I’ve listed this first because honestly, I believe this route has the greatest odds of success. Casinos were never meant to be anything more than a mode of entertainment. A few players will win, but many more will lose. It is the losing players who pay for the winners and then some, ensuring the casino makes its profit at the end of the day.
If you understand this going into the casino, you’ll have a much easier time accepting the losses your probably going to incur. However, if you can walk away feeling like you’ve gotten your money’s worth in entertainment value, you’re not really a loser at all. You’ve simply paid for a service, just like going out to the cinema or to a fancy restaurant.
There are a number of measures you can take to amplify the thrill and enhance your success rate. Remember, the goal is to spend a little money, but play for a long time. Therefore, time and bankroll management are key. Choosing the right games and incorporating the right strategies, will also help to accomplish the goal.
Time & Bankroll Management
The key to making this work is to keep a tight reign on your budget. Know what you can afford to spend and only bring that much with you. Stick to low limit bets, and pace yourself. Take time to walk around the casino. Really take in the sites and the scenery. As you’re doing so, make a mental note of the games you’re most interested in playing, and where they’re located.
Once you begin playing, take your time. If you choose a slot machine, don’t mash away at the button. Let the reels stop on their own. Watch the animations play out when you win. Games like these, the faster you play, the faster you lose. At table games like blackjack, join a full table rather than an empty one. The games will last longer.
Strategy Begets Longevity
Normally, I would suggest playing casino games that come with an inherently low house edge, such as blackjack or video poker. However, these games do require a very strict strategy in order to get optimal results. If you’re gambling to have a good time, putting too much thought into your game play can have an erosion effect on the entertainment value. So instead, my advice would be to play the games you enjoy most, and to play them wisely.
Whatever game you choose, employ a basic strategy for it; not necessarily a perfect strategy, but a modestly mindful one. Gut instincts are generally the worst way to play. A basic strategy will decrease the house edge, increase the theoretical return to player (RTP), thereby accentuating the longevity of your bankroll.
For blackjack, employ a basic strategy chart. For roulette, avoid American roulette (double zero) like the plague. Only play European or French roulette, taking full advantage of the La Partage rule when available. Video poker strategies, baccarat and craps strategies, even slot machine strategies exist.