Games that Pay – Online Casino House Edge

Finding online casino games to pay for real money is usually easy enough, but finding the games that pay the best can be altogether more difficult.

It’s not unusual for new players to sign up at a casino, click through to the games page, and blurt out, “Show me the money,” before turning away despondently when the payouts are nothing like they expected.

It’s true that casino games, whether online, mobile, or land-based, require some skill and a bit of luck, but you can’t rely on luck and skill to produce fantastic payouts on games that aren’t going to offer you any. So how do you find out which games do offer great payouts?

That’s where the house edge comes in. This is basically how much the casino will win in a game. This means that games with a low house edge offer you much better chances of winning than games with a high house edge would.

You also need to bear in mind that games with a low house edge generally offer smaller, more frequent payouts than those with a low house edge. Another rule of thumb is that games that are difficult to play offer much better payouts.

Low House Edge Online Casino Games

Among the games with a low house edge offered by online casinos such as ours are:

  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps

When you play baccarat, you have the basic bet option of betting on either the player or the banker. Each option has a different house edge; for example, that of the player is 1.2 per cent, while that of the banker is only one per cent.

However, if you make use of other betting options in the game, you could find yourself faced with a much higher edge. For example, that of betting on a pair could be 10 or 11 per cent, while that of betting on a tie could be as high as 14 per cent.

Blackjack, the classic card comparing game also known as 21, has a house edge that varies from game to game, depending on the rules. In some games, it could be as low as 0.2 per cent, while in other games it may reach two per cent, which is still relatively low.

Before you play online blackjack at our casino, remember that, while no strategy will guarantee a win, they can certainly improve the decisions made during the game, giving you a better chance at success.

The dice game of craps is another that offers you a range of betting options, but if you’re looking for the best payouts, it’s usually best to stick to Come and Pass bets, which often have a house edge of 1.4 per cent. If you take the odds after a roll, the odds against you will basically be lowered, as taking the odds has a zero per cent house edge.

If you decide to place the more exotic craps bets, the house edge could climb to anything between 10 and 17 per cent.

Online Roulette’s Medium House Edge

Roulette is one of the few online casino games that generally offer you a medium house edge. The edge you get depends on which version of the game you play, as it is influenced not only by the zero and double zero pockets, but by certain rules as well.

The European and French versions of the game use a wheel with only one zero pocket, which generally gives the game a 2.7 per cent house edge. In the French version, that could be further reduced to 1.35 per cent, if your bet lands up en prison because the ball landed in the zero pocket.

The American version uses a wheel that has zero and double zero pockets, which pushes the house edge up to 5.26 per cent.

High House Edge Online Casino Games

Among the online casino games with a high house edge you can play at our casino if you’re feeling particularly confident are:

  • Keno
  • Slots

Keno is a lottery-style game that is incredibly easy to play. All you need to do is make a selection from a range of 80 numbers, submit your ticket, and wait for the results. Payouts are determined by the number of matches made.

However, as easy as keno is to play, it often comes with a house edge of between 20 and 40 per cent.

The house edge of the online slot machines you can play at our casino can vary greatly from game to game. It could be as low as three per cent, or as high as 20 per cent.

It’s important to remember that, when playing slots, the bigger the bets you place, the more substantial the payouts. The return to player rate of slots by developers such as Microgaming is usually in excess of 96 per cent, so decent payouts can be offered by the reels.