Dec 11th, 2012 | By | Category: Learn Poker – Steve Bourie, author of the American Casino Guide, interviewed syndicated gaming writer John Grochowski for this video where John gives his picks for the five worst bets in a casino. Games covered include keno, slots, baccarat, craps and the big six wheel.

Playing poker online can be a very rewarding as well as fun experience. However playing poker in a casino poker room can also be a lot of fun. Either situation has its advantages. Online you have the benefit of no lines or waiting for a game to form plus most online poker room sites offer free games for you to practice playing. Online you can usually find a variety of poker games as well as micro limits. Some sites start the micro limit poker tables at 5c and 10c no limit on up to higher stakes. Also the limit poker starts at 25c and 50c and up. This allows neophyte poker players to come online and play poker for very little money. Online poker room sites also offer the convenience factor. If you do not live in an area where you have access to a casino and you have to drive several hours or even fly to get to a poker room then going online and playing is definitely the better alternative. You can sit in the comfort of you own home and play your favorite game of poker and safe yourself the trip.

If you do live close to a casino then visiting a live game is a viable option. However the downside is that you will not always be able to find a game going or if the tables are full now you are stuck sitting at the casino and waiting for a spot. Their is nothing more tedious then having to sit for 30 minutes or an hour just to get in on a game. Online you will never have to wait that long for a game plus their is usually one going at your buy in level. Also in online casino’s you will have a larger variety of games offered. Things like 10 man Sit and Go tournaments as well as satellite tournament that feed in to big events like the WSOP. You can generally find a game online 24 hours a day seven days a week, where in a local card room are you going to get that. Of course if you are unlucky enough to be in the U.S. with the Port Authority Act the right to play poker has been taken from you by the government. However organizations like the PPA and others are stepping in to get our rights to play poker online back. Most of your bigger poker rooms these days have pulled out of the market. Currently one of the few that still allows money play is Full Tilt Poker.

Now that we have discussed all the benefits to online poker room sites lets talk about the benefits of playing casino poker. Casino poker rooms are a great place to play when you have access to a card room in your area I would highly recommend you spend some play at live games. Playing in a live game is quite different then playing internet poker. In internet poker you never have to be face to face with your opponent where in live games you can see your opponent therefore you have the opportunity to see any tells that they may exhibit. This can be a vital skill in improving your poker game. Most poker pros will agree that the psychology of poker is a very important part of what they do well. This skill leads to profits. What this means is reading your opponent. Imagine if you didn’t have a hand that could win but you knew that your opponent didn’t either and that if you bet they would fold their likely better hand to your trash hand. How much money would that be worth? Now you are getting in to the aspects of poker that deal with playing the other players and not just the cards you are dealt. This skill is not really attainable in online poker room play, you have to be sitting across the table from your opponents to attain this skill. Therefore it is important to balance your online play with real live games to work on your skills. Look for a good home game or find a local card room if possible and go play once or twice a month if you can. Play online poker to see more hands and take advantage of the convenience of an online poker room when you cannot get out of the house or just have a little time to play.

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  1. Side bets should be avoided because they are almost always bad and have a higher house edge than regular blackjack. A basic strategy player should never buy insurance. However, if you count cards you can sometimes find high count situations where it is to your advantage to buy insurance.

  2. Very informative. What’s your take on side bets of BJ, not including Insurance. I know Insurance has a high house advantage and should not be played. I ask more for the side bets of, Perfect Pairs, Lucky Ladies, Straight Jack and Match the Dealer. I hear many players I sit with that play these bets tell me that they win more playing those bets than their actual BJ bet.

  3. I have done several videos with Michael Shackleford who is also known as the Wizard of Odds. He has written on his web site about many of those baccarat variations. You can see that information at wizardofodds(dot)com/games/baccarat/

  4. What about no commission baccarat? How much of an edge does a casino gain by pushing a banker’s winning hand of 7? How about the dragon 7 bet on said table?

  5. In Caribbean Stud the casino’s edge is about 5.2% based on the player’s ante wager (or 2.6% based on the ante and call bet).

    You can read a story about how to play Caribbean Stud on our web site at americancasinoguide(dot)com/basics-of-gambling/caribbean-stud-poker.html

  6. I thought Caribbean Stud would be on this list for sure.

  7. Great work!!! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Casino War is not a good game to play. You can read more about it here – wizardofodds-dot-com/games/casino-war/ That site is run by Michael Shackleford who is also known as the Wizard of Odds. We have done some videos with him and he is very knowledgeable about casino odds and strategies.

  9. i would like to ask a question about casino war the table game is this a good bet