If you are working on your next vacation budget and you are making your first trip to the casino, you may wonder how much you should include for your gambling fun. There is definitely not a perfect answer to this question; however, you can get an idea of how much based on many factors, such as those included below.
The first thing you have to consider is the games you think you are going to play. If you know you only want to play the slots, you should also decide if you want to play a long time by playing nickel slots or play less but have a chance to win larger payouts on the bill machines. Or, you can go in the middle and play the quarter machines. However, you also have to keep in mind that you can bet more than one credit, so if you are on a quarter machine and you are betting 8 credits, that’s $2 per hand. You can play a hundred hands (or at least 50) in an hour easily, so, if you aren’t watching how fast you play and how much you are betting you can spend a few hundred dollars an hour.
If you want to play the tables, you have to decide how much you can afford to bet on each hand. When deciding this, look at it as if you are going to lose. This way you can come up with a realistic number. You hope you win but you can’t stake your vacation money on it. Depending on the game you are playing, you may find that the dealer moves very fast and there are many hands played in an hour. This is especially true in blackjack.
Ultimately, you should base the amount of money you take for your gambling on how much you can afford to lose. You don’t want to include any money that will affect your financial status, such as your bill money. If you start planning early, you can create a gambling fund and put money away for it. The bottom line is to make sure you aren’t counting on winning and take only money you can afford to lose with you to the casino.