Does Blackjack Offer the Best Odds in the House?

This question is asked over and over again. In many cases, you will hear people debate about the answer. When this happens, it’s likely that each person is defending their game of choice. For example, someone who enjoys playing blackjack will say that blackjack offers the best odds, and someone who enjoys playing craps will say that craps offers the best odds. By the way, if you ever see someone arguing for roulette or slots offering the best odds in the casino, then you can mentally mark them down as highly uninformed, which is a polite way of saying “clueless.”

As far as blackjack goes, the house edge can be lower than 1 percent if you play Basic Strategy. You can actually get it as low as .43 percent, but a lot of factors come into play. These factors include how many decks are being used, if the dealer is forced to stand on 17, if you’re allowed to double after a split, if you’re allowed to re-split, if you’re allowed to re-split aces, and if surrenders are available.

For craps, you can get the house edge down to .40 percent if you bet the Don’t Pass line. This obviously means that craps offers better odds than blackjack, but if you’re a passionate blackjack player, is .03 percent really going to influence what game you choose to play? Highly unlikely.

Also keep in mind that you can’t count cards in craps. If you take this approach in blackjack, then you will be the favorite.