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3 October 2015
By John Marchel
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, one who just likes to enjoy the fun and excitement that a casino visit brings to you, but 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 more likely end up as a winner.
The 10 simple and winning 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 these tips, study them and play the way they say, and you will 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% 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 consider 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 eights, and never split fours, fives, or tens. With the aces, you hope to catch two tens, giving you two 21s. Splitting two eights is also a good move since 16 is the worst hand in blackjack. Your best course of action is to split them and hope for two tens, giving you two 18s. You will not always be a winner when you split eights, but you will end up losing less when you do.
On the other hand, don’t split fours. 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 split fives; you want to double down if the dealer has a 2 through 9 showing, otherwise just hit.
Two tens make a 20, which is the second best hand in blackjack. Don’t fool around with it by splitting, just take the win. There are other pairs you can split, depending what the dealer hand is showing. Does the dealer have a small card, 2 through 6? If so, you can do a lot more splitting. For example, nines against dealer's five or six is a good split. If the dealer is showing a high card, seven through ace, then you should only split aces and eights.
3. Insure 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 even when you have a blackjack, it’s not a good play for the player.
4. Slots, which machines?
When playing slots, it’s a good idea to only play three-reel non-progressive machines.
5. 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.
6. Roulette, a simple game
In roulette, never play the five-spot (0, 00, 1, 2, 3). The house edge jumps from 5.26% on a double zero table to over 7% against you when betting the five-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, because often casinos will return half these bets if a green 0 or 00 hits.
7. 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, which can be identified by looking at what a full house pays for one coin (9) and what it pays for a flush (6), will return 99.5%, which is much higher than 8/5 or 7/5 ma chine 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 five, 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.
8. The best bet in the house
At craps, only play where they offer 2x odds or better. The little sign next to each dealer will tell you about the minimum and maximum bets allowed and it will also tell you about the odds they offer. You should always take odds on the pass line since the house will give you the true odds on that bet but only even money on your basic pass line bet. In other words, the house keeps part of the win for the pass line, but keeps nothing on the odds bet. If you’re not sure, ask one of the dealers how to do it.
9. Craps, a really simple game
Keep to simple bets at craps – wager on the pass line with at least 2x odds behind it, then place the 6 and 8 or two come bets with odds. These are the best bets at the craps table and some of the best odds in the entire casino. Forget the long shots and field bets and never bet the Big 6 or Big 8. Craps can really be an easy game if you keep to simple betting.
10. 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 will be to 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 tipping. And lastly, dealers only expect “winners” to tip, not losers.
One extra tip: It is not really that hard to win in a casino, what is hard is walking out with your win. Don’t keeping playing and giving it all back, take a win, no matter how small, and run, don’t walk, to the nearest exit.
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