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Playing in an overseas casino offers a rollercoaster of emotions. You experience the highs of winning pots and the lows of losing them all in a single moment.

Cities like Vegas and Macau offer travelers a rush that keeps people coming back for more, and draw people from all over the world just for the excitement. 

But the challenge of playing casino games overseas isn’t the language barrier at the table, it’s to be a responsible player. 

Here are some tips for people who wish to learn to play casino games as responsibly as possible. 

Gambling Tourism: How to Play Casino Games Overseas Responsibly

Learn the Ropes

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One of the things you need to remember is to learn the basics of the game you are playing.

Yes, you might be aware of the rules of a certain game at home, but it’s worthwhile checking if these differ slightly, or even completely, being that you’re now gambling in a different country.

Obviously, try to find out which games will give you the best odds of winning, and if that’s a new local game you don’t have experience with, read up on the rules before sitting at the table. 

If you want to learn more about a particular game, you can also practice online and play casino games at

Always Set a Budget

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Whether you are a rookie or a veteran casino player, you should always set a budget, though the key here, when playing in international casinos, is to make sure you understand the exchange rate. 

If you go in believing that $1 Australian Dollar = $1 American dollar, you’re going to blow out your funds, as it’s more like 1 AUD = 70 c USD.

Also be aware of extra costs like credit card transaction fees, which can add up considerably if you’re making lots of small spends.

Stick with your budget, and if things are not going your way, stop yourself no matter how difficult it can be.

Go Easy on the Complimentary Drinks

Casino players enjoy perks like complimentary drinks in many countries around the world. But go easy on the cocktails if you wish to enjoy the game and have a decent chance of winning.

It can be tempting to imbibe, but you need to take it easy. You need to remember that money and booze do not mix, so you must be prudent.

The other consideration is that alcohol and drinks in general may be a lot stronger in a different country than what you’re used to at home. You’re also in a foreign environment so it’s important to keep your wits.

Take a Break

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Yes, you are in a casino, and the glitzy lights and sounds keep you awake and ready to roll the dice. However, you need to take a break once in a while because several other activities can engage you while you are in the building.

Take in the sights of a show, explore the gustatory delights of a fancy restaurant, perhaps take a dip in the pool or take your wife shopping. There are several things to enjoy, and they will complete your experience. 

Even for gambling tourists, who have traveled for the sole reason of hitting the casinos, you’re in a brand new city, so it would be a bigger loss to completely ignore sightseeing, than any you’re likely to encounter at the table!

Casinos are typically located close to a city’s top attractions, so venture out for a bit to stretch your legs, take in some fresh air, and enjoy being in a new destination.

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 100+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.


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