As enjoyable as gambling can be, when you head into a casino it’s important to keep your cool and stay professional. Here are our 5 top tips for successfully beating the odds and making a profit in casinos.
Always Wear A Watch
It may sound trivial, but wearing a watch is one of the biggest favours you can do for yourself when you head to a casino. In fact, many casinos even ban their dealers from wearing watches so that patrons are more likely to lose track of the time and play for longer than they intended. Keeping you playing is a casino’s way of extracting more money from you, and don’t ever think it’s the other way around. Which also means…
Quit When You’re Ahead
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you can be the lucky one who manages to beat the odds more than everyone else. When you’re doing well, leave the table and keep your profits – don’t spend them on another hand. Every casino has calculated the point at which they’re destined to win, and that’s why they keep trying to pull players back in with free drinks and canapes.
Whether the drinks are on you or on the house, you’re better off staying away altogether. Staying sober will keep your head in the game and make you less likely to make stupid bets, and it’ll also make other acts of self-discipline – such as walking away when you’re winning – a lot easier. Even a single drink can be enough to lower your inhibitions and take your edge away when you’re in a casino environment, so abstaining altogether is the best course.
Avoid The Flashiest Tables
Casinos want you to spend your money on the tables with the worst odds, where they’re most likely to come out on top. It’s these tables which will be the flashiest and designed to draw the attentions of casual players. Don’t be fooled; in most cases you’ll get the best odds at Blackjack, Craps, and Roulette.
Keep An Eye Out For Clumsy Dealers
This is one tip not to be missed. After a little bit of observation, you might be able to pick out a Blackjack dealer or two who sometimes accidentally flash their face-down card. Knowing the value of this card can give players up to a 9% edge on the house, which can make a huge difference to profit margins and makes spotting these sloppy dealers in the first place well worth doing. It’s a bit of a cheat, but it’s also completely legal.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of the secrets to winning in casinos, but with these easy tactics you can increase your odds of winning substantially without going to much extra trouble. It all comes down to observation, consideration and control.