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Obtaining knowledge and staying current

17 February 2018

By John Marchel
How do you keep current on all the latest blackjack information? You purchase the latest book on blackjack and you subscribe to some of the blackjack newsletters and magazines that are on the market. You surf the internet, and most of all, you visit casinos. You don’t have to play in every casino you visit; you can stop-look-listen while in those facilities, and that in itself will help you to gain additional information.

Take a look at “Casino City Times – Gaming Gurus” on the internet. It has over five dozen authors writing articles who have loads of gambling experience. Every week new articles appear, dealing with blackjack and all the games normally found in today’s casinos.

Start your own library of books and articles you run across. Visit bookstores for the latest books and magazines. Look for older books at garage sales and used bookstores. Here is where you find the classics like Beat the Dealer by Edward Thorp and World's Greatest Blackjack Book by Lance Humble. They might be old, but they are still part of the basic knowledge you need to build on to become a successful player.

Knowledge is a major ingredient when it comes to winning in the casino. In general, the odds on all the games are in favor of the house. But, knowledge is what separates winners from losers. Remember, there are players out there who visit casinos on a regular basis who make their living gambling. Maybe you don’t want to be a professional, but you want to have the skills that it takes to be a constant winner.

Look at it from your past school experience. To get a good grade in a class you had to take in high school or college required you to do some work. You studied the text, made lots of notes during class, went to the library to read more about the subject, got a follow classmate to help tutor you and the next thing you know you got an A! Now maybe you never bothered to read about the subject again or use in your work or social life; however, the steps you took to get the A can be the same when it comes to obtaining knowledge for playing in a casino. Knowledge is what separates winners from losses.

BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW

• Trivia is considered just one small step on the road to higher knowledge.

• Even though a knowledgeable player can reduce the house edge to less than 2% at craps, the Nevada Gaming Commission reports that casinos are earning approximately 14% returns from the game.

• 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.

• On five occasions, betting on the Belmont Stakes was as easy as flipping a coin. There were five times when the race had only two horses in the field: 1887, 1888, 1892, 1910 and 1920.

• The ancient Greeks awarded celery to winners of sports events, and it often was carried by marathon runners.

• In the 1930s, during the depression, movie houses offered a one-night-a-week variation of bingo call "screeno." Each customer received a type of a bingo card, and winners were determined by a drawing during the evening.

• At one time during the late 1970s, $11 million won in state lotteries throughout the U.S. went unclaimed by winners.

• The Mills slot machine of 1910 had cherries, oranges and plums as winners. If a lemon appeared no prize would be awarded. This is why the lemon came to mean something unsatisfactory or defective.

This article is provided by the Frank Scoblete Network. Melissa A. Kaplan is the network's managing editor. If you would like to use this article on your website, please contact Casino City Press, the exclusive web syndication outlet for the Frank Scoblete Network. To contact Frank, please e-mail him at fscobe@optonline.net.

 

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. ... (read more)
 

23 facts about blackjack

6 January 2018
1. Blackjack originated in French casinos around the 1700s, where it was called "vingt-et-un" (twenty-and-one). 2. Emperor Napoleon played and enjoyed it more than any other card game. 3. There are approximately 140 countries in the world with casinos that offer blackjack. 4. The proper name of the game is “21”; the name “blackjack” was only added as slang in the 1920s. ... (read more)
 

Gambling superstitions

30 December 2017
According to the Study of Public Opinion Research Center in 2011, 54% of adults believe in at least one common superstition. Gambling, in particular, has an extraordinary number of superstitious beliefs. Why? An activity completely dependent on luck naturally leads people to create superstitions which could control the outcome in their favor. ... (read more)

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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:

KISS Guide to Gambling

> More Books By John Marchel