The 10 Gambling Commandments

Thou shall expect to lose.
Thou shall know thy local law
Thou shall trust the odds
Thou shall not bet more than one can afford
Thou shall not believe in ‘betting systems’
Thou shall play to win
Thou shall exhibit good gambling etiquette.
Thou shall seek out the best rules
Thou shall not hedge bets or make side bets
Thou shall tip.

I. Thou shall expect to lose.
Even playing smart and employing solid strategies won’t prevent all of the odds from remaining in the online casino’s favor. Expecting to win ALL the time will only lead to frustration and ultimately, bad moves. Remember, take the bad with the good and consider losses as a necessary part of the experience.

II. Thou shall know thy local law
Unfortunately, online casino gambling isn’t legal in all places; check out the legality of online casino activity for your country, state, province, or region before playing.

III. Thou shall trust the odds
Remember, mathematical strategies are successful for a reason and online casino games are developed based on probabilities and percentages. Successful players, especially those who maintain their success for long periods of time, aren’t the ‘luckiest’ people around. A solid grasp of the odds and probabilities will bring far more success than any misplaced reliance on ‘luck’.

IV. Thou shall not bet more than one can afford
Online casino gambling should be enjoyable. However, there’s no enjoyment in losing money that should’ve been spent on necessities. Decide on an amount that you can afford and stick to you self-imposed limit.

V. Thou shall not believe in ‘betting systems’
Strategies based on mathematics and probabilities will serve you far better than any ‘betting systems’ developed by some local know-it-all. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Stick to proven strategies and stay away from unproven schemes.

VI. Thou shall play to win
Playing online affords you the opportunity to take your time. Take advantage of this occasion to formulate sound decisions. THINK about what move you’d like to make. Then, after your decisions become second-nature, you’ll be better prepared for your next visit to Vegas!

VII. Thou shall exhibit good gambling etiquette.
The experience is more enjoyable for everyone when players exhibit good gambling etiquette. Be polite and respect other players whether playing online or at a live casino. Visit our section on gambling etiquette for more information.

VIII. Thou shall seek out the best rules
Each casino has different rules for each game and often offers the same game(s) under various sets of rules. Always look for the games with rules best suited to your preferences and your advantage.

IX. Thou shall not hedge bets or make side bets
Generally speaking, these types of bets are for suckers and the House gains a serious edge. Avoid the temptation to buy insurance, place bets on the side, etc.

X. Thou shall tip.
Although this doesn’t apply to online gambling, we’ve included it because it remains an important aspect of gambling and unfortunately, people need to be reminded of it. Remember, dealers in casinos generally only make minimum wage and rely on tips. If you receive good service (regardless of whether you’re winning or losing – it’s not the dealer’s fault!) tip the dealer and consider it a donation to lady luck!