Casinos are obviously a huge part of popular culture, and it follows that much of what we know about them comes from their depictions in movies, as well as other cultural mediums. There are certain truths that have entered the realm of accepted wisdom, but they are not necessarily true. Below we bust 5 myths about casinos:
Myth 1: Casinos are designed to confuse you:
From labyrinthic design of the casino floor to the lack of clocks on the wall, it has been accepted wisdom that casinos are designed to confuse people into gambling more. To be fair, that psychology was once deployed, but recent studies have shown that people are likely to play more if they are comfortable. For that reason, major Las Vegas casinos like the Wynn and Bellagio have changed the design and layout of the casinos, aiming for a more zen-like feeling. The same psychological studies are behind the theory that you will spend more if surrounded by luxury, with the idea being you’ll subconsciously want to attain that luxury for yourself. But the old method of confusion is yesterday’s news.
Myth 2: Card counting is difficult
Perhaps something that came from Dustin Hoffman’s performance in Rain Man, the idea of counting cards is suggested to be within the capability of geniuses. Nonsense. It’s easy enough, about as difficult as learning a system to memorise a couple of phone numbers. It’s also completely legal. Although, as Ben Affleck found out, the casinos can politely ask you to leave. It’s much easier with single deck blackjack than multi-deck versions, but even an amateur card counter can tip the balance slightly in their favour with simple strategies.
Myth 3: You have to bet big to win big
If you are playing blackjack for 25p a hand, it might take you a while to earn enough for that first Ferrari. But some progressive jackpot slots have randomly awarded prizes. Back in 2015 a Brit, Johnathon Heywood from Cheshire, won the Mega Moolah jackpot of £13.2 million from a 25p spin. You can see the game at this site: www.casino.com/uk/. That £13.2 million jackpot entered Guinness World Records at the time, but Mega Moolah has broken its own record payout a few times since.
Myth 4: Drinks are free
Something of a grey area here: Yes, you can get free drinks at a big casino, but, you know, you pay for them somewhere down the line. If you are playing penny slots, you might not see a swarm of waiters around you trying to give you a free “Old Fashioned”. On the other hand, if you are playing at a high roller table, expect the champagne to flow. The best piece of advice is to tip the waiting staff; they are the kingmakers in this scenario.
Myth 5: Virtual games are rigged
If you live somewhere like the UK, there is a lot of legislation around gambling. In fact, a lot of power has been bequeathed to the UK Gambling Commission, who oversees every legal site in the UK. If, there are no details of a licence from the UKGC (found at the bottom of the homepage), then don’t play at the site. The upshot is that a licensed site will have its games tested for fairness. This is carried out by accredited bodies like eCOGRA or TST. Payout reports will be published, as well as evidence that a RNG (random number generator) is used to determine outcomes.