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Beatable casino games

A good player can beat the casino creating a positive mathematical expectation, using an adequate strategy, for the following games:

  • Poker (already recognised as a game of skill)
  • Blackjack — using card counting
  • Video poker — exploiting the possibilities offered by proper pay tables and/or progressive jackpot
  • Pai Gow Poker and Tiles — player-dealt
  • Sports betting
  • Horse racing (parimutuel betting)
  • Slot machines — only for linked slots, when multi-player jackpots reach a certain point

Playing in a casino is different from playing in a home game. For instance bingo at a casino is different to bingo online at home. There are things you should know such as how to play the games and how to conduct yourself. You are going to encounter lots of different people when playing in a casino and you don’t want to make a nuisance of yourself.
Regardless of which casino game you play whether it is keno, blackjack or roulette you don’t want to be one of those players who is always making annoying comments.

Unbeatable casino games

The following games have a negative expectation, so that the players will lose in the long run (except when they cheat):

  • Baccarat
  • Craps
  • Roulette (except when physical prediction is used)
  • Keno
  • Casino war
  • Faro (All but extinct)
  • Pachinko
  • Sic Bo
  • Fan-Tan
  • Let It Ride
  • 3-card Poker
  • 4-card poker
  • Red Dog
  • Pyramid Poker
  • Caribbean Stud Poker
  • Spanish 21 — except for card counting
  • Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker

Non-casino gambling games

Some of these games are already playing now in some casinos (especially in online casinos as video games), but are recognized as played recreationally without stakes:

  • Bingo
  • Lottery
  • Mahjong
  • Dead pool
  • Dice-based
    • Backgammon
    • Liar’s dice
    • Passe-dix
    • Hazard
    • Threes
    • Pig
    • Mexico
  • Card games
    • Liar’s poker
    • Bridge
    • Basset
    • Lansquenet
    • Piquet
    • Put
  • Coin-tossing
    • Head and Tail
    • Two-up (Australian casinos offer versions of two-up)
  • Confidence tricks
    • Three card monte
    • Shell game
  • Carnival Games
    • The Razzle
    • Hanky Pank
    • Penny Falls
    • Six-Cat
    • The Swinger
    • The Push-up Bottle
    • The Nail Joint
  • Con Games (in bars)
    • Put and Take
    • The Smack
    • The Drunken Mitt

Fixed-odds gambling

Fixed-odds gambling as well as parimutuel betting are used frequently for the following kinds of events:

  • Horse racing
  • Greyhound racing
  • Jai alai
  • Football matches (especially for Association and American football)
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Cricket
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Ice hockey
  • Rugby (Rugby league and Rugby union)
  • Snooker
  • Motor sports
  • Boxing
  • Darts
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Biathlon

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