A List of What To Do and Not To Do When Playing Casino Games
The best rule of all concerning casino games is knowing the odds associated with the game. Knowing the odds will help the smart player limit his or her play to the games with the best odds for the player. Also within the game, like shooting dice, the player should know the odds that come into play on each type of bet. Some craps bets are weighted toward the house, while others are barely in the houses favor. Dice, Blackjack and Baccarat have the best player odds of any game in the casino. For this reason, these games get the bulk of smart gambler's play at any casino. Some gaming vehicles are so bad for the player; they should be avoided at all times. The Wheel of Fortune is an excellent example. Learning to play a chosen game is well worth the effort as a player who plays the game well cuts the odds even further from the house edge. An example would be hitting a breaking hand when the dealer shows a bust card when playing Blackjack. Letting the dealer take the chance of busting is the best play possible most of the time. Keno is another popular bet in casinos, but it has a very high house edge. Limit the play to a few games at dinner or breakfast. Chalk up the Keno play as an added cost for the meal. Slots are the most popular game in the casino by far, but the smart gambler sets a tight limit on losses for each session of play. The longer the player stays and plays, the more likely the bigger loss for the session. Casinos set their odds based on the amount of play they get. Short sessions of play do two things for the player. A short session will keep losses down and if the player is lucky, they will quit while they are ahead in the game. Every gambler has seen a nice win turn into a loss by playing to long at a game.
An even money bet versus a high odds bet is a constant dilemma for the gambler. Every one wants to hit a bet on a single number at roulette and collect 35 to one. One way to do this and cut the odds of hitting a number is keep track of how long it has been before it comes up. If the number you want to play has missed 15 or 20 times in a row, it may be worth a small wager for four or five bets. The theory behind this scheme is the player has missed a long series of what could have been losing bets. It the player hits the number, then the counting starts again. Also a long dry spell of a single number can mean that it will repeat several times when it does show up again. The theory is to play for this situation.
A player should set hourly session limits, for continuous play at a casino or online. Four-hour stretches are reasonable and will confine losses to shorter periods of play. Treat each session as a separate entity and do not assume that bad or good luck will follow into the next session. When on a rush of winning bets, increase the size of the bets. When on a losing cycle, decrease the size of the bets. Many players do it completely the other way and play right into the hands of the casino. When losing change games or tables or quit. Do not fight a hot dealer or a cold game. Take a small shot at the large progressive slot games, but do not play to long or let the losses get out of hand.
Insurance bets when playing Blackjack is a bad bet for the player. The odds are too high and the payoff is way to low. The suggestion is let the dealer play the hand and the player should pass on taking the bet. Pai Gow poker is a great game if you have the nerve and the money to take the bank side when you are on a rush. Add up the other players common bets to determine what the loss would be if you lose every hand. If you can afford the risk then make the play.
Quit playing if you are angry or drunk. Anger clouds the judgment and drinking may make a player reckless. The latter is more of an individual result than a cut and dried idea. Some people can swim in booze and it does not seem to affect their play in the slightest.
When playing Baccarat follow the shoe if the shoe is throwing out small runs on either side of the shoe. This means, play the bank or the player when they won the last hand. The theory is that a few hands on the same side will follow. Never fight a strong trend in Baccarat. It will only cost a lot of money to discover that a trend can last far longer than the player thought possible.
Gambling is a game of feelings, hunches and odds. Players who can feel the trend early are lucky and are very likely to make money at the game. Those players that are slow on the take are not likely to be big winners unless they happen into a monstrous run. Pick the games you play with some logic and not because it is the open game you can see on the floor or on the site.
Courage and being foolhardy are not the same. Increasing your bet size when the flow is your way takes courage, but is not foolhardy. Foolhardy is increasing your bet to try and get even when you are losing.
Play games with a low house edge and stay away from sucker bets or propositions. Many of the proposition bets are very poor bets to make. If the house edge were small they would not be offered.
Surviving a Losing Streak
Surviving a losing streak is one of the most difficult situations any gambler can experience and hopefully overcome. The biggest problem with any losing streak is the gambler does not know when it will end, but knows that it will end. Losing streaks take a toll on the gambler’s stake and also on their confidence. It is this double dose of negativity that makes a losing streak so hard to deal with.
One way to survive is to just stop playing for a while. This will work, but if gambling is a major part of your life, this is hard to do. Another element of play should be immediately put into play. Cut back on the size of your bets and the number of bets you make. Do not make the most serious mistake a gambler caught up in this situation can do and make larger wagers in hopes of getting even sooner. This is a death play when drowning in a losing streak. Cut back your play is the correct move in these circumstances. If you are a parlay player consider making smaller parlays or none at all for a period of time. Consider playing fewer days a week or month. Consider playing a different game or level of a game. Change what you are doing, but remember “cut back “ is the operative words of strategy. The run of bad luck is coming to an end when you make a needed river card or hit a series of place bets on a dice table. Hands that have been losing at black jack suddenly start holding up or the dealer breaks on hands that previously were killing you. When the streak ends, the run of wins can be remarkable and being ready to take advantage of this turn for the best is the difference between an experience gambler and a novice. This where staying on an even keel as to confidence comes into play.
Gambling cycles like all components in life. Losing sessions can follow winning gaming sessions. No trend will stay in play forever, however the losing streaks are a part of gambling and must be addressed by each player. It will happen to each player. How it is dealt with will determine how seriously the affect is on the gambler. Knowing what to do and doing it is the answer to this negative side of gambling.
Controlling Compulsive Gambling Habits
When was the last time you visited a casino in a excited frame of mind, only to leave the casino in a bad mood because the majority of the bets did not go your way? I think this is an all too common issue which faces many players from occasional gamblers to the high rollers. Depending on the nature of the loss, there are different methods of approaching this issue and dealing with it.
First and foremost, it is important to remember that gambling should be regarded as a recreatonal fun activity and should never be used as a means of making money. When visiting a casino, say to yourself; "I am here to have fun. I am not here to generate an income. Whether I win or lose, I will enjoy myself and have fun. This is my only goal". If you visit a casino with the mindset that you need to make money and the bets don't go your way, then you will fail to achieve your objective and as a result, you will experience feelings of anger and disappointment.
Secondly, set a monetary limit for yourself. In other words, decide on how much money you can afford to spend and are willing to lose everytime you visit a casino. Once you set a limit for yourself, never ever go over that limit, so that even if you lose it, then it will not significantly affect your lifestyle because it was money that you can afford to lose.
Thirdly, try to take a minimum amount of money with you to the casino. If you have decided that you will only gamble $20 per visit, then perhaps you could take $20 and enough money to cover all of the other expenses that may come up. In other words, don't take $500 to the casino when you only plan to gamble $20, and leave all ATM cards and credit cards at home.
Fourthly, set a time limit for yourself. Decide on how often you will visit a casino and how much time you will spend gambling. This also serves as means by which to control one's gambling habits. It is a well known fact that the more time a player spends gambling, the more likely he/she will lose. This is one of the reasons why most casinos don't have clocks. If the player loses track of what time it is, then perhaps he/she will stay in the casino and play for a little while longer.
Fifthly, avoid drinking alcohol while gambling. This is due to the fact that alcohol can grossly affect one's sense of judgement and cause a person to gamble more heavily than he/she would have gambled otherwise. A couple of drinks to relax may be OK, but drinking to the point of not being able to think very clearly is not.
Sixthly, think of other recreational activities that you can be involved in. This is not to say that you should give up gambling, but perhaps gambling could become just one of the many recreational activities that you could enjoy. So instead of going to the casino on Friday and Saturday, go to the casino on Friday and to the cinema on Saturday.
Finally, if you find that you are still unable to your gambling habits and they are starting to take control of your life, then you should definitely contact Gambler's Anonymous and let them help you.