Is it your first time visiting a casino?
Entering the casino for the first time can be a bit overwhelming. The crowd, the noises, bright lights, huge amounts of money and chips, not to mention thousands of games to choose from. Then there is the pressure of playing, winning and losing. It is never easy during the first few visits.
To successfully maneuver your way inside a casino for the first time, there are some things you need to know. Part of the must-know knowledge is; a ground knowledge of what a casino is, what games it offers and how to make the casino experience work for you.
What is a casino?
A casino is a business establishment that offers gambling services to its clients. Casinos have advanced from traditional land-based casinos to online casinos. This services which were previously limited to Atlantic City and Las Vegas can now be enjoyed all over the world.
So, when referring to casinos in this context, I mean both the land-based and the online casinos. They are quite similar save for minor variation.
Why do you want to gamble?
Before you enter a land-based casino, you need to determine the purpose of your visit. You need to define your expectations and limit them if need be. Many people are lured into a casino with extremely high expectation. If you see it as a get-rich-quick get-away card, then you are bound for great disappointment.
Much as there is the probability of winning, keep in mind that losing is also a possibility. It can happen anytime. The best approach for beginner gamblers is to have an open mind about gambling. Embrace the possibility of winning and losing. Manage your expectations and prepare for the worst.
Always remember that gambling is a game, try to enjoy it.
Casino games are as many as they come. I honestly doubt if there is anyone who can claim to have played all the casino games. As a rule of thumb, a gambler must know his/her games. You need not know all of them at once. Just know the ones that interest you. The others you will learn with time.
Different people have varied preferences and tastes of games. The wide variety of games offered by casinos can accommodate a majority of the preferences. It is the diversity of the games spices up the casino life.
Casino games can be broadly classified into the table and the non-table games. From their names, you can infer that table games are the ones played on the tables and the non-table games do not require a table.
Under each of the category, there are numerous games.
When thinking of a casino, the first image that always comes to mind is big rooms with numerous tables, right? Well, this is because many games in the casino are table based. Such games include;
- Card games
Card games are undoubtedly the most famous gambling games. Many people are first introduced to it as a fun game without gambling. This makes it a go-to game for many casino newbies especially those who have played it before. In card games, the player can reduce the house edge to about 0.5. This means that this is one game that the player and the house can have equal chances of winning. All you need to do is to outplay the dealer. In the other games, the house normally has an upper hand.
Card games are mostly skill games, unlike other casino games. As a beginner, if you trust your skills in playing the card games then you can try your hand at it. If you haven’t played the games before, take time learning it during trial plays or elsewhere where there are no stakes involved.
There are numerous card games available in most casinos. The most famous being the poker. The others include; the casino wars, teen Patti, blackjack, faro, red dog, Trente et Quarante among others.
Ever heard the phrase “on a roll of a dice”? This is its origin. Dice game used to be the hallmark of gambling. It was around this time that the phrase was coined. The games are pretty straightforward. All you need to do is roll the dice and wallah! You get to know whether you’ve lost or won. Simple, right?
No prior skill is involved. Maybe just a bit of practice in rolling the dice. The variations of dice games include chuck a chuck, craps, pai gow and sic bo. The principle is pretty much the same, only a few minor variations.
- Other minor such as random numbers
Slot games are another famous group of casino games. The games require no skill. It is one hundred percent based on luck. The slots are machines designed to generate random numbers which display random images.
To play these games all you need to do is visit a casino buy credits, select your pay lines and then press the start button. The machine will run for a few seconds then display some images on the screen. Based on the patterns on the lines you bet on, the machine will notify you whether you won or lost. As simple as that! Place bets, Punch the start button, wait then repeat!
The beauty of slots is that it has one of the highest return to player ratio. This means off all the money placed in the slots machine, a huge percentage (mostly above 95%) are returned to the players).
The hopes of landing jackpots keep the players going back.
It is a good game for beginner gamblers as you also learn the other games.
Some slot games include lucky lady’s charm, quick hits, billionaires of Vegas, Caesar’s slots and many more.
These casino games are the most popular games and can hardly be missed in any casino.
Very many people enjoy gambling. It is estimated that approximately twenty-seven percent of American adult population visit the casino at least once a year. This is quite a significant number. Unfortunately not every one of them had a nice experience in the casino. A majority actually leave the casino more dissatisfied than before.
There are some few things you might want to consider as you start gambling. These tips will not guarantee big wins but it will make your casino experience more pleasant.
- Always read the terms and conditions
This is the greatest fall for many gamblers. Especially the newbies.
As a new member of a casino, the casino will flaunt all these bonuses for you. Many will sound like free money. Knowing how gullible people are, the casinos bank on people taking the bonuses without even looking at the terms and conditions of that bonus. Many bonuses have strings attached to them. They are mostly in terms of wagering requirements. This is where many people end up disappointed that they cannot access their finances because they haven’t completed their wagering requirement.
To avoid such pitfall. Read the wagering requirement carefully and consult where necessary.
- Look out for bonuses
Much as they come with conditions, casino bonuses can be a really big boost for you. Always keep watching out for their bonuses. Visit their websites often and check out other gambling forums for coupon codes and discounts. You might end up saving a lot through this.
- Only play when you understand the game
Different games have different skill and knowledge level requirements. Do not get carried away with the gambling spirit of risk-taking too much. For instance, don’t join a card game if you have never played cards before. Or still, if you are not comfortable with your level of skill. It all narrows down to sober judgment. Remember that you can lose everything in a roll of a dice.
- Know when to quit
Gambling is a very addictive activity. Gambling addiction is an actual psychiatric disorder sharing multiple similarities to substance addiction. The addiction normally starts when a player doesn’t know when it is enough. Setting clear lines as you first start gambling will help a great deal in preventing you from getting addicted. It will save both your health and your money.
A wise gambler knows when to call it quits. The best way to know when to call it quits is to have a fixed time of target amount that will act as your cue to leave the casino. This way you can enjoy gambling for longer.
- Every casino visit is a lesson
Learning never ends. Even seasoned gamblers have a thing or two to learn every day. Do not stay on one game. Familiarize yourself with the different games available. Get to know how to play them, tricks and hacks of the game. The dos and don’ts of the game and casino in general. The more games you learn, the better you will be at making a decision on what game to play.
As you set foot in that casino remember, whether you win or lose, it is just a game. Try as much as you can to enjoy the thrill and fun that comes with the casino experience.