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Become a better player

26 April 2014

By John Marchel

The real object of gambling is to win. That sounds simple enough. It is and it isn’t.

Some players think it’s to get a seven on the come-out roll at craps or closer to 21 than the dealer at blackjack, or pick a straight up number at roulette. None of these actions is really true.

What you really want is to beat the dealer.

This idea applies to craps, blackjack, roulette, keno and even at the racetrack. At craps, you want numbers; at blackjack, you can win on 13 if the dealer busts; you can win lots on a red or black in roulette; hit three out of three in keno for a nice win; and you can win even if your horse comes in second. You do not have to hit a “jackpot” every time to be a winner.

Look at it this way -- casinos win a little all the time and after, say 24 hours, those wins adds up to be a lot. If you win a little all the time, at the end of your visit or session you could also win a lot. Casinos are well aware of players’ lack of knowledge, greed and selfishness and they cater to those human weaknesses. They provide the glitter, free drinks and friendly dealers to get you to play. They know the house advantage works best over the long run so they want you to play and play for a long time.

On the contrary, your gambling should be about self control, pacing and betting discipline. The fact is, winning is easy, walking out as a winner is hard -- and walking on a losing night is even harder. In the end, knowledge is your key to winning in the casino. Reading, study and practice will give you all the knowledge you need.

Bet – You Didn’t Know

• To make a playing card, layered paper is used. Layered paper is produced by putting a number of sheets of paper in a stack and gluing them together. This type of paper is stronger and more durable than standard paper. It is this process that makes playing cards last so long.

• Almost 3,000 Hawaiians visited Las Vegas every week. Las Vegas is sometimes referred to as Hawaii’s ninth island. The city is also the home to the first ABC Stores branch outside the state of Hawaii.

• Many Chinese believe the color red is lucky and white and green unlucky. The staffs in Macau’s casinos never wear red and the décor throughout the casinos are adorned in white and green, making the “house unlucky.”

• Las Vegas has designated drivers available 24/7 for those that might need a driver. Designated Drivers, Inc. will pick you and your car up and take you anywhere you need to go.

• In Texas Hold’em poker, after the river card has been dealt, a dealer will count the remaining cards in the deck. The purpose is to ensure that all the cards are accounted for. For example, with seven players, two cards each, five on the board and three burn cards, the remaining deck should have thirty cards.

• At the request of NASA, the US Playing Card Company supplied special decks of playing cards for Apollo 14. The cards were make of special paper designed to safety entertain the astronauts in cabins with 100 percent oxygen atmosphere.

• When Nevada legalized gambling in 1931, other states reacted by calling for a recall of its statehood.

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John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine. Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

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