Every online gambler wants to be a winner and that leads us to ask this simple question. Can you beat the slots at an online casino? For that matter, can you really beat any game at an online casino? Lets look at the games offered by most online casino and see what the answers are.
When it comes to slots, there are dozens of videos and books available that claim to have sure fire systems to beat the Machines. The truth is there is no way to beat the machines. There are several reasons why you should save your money and not buy any of these systems. Slots should be played for fun and relaxation. Any time you win playing slots, consider it a gift from the casino and don’t expect it to be a regular occurrence.
First and foremost, slot machines are no longer made up of mechanical reels that people would try to time. The fact is that timing reels on old fashioned slot machines was also dubious at best. Todays modern slot machine whether online or land based is run buy a random number generator that selects the symbols that will turn up when the spin ends totally at RANDOM. There is no way to calculate or time what will turn up on future spins because the RNG is always doing what is designed to do and that is to use a complicated mathematical algorithm to calculate the symbols for every spin. There are millions of possible combinations and the RNG can select any one of them at any time. So forget about beating the RNG.
So how do slot machines really payout? The truth is that the machine is preset by the online casino to pay out at a fixed percentage and that is usually about 95% to 96% at reputable online casinos. As an example, All Slots Casinos machines payed out at a rate of 95.78% in November, 2009 according to eCorgas statistics. (Ecorga is an independent organization that monitors the payout percentages of the games at many top online casinos and rates the RNG as fair and random.) Simply put this means that if you wager $1000, $957.80 will be paid out to you and $42.20 of your original $1000 will go to the online casino. The exception to this rule occurs when a player hits a big jackpot and then simply quits while they are ahead. But not many slots players go home winners since the fun is really in the action of the game.
The other great myth about slot machines is that some people believe you have to play the machine for a certain length of time to get it to pay out. This is because they see someone play for a long time and then walk away without hitting the jackpot. Then the next person hits a big jackpot on their first play. This causes people to think that the longer you play, the more likely the machine is to payout. Again, this is a myth. Payouts, as we have said, are regulated by a preset percentage and the RNG causes the payouts to occur at totally random times. There is simply no truth to any system that involves timing how long you play a machine.
The bottom line is simple. Play slots for fun and to relax. Many of the slot games in online casinos are quite spectacular with amazing sound, graphics and game play. Slots are a great way to unwind after a long, stressful day if you approach the game with the idea of having fun and you dont worry about hitting it big. Just settle down to your favorite online slot game, have a cool drink and set your limit in advance. Play at your own pace and you just might find you can make your original $50 on the 25 cent slot game last for hours and hours of entertaining play.
There are some games in which a talented player can increase the odds in their favor. One of the most popular of these games is blackjack. In land based casinos, there are many successful systems of card counting that greatly increase the odds in the players favor. Card counting require skill and training but with dedication and patience, it can be learned. Although it has been ruled by the courts that an individual can legally card count in most major casino towns, many casinos still ban card counters as soon as they are spotted.
However in online casinos, the situation is radically different because there is no shoe with a fixed number of decks to count. Each card is randomly created at the beginning of each hand and then destroyed at the end of the hand. This happens over and over for every single hand of online blackjack. The best way to increase the odds in your favor at online blackjack is to become a student of the game. There are basic rules for every situation in blackjack and there are many good books and videos that teach basic blackjack. Learn how to play the game well instead of trying to beat the game. Then pick an online casino that has a high payout percentage for blackjack and use your skill to play at your highest level.
Craps is a very exciting, action filled game that can be quite confusing to new players. While there is no surefire method to beat the house at craps, it is essential that a player have a complete understanding of the basics of online craps play. One must become familiar with all the rules of craps and the terminology used in the game. A new player must also understand all the different bets, what they mean and how to place them properly. A player should also have a solid background in the good bets and the bad bets that can be made on the craps table. There are several bets available in craps that every craps teacher will tell you not to place. Like Blackjack, the key to doing well at Craps is learning how to play the game and having a solid understanding of all the dynamics of the game.
Roulette is another game that has led to many hundreds of cant miss systems of play. The problem is that these systems just do not work. Roulette is based on luck. There is no way to time the wheel or the ball to figure out where it will end up. Like many other online casino games, the RNG is king in roulette. It decides which number will come up and then displays the results. Although there is no sure fire roulette system, some of the real experts in roulette have written many useful articles and books on how to bet in roulette. Learning what the smart bets are in roulette is the key to enhancing your chances to win.
The one game in online casinos that is not based on luck alone is Poker. Poker is a skill game and can improved with study and practice. There are many successful online poker rooms that have hundreds of skilled players going head to head in games like Texas Holdem and 7 Card Stud. Texas Holdem is the most popular of the online poker games and attracts millions of players around the world. Mastering the game of poker takes a quick mind, common sense, self control and the ability to read or anticipate other players moves. There are many good books and videos on how to play poker. Quite a few of these are written by highly successful professional poker players. They can teach you all the basics of poker but you will still need to practice, practice and practice some more. The great thing about online poker is that you can gain experience at actual live poker while playing with play money. This allows new players to learn, gain experience and evaluate when they are ready to start playing for real cash.
What have we discovered about beating the house in online gambling? Well, first we have learned that the odds are in the houses favor. The outcome of the games (except online poker) are decided by a random number generator and you cant figure out what the RNG will do next. We also learned that there are no sure fire systems to beat the house in online casinos. The online gambler can enhance their chances to win by studying the games and learning how to play them with the confidence that comes with experience and practice. They can increase their knowledge of the mechanics of the game play and learn how to place smart bets. This allows an online gambler to improve their chances to win but it is not a guarantee. The biggest advantage in the online gamblers arsenal is to play the games they enjoy with play money until they feel totally comfortable. Even players who are experienced at playing in land based casinos should play with play money first if they are new to online casinos. The game play and timing has a different flow to it online and it takes a bit of practice to get it right. Playing for play money is without a doubt an online gamblers best tool when they are trying to learn how to play any online gambling game.
I’m Jason Rockwell. When I’m not winning playing online poker, I enjoy writing about my love of the game. Thanks for visiting!