Gambling is deeply rooted in many cultures across the globe. While it isn’t the only thing to do in those areas, it can be unavoidable in places like Las Vegas and especially Macau. It’s like a rite of passage and ignoring the gambling will cause a complete misunderstanding of the local culture. I’m not a big gambler, but I have played in Vegas and Singapore (both on my bucket list) and there are several tips to gambling that everyone should note to avoid breaking their bank account.

Know the Game

-The casino always has the edge in all of their games and that edge is astronomical when you don’t know how to play the game.

-There are several ways to learn the game before playing. The first option is to read up, because every casino game has books and websites dedicated to the rules and strategies related to the games. The second is to play the games, and almost all of them have free downloadable versions for phones and computers. Some even run promotions that pay you to try out their online/mobile versions. For example, the casino promotions at Betfair includes an option to receive 10 free spins on their Live Roulette worth £10 in total, absolutely free. With it being live, you get to experience the game as it would be played in the brick-and-mortar casinos.

Set Limits

-Monetary limits are musts when gambling. Like I said earlier, the house always has the edge, so it’s important to know that you’ll most likely end up losing. I always look at it as a cost of entertainment. If I can spend a small amount and make it last a couple of hours, then I’ve made the most of the situation.

-Setting time limits prevents everyone from missing the rest of the local area. The last thing I would ever want to do is fly to a location and spend my entire trip inside a single casino. For example, if I had spent my entire trip to Las Vegas gambling, I would have missed out on the Pirate Show, the Bellagio Fountain, and the New York New York Rollercoaster.

Make a Local Bucket List

-If you have a list of must-sees, then you won’t even consider wasting your trip at the tables or machines. When I went to Singapore, I was able to gamble at the Marina Bay Sands Casino, head to Chinatown, eat famous Singapore Chili Crab, drink a Singapore Sling cocktail at the world renowned Raffles, and so much more. Note: That’s all only because I had an idea of what I wanted to accomplish during the trip.

Know the Odds

-Every game has different odds, and sometimes each game has different odds in different casinos because of house rules, so it’s important to do a little bit of research into those rules.

-As written on Las Vegas 4 Newbies, the games with the worst odds are Keno (because the casino keeps about 30% of the wagers) and the Wheel of Fortune (because casinos keep 11-24% of the wagers).

Don’t Over-Drink and Play

-Everyone knows that they’ve made bad decisions while drinking at some point in their life, and gambling after have a “few” too many can be extremely costly. This might be one of the most difficult things to do, because most casinos give free drinks to players.