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The 7 Smart Things for Playing in a Casino

17 January 2015

By John Marchel
1. Double up to catch up is a big no!

Don’t try and double your bets when experiencing a losing streak. Many players hope to catch a big win and return to even while experiencing a losing streak. If things are not going well, you should reduce the size of your wager, instead of increasing it. Later, when you might see a reverse of losing and things start to get better, that is the time to increase the size of your bets. Decrease when losing, increase when winning, it’s that simple.

2. Play only machines you know how to play.

If you have moved from slots to video poker, which I hope you have done, and you has mastered Jacks or Better, don’t try playing Deuces Wild, Double Bonus or Jack Wild. At least don’t play them until you have read and understand the strategy for each of those games. They are different and to be successful you need to know what the exact play is for any given hand of those different machine games. There are plenty of books and strategy cards available to help you learn the strategy for each different video poker game. Don’t try to learn at the machine, it’s the school of hard knocks; it’s also the most expensive school.

3. Watch the big six wheel - but don’t play it

This game, the big six wheel has one of the highest house advantages of all the games in a casino. It can be fun and interesting to watch others play, but it is a high risk game for a player to win at. Yes, you can make a small $1 bet, but don’t expect to win even a little bit. It’s a game you need to stay away from.

4. Don’t just bet, have a money management plan.

How many times have you heard the expression “I only take a $100 and when I lose that I quit playing.” Or “I’ll leave after I lose this last $50.” The real objective of going to a casino should be to win. It doesn’t matter how much, just so you end up with more that you came with. That should be the real goal.

5. Don’t hesitate to ask for a comp.

It’s been estimated that Las Vegas alone gives away about $2 to $3 million a day in “comps,” (short for complimentary) which means FREE. Who do they give all this free stuff to? They give it to people who ask. If you don’t ask, don’t expect to get anything. Yes, most casinos will have cocktail waitresses running around offering free drinks, but you need to ask if you want something else. What else can you ask for? How about dinner, it might be a coffee shop comp, the buffet, or even their steak house. You can also ask for a room or show tickets. Normally, the floorman or pit boss will grant RFB, (Room, Food & Beverage). As you increase your betting level, you might be assigned a host who will supply stuff above RFB, like airfare or show tickets at another casino. The bottom line is to always ASK. If they say no, ask again later or on your next visit.

6. Don’t rush in to play if tired.

Rest up after a long trip. Remember the mind and body work together. When one is tied it will have a major impact on the other. You need both body and mind to be a winner at the casino. Take a nap or even a good night sleep after arriving. You want to be at your best physical and mental state before playing.

7. Don’t tell others how to play.

Follow players will love you when they win after you helped them. They will love you more as they win hand after hand based on your advice. However, when they loss one hand, even after five wins, they will turn on you. “You suggestion made me loss” will be their comment. It doesn’t matter that you helped them numerous times before; they will only remember the one that lost. I know that helping others how to play a hand is very temping, but you should avoid it.

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


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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.

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