How to Choose Online Casino Game

There are dozens of different online casino games available these days. With hundreds of casinos competing for a limited number of players each casino does their best to offer a wide variety of player friendly, exciting games. With so many different games available, how do you choose which online casino game is right for you?

The most important thing about playing casino games, either online or in person is the house edge. If the house edge in a game is 1% on average you will lose a penny for every dollar wager you make. You want to make sure you play games that have a house edge between 0-2% and be sure to avoid games that have a house edge above 5%. Simply put, the lower the house edge is in a game, the better chance you have of coming out ahead. Blackjack is the most common casino game in the world, one of the main reasons is that the house edge in most blackjack games, when played with proper strategy, is between .4-.6%. A house edge well under 1% means that you have a legitimate chance of coming out ahead in the short to mid-term. Blackjack is an excellent option if you are looking to actually walk away with money.

European roulette, which features just one 0 on the wheel, gives players decent odds with a 2.6% house edge. If you play 200 or more spins the odds will end up catching up with you, but in the short term you at least have a chance. American roulette on the other hand, with both a 0 and a double 0 has double the house edge, a whopping 5.2% edge to the house. Be sure to play European roulette over American roulette if you have a choice. The house edge in craps varies depending on which bet you decide to make. Come/Don’t Come bets have a reasonable house edge of around 1.4%, however prop bets can have a house edge of over 10%. It is best to avoid craps altogether because making the same bet over and over again can be draining and little fun.

The house edge in slots and video poker all depends on each games individual rules. I have seen house edges in these games as little as .1% and house edges well into double digits. Be sure to know the exact payout percentage before playing any individual game. Blindly throwing your money at a game without knowing the exact player odds is as good as throwing your hard earned money away.

Although the exact odds offered to player matters immensely, it is not everything. In the end playing casino games online is all about having fun. No one game is more fun than another because everyone is different. I personally love blackjack because I feel it blends excitement well with having a low house edge. Also I love the control I have while playing blackjack, I decide whether to hit, stand, double down, surrender, split… All the successes or failures I have while playing blackjack I can attribute to myself. Recently, Pai Gow Poker has grown on me as well. Both games require experience, strategy, and a lot of deep thinking. However there is nothing wrong with falling in love with a different game. If you are a complete beginner to playing casino games online playing 5-7 of the most popular games online with “play money” is a good idea. You will be able to tell fairly quickly which games you enjoy the most and which games you have the most success in.

As long as you are playing a casino game that is exciting [which is almost all online casino games] and offers players decent odds, you are sure to be in for a good time.

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