Although we know that the house will always have an advantage when it comes to online gambling, the question is if you can do something to increase your chances of winning. The gamer mentality means that we must at least try to find a way to beat the game.
Now, exploits and hacks don’t count. If you find an exploit you will be richly rewarded by the operator and that issue will be patched, and if you hack the system you will be prosecuted. So, we must find legal and legitimate means to try and beat the system.
Regretfully, math is not in our favor. Even if we were to extrapolate the RNG (Random Number Generator) used by the gambling companies, the processing power needed to predict even an approximate number would be staggering.
But, there are other ways to push our advantage, especially now when the market is on the rise. In the end, beating the game with a D rank still counts, meaning that we just need to pull out more value from the casino than we invested.
The Gamer Approach
Although some might prefer the Dark Souls approach of hitting your head on the wall before you figure everything out, for online games that can become quite costly. Also, the rule of large numbers combined with the gambling algorithm means that your winnings will start to resemble the final odds, which is less than 100% RTP at all times, for all games.
The solution is to play smart and test the waters before you jump in. You need to know the stakes, know your odds, and use everything provided both from the operators themselves and independent online casino reviewers to get ahead.
Finally, you want to have fun. The best way to draw value from playing games is to have fun and entertain yourself. We don’t play AAA games for the loot crates, we shouldn’t be playing online casino games just for the money.
What are the Stakes?
The bankroll you will need will depend on the game you will play, but online games are generally cheaper than ever going in a traditional casino.
Slots and spinners will have lower stakes per spin than traditional games like roulette, poker, or blackjack, but the latter doesn’t need to have exorbitant sums for you to play. Because online casinos don’t have a limited number of tables, they are okay to let you play with ¢10 chips, or even less.
Also, you might want to ask for a demo and play with virtual money before you get your footing into the game. This way the stakes are still your feeling of winning or losing, but you won’t need to give any actual money at that time.
Knowing Your Odds
The important factor here is not to confuse the ‘Return to Player’ frequency, which is usually well known for any game, with the odds of winning, or the odds of leaving even.
For games like poker, the odds of winning are much better than the average RTP. Here your odds to win are divided by the number of players in the game and their relative skills and bankroll.
The case is the exact opposite when it comes to slots and spinner games. Depending on the features of the game, the odds of you hitting anything will be between 7% and 15%, with half of those wins being free spins.
The RTP for some of these games is as high as 99.5%, meaning that if you play an infinite number of games you will, eventually, lose ¢5 on every $10 you have invested. Games with higher payouts where you can win millions usually dwell on the lower end of both chances and RTP, but have that enticing seven-figure number if you find yourself to be one of those few lucky winners.
But, if you win before your advantages and bonuses dry up, you will be in the green, and that can be considered winning the game.
Use every Advantage
Because of the quick rise in online gambling during the last few years, and especially the last few months, the biggest advantage you can take now is a signup bonus. Some operators will double, triple, or even quadruple the money you pay in to entice you to stay playing.
Obviously, you can’t pull out that money right away, but you can slowly turn it into winnings, which you can withdraw whenever you want.
And, once the bonuses, free spins, and other benefits dry up, just take your money and change the platform or operator to a one that will give you another bonus.
This way, even though you might not be winning mathematically, you will still be having loads of fun even on a slim budget, and significantly increase your chances of staying in the green for as long as you like the game you are playing.