Popular Online Casino Games and the House Edge

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We have noticed that many players tend to play slots only. This is understandable: developers put a lot of effort into their slots to make them extremely attractive to the players.

Still, there are more options for you to choose from the games to play at online casinos. Some of them can be even more profitable if you, for example, want to double your deposit. But don’t forget that all casino games are based on random variables with a certain house edge. It means that it doesn’t matter how long you try, eventually, the house always wins. You may see some good wins now and then and feel the taste of luck owing to the game volatility. The higher the volatility is, the more you can win. The reverse is also true: you lose your money much faster playing the high-volatility games.

Originally, all casino games can be divided into 2 major groups: games of luck and games of skill. Playing the games of luck, we place a roulette bet or spin the reels of a slot machine. In the grand scheme of things, we can’t change anything when the bet is done. There is no way to improve the odds as the outcome is determined in full accordance with the game’s RTP.

Consider a roulette table. You’ll find tons of strategies offering you a way to beat the game. They are great but they don’t work. They are olny good to decrease the volatility. Unfortunately, the rule ‘house always wins’ is applicable for the roulette as well. It is better to play following some strategy than playing without any strategy at all but you shouldn’t expect too much.

Let’s consider the most popular games currently offered by online casinos:

Online Roulette

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Probably, the roulette is one of the most popular games both at online and land-based casinos. In fact, it is very easy to play. The only thing you need to do is to choose to place your bets on either a single number or a range of numbers, the colors red or black, or whether the number is odd or even, and let the ball determine your fate.

Many players try anything and everything to beat the roulette. Following different strategies, they can come close to that but still the house edge is always at least 2.5%.

Blackjack or Twenty-One

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This is the most popular casino banking game in the world. Players compete against the dealer comparing their cards to the dealer’s cards. When a player gets 21 points on his two cars without a dealer blackjack, he instantly wins. Otherwise, the player is offered to take additional cards to make a combination which is better than the dealer’s one. The dealer takes additional cards until the cards total 17 or more. If either of them hits 22 or more, he loses. It’s called ‘bust’.

An experienced player can win a lot playing Blackjack. The house edge is only 0.5%. The game is less-volatile, and the outcome depends not solely on the luck but on the skill as well.

Caribbean Poker

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This is a casino card game played against the house with rules similar to five-card stud poker. This is a high-volatility game with 5% house edge. There are several kinds of Caribbean Stud with 2% house edge but, unfortunately, this is the lowest possible edge.

Video Poker

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Like in five-card draw poker, your challenge is to get the highest possible combination. The house edge is 5%. The game is simplified compared to the original poker that’s why many new players prefer to play Video Poker.

The game goes as following: a player presses ‘Deal’ button and gets 5 cards. If he wants, he can discard some of the cards to get the new ones. If he gets a winning combination, the game pays out the corresponding sum. The house edge is only 0.2%. The game is not really popular but, in the same time, it is one of the most profitable for a player casino games.

Craps

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This is a dice game. They game is really popular at the parties. You might have seen it in some movies where a drunk posse plays this game.

The players make wagers on the outcome of the roll or a series of rolls. This is a high-volatility game that’s why, most often, it is played for fun. Still, a great potential for big wins makes this game very attractive.

You can find some other games at online casinos but most of them are kinds of the games listed above. As you can see, the choice of online casino games is not limited by the slots. It is always entertaining to try something new but, please, learn the rules of the game before you sit at the virtual table.

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