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Editing Luck and Dumb Gambling Strategies - Part 1

19 November 2001

All humankind is a work in progress. As such, we need lots of editing. Luckily, we are given it. Religion edits the human incline towards evil and directs us towards good and God. Medicine edits us by creating regimens that can increase the number of chapters in our particular book and that can make the turning of our pages not quite so painful as they were in the past.

Even in small areas of human endeavor, we see the effects of the editing factor. Cars are safer than ever before, so are planes, trains and stoves. Why? Because over time we have edited what doesn't work quite so well in all these individual things in order to make the totality of each and every one work just that much better.

And so it is with gambling, casino gambling in particular. Even as I write this, an editing process is occurring that can make the casino player a more dangerous hombre for the casinos to deal with.

If knowledge is power in the real world, than knowledge is money in the glitz and glamor of the casinos. The smarter you are, which is to say, the smarter you play, the more money you'll win or, more correctly, the less money you'll lose for the same number of thrills. But to get smart at casino gambling, we must edit some of our dumb casino strategies.

Dumb Gambling Strategy #1: "I prefer not to carry too much cash with me. If I do lose the money I brought with me to the casino, I'll just take an advance on my credit card."

Edit: No, no, no! Credit card cash advances come with outrageously usurious fees. Smart players who don't like to bring too much cash to the casinos with them would do well to look into getting a credit line at the casinos of their choice. A casino credit line comes with no interest and anywhere from one to six weeks to pay off your debt.

Dumb Gambling Strategy #2: "I like to make the bets that give me the greatest return for the least investment. That's why I play progressive slot machines; I always make the proposition bets in craps and pay the extra dollar to be eligible for the jackpots at Let It Ride, Caribbean Stud and Progressive Blackjack."

Edit: The illusion that you are making a "little investment" when you play the slots in an attempt to win big money is just that -- an illusion. Most slot players most nights who play those progressives will end up losing their money. The progressive slots come with house edges of up to 20 percent (depending on where in the country you play them). That means the house is going to keep 20 percent of all the money you put in the machine in the long run. How much do you think an "average" slot player can put in a machine in four hours of play? A dollar player, playing three coins per spin, can put over $8,000 in a slot machine. Now, multiply that over many, many visits and extract that 20 percent and does anyone seriously think he is making a "little investment" for a big payout in the long run? If our $8,000 player goes to a casino a dozen times in a year (that's only one one-day visit per month), he is really wagering $96,000. The 20 percent casino cut makes his expectation a loss of $19,200. Small investment? If you're Bill Gates maybe.

Our proposition bettor in craps is playing against edges of between 5 percent and 17 percent on the totality of the money he puts into action on these bets -- which can, as in the slot example above, be enormous.

And what about that teeny, tiny little one-dollar side bet at those other table games? They all have between 60 and 90 decisions per hour. That means you are betting $60 to $90 per hour, $240 to $360 per four-hours (a normal evening of play). Most side bets have house edges coming in around 25 percent. Do the math and what do we see -- big losses over time on these seemingly innocuous bets.

So, edit these bets out of your gambling repertoire!


Frank Scoblete presents more Dumb Gambling Strateigies in the second part of this article on November 19, 2001.

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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.

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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:

Golden Touch Blackjack Revolution

> More Books By Frank Scoblete