Las Vegas is a city where people dream of going to just to beat the house. The problem is that out of all the casino games available not too many will give you a good chance of being a winner. Winning is difficult because the casino has the advantage in every game and that is how they make money. If a game had a slight advantage for the player then the gaming industry would lose a lot of money on that game alone. Some games however have an advantage for the house which is so small that winning becomes a real possibility especially if you know how to play.

Black Jack

Black Jack

Black jack is a game that makes it possible to win and win big with the right strategy. If you know the basic rules of black jack then the houses advantage is less than one percent. That means that a player could get into a game and come out a winner if he/she knows when to stop. With the basic strategy the casino would eventually get the advantage and that makes it impossible to beat the house so timing is very important. Card-counting is a strategy that is not easy to master, but if you do you actually turn the tables and get the math on your side.

If you do learn to count cards then you should know that when you get caught the casino has the right to ask you to leave. In Las Vegas there is also a big chance that the casino will share your information with the other gaming establishments, not because it is illegal (card counting is legal) but because they have the right to refuse service to anyone and someone who does card counting is not going to be in the “valued customer” list in Sin City.

Casino Poker


Casino Poker is the best game for you if you are a good player. You are using your skills against other players and not the casino so your chances of winning depend on your skills and those at the table with you. You would not say that you beat the house on your trip to Vegas, but other players’ money is as good as the casino’s so your odds is what’s important. As long as you are playing against other people and not the casino itself you are creating your own odds.

Video Poker

Video poker is not as reliable as regular poker against other players, but you can still get great odds if you know the right strategy. First you have to find the right machine and that is one that will have the better payouts. Once you have the machine get familiar with its rules. What is the lowest hand it will pay you for and is the joker something that will help you while playing? You will be able to find machines that pay up to 100% with perfect mathematical play, while most will give the house an advantage of less than half a percentage.



Craps is an exciting game that gets a lot of people around the table and where smiles and high fives are the norm. It is also a casino game where you can beat the house if you play it right or where you can lose money fast if you do not know what you are doing.  The first good bet while playing craps is the “Don’t Pass/Don’t Come Bet. Most players will bet with the shooter, but that gives the edge to the house at 1.14 percent. By laying double odds you lower that advantage to .59 percent.

The second good bet in craps is “Passline/Come” where the casinos’ advantage is 1.41, but with double odds you lower it to .61 percent. There is a third option in which the advantage is not that big and that is “Place 6 and 8”. 6 and 8 are the two numbers rolled more often with the only exception being 7.

Pai-Gow and Baccarat Banker


Acting as the banker in these two games does give you a good advantage if you are a skilled player at the game, or at least more than other players at the table. You will have to pay a commission to the casino and that is how they make their money, but if you know what you are doing then it is worth it. If you place the banker bet in Baccarat the edge the casino has drops to 1.06 percent and then a commission is paid.

Baccarat is also a good game without being the banker, but you have to know how to bet. O keep the chances of winning at a good number you should forget the tie bet. The tie bet is a sucker bet and while it can happen your chances are very low.

Make sure that you really know how to play and that you get familiar with the bets before you try to beat the house at these casino games. 

Slot Machines

Slot machines are the way casinos make most of their money. Without them it would not be worth it for them to stay in business. He reason the casinos make a lot of money with them is that people who cannot play table games use them. There is no real skill needed to put coins or a ticket into a machine and pulling the lever or pushing a button. You should not expect to win using slot machines and not one single machine is due to pay at any time so that is not a real strategy.

The one way to improve your chances when playing slot machines is to look for a payout percentage. The higher the percentage the more chances you will have of winning at a particular machine. Most casinos place the better paying slots close to the entrances and not in the edges close to where people walk. The reason is that when those machines win it is likely that the noise will attract people passing by and invite them to play as well.