The Beginner’s Guide to Choosing the Right Casino Game
Casino gaming has never been more popular. New online platforms spring up every week, and at the physical casinos, business is booming like never before, particularly as we approach the festive time of year. It’s good news for those in the casino business, and also for the players. After all, there’s nothing quite like a night at the casino, whether it is real or virtual. Where else can you have some sophisticated fun with friends and at the same time stand a chance of ending the night with a profit?
The fact that casino gaming is on the up means there are plenty of new players out there. If you are among them, for example if you’ve been invited to a casino night over the Christmas period, you might feel a little trepidation. There’s really no need, but the most important thing is to have at least an idea of what you will play when you get there. That way you won’t be staring blankly around you. Remember, the idea is to be Mr Bond, not Mr Bean. The choices fall into two categories, table games or slots. Let’s consider each in turn.
These are the traditional games like roulette, blackjack, poker and craps. For most casino-goers, the tables are what casinos are all about, and blackjack is comfortably the most popular game of them all. If you are a first-timer, sitting down and facing the dealer can seem a little frightening, but relax. They deal with newbies every day and it is their job to show you the ropes and make sure you have a good time.
With blackjack in particular, it is definitely worth brushing up on basic strategy and then playing a few hands at an online casino before you get into a live gaming situation. That way you’ll know when it’s best to split a pair, whether or not to hit on 15 and so on. Not only will you feel more relaxed, you’ll also improve your chances of winning.
Roulette is the next most popular game after blackjack, and its rules need no introduction. The most important tips here are to listen to the croupier as to when you can and cannot place a bet, and to always play on a single zero wheel if you get the choice, as this offers far better returns than a double zero wheel.
If you are a newcomer, don’t just hide away among the slot games all night, as you will miss all the fun. That’s not to say you should ignore them entirely, though. The thing about slots is that they offer the outside chance of a huge jackpot win from a small stake. The odds of it happening are small, a little like playing Lotto, but someone has to win eventually.
Some casino players adopt the practice that if they come out of a session at the blackjack or baccarat table with a profit, they use their winnings to try their luck on the slots. If it doesn’t work out, then nothing is lost, but hit the jackpot and it could be a very happy Christmas – good luck!