Avoid wasting money on new casino games

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 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!


Avoid these gambling traps

Gambling is something that’s supposed to be fun – a way to enjoy your free time and maybe earn a few extra bucks (or lose them, for that matter). For most of us, this is exactly what gaming is, we play the games the way they are supposed to be played, and overall we enjoy our gambling experiences. If you are one of these players, there’s no real point for you to continue reading. However, these days, I see a lot of players who don’t even seem to be enjoying themselves as they are spending their hard earned money on the games. In this little guide I want to let you know how you avoid some of the most common traps that people fall into when there are gambling online.

First up I’ll go over the most serious trap, which would be gambling addiction. Most people don’t have a problem with this, but some do. The people who end up as gambling addicts are often impulsive, depressed or self-destructive, and they are more often and not looking for quick ways to escape from reality, whether it be drugs, alcohol or gambling. In order to not fall into this trap, which is an extremely hard trap to get out of, I recommend that you use personal limits before you get in to gaming. Set up a weekly or a monthly deposit limit at the casinos you are playing at. You can do this by simply making a gambling budget, by looking at your monthly overall budget and deciding how much of that you can afford to spend on gambling, and then simply asking the casino in question to set that limit for you. After the deposit limit is activated, your transactions to the casino will be stopped automatically and you won’t be able to play again until the time limit is reached.

The second trap, that I see far too many players having problems with, is what is commonly known as “going on tilt”. This is a phenomena that happens when a player gets really unlucky in a gambling activity, such as in poker or blackjack being beaten on an unlucky draw on the river. What happens then is that the player starts getting steaming mad, which leads to him or her starting to play very recklessly in order to win back the money they just lost. The problem is that, when doing so, you are no longer paying attention to the pot odds, so more often than not you will be playing hands that really you should have folded. Sometimes players get so angry that it almost seems like they want to lose even more in order to allow themselves to create an even bigger outlet for their anger. The easiest way to avoid this is that if you happen to get unlucky, and feel yourself getting angry about it, immediately slow down and leave the table for a couple of minutes, until you regain your composure. This takes a bit of will power, but you will benefit greatly from it!

The last trap I see, is players that build the habit of just playing the same game over and over in a casino. The thing is, that they are going to get bored and tired of the game, but since it’s already a habit to play at a particular machine, it’s hard to break. Instead, use a casino which offers plenty of slots. A bit of variety will help you to have a good time when playing casino games, and after all, that is what casino gaming is all about. If we start a session with the sole intention of winning money, and not caring about having fun, we would end up very disappointment more than 50% of the time we play!