How to Choose a Casino Game Based on Your Personality

How to Choose a Casino Game Based on Your Personality

Have you ever felt overwhelmed in a supermarket because there are simply too many choices?

33 different brands of milk, 26 types of detergent and an entire wall filled with jars of marinated cucumbers — now isn’t that a pickle?!

The same kind of feeling must fill the mind of the newbie player who walks into a bricks-and-mortar casino for the very first time or decides to log on to an online casino for the very first time.

There are literally hundreds of slots to choose from, as well as table games, Video Poker, Poker against other players and a whole lot more.
Figuring out what games to try first can be tricky, so we have decided to give you a few hints based on a player’s personality.

We will take a look at 3 popular casino games: Poker, Roulette and BlackJack, all of which offer plenty of adrenaline and fun but are yet quite different from each other.

If you are a seasoned casino patron and love to make a bet or two, chances are you have probably already found your favourite games and also come across some games you didn’t like or understand, but for a novice these tips and thoughts might come in handy, so read on…

Poker

Let’s first establish what kind of poker games are available and what makes the different from each other.
The first really important factor is whether you are playing against the house or against other players at your table.

Casino Hold’em, Russian Poker, Caribbean Stud and Oasis Poker are all examples of Poker which you play against the house, ie. the casino itself.

In these types of games, you need to know the basics of Poker — like hand strengths (the rank of Poker hands is the same with all varieties of Poker, fortunately) or the simple mathematical odds of making a certain Poker hand, that is if you are hoping to be successful at least.

Background knowledge and math are the only tools you need to have when you play against the house; people skills or reading your opponent are of no use against the casinos.

It is a whole other deal when you play Poker against other people – this can be either in the form of a cash game or a Poker tournament which are both held at live and online casinos.

In this format you have an advantage if you are good at reading other people and interpreting their actions at the tables – this is especially true for live games where you can physically observe your opponents and get a sense if they are comfortable or are feeling under pressure, indicating a bluff or a weak hand.

Another big advantage of this type of ‘community’ Poker is the social aspect of connecting with other players on a personal and often humorous level, and having a generally more human experience than you do when you play against a machine.

Math and knowledge of game theory will come in extremely handy as the background to any solid Poker strategy, be it against the casino or against other players.

The basic poker math is in fact surprisingly simple and easily understandable, though it gets a lot more complicated when you get to the advanced level.

We recommend Poker to a person who has a good understanding of math and likes to communicate with other players; besides video poker options are there are other players at your table, even if you play against the casino.

It’s also a bonus if you are good at reading other people, so it probably helps if you are something like a cop or a psychologist who can understand when a person is lying or holding a weak hand and simply feeling uncomfortable.

BlackJack

It is surprising how many mistakes you can make in such a seemingly simple game as BlackJack.

Knowing when to stand and when to hit (ask for another card from the dealer) is the single most important piece of information at the BlackJack table.

The aim of this game is to achieve a combined value of 21 points with the cards you are holding, and the best way of doing that is getting a BlackJack – which occurs when you are holding an Ace and a picture card or an Ace and 10. You can also achieve a 21 by having 6, 5 and 10 for example; but if you use more than 2 cards to accomplish this as with this example, it is no longer a BlackJack.

You compete against the dealer in BlackJack so you must achieve a higher total than the dealer in order to win; this is a key point — many people mistakenly believe the aim of BlackJack is to get as close to 21 as you can but it is not — the aim is to beat the dealer always and regardless how many others are playing at the table with you (in theory you can all beat, or be beaten by, the dealer).

Nevertheless, if you go over 21 in your attempt to beat the dealer, your hand is busted and you lose all your bets (an ‘insurance’ bet against the dealer getting a BlackJack after the initial deal is also possible).

All face cards are worth 10 points and all the number cards give the same amount of points as the number on them.

Ace is a very interesting card, because based on your needs an ace can be worth either 11 or 1.

A hand including an Ace is a ‘Soft’ hand — eg. Ace and 7 can count as either 8 or 18 (soft 18) initially.

A ‘hard’ hand contains no Ace, eg. A ten and an 8 would be a hard 18

At first you are dealt 2 cards and the dealer also gets two cards, one of which is face down and the dealer’s last card is placed on the table face up — this is an important tip and reference for you because your whole range of options from thereon in hinges on what the dealer’s ‘up’ card is.

The dealer will usually ‘sneak a peek’ for BlackJack and declare it straight off (if you do not have BlackJack too, in which case a tie is declared and your stake should push back to you).

The only exception is if there is an option for an insurance bet (see above) when you will be given the chance to buy insurance, usually for the cost of your stake at 2:1 payoff, or not buy it as is your choice, before the dealer sneaks a peek.

There are many different strategies of playing Blackjack and we recommend you take a look at this article on BlackJack tips for more strategic advice.
BlackJack is suitable for players with good gaming discipline and a mind capable of math and logic.

This game is very repetitive and you can’t win a lot of money on the one hand (BlackJack pays out 3:2 and any other win pays out at evens); instead you have to repeat what you are doing for as many as hundreds of hands in order to make a decent profit, so patience is essential.

Grind it out at the Blackjack table and keep your spider senses alert in order not to make many costly mistakes!

Roulette

This undisputed king of all casino games has been around for centuries in an almost unaltered state.

Roulette was first introduced in 18th century by French physicist Blaise Pascal (famous for his Wager if you read our article on gambling and religions), who strangely enough wasn’t looking for a method of relieving the bourgeoisie of their extra cash, but rather an attempt to create a perpetum mobile, ie. a continually spinning wheel.

Pascal indeed almost achieved that, since Roulette wheels very rarely stop spinning during working hours at a casino, and they create a constant flow of cash from the customers to the casinos.

However, very occasionally customers get lucky and can win astronomical sums in one evening so we can say that whilst Pascal may have failed to create the nonstop perpetum mobile device, he nevertheless managed to create the most popular casino game instead — a win/win situation for Pascal and the casinos and a lose/lose situation for players with bad strategy and the perpetum mobile concept.

From the 3 games we are looking at today Roulette is definitely the option for the more daring player who is attracted to winning large amounts of money with relatively small bets, and similarly, vast amounts of money with their larger bets.

We can also confidently say that Roulette doesn’t require any previous knowledge of the game and can be played successfully without using any math whatsoever.
There are many theories and systems that attempt to crack Roulette, but it remains a fact that the only thing that can make you a success story at the Roulette table is pure luck!

Knowing the math and correct ways of betting may help you to minimize your losses, but it will also help you understand that the house always wins in the long run – in order to win big you will need to get lucky!

The Roulette table is usually the loudest and liveliest place in the casino, where the high-rollers sit side by side with the beginners and the cocktail waitresses hover around like little Martini-serving hummingbirds.

Pick Roulette only if gambling makes your adrenaline boil in your veins and you enjoy the company of some of the loudest and most colourful characters at the casino.

We hope this small overview is helpful if you are a beginning casino player still looking for a game that fits you best — and we’d love to hear about your experiences, so feel free to leave a comment or query in the field below.