Abstain From Gambling On The Strip
You read it right. Abstain, avoid, refuse to gamble on the Strip. Why? Because, the odds are really stacked against you especially with the blackjack games.
When you play slot machines on the Strip, the payouts will be less, the house edge higher. Your chances of winning at slots over all are better on Boulder Highway, Downtown on Fremont Street, and in North Las Vegas. If you are only going to risk a few hundred dollars, it probably won’t be worth your time to go to some place off the Strip. But, if you are one who will risk a large bankroll, then take the time to go off the Strip. It could make a big difference.
Unfortunately, blackjack, a favorite game of so many, has fallen into bad times. In short, most of the games on the Strip suck and suck hard. For one thing, a 6 to 5 payout on blackjack is terrible for players and these games are becoming standard. If you can find a 3 to 2 payout for blackjack, the minimum bet will likely be high, $15-25. In addition, many times the rules are bad too and this increase the house edge. Again, abstain from playing these games on the Strip or anywhere else they pop up. A good resource to learn about the odds on each game is www.wizardofodds.com. Check it out.
You have to know where to go to find the good blackjack games with lower minimums and better rules and a 3 to 2 payout for blackjack. Some of the good games can be found at Samstown, Ellis Island, El Cortez, Binions, Four Queens, the M, Fiesta Rancho, and others. Check out a current article by Henry Tamburin on casinocenter.com here. He has two lists. One is of the bad places to play blackjack and the other is the good places to play.
We know that some people gamble for fun and don’t really care if they win or not. If you fall into this category then you can disregard the all our tips. We want to warn those who do care about winning though. Why play a bad game when you can play a much better game, at least as far as the odds are concerned.
Would you rather play a game that has a 5.26% house edge or one that only has a 1% house edge? Duh! Well, roulette has the 5.26% edge while blackjack and some bets on craps have about a 1% edge. Mini-Baccarat also has good odds.
Then, some games like the Big Money Wheel and Keno have very high house edges of up to 25%. It depends on your philosophy of gambling. Do you want to win or just have fun? It’s your money. Now you know where to abstain from playing and what games to abstain from playing.