Complete Guide to Casino Gambling
Casino games are an incredibly popular form of gambling. They are enjoyed by people all over the world, and they have been for many years. The earliest casinos started appearing in Europe hundreds of years ago, although they were known as gambling houses at that point, and the industry has steadily evolved ever since then.
The modern day casinos are very different of course. Nobody back then could have possibly imagined that giant gambling resorts such as Las Vegas would be built, and they certainly couldn't have imagined the technological advances that have made it possible to play casino games from home using a computer and an internet connection. Nevertheless, that's where we are today.
We've put together this casino guide to help you get the most out of what this form of gambling has to offer. It covers a vast range of casino related topics, for beginners and experienced players alike, and it's divided into a number of different sections so that you can easily find whatever information you might be looking for. You can read all about our guide and what it includes below.
In this section of our guide we explain all about playing online, including how online casinos work and the advantages they offer.
Our guide also includes a comprehensive glossary of all the important words and phrases used in casinos, and answers to a number of frequently asked questions about casino gambling. These are helpful resources to refer to if you want to know something specific, or you can just take a read through them and see what you learn.
We've got plenty more for you too. A particularly popular part of our site is our section on the all the different casino games you can play. In this section you will find an extensive range of individual guides on games such as blackjack, roulette, slots, craps and video poker. Each guide fully explains all the rules, and includes any other relevant information you should know too.
There's also a strategy section that will help you to get the best possible results in the casino, and details of the top casino destinations around the world. We've made recommendations of the best places to play online too, and there's information on the different companies that provide software to online casinos. Please keep reading on to find out more about everything our guide has to offer.
Playing casino games is a form of gambling, and like any form of gambling there are risks involved. You may well be fully aware of the risks already, but we're going to point them out anyway. We're not doing this because we think you shouldn't gamble, it's just that we want you to have realistic expectations. To put it another way, we want to make sure that you are prepared to lose.
The simple truth is that losing is the most likely outcome in the casino. It's perfectly possible to win money, and many people do, but you have to know that the house has a mathematical advantage in each and every game you can play. This advantage is known as the house edge, and it ensures that the odds are always in the house's favor. You might get lucky and win every now and then, or even regularly, but the majority of players are overall losers.
You could be forgiven for wondering just why casino gambling is as popular as it is if losing is so likely. The fact is that many people don't really view it as losing money, but rather as spending money. They see playing casino games purely as a form of entertainment like any other, and their losses are the associated cost of that entertainment. Any winnings they make are simply a bonus.
Why Play Casino Games?
Fun & Exciting
Playing in a casino can be a very exciting experience. If you're sensible and only risk money you can afford to lose, there's no reason why you can't have a lot of fun.
Easy to Learn
Most games are very straightforward with easy to learn rules. Even the more complicated games don't take too long to understand.
There is a wide range of games you can play in the casino. They all offer something different and this variety helps to keep things interesting.
Opportunity to Win
The possibility of winning is largely what makes casino games so exciting. The odds are against you, but you can upset those odds with a bit of luck on your side.
One of the most appealing aspects of casino gambling is that you don't really need to know a huge amount to enjoy yourself. With just a little bit of knowledge you can have a great deal of fun, and if luck is on your side then you may just win some money.
With that being said, it pays to learn as much as you can. The more you know, the more likely you are to have the best possible experience. You can even improve your overall chances of winning if you take the time to learn how.
The purpose of this guide is basically to help you make sure that you do have the best possible experience and that you do give yourself the best possible chance of winning.
What We Can't Do
For all the information that our casino guide contains, the one thing we can't do is help you beat the house edge. We can teach you how to get the best value for your money, and how to enjoy yourself, but the house edge simply cannot be overcome in the long run. Anyone who tells you that they can teach you how to win in the casino is either deluded or, more likely, trying to sell you a flawed system that won't work.
If you're completely new to casino gambling then you should start with our beginner's guide that we mentioned earlier, as this serves a really good introduction to what it's all about. Once you've read through that you'll be ready to get started, and then it's just a case of choosing which games you want to play.
You'll find our game guides helpful for this. We have guides on all of the most popular games you'll find in the casino, and many of the less popular ones too, and they contain a ton of useful information. Most importantly, they explain all the rules in an easy to understand way.
Playing at Online Casinos
Our section on the basics of online casinos is a must read if you're interested in learning about playing online. It explains how everything works, and has some very helpful advice for choosing where to play and getting signed up. It also has information on the bonuses and rewards you can earn.
For those of you who are simply looking for a recommended place to play, our casino rankings are just what you need. We've researched and tested a large number of casinos, and ranked them in a variety of different categories. The following are our top recommendations. These are all very reputable operations where you are assured of a positive experience.
Strategy in the Casino
Casino games are all games of chance, and this means that they are ultimately based on luck. Some of them have a strategic element too though, where your in-game decisions can have some influence on the results. There also some general casino strategies you can implement that will give you a better chance of winning. At the very least they will help you to minimize your losses.
In the following section you can read all about the strategy involved in casino gambling. It covers game specific strategies as well as general strategies such as bankroll management and game selection.
More Casino Information
That's almost it for this guide, with just a couple more sections to tell you about. We've listed these below, along with some details of what they cover.
Casino Software Providers
Most online casinos choose to use software provided by external suppliers instead of developing their own. Some have their whole suite of games provided by just one company, while others use a combination of different suppliers. In this section of our guide you can find details on all of the major software providers and the games they have to offer.
World Casino Destinations
If you really enjoy playing casino games then you might want to consider taking a trip to one of the top gambling destinations around the world. There are many cities in many countries that have wonderful casinos, and we've got information on them all. We can tell you everything you need to know about visiting locations such as Las Vegas, Macau, Atlantic City, and Monte Carlo.
Understanding Online Casino Laws
If you're going to start playing online you might want to learn more about the legalities involved, even though they probably won't affect you. Online gambling legislation tends to be focused on the organizations that provide the services rather than the people who use them, but it still doesn't hurt to learn exactly what's legal and what's not in your region.
If you do want to find out more about the relevant laws where you live, please take a look at the following section. It contains information on the current gambling legislation all around the world.