Are you really maximizing your payout potential?
April’s here, spring is in the air, and you know what that means: it’s prime time for finding those holiday and seasonal bonuses!
In order to increase your overall playtime, the single best tip we can give you is to play the games with the lowest house edge—or, phrased differently, the highest payouts.
We’ve come up with a couple tried and true classics that you might not even know are firmly on your side.
Regardless of your favorite, one thing’s for sure: with these four secret weapons up your sleeve, you’re in for a spectacular springtime!
Get a Seat at the Video Poker Table
The first game we’ll touch on is a classic: video poker. Video poker games offer big payouts by using a combination of strategy and luck. With the right smarts, the house edge could be as low as 0.5%! This means that every dollar bet could give you 99.5 cents back. Astounding!
Sweetening the pot is the fact that the game’s a great one for beginners: it’s designed to simulate traditional poker games, but with a simplified interface that makes it way easier to play and understand.
The payouts in video poker are determined by the strength of the player's hand, which is based on standard poker rankings. The paytable shows the payouts for each possible hand, from the lowest (usually a pair of jacks or better) to the highest (usually a royal flush).
To win a payout in video poker, the player must first place a bet and receive five cards. You can then discard any of the cards and receive new ones in their place, to meet your goal of creating the best possible hand.
The exciting part is the strategy: in video poker, this boils down to knowing which cards to keep and which to discard. By taking a look at the initial hand and the potential combinations that could be created by discarding certain cards, players can make strategic decisions that increase their chances of winning.
The size of the payouts offered in video poker is determined by the strength of the hand and the amount of the initial bet.
Its also worth it to see if your favorite video poker site includes a member rewards program to add to your payouts. Many video poker games offer a bonus payout for hitting a royal flush, which can be significantly larger than the payouts for other hands. If you’re in member rewards, you could be looking at some serious cash.
When Was the Last Time You Played Slots?
Ahh the slot machine. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that favorite of beginners and professionals alike!
You might be surprised that slot machines actually have payout rates of up to 95%! If you bet a hundred dollars, it typically evens out that you’ll receive 95 back. Not bad for some of the easiest excitement in the hall!
But let’s get down to it so you can add slots to your program: slots are designed to offer big payouts through a mechanism known as the paytable, which outlines the various combinations of symbols that can appear on the reels and the corresponding payouts for each.
When a participant places a bet and spins the reels, the machine uses a random number generator (RNG) to determine which symbols will appear on the reels. If the symbols that appear match one of the combinations listed on the paytable, the player’s awarded the corresponding payout.
The size of the payout offered by a slot machine is determined by the frequency of winning combinations and the value of each combination. For example, a machine that offers a large jackpot payout may have a lower frequency of winning combinations, while a machine that offers smaller payouts more frequently may have a higher frequency of winning combinations.
Another thing to keep in mind: many slot machines offer bonuses and special features that can increase the potential payout. These can include free spins, promo spins on new slots, multipliers, and even bonus games that offer additional opportunities to win. Count us in!
Give Craps a Try!
WOW, and we mean wow! The house edge on this classic can be as low as 0%: you heard that right! So gear up, brush up on the terms and vocabulary, and get on a roll!
In craps, you can place bets on the "Pass Line" or "Don't Pass Line" before the roll of the dice. If the roll is a 7 or 11 on the Pass Line, you’ll win at even odds. If the roll is a 2, 3, or 12 on the Don't Pass Line, you’ll win at even odds.
In addition to the basic bets you can make, craps offers a wide range of other betting opportunities that can potentially pay out large sums of money.
For example, the "Hard Way" bet requires the player to roll a pair of dice with the same value (e.g. two 4s) before rolling a 7 or the same value in a non-pair combination. This bet pays out at odds of 9:1 or 7:1, depending on the casino.
Another example is the "Any 7" bet, which pays out if the next roll of the dice is a 7. You’ll have pretty high odds of winning, but there’s a flipside: it also has a high payout of 4:1 or 5:1.
Playing craps also means that you’re able to make multiple bets on the same roll of the dice, which can increase the potential payout. By placing strategic bets and combining different bets, you can walk away with a real jackpot.
Stay Forever 21 with Blackjack
Last but certainly not least, let’s take a look at our old friend, Blackjack.
Another game with a house edge of around .5%, Blackjack offers a big payout by giving players the opportunity to win a significant amount of money if they’re able to beat the dealer and achieve a blackjack: a hand that totals 21 points.
Blackjack’s simple enough to start playing. The dealer gives the player two cards and then deals one card face up and one card face down. This is the house’s hand. Then you have to decide whether to "hit" and receive an additional card or "stand" with your current hand.
The goal is always to achieve a total point value that is higher than the dealer's without going over 21 points.
If the player’s able to make their total point value exactly 21 with their initial two cards (an ace and a card with a value of 10), this is known as a "blackjack." This typically pays out at odds of 3:2 or 2:1, depending on the casino. A great way your evening on a high note!