It’s no secret: the odds on table games are not bad, but slot machines suck down your money hand over fist. So why do most people prefer slots? Probably because slots offer the possibility of a huge jackpot. Five dollars on blackjack can win, well, usually, $5. But five bucks in a slot machine could win thousands — or even millions. So that keeps players glued to the slot machines. They know they probably won’t win, but they want the chance of a big win. Unfortunately, they pay dearly for that chance: Slot players easily lose more money than table games players, because slot odds are poor and the games are played at a lightning pace.
There’s another reason that slot players don’t play table games with better odds: They don’t know how. That’s where this website comes in. Maybe you’re a slot player tired of losing your shirt every time you take a gambling vacation, and you’re ready to have a better chance of winning. Or maybe you’ve never been to the casino, but you’re smart enough to seek out the best bets rather than throwing your money away in slots. Either way, we’ll show you the basics of playing table games. Even if you’re playing online rather than in a “real” casino, you’ll still save your bankroll by dumping the slots and playing the table games instead.
How much can you save by playing table games instead of slots? Let’s take a look at expected savings for a weekend (10 hours) of play, using the Crash Course methods described below:
Amount saved vs. $0.25 slots
Amout saved vs. $1.00 slots
($5 Pass, $5 odds)
Assumptions: Slots played 800 spins/hr. Slot returns are average for Las Vegas Strip & Downtown casinos as published in Jan. 2002 Casino Player (94% for quarters and 95% for dollars). MiniBaccarat, Blackjack, and Craps played at 150, 100, and 30 rounds/hr. respectively. Table games played as per crash course สล็อตออนไลน์ได้เงินจริง strategies listed below. Table shows mathematical expected result, though results obviously will vary due to short-term fluctuation.
If this isn’t enough to convince you to try table games, I don’t know what is. You don’t even have to abandon slots if you love them — but when you need a break from the monotony of slots, trying a table game instead of continuing on a slot binge will save you money.
Learning any table game in depth could take a while — 30 minutes to a few hours, depending on the game. But the secret is, learning just the BASICS is enough to give you way better odds than you’d get on a slot machine. So let’s proceed to the crash course.
Print Out this Page
Print out this page and take it with you to the casino. The casino won’t care. It’s much easier to use this page as a cheat sheet rather than trying to memorize everything.
Every table has a minimum bet, indicated by a sign on the table (usually $1-5 for Craps, $5 for Blackjack). Make sure to read the sign so you don’t buy in at a $25 table when you meant to be at a $5 table.
Put your cash on the table, right in front of you. Don’t hand it to the dealer; they can’t take money directly from your hand. When you put it on the table, don’t put it inside a marked circle or on any writing, or the dealer may think you want to bet the cash! The dealer will finish the hand (s)he’s dealing before looking at your money, so be patient — if your money’s on the table, they’ll get to it.
Dealers don’t make change. Any money you put on the table will be turned into chips. Then again, you don’t have to bet all your chips. When you’re done, you take whatever chips you have left to the cashier booth to cash them in.
Red chips are worth $5 and green chips are $25. The $1 chips are either silver or white. Red and green chips are sometimes called “nickels” or “quarters”, respectively. The dealer may ask “How do you want that?”, meaning do you want all red, or some red and green, etc. Whatever you get, always get at least five silver for tipping.
Use Your Slot Card
Yep, you can use your slot card on table games. Just place it on the table with your money. The dealer will give it to a floor supervisor, who will write down the number and then give it back to you. Your play won’t show up as points the next time you put your card into a machine, but you can still get free meals once you’ve played long enough. (Ask a pit boss how long you need to play to get a meal.) Free goodies you get from the casino are called comps. (More on comps.)
Make a bet by putting one or more chips in the betting circle or other marked betting area. If you’re betting different color chips, the larger denomination chips go on bottom.
Don’t touch your bet (chips) once you’ve placed it! Some people try to cheat the casino by decreasing their bet (removing chips) when they’ve lost a hand, or adding chips when they’ve won a hand. Because of this, the casinos don’t want your hands near your chips once your bet is placed, and the dealers enforce the no-touching rule very seriously.
When you’re finished playing, push your chips forward and ask the dealer to “color up”, which means to turn your stack of low-denomination chips into a few high denomination chips. That way you have fewer chips to carry over to the cashier cage to cash them in. Just make sure you don’t push your chips into a betting circle, otherwise the dealer might think you want to bet all your chips!
How much to bet
When you’re new at any game, always play the table minimum, usually $5. If you could afford to play quarter slots, you can easy afford to bet $5 a hand at a table. A $500 bankroll is usually sufficient for a weekend of play (15 hours) at most table games.
Getting Help from the Dealer
Don’t be afraid to ask the dealer for help, especially if you don’t understand some of the instructions listed here. For example, you might see that the blackjack strategy below tells you to split two 8’s, and you have two 8’s but you have no idea how to split them. Just ask, “How do I split these?”, and the dealer will tell you how.
Be sure you can tell the difference when the dealer tells you that you CAN’T do something vs. that you SHOULDN’T do something. If the dealer says you can’t, well, that’s the rules, and you can’t. But if the dealer advises against something just because they think it’s a bad bet (like splitting 8’s), then remain firm that you want to make your play. Believe it or not, most dealers don’t know the proper strategies for the games they’re dealing, and the other players are no better.
Like waiters, dealers generally make minimum wage and work for tips. I generally tip out $5 per hour I play ($1 at a time throughout the hour). A tip for a dealer is called a toke. You can offer your tip directly to the dealer, or you can place a bet for the dealer. I often ask which they prefer, but almost all dealers go for the bet rather than taking the toke directly. Betting for the dealer is a good way to establish rapport with the dealer, and in games like Blackjack when you’re betting against the dealer’s hand, this reminds you that your opponent is really the casino, not the dealer herself. Betting for the dealer is done differently in different games, so just ask the dealer at your game, “How do I place a bet for you?”
Tipping, of course, is optional, and some players don’t tip at all. But remember that most dealers, like waiters, make minimum wage and are really working for tips. (And at the El Cortez, dealers averaged only $21/day in tips, according to The Dealer’s News.) Also, the IRS takes 28% out of their tip pool right away. I don’t tip unfriendly or unhelpful dealers, but I’ll tip even an average dealer $5/hr. (On the other hand, most U.S. casinos require all dealers to pool their tips together.) Don’t worry about losing money from tipping — $5/hr. is WAY less than you’d lose on slots.
Baccarat & Mini-Baccarat
This game is the closest thing to a table version of a slot machine: You place your bets, the cards are dealt, and then they tell you whether you won or not. You don’t make any decisions, just like a slot machine. You simply bet and cross your fingers. You have a choice of three different bets, and you want to bet on Banker every time for the lowest house edge (1.06%). The dealer will take a 5% commission on winning hands, but your low 1.06% disadvantage includes the commision. Check out our Baccarat lesson.
After you’ve bought chips, look for a big hockey puck on the table that says ON or OFF. If it says ON, wait until the dealer turns it to OFF before you place your bet. As soon as it goes to OFF, then put your betting chip on the part of the table marked PASS LINE. If you lose the dealer will take your chip. If you win the dealer will give you another chip, which you’ll pick up, and let your original bet play again. If the marker gets turned to ON, you’re moving into a bonus round and have another chance to win. At this point place another chip below (due South) of your original bet. Most of the other bets at Craps are sucker bets, so don’t make them. If you play as recommended, you’ll enjoy a very low house edge of less than 1%. You don’t even have to understand what’s going on, but if you’d like to (it’s probably more fun that way), then check out our Craps lesson.
Most wheels have a 0 and a 00, and have a 5% house edge. Some wheels have only the 0 (no 00), and have about a 2.6% house edge. Although the Single Zero wheel gives better odds, even with a 00 wheel and $5 bets you’ll lose less money than on a 5-coin nickel slot machine. Playing Roulette is easy: Just buy chips, and put your chip(s) on the number(s) you think will win, or on red or black, even or odd, etc. Check out our Roulette lesson.
You can get an ultra-low 0.5% house edge with a couple of hours of study. But even with this crash course, you’ll enjoy a low house edge of around 1.5% and lose way less money than at slots. Remember, if you don’t understand these instructions, just tell the dealer what you want to do and he’ll help you. For example, if you have two 8’s and you know you want to split, ask, “How do I split these?” Here’s your crash course strategy:
(1) When your total is 10 or 11, double when the dealer’s up card is less than your total.
(2) Always split two 8’s or two Aces.
(3) If the dealer’s up card is 7 or more, then hit until you have at least 17, then stand.
(4) If the dealer’s up card is 6 or less, than hit until you have at least 12, then stand.
(5) Never take insurance or even money.
So how does all this compare to slots, money-wise? Check out the table, which shows how much you save over slots for one hour of play, using the strategies listed above:
Rounds Per Hour (HPH)
Expected Loss Per Hour
Savings over $0.25 Slots
Slots $0.05, 5 coins
Slots $0.25, 3 coins
Slots $1.00, 2 coins
($5 Pass, $5 odds)
*Slot returns are average for Las Vegas Strip & Downtown casinos as published in Jan. 2002 Casino Player . Roulette assumes 0+00 wheel; if you find a 0 wheel the odds are even better, saving you 89% over quarter slots. Edges for other games assume you play according to strategy listed in Crash Course, above. You can get even better odds at Blackjack if you learn the basic strategy.