Hobbies Card Games & Gambling The 10 Best Casino Bets for Players Share PINTEREST Email Print Hobbies Casinos Sports Gambling Poker Blackjack By Bill Burton Bill Burton Bill Burton has written about casinos and gambling since 2008. He is the author of two books about gambling and a monthly columnist for several national gambling publications. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 07/12/18 The best casino games to play are the ones with the lowest house edge or ones where the player has an advantage. Some bets are better than others. Here are the 10 best bets and games to play in the casino. 01 of 10 Casino Poker Mike Jack Getty Images Poker is a game of skill which is a big factor in determining the winner. The players are competing against each other and not against the house. There is no house edge except for a small amount that the casino takes out of each pot. Learning how to play the game properly will give you a big advantage over less knowledgeable players. 02 of 10 Blackjack Card Counting Learning to count cards can give the player a 1-2 percent edge over the casino. Card counting is a skill that takes practice to master. It is not illegal, but counters must disguise their skills or they can be barred from playing. In New Jersey, you can't be barred, but they can force you to flat bet or shuffle up on you if you are caught. 03 of 10 Video Poker Video Poker is another game of skill that has a small house edge if you make the correct playing decisions. Some video poker games offer over 100 percent payback to players utilizing perfect mathematical strategy. Many machines have a small house of less than a half of a percent. The house edge is determined by the paytable and a player can determine the payback of the machine by reading the schedule. 04 of 10 Blackjack Basic Strategy Playing blackjack basic strategy will lower the house edge to less than one percent. The house edge is based on the number of decks used and the rules of the game. A player can determine the house edge from this information. With basic strategy, you are basing your decisions to hit split or stand on set rules based the math of the game. 05 of 10 Craps Don't Pass/Don't Come The Craps Don't Pass/Don't-Come in the game of craps is just slightly better than the pass line bet. The house edge is 1.14 percent. You can lower this to .59 percent by laying double odds. Most players, however, like to bet with the shooter on the pass line. 06 of 10 Craps Passline/Come The Craps Passline and Come bets in the game of craps offer a low house edge of 1.41 percent. You can lower it to less than one percent (.61) if you take double odds on your bet. 07 of 10 Pai Gow Banker When playing Pai Gow, a player may choose to act as the Banker during the game. When you bank the game you pay a five percent commission to the house. You win the bet of any player you beat. Pai Gow requires skill in the setting of the hands but a skilled player can gain the advantage over a less knowledgeable player. 08 of 10 Baccarat Banker The banker bet in Baccarat has a smaller house edge than the player bet but it requires you to pay a commission when you win. The house edge is 1.06 percent for the Banker bet. 09 of 10 Baccarat Player The baccarat player bet is also a good bet with a house edge of only 1.24 percent. The Baccarat bets a player wants to avoid is the tie bet which is one of the worst bets you can make. 10 of 10 Craps Place 6 and 8 Placing the six and eight at the craps table is one of the best bets in the game. The house edge is only 1.52 percent. The 6 and 8 are rolled more frequently than any number other than the 7.