Going to the Casino with $100: 5 Tips to Make the Most of It

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Brian Christopher poses with $100

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).


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18 Replies to “Going to the Casino with $100: 5 Tips to Make the Most of It”

  • Pennyjane hallman says:

    I love this information about playing machines with $100. I myself cant afford to bring very much. Although i have won good on just alittle money. Watching Brian playing at different casinoes makes me want to do the same thing. I have won on his strategy.

    • FlipTheSwitch.com says:

      We appreciate your reading, and your comment! We definitely want to help everyone, no matter what their budget, so we hope you can make these tips work for you on your next visit!

  • Jeannice Eisel says:

    I love the information. I have in the passed put $100 and win some petty good money and I also lost some too. Thank for the Information.

    • FlipTheSwitch.com says:

      You’ve pretty much summed up the slot machine experience, but it’s great to still be able to have fun even with a small budget! Thanks for your comment!

  • Rosalind says:

    This was definitely helpful, as I’m new to slots and on a small budget. Nice to know I can still have fun like everyone else. I would love a article on slot terminology.

  • Dennis says:

    Anything over $50.00 dollars I put in my pocket to use when I return the next time. It,s a great habit to get into. There was a time I would double my money and could stay longer the next time.

  • Raquel Trujillo says:

    Great article with helpful information. Thank you. An article with superstitions would be interesting too… lol… thanks I look forward to future newsletters

    • FlipTheSwitch.com says:

      Hey Raquel – we’ll be covering casino myths and superstitions quite a bit around here. We’re fascinated by some of the ones out there, and have even asked some of the makers of slots about some of them. Stay tuned!

  • Patricia Rubin says:

    I love you so much. I would learned how to gamble watching you online. I would go in the pass and not know anything about any machines. Now, I know what it takes to get a bonus and what a line hit is. Thank you and your team so much.

  • Cindy Whetsell says:

    Thanks for the advice. This will help me on my next trip!!

  • Victoria Davis says:

    In my family, we carry an “experience wallet.” If the budget is $200, the wallet has 10 experiences. You play one, and it ends when you either lose the $20 or win at least 50% more, or the $20 turns into $30. Then that experience is finished, and the ticket goes into the wallet. At the end of the 10 experiences, tally up and go home. It makes for a shorter visit, but it is similar to the winner’s bank, in that some of the tickets remain at the end of the day.

    • FlipTheSwitch.com says:

      This is a wonderful approach, Victoria! Locking in some wins and having decision points is a wonderful way to ensure casino trips can be both fun and encourage leaving with money.

  • Terry Laroy Browne says:

    I live in the Philippines, and we use paso, 5000 paso for $100 USD, so I use 1000 paso to start on a machine. With20-50 paso bet, Ans I do when more.

    You sure had helped me a lot. Terry from the Philippines..

    • FlipTheSwitch.com says:

      Thanks for sharing, Terry. That approach makes sense and it sounds like a nice way to pace yourself. We are so glad you’ve found our information helpful. Sending good luck all the way to the Philippines!

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