Las Vegas was built on its casinos, but today people visit Sin City for many different reasons, from taking in a show and dining in some of the best restaurants in the US to drinking in the unique atmosphere of the Las Vegas Strip and experiencing the amazing nightlife (Photo credit: VegasNews.com).
However, when all is said and done, you can’t truly cross Vegas off your bucket list until you’ve experienced the thrills and spills of life as a high roller. Thankfully for your bank balance, the days of having to go to the effort and expense of travelling thousands of miles to immerse yourself in the casino experience are long gone. Nowadays, online casinos bring the Vegas experience to your home, meaning you can live the life of a high roller without having to leave the comfort of your own living room!
While even high rollers know that, when it comes down to it, the house always wins, that doesn’t mean you can’t come out on top by combining skill with a little bit of luck. So, whether you’re touring the strip or looking to take a trip to Vegas via an online casino, here’s how to improve your chances on the floor.
Try the tables
If you’re a first-time visitor to Vegas, the tables can look foreboding. With the slots, it’s just you and the machine, but at the poker table, you’re probably concerned by the prospect of coming up against the likes of Danny Ocean and James Bond.
As ever though, reality is not quite as exotic or dramatic as in the movies. Most players will be beginners, so it’s a good idea to watch for a while and get an idea of how to play your game of choice before joining in.
Blackjack is the ideal game to start with, as it is you against dealer, and the house edge – the casinos advantage over you – is a mere one per cent, meaning you have a realistic chance of coming out on top. Roulette is also ideal for beginners – if you are simply playing red or black the odds are close to 50/50.
The poker tables are closer to the movie image of casinos, as they are where you will find the more experienced and knowledgeable players. It is also where you can potentially have big wins due to the higher degree of skill involved, but means you can also have big losses, so tread carefully if you’re a novice.
According to the experts, the worst odds in real casinos are on the slot machines, which is ironic, as most first-time visitors immediately head for them in the belief they’re easier to win money on.
If you’re a first-time visitor to an online casino, do the same rules apply? Well, yes and no. We already mentioned the old adage about the house always winning, and this applies equally to online casinos – if it were any other way, they would struggle to stay in business.
However, the great thing about online gaming is that overheads are far lower for the casinos, which means extra benefits are offered to players, usually in the form of better odds, which in turn means a better chance of winning – even at the slots.
Fun trumps profit
If you’re looking to play casino games, whether in a Vegas casino or an online casino, be sure to play them primarily for fun, as this makes coming out on top and taking money from the house all the sweeter and will prevent you from spending more than you want to. The above pointers should give you a head start when it comes to beating the odds – on occasion at least.