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Is Adding Really Subtracting?

12 August 2021

ABBY: If I were to get into a time machine and go backwards to the casinos of the 1970s and 1980s, I would find many differences between then and now. And I am not talking about wearing or not wearing a mask; I am talking about the nature of the games. I’m also talking about the level of the house edge of the games.

CINDY: You are so right! Immediately I can tell you that in Las Vegas of those earlier years, you’d have many single-deck games with good rules. In Atlantic City you would have four-deck games with good rules too. Today almost all single-deck games only pay 6-to-5 on blackjacks and they have tighter rules on doubling and splitting pairs.

ABBY: Craps was different though. Almost all casinos in those dark days of the 1970s only allowed double odds. Today’s game at many casinos will allow far more in the odds bet. You’ve got casinos going to 10X or more in odds.

CINDY: That’s true but in today’s craps games there are all sorts of “branded bets” like the Fire Bet that have outrageous house edges. Players tend to enjoy making these bets – let me be honest, let’s call these bets what they really are and that is bad, bad bets. There are also groupings you can find on the table that only used to appear in charitable games – again, with very high house edges.

ABBY: And remember those real baccarat games usually played in the high-roller rooms? A large table; players could deal the cards. The staff were dressed to the nines. Those games were usually elegant. And now? Those great games are basically gone from the landscape and mini-baccarat has taken their place. Mini-baccarat proves the point that speed can take low house edges and make them sharp as razors. There are even proposition bets on today’s mini-baccarat games that can take even more money from the players.

CINDY: And the players can’t deal. Dealers who deal like lightning deal those cards. All elegance is gone.

ABBY: Also take a look at all the carnival games being played. Very few have good house edges and they all seem to have multiple bets a player can make. And their speeds can be great as well.

CINDY: The more bets the worse for the players is a good rule to follow. And fast is bad!

ABBY: I get the feeling from playing all these decades….

CINDY: We have been playing “all these decades!” The time has flown by.

ABBY: That it has. Anyway, playing all these decades, I do get the feeling that many, many players prefer betting a multitude of bets or at least more than one bet. The bottom line can’t be good doing that.

CINDY: All casino players must know that the casino has made the games favor themselves. That’s no secret. But making high house edge bets and many of them time after time can’t have a good outcome. And you probably don’t have to wait forever for the bad outcome to show itself.

ABBY: Take a look at comps. Were comps better and easier to come by in the good old days? I say, yes, they were. I think using computers took away a whole personal aspect to the relationship of the player to the casino property.

CINDY: I say, “Take me back to the past!”

ABBY: Let’s make that the title of a new movie, “Back to the Past!”

CINDY: I second that!
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.