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Practicing your craft

2 August 2014

By John Marchel

If you are a golfer you might have the desire to go a round at Pebble Beach. If you play tennis, maybe Hilton Head would be your hope; or playing a few lines at the Reno National Bowling Center would be fun for bowlers. If you want to gamble, you might want to go Las Vegas, Atlantic City or Monte Carlo. But to play in these places, you need to practice and get good at your game.

In real estate it is “location, location, location.” When it comes to playing casino games you must practice, practice and practice a lot. Get yourself a deck of cards or a set of dice or even one of those small plastic roulette wheels you find in game stores. You need to practice your game so you know what your next action is or how much your next bet will be without even thinking about it. Practice enough and your actions become habits. You know what to do when you get an ace-10 in blackjack. You should have the same mental reflex when you get a 14 against dealer's 5 up card. Lots of practice will pay off substantially later in the casino.

Use the computer. There are lots of inexpensive and very good computer games on the market today that provide excellent programs to play and practice on. There are even some that have a variety of games, including some that you might not have played yet, like Three Card Poker and Let It Ride. Use these programs to help familiarize yourself with these new games. Use these computer games to practice your favorite game. What makes computer training so good is it is a “hands-on” learning experience which is one of the best learning techniques you can use.

You don’t have to play every minute you are in a casino. Take your time and look around. There is a saying, “stop, look and listen,” that can also be applied while gambling. Use it to help you to see and understand what is going on around you. See where your favorite tables or machines are located. Find the high roller areas and see what is going on there. If you want to become a good player or even make gambling your hobby you need to know all about the gaming facility you are visiting. You need know what is going on in front of you as well as all around you.

Bet- You Didn’t Know

• It’s been estimated, both in theory and practice, that it will take at least 800 spins of a roulette wheel to begin to find a biased wheel.

• Amarillo Slim, champion poker player, once bet former tennis champion Bobby Riggs to a game of ping pong. Slim was allowed to chose what rackets were to be used. He chose skillets or frying pans, which he a practiced with before the match. He won.

• In 1932, bingo parlors became the only profitable business in Venice, California. Technically they were illegal, but clever operators developed variations that allowed the customer to use their “skill” to choose numbers.

• During the 14th century, in spite of being an inveterate gambler himself, King Henry VIII of England outlawed gambling when he discovered that his soldiers spent more time gambling than improving their battle skills.

• A standard casino roulette wheel takes about 30 hours to manufacture, and will last in a casino for about 3-5 years.

• The dress standard was in full force when in 1910 an Englishman was refused entrance to the private salon in Monte Carlo casino in Monaco. The Englishman in question later became King George V.

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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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