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Game odds vs. real return

9 December 2017
By playing basic strategy at blackjack, making the correct plays at craps and only playing on single zero wheels at roulette, you can do well at the casino. However, there is a gambler's saying: “When I win the lottery, I’m not going to play in a casino; I’m going to buy a casino.” The reason that saying was made up is simple: The house has the edge on all the bets offered. ... (read more)
 

The cost of playing

18 November 2017
Modern gambling facilities earn their profits by charging the customer a fee or commission for the privilege of playing in their facility. This fee is known as the edge or house advantage, which is built into each and every wager made in the casino or at the racetrack. The formal tern used in the gambling business for this commission is vigorish, or vig. ... (read more)
 

More practice drills for blackjack

28 October 2017
Just like baseball players, you need practice to maintain your skill at blackjack. Ball players do a lot of practice drills before a game, and even if they are not scheduled to play, they still come to the ballpark and warm up by doing the drills. Even if you are not planning to go to the casino, you should do the drills periodically. ... (read more)
 

Gambling in Macau

7 October 2017
Besides the almost 1,000 casinos in the U.S., there are many places around the world that offer casinos. On of them is Macau (also spelled Macao). It is officially known as the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. It is an autonomous territory on the southern coast of the People's Republic of China, about 38 miles southeast of Hong Kong. ... (read more)
 

Today's gambling

16 September 2017
The United States has had a long history of gambling. For example, the Virginia colony was financed by a lottery that was held in England in 1612. The American Revolution was paid for largely by state lotteries. Later, numerous states and towns followed this lead, and paid for roads and public works projects through the sale of lottery tickets. ... (read more)
 

Managing your bankroll

26 August 2017
When it comes to managing your bankroll for gambling, you must have a basic money-management plan; however, it’s also important to remember that such a type of plan will not help you win at the tables or machines. Rather, a good financial plan will help you to reduce your losses and give you a better chance to come out ahead in the long run. ... (read more)
 

Gambling potpourri

5 August 2017
In English, “potpourri” is often used to refer to any collection of diverse items. It’s a kind of collection of miscellaneous literary extracts. In this case, we have a collection of gambling trivia that includes facts, events and oddities that do not fit into any specific category. The dictionary tells us ... (read more)
 

Warming up for blackjack

15 July 2017
It’s Friday night, and you are planning to head to the casino to play some blackjack. Are you ready? Or are you going into the game cold? Are you sure you have a good recall of all the soft hands for doubling down? Does it take you playing time to get warmed up? Do you have a good handle on splitting ... (read more)
 

Why you double down

24 June 2017
During a recent trip to Las Vegas, I was playing at a blackjack table when the dealer turned up a 6 as her up-card. I had an ace-7 and quickly doubled down. I immediately began to get calls from follow players that I had an 18 and should stay. The dealer hesitated, but I just smiled and said nothing. ... (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:

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