Casino Gambling Guide

House edge

You will only discover if you like a particular casino game by playing it. Most casinos offer to try their games for fun, without risking any money. That's the best way to find out which casino game suits you best. However, it is possible to characterize the casino games discussed here at a more general level, i.e. by associated risk and house edge.

House edge

The house edge of a particular game tells you how much money you will expect to lose on each bet you make in the long term. The higher the house edge, the more money you can expect to lose in the long term. That doesn't mean you will always lose money when playing at a casino, because in the short term anything is possible. Otherwise you wouldn't be gambling! This is due to the risk that is associated with each game.


The risk of a particular game gives you an indication how much your balance will fluctuate from expected results. A high risk offers the possibility to win big in the short term, but also to quickly burn your money. A low risk allows your bankroll to last longer, but also promises only moderate wins (or losses). Below you will find a diagram, in which each casino game is characterized by their house edge and risk (click on the diagram to learn more about a particular game).

roulette roulette caribbean stud poker pai gow poker baccarat blackjack let it ride video poker

* Video Poker = 9/6 full pay Jacks or better, Blackjack = Atlantic city rules, Roulette = American double-zero

Which game suits you?

If you like to live on the edge and have enough money to burn, you will probably like high-risk games in the yellow and red squares, such as Let It Ride or Video Poker. If you are satisfied with small wins (or losses) and like to play longer, low-risk games in the green square, like Blackjack, Baccarat or Pai Gow Poker, will probably more suit you. But you will only find out for sure which game you like by playing them. You can play Craps, Slots, Roulette, Blackjack & Video Poker for free on this page.

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