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7 winning steps4 April 2015
Playing in a casino can be fun, exciting and even profitable; on the other hand, the profitable part can be difficult at times. If you are an occasional player who just likes to enjoy the fun and excitement that a casino visit brings to you, that's fine, but maybe you would like to have a better winning experience while playing.
There are a few simple things about some of the rules and odds of various games that you should know that will allow you to play more successfully and be more likely end up as a winner. The seven simple gambling tips listed can be used in any casino in the U.S., including riverboats and Native American facilities. These tips have been proven successful over the years by thousands of players. Read them, study them and play the way it says, and you might reduce your losses and become a much more successful player.
1. Ask for help.
When playing blackjack and you are not sure how to play your hand, ask the dealer. About 90 percent of the time a dealer will help you. They will not say what precise action you should take, but will make suggestions like “the book says to ...” or “most players will ... with that hand.” They are prohibited from telling you how to play any hand, but they can tell you how others might play. Also there might be experienced players at the table that could also give you some suggestions. In any case, you should considered taking advantage of any suggestions you might get from a dealer or other players.
2. To split or not to split?
In blackjack you should always split Aces and 8s, and never split 4s, 5s or 10s. With the Aces, you hope to catch two 10s, giving you two 21s. Splitting two 8s is also a good move since 16 is considered the worst hand in blackjack. Your best course of action is to split them and hope for two 10s, giving you two 18s. You will not always be a winner, but you will end up losing less when you do split 8s. On the other hand, don’t split 4s. If you just hit your hand you might catch a 10 making your hand an 18. Splitting them could leave you with two 14s, which is not a very good hand. Don’t spit 5s; you want to double down if the dealer has a 2 through 9 showing, otherwise just hit. Two 10s make a 20, which is the second-best hand in blackjack. Don’t fool around with it by splitting, just take the win.
3. Insurance your car, but not your cards.
Don’t take insurance or even money for your blackjack. The odds favor the house big time when you take any of these two actions. Remember, the house wouldn’t offer these options if it wasn’t in their favor. Don’t give up your chance to win a bonus of 3 to 2 when you have a blackjack – again, the bottom line is not to take insurance with any hand or even money even when you have a blackjack; it’s not a good play for the player.
4. Max bet, max payout.
Always play the maximum coins in a slot or video poker machine. To get the most from a machine, you must put the maximum coins in. If the price is too high with the maximum bet, simply play at a lower-domination machine. If you can’t afford three $1 coins, switch to three quarters or even three nickels. But always play the maximum, which is the only way to get the big wins and end up with a profit.
5. Roulette, a simple game.
In roulette, never play the 5-spot (0, 00, 1, 2, 3). The odds jump from 5.26 percent on a double zero table, in favor of the house, to over 7 perecent against you when betting the 5-spot. You might also want to avoid the "inside" numbers altogether and only play the “outside” bets, like red/black, odd/even, high/low or the columns or dozens. The odds are considerable better on these wagers than on any single numbers you might select.
6. Good video poker.
Play Jacks or Better 9/6 video poker machines. These are the oldest video poker machines around and the easiest to learn the strategy for. A 9/6 machine can be identified by looking at what a Full House pays for one coin (9) and what it pays for a Flush (6). That machine will return 99.5 percent, which is much higher than 8/5 or 7/5 machine will pay. It won’t take you long to learn video poker.
Remember Video Poker is also called Draw Poker. You receive five cards and you can choose to keep one, two, three, four or change all five. The resulting hand is the final outcome that determines what the payout will be. You are a winner of any hand that results in a pair of jacks or better. Again, Video Poker will pay out at a much higher rate than any slot machine will.
7. Make a bet instead of a tip for the dealer.
Don’t give a tip to a dealer while playing in a casino; instead, make a bet for them. This applies to blackjack, craps, roulette and baccarat. When you make a bet for the dealer, they will be rooting for you to win, thereby their actions might help you win that wager. It’s important to know they will not cheat for you, but they can help you in many small ways. So, make a bet instead of just tossing a chip to the dealer.
One extra tip: It is not really that hard to win in a casino. What is hard is walking out with your winnings. Don’t keeping playing and giving it all back -- take a win, no matter how small, and run to the nearest exit.
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