Roulette

First thing you better know about the game of Roulette is that there a 38 total numbers on the table. Second of all, any time you ever gamble where you use guessing as your procedure, the house develops a major advantage over you. Players all the time bet their birthdays, anniversaries, number of children, or the number of their favorite basketball player. When the dealer spins the ball, inevitably, you are guessing that the ball is going to land on your number.

Also, the game of Roulette affords you many bets, which seem to be in the player's advantage. Below are a list of all the bets on the a roulette wheel and the percentage of chance of winning that bet against the house. You will quickly start to see why it is referred as a house game. 

THESE ARE OUTSIDE BETS

1) black and red 48%
odd and even
1-18 and 19-36

2) 1st, 2nd, 3rd twelve 31%
1st, 2nd, 3rd columns

THESE ARE INSIDE BETS

1) straight up bet on one number 35-1

2) split 17-1

3) street (3 number bet) 11-1

4) corner (4 number bet) 8-1

5) double street (6 number bet) 5-1

When you take the time to do the math, you can quickly see how the house creates their advantage. Look below and watch the math and how it works with the bets we just read about.

There are 38 numbers on the Roulette board. When you place a bet, you have to meet the table minimum of $5-$10 dollars. So even when you get lucky and hit one number out of 38 and make $35 dollars off of it, you actually only made $31 because you had to meet the $5 requirement. Watch the math below:

The payoffs are the number of numbers times the payoff.

35x1=35
17x2=34
11x3=33
8x4=32
6x5=30

You can clearly see how the more numbers you bet, the smaller return on the payoff.

What I want to impress to anyone who is interested in making any kind of money in Roulette, is there is only one bet of choice. THE STRAIGHT UP! It is the least investment with the largest return.

Block betting is a method that has been around for years in the casino business. Very few have it mastered and because of this, casinos keep on making the kind of money that they do.

Block betting is the art of picking a series of numbers in a row on the wheel head, not on the Roulette layout. Go to any casino and get a copy of their wheel head. It should be on the Roulette table, just ask a dealer. You want to (see illustration on my card) pick out 9 numbers in a row on the wheel head. The key number here is 9. These numbers can have or start with your lucky number, it doesn't matter. Then once you have picked out your 9 numbers, you want to pick another 9 numbers DIRECTLY opposite your first 9 numbers on the opposite side of the wheel head.

When betting, you will look at the reader board and look at the numbers that have came up in the last 6 spins. After you have done this, you will pick one of your two blocks of numbers and play it 4 times in a row.

Watch the math: 9 numbers, 4 times in a row is 36 chips. You hit one number in four tries, you get paid 35-1 plus the one chip you bet on the number that you just hit and you have 36. This principle has to do with diminishing returns. If you hit once in 4 tries you are even, if you hit 2, or 3 times in your block, you are up 70, or 105 chips. If these are $1 dollar chips you are looking good, but if they are $5 dollars or $25 dollar chips, you are up $350 -$1750 dollars in 4 spins and you CASH OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The longer you play, and the greedier you get, the better chance the casinos have of making their money back. Once you make a big win, get out. Remember the phrase that pays: "INVEST A LITTLE, TAKE OUT A LOT." This is the key denominator of any good system in gambling.

Craps Basics 

When you walk up to a craps table, the first thing you pay close attention to is the table limit. Most gamblers are working with a limited bank roll, and because of this, you must always play within your means. A $2 to $5 dollar table is where you always want to begin. Your buy in will include putting your money down on the table and immediately communicating with your dealer. You should say something along the line of: " Hi, may I get some change please". 

Once the dealer brings in your money and starts to hand you chips, he will cut it out and prove it, and then he will hand it to you. If a dealer ever hands you money, just pick it up! This is what is referred to as the golden rule.

The very first bet you want to proceed with is what is call a PASS LINE BET. This bet will be made with the minimum on the table and will be placed on the pass line on the table. You had better understand a little bit about the concept of craps before we get too far into the class.

There are 36 different combinations to come up with a number when rolling the dice.

6 ways to roll a seven
5 ways to roll a six or eight
4 ways to roll a five or nine
3 ways to roll a four or ten
2 ways to roll a three or eleven
1 way to roll a two or twelve 

When you play craps, you must understand that the house has a major advantage over you from the get go. It will be your understand of how to invest your money into the game of craps which will make this game, one of the best games in the house. 

As we discussed, the very first bet you will place is a pass line bet. On the very first roll of the dice, if the dice roll 7 or 11, you will WIN your bet on the pass line. If the shooter rolls 2 , 3, or 12, this is called craps, you will LOSE your pass line bet. If on the very first roll, the shooter rolls any number other than 7, 11, 2, 3, or 12, the number rolled will now become the point, and that number becomes the target point or objective of the game. From this point on, you have to roll that number before a 7, nothing else matters. 11, 2, 3, or 12, no longer has any bearing on this game. If the first number rolled was a 6, the number 6 has to be rolled again before a 7 to win. If a 7 is rolled before a 6, you will lose all of your money on the table. 

The very first thing you must do as a player, once the point is established, is take a bet calls ODDS. This bet is always placed right behind your pass line bet. Certain casinos around the country allow different amounts of odds. They range between 1x, 2x, 3x and for you gamblers that have the bank roll, 5x and even 100x odds. As a beginner, you should always use 2x odds, which is double the amount of money as your pass line bet. This is the BEST BET IN THE HOUSE! 

Example of double odds:
$5 dollars you place $10 dollar odds behind your bet
$15 dollars you place $30 dollar odds behind your bet
$71 dollars, you place $142 dollar odds behind your bet 

No matter what the amount of the pass line bet is, just double it up and place it behind your bet, and you have immediately lowered the house odds immensely. When your point is rolled before a 7, the pass line bet will always get paid even money, where your odds will be paid in perspective to the number and how hard the number was to roll versus a 7. 

Numbers 4 and 10 can only be rolled three different ways, there are six ways to roll a 7. That is why they pay you 2-1. It is twice as easy to roll a 7 than to roll your point of 4 or 10, so when you do win, that is why they payout on your odds is double the amount. 

Numbers five and nine will pay you 3-2 due to the number of ways there are to roll a 7 versus a 5 or 9. The numbers 6 and 8 will pay you 6-5 because of the ways to roll a 6 or 8 versus a 7. 

Certain things about the pass line bet that are very important to know are:

You can join the game on the pass line anytime you want.

You can add more money to your bet at anytime, so long as the dice are not being rolled.

You can also pick up your odds at any time, although I recommend that you never do. ODDS ARE THE BEST BET IN THE HOUSE!

Finally, once you make a pass line bet, there is a contract between you and the casino that reads, "you must roll your point before a 7 to win, and if you roll a 7 before your point, you lose everything." 

If all you do is bet on the pass line, the house has enormous odds against you. What you should concentrate on as a player is how to get more money into the game which will increase your odds and give you the best chance of winning. 

One of the first bets you are going to learn about to enhance your odds against the house, is a FIELD bet. A field bet is a bet where you are betting on six different numbers at a time. It is a bet that you will place in the field and will win or lose on the very next roll of the dice. The numbers in the field include 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, and 12. All numbers in the field pay even money except 2 and 12. They pay double and sometimes triple depending on the casino. You can place a field bet any time you want to. At the beginning of the game, after a point is rolled, or any time you just get a feeling that it is time. There are 20 ways to LOSE this bet and 16 ways to WIN. Be very careful with this bet. You can win a lot of money here if you get lucky, but if you make this bet enough times in a row, you will lose. 

With only one bet placed on the table against a 7, the house has a huge advantage against you. The next bet you can implement to raise you chances of winning, and at the same time, lowering the house's odds against you, is a COME BET. With only a pass line bet, you have one way to win, and one way to lose. The reason for a come bet, is to increase the number of ways of winning versus ways of loosing. 

A come bet is exactly like a pass line bet. Once you make a come bet, instead of having only a pass line bet, you can have money on more than one number, in fact, you can get money on three numbers at one time, which will shift the odds in the players advantage. 

To make a come bet, you must wait till a new point is established. Once you have a point, ask your dealer where your spot in the come is, and once he shows you, place a minimum bet there. The next number that is rolled by the shooter will establish a new point in conjunction with the pass line bet. Once a new number is rolled and your come bet is taken to that number on the layout by the dealer, you should take double odds on that come bet just like you did on your pass line bet. Why? ODDS ARE THE BEST BET IN THE HOUSE! Now you want to place one more come bet in the same manner that you did on the previous roll. Make a second come bet and let it go to a number and then take double odds. You have finally achieved the best possible situation a player could hope for. Three ways to win, one way to lose. 

Diminishing returns plays a major roll in the game of craps. In simple terms, "Don't put all your eggs in one basket, you might drop it and lose it all." Players who don't make enough bets, or players that make too many bets, really hurt themselves. One or two ways of winning just isn't enough to offset the house's odds. The third and final come bet will give you the best shot at winning with the least amount of money invested into the game of craps. If at any time you ever get confused, just ask the dealer what to do, and he will guide you along this process. All the information I quoted you earlier about the pass line bet applies to the come bet also. 

The only other bet that might intrigue you, will be the bets in the middle of the table. These bets are called PROPOSITION BETS. Although I have never seen more money made per bet on the proposition bets, the house wouldn't give you 31 for 1 odds if these were good bets. Vegas was built on losers not winners. What ever you do as a BEGINNER, don't make these bets till you better understand the game of craps. 

Finally, always tip your craps dealers. Most dealers have a very good understanding of the game of craps and they will take you under their wing and show you the way to win, especially when you are putting a tip up for them. 

I hope these basic strategies have clarified any questions about the game of craps. It isn't a hard game. It is a game of repetition. "CONSISTENCY BREEDS SUCCESS": DO SOMETHING WELL OVER AND OVER AGAIN, AND YOU CAN'T HELP BUT TO BE A WINNER! 

Good Luck, and gamble conservatively at first. Things will fall into place eventually and everything will just make sense.

Poker

Draw Poker 
To begin, two players at the table make a small bet, or blind wager, before receiving any cards. Each player seated in the game takes a turn at placing such a wager. 


Players first receive five cards dealt face down. Players pick up the cards and look at them and then decide if they wish to stay in the game. If so, a bet must now be placed. 

Once all bets are called the first round of betting is complete. 

Players may now choose to exchange with the dealer any number of cards from their hand. This is known as 'the draw'. 

Once the draw is complete a second round of betting takes place. 

If all bets are called there is a showdown. 

The winner is the player with the highest ranking hand. 

If only one player remains (ie. no showdown) they will win the pot without having to expose their cards.

Seven-Card Stud 

Seven-Card Stud is easy for beginners to learn, yet challenging enough to hold the interest of seasoned players. In Seven-Card Stud, each player receives two cards face down and one card face up. The player with the low card opens the betting. Each player in turn must call, raise, or fold. On all subsequent rounds, the player with the best hand open the betting. 

Each player is then dealt 3 cards face up with a betting round following each card.

The last card dealt to each remaining player is face down with the final betting round following. 

Players remaining in the hand will then show their hands and the winning poker hand will be awarded the pot. Suits are not used in determining the winning hand, and tied hands will split the pot.

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