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Aquire skills at home before you expose your hard-earned money24 November 2000
Dear Mark: Before going to the casino I run practice hands on the kitchen table. The problem with this method is that play in a casino on both video poker machines and blackjack is much faster. Any suggestions? Tammy D.
The best way to acquire gaming skills
without the expense of a live game is with a computer. In many ways a
computer can be far superior to a human instructor for both training and
drilling. The benefit of computer training is the ability to test card-
counting strategies along with money-management progressive win formulas
at no financial risk, even with simulated high-speed play. Whether at
high speeds or a live game pace, computers accumulate data for later
review. This will enable you to spot costly trends that you might be
making on a video poker machine or blackjack table. Information like
this would take you years to accumulate dealing hand after hand on your
kitchen table. And again, the key here is that any knowledge obtained
without a casino outlay will make you more money down the road.
Dear Mark: I was wondering if you knew the name of the guy who came to Vegas with a couple hundred bucks and kept winning millions. He said, "I'm going to win the casino." I believe this happened at Binion's and as the story goes he ended up broke. Do you know where I can get more info? Brian F.
Which loser are you talking about? There
are hundreds of riches-to-rags stories that litter Interstate 15 as
you're leaving Las Vegas. Sure, a few players arrive in a Gremlin and
drive home in a $250,000 vehicle, but it's generally a Greyhound bus.
Your typical mere mortal ends up going to the casino gift shop and buys
a tacky t-shirt that says, "I'm Here Visiting My Money In Las Vegas."
Dear Mark: Why are the table felts blue in Morocco? Darren S.
Because green is the sacred color of Islam; also known as the "Color of the Prophet."
Dear Mark: Years ago I was told by an instructor at William and Mary that the university was partially funded by the lottery. Was he pulling my leg? Shelly D.
No he wasn't, Shelly. William and Mary as well as Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, Brown and Columbia were funded by voluntary taxation (lottery).
Dear Mark: How can the casino afford to give away a 99¢ breakfast? Tom C.
Because they wish, hope and pray that you'll spend $200.99 before you leave.
Dear Mark: I'm curious, when you worked in a casino what was the most often-asked question players asked you then? Gail S.
Where's the bathroom?
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