When it comes to online casinos, video poker and the slot machines are by far the most popular games out there. The casinos know that, and they place a huge emphasis on them. It’s no wonder that the first thing you will notice when you walk into a brick and mortar casino is the flashing lights and automated sounds of the slots. Online casinos play off of this, and they feature their slot machines as their most prominent feature. As a smart gambler, you should be aware of this, and you should know that just because the online casino of your choice points you toward certain games over others doesn’t mean that that one is the best game for you. Here, we will look at what casinos do when it comes to slots and video poker, and how you can regain the edge.
Know What Makes Money
First, you should take a look at what makes money. Both for yourself, and for the casino. Your goal when you play online isn’t to just type in your credit card number and send money to the casino. You know that’s a possibility, but that’s not your goal. Instead, you are putting that money into an account in exchange for fun and the possibility of making more money. But you want to have a good chance of winning, not a bad chance. Fun is one thing, but part of the fun is knowing that you could turn your $100 into $10,000. In the end, it ends up being far more fun to know which games are most lucrative. You want to choose the ones that are best for you, and not the ones that are closest to just giving your money to the casino.
Know How to Play
Once you know which games are best for you, then you need to know how to play them. For example, when you are playing at a large progressive jackpot, is it better to play one line, or max out your lines? Should you be minimum betting, or maxing out your bet each time? These are small things at first look, but they make the difference between a nice payout and a mammoth payout. Also, in beatable games like video poker, are you utilizing the right strategy for long term profits? Knowing how to play your favorite games correctly can swing the odds more directly in your favor, and fatten your wallet as a result.
Focus Where It Matters
Okay, so you know that you’re supposed to know which games will make you money, and you know that you should have a good strategy when you play them. Now what? Now, you need to place your focus where it’s going to do you the most good. Let’s say that you know that Jacks or Better video poker is the most profitable game out there over the long term, but you hate playing it. Is it going to benefit you to play a game you hate? Probably not. After a while, you will stop playing it, and all the work you’ve put into mastering it is going to be worthless. Instead of doing that, find a game that you like and that you can play well. If you are having fun, trading a bit of your profitability is fine. Online casino play isn’t just about making money, but about having fun, too. Finding a balance between these things will be more beneficial to you because now you are not just giving yourself the best chance at making money playing, but you are being entertained while you do so. That’s what we call a win-win situation.
Have a System
By “Have a System” we don’t mean to pay a guy $499 so that you can learn how to beat the slots. And we don’t mean to use something like the Martingale System, which produces inevitable losses over time. What we mean by this is to have safeguards in place to protect your winnings and prevent losses. Play for only an hour a day, for example. Quit when you are up $25 or down $25. Things like this. Yes, they are arbitrary, but they protect your mental health by giving structure to the amount of time you spend playing slots or video poker online. You might have noticed that rush that you get when you are up big, or that feeling of despair that you get when you’re losing. You might have seen that your decision making skills get worse after you’ve sat at the computer or in front of the tablet for more than two hours at a time. Once you take these things about you and your personality into account, and then make provisions to account for them, you will find that not only are you having more fun when you do play, but you are winning more, too.