How to Choose Which Games to Play
We all LOVE choices! We especially love choices and variety when it comes to our favorite gambling games.
While many of us could play the same game for hours on end, we definitely love the ability to switch things up and play something new or different.
Let’s slow down, though, and take a step back.
- What if you are brand new to online gambling and don’t have a favorite game yet?
- What if you’ve been playing a game for a while and are ready for a change?
- How do you find this favorite game or a new game to try?
- Do you go on a vision quest and have it magically appear like a mirage in the desert?
As cool as that would be, that’s not how things work. Finding a new online gambling game to play does take a little bit of “work.” We say work because the entire process should be fun from start to finish.
The only reason we referred to it is as “work” is that there are a solid set of guidelines that you should follow to help you get the most out of the experience.
Today, we’re going to walk you through the steps you should follow to find a new game or to find more games to play. These steps will work whether you are a brand-new player who has never played before or are a seasoned player looking for a change of pace.
There will be a few nuances for both of these different player types that we will point out as we get into the meat and potatoes of it all.
Without further ado, let’s jump into this so you can get to playing!
Step 1 – Figure Out Your Likes, Wants and Needs
While many sites do their best to put out top 10 best games lists, these come with some flaws. A top 10 games list assumes that everyone in the world likes the same things and is looking to get the same out of their gambling experiences.
This is simply not true. We’re a world of unique individuals with a lot of unique wants and needs. This means that we’re inevitably going to like different games, which is completely ok.
What you need to do is figure out what you’re looking for with your online gaming experience.
- Are you looking for a fast-paced or relaxing game?
- Are you looking for a game with a lot of bells and whistles or something simple?
- Are you looking for a game that requires a lot of thinking or one that you can relax and enjoy as mindless entertainment?
Depending on your answers to these big questions, you may want to start in some different areas. If you’ve been gambling for a while, you may already have a strong idea of the answers to these questions.
We’re going to do our best to offer up some suggestions based on different answers to these questions. You MUST remember this, though. These are NOT all of the games that sufficiently satisfy each want.
In fact, it’s not even close. We just wanted to give you a bit of a jumping off point.
Fast- Paced Games
For action junkies, you may want to start your search with table games. Craps is always a favorite of adrenaline junkies. Roulette can also be fun, as well as sports betting (which is a little outside the realm of traditional casino games).
The good news with playing games online is that you dictate the pace. You can take a traditionally slower game and play quickly or play multiple hands to get your rush in.
We recommend that people who are looking for relaxing games start with slots. They’re exciting, fun, give you an opportunity to win a lot of money, but allow you to go as quickly or as slowly as you want to.
They also require a bit less thinking than a game like craps which can make them more relaxing.
Games with Bells and Whistles
The slot machines take the cake here again. Online slot games are loaded full of awesome bonus games, frills, and flashing lights and sounds that make for a killer-fun experience.
In the table games sector, craps is a game that has a ton of different betting options which should keep you entertained if you need some bells and whistles.
Games That Are Simple
Not looking for your screen to go crazy with lights and sounds? If you’re looking for something simpler, you might want to try something like blackjack, three card poker, or a similar game.
Card games are some of the simplest and easy to follow.
They allow you to go at your own pace as well, which we are big fans of. Some of the slot machines offered are simple, but you need to make sure you pick a classic machine to get one that meets that criterion.
Games That Require a Lot of Thinking
Looking to challenge your mind? The good news is that almost anything outside of a slot machine will force you to think some. In fact, most games can be played without a lot of thinking, or you can employ thinking and strategy to improve your odds.
It’s up to you. Games like craps and blackjack are great for keeping your mind engaged. Baccarat is also a big favorite, though the game is rather simple initially.
You could also move away from the casino-style games and look into skill games like poker or sports betting.
These are probably the best options if you’re looking for mental exercise.
Games That Are Mindless Entertainment
Slot machines take the cake here. These are games that you can mentally check out from without hurting your chances of winning.
Some card games like blackjack or video poker would fall into this category after you had learned and mastered the basic strategy.
Step 2 – Find a Site That Offers Games That Match What You Want
Once you’ve figure out the type of game you’re looking for, you need to find a site that offers this action. Thankfully, you don’t have to click around to hundreds of sites to see what they have to offer.
In our dedicated reviews, we walk you through the different sites and what all they have to offer. These reviews and guides will help you to find the best site for your needs very quickly. You shouldn’t have to spend hours trying to find somewhere to play.
Step 3 – Give the Game a Proper Trial Run
One of the great things about online games versus brick-and-mortar games is that you are allowed to try them out for free first almost all of the time. Sites will allow you to play with play money to get a feel for the game and see if you like it.
We HIGHLY recommend that you take a few minutes and do this with a new game for several reasons.
- You want to make sure that you understand the game. You can lose money quickly if you don’t understand what you are doing in a game. Take the time to peek through the instructions if it’s a new game and then play around with the play money for a few minutes.
- You want to make sure that you understand the controls of the game before you start with real money. Can you imagine clicking the wrong button when real money is on the line? This is a disaster that we want you to avoid.
- You want to make sure the game is fun! You shouldn’t have to risk any money to figure out whether or not a game is enjoyable. While play money isn’t going to carry the same rush as real money, you should still be able to figure out if a game is worth your time or not.
Make sure you understand what is going on and exactly how much you are betting before you get ready to play with real money.
Take some time and try out all of the buttons with play money before you get started for real. This could save you a lot of heartache and loss.
If you’re not having fun, no big deal! You’ve put in zero dollars and can move on to the next game on your list that you’re interested in trying out.
Online casinos have thousands of games to choose from, so don’t get hung up if the first game you try isn’t as much fun as you wanted it to be. There is absolutely no reason you should ever settle for a subpar game that doesn’t give you everything that you want.
Step 4 – Check for Any More Fitting Variations
Speaking of never settling, you should look for variations of a game once you find one you like. A lot of popular games will have second or third generation versions that have enhancements that people requested.
These games can sometimes be way more fun and exciting than their originals. On that same token, sometimes the original games are the best. If you’ve ever seen the movie Caddyshack II, you know what we’re talking about.
You should also check to see if there are any rule variations that you prefer.
American Roulette has two zero spaces while European Roulette has only one. This means that when you’re playing European Roulette, your odds of losing if you don’t bet on one of the zeros are cut nearly in half! The rest of the game is exactly the same, but because of the variation, your odds are better.
Take a little time to do some research when you find a game you like. This is especially true if you’re playing card or table games. Each card or table game has tons of different variations that can change your odds and also change how much fun the game is for you.
Step 5 – Have Fun and Don’t Be Scared to Try Something New Again
In the end, it’s all about finding a game that works for you. Just because the game you find isn’t someone else’s favorite does not mean that it can’t be yours. Remember, it’s your hard-earned money that you’re playing with.
Don’t waste it on a game that you don’t enjoy just because someone else says it’s great or you can’t find anything better.
With literally thousands of options out there, we guarantee there is a game out there that you’ll enjoy. Also, don’t be scared to keep trying new games. There’s nothing wrong with having several favorites that you like to play.
There are also tons of new games that come out every day that are bigger, badder, and more exciting than their predecessors. Don’t be scared to live a little and try something new and off the beaten path.
You’re supposed to enjoy gambling online. Otherwise, what’s the point?
This all begins with finding a game you like that meets all of your needs, likes, and wants. Don’t settle, ever.