How Are The Odds Created For The Casino Games?

Any game that a casino offers has been designed to give the advantage to the host (i.e. the casino). As such, in the long-run a casino is always going to win from a game played. However, players can beat the odds in the short-term and as such win more than they bet.

Online Casino Games Odds - How Are They Made Fair?

Any game that a casino offers has been designed to give the advantage to the host (i.e. the online casino). As such, in the long-run a casino is always going to win from a game played. However, players can beat the odds in the short-term and as such win more than they bet.

The fact that any game is designed with odds in favour of the house is demonstrated best with Roulette. A single chip placed on a number bet pays 35-1 (i.e. a $1 winning bet returns $36). However, a roulette wheel has 36 numbers as well as a zero (and possibly double zero). As such, the true odds of a number spinning in is 36-1 or 37-1. As such, if a player covered every number (at a cost of $38 on a double-zero table) they would only get back $36.

For card games such as Blackjack, Red Dog, Three-Card Poker or Stud Poker the odds of the game are set by the rules of the game in a similar way to roulette. However, with some games such as Blackjack the actual odds a player experiences is dependent on their play (i.e. choosing to hit or stick).

Video Poker games odds are set ultimately via the pay table. Statisticians have calculated the true odds of hitting specific winning combinations. The paytables, however, do not pay true odds although it's true that certain Video Poker games have near 100% payback. As such, although Video Poker games cannot be fixed in terms of cards that appear, paytables can be reduced so that the long-term payback is more in the casino's favour.

The only games that can be manipulated 'behind the scenes' are slots. This is because slot games can be set so that it becomes more difficult to hit winning combinations (e.g. by removing symbols from wheels). Similarly, the paytables can be reduced to again alter the expected payback percentage.

When it comes to online games specifically, all games are actually controlled by a random number generator that acts as a card turn, dice role or slot spin (depending on the game being played). However, although this random number generator decides game outcomes, this is only true insofar is cards selected or roulette number selected etc. Games will still play the same as their land-based counterparts. As such, looking for things like full-pay Video Poker games or single-deck blackjack will alter the odds a player experiences for the positive.

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