The New Year is almost here, and you know what that means: you’ve only got a few more days to make your New Year’s resolutions. Why not take the opportunity to improve your gaming habits? It’s probably something you would never think of, but these 11 resolutions are easy enough that you’ll be able to stick with them.
1) Be more adventurous with your games
It’s tempting to stick with tried and true games. Whenever I visit a casino, it’s hard to break the habit of playing the same thing over and over again. But when you do that too much, it just gets, well, boring.
And that’s the last thing gambling should be!
So switch things up. Try something totally different. If you’re a slot nut like millions of other players, take a walk on the wild side and master a table game. Or check out those games collecting dust in the “Other” category. You never know what new favorites you might find.
2) Keep a gambling journal
Let’s be honest: keeping track of our wins and losses is hard. Unless you have a photographic memory, you probably have no idea how well you’re doing this month with Lady Luck.
Our recommendation? Get a gambling journal! I myself have found it to be one of my most valuable tools in keeping myself accountable. You can just use a plain old notebook or make a spreadsheet on your computer. I like to keep mine simple – just the date, game, casino, and how much I won or lost at the end. It only takes a few seconds and really helps to keep things in perspective.
3) Make better use of bonuses and promotions
It’s not hard to find online casino bonuses. We update them every single day right here at AskGamblers! And if you aren’t taking the time to find good deals, you’re missing out on one of the best things about playing online.
4) Don’t let time slip away
Even when you’ve got a clock on your screen, time still manages to slip away when you play. Before you know it, it’s an hour past your bedtime. Been there, done that.
The only way you can keep yourself from gaming too long is to set a limit before you start. Grab a kitchen timer or just use the alarm on your phone. When it goes off, log out – no ifs, ands, or buts. Odds are you’ll enjoy your casino experience a lot more.
5) Read more books about gaming
Gambling is all about luck at the end of the day, but the smarter you are, the luckier you’ll be. Why not make this year all about learning? You can start with the free guides right here at AskGamblers.
Also, check out our Ultimate Reading List for everything from gambling tips from Mensa to the history of craps.
6) Try a new online casino
It’s easy to play at the same place over and over again, especially when you know they’re reliable. But when you do that, you miss out on tons of free bonus cash and all sorts of games!
Finding a new casino to try doesn’t have to be scary. There’s hundreds of trustworthy sites in our online casino reviews index. And you can never go wrong with a site holding the AskGamblers Certificate of Trust.
7) Cut back on the booze when you play
Alcohol and gambling go together like bread and butter. Having a cold one is part of the experience for a lot of people. That’s okay!
But keep it in check. It’s no secret that a little liquor can really lower your inhibitions and make it harder to concentrate. One drink too many can lead to oversized bets and stupid mistakes at the tables.
It’s a simple fix: just set aside the amount of booze you want to drink before you start playing. Your bankroll will thank you.
8) Stay within your budget
Responsible gaming is all about managing your cash wisely. Having a budget will give you peace of mind and help you enjoy those wins even more. If you haven’t already set a gambling budget, we highly recommend you make one this New Year. There’s plenty of free budget apps available to help you get started.
9) Be more responsible with your winnings
What’s the first thing you think of when you cash out some winnings? Probably what you want to buy with them! That’s totally fine – every time you look at that new blender (or car!), you’ll treasure that win a little bit more.
But before you make any big purchases, why not throw a little cash in your nest egg? You should never rely on gambling winnings for your savings, but consider it a gift to the future you.
10) Stop chasing losses
No amount of budgeting can help if you’ve gotten in the habit of chasing losses. It simply goes against responsible gaming. It’s safe to say most people have done it once or twice, but when you spend most playing with cash you didn’t plan on using, you’re on a slippery slope to a real problem.
Start by taking a break from gambling completely. Most casinos have “cool-off” options that you can set without having to talk to anyone. Work on setting a realistic budget and finding new activities to occupy your time with. If you decide you still can’t stick to your limits, there’s plenty of problem gambling resources that can help you.
11) Always have fun
Above all else, gambling should be about having fun. Why spend time and money doing something you don’t enjoy? So here’s a resolution worth keeping: when it stops being fun, stop. This way, you’ll be able to take every little loss in stride… and every win will be even sweeter!
Here’s to the best gaming year ever!
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