Traveling is all about new experiences. Some of us like to enhance our adventure time by treating travelling as an opportunity to do things we’ve never done before. It can be a great way to maximize the newness of our experience and build lasting memories, especially for those who travel a lot, and whose trips have begun to mesh into one long journey (not necessarily a bad thing!). The more we vary the activities on each trip, the easier it is to separate all the different places and experiences in our memory. The opportunities for trying something new every time you travel are endless. This brief guide is for those of you, for whom the next thing on the list is getting the casino experience.
1. Follow the house rules
This applies to all the rules, from the most basic ones like being over 21 to more ambiguous ones that can differ from place to place. Some casinos will require you abide by a specific dress code, some will allow smoking inside, and most will probably have a problem with you taking photos inside the casino. Every casino will be different, and you should be able to see all the rules at the entrance. It is a good idea that you familiarize yourself with them before you play. In addition, while not a rule per se, it is good practice to tip the dealer when you win.
However, if sticking to these rules doesn’t sit well with you, you can choose to do your betting online instead. Some advantages of using online casinos include not having to worry about certain house rules like the dress code or tipping the dealer. There are no crowds and no cigarette smoke, and you can spend as much time as you like familiarizing yourself with games, without any pressure to play.
2. Get your bearings
Casinos can seem a little hectic when you first enter. Large casinos can generate a good deal of confusion due to the number of people and games going on around you all at the same time. Not to mention that everyone looks like they know exactly what they’re doing.
There is no harm in taking a minute to familiarize yourself with the place. Figure out which games are located where, and which have the lowest odds in the casino’s favor. Those are the games with greater customer winning potential, even if you are probably winning smaller amounts.
Remember that there is a reason why there are no windows or clocks around! Casinos are designed to keep customers playing. The bonus of this strategy is that drinks are probably free to entice customers to stay at the casino for longer. Regardless, it’s probably a good idea to bring your cell phone or wear a watch so you can time your visit.
3. Think before you bet
Many of the easier games have some of the lowest odds, meaning that the chances of you winning anything significant are not great. Slots, for example, owe their popularity to the simplicity of play and the fact that they accept small bets. Spend some time evaluating the cost-benefit of playing a game so you can make an informed decision. Note the minimum and maximum bets at each table because you don’t want the minimum bet in a game to cost you $20 if you’ve set your spending limit to $100.
Don’t forget to change your money into chips. You can often do that right there on the game table, but you will save time if you bring a sum of money to the cashier’s cage. Deciding how much you’re willing to spend ahead of time will also decrease the chance of your overspending. Set your bet money limit and do not exceed it. Lastly, bring cash with you. You will likely see ATMs around the casino, but you are better off not using them as they tend to charge very high rates.