Getting into casino gaming can be tricky for beginners, as the scene can be intimidating unless you have someone who is already familiar with it to act as your guide.
Thankfully there are a few games that are at the more accessible end of the spectrum, so here is a look at the best places to start your casino journey as a newcomer, whether you play at land-based venues or visit the ever-growing online gambling ecosystem.
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In terms of simplicity and approachability, slot games are a good way for beginners to ease themselves into the casino experience without being overwhelmed.
While there are still quite a few gambling words and casino slang terms associated with slot machines, the premise of most mainstream examples is uncomplicated enough for new players to dive in unhindered.
All you need to do is choose how much you want to bet, pick the number of paylines to apply the bet to, and start spinning. If the reels fall in your favour and you match icons along your chosen paylines, then you will receive a payout.
As you get deeper into the slots market, you will discover games with bonus features, wilds and even built-in mini-games that mix things up. There are also myriad themes available, covering everything from Ancient Egypt to the latest blockbuster movies, so there should be a slot to grab your attention straight away.
The one thing you should pay attention to is the RTP (return to player) percentage offered by a given slot. The closer this is to 100%, the more of the money that is taken in by the machine which is subsequently paid out as prizes.
If in doubt, try out the demo versions of popular slot games online, as these let you see what each has to offer without risking real cash. For beginners this should be the introduction they need to feel at home.
While it may look superficially complicated, roulette is actually one of the most straightforward table games to play at a casino.
There are different regional versions, but the main idea is to select a number from the grid, place your bet and hope that the ball wielded by the croupier lands in the corresponding spot in the spinning roulette wheel once the round is underway. You can also place a bet on whether the spot it lands in will be red or black, or if the number will be odd or even.
Roulette is popular at bricks and mortar casinos as well as online, and in most cases you can find tables with low minimum bets so that you do not have to get in too deep from the get-go. Croupiers will usually be happy to explain the rules if you are unclear on anything, and web-based iterations will have unambiguous instructions to avoid confusion.
Stepping into the world of card-based casino games is definitely the biggest step for beginners to take, and while you may want to take the time to learn more about games such as poker before playing for real, it is definitely simpler to step up and try your hand at blackjack.
The key to the game is to get 21 cumulatively with the cards you are dealt, or as close to it as you can without going ‘bust’, which means exceeding 21. The value of number cards is obvious, and the King, Queen and Jack of each suit is worth 10, while each Ace is worth either 10 or 1, depending on which is most desirable in the context.
Once again, you can find free online versions of blackjack which you should experiment with before diving in headfirst if you want to learn the ropes without taking any risks, although croupiers and other players should be able to assist if you need it.
With video poker machines found in most casinos, and the online equivalent being virtually identical to this, you should consider the digital version of this internationally popular card game as the perfect entry point for newcomers.
The reason that playing video poker is better than stepping up to a table with real people is that you will not be under the same pressure and scrutiny, and you can get to grips with the rules without feeling like you are spoiling the fun for everyone else.
Most importantly, remember that when playing casino games you should be having fun, not getting stressed, so only choose experiences that you actually enjoy.