5 Reasons Baccarat Is Better Than Slot Machines for New Gamblers

Slot Machines on Left and a Baccarat Table on the Right

I know that it looks like everyone in the casino is playing slot machines, but that doesn’t mean that they know what they’re doing. In fact, an argument can be made that anyone playing slot machines has no idea what they’re doing.

Most new gamblers are looking for something easy to play, and slot machines meet this requirement. But baccarat also meets this requirement is a much better game for new gamblers.

Here are five reasons why baccarat is better than slot machine games for new gamblers.

You Literally Only Have to Do One Thing

When you’re starting gambling, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the games and choices. You don’t want to start playing something that you don’t understand because you’re going to make too many mistakes. And when you make too many mistakes, you end up losing too much money.

Because slot machines are so easy to play, many new gamblers end up sitting at a slots game. The problem is that even though you’re not making mistakes while you play slots, the mistake is playing slots in the first place.

You’re going to learn more about this in section four of this post, but slot machines take your money faster than just about any other gambling game. And this is true even if you’re betting a smaller amount of each spin than you bet playing a different game.

When you play slots games, you basically just put money in and press a button to start the reels spinning. When the reels stop spinning, you find out if you win or lose. It’s a simple process that anyone can do.

But baccarat is a better gambling option than slots games, and it’s as easy to play as slot machines. Here’s how to play baccarat.

Find the baccarat table with the lowest bet limits. The lowest bet limits are usually at a mini-baccarat table or a midi baccarat table.

Once you find the right table, always bet the table minimum. The next step is to bet on the banker’s hand.

That’s literally everything you need to know to play baccarat. You always make a small bet, and you always bet on the banker. Then, the dealer at the table runs the game, determines who wins, and collects bets, and pays you when you win.

The only other thing you need to know is that the casino keeps a small commission when you win a bet on the banker. The commission is almost always 5%, so if you bet $20, you get back $19. The dealer takes care of this, so you don’t have to worry about doing the calculations.

Baccarat Strategy Exists, and It’s Easy

There isn’t a strategy you can use when you play slot machines. I should say that there isn’t a strategy for slots that you can use that changes how much you win or lose. You can use a few strategies, but they’re a waste of time.

While this post is about baccarat and slot machines, you should stop playing any casino game where you can’t use strategy. Using strategy improves your odds and limits your losses. Unfortunately, when you play slots, your losses are dictated 100% by the programming on the slot machines.

Baccarat has an effective strategy you can use, and the good news is that you’ve already learned what the strategy is.

Downtown Grand Baccarat Table

Every baccarat game gives you three betting options. You can bet on a tie, you can bet on the player hand, and you can bet on the banker hand. I list the exact house edge and return numbers in section four in this post.

The main thing you need to know when gambling is that you have a better chance to win when you make bets with a lower house edge and higher return percentage. You also lose less money.

The bet with the highest return and lowest edge at the baccarat table is on the banker’s hand.

Other casino games where you can use strategy to play with a high return include blackjack and some video poker variations. You can also use simple strategies to play craps and roulette.

No Special Rules to Track

When I first started playing slot machines, they were simple. Most machines had three reels and only a few pay lines. I remember the first time I saw a slot machine with 25 pay lines, and I wondered how I could keep track of so many pay lines.

It turns out that I couldn’t really keep track of 25 pay lines, and now there are slot machines with 100’s of pay lines. Nobody can keep track of all the pay lines on modern slot machines.

The casinos figured out that slots players don’t care about being able to keep track of all of the pay lines. Most slot machine players act like they have more chances to win with more pay lines, so the casinos keep introducing machines with more pay lines.

Many modern slot machines also have special games within the main game and special screens. Unfortunately, all of these things lead to more rules and more complicated games. It’s so bad that nobody really has a clue about all of the rules on every slot machine.

Of course, you don’t have to know all of the rules or understand how everything works because the machine tells you if you win or lose after each spin.

When you play baccarat, you don’t have to track anything. Of course, you’re going to learn how the two hands are scored quickly, but you don’t even have to learn that to start playing. And there are only two hands, with one hand winning or the two hands ending in a tie.

Baccarat Has a Low House Edge, Unlike Slots Games

The return percentage and house edge for slot machines vary a great deal by machine. But the average return and house edge for slot machines is much worse than two of the three available baccarat wagers.

The return percentage for the banker bet in baccarat is 98.94%, and the house edge is 1.06%. These numbers are after the commission is collected.

The return percentage for the player bet in baccarat is 98.76%, and the house edge is 1.24%.

The return is 85.6% on the tie bet, and the house edge is 14.4%.

Column of Casino Slots

The return on slot machines ranges from 85% to 95%, with the house edge from 15% to 5%.

The banker wager is the best baccarat strategy because it has the highest return and lowest house edge. And when you compare the return and house edge to slot machines, you can see why baccarat is a much better option than slot machines for casino players.

In the next section, you’re going to learn exactly how much playing slots costs you in comparison to play baccarat.

You Can Determine Exactly What to Expect Playing Baccarat

You can determine how much it costs you to play any casino game when you know the return percentage, house edge, and how much you bet.

For example, if you play on a slot machine with a 7% house edge, bet $2 on every spin, and take 1,000 spins, you bet a total of $2,000. So you’re going to lose $140 playing this machine. To determine your losses, multiply the house edge of 7% times the total amount you bet, which is $2,000.

Now, multiply the house edge for the banker bet of 1.06% times betting the same $2,000 playing baccarat. So when you play baccarat, you only lose $21.20.

It seems simple, but would you rather lose $21.20 or $140? Yet you see tons of players sitting at the slot machines and only a few players sitting at the baccarat tables. So if you’re just getting started gambling, do your wallet a favor and skip the slots games and play baccarat. And if you’ve been playing slots, give up on the machines and find a baccarat table.


I can’t think of a single reason why anyone would play slot machines instead of playing baccarat. Baccarat has a lower house edge, has a simple strategy, and is every bit as easy to play as slots games.

You’re not going to beat baccarat in the long run, but you’re not going to bet the slot machines either. And you’re going to lose a lot less money playing baccarat than when you play slots, so the decision should be simple.

If you’re a new gambler looking for the best game to play, stick with baccarat. And if you’re an experienced gambler who always plays slots, switch to baccarat as soon as possible.