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We have collected some of the best and most used gambling tips to help you master the games. We have touched on several of your favorite games, including poker, blackjack, craps, and gambling in general.  Please feel free to comment below with your best gaming tips if you’ve seen that we’ve forgot some, or join us on Facebook and Twitter for more tips and tricks!

  • Gamble money you can afford to lose. If you need the money, don’t gamble.
  • Start with minimal bets. When winning, intensify the betting progressively as you win risking only a calculated portion of your wins.
  • Gamble half of what you are willing to risk. This way, if you don’t win, you will give yourself a second chance, another day.
  • Always split 7’s against a dealer’s card of equal or lower value.
  • Always split 2’s or 3’s against a 4, 5, or 6.
  • Always split Aces and 8’s, no matter what the dealer’s up card is.
  • Never split face cards, 10’s, or 5’s.
  • Always stand on hard 17 or higher
  • If the dealer has a 10, hit until you have 17 or higher.
  • Hit a soft 17 against a dealer’s 10.
  • If allowed, surrender hard 15 against a dealer’s 10, and 16 (but not a pair of 8’s) against a dealer’s 9, 10 or Ace.
  • Never take insurance unless you are counting cards
  • Keep your emotions under control.
  • The dealer is only the messenger, don’t take you’re losses out on him.
  • Don’t blame other players. If players at the table are upsetting you with their playing strategies, you can always move.
  • Study the last man at your blackjack table; if he seems inexperienced or desperate, move on.
  • Losing your money isn’t worth the price of a free drink.
  • Set loss limits and win goals.
  • If you want to make money, be sure you know who your opponents are and be sure you can play at least as well as they can.
  • Most experts agree that you should start with at least 50 times the table limit.
  • Top poker players typically play 20 to 30% of their starting hands. Remove some of the luck element of poker by concentrating on higher value starting hands.
  • Only call if you think you have the best hand at the table. If you wouldn’t raise then you may want to consider abandoning the hand.
  • Top players only bluff when they know there’s a low risk of being called. Don’t depend on bluffs to get out of a bad luck string.
  • The best way to beat a diligent player is to be unpredictable. A player that’s easy to understand is a player that’s easy to beat
  • If the board is single suited and your best hand is a three of a kind then you need to consider someone may very well have a flush.
  • Play when you’re felling good. If you’re feeling angry, tired or sad you probably won’t play your best.
  • Ask the dealer for help. A good dealer is always willing and able to answer your questions.
  • You don’t want to disrupt the game by getting your hands in the way of a toss. Keep them off the table when the dice are being thrown.
  • Don’t throw your money away. Take a moment to review the table and game in progress before you put your money down.
  • Stick to tables that have a minimum you’re comfortable with. I bad run at a high minimum can have a very bad effect on your bankroll.
  • Give the dice a good toss. Don’t slide them across the table or drop them. One false roll is fine for a beginner but don’t make a habit
  • Pick up after yourself. It’s your responsibility to pick up your winnings. Don’t expect the dealer to hand them to you.
  • The optimum long play strategy is to make Pass/Don’t Pass and Come/Don’t Come bets.
  • Never make a Line or Come bet that you can’t back up with full Odds. The Odds are where you can minimize the house edge.
  • Place the six or eight to win in multiples of $6. These are the only worthwhile place bets on the craps table.
  • The proposition bets in the center of the table have a high house advantage. Some carry a casino advantage as high as 16%!
  • Keep it to yourself. If you are a Don’t Pass bettor never yell, “Come on, seven!” It’s extremely rude to root against your fellow players.
  • A machine is never due to hit a jackpot. Each time you spin the reels at a slot machine you have the same chance of hitting any jackpot regardless of whether or not the machine has recently hit this jackpot. This means that a machine can go many days without a significant payout or could have two giant payouts in a row.
  • Three-reel slot machines with only one payline usually offer the best overall percentages for coming out ahead.
  • It seems like your odds would be better with the increase in paylines but the payout rates aren’t nearly as good as those found on single-payline slots.
  • You’ll usually do better playing a single coin in a dollar slot machine than three coins in a quarter slot machine.
  • To win jackpots and the highest payouts you should always play maximum coins.
  • Faster slot machine play does not increase your chances of winning.
  • It doesn’t matter if you pull the handle or hit the Spin button. People have their superstitions but the slot machine couldn’t care less.
  • The number of coins played has no affect on the outcome of the spin. However, number of coins played may affect the payout.
  • Know when to stop spinning. Decide on your bankroll before you sit down at a machine. When that money is gone it’s time to go.
  • Decide when to move on. If you don’t win a payout in a certain number of spins (say 6 or 8 or 10 etc.) then move on to another machine.
  • The loosest slots are often in high traffic areas. Look for loose slots near the cashier, main casino aisles, restaurants, and shops.
  • Despite popular opinion, casinos do not hide their best paying machines. It’s in their best interest for people to see winners.
  • Use your player’s card. You can get a lot of great free stuff with a player’s card and it only takes a couple minutes to get one.
  • Don’t forget to take your player’s card when you leave. If you do you can usually get a new one from the casino with your balance intact.
  • Tip the dealers $5/hr., and the cocktail waitresses $1 every drink or two.
  • When you play either slots or table games the casino will reward you with buffets, show tickets, or room discounts.
  • Set aside half your win when you win big, and never gamble it, so you have a guaranteed win.
  • Most casinos offer free lessons on a variety of games – craps, pokers, roulette and more. Check out for free lessons at your casino.
  • Payout odds vary from casino to casino. Check with the dealer or tabletop to confirm your odds prior to playing.


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