House edge and betting strategies
In this series of articles, called “Livin’ On the Edge”, we will turn every stone in order to find the Reversed House Edge in five of the most popular online casino games: Craps, Blackjack, Roulette, Caribbean Stud and Casino Hold’em. Key aspects include finding casino bonuses, locating the tables with the right odds and applying the game strategies that actually work!
I don’t know what kind of twisted edge Aerosmith sings about living on in their hit song from 1993. It’s something about God, Chicken Little and again and again and again. But I know what kind of edge I’m living on, or living off you could say. I call it the “Reversed House Edge” as in finding the edge that will allow me to win against the house also known as the casino.
Last weekend my friend locked my cat into the fridge for a (short) while. Don’t ask me why. But do you know what the cat said when I finally opened the door to the fridge?
Let me first make it clear that this title does not have a racist motive. We are just going to present how the game of Craps is played if you can’t manipulate the outcome of the dice like Jiggaboo Jones can. He happens to be (probably) the number 1 dice cheater in the world, and his self-proclaimed nick name is “the Number 1 Nigger in America”.
At a Craps table, players take turns rolling two dice. The players around the table may bet on the outcome of the dice thrown by the “shooter” (the player in turn) and all players including the shooter bets against the house.
It’s conclusion time. Now you know who Jiggaboo Jones is. You know the rules of Craps and you know what bets you should make. But in what casino should you play Craps and how much should you bet each time? We are getting close to the source of the reversed house edge.
Blackjack is a game of luck, discipline and memory. Luckily the memory aspect can be removed with online Blackjack, making it possible for you to win even if you’re not Rain Man. That leaves discipline and luck, and by applying large dozes of the discipline element you have the possibility of largely superseding the element of luck.
We will discuss Blackjack strategy later in this article (it’s simple, you only need a chart), but since Blackjack strategy depends on the table you are playing at, let’s locate the tables with the best odds first.
In the example below you can see what your decision should be for every possible scenario when playing single deck Blackjack where the dealer draws on soft 17. See under the table for explanations.
The first thing you need to do when looking for the Reversed House Edge in roulette is to find a casino that offers the type of roulette game you are looking for: the roulette table that gives you the best odds.
When you play online (and live) Caribbean Stud you play against a house dealer, and the first thing you need to do is to place an obligatory ante. Once the ante is placed, all players and the dealer are dealt five cards. Players get all their five cards dealt face down while the dealer turns over one card.
Caribbean Stud betting strategy is quite simple. There may be some minor disagreements, but if you follow these four rules are you at least playing something widely considered to be optimal Caribbean Stud strategy.
Like with Caribbean Stud, you place an initial and obligatory ante in Casino Hold’em. You can also place an optional bet saying you will get AA, but this is a bad bet so you should avoid it since the odds are not good enough.
In this article we have put together six reputable online casinos where you can get a good first deposit bonus, and also have the opportunity to play one or more of the games from the “livin’ On the Edge” article series.
Livin' on the edge
- Livin’ On The Edge
- Do not underestimate the predictability...
- Playing Craps if you are not Jiggaboo Jones...
- How the beloved game of Craps is played
- The best signup bonus for online Craps players
- The Seven Deadly Sins of Blackjack
- Finding the Reversed House Edge in Blakjack
- The answer to every difficult Blackjack decision
- Finding the Reversed House Edge at the right Roulette tables
- Online Caribbean Stud rules and game play
- Caribbean Stud betting strategy
- Casino Hold’em rules, gameplay and strategy
- Online casino bonus review