Fun casino games to avoid if you want to win BIG

The next time you set foot in a casino and are drawn like a moth to a flame to a game that seems impossible to lose, think twice before dropping your chips on the felt. There are three casino games that really are quite entertaining to play, but honestly, are the worst games to make big money, assuming you don’t know what you’re doing. If you’re looking to have fun, these can really do the trick, but if what you’re looking for is leave as a rich man, we recommend staying away from these ones entirely.

Big Six Wheel of Fortune

Before you enter the table games section at most land-based casinos, you’ll notice a bunch of giant wheels, each marked with dollar bills. There’s usually a $1 bill, $2 bill, $5 bill, and a 10 and 20. You’ll also find either the casino’s logo or a joker. It looks like a lot of money on the wheel, so there’s the psychological “Oh I’m going to win cash” thing going on.

To play, you simply bet on where you think the wheel will stop. If you bet correctly, you win the value. The wheel is divided into nine different areas, each one containing six sections. That makes 54 different betting opportunities, but the higher the dollar value, the fewer spots on the wheel. And that gives the house a huge advantage, as much as between 11 and 24 percent. Stay far, far away.

Land Based Keno

The casino game that feels like the lottery is actually a lot of fun to play, especially since you can play it so frequently (no need to wait for that Saturday night draw). The basics are simple. Mark a bunch of numbers. Wait for the draw. And collect your money if you’ve managed to catch a high enough percentage of numbers. Sound good? It is – for the house, specifically.

The house edge is between 25% and 29%. Stick to Roulette. Chances are your numbers will come up more often.

Casino War

All right, so I really love this game. I do. It’s actually pretty sweet. When it’s just you vs. the dealer in a high-card-wins showdown, it seems pretty much like a coin flip. And it often is. But here’s why it’s one of the worst games to play if you’re looking to fill your pockets: If you tie, which tends to happen to me a lot, you can go to war or choose to surrender half your bet. That means if you’ve bet $10, you can walk away by taking $5 back and giving the other $5 to the dealer.

But you’re here to win, right? So naturally, you might think that going to war is a good idea. Except here’s the thing: You need to put another $20 on the table to play. So now your $10 bet is a $30 bet. And if you win, you only win the $30. If you lose, you lose it all. It’s one of the worst casino bets, which is why if you play Casino War, you should stay away.

Erik Blackwell

Erik Blackwell is a 'bon vivant' with a problematic addiction to comics and fondue. Went to MIT but finally left to pursue acting. He currently lives in sunny California with an American Stafford-shire Terrier and an American Bulldog that somehow managed to get along. He's dabbled in acting but doesn't like the spotlight. Loves to play casino online.