The other day I had a conversation with a friend who recently got in to online gambling. He said that he really, really liked it but that he hadn’t been getting much luck so far, and ended up losing most of what he had deposited so far. That’s fair enough I suppose, we all play casino games knowing that they are based on chance, and we can’t really do much about it if we win or lose. Or is that really true? Well it depends on how you look at it.
It is true that we cannot control the outcome of a casino game that is based on chance. There is simply no skill or knowledge that we can use in order to guarantee that will in any situation – that is the whole concept of casino gaming. Every single game is carefully built to always leave the player a slightly smaller chance of winning than the casino will have. Just because the odds are against us, albeit slightly, doesn’t mean that we cannot win in casino gaming. What it means however, is that the casino will profit on this little advantage in the long run. Individual players might win on several occasions, but when you take all the players that are playing in the casino, the overall result will be that the casino is earning more money than they lose. With this said, however, there are several ways people waste money when playing casino games.
When it comes to games such as blackjack, for example, it’s commonly said that blackjack has a very low house edge, i.e. the casino only has a tiny advantage over the player. What people tend to forget however, is that your actions on the blackjack table affects this edge. The way you bet in certain situations will either increase your odds or decrease them. For this reason, if a complete beginner comes to a blackjack table without really knowing what he’s doing, the house edge will be really big – as the new player is bound to make some mistake. Therefore, it is advisable that players learn the proper blackjack strategy before they start playing at the table. If you would like to read a guide about blackjack, I can recommend the blackjack article that casinoonline.re has put together – there, you can also find a blackjack chart, which will tell you how to act in pretty much any situation that can come up on a blackjack table.
The most effective way of saving money on your casino games is to use the practice mode. By using the practice mode, you get access to a casino’s game selection, but you don’t have to bet real money when you play. Of course, this means that you can’t win anything either. But as you are learning the game, this doesn’t matter too much. It’s much better that you get all the mistakes out of the way when using the casino in practice mode rather than when you are betting real money. Then, after you’ve played for a couple of hours, and read a couple of strategy guides about the game in question, you can start playing for real money. You will now feel much more prepared and comfortable at the table.
So the question is whether my friend had really been unlucky or just a bit stupid? I did tell him to use the practice mode more often when he was trying out new games, and guess what? A few days later he came up to me and told me he had just cashed out some really good winnings!