Sep 20

How to pick the best casino games to play for your personality.

How to Pick the Best Casino Games to Play by Personality

Well over 100 million people visit casinos every year in North America (with the exception of 2020, of course). It’s an extremely popular past time for adult vacationers; especially those who don’t have young children in tow. From the Hard Rock Vancouver, to MGM Las Vegas, Borgata Atlantic City to Casino de Montreal – billions of dollars are spent gambling in the US and Canada every year. And that’s just at land-based casinos.

For every casino goer, there’s always a ‘first time’. When planning that very first trip, some players want to dive right in, playing a little bit of everything. Others might be a little more cautious, picking and choosing the games they feel would best suit their personality. If you’re one of those – if you’re wondering, “Which casino games are right for me?” – please continue reading.

How to Pick the Best Casino Games For You

As you probably know, there are many different types of games in the casino. Slot machines dominate the gaming floor, and with good reason. They are by far the most popular games of all. But they might not be your cup of tea. Then there’s blackjack, roulette, baccarat, craps, video poker, and a slew of other games to consider.

In the following text, we’ll describe these games very briefly; just enough that you can get an idea of whether each one suits your style. Based on this information, you should be able to decide which games are worth trying, and which ones are not.

Slot Machines – They’re a “No-Brainer”

slot machines

Anywhere from 70-90% of the casino floor will be made up of slot machines. Players just seem to love them! The reason is simple. They require absolutely no knowledge or forethought to play. Insert money. Push button. Cross fingers. It really is that simple. Win or lose, it’s all up to luck.

If you’re looking for a ‘no-brainer’ game that you can enjoy playing, without having to think about what you’re doing, slots are for you. Don’t feel bad though – that’s not an insult in anyway. Remember, the vast majority of casino goers prefer slot machines. They are designed for sheer entertainment, and in that regard, they do deliver.

Baccarat – Win, Lose or Draw

baccarat

Pronounced “bah-kuh-rah”, this is the easiest table game you’ll ever play. As easy as a slot machine, except that you do have to make one decision – which hand to bet on. You won’t play the game. You don’t receive any cards. The dealer does all the work, based on a set of house rules. You only have to pick which hand you think will win.

That being said…

The game involves the dealing of two hands – the Player hand (but it’s not really yours), and the Banker hand. You choose to bet on the Player, the Banker, or a Tie between the two. The Tie is a sucker bet, so just don’t. The Banker has a higher chance of winning than the Player, so you should always bet on it.

So, strategically speaking, if you play baccarat, you should always bet on the banker, making this game just as simple as any slot machine. Drop your banker bet, cross your fingers. If you want to appear more sophisticated, without actually putting any thought into your game, choose baccarat.

Roulette – Easy as 1, 2, 3…34, 35, 36

roulette

Roulette is another game that takes virtually no skill to win (or lose). The only thing that makes this game more complex than slot machines or baccarat is that there are so many different ways to bet. You can drop your chips on a single number, two numbers, three, four, or six numbers, or you can make bigger group bets involving one-third or one-half of the numbers; except for that pesky 0 (and 00 in American Roulette), which is where the house gains its edge.

If you are looking for a more exciting game, with a communal (multi-player) atmosphere, but again, no mental strain, roulette is a good option. Please don’t play American roulette though. That double-zero also nearly doubles the house edge from 2.7% to 5.26%.

Keno – If You Like Playing the Lottery…

keno

If you’re going to the casino for the first time, keno games are an absolute waste of time and money. You might as well stay home and buy a few scratch off lottery tickets. Your odds of winning will be about as good, and you’ll save a lot of cash in travel expenses.

The game consists of 80 numbers on a 10×8 grid, labeled 1 thru 80. Your job is to pick 1 or more numbers that you believe will be randomly chosen by the game. The house edge can vary from one game to the next, depending on the pay table. However, a survey of keno games in Vegas once returned a variable house edge of anywhere from 20% to 35%, depending on the amount of numbers selected.

Those are horrible odds – the worst of all casino games. However, if you really enjoy scratching lottery tickets, or watching lotto numbers get drawn on live TV, maybe you’ll have enough fun playing to get your entertainment’s worth. Just because I don’t recommend it doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it.

Craps – Not as Hard as it Looks

craps

The most intimidating of all land-based casino games is craps. It’s actually not a hard game to play. There’s just a whole lot of bets, with a whole lot of rules as to how and when they win or lose. Add in a crowd of very excitable people, and it can dissuade any newcomer from getting in on the action.

The truth is, it’s a very easy and fun game to play, once you figure out what’s going on. My advice would be to learn more about craps. Play online first, or download a craps trainer app. By the time you learn the betting system, you’ll either love it or hate it.

Blackjack – Play it Right, or Don’t Play It

blackjack

This game requires more mental capacity than any other. Not only should you know how to play with proper, basic strategy, you need to be able to do it in a timely manner. If you’re not playing with basic strategy, you’re only lowering your chances of wining the game. Basic strategy isn’t difficult, but it is situational. Every variation in the rules, the pay table, even the number of decks in use, can impact the correct decision for every opportunity to either stand, hit, split, or double down.

If you aren’t willing to learn blackjack strategy, don’t bother playing blackjack – at least, not in a live, multi-player setting. You’re just going to piss a bunch of other people off. Again, it’s not that hard to learn, but it does take constant mental fortitude on your part. We’ll talk more about card game strategy in a moment. First, there’s one more game you need to consider.

Video Poker – Take Your Time, but Play it Right

video poker

To me, video poker blends the best qualities of blackjack and slot machines. You get the low-edge benefits of playing with perfect strategy, combined with the solitude and relaxation of the slots. By making the correct decisions on every hand, you’re maximizing your chance to win. Yet, there’s no rush to make any decision.

You can look down at a strategy card between every play. Or, you can use a video poker strategy app, inputting your hand with each new deal and following its advice, play by play. No one cares. You’re not wasting anyone’s time. And some of these games carry a super low house edge – as low as, if not lower than blackjack.

Important Note about Casino Card Game Strategies

This last bit of advice applies to any and all card-based casino games that allow you to make a decision after seeing the initial hand. Whether it’s blackjack, video poker, pai gow poker, Caribbean stud poker, 3-card or 4-card poker, casino hold’em – whatever the game, if you can make any decision after placing your initial bet, listen up.

For each and every hand dealt, there is only one strategically correct decision to be made. That decision is the one that proffers the maximum probability of a positive outcome. It doesn’t mean you’re going to win, or that your odds of winning will be better than 50/50. Actual odds are circumstantial, determined on a case by case basis. But regardless of true odds, using basic strategy to achieve maximum probability is strongly recommended. Otherwise, you’re leaving your chances to fate, and fate is known to be less than kind, especially when it comes to casinos.

If you’re not physically or mentally prepared to put forth that kind of effort, these are not the best casino games to play. For someone else, maybe, but not for you.

Lastly, if you’ve read over each of these game descriptions and are still on the fence about what to play, there’s a simple way to find out for sure, without risking any money in the process. Simply visit an online casino, sign up a free-play account, and practice any game you wish. They are the same games, with the same odds (except slots – online slots pay out better; even the real money ones).

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May 24

Simple casino games that are easy on the brain.

If I had to divide the world’s sea of gamblers into just two categories, I’d have to classify them as those who like a good mental challenge, and those who do not. If mental fortitude is one of your strong points, odds are you’ll enjoy thought-provoking games that give you a better shot of winning for applying a proper strategy. If not, then you’re probably just in it for stress-free relaxation and entertainment value. And if that’s the case, you’ve come to the right place.

Earlier this week, we talked about casino games that require skill to maximize odds of winning. As promised, today’s topic will cover the opposing regimen of games. These titles present absolutely no mental challenge to play. There is no strategy to apply that will increase the theoretical return to player (RTP). Winning these games requires nothing more than dumb luck.

Simple Casino Games that Require No Skill

The following is a collection of easy casino games, best suited for players who enjoy them for their simplicity. If your the type who plays to shed the stress of a long day or work week, these are the games for you. I’ve listed them in order of ascending RTP; theoretically highest paying to lowest.

Baccarat

Isn’t baccarat the cosmopolitan of gambling games? Is it not the prime choice of James Bond and every other cultivated high-roller in the casino? You would assume it requires erudite skill to master. In reality, it’s the simplest game of all, requiring no thought or awareness beyond placing a bet. As for where to place that bet, the Banker has the best odds of winning with a 98.94% RTP, even with the 5% commission applied to all wins. The Player hand pays 1 to 1, but its RTP comes in slightly lower at 98.76%.

Roulette

Everyone knows this game. Pick a number or selection of numbers and cross your fingers! It really is that easy. Getting the best RTP is a matter of finding the right rules. The best are found in French Roulette, where all even-money bets (red, black, high, low, odd, even) have a 98.65% RTP. All other bets come in at 97.3%, matching the full spectrum of wagers in European Roulette. Just stay away from the double-zero American Roulette tables, where you’ll only get a 94.74% RTP at best, 92.11% at worst.

Craps

Craps is probably the most misconceived game in the casino. Everyone believes the rules are so complex, they never bother to learn them. I won’t argue that point – there are some convoluted bets in the mix. However, the simplest bets are the ones with the best odds of winning, and if you stick to these, you will naturally learn the rest of the game as you go. Betting against the shooter on the Don’t Pass Line comes with the highest RTP of 98.64%. It also comes with very nasty looks, so don’t do it unless you’re playing at an online casino. In a physical casino, bet with the shooter on the Pass Line; RTP 98.59%. If you enjoy the game, take the time to learn about placing odds to bring the edge down even lower. It’s not a strategy – just a smart bet.

Casino War

If you played card games as a child, you surely remember playing War with your friends or siblings. This is the exact same game. Each player flips a card, and the higher card wins. In this version, the casino gains the advantage when there’s a tie. Players must wager a second bet to “go to war”, or forfeit half of the original bet to surrender. But going to war means the original bet will push. Thus the casino gains its edge, resulting in an RTP of 97.72%.

Slot Machines

You knew these were going to pop up on here at some point, right? Those dastardly (but oh so entertaining!) one-armed bandits are still among the easiest games to play. Depending on where you enjoy them, the RTP could be decent, or really bad. Most of today’s online slots come with a standard RTP of about 95-97%. Play at a land-based casino, and you could be facing an RTP as low as 88-92%.

Big Six Wheel

This game gains its name from the fact that there are 6 different numbers on the wheel to wager on. The higher the number, the less it appears on the wheel, but the more it pays for a correct pick. Unfortunately, the odds increase faster than the payouts. The best you’ll get is an 11.11% RTP betting on the $1.

Keno

Like Big Six, Keno is one of the easiest casino games to play, but even more terrible on the pocket book. It’s the worst game most casinos have to offer. Selecting a single number that only pays 2 to 1 for a win comes with a 75% RTP (house edge 25%), and it only gets worse from there.

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Mar 28

Are online casinos rigged? Why do I keep losing?

Are Online Casinos Rigged?Have you played online casino games for any considerable amount of time? Have you been losing a lot? If so, you may be starting to lose faith in the internet gambling industry. You may even be asking yourself this question…

Are Online Casinos Rigged?

It may seem like it sometimes, and in rare cases, it could even be true. But if you’re playing at legitimate online casinos, the clear answer is, ‘No, online casinos are not rigged to make you lose‘.

The casino games you play online often supply the exact same odds you would expect in a land-based casino. If the odds are not the same, they’re actually better.

Table games, video poker games, specialties like keno and bingo, these games are played with the same odds as brick-and-mortar gambling establishments. That’s because the rules generate the RTP (return to player), not the manufacturer.

Online slots, on the other hand, pay much better than they do on land. The average online slot machine’s RTP is 96%, as opposed to 88-92% in physical casinos. The key is to make sure you’re actually playing with those odds. And to do that, you’ll want to keep an eye out for…

Online Casino Software Accreditation

Online Casino Software AccreditationOnly play legitimate casinos that employ accredited software. You can tell if the software is certified by scrolling to the bottom of the website’s main page. It should list the software supplier, and the logo of the third-party auditing firm that certified it. Microgaming, for example, is certified by eCOGRA. Other platforms may be certified by VeriSign, or Technical Systems Testing (TST).

These companies test the software rigorously, running each game through a million or more plays to ensure they meet their RTP.

While this explains the legitimacy of the software, there’s still that question of why some people just keep losing. And the simple answer is…

Casino Games Do Not Create More Winners than Losers

If you’re losing, you’re in the majority. Casinos – online or on land – are not in the business of creating winners. They make their money from all the losers. You can’t blame them for it. They provide an entertainment-based service, and players are expected to pay for that service.

Unlike most other entertainment services, though, some players actually do win – sometimes very large amounts of money. To make up for those big payouts, casinos need many more people to lose. That’s how it works, and any responsible gambler should understand this.

Let’s get back to those 96% slots RTPs I mentioned above. 96% sounds like really good odds for a casino, right? But it doesn’t mean you have a 96% chance of winning. What it really means is that, theoretically, you will win 96% of your money back, and lose the other 4%.

That’s a long-term evaluation, though. If you spend $100 wagering on the slots, you can’t simply expect to lose $4 and walk away with $96 in your pocket. Most players will continue spinning until they lose most, if not all, of that bankroll; even if they had a profit at one point during the session.

If the entertainment of playing the game supersedes the desire to win, a player will not stop once they win a small amount; a big jackpot, maybe, but not a $10-$20 profit. They’ll continue playing, resulting in an eventual loss.

To put it simply, the odds of winning are against you. They always will be. So when you ask, “are online casinos rigged?”, the answer is, “no”. Rigging the games would be illegal. Casinos are well within their legal rights to set the RTPs below 100%. It’s the players’ responsibility to enjoy the games for the entertainment purposes in which they were intended, knowing when to call it quits.

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Nov 23

Everything you need to know before you play keno online.

Should you Play Keno OnlineCasinos are filled with all sorts of ways to place a wager. Slot machines and video poker take up the majority of all gaming floors, with table games taking up the rest – almost. There’s also that game called Keno. Everyone has heard of it, and most people understand the basic rules, but there’s more to keno than meets the eye.

Keno has a little of everything. As the old western film says – the good, the bad, and the ugly. We’ll talk all about keno, what you really need to know before playing.

Play Keno Online – The Good

The best part about keno is its simplicity. It’s just like playing a ticket in a lottery drawing, except that the results occur instantly. Some land-based casinos have timed drawings, but online, the drawing always takes place the moment you confirm your wager.

The game board consists of 80 numbers (1-80). The drawing will randomly select 20 of those numbers. You can pick anywhere from 1 to 10, 15 or 20 numbers (depending on the specific game you play).The more you pick, the more you need to match to win, but the more you can win for matching them.

Pick numbers – watch the drawing – win or lose. It’s that easy. That’s the good part.

The Bad Part About Keno

For a lot of people, the worst part about this game is that it can be very boring. Waiting for all those numbers to pop up isn’t all that exciting, unless you happen to hit your numbers early on. Then you’re too be busy being excited about your impending win to care about the wait. But that’s not usually the case.

This is exactly why slot machines are so much more popular. There is always something going on in slots. They do have lower payback percentages than most games, but in terms of entertainment value, the slots have the market cornered. Blackjack is similarly interesting, not because it’s so entertaining, but because your brain has something to do, calculating hand values and working out odds to implement a good strategy.

Keno has none of that. Pick your numbers, then wait for the results. Maybe if they incorporate animated dancing pandas into the side of the screen…?

The Ugly Side of Keno

If you enjoy the simplicity of keno, and don’t mind the wait, then there’s one more thing you need to know before you play keno online. It’s the ugly side of the game – the house edge.

Keno does not offer favorable odds, no matter how you play it.

The very best odds you can get are 1 in 4, by placing a bet on a single number. That’s a 75% house edge! You’ll get paid 2-to-1 for hitting it, but that doesn’t make up for it much. Pick 2 numbers and your odds drop to 1 in 17 in games where both numbers must match to get a payout. If the pay table offers a payout for matching 1 of 2, the odds are still 1 in 2.63, which equates to a 62% house edge, but you’ll only get your wager back – no winnings.

Simply put, keno is one of the absolute worst games you can play. The payouts may look tempting, but the odds are dreadful.

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Oct 13

A common sense online keno strategy for the best odds of winning.

Online Keno Strategies and Keno OddsKeno is a basic lottery game. However, unlike most lotteries, it actually affords a decent chance of winning, if you happen to be educated in online keno odds. You must only make the best bets, and avoid all others.

The return to player (RTP) in keno ranges anywhere from a lowly 75%, to as high 94.9% or better. There’s absolutely no way to push the edge into the players favor unless you happen to be a computer genius who’s found a flaw in a particular casino’s system, like Daniel Corriveau did in 1994.

His CA-$600k win at Casino de Montreal came from hitting 19 of 20 numbers. But the casino’s outdated RNG software reset daily, giving anyone with an acute sense of observation the ability to win. And believe me, no land-based or online casino uses such systems anymore!

Today, we must rely on proper keno strategies and a bit of luck to outwit the unwavering house edge. What surprises most novice players is that the casino’s advantage is at its highest on the most common bets placed. A simple 1-number bet has the worst keno odds of just 75%.

Introduction to Keno

The concept is to select 1 or more numbers, hoping that all, or enough, of those number match the 20 (out of 80) computer generated numbers that follow. The more numbers you match, the higher the payout. Match no numbers, or too few (if you choose enough), and you lose.

There are many, many types of keno games out there today. They all have 80 numbers on the board, but come with variable paytables and max numbers to be selected. While the 1-20 number select games are still more common in land-based casinos, online keno games don’t usually go that high.

Microgaming‘s online keno software only permits up to 15 numbers. Playtech has several versions with only 1, 5 or 10 numbers to select. As an example, the following Keno Pays / RTP chart applies to the Microgaming version.

Microgaming Online Keno Odds & Paytable

Your

#s

Numbers Hit

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

1

3

2

1

9

3

1

2

16

4

0.5

2

6

12

5

0.5

1

3

15

50

6

0.5

1

2

3

30

75

7

0.5

0.5

1

6

12

36

100

8

0.5

0.5

1

3

6

19

90

720

9

0.5

0.5

2

4

8

20

80

1200

10

0.5

1

2

3

5

10

30

600

1800

11

0.5

1

1

2

6

15

25

180

1000

3000

12

0.5

1

2

4

24

72

250

500

2000

4000

13

0.5

0.5

3

4

5

20

80

240

500

3000

6000

14

0.5

0.5

2

3

5

12

50

150

500

1000

2000

7500

15

0.5

0.5

1

2

5

15

50

150

300

600

1200

2500

10k

RTP%

75.00

92.02

93.04

93.79

93.87

93.79

94.15

92.90

93.43

94.54

93.10

94.22

94.90

94.27

94.39

Applying Keno Odds

Referring to the above chart, the RTPs at the bottom are the most important factor here. The highest of all is 94.90%, which applies to a selection of 9 numbers. This can only mean one thing. It would be stupid to select anything but 9 numbers. The object of any gambling strategy is to achieve the highest possible RTP.

Online Keno Strategies – Which Numbers Do I Choose?

Keno games operate on a random number generator (RNG). The games have no memory, and no preferences. It does not matter what numbers you choose, your odds will be exactly the same.

Some players think playing the same set of numbers every time will increase their odds. Again, the RNG doesn’t work that way. It’s 100% random, 100% of the time. If you’re playing at Royal Vegas or any other Microgaming-powered online casino, pick whatever numbers you want, just make sure you pick 9 of them!

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