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Advice for a newbie gambler

28 September 2008

Hi Frank,

I want to start by telling you how much I have enjoyed reading two of your books (Break the One-Armed Bandits and Guerilla Gambling). This Friday my wife and I will arrive in Vegas and I made copies of important excerpts for her to read so we can both be savvy regarding the slots. I am armed with more info now on roulette, blackjack and especially craps. I am so excited and can't wait to try what I have learned from your books.

My buddy gave me a crash course before last year's trip, but I didn't do so well and it was all confusing especially with all the noise and chatter. Now this year I hope will be better than last year. Last year we went with $3,000 and came home after 8 days with half of the money. I looked at it as the glass half full. We gambled for 8 days and averaged about 10 hours of gambling a day.

We didn't get much of a comp from the Stratosphere (free breakfast and a coffee mug). We got better comps from the Four Queens in less time gambling there. We are not alcoholics but drink occasionally at this point in our lives, but we go wild in Vegas. I figure just our alcohol consumption is worth a lot of money.

Because we have more fun and good fortune downtown we will be staying downtown this time.

I was surprised to read in your book that most people have no strategy or money management. We had both. Unfortunately our slot strategy was wrong based on your interview with the casino exec. But our strategy was very close to yours. I call my wife the banker and she is tighter than Fort Knox and won't let us dip into tomorrow's funds at any cost. Luckily we haven't had to test that rule.

If you would like to hear my story about how I lost all but $8 of my allotted $200 for the day in 45 minutes. My wife hit a few slots for a couple of hundred and I asked her for some money and she told me point blank NO. I should have stayed away from the tables like she told me. And when I went to bed at 11:30 p.m. I had close to $400. This was a depressing few hours thinking I had no money to gamble with and all I could was sit and drink and watch my wife have fun.

A new friend of mine whom I shoot with in a billiards league told me how he frequents the Mississippi casinos and plays craps and wins. He uses your techniques and he claims he always wins. He has his own regulation craps table and he has been preparing me for my Vegas trip this Friday. My wife and I went there in 2005 as I was competing in the APA national pool tournament.

It was her first time and essentially mine as I was there with my parents back in the mid-sixties. It took us half a day to learn that you must play max bets on the slots and we left Vegas after a week up $600 mostly from Wheel of Fortune. Wheel of Fortune stunk last year. Also last year for 6 months before our Vegas trip I practiced blackjack strategy and betting strategy and then was very angry as I proceeded to lose 50 out of 55 hands at various $5 tables. This year I will only look for single or double-deck play and use your ideas except for the card counting. My next book will be your card counting book, Golden Touch Blackjack Revolution!

Just so you know a little of my mentality on beating the casinos, my brothers and sister and I are all gifted athletes. My mother put a poster of Vince Lombardi on our bedroom door with the quote "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." That has been my motto and I hate to lose and am driven to win. I enjoy finding holes in the rules of any game and exploit them to beat my opponents.

I find billiards has taught me perfect shot alignment with arm and stance, how to make adjustment when needed and I have played in a lot of tournaments with tons of noise so I am prepared now for craps but within your guidelines.

My wife and I love Vegas! We have also looked out our room window at night and gazing at all the wonderful neon lights and said this is the best. We are so excited.

Sorry, I did have a question. In your book, the chapter 'A day in the life of a Gambler' you mention that while at Binion's, Alan got the dice and the dealer yelled at him not to set the dice. So is this illegal in casinos? I have been training using the hard set and practicing my throw. I am bummed that I may not be able to set the dice. I do set them fairly fast.

Thanks for your wonderful books. Sorry for the rambling but your books inspired me.

Regards,
Gary

Dear Gary:

Thanks for your letter. Some quick responses:

  • Don't play 10 hours a day. Go to some shows; take some walks; visit casinos and go swimming. You can also people watch.
  • Dump the high house edge games from your play. Wheel of Fortune and all the progressive slot machines stink, coming in with edges around 15%.
  • Get the book Specific Slot Machines that Give the Players the Edge by Jerry Stickman (go here: http://www.goldentouchcraps.com/slot_book.shtml).
  • Do buy Golden Touch Dice Control Revolution! It has the easiest card counting system ever developed, Speed Count. Why not play with an edge?
  • Dice setting is allowed in almost every casino. Occasionally some ploppy boxman, floor man, or pit boss might get it into his or her head that dice setting in and of itself can beat the casinos. Not so. Only a Golden Touch controlled throw can do this.
  • Losing streaks in gambling are par for the course.

For your letter I am giving you a free 10-day subscription to my private, members-only web site at www.goldentouchcraps.com. We have over 5,000 members and the discussions on these message boards are lively, interesting and fun. Enjoy!

All the best in and out of the casinos!

Frank Scoblete

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Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
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Frank Scoblete
Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

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