Before starting to discuss this topic, we want to warn readers that this article is not a guide to action. Moreover, some of our statements can frustrate and even disappoint customers who are serious about consistently beating the casino. However we will share with readers our experience and it is our duty to warn them about the difficulties they will inevitably face when playing for money.
Also, let's expain what we mean by "beating the casino". If a client wins jackpot or a large sum one evening, it does not mean that he could beat the casino. They can say it only if for a long interval (at least several dozen evenings, even though it is not enough for reliable statistics) they won more than lost.
It turns out that we are talking about a strategy that allows, if not to make a living by gambling, but at least achieve a stable positive result. Only in this case we can say that you know how to beat the casino.
Online or land-based casinos?
The next question arises "what casino is easier to beat, if it possible at all?" We know for certain that there are many professional players who successfully played in land-based casinos. Of course, we are talking primarily about blackjack card counters.
In previous articles on Casinoz we explained why counting cards is pointless in online games with a random number generator. it makes no sense to dwell on this question again. In short, the main obstacle for counting cards is online casinos is the fact that each hand in playing with includes a shoe.
In addition, the land-based casinos have all sorts of protections agains players who label cards, change bets, steal chips and so on. Actually, this is the most reliable and at the same time the most dangerous way to make money in a casino we strongly caution our readers against.
Experienced players may get additional advantage by using dealer's mistakes, uncoordinated actions of administration, poor equipment and other blemishes. In online casinos such opportunities are rare, so relying on them is unnecessary.
On the other hand, the advantages of online casinos include lower interest rates in different games. Yes, they may be lower, but to get rid of them entirely is impossible. The only exceptions are some video poker, but we will discuss it below.
Rewards and sweepstakes
A few years ago, particularly rich customers of online casinos could get a very generous and cash bonuses. It was called bonus -hunting, and now it gradually fades away. from the reason is the rigid policy of the leading casinos in this aspect.
Now all bonuses are available to the wide range of users, but you need to follow the harsh rules. It got to the point that most of these offers of the casino became simply unprofitable. As a result, many customers refuse from them.
To cash in on all sorts of drawings and promotions held by the casino is very easy. Normally, to get at least a slim chance to become one of the winners, you need to bet a large amount. And often it should be in games with a high house edge, so the loss can be much higher than the hypothetical prize.
Also, do not forget that most payouts are made in bonuses, you have to raffle.
The conclusion is that bonuses -are a very ghostly way to beat the casino. However we do not deny that some of them still have interesting and attractive offers.
Tournaments have recently become more popular in online casinos. They have pushed away bonuses, and many users are now searching for new places holding interesting tournaments.
No doubt that they are very exciting, but we need to look at the situation realistically. Solid prizes are raffled in the tournaments with buy-ins and a lot of participants. Rebuys increasing the chances of winning are almost always allowed in free rolls, so starting with the chips only it is almost impossible to break into the final.
Personal skill matter too except blackjack and video poker and roulette, because it's all is about the lucky slots. We do not consider sports poker too, because it is not a game of chance.
It turns out that constantly participating in tournaments held in the online casinos you will unlikely succeed. But even if you do, you can not say that you have beat the casino, because you got the money of others.
Selecting the game
If you run through the games presented in a huge range of online casinos, you will come to the conclusion that almost all of them are good enough to make a living.
As we mentioned above, Hold'em, Omaha and other poker games are not counted, because you play against other clients, and not against the casino. So it's a different category and a topic for discussion.
We have also mentioned disadvantages of playing blackjack at online casinos. Even if you follow the basic strategy and do not make mistakes, you will not get rid of benefits for the casino, and card counting also does not work here. In blackjack with live dealers, you also won't be able to effectively use this technique because at least half of all cards is cut in a shoe.
Roulette in a real casino can be beaten only by unscrupulous tricks. We do not even speak about the online version . Of course, you can try to use some betting system, but it is more for fun. At best, it will help you to control your bankroll.
Baccarat, poker, craps are games where you need to follow a particular strategy, but a (even small)mathematical advantage remains on the side of the casino.
We will not even talk about slots, as a lot is already said about them. The right choice, the maximum bet and hope for good luck is all you can do on the slot machines.
As for the video poker. Testing some variants of this game confirms that using a basic strategy can reduce the casino advantage and achieve even slight advantage in your favor.
But do not forget that video poker can have a significant level of dispersion. This is especially true for games with large coefficients for combinations with the maximum payout and progressive jackpots. What we need is a pretty impressive bankroll that with long black stripes, and nerves of steel that will keep you from the temptation to deviate from basic strategy.
Many large casinos offer their customers good loyalty programs. Players accumulate points they can exchange for real money, get additional benefits in the form of exclusive bonuses and participate in prize draws and so on. Of course, it must also be checked.
After all, if you count each percent in the casino advantage of a game or profitability of bonuses, we can not take into account amount of bets that will return you to the loyalty program.
You also need to take into account bonuses for deposits for recommended methods, free spins, themed events and other little things that can help you achieve a positive outcome of the game.
Needless to say that you must strictly follow the general recommendations on the game in the casino: abstinence, strict planning gaming sessions, control of funds and other things.
As you can see, there are no universal recommendations how to beat the casino. If you can visit a variety of large casinos in real life, we recommend you to seriously consider the blackjack. It's a hard work and the reward for it may not come immediately, but many professionals achieve success in this field.
Customers of online casinos should carefully selected games choosing those with the lowest casino advantage, follow the optimal strategy, and use of all of the best offers (bonuses, tournaments, the loyalty program, drawings and so on). In short, you need a systematic approach.
Of course, this does not guarantee consistent results, but it significantly reduces the probability of loss on a long stretch.
And finally the saying "if you want to win at the casino - buy a casino". If it's of any consolation, you can consider it just a saying, because in practice it is not always justified. There are both regularly winning professionals and casino.
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