As you will find once you step foot into any real life casino, all gambling institutions have a responsibility to promote sensible gambling, as the pamphlets and handouts will testify. However, casinos (both physical and online) are a business, and it is in their best interest to take as much money from you as possible. Because of this it is essential that you lay down some golden rules before you begin playing.
Firstly, never gamble money that you can’t afford to lose. If you have a spare $20 and feel like playing some blackjack, go for it. But if you find yourself in a position where you’re gambling money that, should you lose, means you can’t pay the rent – you know it’s time to take a break.
Secondly, always make an aim before you begin, and stop when you hit your target. If you put $10 into roulette and decide you want to make $50, then stop when you hit $50. Far too often a player can get fooled into thinking they can’t stop as they are on a hot streak; this is exactly the kind of mentality casinos thrive upon. They are relying on the endorphins released from winning players to encourage them to gamble any winnings right back into the pocket of the casino. Get a figure in mind and, if you hit it, walk away a winner.
Make sure you have the time to gamble. The last thing you want to do is sit down in a game of poker with a 300-strong field, shoot to the top and then remember you have a dinner date. Get the balance between gambling and social activities right and it won’t be a problem.
Explore the various sites before you settle on one. What works for somebody won’t work for the next. Different people will find different sites more and less user-friendly, and this is simply down to personal preference. Do you prefer a fun, cartoonish setup or a more formal, professional feel? Maybe you like a site but have found the customer service to be poor – move on and find somewhere you feel comfortable. We all want to win, but it’s important to have fun too, right?