The Casinos House Edge Explained
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The House Advantage

Casinos are in the business of making money and due to this they maintain an edge over the player on all of the game they offer. This edge is known as the house advantage. The actual edge on each game is different and in most cases the edge is different for the various bets within a game.

There is one fact that cannot be changed. All casino games give the house the edge which means that over the long run the casino will always make money and the player will lose. A point worth noting is that in the short term the house edge will have little effect on individual outcomes. You will never get the exact return based on the math as the return works out over thousands or millions of games.

The chart below lists the house edge of some of the more popular casino games.

  • Baccarat - Player : 1.17%
  • Baccarat - Banker : 1.36%
  • Baccarat - Tie : 14.12%
  • Big Six : 11.11% to 22.22%
  • Blackjack - 1 Deck : 0.20%
  • Blackjack - 5 Decks : 0.51%
  • Blackjack - 8 decks : 0.63%
  • Caribbean Stud : 5.22%
  • Craps - Pass / Come : 1.41%
  • Craps - Propositions : 11.11%+
  • Craps - Any Craps : 11.11%
  • Keno : 25% to 29%
  • Let it Ride : 3.51%
  • Pai Gow Poker : 2.5%
  • Red Dog : 2.69%
  • Roulette - Single 0 : 2.7%
  • Roulette - Double 0 : 5.26%
  • Slots : 3% to 25%
  • Sic Bo : 2.78% to 47.22%
  • Three Card Poker : 1.46%
  • Video Poker - FP Job : 0.46%
  • War : 2.88%

As you can see the edge on popular games ranges from 0.2% for single deck blackjack right up to 47.22% for some bets on the Sic Bo table. All of the figures above assume that you play perfectly so if you do not know how to play blackjack basic strategy you will not keep the edge to 0.2%.

The house edge for a particular casino game never changes unless the rules of the game are changed. For example using more decks in a blackjack game increases the house edge as do rule changes such as the dealer hitting or standing on a particular card total.

There is also no way that you as a player can change the house edge. No betting system or style of play will make any difference to the casinos edge. If there was a way to get an edge over a particular casino game you would find that the game would quickly disappear from casino floors.

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