Casino Gambling Tricks: Learn when to Hold’em, Fold’em or Walk Away
You got to know when to hold ’em,
know when to fold ’em,
know when to walk away,
know when to run!
In today’s guide, we’re going to talk specifically about walking away, especially when you’re winning casino games. Learning the concept of walking away with a profit is the simple part. Maintaining the discipline to actually do it? That’s a whole other issue that so many gamblers struggle with.
Casino Gambling Tricks – Walk Away a Winner
It’s not often that we reach a decently profitable point in a gambling session. All casino games are designed to work against you, not for you. The theoretical return to player (RTP) states that, according to probabilities, we will lose more than we win. But that theoretical pendulum swings both ways, giving us opportunities to walk away a winner.
The trick is to recognize these opportunities when they arise. The next line of that Kenny Rogers song says to “never count your money when you’re sitting at the table”. I disagree completely! Of course, he was referring to a poker game. For casino gamers, you need to know exactly what’s in your bankroll at all times, so you never miss a chance to walk with a profit.
I’m not suggesting you run from the table and out the front doors, cheering wildly, anytime you’re up a few dollars. That’s not what anyone would call a ‘decently profitable‘ experience. But you must set a reasonable goal, and stick to it.
Setting a Reasonable Profit Goal
A reasonable profit is usually 10-20% of your starting bankroll. I know a few pro blackjack players swear by a 15% profit margin. I’m no pro, but I base my goals on the size of my bankroll. With $50-$200, I shoot for 20%. With $200-$350, 15%. And with $400+, 10%.
The reduction in percentage gives me a higher chance of reaching my goal, plus a generous enough profit to be worth calling it quits. If I win $40, my whole night is paid for, including meal and dealer tip. Free entertainment? That’s a great deal in my book!
But as I said, being able to walk away isn’t easy. I used to stick around for just “one more hand” until I’d lost almost everything. I knew I should stop, but I had the hardest time doing it. Thus most winning sessions turned into big losses before the night was over. Then I found the perfect trick…
Don’t Let Casinos Manipulate You!
The one thing that finally helped me realize the importance of walking away was that I can’t stand feeling like someone got something over on me. Casino operators know how hard it is to leave when you’re on a good run, and they play on that heightened emotion. They invest millions of dollars into developing marketing tools with the sole purpose of manipulating players into putting their winnings right back into the games.
The more excited you are, the easier it will be to keep you playing. And the more money you’re winning on their casino games, the more they are willing to do to keep you there.
If you’re up a few thousand, they’ll pull out all the stops! They may comp you a free suite for the night. Win a 3-figure sum, and you’ll probably get at least a free meal. Even a $50 winner might get some free promotional credits for the slots. It’s all very exciting, but it’s also intentionally manipulative.
That free room keeps you in the building. That free meal keeps you near the casino, with more time to reconsider. Those free credits keep you wagering longer than intended. These casino gambling tricks are far too easy to fall for.
Understand what they’re doing, and you’ll be able to walk away with a profit. If you leave now, the casinos can’t get one over on you. Every time their tactics work, there are probably managers in the backroom laughing at your expense, sipping champagne that your losses paid for. Keep that picture in your head as you’re walking away. It works for me every time!