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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    Thanks for the advice...but, I don't gamble at all.

    My husband plays the slots a little.

    I have played slots and blackjack in the past.

    I just don't have the gambling bug.

    But, if I wanted to gamble seriously, I'd learn to play poker and play against other customers.

    I don't think I can beat the house, but might beat other customers...
    A little luck doesn't hurt, but a bit of skill can make it so you don't need as much.

    What you want to do against a machine, is hold even small pairs, say a pair of deuces, because the odds are not bad that you will get either two pair, three of a kind or even a full house or four of a kind.

    Now, if you don't have a pair you hold the face cards.

    Very rarely will you shoot for a straight or a flush.

    And so far, it has been a winning strategy.

    The problem though, it seems the casinos around here have pretty lousy odds and you probably won't find a "9-6" poker machine in the place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thx1138 View Post
    A little luck doesn't hurt, but a bit of skill can make it so you don't need as much.
    What you want to do against a machine, is hold even small pairs, say a pair of deuces, because the odds are not bad that you will get either two pair, three of a kind of even a full house.
    Now, if you don't have a pair you hold the face cards.
    Very rarely, almost never will you shoot for a straight or a flush.
    And so far, it has been a winning strategy.
    The problem though, it seems the casinos around here have pretty lousy odds and you probably won't find a "9-6" poker machine in the place.
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    Yeah, the game with the best odds is blackjack. I believe it's the only game that allows you do increase (or insure) your bet mid-way through a hand. Of course, disproportionate wins are impossible in blackjack. On a slot machine, it's possible to gamble a dollar, and win $10k. In blackjack, it's impossible to more than double your wager in a single hand.

    Also remember - in the long run, the house has the advantage. However smart you think you are, the game was designed for the casino by people smarter than you, so in the long run, you'll lose. Don't view gambling as "potential income." Better to view it as an "entertainment expense." Bring however much cash you're willing to lose, and swear to yourself that once you've lost it, you're done gambling for the day.

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    Nope. Employees were tired of finding cups of urine all over the casino. Casino employees have to deal with a lot of things, but they decided that this was over the line.
    I guess I am thinking of the cups I used over the years. Most became sweaty and dirty. So were the coins.

    I actually thought it was a great improvement when you slipped your bill in the slot and got a paper receipt you cashed at the Cash Office.

    But I did watch some desperate people. Not that though.

    Although we did see an old man openly playing with himself while we were trying to eat a hot dog in the afore mentioned Caesarís Palace. Lost my appetite, thinking the others did not see him. But yep, they did.

    He quit when a Policeman walked in. Sorry, but that is my recollection of LV the second time,along with an awful sandstorm and having Porn literature shoved in my face.

    We saw a couple of good shows the first time, second time,no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Yeah, the game with the best odds is blackjack. I believe it's the only game that allows you do increase (or insure) your bet mid-way through a hand. Of course, disproportionate wins are impossible in blackjack. On a slot machine, it's possible to gamble a dollar, and win $10k. In blackjack, it's impossible to more than double your wager in a single hand.

    Also remember - in the long run, the house has the advantage. However smart you think you are, the game was designed for the casino by people smarter than you, so in the long run, you'll lose. Don't view gambling as "potential income." Better to view it as an "entertainment expense." Bring however much cash you're willing to lose, and swear to yourself that once you've lost it, you're done gambling for the day.
    Yes, as someone who lived in Las Vegas, I learned this fairly common knowledge at an early age: the house has more money than you for starters.

    The only time I played video poker for money was in the Reno airport about 1994... was about $25 up and had to make my connection, so I got to my friend's with a pocket full of quarters.

    It was the Vegas shooter that made me wonder about those who apparently make a living at it, so I started watching a few videos on video poker strategies and here I am: playing for free online...

    I got over my greed and desire to accumulate material wealth some time ago Djinn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Yeah, the game with the best odds is blackjack. I believe it's the only game that allows you do increase (or insure) your bet mid-way through a hand. Of course, disproportionate wins are impossible in blackjack. On a slot machine, it's possible to gamble a dollar, and win $10k. In blackjack, it's impossible to more than double your wager in a single hand.

    Also remember - in the long run, the house has the advantage. However smart you think you are, the game was designed for the casino by people smarter than you, so in the long run, you'll lose. Don't view gambling as "potential income." Better to view it as an "entertainment expense." Bring however much cash you're willing to lose, and swear to yourself that once you've lost it, you're done gambling for the day.
    Even in Internet Gin Rummy you have to learn the pattern of the machine you are playing against. They take all small cards,rejecting the higher because what you have left counts against you, not the pairs you have matched.

    If you do not set a limit of what you are willing to lose,you do lose. And keep that in mind when you win big. Do not put it back in. You do go home with something. Only bet what you started with.lose it,quit.

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    Yeah... When I started learning, my friend brought me to the video blackjack machines. While the lowest blackjack tables have $5 minimum bets, video backjack has a minimum bet of just $0.25. This means you can play for a long time while spending far less money. It also means you can have a knowledgeable friend standing over your shoulder, letting you know when you're betting incorrectly - and why. Once I had significant practice on the video blackjack machines, I moved up to the tables, which is more expensive, but provides more of a social experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Yeah... When I started learning, my friend brought me to the video blackjack machines. While the lowest blackjack tables have $5 minimum bets, video backjack has a minimum bet of just $0.25. This means you can play for a long time while spending far less money. It also means you can have a knowledgeable friend standing over your shoulder, letting you know when you're betting incorrectly - and why. Once I had significant practice on the video blackjack machines, I moved up to the tables, which is more expensive, but provides more of a social experience.
    I don't have trust for video poker. Something tells me algorithms are built in to ensure the house wins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LT Greenbean View Post
    I don't have trust for video poker. Something tells me algorithms are built in to ensure the house wins.
    In the long run, you're absolutely correct. There is no game in any casino in which the odds of the house winning are equal to (or below) 50%. That said, electronic games (like slots / poker) are tightly regulated and inspected by the state. For example, in Nevada, slot machines MUST return at least 75% of their intake to customers. In actuality, casinos set the odds markedly above that; to about 90%.

    I wasn't playing video poker in order to win. I was playing to learn the correct way to play blackjack at the tables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    In the long run, you're absolutely correct. There is no game in any casino in which the odds of the house winning are equal to (or below) 50%. That said, electronic games (like slots / poker) are tightly regulated and inspected by the state. For example, in Nevada, slot machines MUST return at least 75% of their intake to customers. In actuality, casinos set the odds markedly above that; to about 90%.

    I wasn't playing video poker in order to win. I was playing to learn the correct way to play blackjack at the tables.
    The day after I got back home from Army's BOLC I was so excited to go to a casino for the first time ever. Had saved up a ton of money so I was ready to blow a few hundred. I sat down at a slot machine and on the VERY first spin, I won (I also bet all lines). Won 700 dollars off the bat. Then, sat down with 20 bucks a minute later at a video poker machine, and got 2 hands in a row with a four of a kind (yea pretty much impossible, I know). I wont 1,000 dollars on top of the 700 dollars. I won 1700 in the first 10 minutes. Never gambled for the rest of the night.

    I'll never be that lucky again

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    Quote Originally Posted by LT Greenbean View Post
    The day after I got back home from Army's BOLC I was so excited to go to a casino for the first time ever. Had saved up a ton of money so I was ready to blow a few hundred. I sat down at a slot machine and on the VERY first spin, I won (I also bet all lines). Won 700 dollars off the bat. Then, sat down with 20 bucks a minute later at a video poker machine, and got 2 hands in a row with a four of a kind (yea pretty much impossible, I know). I wont 1,000 dollars on top of the 700 dollars. I won 1700 in the first 10 minutes. Never gambled for the rest of the night.

    I'll never be that lucky again
    Technically, the odds of you being "that lucky again" are exactly the same as they were when you sat down at that slot machine. I get how it feels, psychologically, but luck isn't an allocated commodity that one can burn through.

    One of the first times I went to a casino, I was playing at the roulette table, betting on even/odd, or black/red. A winning bet on either of these doubles your money. But I stopped playing; you know why? Because there's an LED-display above the roulette wheel. The display lists the results of the past six spins. I realized I was studying the the results of the last six spins to decide how I would place my next bet. If the last five spins were 31, 37, 29, 43, and 11, it meant that we were overdue for an even number.

    ... Which is, of course, nonsense. The chance of getting an even number is 47.4%. It's always 47.4%, regardless of what the display says. And once I realized I was being stupid about this, I ditched roulette in favor of blackjack.

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