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Starting Gambling For Fun

Like so many interesting hobbies, the hardest part is often getting started – that’s especially true for gambling.


Like with any new interest, there’s so much information out there. Often with differing details of what to try and what the smartest use of your money is.

But with gambling there’s the added element of using real money. It’s not like buying something, where you usually have something to show for your expense. Sometimes with gambling you won’t.

So here’s a guide for newbies looking to try out gambling for the first time in a safe and enjoyable way.

Pick Your Game

Picking how to get started can be overwhelming. The simplest advice is to go with what you enjoy, and focus your initial research on that.


Look for the best deals you can. For instance, if you’re interested in the iDeal casino, you can find information and offers here.

Find out what you’re interested in, and go from there. There are dozens of deal websites all over the internet that’ll help you to get set-up and save money. Never start something without checking if there are deals.

Picking your game is as easy as deciding what you want. If you’re happy with some low risk, non-competitive gambling, something like a cheap slots game might tick those boxes. And that runs the gamut up to something like Poker, which has multi-million dollar competitions every year. The world is your oyster.

If there’s a sub-tip to this one, it’s that you should remember to learn the rules. Jumping in with both eyes shut might net you some initial success (although it probably won’t), but whatever happens you want to know why you won or lost. In games where you actually can control some of the outcome, this shouldn’t be overlooked.

Gamble Safely

This will probably be written all over wherever you decide to sign up to, but it is worth repeating.


No matter what happens, make sure you gamble safely. This is supposed to be fun, and it’s not fun if you’re gambling more than you can afford.

Whatever you do, make sure you budget for your new hobby and never go beyond that. Winning can be incredible, but losing can be more than devastating.

Gambling is meant to be a pastime, it’s not meant to be a way of life. There’s no such thing as a hot streak, so never gamble too much on a “sure thing”.

If you expect to lose and understand that “the house always wins” isn’t just a passing phrase, you’ll be able to have a good time.

Give it enough goes and eventually you’ll see that nice little win turn into a not-s0-nice lost. Make sure that you draw out some of that money you win while you can, even if it’s just to cover what you’d put into the online casino in the first place. That’ll feel better than watching it all fritter away.

Starting Gambling For Fun – Conclusion

There’s loads of information out there, and almost as many online casinos. The best bet is to pick something that looks good, do a bit of reading and then jump in.

Make sure it’s fun, never spend more than you should and you’ll have a long and happy hobby to keep yourself busy.


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blank Mat Growcott has been a long-time member of the gaming press. He's written two books and a web series, and doesn't have nearly enough time to play the games he writes about.

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