The more time you spend playing casino games, the more you’ll recognise the playing styles that come through again and again. If you’re playing online or on a mobile device you’ll see it in multiplayer games, or when you’re playing at a bingo or poker site. In a land-based casino, you can see it in every game and may even see it in the kinds of games that individuals choose to play.
The truth is, it takes all sorts to make a casino function properly, just as it takes all kinds of people to make the world go around. Finding out and understanding the different playing styles isn’t about critiquing them; it’s about using that knowledge to improve your own game play and know how to react to the opponents that you come across. With that in mind, what playing category do you think you fit into?
Beginners are usually still trying to find their groove, placing even bets or checking out the slots games carefully, and you should be kind to them as they are doing so. If you were once a beginner you know how much you would have appreciated someone giving you a few pointers, and if you still are a beginner you should try to find someone who will.
Don’t be too kind to beginners though; they can mean that you can have a great run of winning games like poker and blackjack. Just don’t play dirty; there is no need to lower the tone of the game or behave like anything less than a gentleman. On the flip side, if you are a novice yourself, don’t get too taken in by anything. Listen to all the advice you get, but take it with a pinch of salt.
Once players have a little experience, they often emerge as social butterflies. The biggest thing they are interested in doing is enjoying themselves; they may not even care that much if they win. They can be distracted quite easily, so if you stay focused and calm you stand a good chance at besting them in multiplayer games. They’ll often stick to the more sociable games too, such as bingo.
If you’re in a social butterfly phase, embrace it! You’re having a great time, and that really is the most important thing. This doesn’t mean you can’t win; you just need to decide what you want out of every playing session before you start. If you want a certain day to be one with a serious focus, remind yourself of that and then play accordingly.
Other people who have been playing for a while can go the opposite way of social butterflies, and develop a single-minded focus on winning their games as much as possible by considering the numbers and the probabilities. The pure pursuit of this does usually yield success, but you need to be very careful not to get emotionally involved, absorb the ups and downs of gameplay and remain patient. If you are not a maths whizz and you spot one, the best thing to do is act supremely confident in the poker or blackjack hand that you were dealt, or to ignore them and give them a wide berth.
If you’re a poker professional or a blackjack professional there probably isn’t a lot we could tell you about recognising and dealing with playing styles once you are at this level. If you’re not a professional player and you spot one, count yourself lucky and prepare to learn in the best way possible, in real life, with a master of the art. You can also learn from the pros when playing online, especially in live dealer games, so keep your eyes pealed for those who are at the top of their game.