Whether you are looking for bingo tips and tricks or the guide to the latest strategies in poker, we are all looking for a way to maximise the win. The strategies we employ might be golden in our home country, but when we travel the ground rules shift and the etiquette is different. Therefore, there are a few things we need to consider when choosing to travel when gambling. We will offer some suggestions here to keep you winning while on the move.
Choose your spot
If you are looking to travel with gambling being your main pastime, and why wouldn’t you, location is everything. There are some top vacation locations around the world that have spectacular casinos just waiting to entertain you.
First, there is the obvious, there is Las Vegas. Located in the heart of the Nevada Desert, this city is the capital of the gambling world. You can play in casinos 24 hours a day and there is every variety of gambling experience that you could hope to enjoy. You can get involved in poker tournaments, get lost at the blackjack table, play the slots or roulette or the dice or keno or more. It is an astonishing place.
If this is too obvious, then you need to consider going to Monaco on the French Riviera. This is the home of the rich and frivolous, so there is a lot of money flying around. While you may not be able to match the stakes being laid down, you do have the chance of using your skill to share in some of the winnings. If you lose it all, you also have the consolation of some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
If you are still hankering for the wide open space of the US, then you should choose Atlantic City over Las Vegas. This city is literally known as the “resort city” and is well-known as a place where you can find every slot and table game ever invented.
If you are caught somewhere in between it is tempting to spend your time in a local betting outlet. Areas around train stations and airports have all sorts of opportunities to fill your time. However, rather than risk these slightly opportunistic outlets, try playing online instead. What is great here is that you could be in a cabin waiting to go skiing or lounging on a beach in the Caribbean. There are all sorts of options available, from wagering on sport to playing bingo or getting involved in poker tournaments.
While these games are convenient and safe, you may not experience the same atmosphere as when playing in a casino. However, there are no demands on your dress code and no rules restricting how you act.
Cultural expectations and rules
Gambling when travelling has the same sort of potential for confusions as any other type of tourism. The rules of other countries and the cultural expectations are likely to be different. Therefore, you will need to do a little research before you go. For instance, is it normal practice to tip people in the casino. Did you know it is illegal to top the dealer in casinos throughout Australia? However, if you visit Asian countries and states in the US, it is expected. You would be considered rude if you did not leave a chip behind for the dealer.
It is not only cultural norms that are at play. There are also tax rules. You may be legally bound to pay tax on your winnings in some countries – such as in the US. In other countries, such as the UK, the government taxes the casino instead.
The exchange rate
When gambling while travelling you will be betting in a different currency. You need to be on top of the exchange rate so you understand exactly how much you are risking on a single hand of cards or a spin of the roulette wheel. While it is never convenient to get your calculator out before you lay your chip, you should have a general understanding of what each colour chip means in your home currency.
If you can, practice before you play. Get online and play with small values to warm up before going into the casino. Most hotels will have WiFi available and will give you the best chance to be up to speed before playing it big.
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