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Casino Table Games With The Best Odds

A night out at the casino can be a great time whether you win or lose, but if you want to increase your chances of going home with a thicker wallet and a bigger smile on your face, it’s a good idea to choose casino games with the best odds. 

Those tend to be table games, which feature a house edge under 2% but require a bit of strategy to supplement your luck.

This list of casino table games will get you the best odds in casinos, promising the best chance that you’ll walk away a winner.

1.Blackjack

Blackjack casino table games are known for fast-paced excitement, as well as some of the most favorable odds around. But this depends on the casino rules and how well you know basic blackjack strategy. If you don’t prepare, blackjack can be as difficult to beat as slot machines. If you read up on the rules and basic tips and tricks, blackjack can offer odds as low as a 0.5% house edge, which means you’ll only lose half a penny on every dollar you bet.

If you can’t remember everything, most casinos won’t mind if you print out a “cheat sheet” and bring it with you (as long as you don’t care about other players giving you the “newbie” look). Some basics you might want to jot down include:

  • Stand when you have 12-16 and dealer has 2-6
  • Hit when you have 12-16 and dealer has 7-ace
  • Split 4s when the dealer shows a 5 or a 6
  • Always split 8s and aces

You might get funny looks with your handy little guide, but you could be the one laughing all the way to the cashier with your winnings.

2.Craps

Craps offers fast action and big wins, which is why it features so prominently in movies and shows set in casinos. It also has some of the best odds around: the house edge is just 1.4%. You also don’t have to know much about the game to play. You can walk up to any table, wait for a new roller to take the dice, and put money down on the “pass line,” (the large line area on the table layout where you can place your chips). The bet itself is simple: you’re basically wagering that the player will roll a 7 or 11 on the come-out roll to win.

If you want to be more involved and roll for yourself, you can lower the house edge even more by placing an odds bet behind your pass line, or refraining from making pass line bets at all—an odds wager has a 0% house edge and is placed after the point number is established.

3.Baccarat

Baccarat is a relatively simply game with decent odds—all you need to do is bet on the banker’s hand to win. Even with the 5% commission taken for winning banker-hand bets, the game still has an impressive 1.06% house edge. You can also play as a player, which has a 1.24% house edge, but it’s important to choose your hand or the banker’s—betting on both carries a whopping 14.36% house edge.

You might notice that many baccarat tables have higher limits than the other table games, but don’t get scared away by a $25 or $50 minimum bet. After all, you could easily blow that much on a slot machine, which doesn’t have as favorable odds. And sometimes it’s more fun to play a game with high stakes but a good chance of winning.  

4.Texas Holdem Poker

Technically, Texas Holdem has a 0% house edge, since you’re competing against other players, not the house. Instead, casinos take a small cut of each winning pot or tournament fee, letting the players battle it out for the big money.

That means if you’re a skilled poker player, you can make a lot of money over time, especially if you practice strategy and beef up your observation skills to catch other players bluffing. Unfortunately, the opposite is true as well: if you don’t practice or don’t have a natural knack for the game, you’ll lose a lot of money over time. So in a way, it’s a matter of the “you edge,” not the “house edge.”

Ready to play those friendly odds and walk away a winner?

At Golden Acorn Casino, we have several table games to choose from with a variety of table limits, so you’ll find excitement whether you’re brand-new to gambling or a seasoned player. We’re also located conveniently off the I-8, just an hour from downtown San Diego, so stop in today!

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