If it’s your first time in a real-life casino, which game do you make a beeline for? In most instances, the answer tends to be the loudest table game or the flashiest slot machine with lots of numbers in a big jackpot sign. Unfortunately, this more often than not turns out to be a bad move.
This is because what makes the perfect casino game for you might not necessarily be the same for anyone else. Instead, it pays to think proactively and strategically, in order to know ahead of time what kinds of games tick the right boxes with you.
So if you’re looking to get the very most out of your next (or first) real-life casino experience, here’s an overview of the smarter way to choose your perfect casino game:
STEP #1: Consider the Risk Factor
First of all, you need to think extremely carefully about risk. In fact, you need to carry out a rather intensive (if rather unexciting) risk assessment on your current circumstances. Or to put it another way, exactly how much money you are willing to lose. The figure you come up with is the total amount of money you should be willing to wager during your entire casino visit – never so much as a penny more. And the moment you’ve lost this amount, it’s time to call it a night.
If you’re planning to spend no more than around £20, you’ll probably get the most value for money at the slots. Or perhaps a brief stint at a low stakes roulette wheel. Up this to £50 and you find yourself more in table game territory. But at the same time, it’s perfectly possible and surprisingly easy to lose £50 in five seconds. Once again, it all comes down to how much you are willing and able to lose, without it having a detrimental impact on your life in general.
STEP #2: Consider Your Alcohol Tolerance
Booze has a habit of flying around casino floors like there’s no tomorrow. Even if they aren’t handing out drinks free of charge continuously, you will probably have all manner of deals and discounts thrown at you. All of which is for one reason and one reason alone – alcohol affects the decision-making process and makes casinos extremely rich.
Of course, there’s no denying that a drink or two can sometimes help loosen you up and let you enjoy the experience so much more. Nevertheless, you need to know exactly where and when to draw the line. After all, it’s not as if the casino is going to tell you you’ve had too much, just as long as you keep throwing money at them.
STEP #3: Extrovert or Introvert?
Spending time in a casino should be all about having fun and never about just making money. As such, you need to think about which games are most suitable for you in accordance with your own personality. The reason being that certain games play out more like a party where everyone is everyone else’s best friend. By contrast, others allow you to sit there in silence for as long as you like, not having to communicate with another living soul if you choose not to. It all comes down to whether you are an introvert or an extrovert.
For example, if you prefer the quiet life and would prefer not to get involved in a social sense, you might want to stick with video poker and slots. There’ll still be plenty of noise, but it won’t be coming from the mouths of those talking to you. You’ll probably also find quit a few blackjack tables where players aren’t saying a great deal at all. By contrast, games like craps and roulette where players usually win together tend to be far more raucous and riotous. Which can be enjoyable, but don’t be surprised if you end up with an audience following your every move and in some cases telling you what you should and shouldn’t be doing.
STEP #4: How Are Your Maths Skills?
There are basically only two games in the casino where those with extraordinary mathematical prowess have an advantage. Those being blackjack and poker. For obvious reasons, poker being a game of pure statistics and mathematics makes it a great choice for those who can make complicated calculations on the fly. By working out exactly when and where you should be holding or folding, you stand a significantly better chance of winning than those who make it up as they go along.
The same can also be said for blackjack, where card counting represents pretty much the only casino strategy that actually works. It’s not the most difficult thing to get the hang of and almost always tends to be detected by the casino, long before it becomes profitable. Nevertheless, if you can only make card counting work even slightly in your favour some of the time, you could still find it beneficial at the blackjack table. All other casino games tend to be about sheer luck and nothing else.
STEP #5: Try Before You Buy
Last but not least, anyone heading to a casino for the first time should consider a rather sizeable stint with an online casino mandatory. It’s one thing to take all of these factors into consideration, in order to determine which game is best suited to you. However, it’s also important to bear in mind that what looks obvious on paper doesn’t always pan out in real life. The only way you can get to know whether or not a game works for you is to actually try it out. And given the fact that the easiest way of doing this is online…well, it’s not rocket science!
Just be wary of the big difference between playing for free online and wagering real cash in a casino. While free play can be great for at least learning the ropes and the way the action plays out, it can also breed the kinds of bad habits that can lead to heavy losses when actual cash is on the line.
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