There’s nothing like your first casino experience. The sights, sounds, and free comps, all work well with the chance to hit it big. If you’re reading this, then chances are you will have a great time. Why? Because you’re smart enough to learn all you can before you give the casino a shot at your wallet.
I made some mistakes my first time, and that’s okay, because I learned from them. Now, I’m making it my mission to educate gamblers on how to gamble smart, have fun, and get the maximum value possible from casinos.
In this casino gambling guide, I’ll share some tips that will help you feel confident and have more fun your first time at the casino. Even if you’ve gambled at a casino before, this guide can help you become a more intelligent gambler.
Casino Odds & Strategies
All the games at a casino, with the exception of live poker, are games of chance. They are designed so that you win some, but also so that the casino (mathematically) wins a small percentage of each bet you make. The casino’s mathematical advantage is called house edge. That’s where the expression “the house always wins” comes from.
So what can you do? Although there’s nothing you can do to overcome the casino’s advantage, there are a few strategies that will lower it, so that you can leave a winner more often.
- Play games with little (or no) house edge
- Play riskier games and walk away when you hit a decent win
- Practice good bankroll management
- Take advantage of free casino comps and giveaways
- Learn optimal strategy for the games you’re going to play and practice online free
Best Casino Games to Play
There are a handful of casino games with a low house edge. In these games sharp players can break even and sometimes gain a small edge over the house. These games are blackjack, video poker, and baccarat. And if you like action, playing craps with a decent betting strategy isn’t too bad either.
But my favorite game to play at the casino is live casino poker, because you compete against other players, not the house. Therefore there is no house edge.
Casino Bankroll Management
Have you ever seen that Gamblers Anonymous commercial that talks about “only gambling what you can afford to lose”? Though it may sound obvious, many people (including myself) have gotten caught up in moment, lost their bankroll, then borrow or withdraw money hoping to win it all back.
Remember: Nothing makes the casinos happier than undisciplined gamblers.
You can avoid being a victim by having a plan and a set bankroll for each time you play at a casino. This strategy is only as good as your willpower though. If you have problems with willpower, you may have a problem controlling your gambling.
On the other hand, if you’re going to the casino for the first time and have some money to blow, don’t be afraid to gamble! Gambling is all about exposing yourself to risk, for the possibility of gain.
It won’t be any fun to worry the whole time about losing $20. Many people are not gamblers, and that’s okay. Life is all about the journey so try to cut loose and have some fun.
Get and USE a player’s club card
Casino’s like to know how much their player’s are wagering. You want to have fun and get some free stuff. What brings those two ideas together? The player’s club!
Casinos often offer new players a free meal, free play, and other incentives to sign up. When you use your card at the tables or in slot machines and video poker machines, the casino tracks your play, and rewards you accordingly. Based on your wagers, the casino will give you free casino credit, meals, rooms, concert tickets, and more.
If you take one thing away from this article, make it this – always use your player’s card. I’ve seen too many people who refuse to use their card in machines, because they have the false belief that they’ll win less. Don’t miss out of the one thing where casinos give something back to the players.
Learn and practice casino games online
Before risking real money, make sure to learn the rules for each game you wish to play. You can gain invaluable experience by playing free online casino games.