Casinos have always been a big source of interesting myths and stories and we have come across some dirty little secrets in the world of land-based and online casinos. Not only are these secrets spicy, but knowing them might help you earn a little bit more money, or lose less, on your next casino trip. So, let us reveal some of the most interesting facts you probably didn’t know regarding the world of casinos and gambling.
#1 Some Games Are More of a Ripoff than Others
It’s no secret that almost every online slot or table game is designed to work in the favour of the house. However, some games are harder to win than others. Namely, there are a lot of games that are created in the way that players can’t easily win, which is why gamblers must realise they need to stay away from certain games. This refers to poker games like Let It Ride and Caribbean Stud — which have high house advantages, meaning the casino has a strong edge.
In addition, a Double Exposure Blackjack is also considered to be a ripoff, because of its strict rules on when you can double down and also because of the large percentage edge the house has on this game. People like these games due to the bigger payouts, but they don’t realise they are most probably going to lose.
#2 Security is Always Watching
Casinos generally have surveillance in order to look out for cheaters or criminals. Once you enter the casino, you can assume you’re being watched, as the casinos are very well-covered with surveillance cameras. Also, if you hit a jackpot, security has its eyes on you. The casinos check the cameras to make sure that everything’ legal, that the winner didn’t cheat.
#3 Dealers Feel Bad for You
When a player loses a lot of money, he or she can expect some silent pity from a dealer, and nothing more than that. Even though dealers are not supposed to say anything, when seeing someone lose most of them think “you’ve lost enough, you’d better walk away”, but the truth is - there’s nothing they can do about it.
#4 You Can Get Free Stuff
Casinos are all about sign-up offers when it comes to welcoming new guests to their player's clubs. In most online casinos, upon your registration, you’ll get a generous welcome bonus. You may as well benefit from other online casino bonuses, in the form of cashback bonuses, reload bonuses, Free Spins or more. In some land-based casinos, on the other hand, you’ll get free cash, a meal, or any one of a dozen free things, as long as you’re willing to play.
Casinos usually try to hold the line on these gifts to under 20% of a player's expected loss, but experienced blackjack players can earn back the bulk of their estimated losses, since that’s a game where there are many strategies you can implement. Some frequent customers can get free taxi rides or even a free night at a casino hotel.
#5 American Roulette Is Harder to Win Than European Roulette
The rumour has it those who play roulette in America have a slightly harder time winning in comparison to those who play roulette in Europe. Originally a French game, Americans have twisted the roulette formula to include 38 instead of 37 possible places for the ball to land, adding a "00" as well as a "0" house pocket to the wheel, in order to increase their winning chances.
#6 Las Vegas Is Not the Gambling Capital of the World
Macau is the only territory in China where casino gambling is currently legalised. In fact, Macau has surpassed Las Vegas as the biggest gaming city in the world. Unlike Las Vegas, which makes most of its money in penny slots, most of the money produced in Macau comes from high-rollers making enormous bets while playing table games in VIP rooms.
Both land-based and online casinos exist not only to take the money out of players’ pockets, but also to keep as much of theirs as possible. Be that as it may, if you’re having a good time along the way and you win (or lose) a few bucks, that’s ok. Just sure you get the denominations you feel comfortable with and keep in mind one thing - quit while you're still ahead!
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