Top Bonehead Plays Made By Online Casino Players
At some point, we will make mistakes while playing online casino games. Sometimes, the mistakes are small but other times they are colossal mistakes that usually show a lack of understanding of how games work. Today, we will go over some of the top bonehead moves players make in online casino games. We present them as a warning and to prevent you from making the same moves.
Hitting on 17+ in Blackjack
The object to winning at Blackjack is to make a hand as close to 21 as possible. Big hands that are 17 and up usually have good odds at winning. Of course, 17 and 18 have the lowest odds of winning out of the top hands, and some people get nervous standing on 17 or 18. This is particularly true if a dealer is showing an 8 or higher.
As such, some players will opt to hit on 17 or 18 in hopes of getting a low card. What happens most often is that they end up busting the hand and giving the dealer an automatic win. Whenever you have 17 or better, you should stand and let the dealer play. Often, they will bust or draw to an inferior hand.
Betting the Tie in Baccarat
The tie bet in Baccarat pays 8 to 1. In a traditional game, this is the most lucrative bet. It is also the bet with the highest house edge. The house edge on the tie bet is 9.5%. This is a great example of a sucker bet.
For comparison, the house edge on the Player bet is 1.26% while the Banker bet is 1.06%. You’re giving from 8.24 to 8.44% to the house by making this bet. That means you’re giving $9.50 out of every $100 to the house as opposed to $1.06 or $1.26 per $100. In reality, you’re going to lose a lot more money per $100 making this bet.
Using the Martingale Strategy
The Martingale betting strategy is one where you increase your bet every time you lose. If you bet $5 on black in Roulette and lose, the next bet is $10. Lose again and it’s $20. Take another loss, and you’re betting $40. Lose 10 hands in a row and you’re up to betting $5,120.
This strategy devastates bankrolls and is one of the worst betting strategies you can employ. A flat betting strategy is best as it has the least variance. However, if you must use a betting strategy, research positive progression systems over negative progression systems like the Martingale.
Playing Big 6 or Big 8 in Craps
On some craps tables, you will see options to bet Big 6 or Big 8. You’re betting that the shooter will roll a 6 or 8 This bet pays even money. While this sounds like a good bet, in reality, it is a bit of a sucker bet.
The reason is that the same bets exist on the standard board with better odds. You can Place bet the point for 6 or 8 and get a 7 to 6 payout. That means you win $7 for every $6 wagered. Next, the house edge for Big 6 and Big 8 are much higher. The house edge is 9% for Big 6 and Big 8 and just 1.5% for the Place bets for 6 or 8.
Playing Every Hand in 3 Card Poker
Most people mistakenly think that they should play every hand dealt them in a 3 Card Poker game. That’s because if the dealer doesn’t qualify, they think they can automatically win the Ante bet. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
In order to win the Ante bet when the dealer doesn’t qualify, your hand has to be superior. Let’s say you’re dealt 10-8-6. The dealer is dealt J-3-2. While the dealer does not qualify, their hand is superior, and you will still lose the hand anyway.
If you do not hold better than Q-6-4 in your hand, then there is no logical reason to play it. You’re better off forfeiting the Ante bet and saving a bet for a hand when you have a good shot to win both halves of the bet.