Blackjack and Craps: Two Games With Great Player Odds
Almost every game you play at the casino comes with a built-in house edge. This is how the casinos stay in business. Each deal of the cards or spin of the wheel represents a small amount of expected money for the people providing the service. That’s why the players who bring the most “action” to the casino are rewarded with the biggest comps.
It’s also why playing at the casino (including online right here at Café Casino) should be done for entertainment. But you can still choose to play the games with the smallest house edges for a higher return. Two games stand out in particular: blackjack and craps. If you learn the basics behind these games, you can keep those edges as low as possible and get the most out of your entertainment dollar. You might even make a small profit when you include those comps as part of your bottom line.
Blackjack gives you the best chance of at least breaking even. The house edge with this popular card game changes depending on a number of parameters: The number of decks in the shoe, whether the dealer hits or stands on soft 17 (and Ace and a Six), whether you can double down after splitting, and so on. But for most of these games, you can expect a house edge of less than 1% – and as low as 0.17% when you play Single Deck Blackjack.
In craps, the standard Pass/Come bet (1.41%) and Don’t Pass/Don’t Come bet (1.36%) carry larger house edges than blackjack, but there’s a special way to narrow these edges down: You can make an extra side bet that has absolutely no house edge attached. It’s called taking odds when you bet on a point after a Pass bet, and laying odds when you bet against a point after a Don’t Pass bet. You should always make these bets if your bankroll is big enough.
You can find out more about both blackjack and craps by reading our FAQ and our Help guides, and by using the Practice Play mode at Café Casino. Give them a try and see what makes these games so popular with money-conscious players.