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Learning Good Gambling Techniques

28 December 2019

Today, there are lots of things you can do to learn more about your favorite game and how to become a better player. The how-to books available now, along with the internet, provide a mountain of information you can use on every game you can think of. There are also gambling experts giving courses and lectures all around the country.

There is little excuse for not knowing how to win when it comes to gambling. To become a good player, you must practice three basic concepts: gambling how-how, self-control and lot of common sense.

The real object of gambling is to win. That sounds simple enough. It is and it isn’t.
Some players think it’s to get a seven on the come-out roll at craps or you lose or you get closer to 21 than the dealer at blackjack, or pick a straight up number at roulette. None of these actions is really true. What you really want is to beat the dealer. This idea applies to craps, blackjack, roulette, keno and even at the race track. At craps you want numbers, at blackjack you can win on 13 if the dealer bust, you can win lots on a red or black in roulette, hit three out of three in keno for a nice win, and you can win if your horse comes in second.

You do not have to hit a “jackpot” every time to be a winner. Look at it this way, casinos win a little all the time and after, say 24 hours, those wins add up to be a lot. If you win a little all the time at the end of your visit or session you could also win a lot.

Here are some of the specific things you can do to meet these concepts:

• Take the free gaming lessons offered by most casinos. You’ll find lessons on craps, blackjack, roulette, and Let-it-Ride, and more. Normally these free instructions are given during the morning and afternoon periods. They can last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes and can be very helpful to a new player. They are honest and very instructive.

• Study the game you play. There is more information about gambling than ever before. No matter what your game might be you will find new books coming out almost every month along with new Internet sites popping up each week. There are loads of magazines and newsletters with articles by experts who will explain all about the newest table games and the most elaborate machines.

• Visit the Gamblers Book Club (Shop), in Las Vegas. It has the largest selection of gambling books and video tapes in the world. No matter what game or sporting event you want to know about, they have it. You can find them on the Internet.

• Get some of the strategy cards that are out there in the market place. The computer has helped put these cards out in simple and easy to learn formats. They are available for blackjack, craps, roulette, slots and even poker and video poker. With these cards you don’t have to wade thought all the mathematics, you just play the way the card tells you. Most are inexpensive ranging from three to seven dollars.

• Go to the Internet and download some of the games offered whether it’s craps, blackjack, roulette or slots. Or you can go to your favorite computer store and get casino game programs that will help you with your game. Stop by a game or noverity store and pick up a home-type felt on craps, blackjack or roulette which will allow you to get a more realistic feel for the game while you practice.

• When in the casino spend some time watching. You can go to a craps table and watch without making any bets. The same is true for blackjack, roulette and baccarat. Stop by a table where a high roller is playing. Watch the betting as well as the strategy being used by the player. Be weary of adapting the way a high roller might play; remember, the size of a bankroll does not make an expert.

• Another way to get a lot of experience at little cost is to play in tournaments. Many casinos offer tournaments. They can be for slots, blackjack, poker and even horse racing. Look in the tourist magazines and newspapers found throughout the casino. Usually they have listings of tournaments. Most have small entry fees and offer a lot of gaming and even some extra amenities for entering. Remember, you will be playing against other players, not the house, when you are in a tournament.


BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW

• Surveys have reported that over 25 % of Americans, age 21+, has gambled in a casino at least once during the past year. That relates to a little over 54 million players.

• Las Vegas alone has over 40 million visitors a year, every year.

• Each player on the winning team of the 2007 Super Bowl football game earned $73,000 for that one event.

• Spain started a national lottery in 1763. Records of winning numbers has been kept since 1812.

• Numerous surveys through the years found that 75 percent of players in a casino will be winning sometime during their play, but only four percent go home a winner.

• July 18, 1984 The first “legal” Texas Hold’em game in California is played at the Huntington Park Casino.

• You are legally obligated to report any and all winnings from gambling. This is done on line 21 (Other Income) of Form 1040. This is also where you would report any awards or prize money you won during the year in question. Yes, even if you only win $10 you still have to report it (even if the casino didn’t issue a W-2G IRS form). Gambling income plus your job income (and any other income) equals your total income that must be reported to the IRS.

• John Orchard, of Lincolnshire, England is the biggest winner of any bingo game ever played in that country. His individual winnings were £5.9million ($7.653 million USD).

• The Tri-State Lottery was approved in April 1985, with Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont agreeing to share lottery games between the three states. They were the first states in the US to link lotteries.

• July 17, 1934 The color black showed up 17 times in a row on one specific roulette wheel in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
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John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

John Marchel Websites:

johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

101 Casino Gambling Tips: Affordable Strategies & Techniques for Maximizing Profits & Reducing Loses

> More Books By John Marchel

John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

John Marchel Websites:

johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

KISS Guide to Gambling

> More Books By John Marchel