You know you’ve got the gambling itch but you’re just not sure how to go about choosing the right casino games to play. While all of the games you’ll find involve gambling of one type of another, there is such a wide variety of choices in most casinos that everyone can pick one that best fits their own personality and desires.
The first decision to be made in choosing the right casino game is to determine just how much time and effort you’re willing to put into the game. Are you just looking for something entertaining to do for the day? Or do you want to study the way the game works and spend time practicing and learning in order to improve your chances of winning?
If you’re just into the games as a way to pass the time, I’d suggest concentrating on the casino games that rely strictly on luck, with little or no reliance on skill in order to win. These games will also offer you the advantage of not having to make many, if any, decisions along the way. Unfortunately, most of these games offer the highest advantages to the house so your chances of winning over an extended period of time are slim.
But having admitted that you won’t spend a lot of time studying or practicing a game makes the task of choosing the right casino game for you a much easier task. You’ll look for games that require no real thinking other than how much to bet and often which numbers, or color, to pick. The most popular classic games to consider here are roulette and slot machines.
With slot machines the only real decisions to be made are how much to bet and how long you want to spend watching the wheels spin. While there are more choices to be made at roulette (red or black, odd or even, one number or a group of numbers, etc), once the bet has been made there’s nothing left to do but watch the little ball spin around the wheel. Other good choices here might include keno and baccarat.
Choosing the right casino games gets more complicated if you’re willing to study and practice to improve your odds of winning. The added incentive here is the fact that these games also offer some of the lowest house advantages giving you, the knowledgeable player, an excellent chance of winning over the long run.
With only a few exceptions, most of these choices are card games where the higher your skill level, the better your odds will be of winning. The two most obvious selections would be blackjack and poker, most commonly the sensationally entertaining Texas Hold ‘em variety. The classic game of blackjack, of course, has a legendary reputation as a game of skill, especially for those willing to dedicate the time to become an expert on counting cards.
If card games don’t appeal to you, the clear choice of a game where knowledge and experience are important is craps. With an almost unlimited array of betting opportunities and a fast moving and boisterous pace, this is another game where the house advantage on many bets is as low as you’ll find anywhere in the casino.
Don’t underestimate the importance of spending adequate time analyzing yourself and the variety of choices available before choosing the right casino game for you. Your enjoyment of the gambling experience, and your chances of actually winning, can improve dramatically simply by selecting the game that fits your personality, your budget and the time and energy you have available to learn more than just the basics.
Cary Clark is an avid traveler and prolific writer who has written extensively for newspapers, travel magazines and city walking guides. Over a 30 year period of frequent trips to Las Vegas he has also developed a love for, and a detailed understanding of, casino games.