Sometimes we want to go to the casino, but can’t necessarily bring with us a large budget. That’s OK – there’s still fun to be had at the casino on a small budget! But it’s smart to calibrate your plan to ensure the fun is maximized.
So today, let’s talk through some tips to make your budget work hard for you while at the casino and ensure a fun trip with your entertainment budget!
Set the Proper Expectations
If you’re going with a small budget, setting a goal of hitting a handpay may be a challenge that is just a bit too far out of reach. But you can still make a plan to play some games and have a good time!
You can set a goal for the day, or per machine, that works within your budget, but it’s important to set realistic ones. Playing until you get a bonus, double or nothing with $20, and so on can still work out just fine at that budget level!
Calibrate Your Bets
If you’ve got $100 and want to have a fighting chance at sticking around for awhile, you can’t starting swinging at $5 spins, especially out of the gate. You’ll probably want to aim for 50 cents and under bets to start, with the ability to recalibrate if you get ahead or get a really good win.
That might put some games out of reach, but there will be plenty on the casino floor that offer some really good value at those bets. Examples can include Ultimate Fire Link (50 cent minimum bet), Lightning Link (50 cent minimum bet), the original Buffalo (40 cent minimum bet) or even Goldfish Classic (30 cent minimum bet).
Seek Out Lower Volatility Games
Elsewhere on the site we get into a bit of how to tell a game is a lower volatility game, and a lower budget is a good time to select these type of games. You won’t have to chase the next big hit as hard on a lower volatility machine, with more frequent smaller pays keeping you going.
It’s more likely to help you sustain yourself to play awhile vs. chasing a big win with little runway to do so. In the process, you’ll be more likely to get a good afternoon out on that budget.
Limit How Much Goes Into Each Machine
It may be tempting to throw the $100 into the first machine and just swing for a win, but it can also be easy to spend through that $100 and be done before the day has really gotten going. Instead, consider breaking the bill down into smaller increments, putting $10 or $20 into each machine.
If you run out of that money, it forces a decision: Should I keep going or do I want to play something else? This will also encourage slowing down play a bit so you can have more time on the machines which, let’s face it, is part of the goal anyway!
Set Aside Some Winnings
Even on a smaller bet, it isn’t the worst idea to set money aside if you have a win so you can take some money home. You can put money in a Winners Bank that you can’t unlock until you get home, or if you’re disciplined just set it aside to encourage a trip where you return with part of your bankroll (or, if things go really well, a winning trip altogether).