Slot Machine Myths and Truths Every Player Should Know About

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When it comes to slot machines, there’s a lot of speculation about how fairly the game is played. After all, you’re playing against a machine, can you be sure it isn’t rigged? Here’s the real truth behind some well-known slot machine myths that every player should know to have the best game playing experience possible.

Myth: Slots are Programmed for a Designated Payoff Cycle

The biggest myth out there is that slot machines are programmed to lose for a certain amount of spins before the win. For example, some people play slot machines for hours in hopes that after a specific number of games, they will win. A lot of people scout slot machine players and wait until they give up to sit down to go in for the win.


This myth about a designated payoff cycle is false. Every slot machine has a Random Number Generator (RNG) inside. Each spin is completely random and completely independent from all other spins.

Myth: Casinos change Slots from Loose to Tight and Vice Versa

This myth means that casinos mess with the Random Number Generator so that they control how many times a person can win on a slot. It makes sense that a casino would mess with a slot machine so that people start winning and come back to play, or that they start losing and keep playing to win. It’s the perfect conspiracy theory.


Yep, that’s right, this myth is busted. It is possible for casinos to access a microchip that put in the machine at the factory, but it costs more money than it’s worth and it’s a huge waste of time. They are better off purchasing a new slot machine with the desired pay out percentage.

Myth: A Certain Type of Coin Betters Your Odds

Some people believe that using hot or cold coins, and even old or brand new coins, will trigger something in the Random Number Generator and give them a better chance at winning.


This preconceived notion is totally false. It doesn’t matter what kind of coin you use (as long as it’s real), your chances of winning will be the same as they always have been.

Myth: Slot Cards Win Less Than Coins

Because slot cards come with a lot of extra perks, most people believe that casinos program the cards to win less than coins, in order to save money.


This myth is, of course, false. Both cards and coins have the same chances of winning since the Random Number Generator determines the outcome.

As you can see, most well-known myths about slot machines are not true. Casinos are not out to take advantage of their payers, as gambling is all about having a good time and playing the odds. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Just remember it’s all about letting go, having fun, and taking chances.

4 Incredibly Advanced Casino Technologies

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With the funds and incentive to find the best surveillance technologies, casinos have gone so far as to become the surveillance industry’s proving ground. As Popular Mechanics reports, casinos hire the best computer security experts and cryptographers, taking on the first version of new technologies that other businesses and agencies, including Homeland Security, have later found useful. Here’s a few of the tricks they have up their sleeves.

1. Angel Eye

Designed to stop card switching, Angel Eye technology involves a sensor in the dealing shoe and invisible barcodes on all the cards. The sensor reads and records all the cards’ barcodes when dealing. If the cards don’t have the same barcodes when they go back to the deck after a game, security gets the alert and can figure out who was trying to beat the system.

2. Radio Frequency Transmitter Chips (RFID Chips)

Thinking of stealing chips from a casino? Casinos have gotten around this common attempt with RFID chips. A small radio transmitter fits into the center of the chip, and equipment at the table and at the cash-in booth will read the signal. Counterfeit chips, however convincing they look, won’t give a signal and will give themselves and their cheating owner away. If you do manage to steal the chips like this man did, the casino can mark them as stolen so that they will know the thief when he tries to cash them in.

3. TableEye21

RFID chips aren’t good just for catching counterfeits. When used with TableEye21 software, they also help profile and rate players. Using several cameras at the table in addition to the smart chips, TableEye21 can create statistics about how often a player wins, if they win more when with a certain dealer, and more. This can not only tell the casino if someone is cheating; it can also tell them which players will make them the most money.

4. NORA (Non-Obvious Relationship Awareness) Software

If you are acting so suspicious that you’re entered into NORA and you are working with a dealer or another player, your cheating days are probably over. That’s because NORA contains the massive amounts of information that a casino acquires on its employees and players. Casinos have used it to catch a cheater using an alias and to connect a team of players who were staying at the same hotel or who went to college together. In fact, Forrester reports that it was a version of NORA that brought down the famous MIT card-counting team led by Bill Kaplan, lately portrayed in the movie 21. The software has been so successful that Homeland Security picked it up to track and connect terrorists, according to Popular Mechanics.
Basically, casinos are where surveillance software and analytics are born and start to grow up before being noticed and adopted by powerful government agencies and security organizations. And the technology is only going to get better.

Have you noticed any of these technologies at a casino?

Barely Legal: 5 of the Most Fun Things to do With Your Money

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Hey ladies, are you looking for the thrill of a spending spree? Squandering tons of money can feel so bad that it’s good – when you reap the rewards of your purchase. Read on to learn about those big-ticket items that feel barely legal. Here are five of the most fun things to do with your money. Don’t worry, we won’t tell.

1. Buy an Expensive Handbag

What good is it to have tons of money if you don’t have anything nice to keep it in? Tuck that price tag away in the back of your mind. Splurge on that expensive handbag you’ve always wanted. Delight in a shopping spree just for purchasing a pocketbook – or three. With Chanel or Louis Vuitton, you can’t go wrong.

Spend Smart Tip: hit up sample sales to find the best deals on the latest styles.

2. Pamper with Costly Cosmetics

When you’re strapped for cash, cosmetic items are likely the first to get cut. But your skin is your largest organ and what you put on it gets absorbed back into your body, so you might be cheating your health by downsizing your body budget. If you’re looking to expend some extra money, consider spending extra on top-of-the-line cosmetics.

Spend Smart Tip: Choose those expensive makeups and creams with the fewest ingredients to get the most bang for your buck.

3. Enjoy an Extravagant Getaway

Experiential spending offers twofold dividends; you can enjoy the trip in the moment, and the memories last a lifetime. Enjoy an extravagant European getaway or checkout an exotic island (or two). If you have money to burn, why don’t you revel in the honeymoon you never had? Complete the experience by booking a five-star hotel with amazing amenities.

Spend Smart Tip: spare no expense when it comes to food and drink. Be sure to cut your budget in other ways. Limit your vacation shopping sprees so you can take pleasure in the local fare.

4. Spend Limitless Hours Online Gambling

There’s nothing more thrilling than playing to win. Why not let yourself try for a little while. Most people try to be frugal with their online fun, but not you. Spend limitless hours online gambling and harness your inner high roller.

Spend Smart Tip: take mini-breaks between sessions to refresh your eyes and your mind so you’re sure to make the best decisions with your dough.

5. Indulge in a Spendthrift Spa Weekend

It’s time to pull out all the stops. Splurge on a spa weekend and spare no expense. Try all those wacky treatments you thought you could never afford. If the benefits sound too good to be true, try it for yourself and see.

Spend Smart Tip: just because you’re spending big, doesn’t mean you’re immune to a deal or two. Browse Groupon or Living Social to afford extra start treatment at your local spa.

Do you have money burning a hole in your purse pockets? How will you spend it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

5 of the Most Beautiful Casinos in The World

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While many people come to luxurious casinos around the world for the thrill of gambling, they forget to stop and enjoy the beauty surrounding them. Today, many casinos strive to make themselves a destination all on their own. From miles of swimming pools, to challenging golf courses, and even deluxe hotels and spas, the following casinos have more going for them than just slot machines and card tables.

Casino de Genting, Malaysia

Casino de Genting, situated 6,000 feet above sea level, is also known as the ‘Fun City Above the Cloud’. It is the only gaming venue in Malaysia. It has over 200,000 square feet of classic table games, electronic table games, and slot machines. Beyond the amazing capacity for gaming, the resort is also known for having five hotels with a total of 6,118 rooms. The resort has multiple theme parks with indoor roller coasters, carousels, and arcade games.

Bellagio, Las Vegas

Nothing captures Las Vegas Opulence quite like the Bellagio. The resort, which opened October 15, 1998, has an impressive 100,000 square feet of gaming area, and 3,933 guest rooms. Perhaps one of the most iconic aspects of the Bellagio is the 8-acre manmade lake with the famous Fountains. There, a spectacular show of lights and water synchronized to music thrills onlookers.

Atlantis Resort Casino, Bahamas

Atlantis Resort Casino, part of the Atlantis Paradise Island, offers the largest choice of slot machines in the Caribbean, exciting table games, and thrilling race and sport betting. Cain at The Cove even offers poolside gaming of blackjack, mini baccarat, and roulette. When visitors at the resort finish gambling, they can choose from over 21 restaurants for a bite to eat, test their nerves on one of eight water slides, or unwind and refresh in the spa and salon.

Monte Carlo Casino, Monaco

The second smallest country in the world is home to one of the world’s first and most famous casinos. The unforgettable marble and gold atrium open up to gaming rooms for roulette, blackjack, craps, slot machines, and many other games. The complex also includes an opera house and ballet theater. Interestingly enough, citizens of Monaco are forbidden from gambling or even entering the gaming rooms.

Sun City Resort, South Africa

Sun City Resort offers two different casino areas for those looking to try their luck at gambling. The Jungle Casino has over 250 slot machines, and the Sun City Hotel Casino offers 330 slot machines plus a wide array of table games. Along with four different hotels, the resort has an immense number of water activities including a large wave pool, jet skiing, and parasailing. The one thing that Sun City can offer that almost no other resort in the world can is the opportunity to participate in a safari in either the Madikwe Private Game Reserve or the

Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

For many of these resorts, the thrill of gambling is only the beginning of what they have to offer. Once visitors step past the exciting and often chaotic casino floor, it becomes obvious that the developers spared no costs when creating amazing the resort’s amazing restaurants and hotels.

Four Casinos Celebrities Love

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If you love gambling and celebrities, there are a number of casinos on the Vegas strip where you can roll the dice right along with your star-studded favorites. A-list celebs enjoy the red carpet treatment rolled out for them in Sin City and you’ll find them entertaining themselves at the poshest hotels. While trying your gaming luck, you may even score an autograph from handsome celebs like Brad Pitt and beautiful alluring celebs like Pam Anderson. You just need to know where the stars are hanging out.

Cozy Up with Celebs at Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino

Without a doubt, the Caesars Palace casino delivers a touch of glitz and glam with its antiquated Roman setting. Celebs fit right in with its starry-eyed atmosphere and test their luck and skill at the slots, craps, baccarat, and sports book bets. You won’t find a bigger celeb sighting casino than Caesars Palace. J. Lo, Matt Damon, George Clooney, and Khloe Kardashian are just a few of the stars who like to frequent Caesars Palace. In true Hilton fashion, Paris Hilton has hosted a slew of party bashes at this renowned Vegas hotel. Even Barack Obama stayed at Caesars Palace during his presidential campaign.

Hang with the Stars at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Sticking with its rock star theme, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino draws musicians, celebs, and NFL players. Tommy Lee, Pam Anderson, Brad Pitt, and Chris Brown all have been spotted enjoying the table games and slots. Even though the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is nestled off the strip, it draws an energetic and lively crowd. The Hell’s Belles go-go dancers swaying above the blackjack tables keep those male stars coming back along with the hedonistic Sunday Rehab pool parties.

Spot a Star at Palms Casino

Palms Casino is a magnet for the younger celebs like Britney Spears, Michael Phelps, and Jessica Simpson. R & B singer, Usher, has even coined the Palms his second home. The casino has all the classic table games, over 1,000 slots with the latest technologies and a state-of-the-art race and sports book center. While not at the casino, you’ll find celebs rocking the floor at the Ghostbar, dining at Nove, or just enjoying the party scene at the pool.

Swing with Superstars at Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino

The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino is a hotbed for superstars like Justin Timberlake, Courtney Love, and Christina Aguilera. Decked out with endless rows of slot machines on marble floors and under gold-frescoed ceilings, its lavish setting is picture-perfect for celeb icons. Its hip pool scene is often dotted with babes like Jessica Biel and Audrina Patridge. From dawn till dusk, the celebs at the Venetian are ready to rock. Rumor has it that Timberlake once got a bit too friendly with the casino go-go dancers. Shame on you Justin!
The Las Vegas casinos are Hollywood glam all the way. Seeing the celebs there is sure to make you feel like a superstar yourself.

What is the Payout Percentage for Slots?

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If you’re interested in playing slots, one of the first things you should learn about is payout percentage. Looking at these numbers will help you understand how various games work so you can make a smart decision about which machines to hit up first.

Understanding Payout Percentages

Payout percentages are something you’ll hear a lot about when you’re playing slots. Table games refer to this same basic concept as the “house edge.” The payout percentage for a slot machine tells you the average profit that a casino will make off that machine over a certain period of time. If a slot machine has a 97 percent payout, this means that the casino will keep 3 percent of what players wager over the long-term.

It’s important to understand that the payout percentage does not refer to how much you should expect to make back during your afternoon, or even your weekend, of gaming. If you put $100 into a machine with a 97 percent payout, you probably won’t get a full $97 back. This is because the numbers are skewed by those lucky individuals who win. If you put in $100 and win $1,000, you’ve obviously upset the averages for other players, who would have to lose more than 3 percent for the payout percentage to even out to 97 percent.

Common Averages

According to a 2013 article in the Sun Sentinel, Florida’s Seminole casinos have a payback percentage of about 97 percent for their slots. Las Vegas strip casinos pay back about 90 percent. Downtown casinos in Las Vegas typically offer a better payback of about 93 percent. Dollar slots nationwide typically pay back about 97 percent because you’re putting in more money. Penny and nickel slots offer a lower payout percentage that’s typically 90 percent or lower.

Requirements by State

Some states regulate the payback percentages for their slot machines by law. According to American Casino Guide, those with requirements include:

  • Arizona: 80% – 100%
  • Arkansas: 83%
  • Florida: 85%
  • Kansas: 80%
  • Louisiana: 80% – 99.9%
  • Maine: 89%
  • Maryland: 87%
  • Michigan: 75%
  • Minnesota: 80% – 95%
  • Montana: 80%
  • New Mexico: 80% – 96%
  • North Carolina: 83% – 98%
  • North Dakota: 80% – 100%
  • West Virginia: 80% – 95%
  • Wisconsin: 80% – 100%

Payout by Game

The more you spend for each round on a slot machine, the higher your payout percentage will usually be. For example, in Louisiana, the payout percentage for $5 slots ranges from 93.2 percent to 94.4 percent. For nickel slots your payout is between 91.3 percent and 92.6 percent. Penny slots have the lowest payout with percentages ranging from 88.4 to 88.6.

Considerations When Playing

Always remember that payout percentages don’t necessarily reflect what you’ll make on a certain game. You’ll enjoy higher payouts on games that you put more money into, because an hour on these machines is more expensive than an hour with the penny slots. Over the long haul, the casino still earns more. Play within your means on any machine that you choose.
Slots are a fast and fun way to delve into the world of gaming. Understand your odds and then give these games a try.

6 of the Most Lucrative Casinos in the U.S.

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Premier casinos are the epitome of wealth and luxury. Most casinos in the U.S. draw in impressive earnings, even in this post-recession environment. But which ones draw in the most dough? Take a look at the high-end of the high rollers.

1. The Sands

Most people think of The Sands as one of the Vegas hotels and casinos, but it actually lies just outside the famous strip in Paradise, Nevada, and the enterprise includes The Venetian and the Palazzo. The Sands also operates a number of facilities in Asia and Europe, as well as location in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Together, the enterprise was worth $52 billion before the economic meltdown of 2008, but stock prices fell considerably thereafter. It is now recovering, following some multi-million dollar investments by the likes of casino tycoon Sheldon Aledson.

2. MGM Grand

Another staple on the Las Vegas Strip is the MGM Grand hotel and casino, boasting 170,000 square feet and featuring 2,300 gaming machines and 178 gaming tables, including poker. It offers 20 restaurants and bars and 5,044 hotel rooms. Built in 1993 and featuring a Hollywood theme, the MGM is a joint venture with the Mirage, with 30 floors and 5 outdoor pools. MGM also operates a sister casino of a comparable size in Macao, China, the Las Vegas of Asia.

3. Foxwoods Resort Casino

Perhaps lesser known outside gaming circles, the Foxwoods is one of the largest hotels and casinos in the world. Located in Ledyard, Connecticut, it opened in 1986 and boasts 340,000 square feet of casinos with 7,000 gaming machines and 400 gaming tables. It also offers 824 rooms and 29 restaurants and bars. There are six full casinos in the facility, with 17 types of table games with 100 tables dedicated to poker. Managed by the Mashantucket Pequot Native American tribe, it features one of the world’s largest bingo halls. Its proximity to large metro populations like New York and Boston drives the business.

4. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Situated in Atlantic City, Borgata means “Little Village” in Italian, and is worth an estimated $1.1 billion. As the largest casino in Atlantic City, it offers 161 square feet of casinos, with 4,100 gaming machines and 285 table games. 17 restaurants and bars satiate the guests, many of whom stay in one of its 2,002 hotel rooms. Marina District Development Corporation, a subsidiary of the massive Boyd Gaming company, which owns and operates facilities in Las Vegas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, and Mississippi also owns Borgata.

5. Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino

In an industry in which “over the top” is the norm, the Rio developed a unique way to stand out. In 2008, the casino and hotel partnered with a Las Vegas gentleman’s club and began offering a European style topless swimming pool. Though police eventually blew the whistle on this particular marketing ploy, the Rio still draws in guests with 120,000 square feet of casinos, offering 1,245 gaming machines and 104 game tables. It offers 18 restaurants and 2,500 hotel rooms. The Rio sits just off the Strip in Paradise, Nevada.
Modern gaming, however, isn’t confined to brick and mortar casinos. Some of the largest and most lucrative gaming facilities operate online. Online casinos are an excellent way to enjoy casino action outside your vacation time, while also honing your skills for greater success in the casino arena.

How to Dress and Look Like a Professional Black Jack Player

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Nobody wants to look or feel like a newbie tourist while sitting at high stakes black jack tables. Many of these players earn their living at those tables, and don’t always show lots of respect for the obvious weekend warriors. Looking the part helps your fellow players take you seriously, and could give you the confidence you need to take home some of their money.

Dress Like a Grown Up

The Unibomber hoodie may work for those who have already established a reputation at the tables, but on the amateur, it’s going to look amateurish. They may play games for a living, but professional black jack players are just as serious about their profession as any doctor, lawyer, or CPA. You don’t have to wear a three-piece suit, but it is a good idea to wear dress slacks and a button down shirt, topped by a nice blazer, depending on the weather. Wear dress shoes and a nice watch finish the look.

Keep Your Eyes Covered

Hats and sunglasses are the best way to cover up any tells you exhibit. Tells are unconscious signals you give about your hand, including reflexive actions such as your pupils dilating upon excitement. Since these physical reactions are beyond your control, wear glasses to cover your eyes, and a hat to disguise facial reactions. Invest in high-end eyewear to look like you can afford the high stakes, even if you have to get them second-hand or discounted off a website. Avoid mirrored sunglasses or any glasses that allow players to see your cards in the reflection.

Dress Comfortably

Dressing nice won’t help you if you’re obviously out of your element. Select clothes that fit well and that you are comfortable sitting in for hours. Some people find suspenders more comfortable than belts that tend to jab the stomach. Well fitting shoes and tops are also a must. If you’re unsure of the temperature, wear a blazer or sweater you can remove or put back on as the conditions require.

Walk and Talk With Confidence

More than anything you wear, the attitude you exhibit is going to determine whether your fellow players take you seriously or not. Practice walking with confidence, and use a voice of authority instead of a meek or shy tone. Confidence should not be confused with arrogance, which is a huge turnoff at the tables or anywhere else. Simply carry yourself with the knowledge that you’re a skilled player who can win any game, at any table, at any time.

Above all, be pleasant at the tables. The dealers and professionals are in the midst of their workdays. Which coworkers and customers do you serve best at work — those who are nice and have a good attitude, or those who are grumpy and obnoxious? Likely, you do your best for the nice ones, and do as little as possible for the crabs. Be the nice one and your fellow players and the dealer will cut you some slack if you make a mistake that they’d likely skewer you for if you were being a jerk.

5 Things to Consider When Picking a Slot Machine

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At one time, slot machines were the distant cousin in popularity to table games at casinos. Today though, slot machines bring in almost 70 percent of revenue. Additionally, about 80 percent of first-time visitors will go straight to the slot machines. For anyone new to gambling, slot machines are much less intimidating than table games with intricate rules. It’s very simple to sit in front of a machine, put some money in, and either press a button or pull a handle. However, for all their popularity, it’s also very easy to lose a lot of money at a slot machine. There are certain strategies that every gambler should consider before they play.

Pick the Best Machine

This isn’t in reference to the myth that casinos put their best machines in certain locations. It actually refers to whether to play penny, nickel, or quarter slots. The machines with the higher denominations are the ones that usually give the best payouts. Therefore, between the three denominations just mentioned, quarter slots usually have better payouts. However, this also means that money goes faster on these machines. Slot machine players should always play the highest denomination where they are comfortable.
Look for Specific Payback Percentages
While most casinos won’t advertise the exact payback that their slots offer, some will. Look for machines that specifically state how much their payback is, and go with the highest number. Don’t be tricked by vague words such as “hot machines” or a machine that has “up to” a certain payback percentage.

Know When to Play with Maximum Coins

Sometimes, more is better when placing a bet on the slot machine. For example, if a machine has more than two times the payout when the bet placed is two times the number of coins, there are better odds of winning a bigger payback with the maximum bet.

Playing with Loyalty Cards

Casinos will offer loyalty cards to their players in hopes of keeping them in the casino longer. When using the loyalty card while playing, guests have the opportunity to earn free meals, discounted rooms, and possibly even cash back rewards. Therefore, even if a big jackpot isn’t hit, gamblers can get other rewards for playing at the same casino.

Avoid Large Jackpot Machines

While a huge jackpot would be a dream to win, they are incredibly difficult to hit. Smaller jackpot machines are easier to win, and payout more often. Additionally, on progressive jackpot machines, a large percentage of each bet goes towards the jackpot while the payback percentage is lower than other machines.
While slot machines are fun to play, it’s impossible to beat a slot machine. Contrary to what some believe, slots are truly random. Since it is random, there are no patterns or playing styles that can beat the machine. However, by following the these tips and managing money wisely, it just might be possible to walk away with a tidy sum of money.

4 Things to Consider When Choosing an Online Handle

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So you’ve decided to log on and get in the game. Online gambling, however, is slightly different from casino gambling. Players often interact with games solitarily, and their gambling reputation is linked directly to their online handle (username) rather than their face. If you’re ready to get started with online gambling, be sure to pick the right username. These four tips will ensure your online handle is good to gamble.

1. Choose a Memorable Username

Choosing an online handle that’s easy to remember is good policy, since most online casinos state in their terms and conditions that they’re not responsible for misplaced, forgotten, or lost user information. If you insist on choosing a highly unique or complicated username, be sure to record it for future personal reference.

2. Create an Identity

Your online username will often precede your reputation. It will tell users a little about skills, and possibly a bit about your sense of humor as well (gambling puns for the win). Create an identity for yourself with your online handle. Ensure it’s one you’ll be comfortable with for years to come. Most of all: be humble. “BestPlayerEverx1000” could bite you in the blackjack if you have a bad game.

Pay attention to other online handles, as well. Try not to create an identity based off a username that’s too similar to another player on the same site you wish to join. This will avoid confusion.

3. Avoid Special Characters

Special characters not only affect the memorability of an online handle, it also impacts the ability to establish an identity. They can also make a username seem downright cheesy. Furthermore, many online casinos don’t allow special characters in usernames.

What to Use Instead: Numbers are always a safe bet when you’re looking to pad out a username or create one that’s unique. However, be sure that the numbers you choose aren’t offensive (see below) as this could affect your user account. Do choose numbers that indicate a personal detail, such as your age. Other players will be more likely to interact with a player with a username they can relate to.

4. Leave Offensive Language Behind

It may seem funny or witty to include curse words or derogatory language in your online handle, but it’s a quick way to get your account deleted. Even if an online casino accepts your deprecating username, offensive language still reflects poorly on your gamer reputation.

What to Use Instead: Opt for wordplay. Clever is always better. For example, “RonBurgundy21” is a playful way to hint at the blackjack term “Anchorman” without including anything tasteless. As a user, it tells other players that you like to play in the third base position in an amusing way that won’t distract from your skills.

Ultimately, you want to choose a username that represents you well. Your gambling handle is like a digital smile or a virtual poker face. How will you show off your skills?

What’s the worst online handle you’ve come across? What’s the cleverest handle you’ve found? Share some of your favorites in the comments below.