Sun, Feb 16, 12:11pm by William Brown
Last Updated Tue, Feb 4, 2:58am
Finding the right game to get into without having to spend a lot of time learning the ins and outs of every casino game can be difficult, so we’ve compiled a list of five games which offer a low house edge, but don’t require a lot of strategy – so that you can jump right in and have a great shot at ending your next session with a profit.
Baccarat looks fairly complex at first glance and has a reputation of being unfriendly to newcomers — however, it’s actually quite simple to play and has one of the lowest house edges of all casino titles. Based on the accumulative total of two or three cards, with hands valued according to the rightmost digit of the sum of their cards, you can either wager on the Banker of the Player. Betting on the Banker holds an incredibly low house edge of approximately 1.06, while a wager on the Player has a house edge of 1.24%. Feel free to ignore all of the other player tracking numbers at the table and stick to your strategy, and you’ll play this game as well as any baccarat expert.
Roulette is one of the most popular games for good reason; it’s easy-to-play and friendly to newcomers as it requires little practice and zero skill to jump in, have fun and win big. If you’re new to the casino, seek out European Roulette games – these are distinguished by a single zero on the wheel. On those wheels, every bet you make has a house edge of 2.7%, significantly lower than an American table with a double-zero added. On a true European roulette table, you can get even better odds thanks to the ‘en prison’ rule – playing any even number bet, and you’ll cut the house edge down to under 1.4%.
Casino War is the simplest game in any casino. You are dealt a card, and so is the dealer. If your card is higher, you win on your placed wager. If the dealer’s card is higher, you lose. If both players are dealt a card of the same value, this is called a tie and you have the choice to either ‘go to war’ with the dealer or surrender half your bet (under most rules, choosing to go to war has slightly better odds than surrendering). You can also bet on a tie which generally pays 10-1, but this wager has a high house edge (often more than 20%, depending on how many decks used) and should only be played as an occasional ‘fun’ bet. With a house edge of less than 3%, casino war is an enjoyable and suitable game for those looking for a fast-paced and non-complex experience.
This pick is a little trickier, as it’s easy to either get confused or get sucked into making extra, unnecessary bets at the craps table. But as long as you stick to making only the pass line bet and nothing else, craps has a house edge of just 1.41%. As in many of the games on this list, you don’t even need to understand what’s going on to get those great odds – though it’ll make the game a lot more fun if you do. Once you have some handle on the game, you’ll also want to “take the odds” when a point is made, as this bet actually has no house edge at all – it’s a perfectly fair bet between you and the casino, one of the few you’ll find on any casino site.
In general, pokies will have a higher house edge than the other games on this list. The trade off, though, is that they are easy to play, highly customisable (you can pick how many lines to play, how many coins, and how much to spend per coin), and have the chance to award you some huge jackpots. Australians love pokies simply because anyone can sit down and enjoy them with minimal confusion, as it’s as simple as playing your coins and hitting a button. Plus, should you find a machine with a large enough progressive jackpot, it’s even possible to play pokies with a theoretical advantage – something that’s hard to say about any of the other games on this list.