Top 5 Gambling Tips
KNOW YOUR LIMIT
Know your spending limit. Money management is a really boring subject and many people have trouble keeping track of what they have spent after a few hours of casino action.
Make things easy on yourself by deciding on what you can afford to lose before your start playing. If you actually win, great, and don’t be afraid to go home with the bucks, the casino will be open tomorrow, too!
Know your time limit. If you start work at 8am, know when you need to quit playing to get everything you need to be done before hitting the sheets. Then, stick to your plan and leave the casino when your curfew comes, even if you feel like Cinderella.
Know your drinking limit. In the heat of battle, fighting for chips and rearming your weapons, you really need to keep track of how many drinks you have had. Any more than a single drink each hour is going to have a serious impact on your ability to gamble effectively. Set your limit and stick to it, or expect to go home broke.
GET FULL VALUE
Getting full value from your bets includes taking advantage of whatever comps and freebies your casino offers.
Make sure you have joined the player’s club to acquire comps and be sure to use your card every time you gamble, even if you are only playing for a few minutes. If you are playing at the table, use your card each time you sit at a table, even if you think they know who you are – or you were playing on the other side of the pit!
Check at the player’s club desk and check your mail for any special deals offered. You may find that just a few new points get you a free breakfast qualifies for a drawing, or gets you some item the casino is giving away like a gift or even cash. When you first sign up for a card there is usually a special deal (often $10 to $25) that you receive if you achieve x-number of points that day. Check it out!
Getting full value can have a significant impact on your slot play. Many new slot machines allow you to play any number of credits, lines, and credits per line. It’s confusing. Make sure you read the info screen to ascertain how you reach the bonus screen or top payout. Sometimes you simply can’t play full credits (Some machines take up to 750 credits for full play), but weigh your wagers against the top payouts. Maximum payouts may not be your goal, but make sure you play enough credits to get to the bonus screen or you’ll miss the best part of the game.
Likewise for video poker when it comes to max credits. You might want to while away a few hours playing just one or two coins, but be advised that you can’t get the big royal flush payout without at least five-credits played (and often more).
You won’t hit that royal very often, but that’s usually what people are aiming for.
KNOW YOUR GAMES
People rarely follow this rule, but if you know the game first before you bet any money on it you will improve your odds of enjoying the game and lasting longer significantly. If you don’t know how to play blackjack, why not brush-up on the rules before risking your cash? You wouldn’t offer to play Kobe Bryant a little one-on-one basketball for $1,000 would you? Well, your odds of beating him are probably about the same as winning at a casino game you’ve never played or read about, and while reading about Kobe won’t help you beat him, learning about a new game first will really help!
Once you do know a little about a new game, keep in mind that the main bet (such as pass line at craps, banker bet at baccarat, ante bet at Three Card Poker) has the smallest house edge. The extra, or bonus bets, are the killers. Most bonus bets have a house edge that is five-times higher. For instance, the pass line bet at craps has a house edge of 1.44 percent, but betting on an eleven has a house edge of 11.11 percent (sometimes even 16.6 percent). Did you know that the average blackjack player has plays at about a 2 percent disadvantage to the house? It’s true, but the Lucky Ladiesside bet has a house advantage of 25 percent, ouch!
KNOW YOUR STRATEGY
Often it’s easier to win in casino slot games with the lower jackpots, as they tend to pay out more frequently. If you are mastering two games, choose one high and one low jackpot game to strike the balance between big wins and those smaller bonuses that will keep your bank balance healthy. Work out the strategy for each one and play it at its own game by calculating the odds and weighing up how much you can afford to deposit against your odds of winning.
QUIT WHILE YOU ARE AHEAD
One of the biggest mistakes that people make with online casinos is not quitting when they’re ahead. Winning big can be hugely exciting and make you hungry to push your luck for the chance of a bigger jackpot at the end. Chances are that you’ll just gamble away any winnings you have so bet wisely and pocket your winnings instead of reinvesting them into the online machine.
Online gambling can be heaps of fun if you know how to gamble responsibly and you master the games that you know best. So, now that you know how to beat the banker, why not give it a go?
You may be surprised at just how much fun and success you have!