There are two types of sports bettors in the world: Those who do it for money, and those who do it for fun. The vast majority of bettors at Bodog Sportsbook fall into the second category – and that’s a good thing. Sports betting should be fun, after all. Putting down some cash is a great way to test your knowledge and add some entertainment value to the sports you follow. If you happen to make a profit at the end of the day, that’s great too, but don’t sweat the results.

That attitude is even more important when it comes to online casino betting. These games all come with a small house edge attached, so if you’re playing, it should be for entertainment purposes. In fact, if you’re a recreational sports bettor, you’re exactly the kind of person who would also enjoy playing at Bodog Casino. Games are available 24/7, so there’s always something to play once you’ve made all of your sports bets for the day. Here’s a simple three-step process that will let you take the skills you’ve already built up at the sportsbook and put them to use at the online casino.


1. Start with the Basics

As a general rule, it’s a good idea for novice sports bettors to start with the three straight wagers: point spread, moneyline, and total. These are the easiest bets for newcomers to wrap their heads around, before they plunge into the world of exotic wagers like teasers and props. The same approach works well with online casino gaming. Many of the games at Bodog Casino, like the slots, require no skill at all. Taking a spin or two at these games will let you get accustomed to the casino environment without having to put in any serious study.

Once you’ve gotten familiar with the layout at Bodog Casino, there’s another tier of games that only require a modicum of skill to play. If you enjoy a good game of cards, Tri Card Poker is one of the easiest table games there is to learn. Blackjack is slightly harder, but chances are you’ve already learned a thing or two about this classic casino staple. Give some of these games a try before you hit the harder stuff.


2. Learn the Rules

As they say, you can’t play the game if you don’t know the rules. Sports bettors have to learn the rules of sports betting and the sports themselves; the same holds true if you want to get the most out of your online casino experience. Again, games of pure chance tend to have the simplest rules to follow, but even a game like roulette has a lot of elements to it, especially when you play European Roulette. Learning the rules for all of the different wagers you can make in this game will open up a whole new world of betting options beyond Red or Black.

As the skill level of a game increases, so does the value of learning the rules. Blackjack isn’t just about trying to make 21 points without going bust – different variants of this game have different rules that need to be followed. For example, if you’re playing Single Deck Blackjack at Bodog Casino, the dealer has to hit on soft 17, meaning they draw a card if they have 17 points including an 11-point Ace (which can count for 1 or 11 points). But if you’re playing Double Deck Blackjack, the Dealer must stand on soft 17. It can be a bit confusing at first, but then again, so is football.


How to Make a Direct Bank Transfer Deposit

Further down the list, you’ll find “Direct Bank Transfer” as one of your options. If this is your first time using DBT, you’ll need to enter your banking information. Your information will be saved and kept secure, so you can continue to make transactions with confidence. Otherwise, the process is the same as when you make an Interact e-transfer, with the same $20 minimum and $500 maximum on your deposits.


3. Learn the Strategy

This is where sports bettors can really put their skills to good use. Aside from the games of pure chance, each game at Bodog Casino has an optimal way to play it, meaning you make the decisions that lower the house edge to the minimum. Remember how we said Tri Card Poker was so easy to learn? That’s partly because the optimal strategy is this: If your three cards are Queen-Six-Four or higher, raise. If they’re not, fold. Easy game, right?

The reason this strategy works is because the rules of Tri Card Poker dictate it – along with the general rules of probability. As the games get harder and the rules more complex, the optimal strategy will also get more difficult to pin down. The strategies for Single Deck and Double Deck Blackjack are different because of the Dealer hitting or standing on soft 17; other small changes in the rules will alter your strategy, too.

The best way to approach games like Blackjack or Video Poker is to learn a simplified strategy before trying to tackle the optimal strategy. This will allow you to learn the right moves to make in almost all the situations you’ll find yourself in, giving you close to a maximum return in the process. The differences in strategy are typically found in more marginal situations, where it almost doesn’t matter which play you make. Save these situations for last when you’re learning how to master your chosen game.

No matter which games you choose to play at Bodog Casino, remember that a little money management goes a long way. You wouldn’t risk your entire sports betting bankroll on one game; treat your casino bankroll the same way by breaking it down into units – say, 100 – and betting one unit at a time. And just like you keep your sports betting bankroll separate from the rest of your money, do the same for your casino bankroll. This will help ensure that the games stay fun, like they should be. You can learn more about all of our games by consulting our FAQ and Help guides, as well as the other helpful articles in our Bodog archive, so keep reading, keep playing, and we’ll see you at the casino.