A trip to a casino promises to be an event-filled, exciting and, possibly, a fairly lucrative undertaking. You will be faced with a choice of different games and activities to play or bet on, and the myriad of possibilities can seem a little confusing at first. Let’s do a quick run down on a few of the common casino games and some tips to improve your betting or playing odds the next time you find yourself at the table.
Let us first take a look at craps. Remember to keep your hands off the table when the dice are thrown. It might be overlooked in the maelstrom of activity around you, but it can also be an embarrassing way in which to disrupt a game. Don’t push your comfort zone unnecessarily. Make sure that the table you are at has a minimum that you are comfortable with. Once there, manage your bankroll carefully. Do not let your emotions get the better of you, either by getting carried away with a good run or a losing streak. Many punters have seen their bankrolls dwindled by doing so. Keep reviewing the game and be as certain as you can be before putting your money down.
Remember also that you may ask the dealer for help, and a good one will certainly take the time to answer any questions you may have.
As far as Blackjack is concerned, certain rules remain the same. For instance, always keep your emotions in check, for the same reasons as given above. This is true also for the way in which you deal with the other players at the table. If anyone is annoying you with their strategy, simply leave and find a new table.
Also, manage your bankroll well, as in Craps. Set a goal for how much you want to win and a limit for how much you are prepared to lose.
In general, play at a table where the game is offering the fewest decks, as this lowers the house edge. It will raise your odds dramatically if you go from two decks to one.
With regards to roulette, this game is more a question of chance, unlike poker and blackjack, where your own strategies and skills play a direct part. Be wary when you encounter roulette systems that promise the earth. If they seem too good to be true, you can be certain that there is a very good reason why this is so.
If you can, look for what are known as ‘single zero roulette wheels’, as on these, the house edge is somewhat reduced. Otherwise, be mindful that the casino holds a real advantage, and when you start to win, do not get too carried away. The longer you keep playing, the more likely you are to lose, and keep losing. As before, set your win and loss limits and do not take it too seriously. Remember that you came to have fun, above all else.
Slot machines are in some ways similar to roulette in their randomness. The randomness is due to the way the numbers are generated and the number of spins.
You can raise your chances a little by playing loose slots, and these are often in high traffic areas. Pay particular attention to machines near the main aisles and those near restaurants, shops and the cashier. Some people believe that casinos hide their best-paying slot machines. However, this would not be logical, as casinos have an obvious vested interest in punters seeing other punters win. It keeps people playing and paying!
By Sydney Jones
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