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How to be sensible and still have fun gambling

How to be sensible and still have fun gambling

There seem to be two types of people when it comes to gambling: those who know all the ins and outs, and those who don’t have a clue. If you fall into the latter category, don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to have a good time gambling while keeping risks low.

Elisa Mueller
Sep 30, 2021

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There seem to be two types of people when it comes to gambling: those who know all the ins and outs, and those who don’t have a clue. If you fall into the latter category, don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to have a good time gambling while keeping risks low.

When you hear the term “gambling” does your mind go straight to imagining huge, elegant casinos and extravagant nights? Although that can be accurate in some instances, there are other ways to try your luck that may be more your speed. 

If you want to look into a highly social and fairly low-stake gambling adventure, consider playing bingo. These venues are filled with people happily chatting and checking their tickets for the numbers being called. They can be held anywhere from church halls to senior living facilities. 

Casino offerings

There are several different types of games to play if you go to a casino. Unlike bingo, it's not as much of a social event as it is focused on one player. Casino table games can vary from different card games from poker or blackjack to roulette. Blackjack is quite popular with the younger crowd; a card game where the individual player is betting against chance itself. You never know from the turn of one card to the next if taking chances will pay off. Being victorious in a seemingly random game can leave the winner feeling utterly euphoric. 

Tips for beginners

It is easy to get caught up in the fun and excitement of gambling. To keep from digging yourself into a financial hole, decide ahead of time, how much money you are willing to gamble. Before you head there, set a limit and more importantly, stick with it. Setting limits is a very responsible and grounded approach to a night at the casino. 

There are plenty of games that don’t require any skill whatsoever to play. Two great examples of this are slot machines and roulette. With a slot machine, you simply feed money into the machine and wait to see if you win. The sounds of a winning machine and the flashing lights can keep you entertained for hours. 

Roulette is another game of pure chance. You place a bet on the number you think the ball will land on and when the wheel spins, you anxiously wait to see if you won. 

Excitement of winning

Although there are various reasons why people gamble. The bottom line is it is one of the few things you can do where you can get something for nothing. 

Gambling also offers prizes. Keep in mind, those rewards aren’t necessarily monetary in nature. Sure, it’s great to walk away with more money than you came with, but profit isn’t typically a reward that keeps gamblers coming back. 

People are drawn to the excitement of winning. Living in that moment can make you feel unstoppable. 


There are a lot of awesome casinos around the country that you can visit. Las Vegas,  San Diego and Atlantic City are great spots to find a lot of good gaming tables and slot machines. But there are also places you might not even know about. For example, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida is shaped like a giant glass guitar. You could spend a day there, trying your luck, then explore Miami and the Everglades. 

No matter where you decide to play, just remember to have a good time. Go into the casino cautiously but with the hope that you’ll strike big. Who knows, you might be the next winner.

Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.


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