How Much Money Should You Take to a Casino?

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The amount of money you should bring to the casino is a very personal decision – if your budget only allows a small amount to play with, bringing a larger budget isn’t advisable for that reason.

As such, here’s a few factors to consider.

What You Can Afford

Winning at a casino is not guaranteed at all, especially when you consider every game in the casino is designed in the long run to make money for the casino. This is the case whether you’re playing a table game, video poker, keno or slots.

So your budget shouldn’t be predicated on a guaranteed victory, but instead, what you feel you can afford to lose. And that should be from your entertainment budget, and not from money you’ll need to pay the bills.

What You’re Comfortable Losing

What you can afford and what you’re willing to part with on a given visit may be two different numbers. Some players can get emotional – after all, real money is on the line.

So, setting a number you’re willing to spend isn’t an unreasonable consideration, and may make things a bit easier to handle if you have a losing trip and don’t go home with any money from the budget.

How You Plan on Betting

If you are looking to bet higher, bringing a small budget could lead to quick disappointment. So it helps to factor in what you plan on playing when you’re there. Making 50 cent spins on a slot machine will look very different than playing $25 hands of Blackjack.

Matching your betting strategy to your bankroll can reduce the risk of running out of money before you can catch a good win. Games can have streaks, whether tables, cards or slots, and so it’s smart to factor that in when you can.

You should always bring what makes the most sense for your own personal circumstances, but hopefully the above helps to hone in on what is the right decision for you.

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