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What We've Learned

14 October 2021

By Royal Flushes

ABBY: We play at least four days a month in the winter and maybe six during the summer. You can definitely say that we are in the long run in some way since we have been playing maybe a little over three decades.

CINDY: And then some!

ABBY: True. Here is my question. It is a very simple question: Have we learned anything in all that time?

CINDY: Without a doubt. We have learned that most systems of play cost you more money than you ever thought they would. There are many players who have been playing a long time who have no idea of why the bets they make are so bad and have cost them plenty of money. I mean we have seen craps players who are far older than us thinking the game should be played making awful proposition bets. The Captain’s idea called Crazy Crapper bets.

ABBY: You know they can’t be ahead or even close to even. They are just losing.

CINDY: How hard is it to just bet Pass Line and Come bets with odds? The house edge is low and you therefore have a better chance of – well – having a better chance.

ABBY: I don’t buy into the idea that since you can take down your Place bets that these are better bets. How many players take down or call off their bets enough to make them better than the line bets? I haven’t seen one in all my years of play. It is an argument that holds no water. Over time what holds water are solid, low house-edge bets.

CINDY: And not betting so much money that it ruins your fun if you lose. What’s the sense in that? No sense at all.

ABBY: What about players who have so many bets on the board that one seven-out and they are cremated. It is hard to recover from seven-outs that bomb your bankroll.

CINDY: What about Internet web sites that sell ridiculous ideas as if they are logical facts. Players buy into silly systems that cost them money to buy and even more money to play.

ABBY: I think you have to go with the math, the probabilities of the games you play. There is really no other way. That’s how the casino operates. That’s why so many bad bets exist and so many good bets are much rarer.

CINDY: What about the players who disdain the math? Who think the math is nonsense? Do you think they win?

ABBY: I doubt that very much, at least over any period of time that isn’t one or two trips. Short of a stroke of luck…

CINDY: Many strokes of luck!

ABBY: Many strokes of luck! They can’t really be ahead, can they? If they have been playing for thirty or forty years the way they play, how could they be ahead?

CINDY: Slot machines are the best examples of games with huge house edges that are the favorite games of the overwhelming majority of players. That at least, in some ways, I can understand. You play alone. No one rushes you to play. You can play as slow as you like. These players are looking for the luck of good jackpots.

ABBY: Look at the casinos and tell me that the math is meaningless. These places are ruled by math and understanding human nature.

CINDY: Human nature and math are the key reasons why players have such a hard time understanding what’s happening to them.

ABBY: And that is just too, darn bad.

This article is provided by the Frank Scoblete Network. Melissa A. Kaplan is the network's managing editor. If you would like to use this article on your website, please contact Casino City Press, the exclusive web syndication outlet for the Frank Scoblete Network. To contact Frank, please e-mail him at fscobe@optonline.net.

Royal Flushes
Abby Royal is a lawyer and Cindy Royal is a school administrator. Together, they are the Royal Flushes. The sisters play weekly or bi-weekly in such venues as Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Pennsylvania and Indian casinos throughout the country.

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