I played a couple hands of blackjack for the first time on my 21st birthday, and I’ve been playing ever since. I’m not a high roller, but I understand how to navigate a casino. Allow me to assist you if you are unsure where to begin.

Before you begin, there are a few things you should know.

Finally, you’ve arrived in a brightly lit, raucous casino. You’re stuffed from the buffet and ready to roll the dice to see if fortune is on your side. Keep your wits about you, buckaroo. You may fantasise about winning the lottery and retiring to your own private island, but this isn’t likely to happen. Gambling is fun and can give you a wonderful rush when things go your way, but it’s not what it appears to be in the movies.

The house always has the upper hand.

Whatever game you play, the house (the casino where you gamble) has an advantage. They don’t need luck to win or make money; all they need are gamers like you. The odds are always in their favour. Know what you’re getting yourself into before you play, and never think you have the upper hand in these games. One’s big win pales in comparison to the house’s tens of thousands of victories.

The most important factor in winning is luck.

In contrast to the house, you must rely on luck to make money – for the most part. You can reduce the house edge slightly by playing smart, which increases your playing time, but luck is still the most important factor in your success.

Begin by setting a limit on how much you can lose.

Gambling is not a viable source of income. It is solely for the sake of amusement. Decide how much money you can comfortably lose (i.e., lose forever) before you step onto the casino floor, and stick to it. Make a cash withdrawal and leave your debit card in your hotel room. Never take money out to make up for what you’ve lost. Set some limits for yourself. Don’t play if you can’t afford to lose it quickly. Sorry for the inconvenience. Gambling is not intended to help people overcome their bad luck.

Hot streaks don’t last very long.

Consider resigning if you win and have more money than you started with. When your winning streak comes to an end, you glance at your chips and wonder where all your money has gone.

Finally, I propose that you look into the player incentives and awards offered by the casino where you are gambling. Joining these clubs is usually free, and you can get swag, free casino credit, free meals, and even free stays in pretty luxurious suites. You’re already paying to play, so why not take advantage of these programmes as well? Seek out a customer service desk or inquire at the cash register.

Select the appropriate games to play.

Some games are better to play than others, depending on the type of experience you’re looking for. Do you truly want to win money by using your skills? Do you wish to unwind and sip complimentary cocktails? Do you want to hold a stack of casino chips in your hands? Would you rather watch a machine that makes spectacular sounds and effects?

If you want to win, choose games that require a certain level of talent but also not leaving you naked and impoverished too soon. The games with the highest odds (or the lowest house edge) for players who actually know how to play are:

• The game of blackjack (single card game, if available)

• Playing Video Poker (I propose “Double Bonus” or “Double Double Bonus” as alternatives.)

• Stupidity (some bets)

• Baccarat is a game of chance.

I recommend this game if you just want to have some fun with a simple to learn game:

• Slot machines (note: penny slots do not cost a penny to play)

• The game of roulette (European roulette has slightly better odds)

• Keno is a type of lottery game.

You can get free beverages from the servers that are strolling around while playing slots (always tip). Roulette is the simplest table game; simply bet on where you believe the white ball will fall, such as odd or even numbers, red or black, or specific numbers (37:1 odds). When playing odds, evens, reds, and blacks, you have an almost 50/50 chance of winning, thus it’s a rather calm game. Finally, keno is meant to be played while sipping a cocktail, watching TV, smoking a cigarette, or engaging in other activities. You choose a number of numbers from a grid, place your bet, and wait for your numbers to show. Consider it a very little lottery.