I always recommend that gamblers learn how to use strategy to improve their results, but sometimes you need to learn a few simple ways to help that don’t involve complicated strategies. And the good news is that there are several different non strategy methods that every gambler needs to use.
Do you know the size of your average wager or bet? Unless you always play the same game and make the same sized bet, the odds are good that you don’t know what the average bet size is. Most gamblers have a rough idea, but don’t keep track very closely.
The First Thing You Need to Do Is Track How Much You’re Risking
Track this for every gambling activity you participate in so you know exactly how much you’re risking overall and how much you’re risking on each wager.
The fastest way to improve your gambling results is to minimize your losses. Unless you’re sing advantage play strategies, you’re probably a losing gambler. As a losing gambler, the fastest way to reduce your losses is to risk a lower amount.
If your average risk amount on a wager is $30, if you reduce this to $20 you’re going to lose less on average each time you place a wager. If you reduce your average risk amount to $3 from $30, you’re going to lose 10 times less on each wager you place.
If you’re used to gambling in a live casino you’re probably wondering how you can go from $30 a wager to $3 a wager. You can almost always play the same games you’re playing now at an online casino, and online casinos have much lower table minimums.
2 – Slow Playing
The next way to improve your gambling results is to make fewer wagers. You just learned how important it is to make lower average wagers, and the same reasoning is true when you think about how many wagers you make.
Consider a slot machine player. They’re making 525 spins every hour on the machine, and they’re playing on a high progressive machine with a per wager total of $2.50. This works out to risking $1,312.50 every hour.
The nice thing about slot machines is you control how fast you play. If the same slot machine player only made 325 spins every hour, their total risk per hour goes down to $812.50.
Now consider if the same player found a progressive slot machine with a $1 wager amount per spin. Combine this with the reduced number of spins, and they only risk $325 every hour.
3 – Session Budgets
Every gambler needs to have as a strict budget for every gambling session. This means that if you’re going to the casino to play blackjack or craps or any other game this evening that you need to have a budget just for this outing.
You can set the budget at any amount you want based on your available funds to gamble with and how much you’re willing to lose, but you need a budget.
With a budget for the session, you can gamble until you run out of money or decide to quit. The key is that you have to stop if your session budget is lost. This is a good way to limit your losses.
On a multiple day trip you need to have a budget for each session you plan to gamble. This is an easy thing to do. Take your entire trip budget for gambling, decide how many playing sessions you want to play, and divide the total budget by the number of sessions.
When you do this, the odds are good that you’re going to have at least 1 playing session where you win money. This method lets you take that playing session result home with you instead of giving it back to the casino.
4 – Know the Casino Edge Numbers
You might argues that this has something to do with strategy, but the fact is that even if you don’t use any strategy at all, if you gamble with a lower casino edge you’re going to lose less.
You don’t have to memorize the casino edge for every gambling activity. Just learn which games are the worst and which games are the best. Then simply avoid the worst games and play 1 or more of the good games.
Bad casino edge games include slot machines, most table game, roulette, keno, and bingo.
Good casino games include baccarat, blackjack, and craps if you avoid the terrible bets on the table, and some video poker machines.
Of course, if you use some strategy when you play the good games the casino edge is even lower, but the first step is to play a game with a low casino edge.
5 – Hustle Comps and Bonuses
You don’t have to change anything about how you gamble, including the games you use and the amount you risk, to improve your results. Casinos offer 2 different ways to improve your results that don’t really have anything to do with what you play and how you play it.
If you enjoy gambling on your mobile device or on your computer, you can use bonuses when you play. You can find many different kinds of bonuses, but the most common ones are deposit bonuses.
You make a deposit to gamble with and the online or mobile casino matches part or all of your deposit with a bonus amount. Some online and mobile casinos even give you more than 100% of your deposit as a bonus.
If you prefer gambling is a live casino, you can join the casino club and get paid comps for all of your play. Every comp club is different, but they all reward players for gambling. And you get rewarded with comps whether you win or lose.
6 – Timed Gambling Sessions
In an earlier section I discussed the importance of using a budget for each gambling session. Another way to limit your losses is to use a time limit for each gambling session.
Just like when you use a session budget, you can set a time for your session as long or as short as you want. The important thing is to stop playing when your time limit is up, no matter what.
This help limit your losses, but it also helps you lock in winning gambling sessions. When you get ahead during a gambling session, the odds are that you’re going to lose your wins if you play too long. A time limit on your gambling session helps you walk away with a win more often.
7 – Free Practice
I’ve mentioned using mobile or online gambling a few times in this article, and it’s 1 of the best ways to limit your losses. But online and mobile play offers one other important benefit that you can’t get in a live casino.
You can play mobile and online casino games for free as long as you want on most mobile and online gambling platforms. Playing for free completely eliminates your losses and still lets you play your favorite casino games.
I really enjoy playing Let It Ride, but it’s not a good game to play for real money. It has a high casino edge and it’s impossible to beat the game in the long run. But I still play it for free sometimes online.
It’s also helpful to play free mobile and online games when you want to practice your strategy. If you’re trying to learn how to use the proper video poker or blackjack strategy, free online and mobile play is a fast way to practice, and it doesn’t cost you a dime.
You don’t have to use strategy to improve your chances to win when you gamble. And sometimes it’s just as valuable to reduce your losses as trying to win more. Most gamblers are losing, so if they can figure out how to lose less it’s the same as winning more.
Don’t overlook the value of online and mobile gambling. In addition to the opportunity to play for free, you can also make lower minimum bets, control how fast you play, and get bonuses.
Control everything that you can when you gamble and you have more control over your wins and losses. Learn which gambling activities have a higher casino edge so you can avoid these games. And learn which games have lower casino edges and just play these games.
Michael Stevens has been researching and writing topics involving the gambling industry for well over a decade now and is considered an expert on all things casino and sports betting. Michael has been writing for GamblingSites.org since early 2016. ...
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