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Doing It Right: Slots, Video Poker and Mini-Baccarat

17 July 2021

ABBY: In a past article, we discussed the fantasy of letting it all hang out when playing. Neither of us can do that because we feel doing so is a waste of money.

CINDY: But how do we go about playing the games we like? We are traditional players so we only put a few dollars here and there in slot machines and video poker. Those are more relaxing, socializing games for us.

ABBY: Maybe five percent of our play would go that way.

CINDY: If you take a look at slot machines, we go for the more traditional type. We aren’t too much into the max-line machines that can give you ten or more lines of decisions. Three lines for us.

ABBY: I don’t really have much of a strategy for that. I am now following Frank’s [Scoblete’s] one-coin idea. Just looking to relax but not give the casino too much of a shot at my money.

CINDY: I still go full coin. That’s a habit I should break.

ABBY: Full coin on video poker is a must. I am not really into that because you have to pay attention. I know that sounds silly but if you want to talk, having constantly to be thinking about what cards to play and which to discard takes time away from that.

CINDY: I like mini-baccarat. It’s the flipping of a coin type game between playing player or bank. You never play the tie bet. Now, if you really want to play this with some possible success, you have to reduce the number of decisions you face. I mean this form of baccarat is just too fast.

ABBY: I am guessing in the middle hundreds, like 150-60 decisions per hour. Now me? I only play the bank bet. That has the lowest house edge, around 1.06 percent. I just go with that all the way. But I do play only half the decisions. I sit out a lot of hands. But so be it.

CINDY: Me too about cutting down the decisions but I go between the player and the bank. The player edge is about 1.23 percent so it isn’t horrible. Cut the decisions and play the better bets. That’s the way to go.

ABBY: Mini-baccarat players can be very superstitious, more so than I think any other games. Other writers have brought this up and it is so true.

CINDY: Some of them use you as their method of play. They will wait for you to make a bet and they will either bet the same bet as you or bet opposite you. AND they blame you if they lose. It isn’t luck, it is because of the decisions you made.

ABBY: And they blame you out loud too. They don’t just do it quietly. Some of them get so into it that they really, really believe these silly superstitions. Does this ruin the game? Not if you have a sense of humor. I mean if you and they are winning, you can ask for a commission – if they speak English that is. Some of them are recent Americans. They have money too.

CINDY: We don’t want to sound anti-immigrant.

ABBY: As Detective Friday said, “Just the facts ma’am.”

CINDY: Money management for baccarat is traditional for us. If we have a win after some time playing, we take half to keep and we play with the other half. If we keep winning, we cut the win in half again, keep one half, play with the other half.

ABBY: We kind of decide when to quit by ear, so to speak.

CINDY: But once we are decently a head, we never allow ourselves to get behind again. It is the only way to assure a win.

ABBY: And how much do we give ourselves to lose if the session is poor from the get go? We give ourselves the exact amount of money we can lose as the buy in and that is all we will risk.

CINDY: We never risk so much that it really creams our trip bankroll.

ABBY: If you are going to play more than one game on a trip, then you have to be cautious with your bankroll. You don’t want one game to hurt you too much.

CINDY: Next article we’ll take a look at another game we play.
Royal Flushes

Abby Royal is a lawyer and Cindy Royal is a school administrator. Together, they are the Royal Flushes. The sisters play weekly or bi-weekly in such venues as Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Pennsylvania and Indian casinos throughout the country. They also enjoy the casinos on cruise ships. They know their stuff and have some great stories about their exploits.
Royal Flushes
Abby Royal is a lawyer and Cindy Royal is a school administrator. Together, they are the Royal Flushes. The sisters play weekly or bi-weekly in such venues as Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Pennsylvania and Indian casinos throughout the country. They also enjoy the casinos on cruise ships. They know their stuff and have some great stories about their exploits.