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  Best returns by casino game...

All casino games, whether played at a traditional casino or online, have an in-built mathematical house edge.

The house edge for a given game and player will be determined by the player's skill (where the game is a skill based game) and the game rules.  If the game is played optimally, the house edge is reduced substantially but is still present (unless you can count cards playing blackjack, in which case the edge swings in the player's favor...but that's another story).

If a game has a house edge of 1% for optimal play, this means that the likely outcome from $100 in bets placed will be a $1 player loss.  This can also be expressed as 99% payout ratio, or 99% return to player (RTP) ratio.

A very important fact, and one lost on many gamblers, is that different casino games have vastly different house edges.  So if you want to maximize your returns and therefore your chances of a win, it pays to pick your game.  The tables below illustrate this difference and bring to light some key points:

  • 'skill' games (blackjack, video poker, baccarat etc) offer far better returns than 'no skill' games like slots an keno.

  • certain skill games, when played optimally reduce the house edge to close to zero.


 

Table 1.  Historical audited RTP rates by game for 2005 at Inter Casino

*simple average of monthly audited RTP rates for Jan - Dec 2005

Game 

Audited RTP rate (%)*

Baccarat 

                        99.2

MP Baccarat 

                        98.7

BlackJack 

                        98.7

MP BlackJack 

                        98.3

Video Poker 

                        98.1

Craps 

                        97.8

Rags To Riches 

                        97.7

Pai Gow Poker 

                        97.3

All Games 

                        97.2

Roulette 

                        96.4

MP Roulette 

                        96.4

MP Caribbean Stud Poker

                        96.3

Caribbean Stud Poker

                        96.0

Let-It-Ride 

                        95.8

Video Slots 

                        94.9

Slots 

                        94.4

Red Dog 

                        94.1

MP Let-It-Ride 

                        93.1

 

Table 2.  Mathematical house edge for optimal play as published by the Wizard of Odds

*Las Vegas rules unless otherwise stated.
Slots and Keno returns set by operator.

Game 

House edge* (%)  

BlackJack 

                       0.28

Video Poker (jacks or better)

                       0.46

Baccarat 

                       1.06

Craps 

                       1.36

Pai Gow Poker 

                       1.46

Roulette (European single zero)

                       2.70

Red Dog Poker

                       2.80

Let-It-Ride Poker

                       3.51

Caribbean Stud Poker

                       5.22

Roulette (American double zero)

                       5.26

Slots* 

                     5 - 15

Keno *

                   25 - 29

 

     

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