Choosing Your Casino Game

By Ben Hamill - September 29 2015

There are hundreds of casino venues in North America. The big ones, in Las Vegas, are the best-known because, basically, the whole city — even the whole state of Nevada — is built around the casino industry where gambling entertainment was pioneered in the 1940s. But today there are many other options for casino gambling including large brick-and-mortar casinos, casino cruises, small rural casinos and more.


Each casino tries to draw in visitors by offering the kinds of attractions that they believe that the patrons will want to enjoy. Many casinos feature restaurants and entertainment. Some provide accommodations. There are a variety of casino promotions which enable gamers to get more out of their playing buck. But, with a few exceptions, the game options are pretty much the same. When you walk into a casino, you expect to see specific games such as poker, blackjack, craps, baccarat, roulette and slot machines. Some casinos stick with the basics while others add variety games, lotteries and other types of gambling events. But the options listed above are present at almost every casino venue.

So how to you choose your game?


Game Odds

Some people simply prefer one game over another. If that’s the basis of your decision, there’s nothing else to worry about — you’ll play your preferred game and enjoy your gambling adventure.


However, how should you make your decision if you want to maximize your gambling event? What should you do if you just want to earn as much money as possible in the least amount of time?


Check the odds of the games and make your decisions accordingly. Games with better odds give you the most opportunities to earn the most amount of money. There’s no room for considerations here — mathematicians can give you the odds of the various casino games, down to the umpteenth of a percentage point, so that you can proceed with your decision accordingly.

Table Games

Table games have better odds than slots. Slot machines are completely luck-based, meaning that you’re dependent on the luck of each spin, which has been calculated by the slot machine developers in advance. Table games, on the other hand, involve an element of skill. And the more skill that’s involved — and the more skill that you bring to the game — the better your chances are for achieving wins.

Blackjack is recognized as the game that gives non-card sharks the best odds of winning. The house edge in a blackjack game is approximately one percent in most casinos. In a blackjack game, you’re playing against the dealer whereas, for instance, in poker, you’re also competing against other players, some of whom may be championship players. Blackjack is relatively easy — you just want to beat the dealer by getting a number that’s as close to 21 as possible without going over 21.


In addition, there’s a basic strategy for blackjack that’s based on mathematical probabilities. You’ll have to memorize the basic strategy because there’s no way to actually sit at a blackjack table in the casino and consult your chart. But the payoffs can be worth it, since, if you follow it correctly, the house edge can be reduced to the minimum — usually about one-half of a percent. There are minor adjustments to the basic strategy, dependent on game variations according to the type of blackjack that the casino features. For example, in some casinos, you can double down after splitting. Some casinos use single decks for blackjack while others use multiple decks. But if you take your time and study the basic strategy, you can cover all of your bases. Every blackjack hand presents a 44 percent to 48 percent of winning and there’s no other casino game that gives you odds that good.


There’s a basic strategy for poker too, and if you’re really up on your game you can increase your chances of winning. But there are so many variations of poker, which vary so widely from one type to the other, that it’s not a good idea to rely on a basic poker strategy to up your odds, unless you’re an expert player or a card counter. And casinos generally discourage expert poker players and card counters from playing at their casinos.


The odds at a craps table are about 50-50, but it’s a relatively easy game in which you basically bet on the roll of the dice.


Roulette is another relatively simple game with 50-50 odds. Again, there are multiple betting options — some bets have low odds but big payouts while others have high odds but lower payouts. But basically, the game is pretty straight-forward and if you stick to the simple bets, you have a good chance of walking away with good payouts. Don’t forget that the house has an extra edge with the extra green 0 and 00 which are featured on American roulette wheels. So consider sticking to the European roulette wheel.

Worst Odds

The worst odds are found on the slot machines and the Wheel of Fortune game. These games are immensely popular because they’re exciting, have interactive themes, include a wide range of special elements and offer multiple levels. But, with a house edge of 10% or more, they offer gamers the lowest odds of winning.

You can, however, increase your chances of winning by upping your deposits. Your odds increase as your payline bets increase.