Gambling infographic: Why the house always wins & some games are worse bets than others


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," this week's cover story on University of Denver professor Robert Hannum and his research on probability and gambling, discusses how casinos try to keep enough of a house advantage for steady profit without driving players away. But some games offer a considerably higher house edge than others. So what diversions should a smart player stick with -- not necessarily to walk away a big winner, but to lose more slowly?

The chart below shows why craps and single-deck blackjack (for a player with some grasp of strategy) are better choices than roulette, slots or the real sucker bets, like keno. For a more detailed explanation of the hard numbers behind the hard luck, check out Hannum's online Guide to Casino Math.

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Good luck!

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