22nd May2017

Do most players think critically during gaming sessions or not?

by James Smith

Do Game Players Critically Think and Reflect During Gameplay, or do they just Play the Game without Thinking about the Gameplay?

What Do You Think About While You’re Gaming?

spinEvery one of us differs when it comes to our games of choice, and how we approach them. Some folks prefer skill-based games such as blackjack, poker, or video poker, while others have a penchant for games of chance. The latter category is far more pervasive in casinos. However, even with chance-based games there are specific skill elements that need to be considered. One of them is money-management. Contrary to public perception, most everybody thinks about something while they are gaming. We are not autobots who simply deposit money, click buttons, and play until the proverbial cows come home. There are multiple elements that come into play during gaming sessions, notably how to maximize bankroll management, payback percentages, game features and gaming portfolio management. The myth that slot games are 100% chance-based has already been debunked by experts in the field. Most of the strategy that takes place when playing slots online, or at a traditional casino is done before the reels have been spun.

How is this possible?

Consider the variety of chance-based games that are currently available to players. These include Keno, bingo, classic slots, video slots, progressive jackpot slots, scratch cards, and the like. Closer examination of each of these game varieties reveals something interesting. There are ways to increase your winning chances when you play chance-based games. This comes as quite a shock to the theorists who paint black and white lines between skill-based games and games of chance. For example, a slots player is fully aware that a classic slot game with 3 spinning reels and limited paylines has a better payback percentage than a progressive jackpot slot game with 5 spinning reels and hundreds of ways to win. True, the nominal payback figures are significantly lower on classic slots – but it is far easier to win more consistently with those types of games. Then of course, there’s the issue of how much to wager on each spin.

Money Is Always on Your Mind When You Are Playing

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When you wager pennies, you don’t expect dollars in winnings – unless of course you hit three 7’s on the reels. However, when you’re playing video slots and progressive jackpot slots, you don’t wager pennies because you’ll miss the progressive jackpot. Your bankroll is your lifeblood in slots games. Sometimes you can stretch your bankroll by maximizing bonuses and promotional offers, free spins, bonus rounds, and the like. It behooves players to think strategically about how they are going to increase their playing time with their favourite slots games.

There is no doubt that it’s all about the numbers. Players know that the longer they play, the more likely they are to win a jackpot. Sure, lengthy playing sessions without wins result in concomitant losses, but if that has already been taken into consideration as part of the playing budget – it’s not a big deal. Players may not be thinking about geopolitical events like elections in Europe or the crisis in North Korea while they’re playing games, but they are thinking about their available budgets and how best to maximize their gameplay and entertainment pleasure.

The Perks We Think About During Gaming Sessions

For example, many players at land-based casinos in Las Vegas or Atlantic City will get seated at penny slots machines for extended playing sessions. They do this to soak up the casino milieu, enjoy the thrill of the jingling-jangling slot machine sounds, lights and allure of the casino experience. But there are many other peripheral benefits to players. These include the social aspect of gameplay, being able to have a drink, eat a snack or smoke a cigarette and just unwind with fellow players. Smart players will pick low limit games and wait for the cocktail waitresses to take their orders. In casinos, all the drinks that are brought to you while you’re on the gaming floor are free. Of course, there is a definite thought process that takes place when players are enjoying their casino games.
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