In order for a player to enjoy a more pleasant and memorable time at a
casino, while taking precautions to minimise oneâs losses, it is very
important to follow a basic set of gambling tips or guidelines.
Understand the game: This may seem like a very obvious rule, but you
would be surprised at how many people place bets on games they donât
fully understand. This rule may apply more to certain games (i.e.
Roulette) than other games (i.e. Slots), but generally speaking, it is
more advantageous for a player to fully understand the rules of a game
before betting on it.
Budget your money: Place a limit on the money that you can afford to
gamble with and lose. Never exceed that amount or gamble with money that
you canât afford to lose. Leaving your ATM cards and credit cards at
home may be a good way to ensure that you wonât be tempted to exceed
your budget limit.
Never borrow money to gamble: To fall into the habit of gambling with
borrowed money is one of the most serious mistakes any person can make.
Not only can one run the risk of falling heavily into debt and perhaps
having to sell oneâs possessions to payback the borrowed money, but the
risk of alienating friends and family members, or infuriating the âœmoney
lendersâ? should be enough reason to avoid this practice at all
Pace yourself: Avoid betting all your money in one go. Remember, the
objective is to have fun and enjoy yourself. If your gambling budget is
$50, then place bets of $1 or $2 instead of betting the entire $50 on one
single bet, losing it and walking away empty handed. As long as the entire
sum of money is not lost in one single bet, the player has a chance to
Know when to quit: Always quit while youâre ahead. The best time to
quit is when you are ahead of the casino. Many players make the mistake of
thinking that their streak of luck will last forever and continue to
gamble until they eventually lose it all. This is mainly the result of
overconfidence and greed.
Chasing losses: â˜Chasing a lossâ is a term used to describe the act
of trying to win back money that was lost during a previous bet. The
problem with this is that the player stands to lose even more money. In
this case, it is better to just accept the loss and quit or continue
playing for the sole purpose of just having fun.
Maintain a low profile: Whether you are playing for fun or money,
winning or losing, always maintain a low profile at a casino. The main
reason for this is that one never knows what types of unsavoury characters
may be present at a casino. It is in the best interest of every player not
to draw attention to his/her own money or winnings.
Emotional states: Never gamble when you are angry or depressed.
Emotional states such as anger and depression usually cloud a personâs
judgment and impair his/her ability to play the games properly. A person
who is experiencing an intense emotional state usually lacks the ability
to think as clearly as someone who is not.
Donât gamble alone: In some way, it is better to visit a casino with
friends or family members if you are planning on gambling. Friends and
family members will usually tell you if you are spending too much,
drinking too much or not playing properly. In the very least, it is in
everyoneâs best interest to have a sober person in the group who can
safely drive everyone home.
Take frequent breaks: As in any other activity be it reading, writing
or playing computer games, one should always take frequent breaks to feel
refreshed and alert. Although this may not apply to a person who places a
few bets before leaving the casino floor, it does apply to gambler who
intends on spending a considerable amount of time betting in a casino.
Have fun: Gambling should be viewed as a fun and exciting recreational
activity as opposed to a means of making money. Even though most of us
have heard of, or read about the occasional gambler who won the big
jackpot that changed his/her life, this is usually not the case for the
majority of players. Letâs face it. The glitz and glamour of casinos
were not built on the good fortune of winners. Therefore always play for
fun and never for the sole purpose of making money.
Avoid alcohol: Never drink and gamble. Not only can alcohol impair
oneâs judgement, but it can also inflate oneâs sense of self
confidence to the point where the person gambles away money which he/she
would never have gambled if he/she was sober. This is one of the main
reasons as to why some casinos offer free alcohol to their players.
Avoid distractions: Distractions can come in many forms from the
occasional cellular phone ringing to the sexy girl walking past the table,
and one should always be mentally prepared to ignore them in order to
better focus on the game. Additionally, the loud sounds and flashing
lights of a casino may look and sound very exciting, but they are not
there to help you concentrate on the game. Try not to become
By following these basic set of guidelines, one can enjoy his/her visit
to a casino and have plenty of fun while minimizing the risk of falling
into any financial difficulties.
Adel Awwad is the webmaster of Free Casino Cash Guide