Casino Gambling Tips: Having Fun

Casino gambling is becoming a more popular form of entertainment.

Casino gambling is becoming more and more popular. Celebrities are now competing in televised poker tournaments. And with casinos being constructed on Indian reservations across the country, gamblers no longer have to make a special trip to Las Vegas or Atlantic City in order to indulge their favorite pastime. As with any form of entertainment, you are going to get the most out of the experience if you know a little about what you are getting into. Here are a few tips to help make your next casino outing a fun experience.

Be knowledgeable about casino gaming. Most casinos offer a variety of gaming opportunities, from traditional table games, such as blackjack and poker, to roulette, slot machines and video poker. Some casinos have "off-track" betting, enabling gamblers to place bets on, for example, horse races taking place in another town or even another state. And many casinos even have bingo halls. Take the time to learn a little about the different types of gambling available at the casino before you visit. If you plan to play blackjack or poker, first visit your local library or bookstore and find a book that will teach you the basics. The casino is a fun place to play poker, but it is not the place to learn the fundamentals. More experienced players will expect you to know the basic rules, as well as gambling etiquette, before you hit the tables. And anything is more fun when you know a little bit about what you are doing. So, brush up on your skills in advance and once you are at the casino, you will be ready to relax and have fun.

Have a plan. Before you enter the casino, have an idea about the kind of experience you want to have. How much time do you want to spend at the casino? More importantly, how much money do you want to spend at the casino? Does the casino offer entertainment that might be of interest to you? Does the casino offer fine dining or a buffet? Are alcoholic beverages served at the casino, or does the casino have a bar? Will you spend the night at the casino's resort or a nearby hotel? Take into account all of the amenities and entertainment options the casino has to offer and plan ahead so that you can make the most of your evening.

Start small. Decide ahead of time how much money you will spend at the casino. Place small bets and make seeing how long you can make your stake last a game of its own. Keep in mind that, even playing a nickel slot machine, a gambler can lose up to $54 per minute of play. The fun in gambling is in the excitement of the experience. Gambling is fun in the same way that riding a roller coaster is fun. When you are up a few dollars, it's exciting and thrilling. And when you are down a few dollars, the fun is in trying to strategize and see if you can turn things around. With every deal of the cards, every roll of the dice and every spin of the wheel, there is that chance that something big is right around the corner. We never know what the next few minutes will bring. That's why it's fun, and that's why we play. So, don't go into it expecting to win a big jackpot. Of course, if that happens, so much the better. But, as my mom used to say, "Hope for the best, and prepare for the worst." Go into it expecting to have a taste of excitement, a lot of fun and a few laughs, and you will not be disappointed.

Avoid the slot machines. The slot machines can be great fun. Today's slot machines feature highly advanced animation and special effects. Besides the traditional video poker and spinning fruit, you can enjoy slot machine games based on all of your favorite pastimes, such as fishing or hunting, or your favorite television shows, complete with animated characters, celebrity voice-overs and theme music. The slot machines of today usually offer a "bonus feature," something fun and entertaining that happens if you hit a particular pattern during your spin or reach a certain level of play. Dedicated slot machine gamblers will spend a great deal of time (and money) trying to reach the bonus feature. The bright lights, entertaining animation and cheerful music are enough to keep anyone hooked. But remember, slot machines offer the worst odds of any casino gaming opportunity. They are based strictly on chance; there is absolutely no skill involved. Slot machines will take your money faster than any other form of gambling. And slot machines are the most highly addictive form of gambling because of their rapid response rate. So, set aside a small portion of your stake to enjoy the entertaining and often comical slot machines. But plan to spend most of your time and money at something that offers better odds.

Try the gaming tables. Blackjack and poker, while also games of chance, provide the gambler with slightly better odds than the slot machines. First of all, the gambler is able to use his knowledge and skill to match wits with the dealer and against the other players, which is more rewarding. Also, because a hand of cards takes much longer to play than one spin of a slot machine, the gambler is able to enjoy playing the game for a more extended period of time. Also, many casinos offer blackjack and poker tournaments, which a gambler may enter for a relatively nominal fee. By entering a tournament, you may be able to enjoy several hours of play for just a few dollars, with the opportunity to win increasingly large pots at different levels of the tournament. And you don't have to be an expert at the game to enjoy yourself. I entered my first blackjack tournament with very little knowledge of the game and without ever having played blackjack in a casino setting before. The idea was to kill a few hours without spending a lot of money. And I came in second place!

Enjoy the casino's other entertainment options. You can take advantage of the casino's efforts to draw a crowd by catching a show featuring a well-known entertainer for much less than you would pay at a regular venue. And it's been said that the best bet at any casino is the buffet. Most casinos offer very high quality buffets with a great selection of entrees, desserts and beverages for quite a reasonable cost. The buffet is one place where you can come out ahead of the game. Take advantage of the casino's buffet, enjoy a great meal and feel like a winner!

Quit while you're ahead, or at least not behind. If you've followed the other suggestions, you have set aside a certain amount that you are willing and able to lose during your trip to the casino. Whatever you do, do not exceed your limit. Casinos offer a variety of ready ways to tap into your outside resources so that you can continue gambling. ATMs are scattered throughout the casino. Cheerful attendants will walk you through the process of getting a cash advance on your credit card or cashing a personal check. They can even help you to override the daily cash withdrawal limit on your ATM or credit card. Remember, you planned ahead. You decided on an amount that you were willing and able to spend tonight to have a good time. When that amount is gone, the party's over. Call it a night and live to have fun another day.

Be informed about the industry. Casinos are in the business of making money. The reason casinos make money (and lots of it) is because the odds are always in their favor. For every gambler jumping up and down over a huge jackpot win, there are hundreds of others walking out the casino's fancy double doors with empty pockets and sad faces. The casino's job is to entice you through the front doors and, once inside, to make it easy, pleasant and enjoyable for you to stay. If you are not losing money, they are not making money. Gambling, like many other activities, has the potential to become an addictive behavior. Keep this in mind and remember to enjoy gambling as you would any other entertaining activity. Keep it fun. Do not go into expecting to make money. Do not go into it expecting to get rich. Do not go into it expecting it to cheer you up or make your life better. Gambling is not a career or a way to get rich quick. It is not a way to escape your troubles. It's a form of entertainment. It's supposed to be fun. So cut loose, feel like a high roller for the night and have a great time. But remember, if it stops being fun and starts to cause you unhappiness, disappointment or depression, take time to reassess the situation.

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