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Las Vegas casinos will present you with a variety of gaming options and that includes exciting games like Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps, Pai Gow Poker, Roulette, and more, including various variants of the games mentioned.

Casino games is a source of entertainment and fun, but as you know any casino game could take your money if you don't understand the game or the house edge. Knowing the best casino games to play in Las Vegas also can be challenging. Your goal should always be to find games where the casino has the lowest edge.

Below is a list of some of the casino games with the best odds in Las Vegas. Also included with each game are tips on how to win.


Learn to play Blackjack In Blackjack, everyone plays against the dealer. The object of the game is to have the two cards in your hand add up to more than the two cards in the dealer’s hand – without exceeding 21. If you go over 21, you lose.

Las Vegas casinos offer three varieties of Blackjack: Single Deck 21, Double Deck 21, and Multiple Deck 21.

How to Win in Blackjack:
You need to learn (memorize) and always use the Blackjack basic strategy. Following perfect basic strategy can reduce the casino’s edge to about 0.5 percent
Play the table with the least number of decks.
Stay away from versions of Blackjack variants like Spanish 21, Free Bet Blackjack, Blackjack Switch, if you don't understand the rules.

Always follow these Blackjack tips:
Double down on 10 or 11 when dealer shows 2 to 9.
Stand on 13 to 16 when dealer shows 2 to 6.
Hit on 12, 13, 14, 15 or 16 if the dealer has a 7 or higher.
Never take insurance
Never stand on a “Soft 17” (ace and 6)
Always split a hand of two Aces
Never split 10s
Never play a game that pays 6:5 on blackjack. Always stick to games that pay the full 3:2.
Look for games that allow surrender

House Advantage: Varies from 0.5% to 1.5%, using typical house rules.
The house edge on Blackjack varies widely and this number changes depending on the rules involved, how many decks are used, how much a blackjack pays and more.

Note: Blackjack incorporate an element of skill. As a result, experienced players may enjoy a lower house advantage than a beginner.


Learn to play Craps Craps is a fast-paced, action-packed game using a pair of dice. The majority of the wagers come down to whether the "shooter" (the person rolling the dice) rolls a "natural winner" (7 or 11), "craps" (2, 3, or 12), or a "point" (4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 rolled by the shooter, which he/she is trying to replicate before rolling a 7).

How to Win in Craps: In Craps always bet on the Pass or Don’t pass line and take full odds

Stick to the following bets in craps:
Pass line bet
Don’t Pass bet
Come bet
Don’t Come bet with full Odds

Stay away from all the bets in the middle of the table. Field and Proposition bets for example have a house edge as high as 16 percent.

House Advantage: Ranges from 1.4% to 16.7%, depending on the type of bet.


Learn to play BaccaratBaccarat is one of the easiest games to learn and offers some of the best odds in the casino. There are only three possible results of each hand and there’s no skill involved. The “player” and the “banker” each receive two cards with the object being to get a point total closest to 9. Just remember, face cards and tens have no value.

How to Win in Baccarat:
Always take the BANKER bet (The house edge is 1.01 percent)
You can also PLAYER bet (The house edge is 1.24 percent)
Stay away from TIE Bets (The house edge is 14.4 percent), Player Pair, Banker Pair or any other side bets.

House Advantage: On a regular baccarat table, house edge range from 1.01 to 1.24 percent on the BANKER and PLAYER bets. But 14.4% for tie bets.

Full Pay Video Poker Machines

Video Poker MachinesLas Vegas casinos offer a wide array of the latest video poker machines you can find. From Deuces Wild to Double Double Bonus Poker. Video Poker offers players a chance to win big payouts like a royal flush, straight flush, and quads. However the game incorporates an element of skill and strategy. As a result, experienced players may enjoy a lower house advantage than a beginner. With that said, here are a few games you should play and some strategies to keep in mind.

Which Video Poker games should you play:
9/6 Full-Pay Jacks or Better
16/10 Full-Pay Deuces Wild
8/5 Full-Pay Double Bonus Poker
9/6 Full-Pay Double Double Bonus Poker

Tips for playing Video Poker game well include:
Always look at a machines pay table before you play
Always play a full-pay 9/6 version. You'll find these by looking at the Full House/Flush payouts for one coin.
Because of its increased payouts, it's advisable to always bet the max number of coins for a royal flush inorder to get the best odds.
Never keep a kicker (a high card along with a pair).
Throw away a small pair (tens or lower) if you have four cards to a flush or three cards to a royal flush.

House Advantage: For most video poker games offer house advantage ranges from 0.05% to 4%.
For Every $100 bet, the player can expect to lose 50c - $4

Single Zero Roulette

Learn to play RouletteIn Las Vegas, roulette slots are numbered from 1 to 36 alternating between red and black. There are also two green slots numbered 0 and 00. Some casinos also offer the European style roulette, which has a single 0 along with the standard 36 numbers. These Single Zero Roulettes offer much better house edge than the Double Zero Roulettes.

American-style Roulette game has 36 numbered slots, a 0 and a 00
European Roulette game has a single 0 along with the standard 36 numbers

There are a number of European roulette tables in Las Vegas. You can find them at the Bellagio, Mirage, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, ARIA, Wynn and Encore.

House Advantage: Single Zero - 2.7% | Double Zero 5.3%

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