Are Gamers Missing The Human Touch?

Are Gamers Missing The Human Touch?

September 26, 2018 3:01 AM


Are Gamers Missing The Human Touch?

If you can bluff a human being, can you bluff a machine? It’s not a question we often ask ourselves, but it’s one that you may want to give consideration to. We all love a bit of safe, responsible online gambling - you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t - but it can sometimes be tough to know where to pitch your hand.

Starting with a new poker website can be difficult. You don’t know who the other regular players are. You don’t know their ability levels. Who are the rookies, who are the sharks? More worryingly, who are the sharks pretending to be rookies? Just because you’ve had success at one online casino doesn’t necessarily mean you’re about to be a high roller at another. Each time you try a new site, you have to bed yourself in slowly. Watch a few games. Start betting with small amounts. Get to know the regulars. Online poker doesn’t afford you the same opportunities to spot a bluffer like playing the game in the flesh does. You can’t see people blinking when they’re nervous if they’re sat behind a computer screen! Only though careful and detailed observation will you start to spot people’s tell-tale habits. Bide your time and strike when you know you have your victim cornered. The best online poker players are all lurkers, forever hiding at the back of the room, watching for your betting patterns. If you want to beat them, you have to join them!

When Gambling Feels Like a Job

It sounds exhausting, doesn’t it? And it can be. That’s why every now and then it can make a pleasant change to get some pleasure out of gambling without the competitive edge to it. Sure, it’s great when you’re on a winning streak, but when you’ve lost a few games back to back, it isn’t fun anymore. You start to wonder if the people sat around your table are actually real life professionals who’ve picked you out as a mark. And then there’s the inconsistency. One table could be full of people who are nowhere near your level, and the next one could be packed full of grand masters. It’s a minefield.

Time To Try Something New?

Nobody here is suggesting you should stop playing poker online. It can be very exciting, it’s fun, and it’s even a great way of socializing and meeting new people. But every now and then, it might be an idea to mix and match it with other forms of online gambling. Play the same game on repeat for too long and, no matter how great the game is, you’ll get bored of it. Nobody likes their hobbies to become a routine. So why not put the cards down, stop trying to second guess who you’re playing against, and go head to head with a computer that isn’t actively trying to beat you?

There are a lot of online slot sites that offer you precisely that experience. Online slots are popular for the exact same reason real life slots are; it’s a pure and honest form of gambling. The machine isn’t trying to cheat you. You’re not trying to cheat the machine. Everything is down to chance, with just enough strategy thrown in to keep things interesting. The function and appeal of slot machines haven’t really changed since they were first invented way back in 1895. Did you know they were that old? We’ve been playing with and against them for well over a century now, and the history of the machines is quite an interesting read over at Wikipedia.

Online Or In Person?

Whilst there’s no denying the charm of the physical machines, it’s without question that more and more people are turning their attention to playing online instead. In fact, the battle between physical and virtual casinos has been gaining more and more mainstream media attention in recent years. Even Forbes Magazine has weighed in on the issue, and it sometimes feels like everybody has an opinion. There are definitely pros and cons to both, and it’s not our place to say whether one form is better than the other. However if you’ve ever played a physical gambler in a shady location - the ones on the back walls of old piers, or in run down bars - you sometimes wonder if someone’s been playing with the mechanics if too long passes without a payout. You can tamper with the workings of a physical machine in a way that you just can’t with an online one. Online casinos - who have to abide by very stringent laws and regulations - definitely haven’t been at the back of the cabinet with a screwdriver and a wrench!

Where To Start

So where’s the best place to play? The world’s your oyster, so long as you pay attention to the small details. Never gamble on a site that isn’t approved by the correct bodies and properly secure. Look out for the logos of recognized gambling commissions, and web and payment security companies. You need to know you’re playing with a company who’s going to play fair. If they have the right approvals, they’ll advertise it. Once you’ve done that, go with whatever interests you. There are online slots out there to suit every whim and interest. Comic book themed slot machines? They’re everywhere. Movies, too. Slot machines connected to popular video game franchises are very popular. You can get much more niche than that if you like - trusted sites like even offer you a range of games based around ancient history. Who wouldn’t want to spend their time gambling with the Pharaohs, with the Pyramids of Giza as a backdrop?

Always remember…

Wherever you choose to spend your money, and whichever type of site appeals to you most, always remember the two basic rules to live by when you’re gambling. Never spend more than you can afford to lose, and always play with a smile on your face! 

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