Some tips for beginners:
- Remember that House always wins!
- Do not forget, that you are playing against the pro, who is very manipulative and knows how to turn your brain off.
- Set up your limit and follow it. Also set up the amount that you're willing to lose in one session.
- If you are not willing to lose - stay away from casinos.
- Make a decision on a 'loss number'. If you don't win anything in this number of spins - move on to a different machine.
again like what i've said, here in the americas, the slot machine is king where most of the gaming income is derived hence there are more slot machines in every casino rather than the assorted table games but being of asian ancestry, i am fond more of the table games and the lists of games here are endless and the betting can be as low as $ 5 in areas like the Stratosphere and $ 10 in luxor to $ 25 at the Wynn (excluding the high limit tables where the minimum bet is $ 50). You can choose from a variety of table games like Craps, Black jack, spanish 21, texas hold em poker, poker, Baccarat and more.
again a word of caution: do not be too greedy! set a limit on what you would spend on a table game and you allowable losses and no matter what, stick to it or else you would go to the cleaners in a jiffy!
another caution: if you are on a roll, the dealers here in vegas automatically deducts the dealer's tip when you are on a good roll or on a winning steak ad the tip is from 10 to 20% so don't ask if the dealer gives you winning chips with 10 to 20% less.
Las vegas gambling was made famous by the Slot machines ((a.k.a. one armed bandits in the yester years since in the past, they were originally operated by a lever on the side of the machine (the one arm) instead of a button on the front panel, and because of their ability to leave the gamer penniless (bandit), however, Many modern machines still have that legacy lever in addition to the button.)) In the United states, easily about 70 percent of the Casino gaming revenue is via the slot machines whether the regular slots, progressive slots, card game slots and more. Unlike is Asia where the Reverse is true, where the gaming tables earn most of the gaming revenues hence Macau and Singapore have overtaken Las Vegas as the number one and two gambling capital in the world and Vegas a distant third.
Be sure to play the slot machines in moderation and set a limit on what to spend and stick to it if you lose ok! I maybe a gambler but I know how to cut my losses and you must do too!
if you plan to play on the tables I would arm yourself with plenty of dollars or a bank card, and KNOW WHERE YOUR MONEY IS GOING! constantly losing your money on them can be DRASTIC!
I went on the poker tables and I bet $50 against two Australian tourists that was there. I had a better hand than they did, but only to find that I was ALSO playing against the DEALER (which I was unaware of) and the dealer had the better hand than I did, therefore I lost all my money ($50) in the time span of 2 minutes. I can imagine if you kept playing on the table at that rate you will find virtually if not ALL your money hoovered up within the first day you are there! However have at least one game at it, and when you can perceive how the rate of it DOES eat your money up then thats the experience on the poker tables...but its good to go for the experience of it.
Also, the pokeer tables are somwhat more sophisticated than the poker played on the slot machines, but you have plenty of tourists and locals that are willing to help to add to the experience under the belt. And to add with that, you should check the stakes on those mini-tvs telling you what the game is and how much you have to start off with to play the game. NOTE: you have to have some form of identification to play on the poker tables to prove that you are over 21 years of age.
slot machines can vary from utter pot luck or knowing your ability of controlling your actions over the knowledge of value and consequence in a particular slot machine. For example in a roulette slot machine (my favourite one), you can judge the odds at a more basic level i.e. if I bet all my money on a even number, I know that the odds of winning is 50/50. However, you also got to work out how the machine can catch you out (in the roulette slot machines case) the "0" slot which stands out rare. Some are more sophisticated, others are easier but you win less out of. I would try every type of slot machine using the smallest expenditure and work out the slot machine works for you the best and (at reasonable levels) gamble you way to win the most out of. If you spend too much and lose too much, your time will go and you can lose money FAST!
Many people come to Vegas strictly to gamble. I'm Italian American and I can tell you that if my family is any indication, the stereotype of Italians liking to gamble is very much true. I am the odd one of the bunch, I never liked it and never will. My wife hasn't been exposed to it many times. She tried it in Atlantic City, NJ when we lived nearby. But this was Vegas and she wanted to try it again. I was content to watch her play. She put $10 in and quickly won about the same amount. Slowly, though, that money leaked right back out. She was furious with herself for having lost $20 with us being so over-budget in Vegas but really, it was just our entrance fee to view all this craziness. Besides, she really only lost $10. That other $10? Unless you walk with it, you never won it in the first place.
A person's first time in a casino can be a memorable experience. The blinking and glowing lights, and the rush of people gathered around a roulette wheel with bells ringing and chirping, dominate the electrifying atmosphere. Gambling has become an American pastime gambling in America appears to be increasing, and so are the chances of losing round after round at a poker table. For some, compulsive gambling becomes a debilitating, life-changing addiction. Having money is a big risk. Financial aid checks, checks from parents and paychecks provide students with the means to play a hand or two at the casino. Some players have mastered the game and won big enough to pay tuition and rent. But all too many end up losing more than $100 a hand, eventually landing them in debt or bankruptcy.
Compulsive gambling has grabbed the attention of authorities. A federal committee was established in 1999 to study gambling's financial, social and legal implications. The study concluded more than 2.5 million adults are pathological gamblers, and another 3 million adults are problem gamblers.
There are seven signs that may indicate that you are already betting too much. It is important to be aware of that, specially in las vegas where it is so tempting to spend money on gambling. Check a helpful resource that describes these signs.
The casinos in Las Vegas make it very easy for you to lose large amounts of money. They have cash machines that are easily accessible and they give you plenty of free drinks if you are playing Blackjack, craps, slots, or any other game. Always remember that they are in business to make money - and you are the source of their profits. Before you start gambling, determine how much you are willing to lose and draw the line at that amount. Know when to walk away! We know that this tip sounds preachy, but we have seen too many people learn this lesson the hard way.
don't go there.
Casinos are after your money and you never will outlast them
but if you wanna have some fun, see shows, having a good meal, each of the Casinos have thousand things to offer for your money. sometimes it is just the heat of Vegas you want to escape
so be prepared and be aware, have fun
Without a doubt, the best gambling odds are downtown. You can get good odds at other off the strip hotel/casinos, such as Sam's town too. The worst odds are at small casinos that don't have a hotel attached. Also, avoid slots that are not in casinos, like in stores or at the airport. These are the tightest machines in town.
If you're under the age of 21, you are not allowed to gamble or drink. They do check for IDs. Also, almost all hotels require a valid ID that proves you're 21 to check in. You can walk through the slot machines and casino areas, you just can't stop and get involved in the gambling. So really, the best time to visit Las Vegas is when you become 21 years old. But if you're with family, there are still there are a lot of activities for people under the age of 21.
Working on the Strip, I have seen some pretty amazing and pathetic things, but the worst is seeing people throw everything away at the tables or in the slots... sometime to the point that they don't have cab fare to get back to the airport! Just watch yourself... you've worked hard for your money, and I'd rather see you throw it all away on booze.
While in LV we also went to one of the casinos and Cris was lucky enough to even win I think $200 *g* not the world, but we also didn't lose ;-)
Anyway, there are a few things you should consider.
I'd recommend you to set a budget limit and stick to it. Leave credit cards at home.
There's a reason why casinos dont have clocks or windows and naturally they wanna keep you there long, make you forgetting the time, the longer you are there, the more you might lose. Take a break every now and then and 'refresh' your brain. Try to avoid alcohol.
Its easy to lose big here. Every hotel has a casino and you have to walk through to get where you're going.
I'm not a gambler, but I found myself many times wandering into a hotel by day to escape the heat and sitting at some machine or other. I lost quite a few quarters this way. All of them in fact.