We all know that casinos give themselves slightly higher odds of winning, otherwise they wouldn’t be able to stay in business. It’s called a ‘house edge‘ and it’s a necessary evil or otherwise casinos wouldn’t exist at all.
However, this doesn’t mean you can’t win big in the short term. As we all know, many a happy customer has walked out of a casino with the jackpot. To do this, though, you need to ensure you’ve given yourself the best possible chance of winning. There are some steps you can follow to make sure you reduce the house edge to the smallest possible percentage.
1. Find the best RTP (Return to Player)
Most online casinos and casino games are given a metric called a “return to player” (RTP), which shows how much money on average that players win back from the game. The RTP is calculated as a percentage and is always a bit lower than 100%, otherwise, the casino would be running at a loss.
Naturally, you’ll want to choose an online casino or game that has the highest possible RTP. Some even go as high as 99%! To help you out, there are many independent websites online that list casinos with the highest average RTPs.
RTP is not the only factor to consider though, as some games with lower RTP’s might have bigger jackpots. The RTP might be lower because the jackpots are seldom won, but if you hit them, you win big!
2. Practice, practice, practice!
Some online casino games like roulette or slots are purely based on chance and there isn’t much you can do to improve that. Yes, some people have strategies for these but you don’t see competitions like the World Series of Roulette, do you? (Edit: Apparently, you do)
If you want to improve your chances at a game of skill, go for card games. Blackjack and poker are two of the most popular skill-based casino card games, with many professional players making a fortune with them.
Each game is unique and requires a unique set of skills, so choose one and focus on that. You seldom see a card player who is good at both blackjack AND poker. There are many free apps you can use to hone your skills but the true test of your confidence comes when you wager real money.
3. Read independent reviews
There is a surprisingly large community of gamblers online who are happy to share their tips and tricks. Internet message boards are full of seasoned gamblers offering their advice on which casinos and games payout the most often, and which to avoid.
Doing a bit of research beforehand will arm you with the information that you need to ensure you don’t get ripped off come out on top.