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the best gambling bet for a newby

Discussion in 'Casino Gaming' started by trx680, Feb 12, 2018.

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  1. trx680

    trx680 Tourist

    Dec 26, 2012
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    For a first time visitor who doesnt gamble and really doesnt know how all the table games work what would be my best bet?

    I'm thinking just stick with slots. But isnt that where the casinos make their money?

    Of course roulette is easy, just pick a number and maybe get lucky?

    I'm not a card player so I might hold everyone up trying to figure out what I'm doing.

    Back to the slots.....which ones give the best odds of say.... sitting there for a while and not losing your money too fast?
    Or what slots give the best odds of winning a few hundred dollars?
    I read years ago to play the slots that are close to the entrance. They are set to win more often and get the passerby's attention to lure them into the casino.
  2. TriggerMN

    TriggerMN The Norwegian Hammer

    Mar 18, 2015
    Rochester, MN
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    First of all, remember EVERY game the casino offers you, the odds are not in your favor. Assume the money you risk, you will end up losing.

    Next, you should figure out your daily bankroll and what you are willing to lose. Being a novice on many games makes you more prone mathematically to making mistakes in the house’s favor, which will dwindle your bankroll faster.

    If you want to play roulette, find a $5 table and stick with red/black or odd/even. You should be able to play on $100 for quite a while, and most of the dealers will help you gain an understanding of the game’s other rules, which you can then mix in to your play.

    Slots are always much more skewed in the house’s favor; sometimes the expected loss is upwards of 20%. Many table games are 1-4% if played correctly.

    But do what makes it fun for you, and don’t risk beyond your means. If your daily budget is $300, don’t play $25 a hand blackjack. My wife finds a slot to play a nickel or a quarter a pull, can make $20 last for hours sometimes, and is happy to down a dozen beers while doing so.
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  3. vegaskid74

    vegaskid74 High-Roller

    Jul 5, 2009
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Play $5 on the pass line in craps and put $10 in odds behind your pass line bet after the comeout roll. Craps requires no skill, is a ton of fun, and has a really low house edge (much lower than roulette, not quite as low as BJ but BJ requires skill to get that low house edge) as long as you stick to the line with odds. If you want a little more action, place the 6 and/or 8 for $6. Just set the money down on the table in front of you and tell the dealer what you want, and they will take care of the rest.
  4. bubbakitty

    bubbakitty Doing retirement again and happily so....

    Feb 17, 2003
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Some would consider you the luckiest man in the world. Don't forget where you park her. She's a catch!!!
    Diamond match; token 2 nighter; fabulous dinner & a M&G }{
    Pilgrimage beyond seeds which may flower
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  5. pd54

    pd54 Low-Roller

    May 21, 2015
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    As someone who was new to casinos when I first went to Vegas we really enjoyed roulette. We found $15 minimum tables, and spread our chips out among the numbers. Sometimes covering two or four numbers at a time, as shown by chips 1, 2 and 4 in the picture of the table here.

    Before our second trip I was a little more informed and learnt how to play video poker. We enjoyed sitting at the bar, having drinks, and puttting in $20 and playing 25c max bet ($1.25 a hand). Someone will keep you right on how to get set up. We found our money lasted a while. The link below helps you learn how to play it.
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  6. h0und10

    h0und10 VIP Whale

    Jan 21, 2015
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    use the internet to practice. Weather you want to try blackjack, craps, slots, or anything.. Download apps and practice with "fake money" great way to learn.
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  7. jamesxnj

    jamesxnj VIP Whale

    Oct 12, 2009
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Keno is a cheap thrill.
  8. Tex

    Tex High-Roller

    Jul 8, 2017
    At a Vegas craps table
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Learn to play craps.
    Many casinos offer free lessons.
    You could play strictly a passline bet for $5 and drink all you want. $50 would last forever.
    Only problem with that is that you will quickly figure out the game is not as complicated as the table makes it appear and soon you will have $ spread out all over it like the rest of us degenerates.
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  9. Sonya

    Sonya Queen of VMB

    Nov 28, 1999
    Western Washington
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    There is a lot of information here and elsewhere on the Interwebz that can help you learn the games. Most are fairly easy to learn. What interests you?

    Slots are the easiest as you just put in money and press the button, for the most part. Video Poker is also pretty easy if you pick a game (like Jacks or Better) and learn the strategy. There are several sites where you can practice.

    Table games are a next step up, IMO, because of the human interaction and other players at the table. Several of the casinos offer lessons in the mornings, during the week usually, if you want to learn something like craps or roulette.
  10. deansrobinson

    deansrobinson VIP Whale

    Jan 27, 2016
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    If it were me...I'd poke about on the interwebs and find 'practice' games to get up to speed on how the games are played. The good thing is, the games are free and you can play as much as you want. That's the easiest way to learn - pain free - how the games are set up. As outlined above, slots are just push a button. The only real 'strategy' is to play max bet. You can spend hours at a machine on $20 but you'll bounce up and down by pennies. Not sure how much fun that is, but if you want to get paid, max bet is what it takes.


    And there's this Op/Ed: https://www.fool.com/investing/high-growth/2014/10/25/the-las-vegas-game-you-should-avoid-at-all-costs.aspx
  11. gambler

    gambler VIP Whale

    Feb 7, 2012
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    "I read years ago to play the slots that are close to the entrance. They are set to win more often and get the passerby's attention to lure them into the casino."

    I read that years ago too. Also that the slot machines near the entrance to any show or buffet are really hot because people in line will see them pay off and then flock to the machines when the show/buffet is over.

    Who knows! :cool:

    Depending on your daily budget and since you said you were a newby Vegas visitor - but are clearly wanting to go for the excitement of the gamble :beer: - I would say slots are not a great idea.They are easy to play so by all means throw in a $20 on a nickel to quarter machine but then move on.

    Thinking of my beginner experience with trying to make my budget last but being terrified of every bet placed and lost, I think Keno or Roulette (simple bets to start) is your best bet as a new gambler.

    It will be a slower paced way to get used to the casino, placing a bet, handling your chips and/or keeping track of your money, ordering drinks, tipping...etc. There is a lot to learn.

    By playing slower games, it's a chance to get comfortable with the whole gambling atmosphere without losing all your money quickly. Once you get comfortable with all that, you can increase your bets or learn/research other table games and play them with confidence.

    Divide your money into daily envelopes and control your play. Remember it's better to pay $10 for a drink than to lose $100 waiting for a free one.

    Have fun trx! Take lots of pictures of your first time in Vegas and store them somewhere safe. You'll appreciate the pics 50 years from now!
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2018
  12. topcard

    topcard Older than the Stardust!

    Aug 8, 2012
    Fort Worth
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Playing blackjack at a 'shoe' game. You never touch the cards - you give hand signals for "hit" (tap or scratch the felt in front of you with 1 finger), "stand" (wave your palm over the felt in front of you), ...and for "double-down" & "split", you place an identical bet next to your original bet - that signals that you're doubling down or splitting... the dealer will usually know which one, unless you have two 5s or 4s and you want to double - then hold out one finger...to split them, hold out two fingers - pinky and forefinger (note: you should never split fives or ten-value cards...just sayin').
    The "table games" section here has a very simple-to-learn 'basic strategy'... so, go there and learn a very good, easy way to best play the game.

    Find a $5 table & start out playing early in the day - as in before it gets dark out... if you're downtown or off-strip, you will be able to find tables that pays 3:2 on blackjacks - so play those tables.
    If you're on the strip, you will be playing a "6:5" game...which you would normally avoid, but in this case - learning the game as a new player - is probably a good thing, as anyone there who might criticize your play can be fired back at with, "Oh, so that's why you're playing a 6-to-5 table? For proper play?" ;)

    Anyway, in all seriousness, 6:5 tables are fine for learning the game...but after you're comfortable with it, stick with 3:2 tables. even if it means playing a higher minimum bet table.

    Blackjack, played correctly, has a casino advantage of less than 1%. It is also the most prevalent, available table game in most casinos.
    Good luck!
  13. flyguyfl

    flyguyfl VIP Whale

    Apr 11, 2014
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Craps is a simple game if you stick to the Pass Line and maybe add some odds after the come out roll. Adding odds reducing the house edge (one of the lowest in casino) even more than just the Pass Line bet. You can get the feel of the game and the interaction with the other players as you stand there. There are some conventions you must follow to keep from interfering with the game and the flow of the game. Those are spelled out here.

  14. dtmk66

    dtmk66 Welcome to Las Vegas

    Jun 10, 2006
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Best bet walk up to any table pull a 50 out of your left pocket place it in your right pocket and walk quickly away and never return. :nono:
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