Some Casino Games Myths
Strategies, tip and tricks are all major parts of the world of gambling, and when there are different strategies at play, you can be pretty sure that myths will arise from time to time. With slots, the truth is pretty simple. The results from spin to spin are completely random. However, table games can be a bit more complicated. To illustrate this fact, let’s take a closer look at a couple of table game myths that are commonly accepted in the casino industry.
The Player Advantage in Baccarat
Casinos have a way of twisting the rules to make it seem like the house edge is non-existent, and this is abundantly clear when it comes to baccarat. In normal games with a five percent commission on banker bets, the house has a slim edge of 1.06 percent. Now, that’s nothing to sneeze at, in fact, it’s among the best bets in the entire casino. Sure, craps players can do better by taking advantage of the free odds and blackjack players can eke out better odds through the use of basic strategy, but baccarat is among the best games in the house in terms of overall advantage.
In some cases, casinos like to sweeten the pot a little further. You may have seen a game of four percent baccarat advertised from time to time. This is meant to make players think that their odds of winning are greatly improved. While the house edge drops to 0.6 percent on winning banker bets in a four percent game, matching the odds of basic strategy blackjack, the house’s advantage is never actually eliminated.
The same is true for no-commission games. In this case, casinos tweak the rules in seemingly insignificant ways in order to retain the edge. For example, changing the rules so that a banker hand with a three-card total of seven doesn’t win, even if it outranks the player hand, can give the house a 1.02 percent edge on the banker. In other words, fancy no-commission games are rarely as appealing as they may seem.
Never Ever Craps
In another case of tweaked game rules that improve house odds, Never ever Craps makes a seemingly beneficial change by eliminating comeout losers. Instead, two, three and 12 serve as point numbers. Additionally, 11 serves as a point number, meaning that the only way to win on the comeout is to roll a seven. Unfortunately, two, three, 11 and 12 are really weak as point numbers, and this seemingly innocent change greatly alters the otherwise favorable odds of craps. Never ever go with this craps variation, because the house edge on the pass line is 5.38 percent, as compared to the 1.41 percent offered in regular craps games.
When it comes to table game myths, it’s worth noting that things that seem too good to be true are normally just that. Four percent baccarat is worth playing, but crapless craps is a bad bet for any gambler who plays the odds. Check back next time, as we discuss more myths surrounding the casino industry’s most popular games.