Do you remember the last time you caught a lucky break at the casino? Most people get lucky from time to time, but wouldn’t it be great if you could figure out a way to get lucky more often?
Here are nine gambling tips that can help you get lucky more often. They aren’t going to turn the tables on the casino in the long run, but they’re still worth checking out.
1 – Only Make One Bet
This is one of my favorite gambling strategies, but I have to warn you that it’s one of the most boring ways to gamble. This is also one of the few strategies that let you double your money almost half the time.
Most forms of gambling are designed to slowly take your money. You make a lot of wagers. You win some and lose some, but over time, you lose a little bit more than you win. When this happens, you’re basically exchanging money for entertainment. It locks most gamblers into a lifetime of losing.
What I recommend is only making one bet every time you gamble. In the long run you’re still going to lose more than you win, but almost half the time, you’re going to double your money. You can pick from several bets, but the one I recommend is one of the even money roulette bets on a single zero, or European, wheel.
A European roulette wheel has 37 spaces and an even money bet wins on 18 of them. This means that you win 48.65% of the time. You place your entire trip bankroll on red and either double up or lose everything.
Over 48 times out of 100, you double your money. If you do this 10,000 times, you double your money 4,865 times. When you play casino games like roulette for smaller bets over a number of hours, you slowly lose money. Your chances of doubling your money making smaller bets over time is almost zero.
In the long run, you’re still going to lose, but when you double up almost half the time, it feels great.
2 – The Easy Baccarat Bet
Every casino game has a different house edge and different games are harder than others to play. If you’re looking for an easy casino game to play that also has a small house edge, baccarat is a good choice.
Here’s how easy baccarat is to play. Exchange your cash for chips, take a seat at the baccarat table, and place a small bet on the banker hand. This is all you have to do. The casino personnel will deal the cards, collect losing wagers, and pay out the winners.
The banker bet has a low house edge of only 1.06%, so if you make table minimum bets you can play for a long time.
If you decide to play baccarat, you’ll want to play the mini or midi version, which is played on a table that looks like a blackjack table. The banker bet also pays a commission on winning bets, but the house edge of 1.06% takes this into account, so it’s still the best bet on the table.
3 – The Simple Craps Wager
Craps looks complicated if you’ve never played before. But it’s really a simple game, and it offers a few bets with a low house edge. Another good thing about craps is some bets take several rolls to resolve, so you end up making fewer bets per hour than in most games.
The best you want to make is either a pass line bet or a don’t pass line bet. Most craps players prefer to make a pass line bet, but the don’t pass line has a slightly lower house edge. The pass line house edge is 1.41% and the don’t pass is 1.36%.
When you play a game of craps for the first time and want to make a bet, ask one of the people running the game to tell you when you can make a pass or don’t pass wager. They’ll tell you when you can place a bet and they take care of everything else. Your bet might not win or lose on the first roll, called a come out roll. It might set a point, then you wait until the point or a seven gets rolled for the bet to resolve.
4 – Sports Betting Secret
Do you know how sportsbooks make money? It’s not by taking more losing bets than winning bets. Sportsbooks make money by collecting a small charge on all losing bets. When you have to bet $22 to win $20, the extra $2 they collect when you lose is profit.
One way to avoid paying this small charge is to place bets in a way where it isn’t charged.
You can still use the lines published by the sportsbooks if you want, but you never have to pay the vig. Betting on sports is a fun way to put a few dollars down without needing a big bankroll. I find it just as much fun to watch a game I have $10 on with a friend as I do watching a game that I have $100 on with a sportsbook.
5 – Home Poker Games
Poker rooms make money by taking a rake from each pot. The size of the rake depends on the stakes, but it’s usually something like 10% of the pot up to $5. But if you play in a home poker game, you can play without paying rake.
Some private and home games are run with a rake, so they aren’t really any different than the games offered in a poker room. If you can’t find a home poker game, consider organizing one. Ask your coworkers, friends, and family if they’re interested in playing in a game.
6 – Slow Play Jacks or Better
Jacks or Better is one of the most popular forms of video poker, and machines with good pay tables are fairly easy to find. Look for a machine that pays nine coins for a full house and six coins for a flush. You should use a strategy chart for Jacks or Better.
When you play using a strategy chart or card on a 9/6 Jacks or Better machine, as long as you bet maximum coins on every hand, the house edge is less than .5%.
But you don’t have to play that fast. You can play as fast or as slow as you want, so slow down and your bankroll will last longer. When you combine a low house edge and slow play, you increase your chances of winning your playing session and reduce the amount you lose per hour on average.
7 – Low-Cost, Big-Reward Lottery
The lottery has a higher edge than any game you can play in the casino, but it offers one thing that you can’t find in casinos. You can win millions for a low cost of only a few dollars.
I don’t recommend spending too much on the lottery because of the poor odds, but it’s the ultimate low-risk, high-reward game that many gamblers like. You can even join a lottery syndicate to increase your odds.
8 – Let It Ride Strategy
This strategy applies to Let It Ride poker and it is when you break your bankroll into many small parts and use each small part to start a series of bets.
You can begin with a $10 bet, and when you win, you’ll have $20. You now bet the $20, and if you win, you have $40. You keep doing this until you reach your win target or lose. You can set your win target at any amount, but the lower the win target, the better your odds of reaching it.
9 – The Keno Strategy
The keno strategy combines the best of a couple of different tips above. Traditional keno games are slow, with fewer than 15 draws every hour in most casinos. It also only costs a small amount to play, with many places only charging $1 to play.
It depends on how many numbers you play, but some keno jackpots are worth over $10,000. The odds are stacked against you, but you can have a shot at $10,000 or more for less than $20 an hour.
Every gambler wants to leave the casino with more money in their pocket than when they entered. Most gamblers aren’t this lucky, but you can use the tips and strategies on this page to improve your luck.