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Some Serious Questions

8 March 2022

Billy: “Casinos would call me an action player. I play just about every game. I do not like to relax. I want to play and play some more. You seem to be the opposite. Your columns are often cautionary and hinge on saving money and keeping your playing time under control. I have to disagree with you about that.”

Frank responds: “You are right. I am not a wild player and I always have one foot pointed towards the door. When I am at a casino, I do put in a lot of play but if things aren’t going my way, I will take a break. I also quit when I am tired.

“Sometimes I think our emotions run away from us at casinos. I do not like the feeling of waking up the next day and asking myself ‘I played how much money?’ That is almost as bad as saying, ‘I lost how much money?’

“So, I take it easy. I’ve been doing this for over three decades and I have spent as many as 130 days of playing a year. I am never in a rush.”

Joan: “Frank, are you against slot machines? Most of your columns are about table games. Why not more on slots?”

Frank responds: “I am not against slots. I write a regular column for Strictly Slots each month. I usually think of that as my contribution to the genre. You can’t dismiss slots as about 70 percent of the casino players in America find slots to be their favored game.”

Ben: “I really don’t see why the basic strategy in blackjack is considered almost sacrosanct. Can’t it be wrong? Why should I split certain cards all the time and not others all the time? Isn’t the third baseman responsible for what happens with the dealer most of the time? Why not take insurance when you have a blackjack or a twenty? I don’t see why so many gambling writers are almost religious about this stuff.”

Frank responds: “Basic strategy is the opposite of religion because it requires no faith. Computers have figured out precisely how each hand should be played at each type of blackjack game. While there are differences in the various blackjack games that are in casinos, the basic strategy for those games is well known.

“Basic strategy increases your chances to win money and decreases your chances of losing money. It makes the game a very close contest between player and casino – and that is exactly what you want. There is only one way to play blackjack and that is by using basic strategy.

“And for the third baseman? He or she has no more influence on the game than any other player. It is merely a blackjack myth that he or she does.”

Joan: “Why do you think it is important to have a gambling bankroll kept in a separate account? I know you call it a 401G but I go once a month and I don’t see why I should bother with a separate bank account.”

Frank responds: “I do not like the idea of mixing playing money with real money. The money you use to pay your bills and medical costs and the like should not touch the gambling money. You want to have fun at the casino and you never want to feel you short-changed your real life because of your casino life.

“You only have to put regular deposits in the account, as you would with a 401K, and let that account grow. Then when you go to the casino, you just take an amount out with which to play the games. I think doing that makes for greater comfort.”

Donnie: “You have on occasion mentioned Pai Gow Poker as a great game to play. At the casinos where I play you might find one table and it is usually filled. Why aren’t there more tables if the game is so good?”

Frank responds: "The game is terrific in my opinion but not many players have discovered it. It is relaxed with no pressure from the other players to play your hand this way or that way. Your decisions do count too.

“I think more people will play it if there were more tables. The house edge is about 2.6 percent but the leisureliness of the game protects players from massive losses. Why not ask your favorite casinos to offer more tables? That can’t hurt.”

Tess: "What game has the largest percentage of women who play it? I say blackjack. My husband says carnival games. What do you think?”

Frank responds: “Slots. The majority of the slot machine players are women – although a tremendous number of men play the machines as well. But for sheer numbers, you always have to go with slot machines. They are the cash cows of the casinos.”

All the best in and out of the casinos!

Frank Scoblete’s web site is www.frankscoblete.com. His books are available from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, libraries, 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