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The Best Casino Bets

A while ago we discussed the worst bets you can make in a casino, like tie bets in baccarat, idiot blackjack and one-roll craps wagers. Today we are going to look at some of the most favorable casino bets from a player’s point of view.

A Winning Poker Strategy

A good poker player can become a long-term winner and a really skilled player can win truckloads of money. The best poker players in the world - the ones you watch on televised cash games like High Stakes Poker and the seasoned tournament pros - are all big favorites over less experienced players. However, for every winner there are probably 20 losers. So if you wish to be in the top 5 percent, make sure you do your poker homework and practice the game before hitting the tables. Winning in poker is possible but far from easy.

Card Counting in Blackjack

If you have seen the film 21 or read the book Bringing Down the House, you already know what I'm talking about. Blackjack players who know how to count cards (and how to exploit that knowledge) can actually get an advantage over the casino. They play for small stakes until the deck contains an unproportionately large number of tens and aces, which gives the player an edge, and then raise the stakes. In doing so, they receive positive expectation ... until the casino employees realize what's going on and toss them out.

 

Pass and Don't Pass in Craps

As I mentioned in the article about bad casino bets, craps is filled with idiot wagers offering a massive house advantage. However, craps is also one of the most player friendly games (if you put the money on the right section of the layout). Stick to the Pass and Don't Pass wagers and the edge never exceeds 1.41 %. If you combine these bets with laying odds, the percentage become even better.

Besides Pass and Don't Pass there are a few other not-too-shabby craps bets. For instance Place 6 and 8 offer a 1.52 % house advantage.

 

Good Video Poker Machines

There is a big difference between slots and video poker. In slots you can only hope that the gods of randomness bless you with luck, but in video poker your decisions have an impact on the results. First of all you need to choose a high-payout machine - like 9/6 Jacks and Better - and then employ the best strategy.  There are actually machines that offer payouts exceeding 100%, which means that players have positive expectation on the money wagered. When playing online, make sure you combine video poker with a decent bonus so that the edge is reduced even further.

 

Baccarat - When Avoiding Egalite

Baccarat is a player-friendly game, unless you put your money on the moron-spot egalite (tie).  When you go for banker the house edge is 1.06, and when you go for player the edge is 1.24 %. Compared with most casino games baccarat is really good.

 

Basic Blackjack Strategy

Blackjack is a decent game even if you don't count cards, which is impossible online anyway. If you follow the basic strategy, the house edge is reduced to around 1 % - a percentage few other casino games can compete with. But to reach there remember to never leave the blackjack strategy chart and never play the hunches.

These are some of the best bets you can make when playing casino games. If you stick to them, your bankroll will last longer and you maximize the chance of actually leaving the casino with a profit.

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