Best Tips to Enhance Your Chances of Beating Casinos

If you have ever heard the term house-edge you know that the house always wins – at least in the long run. Casinos are not operating out of charity, they want to make a living. That being said, whatever game you are playing you do have a chance of winning. How big (or rather small) this chance is, depends on the game, your luck and sometimes your choices.

In this article, we are putting together a few casino winning tips that might help you win more (or lose less) money. We are asking Portuguese casino expert, Martim Nabeiro for suggestions for beginner gamblers. You can find more information on Martim if you click here.

Don’t play at dodgy casinos!

You wouldn’t play at an illegal, underworld land-based casino, and it is easy to tell apart a legal one from an illegal one. However, when it comes to online casinos it can be hard to distinguish reputable casinos from dishonest ones. Before signing up on an online casino’s website, always read casino reviews from reputable sources such as This website checks if the casino is licenced and if it is allowed to operate in Portugal.

In Portugal the selection of online casinos is great and the country has one of the largest and oldest casinos in Europe, Casino Estoril.

Play simple slot games

When it comes to slot games, usually the ones that have simple graphics give better payouts than the more complex ones. Developing games is expensive and developers will want to get their investments back so the payouts will be smaller and/or less frequent. The recent advances of gaming are unbelievable.

Another trick when it comes to video slots is to look for games that have low volatility. This means that they pay smaller prizes more frequently than the ones with high volatility. This information is not always displayed but sometimes you will find it if you read the game description.

Look for games with a progressive jackpot

The progressive jackpot is the jackpot that grows with every game played until a lucky player wins it. Choosing a game with progressive jackpot is a smart move, however, the timing is essential. You should join such a game when the jackpot amount is already at a high level because then it is likely to happen again sooner rather than later.

Play games where the house edge is the lowest

Sticking with games that have a low house edge is a good way to increase your chances of winning. Games that have a low house edge are blackjack, baccarat, poker, video poker and sports betting.

In many games, the house edge is the same, no matter what casino you are playing at, however other betting odds can change from one casino to the next. For example, in Baccarat if you bet on tie some casinos will pay 1:8 while others will pay 1:9. The same goes for sports betting. You might get slightly different odds betting on the same event in different casinos.

Stop playing after you win

Chances of winning at the casino are still not very high, so if you managed to win some money, be happy with it and leave. It is easier said than done though. Most people will wager the money they won again in the hope of winning even more and often they eventually lose it. It is a good idea to decide on a figure beforehand as a goal and once you reach it, make sure you stop playing.

Learn a basic game strategy

Your best chance of winning at casinos is learning some basic game strategies. This particularly applies to card games such as blackjack, poker, video poker and baccarat. Learning the basics can cut the house edge by half. You can find strategies online for free or in some casinos you can buy them for a small fee.


When playing Portuguese casino games people have a chance at winning but in the long run, the house wins. By applying some basic strategies and selecting the game and the casino carefully one can increase the chances at winning or at least cut the losses smartly.

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