The House Has the Edge in Casino Gaming

Casino gaming is undoubtedly the most popular past time in America. The legalization of gambling in most states and the establishment of themed gaming resorts gave casino gaming a new image of respectability that rivaled the popularity of Disneyland as the choice entertainment destination of the modern American family. If you would like to join the hordes that flock to these popular gaming resorts, keep in mind that casino gaming is entertainment and if you lose your bankroll, be prepared to accept it as an entertainment expense. This way, you would be able to better appreciate any winnings as a welcomed bonus to the excitement derived from playing the game.

Once you sit down on a gaming table, remember that the house always has the advantage and that you are just paying for the privilege of partaking in the excitement of the game. This does not mean that you should throw caution to the wind and go home happy but broke. This simply means that before you sit on the casino gaming table, you should be certain about how the game works and what the odds are.

There are casino games where a certain degree of skill will allow the player to minimize the edge of the house. But even so, in casino gaming, it is nearly impossible to overcome the odds that give the casino its inherent long term advantage. This advantage is built in the casino gaming house rules of not paying a winning bet on a game's real odds. Take roulette for instance, which gives the house an edge of 5.26 percent because of the inclusion of 0 and 00 on the wheel layout. This means that even if there are 38 numbers on the wheel, the house pays you the equivalent of the amount of bets placed on 35 numbers only.

In casino gaming, the element of luck is always present to give the player a short winning streak. But this should not lull the player into complacency and tempt him to play more because as the number of games increase, his expected losses will proportionately increase due to his inherent long term disadvantage. There is much truth to the saying in casino gaming that the house always wins. So if you hear tall tales from gamblers about the big one have won in last night's game of poker, ask them how much money they have lost in all the games they have played. But just don't wait for an answer because chances are, they won't give you any.


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