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Difference Between House "Edge" and House "Hold"

1 September 2006
This week, we're going to look at the difference between the house "edge" and "hold." For six years, I've been recommending you play certain games and avoid others based on the theoretical house edge. But sometimes confusion arises because you may read a report that says a casino's win rate on blackjack is 20 percent, and yet I've told you the house edge is only 0.5 percent. ... (read more)
 

Notes on Doubling; When To Do It and Why

25 August 2006
I can't begin to tell you how many times I see blackjack players doubling incorrectly! They're not doubling when they should, doubling when they shouldn't, or doubling for less. I can't stand it any longer, so I'm getting up on my soapbox. Get ready for a sermon. One of the reasons blackjack is such a good game to learn is that it's a game of skill. ... (read more)
 

World Craps Championship

19 August 2006
Please don't anyone pinch me. I want to keep having this dream for at least the next two years. Okay, I'll cut to the chase and tell you up front what this is all about. On Sunday, July 23, I won the Captain's Trophy at the World Craps Championship tournament. You see, I belong to the Golden Touch Craps Club (www.goldentouchcraps.com), which is sponsored by Frank Scoblete Enterprises. ... (read more)
 

Why the Buy Bet Can Be One of the Best at the Craps Table

18 August 2006
Last week, you learned that buying a 4 or a 10 at the craps table was a much better bet than placing either of those numbers. If your casino of choice charges the 5 percent commission only on winning bets and will allow you to buy a $35 bet for the same $1 vig as a $20 bet, then you've whittled the house edge down to .95 percent. ... (read more)
 

You CAN Whittle the House Edge on the Buy Bet

11 August 2006
A reader has taught me a very valuable lesson: I don't know as much as I think I do. Over the past few months, I've been writing a few articles about craps. It has been very easy, basic stuff just to give you the nerve to walk up to a craps table. I managed to discuss the pass line bet with taking odds and also the don't pass bet with laying odds. ... (read more)
 

Video Poker Versus Live Poker

4 August 2006
While I was playing video poker a few days ago, I overheard a gentleman coaching his wife in the finer points of video poker play. He said, "No, don't hold that inside straight. Don't ever hold inside straights when you're playing poker." His admonition to her caught my attention because there are ... (read more)
 

Pay Attention to Pot Odds When Playing Live Poker

28 July 2006
Lately, I've been playing poker a little more frequently and have tried to pay attention to what, as a novice, I feel is an advanced concept but which experienced players consider rather elementary: winning at poker means winning money, not pots. Now, think about it. How often do you worry more about ... (read more)
 

Split Those 4s; Here's Why

21 July 2006
It always surprises me when someone who usually plays blackjack by basic strategy wants to pick out one or two playing strategies to disagree with and to discard. About three or four months ago, I wrote a short series about blackjack. It didn't involve any advanced or complicated theories; it was just ... (read more)
 

Mind Your P's and Q's

14 July 2006
I witnessed something the other day at a poker table that absolutely appalled me. A player had been losing consistently and went "on tilt" and started steaming. Now, I've seen this happen before, but this gentleman went to the extreme. Several times he threw his cards into the muck with such force that twice they went off the table. ... (read more)

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Linda Mabry
Low Roller Linda Mabry lives and gambles on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She writes a weekly, general gambling advice column for the Biloxi Sun Herald, and may be contacted through her e-mail address, lnmabry@cableone.net or her web site www.thelowroller.com
Linda Mabry
Low Roller Linda Mabry lives and gambles on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She writes a weekly, general gambling advice column for the Biloxi Sun Herald, and may be contacted through her e-mail address, lnmabry@cableone.net or her web site www.thelowroller.com