Why knowing your casino lingo can help you win more

Like any form of entertainment or hobby, when you’re a beginner, it can be a bit bewildering.

The Casinopedia guide to every online casino term you'll ever need.
The Casinopedia guide to every online casino term you’ll ever need.

The world of casinos is full of terms, jargon, slang and other lingo that perhaps might alienate a newcomer.

Often people are intimidated at walking in land-based casinos. Do they know the correct etiquette? Do they even know how to place a bet at the blackjack and roulette table?

Although the online casino is less intimidating – there’s no one looking at you – it can still be a little daunting entering for the first time – especially when your own money is at stake.

Fortunately Casinopedia is here to help every step of the way. If a term or phrase comes up which you don’t understand, you can head over to our online dictionary, decoding and explaining every term you’ll ever come across.

Knowing this can help you win more. Here’s a few examples to get you started.

Basic blackjack strategy

Most people know that blackjack is a card game where the aim is to get as close to the value of 21, without the hand exceeding that figure.

That might be about where it ends for players.

Still – that’s better than Austin Powers, as seen below.

If that’s all you know, you can still have fun, but you won’t have much chance of winning.

But you can really improve your odds if you know the basic blackjack strategy – that is a suggested play when faced with a range of hands. Blackjack gives up one of the lowest edges to the house of all games, which means there’s more chance of being up at the end of play session.

READ: Our definition of basic blackjack strategy.

Return to Player (RTP)

Games are tipped in favor of the house. If that’s news to you, it shouldn’t be. In exchange for entertainment, the house takes its cut, built in to the games in the shape of an edge.

But that house edge is not constant for all games and that’s particularly so for slots.

The reels of the Romeo and Juliet slot by Blueprint.
Not all slots pay the same.

Slots’ house edge can vary from 80%-99%. If you don’t know what that means, here’s a bit of simple maths.

Let’s say a slot returns, or has an RTP, of 95%. That means over time, the slot will, on average pay back 95% of the money wagered to players.

So the average player depositing $100, can expect to lose $5 through wagering, on average.

No, the appropriate word here is – ‘on average’. That means the player could win the jackpot and take home thousands, or lose it all in a few spins. The 95% is worked out based on millions of spins.

So if you want a higher paying slot, then pick one with a high RTP.

READ: Our RTP definition.

Want a good casino for slots? Try bgo, Casumo or Videoslots.

American roulette and European Roulette

Did you know that certain types of roulette pay better than others?

American Roulette, to the uninitiated, may seem like the default option – with Las Vegas being the casino’s spiritual home.

Immersive Roulette by Evolution Gaming
Choosing roulette successfully takes a bit of knowledge

Anyone who thinks that is unwittingly screwing themselves out of their own cash.

If you want to reduce the house edge, go European.

It’s all in the zero tiles – the US version has two zero tiles, and European Roulette just has one.

That makes a difference – the house edge on US roulette is 5.26%. With European it is 2.7%.

Some US casinos amazingly have triple zero roulette – with even worse odds – and people actually play it. Madness!

Fortunately online casinos usually only have European roulette and the live casino experience is excellent.

Try Betway, Betfair and ComeOn for a great live roulette performance.

READ: Our definitions of American Roulette and European Roulette.

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