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Winning games

27 January 2018

Even with new games appearing regularly at casinos, there is a very limited number of games that can be consistently won by a serious player.

If you want to be a professional or a semi-pro, or if you want to make gambling your No. 1 hobby, these are the games to play: blackjack, live poker, video poker, horse racing and sports betting.

In each case, it is skill – not luck – that will be the deciding factor. You shouldn’t go out and start to play, thinking you can beat the house or other players because of your experience at Friday night games in your hometown with friends and neighbors.

To become even a moderately skilled gambler requires a lot of research, a great deal of study and loads of practice, along with experience. Les take a look at some of these games.

When it comes to blackjack you have to know Basic Strategy for single, double and multi-deck games. Card counting is a must. You also need a sound money management plan along with an "act” so you can continue to play and not get barred.

In live poker, you are always playing against your fellow players. It’s often been said that poker is 50% luck and 50% skill. Most of the time it’s difficult to tell which is which when playing. You should consider specializing in one game like Texas Hold’em, or five-card draw, or seven-card stud. Learning odds and learning to read other players is also a must.

Video poker is a game that requires lots of knowledge before you play. Knowing the good machines from the poor ones is a must. There are different strategies for different machines, you need to know them all. A reasonable bankroll is required to last until the royal flush appears. To be a professional at this game requires a great deal of playing time.

To make money at horse racing you must have lots of experience in handicapping races. You need to know which items are dominant, which must be weighted and what must be considered when reviewing an upcoming race. You also need to learn to pass up races that you feel might be too close to call. This game requires lots of homework to be successful.

Sports betting can be hard to accomplish due to the limited places where it is legal. Currently in the US, it is illegal to operate a betting scheme, except in Nevada, Oregon, Delaware and Montana.

Yes, everybody knows you can find a bookie in almost any town, but to wager on a regular basis, only a few states allow it. As with horse racing, in sports betting you need to know a lot about teams, specific players, home field advantage and much more. It’s been reported that most professional gamblers make their living by betting on sports.


BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW

• In the 1980s, a $10-$20 poker game was considered a “high-limit” game where the professionals played.

• It was in the 1979 WSOP Champion event that Hal Fowler’s stunning upset victory marked the first time an amateur player prevailed over the professionals.

• When you see professional gamblers who play the horses, or sports betters, blackjack and poker players, along with video poker professionals, the one thing they all have in common is knowledge. Knowledge is what separates winners from losses.

• Today there are 17 dog tracks and 109 horse racing tracks in the U.S.

• There are currently 76 approved off-track betting (OTB) parlors in New York City. These facilities take in about $2.7 billion on horse racing in the state each year.

• The largest horse track in the world is the Tokyo Race Course, which is located in Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan. It was built in 1933 for horse racing; it has 13,750 seats, with a capacity of 223,000. The course was renovated in 2007, adding the world’s largest video screen.

• During the reign of King Charles II (1630-1685) of England, a new system of horse racing, open-field racing, was adapted. Instead of a two-horse race against each other, several horses would compete against each other in the same race.

• In 1890, the U.S. had 314 horse racing tracks operating across the country. By 1908, that number had plummeted to 25.

• In 1950, the Horse Racing Hall of Fame and Museum opened in Saratoga Springs, New York near the Saratoga race track.

• In 2007, the Indiana Legislature passed legislation allowing 2,000 slot machines at each of the two horse racing tracks. This brought casino type gaming to central Indiana.
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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:

KISS Guide to Gambling

> 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:

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

> More Books By John Marchel