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Why not the 5 in the Field?4 November 2014
I know there’s a logical explanation I’m missing, but I’ve racked my feeble brain and can’t think of one!
Any help? Many thanks.
FRANK RESPONDS: The casino needs an edge to win money from the players. Right now with the 5, 6, 8 and 7 as losers in the Field, the casino wins 20 decisions and loses 16 decisions (but it pays 2-to-1 on the 2 and 12). So think of it as 20 wins and 18 losses for the house. If you now give the players the number 5, that adds four wins for the players and subtracts four wins from the casino. Now the casino only wins 16 bets and the players win 22 (20 plus those 2-to-1 payouts). So the 5 is a big number for the casinos to keep winning.
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FROM GEORGE: I noticed that you stated “about $45, more or less” described your wins and losses. Mine are similar. The most I have won at slots is $45 with no losses (only play free play taking my winnings as I play). On a $5.00 free play, I will average 3.80 cash to me.
My favorite game is craps. I am a numbers guy (engineer). I enjoy the game and winning at craps. It is a very exciting game. My big loss here is $160 on one roll of the dice. Never again! I was new to the game and just got greedy. Now my losses are kept below $100 and mostly below $50 for entire sessions.
The most I have won at craps is $100 at one session. I am usually satisfied with $30 to $40 in winnings. Again — DON’T GET GREEDY! I think that this single thing causes more people to lose. Sometimes it just isn’t your day! Learn when to say “when.” I have played craps between two players that were winning but I was losing. Yes, I must have played a little different than they did. But I finally just walked away to play another day. Not staying to see if the table would “turn around.” I would put my philosophy this way:
1. Play to win.
2. Enjoy your play.
3. Minimize your losses when losing.
4. Don’t get greedy.
5. Don’t be impatient — take your time and enjoy the game.
6. If the casino pushes money to you — take it.
7. The money on the table is yours.
8. You have to know when to quit. “Winners know when to quit” but losers must also know when to quit.
Other statements that people think but might be totally false:
1. The game will turn around.
2. There is no end to this streak of luck.
3. I’ll catch up.
Seldom do people get everything back by chasing loses. And a good roll of the dice does finally end, as does the dealing of good cards.
By the way, my total winnings for the year are $450 (losses are included in this number) so far with 75 trips and over 60 free meals. I hope this is of some benefit to someone if you choose to print it. You may paraphrase or otherwise edit as you see fit.
FRANK RESPONDS: George, you make some excellent points. I play as you do — I am very careful with my money. I also think you are quite smart keeping track of what you win or lose and what you have been given in comps.
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