Casino Games With The Best And Worst Odds

There’s a reason for the saying, ‘The House always wins” as the odds are always tilted in the favour of the casino. It’s a business after all. However, some games have better odds than others and learning which games carry which odds will help you make the most of your money. Casinos may also have different odds for the same games, so be sure to check the small print before you choose where to play.

The Best Casino Games to Play

Table games can be a little intimidating for some, but as a general rule of thumb, they have the best odds.


This simple card game has an element of skill, but since you’re always effectively playing against the dealer only, regardless of the number of players, your odds are around 49%. Whoever gets closest to 21 without going over is the winner. While the game involves a large element of luck, there are strategies that you can learn to improve your prospects even more.


Craps is a table game played with dice and one player is the ‘shooter’  – he/she rolls the dice. Other players bet on the outcome of the shooter’s throws. Simple bets get you odds of almost 50% whereas more specific bets decrease your odds but increase your potential payout.


Roulette is played on a wheel with pockets 1-36 and an additional one or two ‘0’s depending on which form of the game you’re playing. The 0’s are what gives the house it’s edge of 2.8% for a single zero and 5.2% for two. The dealer spins the wheel, a ball spins around and around and players bet on the pocket it eventually lands in.

If you bet on it being either black or red, you have a nearly 50% chance of winning and doubling your bet. If you make more specific bets, such as which range of numbers it falls into, again you increase your payout, but decrease your odds.

Which Games Have The Worst Odds?

Big Six Wheel/Wheel of Fortune

Players bet on where the wheel will stop on a $1, $5, $10, $20, or a joker segment and whichever it lands on, that’s the amount you win. Your odds are around 26-39%. Placing a $1 bet has the best odds, but the worst payout.

Slot Machines

As much fun as they are, Slots don’t deliver in as far as odds are concerned. Slot games vary in the odds of winning from one to the next, but while the odds of winning smaller payouts are not bad, the chances of a jackpot are substantially more remote.

And The Mystery Odds Game?

In terms of odds, Poker stands out as being very hard to estimate, mostly because of the level of skill involved. Players are generally advised to put in a lot of practice before embarking on big Poker bets as the luck involved really only extends to the cards you’re dealt. Thereafter it’s all skill.