I first played a few hands of blackjack on my 21st birthday and have been playing ever since. I’m not a high roller, but I understand how to navigate a casino. Allow me to help you if you’re not sure where to start.
Before you start, there are a few things you should know.
Finally, you’ve arrived at a brightly lit, gritty casino. You’ve had enough of the buffet and are ready to roll the dice and see if the fortune is on your side. Keep your wits about you, buckaroo. You may fantasize about winning the lottery and retreating to your own private island, but this probably won’t happen. Gambling is fun and can give you a great kick when things go your way, but it’s not what it seems in the movies.
The house always prevails.
Whatever game you play, the house (the casino where you gamble) has an advantage. They don’t need luck to win or make money; all they need are gamers like you. The odds are always in their favor. Know what you’re getting into before you play, and never think you’ve got the upper hand in these games. One’s spectacular victory pales in comparison to the house’s tens of thousands of victories.
The most important part of winning is luck.
Unlike the house, for the most part you have to rely on luck to make money. You can significantly reduce the house edge by playing smart, which extends your playing time, but luck is still the most important factor in your success.
Start by setting a limit on how much you can lose.
Gambling is not a viable source of income. It’s purely for fun. Determine how much money you can easily lose (i.e. lose forever) before hitting the casino floor, and stick to it. Make a cash withdrawal and leave your debit card in your hotel room. Never withdraw money to make up for what you have lost. Set some limits for yourself. Don’t play if you can’t afford to lose it quickly. Sorry. Gambling is not meant to help people overcome their bad luck.
Hot streaks don’t last very long.
Consider quitting if you win and have more money than you started with. When your winning streak comes to an end, look at your chips and wonder where all your money has gone.
Finally, I suggest you look at the rewards and rewards for players offered by the casino where you gamble. Joining these clubs is usually free and you can get swag, free casino credit, free meals and even free stays in nice luxury suites. You already pay to play, so why not take advantage of these programs too? Find a customer service desk or inquire at the checkout.
Select the right games to play.
Some games are better to play than others, depending on the kind of experience you’re looking for. Do you want to win real money by using your skills? Want to relax and enjoy free cocktails? Want to hold a stack of casino chips in your hands? Would you rather watch a machine that makes spectacular sounds and effects?
If you want to win, choose games that require a certain level of talent, but also don’t leave you naked and impoverished too quickly. The games with the highest odds (or lowest house edge) for players who really know how to play are:
• The game of blackjack (single card game, if available)
• Play video poker (I suggest “Double Bonus” or “Double Double Bonus” as an alternative.)
• Stupidity (some bets)
• Baccarat is a game of chance.
I recommend this game if you just want to have some fun with an easy to learn game:
• Slots (note: penny slots don’t cost a cent to play)
• The roulette game (European roulette has slightly better odds)
• Keno is a kind of lottery game.
You can get free drinks from the servers loitering while playing slots (always tip). Roulette is the simplest table game; just bet on where you think the white ball will fall, such as odd or even numbers, red or black, or specific numbers (37:1 odds). If you’re playing odds, evens, reds and blacks you have a close to 50/50 chance of winning, so it’s a pretty quiet game. Finally, keno is meant to be played while sipping a cocktail, watching TV, smoking a cigarette, or engaging in other activities. You pick some numbers from a grid, place your bet and wait for your numbers to appear. Think of it as a very small lottery.