Double down? Split? Fold? Run for the door? For the first-time visitor, the casino can be an overwhelming experience. Impatient players and grumpy gamblers can pressure you into making the wrong move. It’s potentially an expensive lesson to learn.
Here are a few tips – free of charge – that will help you make the most of your time at the tables.
#1. Know Your Limits
First things first: trying your luck in a casino – whether online or offline – should be fun. Only a handful of very fortunate players ever win that life-changing jackpot. Leave your credit cards at home, or in the hotel room, and take only what you are prepared to lose.
You will win some and you will lose some. Hopefully, whatever the final outcome, you will enjoy the experience.
#2. (Don’t) Know Your (Drinking) Limits
We would never advocate irresponsible behaviour but one of the joys of gambling in a Las Vegas casino is the free drinks. If you are planning a big night out, start with the penny slots.
At the Wynn, gamblers get free mojitos but don’t forget to tip your waitress a dollar a drink. That will keep the freebies coming. Probably best to stick to the slots, if you are planning a long night of fun.
#3. Don’t Drink
Alternatively… If you are a dice debutante or a roulette rookie, it’s probably not a good idea to get hammered on highballs before you hit the tables. You need to keep your wits about you and stay sharp, if you plan to profit on the night.
#4. Join The Club
Most casinos have a player’s club. They are usually free to join and come with benefits. It could be a free drink, a buffet voucher, bonus chips, or some complimentary blackjack lessons. It’s a no brainer: make sure you club up.
#5. Comp My Account
This relates to online casinos. Shop carefully and find out who has the best offers. If you are new to gambling, it makes sense to play with as much free money as possible before you dig into your own pockets.
Some online casinos offer first time players the chance to try their luck with a £20 free play. It’s a great way to learn.
#6. Roll High
If you want to make the ‘right’ impression and have the self-discipline not to gamble it all, take out a huge marker. If you play big at a casino, you get more than just free drinks.
If you took out a $6,000 marker at a Las Vegas casino, there’s a very good chance you could get offered a free room, tickets to a big show, and a meal. Grab your freebies and then just gamble $200. You can cash in the rest of the marker and put your feet up in your free suite.
#7. Get An Education
Some Las Vegas casinos offer free table lessons in the afternoons, or you can head for downtown and lower limit tables. Alternatively, get online and play for free. You can spend as long as you like learning the ropes, before you reach for your wallet.
#8. Don’t Be Greedy
If you lose what you have won, you’re being greedy. If you are lucky enough to hit a streak and add some beef to your bankroll, it could be time to stop for the day. There’s no sweeter feeling than walking away from a casino with some winnings in your pocket.
Chances are that the people you are playing with have more experience than you. Casino gambling is not a competition (expect poker!). Make friends at the table and they can help you make the right moves.
#10. Enjoy It
It’s not a job. It’s not a living. It’s fun. A night at the casino is about having a good time and stretching your bankroll as far as it will go. Soak up the atmosphere, make a few bets, have a free drink, and enjoy yourself. It’s that simple.