Do you like casino games and wonder if you could play at online casinos for some real winnings? It’s a tempting proposition — just wager a few bucks and win a fortune. And everyday many people try to live that dream. But let’s talk about applying some logic to that online casino strategy. Yes, you could put a few dollars into a progressive slot game and win millions, but you could also run out of money quickly. If you want to play at online casinos for real money, you want to know the best and worst games as far as player edge.
The Worst: Slots, Scratch Cards, and Roulette
These three are popular games in both online and real world casinos and there’s a reason why — they’re bright, colorful and easy to play. But I’m going to take a look at your chances in these games.
Slots can be fun and most online casinos offer games with a variety of popular themes and even “games within the game” that play almost like popular video games. These games attract players because they are one of the easiest games to learn to play. Just choose how much you want to bet and press the spin button. Line up the right symbols on the reels and you could win the jackpot. And casinos offer progressive jackpots that can run upwards of a million dollars. But the casinos also set the odds on these games and they aren’t in the player’s favor. Play for fun, but watch your bankroll. You aren’t likely to hit that jackpot.
Scratch cards can be found in online casinos and in many locations that offer lotteries. All you have to do is scratch off the “coating” on the card to find out if you’ve won a prize. Most cards aren’t a winner and there really is no way for a player to develop a strategy to increase their odds. Frankly, playing slots games is likely to give you more playing time.
The roulette table always draws a crowd in a real world casino. The action is almost hypnotizing. Watch the ball roll round and if it lands on your number, you win. The problem is that there are 37 or 38 slots for that ball to fall into and the odds for this game are clearly in the houses favor. If you enjoy roulette, look for European Roulette which has only 37 slots (no 00) and remember that the single number bets carry the worse odds. Consider betting group, rows or lines of numbers and you’ll be able to spend more time at the table.
The Best: Blackjack, Video Poker and Poker
These three games allow players to use strategies that can help sway the odds in their favor. But keep in mind, you have to learn how to play the games in order to get the best odds. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you’d probably be better off playing the slots games.
Blackjack is a classic casino strategy game. Your goal is to come closer to hitting 21 than the dealer does without going over. If you do your research, you’ll find plenty of strategy cards on the web to help you know when to hold and when to hit. Just one thing to keep in mind — card counting doesn’t work at most online casinos. This is because online casinos use random number generators rather than real decks of cards. (There are a few European casinos offering real play streaming from live casinos and therefore using real decks.) And the great thing about online play is that most casinos have a free play mode where you can practice your strategy before playing for real money.
Video Poker has become one of the most popular games at online and real world casinos. The game looks similar to slots in design, but instead of spinning reels, you’re dealt a hand of five cards. You can choose to hold or discard any of the cards and draw again in hopes of drawing a winning hand. A quick lesson in poker hands can get you started, but for the best odds of winning, you’ll want to learn a little video poker strategy. A good video poker player can almost eradicate the house edge.
Poker is the ultimate game of strategy. Texas Hold’em is one of the most popular games in the world right now and there are plenty of online poker rooms looking for your action. There is no house edge in poker because the players are playing against each other, not against the house. Keep in mind that poker is easy to learn but can take a lifetime to master. However most online poker rooms offer low and micro stakes games to help you learn. So don’t shy away from poker when it comes to playing for real money.