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Don't tell others how to play

19 July 2014

By John Marchel

Follow casino players will love you when they win after you helped them. They will love you even more as they win hand after hand based on your advice. However, when they lose, even one hand, even after five wins, they will sometimes turn on you.

“Your suggestion made me lose” will be their comment.

It doesn’t matter that you helped them numerous times before; they will only remember the one that lost. I know that helping others play a hand is very tempting, but you should avoid it.

By giving good advice to a fellow player, you can also alert management that you are an above-average skilled player and maybe one who should be watched more carefully. You don’t want that.

Let others give advice, or tell them to ask the dealer. Most of the time a dealer will suggest a course of action if a player asks. It boils down to this: If people want to risk their funds at a blackjack game, they should know a little bit about the games strategy before they play. It’s not your place to be their trainer. This advice holds for all games.


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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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