The Best Time to Play The Online Casinos to Be a Winner

With gambling, everyone wants to be a winner, but this can be a slippery slope. To keep gambling fun, you need to keep it about the play and not the win. Focusing on winning is going to disappoint you in the end because there’s only one winner in the longterm: the casino.

But that doesn’t mean that you should completely ignore strategy. It’s ok to want to win and to come up with ways of improving your chances – that’s part of the fun too. It gives gambling a competitive edge. The important thing is not to allow the need to win take over, and to never, ever, ever, chase your losses. This means planning your gambling strategies carefully.

First Things First: Setting The Scene For Implementing A Winning Strategy

You have to plan your strategy properly, thinking about your budget, time restraints, and mood. If you spend more money and time than you planned to, or your mood is getting worse, stop gambling.

Tip: write down your plan and walk away when you go off course.

E.g., get a piece of paper, write down your budget (£10), how much time you have to play (1-hour), and your mood (average). If during your play you get the urge to add more money, play longer, or feel bad, stop playing.

I know it’s not as easy as that sometimes, but there are tricks that you can do to make it more likely that you’ll stop at the right time:

  1. Make yourself accountable to someone – tell them your plan. The social pressure can stop you from breaking your plan.
  2. Get rid of temptation by downloading software that blocks specific websites or the entire internet after an hour (I use something called GetColdTurkey. It’s great for productivity too). 
  3. Contact your bank and see if you can set a budget for gambling activities. Some banks have launched this feature for their debit and credit cards.
  4. Set your maximum spend with the online casino. A good casino (and definitely the UK’s online casinos), will let you set a budget that you won’t be able to change for at least 24-hours. I think this might even be changing to a minimum of 72-hours for UK casinos. The reason I’ve put this in 4th position, and not 3rd, is that, if you are playing with a less-reputable casino, they might only pay lip-service to this feature, but will carry on letting you deposit as much as you want.

The Nitty-Gritty: What Does Timing Have to Do With Winning?

The time you play affects the outcome of your play. That may sound incredible because time does nothing to change the odds of a game, but there are three main ways that it’s important, and understanding them can help give you an edge over other players (not the house).

You Think Better At Different Times Of Day

Many people say they feel more switched-on in the morning, others will say the afternoon, some will say the evening, and then some people never feel switched-on. Regardless, you are much more likely to play better at a specific time of day. In fact, you’re more likely to be able to perform any given ‘thinking’ task better at a certain time of day. This time is personalised to you.

Playing your casino games when you’re feeling more alert will help you become a more frequent winner. With strategic games, like Poker, you’ll be able to keep track of more things at once, e.g., you’ll be able to control your poker face, whilst keeping track of your hand, and calculating odds. When you’re tired, it’s much harder to hide your tells and forget about getting the maths right – that’s hard enough when you’re wide awake.

With non-strategic games, like bingo, you need to be alert or you end up making silly mistakes, e.g., marking number 7 when the caller says Legs Eleven.

If you want to give yourself the best odds of coming out a winner, spend time analysing yourself. Find out when you feel more alert, and play then.

Other People Think Worse At Different Times Of Day

There’s some debate about whether it’s accurate to categorise people as night owls or morning larks. There are theories that night owls evolved to protect the group from nighttime attacks, but there are other theories that say that night owls have just thrown their body clocks off-kilter. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that by 3 am, tiredness hits even the owliest of night owls. And, when they’re tired, they play badly.

What does all this mean? It means that you should play against players when they’re tired but you’re alert. This is how you’re more likely to come out a winner than them.

But wait. Who’s going to wait up until 3 am to play poker? After all, at that time, the other player might be tired, but so will you be. Nope, I’m not advising you to stay up until 3 am. Instead, when you want to play live games against other players, I recommend that you choose to play with online casinos in different timezones.

For example, if you’re from the UK and you fire on all cylinders at 6 pm on a weekday, then it’s the perfect time to play some of Australia’s online casinos. Alternatively, if you’re from California and you want to take advantage of the awesomeness that is the UK online casinos, and you’re on form at 7 pm, then perfect!

Analyse Play Patterns To Guess When A Payout Might Be Due

If you’re into taking an analytic approach to gambling, then analysing gambling trends can help you find the best times to play. Certain games are more likely to reward you when they’re overdue a win. There’s no certainty here, but it’s a way of narrowing the odds.

Casinos aren’t going to tell you when they’ve just had a busy period, but you can work it out by using Google Trends (or a more comprehensive paid-for version). Find out when people are searching for specific keywords, e.g., BetFred, Poker, Slots – whatever you think might work. Once you can see a pattern, play just after peak times and then play when it’s quiet. Compare your win rates and values. If there’s a difference in winning between both times, and you’ve been able to repeat the experiment with the same results at least twice, you know you’ve found a sweet spot. You might be able to find multiple sweet times for different types of game.

Unsure how to do this sort of analysis? Check out our in-depth article here to find out more.


The tips outlined above aren’t sure bets by any means, but they do help give you an edge over other players. They’re worth experimenting with and they’ll bring an extra element of strategy to your play, which only serves to make things more exciting!

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