You’ve probably heard people say it doesn’t matter if you win or lose; it’s the taking part that counts. On some level, this is true. Playing games with family, friends, or work colleagues can be a pleasant way to socialise, get to know people better or simply pass the time. On another level, though, winning is much more desirable – especially when it comes to online gambling. We know luck is the overriding factor in most cases, but it is possible to increase your enjoyment of just about any card game by mastering them. Let’s see how you can do so.

How to become a master of card games - skill or tricks

Learn the rules

This might sound obvious, but step one on your way to card game mastery is to know the rules inside and out. Sure, you can read them, and this is a sound way to start, but most people only absorb the game in practice. This means twos things:

  • Play the card game with family or friends until it becomes second nature.
  • Or, if you can’t find people to play with, watch online videos and practise solo.

If you plan on gambling with your chosen card game, then check out live dealer games. Many of the best online casinos for Indian players offer live games run by real dealers. It is possible to watch them, and then when you feel confident, place a bet.

Skill based games

As well as a healthy dose of luck, many card games leave plenty of room to develop skills, tactics, and tricks. Some of the most popular card games in this category are poker, Teen Patti, and blackjack. Of the three, playing poker against a table of opponents is the most challenging. Here, reading body language, spotting tells and learning how to effectively bluff is what separates mediocre players from excellent ones. Blackjack offers less scope to strategize, but there is a recognised ‘best way’ to play the game so knowing what it is may give you more enjoyment and success.

Luck based games

On the other hand, some games rely almost exclusively on luck, such as baccarat or Andar Bahar. Many people prefer these sorts of games because they are less stressful to play and are less complicated to master. With these games there is little more required than knowing the rules and just having fun. In saying that, one of the easiest Andar Bahar tricks is to simply know the odds. For example, Andar has a slightly higher probability of winning than Bahar by a couple of percentage points.

Gambling strategies

When searching for ways to win more money when gambling, you will no doubt have come across many betting strategies. You might have heard of things like Flat Bet, Martingale, Negative Betting Progressions, d’Alembert, or Oscar’s Grind, amongst many others. Take these strategies with a grain of salt. They might seem logical when you first read them, but no gambling system has been proven to work all of the time.

The problem is, you may have some success with them, but when they go wrong, they go wrong big time. Martingale is a classic example. While it’s working, it seems great, but it just takes one quick run of losses to lose everything. It is much better to treat gambling as a form of entertainment rather than a money-making scheme. Set a budget like any hobby, have fun, enjoy the wins, and don’t sweat the losses.

Wrap up

One of the best things about cards is there is a game to suit every player type. From those who like to delve into strategy and outwit their opponents, like poker, to those who just want to flip cards and have fun, such as Andar Bahar. In both cases, learning the rules thoroughly and getting in as much practice as possible is the best way to master them.