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How Not to Run a Gambling Team

5 July 2004
Say you gamble with an edge, at blackjack, video poker, or perhaps online, but are getting sick of the fluctuations and decide to join up with a few friends to flatten things out. If you want to run an unsuccessful team, here are a few tips: 1) Take expenses out of the team bank. This is the single most important reason teams fail. ... (read more)
 

Counting Online?

5 June 2004
Can you count cards online? Don't the online casinos shuffle-up after every hand? Well, no actually. Several casinos offer token penetration (penetration is the term card counters use to describe how many cards are dealt out). Cryptolgic casinos deal 2 virtual decks out of 8. Stanley Acropolis deal 2 of 6. ... (read more)
 

6:5 Blackjack

1 May 2004
"Blackjack pays a whopping 6:5" So says the sign heralding one of the biggest corporate rip-offs in gaming history. The use of "whopping" should win some kind of award for deceptive advertising. What next? Single numbers at roulette pay a "whopping" 30-1? Sports wagers pay off at a "whopping" 8/10? ... (read more)
 

United States Patent 6,254,096: Shuffle Master's Continuous Shuffler

3 April 2004
United States Patent 6,254,096 was supposed to be the death knell for blackjack card counters. This was Shuffle Mmaster's patent for their continuous shuffling machine (CSM). This device was supposed to kill off card counting forever by shuffling up every hand and do away with human shuffling, speeding up the game in the process. ... (read more)
 

Designing a Robot to Beat Blackjack

8 March 2004
If there is one thing online casinos fear more than any other it is a blackjack robot player, a computer program designed to play blackjack perfectly and tirelessly. Simply mirroring a robot's tireless playing patterns is enough to get your account frozen and your winnings confiscated from some casinos who offer blackjack games that can theoretically be beaten by card counting. ... (read more)
 

Putting a Blackjack Dealer on Tilt

15 February 2004
A distracted blackjack dealer can be a very profitable proposition for an advantage player. This deterioration can create several types of profitable opportunity, for example: Dealer mays inadvertently expose their hole card or the next card out of the shoe before it should have been exposed. They ... (read more)
 

The Future of Handicapping

5 January 2004
Of all the dramatic effects associated with the internet, the rapid advances in forms of gambling are perhaps the most tangible and lasting. Before, you see, it was simple. You bet on a football game. You got 10/11 on your team if your team beat the pointspread, and nothing if you lost. The sportsbooks ... (read more)
 

Beating the Sneaky Bonus II

8 December 2003
Some casinos offer a bonus that is not strictly a bonus but a loss rebate. They agree to refund your losses up to a certain level in exchange for a certain amount of action. For example, a casino may offer to refund your losses up to $30 if you purchase $100 and play it through five times (bet $500 in action). ... (read more)
 

Beating the Sneaky Bonus

9 November 2003
Some sneaky internet casinos lure you in with the promise of a $100 bonus. Once you have signed up, you discover that bonus is hard to get hold of. All casinos, reasonably enough, require you to bet a minimum amount of action to withdraw your bonus, say $700 for a $100 bonus. But it does not always end there. ... (read more)

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John May is one of the most feared gamblers in the world. He has developed "advantage play" techniques for many games that are considered unbeatable.

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