How much do Casinos win in the UK?

This is a question that you have asking yourself when you go in to a land casino in the UK. Someone has go to pay for all the staff, electricity and rent. The bars and restaurants in the UK make profits unlike in places like Vegas where they are loss leaders.

The latest report released by the UK Gambling Commission shows how much casinos take from the gaming tables. These exclude the gaming machines (slots) and for some reason moneies wagered on casino stud poker progressive jackpot.

 

Region Number of Casinos Dates Drop House Win House win %
Scotland 15 Mar 13 to Feb 14 £203,265,630 £33,799,754 16.60%
16 Mar 12 to Feb 13 £205,435,298 £32,586,279 15.90%
North 44 Mar 13 to Feb 14 £727,266,278 £111,700,552 15.40%
43 Mar 12 to Feb 13 £733,834,598 £111,228,701 15.20%
Midlands and Wales 33 Mar 13 to Feb 14 £604,968,253 £93,104,493 15.40%
33 Mar 12 to Feb 13 £597,211,409 £92,583,453 15.50%
South 29 Mar 13 to Feb 14 £450,586,203 £70,253,609 15.60%
26 Mar 12 to Feb 13 £423,136,713 £67,716,704 16.00%
Provinces total 121 Mar 13 to Feb 14 £1,986,086,364 £308,858,408 15.60%
118 Mar 12 to Feb 13 £1,959,618,017 £304,115,136 15.50%
High End London 6 Mar 13 to Feb 14 £2,245,752,273 £300,866,973 13.40%
6 Mar 12 to Feb 13 £2,152,062,498 £175,151,874 8.10%
Other London 21 Mar 13 to Feb 14 £2,328,101,871 £363,961,222 15.60%
19 Mar 12 to Feb 13 £2,055,610,473 £315,506,989 15.30%
London total 27 Mar 13 to Feb 14 £4,573,854,143 £664,828,195 14.50%
25 Mar 12 to Feb 13 £4,207,672,970 £490,658,863 11.70%
Great Britain Total 148 Mar 13 to Feb 14 £6,559,940,507 £973,686,603 14.80%
143 Mar 12 to Feb 13 £6,167,290,988 £794,774,000 12.90%

The amount of money exchanged for chips in a casino is the drop and the amount retained by the casino is the win.

The gambling commission don’t break down the figures by game as this is commercially sensitive material but I can imagine most of this is roulette followed by blackjack. Less popular games such three card poker, baccarat and stud poker probably make up a fraction of the rest.

Looking at the data, looks like the high end London players did best between March 2012 to February 2013 but even then they lost over £175 million. Quite an eye opener. So next time you see a casino a little quiet and wondering how they are surviving, just think over the year they are raking it in.

High Roller Wins 3/4 of a Million Pounds Playing Live Roulette

In the long run, the casino always wins at roulette. However, in the short term a lucky punter can be up. One lucky player, known only as John, won over 3/4 of a million pounds playing live roulette at Bet Victors casino.

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At first I thought this might be a typo, as if its possible to win that much money playing roulette. Surely the law of large numbers and the house edge would eventually catch up with you. I checked on the live chat though and its true. No typo. Someone won £759, 471 playing live roulette.

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He must have been playing for high stakes. At £90,000 max bet a spin on the ‘Club Victor’ live roulette table would only have to be up 9 spins to win £81,0000. You would have to be an extremely high roller to be better that much though. More likely he’s been playing all month and a long lucky streak.

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The fellow is no as lucky as Mike Ashley who won £1.3 million playing roulette though.

If you fancy a try at winning, Bet Victor Casino offer a fantastic £175 sign up bonus, plus a VIP and loyalty scheme second to none. I bet “John” will be at the top of the VIP list for sure.

Risk Free Roulette Bet at Boyle Games

The guys at Boyle Games have a special promotion for roulette players. Simple place a minimum of 10 bets on European Roulette on the Games site (not casino). If you lose your money, they will refund up to £/€20 within 24 hours.

This is different to most other bonuses as the cashback refund is not subject to any wagering requirements. You can simply withdraw your cashback.

Click here for full terms

The roulette game is powered by Realistic Gaming and is quite realistic in terms of its graphics. The bet stakes are 20p on the inside and £1 or euro on the outside. Thats just like if you were to go in to a Boyle Sport Bookies and play there.

boyle-roulette

Are online casinos rigged?

I have just read a blog post about an online casino that was apparently rigged. Its an interesting read. Crooks in the Online Casino Industry.

This guy was hired to audit an online casino so their software could be certified. The Blackjack and Casino games were fine but the craps game looked a bit funny so further investigation was needed.

Having spoke with the developer, he confirmed that there was a rouge/ cheat mode built in to the casino software. This was put in at the request of some of the casinos. The key points from the developer were,

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When the author confronted the owner of the software company, he that everyone is at it and you have to do it in the business. Quite a profound statement. if true.

The author doesn’t mention the casino software but others have dug around and think they have found out the rogue software operator beatingbonuses.com forum. Fortunately, its not one of the major players. I never heard of them before.

The likes of Microgaming and Playtech are certified so no really need to worry. If you stick to the big branded casinos they all use software that has been audited and certified as fair. Its one of the conditions of being regulated in many jurisdictions.

Further reading RNG vs Live roulette

Whatever happened to Betfair Zero Roulette?

Once upon a time, there was a zero roulette table at Betfair. I remember when it first came out, I was puzzled by it. By all rights, you shouldn’t play any other roulette game. Even roulette with La Partage can’t compete with a roulette table with no house edge.

Casinos make money with the house edge. In the case of roulette, its 2.70%. Over an evening thats very lucrative. With zero edge though, the casino can only break even in the long run. I figured that maybe its because Betfair have a large bankroll compared to the player and in the long run, the player would go bankrupt before Betfair would.

This maybe true against a single punter but collectively the punters have more of a bankroll than Betfair have. I think this is why they discontinued the game. All those small players losing £10-£20 didn’t make up for the lucky players winning hundreds or thousands. If they did, they’d still have the game.

I confirmed that they’d discounted the zero roulette table sometime in late 2013.

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This was the promo video for Betfair Zero

The strange thing is that they have zero baccarat still as well as zero blackjack. I can understand zero blackjack, as you have to play perfectly to get the house edge down to zero and most people don’t play perfectly. But with the baccarat, its a game of pure luck, like roulette. You just chose to bet on the banker, player or draw. I like to think of it as roulette with cards as there’s nothing you can do to influence the result, unlike something like blackjack or 3 card poker.

You can still play some great roulette games at Betfair but if you want a roulette table with a low house edge, make sure you get one with La Partage and only play on the outside.

Bet365 Roulette Limits

Bet365 is one of my favourite bookmakers. Ray Winstone is constantly on the TV promoting them. As an overall gambling site, its one of the best.

While doing my roulette game testing, I spotted an error in their roulette stakes table. I was just testing out their high stakes roulette pro table and encountered the strangest limits.

bet365-strange-limits

It says the minimum bet on the inside is £75 and so is the maximum. I am pretty sure, the minimum should be about £5 if the maximum is £75. No table has the same minimum and maximum bet.

The outside bets all say £100 for minimum and maximum too. That’s very strange too. You’d expect at least £1000 max bet if the minimum bet was £100.

Not only that, if you look at the table minimum and maximums, you’ll see that its only possible to have exactly 1 outside bet, between £100 and £150 or 2 inside bets which have to be exactly £75.

I brought this to their attention and hope they fix it soon. Visit their site here

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