What's The WORST Bet You Can Make at a Casino

Posted on April 23rd, 2009

Well, we like to tell both sides of the story here at Online Casino King. And that means, “outing” the horrible bets that are offered at casinos (either landbased or online).

Some bets are worse than others. And some are realy humming. So you need to know to avoid them.

Generally speaking, the special side bets are top of our list to avoid. These range from insurance in blackjack, to the side bets on progressive roulette to the double or quits bets in video poker. You know the ones- the really tempting ones.

If the bet stands outside the normal order of play and is a “special”- chance are that it has rubbish odds.

Another example is the $1 bonus in Fortune Pai Gow and the $1 side bet in Let It Ride- avoid these like the plague!

Keno and Sic Bo are generally awash with poor bets- so check the odds before you play. And avoid hard-ways and one roll bets in craps. These stink too.

Another good ruile of thumb is the following: the higher the payout, the worse your odds. Check the T’s and C’s of most casino bonus offers. They normally always exclude roulette even money bets. Why? Well- with a payout of 1:1, your odds are pretty favourable compared to most games at a casino. The payout at European roulette is over 97%

Take craps as another example. The pass line pays 1:1, and the house edge is 2%.
But the 6-6 (single roll, win if a 12 comes up) pays 30-1, but the house edge is 15%. “You do the math” as they say in Vegas.

If the casino pays out 10 to 1 odds it’s a risky bet. Slots are a case in point. The jackpots can be huge, but then the odds are lower. That’s the trade off you have to make, as you are not going to win a life changing sum at blackjack in one session. The Mega Moolah progressive slot is currently on $6 million plus. You could theoretically scoop the big one after one spin (it’s just unlikely, that’s all).

If blackjack is your poison, stay clear of of multi-deck tables and study the blackjack pay out. Stick to single deck blackjack if you can. Particularly if you can card count!

The one piece of advice that holds true for all games, is always study the odds of a game before you play. (You can find them here on Online Casino King). Don’t get suckered into the big payoff before you know the odds. Would you bet on a 100-1 outsider at the Grand National? Errr, sorry- bad example- that donkey won this year didn’t it?

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