play as there is absolutely no skill required from the player, except for the knowledge of which bets to place, and which table to play at. You will get an RTP of over 97% when you play at a European table, which falls to a less attractive 94.7% at an American table. How to tell the difference? The European table has only one green space on the wheel, while the American version has an extra 00 pocket and should be avoided.
Good Fun, Good Value
Craps is a fun game to play at a land-based casino, and it also offers fantastic odds if you choose the best bets. For beginners, the easiest thing to do is to choose the ‘Pass Line’ bet. We don’t have the space to explain the rules here, but a quick search will let you know how to make this easy bet and stand a great chance of a profit.
Your chances improve still further when you add in the ‘Odds Bet’. Baccarat is another great value game, although it suffers from two issues: firstly, people don’t understand the rules and secondly, it is not the most exciting game out there. While this is commonly found online, in physical casinos it is often used for high rolling players only. Blackjack tables will be found at just about every casino, and the RTP is a fantastic 99.5%! But there is a catch…
Maximize Your Chances
In order to maximise your chances (and RTP) you must study and memorize blackjack strategy. There is a statistically optimal move to make for every situation, and if you do this you will give yourself the best chance to win. Of course, when you play online you can simply open a new screen with a chart showing all of the best moves.
That is frowned upon in land-based casinos, so the best idea is to practice online and then transfer those skills to the real-life tables. Don’t be distracted, stick to your optimal strategy, and you will have a real chance to make a nice profit from the blackjack tables.