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How to Become a Better Gamer: Playing Free Casino Games to Practice

Published on November 1, 2019, 3:01 pm

by Jeff Grant Twitter account Jeff Grant LinkedIn account

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In gaming, practice makes perfect. The more you play a game, at a certain level or a scenario, the better you become. Of course, that doesn’t mean you’re going to become a world-class expert through practice alone. As we know, the top pro gamers all have innate skills that they’ve combined with countless analysis, plenty of planning and practice. However, if you’re simply looking to get better at video games like Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2, it pays to put in some hours.

Beyond hands-on experience, you can also read strategy guides and watch tutorials. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, Twitch and YouTube have become veritable hives of information. Indeed, you only have to watch one of Tyler Steincamp’s (loltyler1) streams to pick up some handy League of Legends tips. The same goes for any of the other top gamers currently broadcasting their sessions online for free.

Practice Makes Perfect Regardless of the Game

Put simply, if you want to become better at video games, there’s plenty of scope to do it without spending a cent. However, what if you fancy a change? Let’s assume you want to use your level of competition and gaming skills to play blackjack, roulette or even bingo. Thanks to a virtual revolution back in the early noughties, casino and bingo gaming has not only become an online affair but much more like a video game. Because leading developers such as NetEnt and Playtech have borrowed ideas from popular video games, you can now play casino classics and enjoy some unique twists for free.

Of course, as with all casino and bingo games, you have the added bonus of being able to win real money. In fact, this is one of the main reasons online casino gaming, as a subsector of the larger gaming industry, is now worth more than $45 billion per year. However, while this financial element is great, it’s not something to be taken lightly. We can all accept that casino games or bingo can be just as entertaining as video games.

Don’t Pay to Practice

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As we said, real money gaming operators have come up with a solution: free games. Serving two purposes, these games allow customers to test out a product and, in turn, have fun without the usual costs. For the industry as a whole, that’s important because it attracts new players and, more importantly, people who may never have played blackjack before. In fact, video gamers have often crossed the gaming divide in search of new challenges for this very reason.

For players that use this free entryway into the casino industry, practice games are a valuable tool. Just as putting in the hours on Activision’s Call of Duty can make you a better player, the same logic applies to roulette, slots and bingo. Indeed, if we take the latter as a starting point, almost all online bingo sites allow you to play for real money and, in various ways, for free. Inside Buzz Bingo, for example, there are offers known as daily treats. In short, these promotions give players the chance to receive free tickets to select bingo games. Naturally, the value of said tickets is relatively low. However, the idea here is to give novices a way to enjoy some action, learn the basics and, potentially, win some money without any financial outlay.

In fact, the same site also provides free-play options for a variety of casino slots. Alongside bonus credits, demo games provide an authentic experience without the cost. Again, the reasons Buzz Bingo provides these options is to help new players familiarize themselves with a game before they make any sort of financial commitment. Indeed, with the average slots boasting five reels, 25 paylines and a myriad of special features, it often takes time to decipher the basics before you can really start to feel comfortable. Moreover, by free bingo tickets and demo games, players can reduce their risk of making a costly mistake.

It Pays to Try Before You Buy

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Let’s look at another example. By using practice tables, you can learn the basics of blackjack and, in time, refine your skills. Ask any serious blackjack player if there’s a way to improve your potential win rate and they’ll say there is. Whether it’s knowing when to hit or stand based on probability or analyzing the deck using counting techniques, it’s accepted that blackjack has certain strategies that work.

Of course, you don’t want to practice these skills when you’re betting real money. Just as you’re going to make mistakes or run into bad luck (or timing) when you play video games, the same is true in blackjack. In fact, it’s even more pronounced. Because you’re playing a game of odds, there’s always a chance things won’t go your way. What’s more, there’s a chance you can make all the right moves and things still won’t go your way. That, in reality, is the nature of casino gaming. Due to the odds and a mathematical concept known as variance, even the right moves can yield the wrong result.

The same principle can be applied to bingo. Yes, you can’t influence the action in the same way as bingo but you can start to appreciate the concept of variance and factor it into your decisions. In other words, instead of simply buying as many tickets as you can for a single game, you can spread your risk and set a budget. Doing these things won’t help you win more. However, they will give you a better chance of preserving your bankroll when things don’t go your way, just as a blackjack player can learn when to vary their bets.

Put simply, with a little bit of knowledge, some patience and a bit of practice, you can become a better player over time. This is why you should always play free casino and bingo games before you start betting for real money. Although there’s nothing to say you can’t dive right in at the deep end, logic dictates that it’s not the best idea. The same is true if you want to become a better video gamer. Only by taking the time to practice in a cost-effective way (i.e. not purchasing loot boxes and add-ons straight away), can you hope to become better. Therefore, to get more from any type of gaming experience, make sure you find a comprehensive and, if possible, free way to practice, practice, practice.


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