I often have people that know I write about gambling ask me how to get started. Some of them want to know how hard it is to win, but some of them just want to know the easiest games to start with. So I decided to write a page for everyone who’s interested in the easiest way to get started gambling.
I’ve put together a list of the nine easiest activities for beginning gamblers to get started. The list includes instructions for each game, so you can start playing as soon as you’re done with this page.
1 – Mini Baccarat
Baccarat looks kind of complicated the first time you see it played, but it’s actually one of the easiest games in the casino to play. The game has a particular set of rules that the dealer has to follow, but you don’t even need to know the rules to play.
Baccarat is available on a couple different types of tables. Traditional baccarat is played on a big table, that’s much bigger than most table games. At this type of table the players have the option to be involved in the dealing procedure. I recommend skipping these tables and look for a mini baccarat table.
A mini baccarat table is the same size as a blackjack table. The game is the same on both types of tables, but at a mini baccarat table the dealer takes care of everything. The only thing you have to do is choose one of the three available bets and place your wager in the correct circle.
Always bet on the banker space and bet the table minimum. When you win, the casino charges a small commission of 5%, but this is still the best bet on the table.
2 – Bingo Coverall
Most people know how to play bingo because they’ve seen it played or played in a local bingo hall or church. You buy a card, or set of cards, and then mark the spots on your card that match the numbers the caller announces.
You can play different types of bingo, but the easiest one is called a coverall. A bingo coverall requires you to cover every number on your card. Coverall games are longer than most bingo games, but they’re an easy version to use on your first trip to start gambling. Once you cover all of your numbers stand up and yell bingo.
3 – Lottery Games
Do you want to risk a few dollars for the chance to win millions? Stop at just about any gas station and pick up a lottery ticket. Most of the big lotteries offer tickets for $2, and the jackpots climb over $100 million several times a year.
Of course you don’t have to take such a long shot. The big lotteries have a miniscule possibility of winning. But you can pick up a scratch off ticket that has a lower top prize, but offers a much higher chance of winning.
Many states offer a wide range of scratch off lottery tickets for $1. And it doesn’t take any skill or strategy. Just pay your money and hope for a lucky ticket.
4 – Auto Pick Keno
Keno is a game that’s kind of a cross between bingo and the lottery. Most keno games have 80 numbers and you pick numbers that you hope the final numbers will match. But you don’t even have to pick your numbers. Just use the auto pick feature, pay the fee for the ticket, and wait for the next drawing.
The minimum bet on keno in most places is only $1, and the top prize can be $10,000 or more. You can still play traditional keno in some casinos, and many casinos and bars offer video keno.
5 – Roulette Even Money Bets
Roulette offers many different betting options, but the ones I like are the even money wagers. When you win an even money bet you get your wager back and a win equal to your bet. So if you bet $20 and win, you get your $20 back and another $20.
The even money bets on the roulette wheel are as follows:
Numbers 1 to 18
Numbers 19 to 36
These bets are listed around the outside of the other bets on the table. Just place the table minimum on the space for the even money bet you want to make and wait for the ball to stop spinning.
As a quick tip to improve your chances of winning, look for a roulette wheel that only has one zero. Roulette wheels with a double zero space make it harder to win even money wagers.
6 – Split the Pot
Split the pot is a popular form of gambling used at many events to raise money. You can buy a ticket for a low cost, usually $1, and when they draw the winning ticket if it’s yours you win half the money they collected. The rest of the money goes to the charity or event host.
The odds of winning are really low when you buy a split the pot ticket, but it’s easy to play. All you have to do is buy a ticket and hope to get lucky.
7 – Slot Machines
Slot machines are the most popular games in the casino because they’re easy to play and give players the chance to win a big price for a few coins. All you have to do to play a slot machine is find the machine you like, put some money in, and hit the spin button or pull the lever on the side of the machine.
Wait for the reels to stop spinning and see if any of the paying symbols line up. You don’t have to worry about missing any winning lines because the machine automatically pays out the correct amount when you win.
When you play slot machines you should make sure that all of the pay lines are activated. If this makes the cost per spin too high simply find a machine that costs less to play. But don’t be fooled by the penny slots. They cost a lot more than a penny to play. If you’re looking for a budget slot, most casinos have slots that you can play for 25 cents.
8 – Jacks or Better Video Poker
Jacks or Better video poker isn’t the easiest game to play on this list, but if you’ve ever played five card draw poker you can play Jacks or Better. It looks like a slot machine, but instead of spinning reels you get five cards. You keep the ones you want and exchange the rest for new cards.
The goal is to get a hand that’s a pair of jacks or better. Different Jacks or Better machines offer different pay tables. The best one is the one that pays nine coins for a full house and six coins for a flush, so if you see this one you need to play it. Also, always bet the maximum five coin wager so you’re eligible for the bonus payout on a royal flush.
The way to play Jacks or Better video poker is to put your money in the machine, select the max five coin bet, and hit the deal button. When you get your five cards, select the ones you want to hold and then hit the deal button again. The cards you discarded are replaced and if you have a pair of Jacks or higher you get paid.
Jacks or Better does have a strategy element, so if you want to have the best chance to win pick up a strategy card that lists the best ways to play each hand.
9 – Blackjack
Blackjack, which some players call 21, is a popular game that most people learn how to play when they’re growing up. The object is to get a higher core than the dealer without going over 21, or have the dealer go over 21. Dace cards and tens are worth 10 points each, aces can be worth one or 11 depending on which helps you the most, and all of the other cards are worth their face value.
To get started playing blackjack, find an open seat at a blackjack table and place the table minimum bet forward. The dealer gives you two cards. You can either stand or hit. If you have a pair you can split, and you can double down most of the time if you want to.
When you split or double down you push another bet the same size as your first one forward. Doubling down means you only get one more card. When you split you receive another card on each card, forming two new hands.
Just like Jacks or Better, you can use strategy when you play blackjack. Pick up a blackjack strategy card before you go to the casino.
Gambling doesn’t have to be hard or require a bunch of strategy. If you’re just looking for an easy way to have a good time, check out the nine games listed on this page.
The only ones that require any strategies are Jacks or Better and blackjack, and you can use a strategy card when you play them so you don’t have to worry about making mistakes.
Once you become more comfortable gambling you can check out some of the other games to add to your fun at the casino.
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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