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Deciding Bet Sizes In Online Casino Games

By: Mark Freedman, Thursday January 18th 2018
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If you have just entered the field of online casino gambling and have scanned through the information available on the Internet, you would have come across the terms low rollers and high rollers. This article explains the relevance of these terms with reference to table games and online slots.

To start with the obvious, low rollers are players who place small bets and high rollers, sometimes also called whales, are players who place large bets. The question that arises is what is the dividing line? Actually there is no defined universally agreed demarcation. There is a grey area between the low and the high.

There are two instances when you should go for the low stakes. You are a new player and are learning the ropes. You are bound to make mistakes in online casino games that require skill. When you make mistakes then you will lose money. If your bets are small you lose less money and if your bets are large then you lose more money. So it makes sense to be a low roller while you are on the learning curve.

For whatever reason, you are temporarily strapped for cash. You log on to the online casino with a small bankroll. Unless you hit a big win early on, you will have to settle for few game rounds with large bets. It is more prudent to go for small bets and extend your playing time at the online casino.

If neither of the above conditions apply. You are an experienced player and have a reasonable sized bankroll. Then you need to look at the nature of the payouts. Payouts in online casino games are specified as a multiple of the stake. In baccarat the maximum payout is 1 to 1, ignoring the high risk side bets. In online blackjack the maximum payout is usually 3 to 2. In this case a bet of $2 will pay $3. Since you have come to the table with a big bankroll, you would not be happy with such meagre wins. Then you should look for the high roller end of the bets. A bet of $100 will pay $150 if you hit a blackjack.

Online slots have much larger payout multipliers. Here small bets can lead to large absolute wins. This gives low roller players a chance to win big. Players winning about $10,000 from $5 bets are not rare. But if you want to win more than this then you have to place larger bets. While playing online slots you have to be clear about the targets of your absolute wins and choose your bet size accordingly.


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