The Easiest Way to Learn How to Play Casino Games (Part 2)

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Welcome back for Part 2 of The Easiest Way to Learn How to Play Casino Games.

If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.

I’ve already gone over the key things you need to know before you step foot in a casino. Now let’s dive a bit deeper into what you need to know once you are in the casino.

Let’s get started.

Basic Strategies and Learning the Rules

I was nervous the first time I walked on to a casino floor. I am sure you are nervous too. Give yourself a break and start with the simple games I mentioned in Part 1. You need to get comfortable with placing bets and gambling. Once you have a feel for the basics of gambling in casinos you can move to the more intricate games.

Before you jump into the deep end of a casino like a high roller table, take some time to get acquainted with the game.

There are tons of online gambling tutorials online, check out YouTube and find any that have a high star rating. An even easier way is to hop on Google, and you will find a multitude of step by step guides.

If you feel like you can handle it, there are even more in-depth guides for casino gambling that will maximize your odds.

If you don’t have time to do a little research and practice prior to your trip to a casino that’s perfectly fine too. Keep an eye out for low-risk tables with a minor wager.

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An example would be a $2.00 per hand blackjack table (this can be dependent on the casino, the day of the week, and time of day. A $10.00 table might be all you find)

Find a table, sit down and introduce yourself to the dealer. Let him/ her know you are new to gambling. They will be more than happy to show you how to play. If you’re lucky they will teach you how to play your cards correctly.

It is not a widely known fact, but dealers make a lot of their take-home money through dealer tips. It is to their benefit to show you how to play well. They want you to win a hand as much as you do because most winning players tip their dealer.

This approach is best to try at an empty table. An empty table is a great place to learn how to play because you have the dealer’s undivided attention and you won’t be slowing down the game.

Casino Etiquette

Casino etiquette is a big deal. There are unsaid rules that will be to your favor if you know about them and follow them. When you are gambling, please be polite, friendly and kind to your fellow players as well as the dealer.

Casinos have little patience for a rude patron. Your positive behavior will only benefit everyone as well a yourself. Just be nice, it’s that simple.

Here are some basic etiquette guidelines I follow when gambling:

  1. Do not sit down at a table to watch, only sit down if you are going to play.
  2. Wait until the hand/ round is finished before you sit down.
  3. No phones allowed at the table. If you forget everyone will remind you. Believe me.
  4. Don’t try to touch your wager once the game is in play.
  5. Only use one hand to touch your cards.
  6. Let the dealer count out your winnings before touching them.
  7. Never be a showboat and end up slowing down the game. No one likes a showoff. This includes blowing on the dice, ecstatic hand gestures, jumping up down, or drawing unneeded attention.)
  8. ALWAYS TIP YOUR DEALER. You can hand discreetly hand them a chip and clearly let them know that the chip is for them. Never attempt to ti[ them with cash. They are not allowed to accept cash tips for security reasons.
  9. ALWAYS TIP YOUR COCKTAIL SERVER. They work hard for their tips. You can tip in cash or chips.

I can’t promise you will be a winner if you follow these casino etiquette tips, but you will have a better time and you won’t be “that guy”. Nobody wants to be that guy.

How to WIN at Casino Games

I am going to disappoint you, I can’t and won’t tell you how to win money at casino games. What I can tell you is how to win at a good time while playing casino games. I do strongly encourage you to visit player forums, watch how-to videos and get a dealer to show you how to play.

Gambling is a game of skill and luck. I can’t tell you how to play with luck, but I can point you in the right direction to build on your skill level.

When to Stop Playing

Gambling is an addictive activity for some people. You need to play with caution and be aware of when it is time to stop gambling. I mentioned in Part 1 that you should set a spending limit and take that exact amount with you in cash to the casino floor. This way you physically know when you’ve spent all your money and it’s time to take a break or call it day.

The best advice I can give you is to not try to make up your losses.

A new gambler falls into the thought process of if they take larger bets they can win their money back. This is faulty thinking because the math is just not on your side. The statistics are not on your side. The casinos are businesses that make money off people losing money.

When you start to the thinking of getting lucky suddenly means you think you deserve a big win. This is for fun.

It’s not your career.

If you keep playing in this mindset you start to go down a dark path. Your brain tells you if you just play a bit longer you will turn it around. This is just not going to happen. I have watched people get wrapped up in winning and spend a lot more money than they could afford.

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If you find yourself with this attitude, stop gambling immediately.

There’s another side to this slippery slope.

It’s known as the gambler’s deceit. This is when you are up and feeling confident. The hot streak is not going last. Nothing in gambling lasts.

When you’re up when gambling winnings your brain also thinks we should start making bigger bets because we have luck on our side. We can walk away with more and more money. Please stop while you are ahead.

I have a rule that if I am up at least 45% I quit playing. I know that my likelihood of getting much past 45% in wins is unrealistic. The elite few competitive professional gamblers do better than 45% in gambling profits.

You and I probably are not those people.

We might not ever be.

There’s a lot of fun and excitement to have in playing games at casinos. The rush, the lights and sounds, the people.

But none of this is worth losing yourself if problem gambling. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem with gambling please contact the National Council on Problem Gambling.

Find Your Flavor

There are numerous games to be played in casinos. Some are high stakes. Some are laid back. I personally like to mix it up. There is a game for everyone and every mood.

Table games (blackjack and poker) are famous and remind of James Bond, but there are other options I highly recommend you give a spin.

Maybe for one hour you play slots. They can be silly and serious. Slot machines get a bad rap. You are probably imagining a granny sitting there for hours gambling away her pension. There is some truth to this but not the norm. My first big jackpot was on a double bonus machine that was all unicorns and glitter. I won $5550.00! I was so excited. I was a male in my mid 20’s. I was bummed about a joker game I had just lost and sat down at the machine. Out of pure luck I dropped the max bet in and won!

I would advise reading the fine print on the machine and make sure you know how to play slots before you drop a dime into the machine. Try them out. There is a reason that casinos make 80% of their profits off the machines. People love them.

Play where there is excitement. See a busy raucous table? Stop by and ask what it is and see if you can hang. I would suggest staying away from a serious high stakes game. As a new player, you are not equipped enough to win, have fun and you will be a drag on the game.

Wander around and see what the casino has to offer. There is something for every casino game player.

Conclusion

I’ve given you an in-depth overview of what you need to know to learn how to play casino games. I hope you feel a bit more familiar with what you are walking into on your first voyage into casinos. You should (and will) have a blast gambling at casinos. Just remember:

This is for fun – you’re not a professional gambler.

Be polite and follow the rules I’ve spelled out for you.

Know when to call it quits.

Do your research.

I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.