Las Vegas is a gambler’s paradise

It would be a shame to visit Vegas and spend all your gaming time and money sitting helplessly behind a video poker or slot machine. It’s time to get involved in those table games everyone keeps talking about. It may be intimidating to step up to the table, but with our helpful hints and basic rules (not to mention gambling lessons at some casinos), you will have a much more exciting time in Vegas and have more stories to tell the folks back home.

Most casinos offer free lessons on a variety of games — craps, pokers, roulette and more. Check out for free lessons at your casino.

Sports betting: Don’t let the numbers at the sports books confuse you. Learn all the basics to sports betting.

Watch the game you’re interested in prior to playing. This will help you gain important insights such as where and when to place bets and which hand to use when picking up your cards (or if you even touch your cards at all). You also will determine whether conferring with other players is frowned upon. For example, in games such as Craps it’s not, but in Caribbean Stud Poker, it is.

Ask the dealers questions. They have certain rules they must abide by and they’re not playing with their own money, so they have nothing to hide.

Watch for table limits. It seems obvious to check for the minimum bet, but don’t forget to check for the table maximum. If the table maximum is $3,000, don’t expect to be paid $10,000 if you bet $100 playing Caribbean Stud poker and were dealt a Royal Flush with 100:1 odds. You will receive only the maximum $3,000.

Don’t be intimidated by the pit bosses. They are paid to look at everyone as a cheater. Since you’re not cheating, you have nothing to worry about. This doesn’t mean you should get cocky, either. Pit bosses also have the right to throw out anyone they choose.

Payout odds vary from casino to casino. Check with the dealer or tabletop to confirm your odds prior to playing.

The best part about gambling in Las Vegas may be the fact that most casinos offer free drinks for active gamblers. If you are sitting at a table or playing the slot, waiters will bring you all of the complimentary drinks that you could ever ask for. Don’t be shy, just throw yourself head first into your new favorite hobby and you may surprise yourself by how good you get.

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