You might think of online gambling as just an easy way to pass the time as the world sits at home. No commute, no shopping – even the mundane tasks you once enjoyed are now things of the past. So, you go online in search of thrills. What you may not realise is that you’re not alone.
Millions of people are doing exactly what you’re doing – logging onto online gambling sites and seeing where Lady Luck takes them. This has two major implications for you: firstly, there’s a lot of money on the jackpot; and secondly, you need to get ahead to win big. Below are some tips on how to up your game in this exciting new world:
Do Your Research
If you want to win, you’ve got to start out playing safe. And no, that doesn’t mean betting as little as possible, that means finding out which online casinos are legitimate and safe. Find and read online casino reviews before signing up and be aware of scams and rogue operators. If you know what to look for, they are easy to spot.
Start Practising With Online Casinos
As the number of chess players around the world increases following the highly popular television series The Queen’s Gambit, many have turned to online chess games available on smartphones to hone their skills. You may prefer a faster game, but the same logic applies. Find apps that allow you to practise your preferred game without using hard cash before and between real-stakes games.
It’s understandable to want to sit down with a whiskey after dinner and play a few games, and with the number of countries allowing the legal use of cannabis – maybe a joint as well. However, if you want to win – you have to stay sharp, keeping track of your wins and losses to stay within your bankroll and stay ahead of the game. A good card sharp is always in control, always focused on the game.
Understand House Edge
Don’t know what that is? Here’s a brief definition: house edge is the advantage the casino has over you, over time, expressed as a percentage. This mathematical advantage is determined by the game, not the casino and this is how casinos actually make money. Knowing the house edge of different games can inform players as to which games are more likely to get them higher and more frequent wins. Slot machines have a higher house edge, while blackjack and baccarat have a lower house edge.
Know When to Keep Going and When to Stop
As the song goes: “you’ve got to know when to hold them, know when to fold them.” Never a truer word has been sung on the topic of gambling. Some days you’re just not winning. Resist the urge to push ahead, rather keep a cool head and know when to call it quits. On other days, you might hit a winning streak.
When you realise you’ve won a good few games, stop. Streaks don’t last forever and it’s better to keep the winnings you’ve accrued rather than blunder them during a rush of blood to the head.