Casino Gambling: What's Hot Now: videovsreel

Casino Gambling: What's Hot Now
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Nov 13th 2012, 11:08

Players often ask how many coins they should play in a slot machine. This is somewhat of a personal decision you should make based on the amount of money you have brought with you to the casino to play slots with. The only hard fast rule you should follow is “Always play full coins in a Progressive Machine.” If you don’t have maximum coins in and you hit the winning symbols you will not get the Jackpot. So always play full coins on the progressive. But what about the other types of slot machines? First you have to decide which type of slot machine you want to play. You have the choice of a video Slot or a Reel type slot machine.

The new video slots are fun and exciting and the slot makers are doing their best to make sure they are very entertaining. One other thing they have been doing to the video slots is adding pay lines and the number of coins you can bet per line to increase the amount bet on each spin. There is a reason for this. Video slots, especially those with fancy bonus screens take a little more time per spin than do the regular reel machines. While the video reels are spinning or the bonus round is playing, players are not putting money into the machine. Compare this with the reel type machines that take three coins and spins rather quickly. So by making it enticing to bet more coins per spin they recoup some of the revenue the machine is not generating during the normal spin/play process.

In the last few years the slot makers have been adding more pay lines to their games and have been increasing the number of coins that can be played on each line. Most of the new video slot machines have a minimum of nine lines and you can play any number of coins from one to ten on each line. The standard on the most new machines is five coins per line which means a maximum bet would be 45 coins. The amount for a maximum bet would be $2.25 for a nickel machine and $11.25 per spin for a quarter machine. If you want to play just a single coin on each of the nine lines it would be 45 cents for the nickel and $2.25 for the quarter. It can cost you a lot more money to play video slots than a standard reel machine.

One thing to take into consideration when deciding whether to play video slots or reel slots is the return on a single spin. On a reel machine when you do have a hit you get at least your money back for that spin your money back. This may not be the case with a video slot. You might have one line that is a winner and pays three coins but you lose on the other eight lines. It cost you nine coins for the spin and you only get three so you are still out six coins for that spin.

You should also consider that the big jackpots on most machines are only paid if you are playing maximum coins. On a reel machine it may be 3 or 4 coins. On a video slot it is more likely to be 45 or even 90 coins. Since most of the jackpots on the video slots don’t fall into the “Life Changing” dollar amounts as a game like Mega-Bucks or the other progressive machines, you may decide to just play one coin per line instead of the maximum. Since you know that your chances of hitting the big one are slim you may get more entertainment out of playing just one coin at per line and stretching your bankroll.

So it boils down to deciding to play maximum coins to try to hit the big jackpot or just playing one coin for entertainment. There really is no reason to play 2 though 9 coins on a tern coin per line machine unless you are well ahead and in that case you may as well just play the maximum for a few spins and hope for the jackpot. The other alternative would be to drop down in the denomination of machine that you play. Play a single coin per line on the quarter machine and play full coin on the nickel machine. It works out to the same amount.

The choice is yours. Whether you decide to play video or reel slots with one coin or the maximum, remember that playing slots should be considered entertainment. If you do get lucky and win, then good for you. But never play more than you can afford to lose if things go bad.

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Casino Gambling: What's Hot Now: creditcard

Casino Gambling: What's Hot Now
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Nov 13th 2012, 11:08

The number one rule of casino gambling is:


The casinos have a house edge on all of the games except for certain video poker games, card counting in blackjack and live poker. We refer to casino games as having a negative expectation. This means that over the long run the mathematics of the game will grind away at your bankroll. The built in house advantage is how the casinos make money. Certain games have a lower house edge than others. Video Poker, Blackjack and the passline bet in Craps have a low house edge. Roulette and slots have a higher house advantage. It is the price we pay to play.

Proper money management tells us to budget a given amount to gamble with and stick to that amount, win lose or draw. This brings us to rule number two:


Unfortunately that is exactly what you are doing if you run out of money and decide to take a cash advance on your credit card at the casino. There are also hidden charges you may over look if you decide to do this. I recently visited an East Coast casino and inquired about the finer points of taking a cash advance on a credit card. The casino charges you a certain amount just for issuing you a check from your credit card for the cash advance depending on how much money you want. To get a $500 cash advance the charge was $21.99. That is 4.4 % paid to the casino up front. Most credit card companies charge you 3% for a cash advance, which will come to $15.66 (3% of $521.99.

You are already down $37.65 or 7.5% before you even sit down to play. This is like sitting down at a five-dollar blackjack table and losing eight hands in a row or getting nothing back after putting three and a half roll of quarters through a slot machine. If this happened, most of us would head for the door real fast, but you are just beginning.

The following month your credit card bill arrives. Your balance is $537.65. You also find out that on top of the three percent you had to pay to borrow the money, the interest rate for a cash advance is 5% higher than the normal 15% you pay for purchases. Your new rate is 20 percent. Out of the goodness of their heart your credit card company will allow you to make payments if you decide not to pay the balance in full. In fact all you have to do is a make minimum payment for the month. This is where people get into financial trouble. Most people do not realize the consequences of making minimum payments. It will take a longer time to pay off the debt than you may have imagined. Below is a chart showing what it will take to repay that $537 at 20 % interest.

Credit card debt is the financial ruin of many people these days. It is too easy to get caught up in the “Buy now Pay” later mentality. The chart below will hopefully put things in perspective. Every one of us should hesitate the next time we reach for the “Plastic” to make a purchase.

I know that you need to take a credit card with you when you travel to obtain hotel and car reservations but they should not be used for frivolous cash advances. Cash advances should be used for “Dire Emergencies” only! I don’t think a few more hands of blackjack or a few more pulls on the slot machine handle falls into this category.

Credit Card Repayment

Monthly Payments Time # of payments Total Amount Repaid
$49.74 1 year 12 $596.88
$27.33 2 year 24 $655.92
$19.96 3 years 36 $718.56
$16.34 4 years 48 $784.32
$14.23 5 years 60 $853.80

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Casino Gambling: What's Hot Now: Playing Casino Poker

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Playing Casino Poker
Nov 13th 2012, 11:08

Playing casino poker is quite different from playing in a home game. There are certain procedures and protocols you will need to understand before you sit down to play. Here are ten tips to help you play like a pro.

In a casino you don't just walk up to a table and sit down. When you enter the poker room you must sign in at the desk. You tell the host what game you are interested in playing. If there is an opening you will be seated immediately. If the table is full they will take your initials and call you when there is an opening. Some casinos have a large board where they will write your name or initials or they will write your name on a list. Either way you will be called when it is your turn.

When your name is called the Poker room host will show you to your table. In some rooms the host will ask you how much you would like to buy in for and get you your chips when you are seated. At other casinos you will purchase the chips from the dealer when you sit down. You are allowed to bring chips from other games. All games have a minimum buy-in which for most low limit games is usually around $30.

Table Stakes
In casino poker you play for table stakes. This means that you play with the chips that you have on the table. You’re not allowed to go into your pocket for more money in the middle of a hand. If you run out of chips you announce that you are “All IN” and you will only be eligible for the money in that pot up to that point. Any additional bets made by others will be put in a side pot. You will not be eligible for this pot even if you have the best hand.

Once in the game you want to observe proper table etiquette and be careful not to make any of the common beginner mistakes. Here are a few of the common mistakes made by new players when they sit down to play casino poker for the first time.

Betting Out of Turn
You must wait until the player to your right acts. If you bet out of turn this could give an unfair advantage to a player that did not act yet. If you raise out of turn a player that might had called could fold. Or if you fold out of turn you are giving an advantage to the player on your left who now knows you won’t raise.

Making a String Bet
If you are going to raise you should announce “raise” when it is your turn. If you don’t announce a raise, you must put the bet and the raise in at the same time. If you put in the bet and then go back to your stack for the raise you can be called for a “string bet” which is not allowed and your raise will not be honored.

Not Knowing What the Bet Is
You have to know what the bet is when it is your turn. You must pay attention to amount of the bet made by the first active player. Then you must be aware if the bet was raised.

Folding Instead of Checking
Sometimes if the player does not like the next card dealt he will immediately fold when it is his turn. If you are first to act you can check. If everyone else checks, you get to see the next card for free. The same is true if everyone checks before it is your turn, you should also check instead of folding your cards. The free card may just make your hand.

Throwing Chips Into the Pot
Place your bet in front of you. This way the dealer sees that your bet is correct. He will scoop them into the pot. You don’t throw them into the pot like you would at home.

Not Protecting Your Cards
It is up to the players to protect their cards at all times. Place your hands or a chip on top of your cards. If another player’s cards mix with yours when they throw in their cards your hand will be declared dead. You will see some players bring a special weight or "Lucky Charm" to place over their pocket cards. It doesn't matter what you use as long as it is not so large as to interfere with the play of the game.

Throwing Away a Winning Hand
The cards speak for themselves. Don’t immediately throw in your cards if someone calls out a better hand. The dealer will declare the winner of the hand. Sometimes you may have a better hand than you thought you had. There is also the possibility that the player calling his winning hand has misread his own hand. Let the dealer declare the winner before mucking (throwing way) your hand.

Losing Control of Your Emotions
Keep your emotions in check. The table is not the place for foul language of temper tantrums. It will not be tolerated. Besides it makes you look foolish. Veteran players as well as newcomers make this mistake. It is one that should not be made by anyone!

Playing Too Many Hands
Many players crave the action. They feel that if they are not involved in the hand they aren’t really playing the game. Successful players play fewer hands. It takes patience and discipline to wait until you have a proper starting hand. If you can practice these traits, you will be on your way to becoming a winning player.

Playing Too Long
Playing winning poker takes concentration. You must be aware of the game and people around you. If you play too long you may get tired or even bored. This can cause you to make mistakes or play marginal hands. If you start to get tired leave the game.

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Casino Gambling: What's Hot Now: Top Ten Texas Hold'em Poker Tells

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Top Ten Texas Hold'em Poker Tells
Nov 13th 2012, 11:08

The game of poker can be deceptively difficult. Texas Hold'em is a bit confusing when you start, but once you learn how to play poker the game can lead even a terrible player to think they are close to playing perfect!

A new player to the game of golf doesn't think they should tee it up with Tiger Woods and play for money! But everyday there are a million poker players risking their hard-earned money in games they have no business in. In fact, new players often think they are just as good as experienced players like Doyle Brunson. And there are several reasons for that.

The first reason is that TV poker games don't show every hand. They key on exciting hands and give viewers tunnel vision - a distorted view of what has been happening on any given table. There are many ways to manipulate your opponents, and there is plenty to be learned about those same opponents, but those skills take years of practice to hone, and you can't see that on TV.

However, you might be able to pick up a few tells from the players, especially since you get to see their hole cards. A tell is any mannerism or movement that a player makes subconsciously, or makes purposely trying to throw off the competition.

Tell Number One: Loose Talk, Tight Play

The first thing you should learn about each opponent is what starting cards they will play. In Texas Hold'em, each players' two cards are known only to them, so you have to learn their range of starting hands. And, your first clue to this is how many hands they actually play. A tight player is likely to only find about one hand in 10 they really want to play, but they may also be involved in blind hands.

Some players love to talk about all the hands they play, why they had to raise etc. But are they really playing a lot of hands? Don't be fooled by loose talk and tight play. Simply count the hands they are involved in. If they fold a lot, expect the hands they do get involved in to be all pocket pairs, face cards and face cards with an ace. Watch out!

Tell Number Two: Button Raises

Many players always raise from the cutoff or button if no other players are in the hand yet (and sometimes when there just hasn't been a raise). Sure, they might have a hand, but don't toss your blind hand away every time they raise or they'll never stop!

Tell Number Three: Who's the Action Up To?

If a player is suddenly very interested in the action, perhaps even asking, "Is it up to me?" they probably found something they liked in their starting hand or on the board. Give 'em some credit for a hand and watch very closely when the hand is shown down. What do you see?

Tell Number Four: My Chips Are Neatly Stacked

Every player develops a habit of stacking their chips in a certain way. For the most part, players who have messy chips are looser and more likely to simply be enjoying the game. Conversely, players who have perfect stacks probably have plenty of time to arrange them because they aren't in very many hands. Watch and confirm this!

Tell Number Five: I Can't Wait to Raise

A player who does the "insta-raise" is unlikely to be bluffing. They were just waiting for the action to get to them and then boom - there go the chips. I believe.

Tell Number Six: Calling to the Flush Draw

Players love to find a reason to play every hand. When a player calls in late position pre-flop and just keeps calling all the way, there is a good chance they are trying to hit a flush or a straight. Often, if two of a suit hits the flop and a third suited card hits the river it spells danger. You might even check a lesser hand you've been betting in a limit game and wait for that last player to act. Then, you'll probably have to call their bet and hope they have something less than a straight or a flush.

However, this works well, because it saves you having to call a raise, and sometimes the player decides to make a last-ditch bluff. Enjoy.

Tell Number Seven: I'm Suddenly Quiet

Some players that are normally talkative get very quiet when they hit a hand. Watch, and if they suddenly raise, that's usually the tell - and the answer.

Tell Number Eight: I'm whistling or Singing a Tune

It's my experience that a player who raises pre-flop and on the flop, will sometimes try to act so non-nonchalant that they actually whistle or sing a little tune when they bet on the turn or the river. That's usually a good tell for somebody who has not improved their hand, acting happy or over-confident.

Te;; Number Nine: I'm Not Moving

There is often a reason when a player suddenly raises on the river and you can't figure out what they hit, because they were either there on the flop, or they missed completely. Although I have seen it both ways, if they make the raise and then sit there, super still, it is much more likely they are hardly breathing to not show fear and keep you from calling.

Tell Number Ten: I Like That Card

An almost involuntary move by many players is to immediately look at their chips when they love a card that hits. Could be the flop, turn, or river. However, when they look down quickly, then act uninterested until it is their turn and they raise, I'm usually convinced they hit something nice.

Learn Your Own Patterns

Specifically, tells are a subconscious movement or pattern. Often, these tells are most valuable in no-limit hold'em. I've seen players announce their raise only when they were weak and just push their stack of chips to the middle when they were strong. I also saw a super star player who was counting out his raise on a bluff and pushing several stacks without counting when he had the nuts. Oops.

However, the most important tell is the one you give to the other players. Don't use the same method every time you bet or raise. Do one method on strong hands several times and then use it again on a bluff, or after getting caught on a bluff, use the same method the next time you have a monster.

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