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Pushovers sit here12 March 1999
Someone once said: "the first rules of holes is when you are in one, stop digging." Rory, You've got one big shovel.
In blackjack, or any casino game for that
matter, the less you know the more you should deride the analysis of
anyone who has the knowledge and takes the trouble to study the subject
from a mathematical perspective. Depending on how you play blackjack,
you can gain the designation of professional player all the way down to
a "sucker on a stool." Using guesswork, your playing style doesn't put
you in the professional category; more like a "dupe in action."
Yes, because Nevada Revised Statute176.387 does not allow casinos to use Crazy Glue on casino stools to keep players in bondage until they lose all their winnings.
Seriously, Buddy, free buffets are used by casino management primarily to encourage additional gambling. FREE and FOOD are subtle weapons that give the casinos an added firearm in reclaiming what they believe is still their money. The pit boss is simply treating you to a buffet so you feel obligated to play longer. Long enough so that the buffet will cost you $400.
It is much better to learn to win and
walk, not stay and suffer (money loss and abdominal duress).
Because I'm resentful, invidious and jealous. I was one of those kids who never got a box of 64 Crayolas. Always a used eight pack; one broke, one missing. So any game that you mark with a crayon that carries a house percentage higher than the interest you pay on your Visa card, I'm illiberal about.
The term simply means whichever side (player or banker) won the last hand, your next bet would be the same. Consequently, if a streak occurs for either side (common in baccarat), you will be riding it for its full duration.
Bellying up to a crap table with $100 and expecting to win $1,000 is, at best, unrealistic. Personally, I believe it's downright wacky. Odds-on you will lose your C-note long before you win a grand.
Skip, you need to set reasonable win goals, like 50% of your original stake, not 1000% on your money. Far too many players keep upping the ante on what they want to win. This columnist recommends having predetermined loss limits and "realistic" win goals.
It takes internal fortitude to take a
small win and run. I'm not asking you to quit while you are on an
eventful winning streak, but true winners know how to quit when they are
ahead. They don't risk it all to achieve too lofty a reward.
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