What would you like to accomplish in 2019?
Statistically, the most common new year’s resolutions people make year on year include maintaining a healthier lifestyle, reading more and quitting smoking.
But what about the small changes you can make to your current gambling habits?
You may not have given them much thought before but now that it’s on your mind, discover the 12 casino new year’s resolutions that will transform you into a pro player by this time next year.
1. Get the hang of the basics before you play for real
Slot games are completely random and while the same can be said for most live casino games, knowledge of them can be harnessed to turn you into a better player.
Luckily for you, we’ve created guides to casino games on roulette, blackjack and baccarat (with more on the way) that walk you through learning how to play, explain complex strategies and expose all the need-to-know information on all the variants of the game too.
Select the type you’d like to pick up in 2019, start from the basics and work your way up gradually, taking each chapter of our how-to guides step-by-step.
2. Learn the lingo
Have you ever heard your roulette croupier describe the area of the table the winning roulette number falls within and wondered what they were talking about? Or perhaps the dealer said they were cutting the deck and you wanted to know what role that action plays in the game.
These terms, and many more are defined in our glossaries that are categorised into a blackjack glossary, roulette glossary and baccarat glossary, so read through them to get up to speed with the language used at the tables.
3. Practise for free
As soon as you’ve settled on a type of surface, it’s time to put your newfound knowledge to the test. While you cannot actually play a real live dealer game for free, there are plenty of RNG roulette, blackjack, baccarat and card games that you can apply basic blackjack strategy or practice the Martingale system on before you wager with your own money.
4. Try something new
Most people equate the new year with being a little more adventurous, so why not try something fresh with respect to your gambling habits too?
Choosing to play with the same operator day in, day out may benefit you in terms of perks (more on this in a minute) but it may cause you to miss out on better bonuses, offers and games from other operators too. Broaden your horizons by checking out the Facts sections in our casino reviews to see which ones tick your boxes and press the Play button to visit somewhere new.
If you’re a blackjack veteran or a roulette aficionado, why not branch out in 2019 and master a different live casino game? Software suppliers are continually making it easier to spice up your gaming with innovative releases month after month. Browse through our game reviews to get the lowdown before you wager or simply switch the tab in your supplier’s lobby of choice and try something new head-first.
Alternatively, why not give a different game provider a go? Chances are you’re playing Evolution Gaming tables regularly no matter which operator you’re signed up to. While they’re undoubtedly the leaders in their field, the likes of Extreme Live Gaming, NetEnt Live and Lucky Streak stock exciting games with a variety of stakes that are worth your time too. Take a look at our game provider reviews to see if something out of the box catches your eye.
5. Benefit from bonuses and promotions
Gambling with a variety of casinos opens you up to a myriad of bonuses and offers that you wouldn’t be able to enjoy otherwise. Use our Casinos page for a quick overview of the welcome bonuses you can pick up and keep an eye on the latest casino promotions as they launch so you won’t miss out on any offers you’d like to claim in 2019.
6. Find the best loyalty programme
Similarly, if you choose to spend your time and money at one particular casino, make sure they have a good VIP scheme in place.
These can vary from one point for every €1 (or currency equivalent) wagered to fully-fledged programmes that reward you with faster withdrawals, access to invite-only events and once-in-a-lifetime trips. Again, a scan through our casino reviews will show you which operators will reciprocate goodwill back to you.
7. Set your budget early on and stick to it
These next three points will help you keep perspective as you play. Begin by creating your gaming budget, taking into account how much disposable income you’re able to allocate to gambling and set that aside as your bankroll.
Once your initial sum of money is in place, maintain a record of your cash flow on a notebook or spreadsheet, whichever is most convenient for you. Refer to your game history found either within the table’s interface or beneath the Account tab, and list the date, casino, game and how much you won or lost at the end of that playing session. Some online casinos such as Coral recommend using a budget calculator as part of their responsible gaming programme, making sticking to this casino new year’s resolution simpler than ever.
But if you find it difficult playing within the budget you set for yourself, operators offer tools such as deposit, loss and wager limits that allow you to set restrictions to your gaming habits when you’re focused and not caught up in the thrill of a few recent wins.
8. Keep track of the time you spend gambling
Knowing how much free time you have to gamble is equally important. Much like catching up on your favourite TV show or playing the latest PlayStation game, gambling should fit into other daily activities such as work and socialising with family and friends, and not take away from them.
Schedule in your gambling as best suits your day and make sure you stick to it by setting time alerts and session limits of your account if needs be.
9. Appreciate your wins and don’t dwell on your losses
Playing live dealer games should be pleasant all around but undoubtedly winning is an exciting prospect. When a winning streak comes along, acknowledge it but maintain your resolve to stick to your budget. Doing so will keep your satisfaction high as you stake and cause you to be more profitable over time.
On the same train of thought, don’t develop a habit of chasing your losses. It’s a slippery slope that will only cause you harm in the long run. Step away when your stakes no longer spark joy.
10. Play when you’re focused and alert
You perform best at any task when you’re able to give it 100% of your attention. Only login to your online casino account when you’re able to focus on gambling. You’ll stay on budget, play optimally, keep level-headed about any wins or losses and ultimately value the time you spend gambling.
11. Share your experiences
Gambling is more entertaining with others so make an effort to make playing online casino a little more social. There’s a few ways you can do this.
For starters, engage in conversation with the live dealer and other players in the instant chat as you wager. Talk about where you’re from, your latest win or what approach you’re taking to the game. Blackjack party tables and native roulette are especially good games for engaging conversation.
From there, why not take things a step further and speak about your experience on social media or forums? You’ll have the opportunity to discuss something you’re fond of with like-minded players and perhaps pick up a few tips and tricks from them. Win-win!
12. Always have fun
If you take anything away from this list, it’s that gambling should always be enjoyable – before, during and after you play. The moment gambling causes you any stress or negativity, it’s best to step away.
Talk to a customer support agent at the casino you play with and ask them for advice on how you’re feeling. They’ll be able to recommend a suitable break from gambling for you and suggest organisations that may be able to offer more personalised assistance. There’s no shame in taking a break or asking for help if that’s what you need.
What are your casino new year’s resolutions?
There you have it, our 12 casino new year’s resolutions for 2019 but what about yours? Share them with us or tell us which one of ours you’ll be adopting on Facebook and Twitter, and make 2019 your best gambling year yet!