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Staying at the Game

25 January 2022

QUESTION: Most gambling writers tell you when to leave, usually when you are losing, but it is somewhat rare that they tell you when to stay at a table or slot machine. The other night at the casino I hit a point when I thought “do I stay or do I go?” I had won a decent amount of money, $500, and I had played about two hours. I was in a quandary. If I were losing, I would have left the table but I was on something of a roll. What is your advice there?

ANSWER: Obviously, you didn’t want to leave and that is fine given your circumstances. The other obvious point is that you don’t want to return your full win to the casino by eating through your win too deeply. Giving back a win is probably worse than just losing from the get go.

A good way to stay, but also not risk all your win, is to divide that win up. Take $300 and put it away, preferably in your room’s safe if you are at a casino for an overnight stay or two or three. If it is only a day visit then you have to put the money in your pocket or purse – never to touch it!

You also put in your original stake, what you brought to the game originally, in that safe or pocket or purse.

Now you have $200 as your current stake. You use that money – and only that money – to continue to play. Do not bet any higher than you normally bet and do not play games with which you are not familiar.

If you lose that $200 then you are done. If you should win, say, another $200, put that aside with the $300 and your original stake. I think this is an easy way to ride out your win and give you a chance for an even bigger win if luck stays with you.

The game or games you are playing are important too. So are the denominations of your bets. All of these things you have to calculate. You do have decisions to make but isn’t it more fun making decisions when you are ahead than when you are behind?


QUESTION: How come only some casinos offer roulette players “surrender” on the “even-money” bets? I would think more people would be interested in playing roulette if there was “surrender” as a part of what the casino offers.

ANSWER: Each casino makes the decision about what rules and alternatives to those rules they will offer. The “surrender” option at the American double-zero wheel, and the European option called “en prison” on the single-zero wheel, will reduce the house edge in half when the zero or double-zero shows because the player essentially gets back half of the losing “even-money” wager.

The American game’s house edge goes from 5.26 percent down to 2.63 percent. The European game’s house edge is reduced from 2.7 percent to 1.35 percent – which is now one of the best bets in the casino.

You can always ask if the casino gives this option. Often it is not stated on the table card. If the option is available then the “even-money” bets are the only ones you should make.

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, libraries 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
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Books by Frank Scoblete:

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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:

The Captain's Special Report

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