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Crowded or Not Crowded?

18 May 2021

I prefer going to casinos during the week as opposed to weekends. I don’t like being packed with other people in a place. If I play craps squeezing into a table is uncomfortable and, yes, annoying. Shooting the dice with someone buffeting you is unpleasant.

The more players at a table, the better the chance some of them do not know the “rules” and procedures of the game, such as not putting your hands over the table or not throwing in late bets or not messing with the shooter. Some players won’t even know the order in which bets are paid off and they’ll complain that they haven’t been paid in the midst of the dealers paying off winning bets.

And smoking? Oh, that’s the worst. The more people, the more people who smoke. It is not as if the casino expands based on how many people are cramming into it. The dimensions of the place remain the same but the smoke increases by quite a lot.

At blackjack, full tables tend to bring out the “experts” who want to tell other people how to play their hands. I do find this annoying too. Although I do recommend playing at crowded tables if you are a basic strategy player, I violate my own advice in this and play at tables with just a couple of other players.

I can go around the casino games and see that with few exceptions, Pai Gow Poker being one of them, the crowds are not my cup of tea.

At a crowded roulette table there is a much greater chance of some other player knocking over chip stacks on the numbers. There’s a greater chance that some players are constantly placing late bets. There’s a greater chance that some other player will buffet you as they reach in to place their bets.

Mini-baccarat attracts highly superstitious players and on the weekend these players are all over the game. Trust me, you do not want to be the object of a superstitious player’s wrath. Some of these players will bet either with you or against you (that’s their “method”) and if they lose, well, who’s fault is that? Yes, you!

The carnival games can often be crowded as well but you do have a chance to avoid those crowds during the weekdays.

Early morning, say 6 o’clock, is my favorite time to play, followed by an after-breakfast session and then a late afternoon session. I tend to avoid evenings even mid-week. I prefer to go to a show, watch a band at the cocktail lounge or just hang out in my room.

I don’t think I am alone in this and I have been talking to other players to see how they feel about their favorite playing days and their playing times. The range of opinion is quite large. Some players actually enjoy the crowded conditions on the weekends, while others agree with me. But all players have their individual likes and dislikes.

I’ll share their opinions with you in an upcoming column. Suffice it to say, if you work during the week it is hard to go to casinos during those times and playing on a weekend is a must. This is simply a matter of what stage of life a person is in. As the lyrics to the Rolling Stones’ song states, “You can’t always get what you want.”

All the best in and out of the casinos!

Frank Scoblete’s web site is www.frankscoblete.com. His books are available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Kindle, e-books and at bookstores.
Frank Scoblete

Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players

> More Books By Frank Scoblete

Frank Scoblete
Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

> More Books By Frank Scoblete