Casino card games are some of the most exciting online casino games because they require an element of skill or strategy combined with a good measure of luck.
Casino card games are some of the most exciting online casino games because they require an element of skill or strategy combined with a good measure of luck. The two games that offer the best odds are Blackjack and Baccarat. The right strategy can make playing either game a rewarding pastime.
Blackjack is probably the most famous casino card game around the world. It also offers some of the best odds in online casino card games. The house advantage on Blackjack is usually less than 1%. Players can actually use strategy to reduce the house advantage further and some advantage players can even turn it into a slight player advantage.
Basic Blackjack Strategy
Basic strategy begins with following a couple of rules when playing. First, never take out insurance. Overall, it’s a losing bet. Second, only double down on 10 and 11 and then only if the dealer is not showing an Ace. Always split Aces and 8s and never split 10s.
Card counting is one of the most effective strategies for winning at Blackjack but it’s really only effective on single or possibly double deck games. The simple strategy for card counting is keeping a running tally in your mind. Add a +1 for cards 2 to 6 and -1 for Aces and 10 value cards. The higher count is, the better it is for the player. Increase or decrease your bets accordingly.
Baccarat is the gentleman’s game and has long been associated with private playing areas. Online casinos have opened the game up to anyone wanting to play. The house advantage on Baccarat depends on who you bet on, whether the player, the bank or a tie. Betting on the player or bank gives a house advantage of about 1.24% or 1.06% respectively. Betting on a tie gives the house advantage of about 14%.
Basic Baccarat Strategy
Betting with the bank offers the lowest house advantage, and it should be the go to bet for online Baccarat players. The real strategy in Baccarat is to find an easy to remember system of betting.
There are several systems out there. The Paroli system focuses on increasing your wins. Start with your base bet. If you win, then you double your next bet. If your second bet wins, then you double it for your third bet. If either bet loses, you start at the base bet.
Another system is the 1-3-2-4 system for low risk playing. If you win then you progress through the betting, but if you lose you start over. For example, you start with a bet of 5. If you win then your next bet is 15. If you win, then your next bet is 10. Finally if you win on the 3rd hand, you bet 20 for the final hand. The odds of going through the cycle is 1 in 16 with payout of 10 times your bet. If at any time you lose a bet, you start over with a single unit bet.
Both Blackjack and Baccarat offer similar house advantages and offer similar opportunities to use strategy combined with good luck to win.