Prescriptions for Newbie Online Casino PlayersBy: Joe Valentino, Thursday October 8th 2009
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Newbie players are players who are completely new to online gaming. They have probably heard about the concept from friends or have come to know about it while surfing the Internet, but have never played online games before. Such players should not rush headlong into the real money wagering but should ease themselves into the online gaming environment taking one step at a time. The first issue is of selecting an appropriate online casino and this has been dealt with in several other articles at CasinoAdvisor. The player should then engage in playing for fun till he becomes completely comfortable with the playing environment and the games.
The best experience is hands on experience and the first thing that the newbie player should do after he accesses any online casino game is try out all the buttons and understand the functions they perform. There are two types of buttons. One type performs functions that are incidental to the gaming and the other type performs the actual gaming functions. Buttons of the first type would be the Options button or Help button. For example in the Options button the newbie player should enable or disable each of the options available one at a time and play the games. He should try to focus on the affect of making the change on the gaming experience. He should play the games with the sound options enabled and also later with the sound options disabled and see which works better for him.
The buttons that operates the games are more important and, unlike the earlier type of buttons, they vary from game to game. In slots the newbie player should figure out how to vary the number of coins, the coin size and the number of paylines and how toggling these buttons affects the amount wagered. He should understand how the Bet Max button functions and the judge whether it suits his style of play. In games like blackjack certain buttons come into play only in certain situations and the newbie player must know what these situations are. Becoming familiar with the buttons is a time consuming trial and error process. Reading the rules provided in the game does help but it is not a substitute for actual trials on the screen.
In some online slot games wagering with larger amounts makes it more likely to trigger bonus rounds and win larger payouts. Since the newbie player is wagering with play money he should not hesitate to try wagering with larger amounts and seeing if it benefits him. This will help him in setting a proper budget when he starts wagering with real money. He will realize that in certain games it is better to have larger wagers, even if it means having fewer wagers.
The next issue that newbie players should be concerned with is strategy. Online casino games like slots and roulette do not have any strategy issues. However games like blackjack and video poker are very much strategy oriented games. Optimal strategies for these games are available in very many forums on the Internet, including CasinoAdvisor. The strategies have been tabulated or are available in simple bulleted points. Online casino gaming have an advantage that players can keep these strategies in front of them while wagering. Newbie players are advised to refer to these strategies as and when required in order to ensure that their game play is optimal. In games like blackjack and video poker optimal game play can make a tremendous difference to the average payouts.
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