What you need to know before your first casino visit

Gambling in the sparkly surroundings of a casino can be a lot of fun, if you know that it’s not going to be like in the movies and that you’re not likely to win the big jackpot, ready to retire on a paradise island.

There are a few realities checks you need to make before your first visit to a casino. Firstly, all that money that is occasionally won must come from somewhere. Where does it come from? From people that don’t win at the casino, which is most players. The house, meaning the casino where you are playing, always has the advantage, no matter what game you are playing or how well you are at it. Luck is by far the biggest factor in winning, and yes, it does happen that a player wins a large sum of money.

So how to find the balance between playing responsibly and having fun? You need to create boundaries for yourself. Just think about how much money you can comfortably afford to lose and play with that fixed amount. Don’t be tempted to increase it as you go along, especially not to get back what you have lost. This is a slippery slope. You can help yourself with sticking to your boundary by just taking the cash along and leaving your card at home. Bear in mind that gambling is not a way to generate income, it’s meant to be fun and exciting.

If you win and you have more money than you started out with, this is a good time to stop. Otherwise you will likely end up wondering where all those winnings went by the end of the evening.

You might also want to think about what games you would like to play prior to your visit. What casino experience are you after? Do you want to use your skills to try and win some money? Do you just want to hang out, have a good time and sip fancy cocktails? Some games you can play for longer because your money won’t run out too fast are blackjack, video poker and baccarat. Roulette and slots are easy and fun to play, and you can drink cocktails while you play.