Watch out for high house rakes
Poker is a great game with a real chance to win, since the game is skill-based and you play against other players, instead of betting directly against the house. At the poker table, the house simply takes a “rake” of each pot -- in essence a fee for each hand from the pot depending on its size -- so to come out ahead, poker players have to beat the other players badly enough to cover the margin you lose to the house rake. At most casinos, the rake is capped at $3 or $4 per pot. But some casinos have been known to charge as much as $5 or even more with a dollar taken from the pot for jackpots. The lower the rake, the better chance a player has at profits, so look for those smaller rakes.
Don’t be a Side Bet Sucker
Caribbean Stud offers a poker-themed game for gamblers, but players are solely playing against the dealer. The game features a house edge of about 5 percent but the side bet for a progressive jackpot features an even bigger advantage -- up to 25 percent for the house. There is a similar side bet in Let It Ride, which gives the casino an advantage of up to 36 percent. Side bets are not the way to win in the casinos. Look for better odds, for a better chance.