Why you should play tables vs slots

Posted on: May 26, 2017

When deciding to play between tables or slots, it really all depends on what you want to do. Each game is unique and offers a different type of play. It is wise to remember that statistically, slots have the biggest losses. And when gambling, we all know it’s not luck that makes us a winner, it’s all about the statistics!

If you just want something that doesn’t cost a lot of money, and helps take up time, then you can play slots. Slots are fun! They have entertaining graphics, goofy animations and wild mini-games that allow you to win quick and sometimes large. Slots are a fast paced game that you can control at your own speed. You decide how quickly you insert your coin and pull the handle from spin to spin. It also takes no prior knowledge on how to play the game. It’s literally inserting your coin, pulling the handle, and you either win or lose! Players can do little to improve the odds of winning on slot machines, but can pick slots that offer the most profitable odds.

Getting back to stats, statistically you will have better luck with table games. Craps, which can be very intimidating at first, can pay quite well. Other table games include blackjack, baccarat, roulette, poker variations and rummy. You should find a game that you are interested in learning and spend some time checking it out first. Players that enjoy competitive play and the necessity of learning odds, hands and strategy typically enjoy table games. If you have no interest in doing the work required to learn the games, then stick to slots.

A side note about slots. You will find that the slots seem to pay out better on Fridays, get a little tighter on Saturdays, and hardly pay at all on Sundays. This is because the casinos tighten the machines up over the weekend. Many casinos will have people come out on “free 3 day vacations”. The casinos allow the machines to pay out more on Friday, then adjust them to pay out less over the rest of the weekend. People who win big on Friday start to lose on Saturday, but try and convince themselves that they are due to win again. Then they will most likely come out ahead a little, or have lost everything they originally won. It’s a strategy to be aware of if you are trying to get that big payout on the slots.

You don’t have to worry about any tightening of machines or Random Number Generators (RNGs) while playing tables. Mathematically the odds are in your favor for winning at the tables. You have a higher chance of beating your opponents or the house then you do for winning on slots. Table games require strategy, experience and knowledge of odds to gain success. Players can make their own luck and become skilled at a specific game. Experience and knowledge do not help slots players in any way.

In addition to the fun and excitement of beating the house, the company of others (i.e. other gamblers on the table and the crowd surrounding the table) enhances the entertainment and excitement values of gambling. It’s exciting to sit around the card table with new people each game and meet other fellow card players. Each game can bring an entire set of new people, and people watching can be a fun part of the game! A big bonus of playing tables over slots is that you are guaranteed your seat if you need to take a break. Most casinos will hold your seat and your chips at the table for you for 10 to 20 minutes if you need to go to the bathroom or just get up and stretch your legs. You can’t do that at the slots!

Overall the consensus about playing tables or slots comes down to your preference, but if you’re looking at the odds for a bigger payout, tables is where you want to sit.