Tuesday, August 11



Gamblers most often say that they gamble just for the sake of fun or entertainment, but the fact is, fun and entertainment is the secondary preference the main motive behind gambling is earning lots of money. However, House Edge is the major Obstacle standing in the way of people and their million dollar dreams.

House edge is found at almost all the casino games, which ultimately prevent players from enjoying huge profits. But one of the expert Blackjack player Don Johnson has found out the best way to beat house edge and make maximum profit. Lets take a look on the success story of Don Johnson, while playing at Atlantic city. 

Player’s Edge

Don Johnson started playing Blackjack in the mid of 90’s, and then continue to play the game and earned millions of dollars. He had a specific signature look of wearing jeans, hoodie and basketball cap. He carries this look even today.
Johnson started his game by wagering $25 per hand and today years after he is capable to wagers thousands of hand per hand. In December 2010, Johnson played at Caesars Atlantic City, where he wagered thousand of hands and won more then $4.2 million.
During that time he made his way to the Borgata Casino, he started playing Blackjack at Borgata Casino by placing higher stakes per hand. However making profit at Borgata Casino was not as simple as the Caesars, but still Johnson managed to scoop out $4.9 million profit over a four-month span.

Tropicana Troubles

In May 2011, when Don Johnson managed to bring his bankroll up to $9 million, he decided to show his Blackjack skills at Tropicana Atlantic City. Tropicana Atlantic City even after knowing about the astonishing success of Johnson in Blackjack allowed him to wager maximum $100,000 per hand during a 12-hour session.
This decision of Tropicana Atlantic City had huge adverse affect on the casino, as Don Johnson he caused Tropicana Atlantic City a loss of $5.8 million i.e. is won $5.8 million while playing at Tropicana Atlantic City. First of all the CEO of Tropicana was fired because he allowed Johnson to wager up to $100,000 per hand. Apart from this, after $5.8 million loss caused Tropicana need to bear a 19.8% drop in the revenue as compared to the previous year.

After this incident, most of the news outlets focused on this news and everybody was keen to know the success strategy of Don Johnson.

No Secret

The most interesting part of this story is that, Johnson managed to bring his bankroll level above $15 million by beating house edge and not by using card counter. Don Johnson commented, “They beat most people in the long run because the average person who do not have the bankroll. However, I have my own bankroll. If you can take the swings, you are going to win. You also have to understand the math.”

He further reviled that their is not strategy or trick behind his success. Actually, he did not want to disclose the strategy he uses. As per Johnson, “I believe that luck is above any other strategy and skill. Its not a magic, someone was supposed to win and I am very thankful to God that he chose me for this.” He further added, “I am not a cheater, I beat them with my own skill.”
Tropicana, Borgata and Caesars have all banned Don Johnson at their Casino and along with them, some Las Vegas casino have also barred Johnson. Apart from being a good Blackjack player Don Johnson is a CEO at a horse race betting Software Company.

Friday, August 7



When beginners first start out in an online casino, they have to make a lot of decisions. One of the biggest decisions is picking out which games to play in the first place. There are a handful of different things that can go into this decision, but it really all comes down to what you like, what kind of time commitment you have and what options you want to have to grow into other games in the future. We're going to give you some things to think about on your own about the different game types out there to help you make a good decision.

One of the things that you'll notice right away is that there are more slots than all other types of games combined, so let's start there. All slots are essentially the same in terms of gameplay with a handful of exceptions and variations. The reason there are so many online slots is that all it takes is a new theme and a switched up feature set to create a new game, so there are a lot of subtle variations on the same general idea. These games are best for people who want to just mash a button and experience the excitement of having a chance to win without thinking too hard.

Next up are table games like roulette, craps and Baccarat. These games have a little bit more to offer in terms of variation and choosing different bets, but none of them are particularly in-depth as long as you avoid the sucker bets. Don't bet the tie or pair bets in Baccarat, and if you're going to learn to play craps, learn to avoid the sucker bets there as well. These games are a little more involved than slots.

Finally we have games that incorporate a higher level of skill like blackjack, video poker and casino poker. The key to these games is that you're going to have to study and practice a bit to learn the right strategies, which are often very complicated. Along these lines, it takes a larger time commitment, but you can get a higher payout rate for your trouble. These titles are best for people who like strategic games with a lot of skill involved, and they're often seen as the polar opposites of games like slots that require no real thought.

Tuesday, August 4



Some people who bet on sports are simply betting on the games to make them more exciting, or are betting on their favorite teams, but if you are like me you are betting on sports to make money.

Making money betting on sports can be tough, but there are a lot of sports bettors who consistently win, and there are even a lot of professional bettors who make a good living off of sports betting. Everyone who is betting on sports is going to have rough patches where they take losses, but if you are winning more often than you are losing you can profit from sports betting in the long run.

Below I’ve listed some advanced sports betting strategy VIDEO for anyone who understands the basics of sports betting, and below that I’ve got the very basic sports betting strategies for beginners.

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Monday, August 3


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Online casinos offer self contained wagering environments but the players cannot be isolated from what is happening around them. Therefore online casinos use externally occurring events to base their promotions on. This gives the promotion a theme and allows for variety and ultimately results in more traffic to the online casino. There are certain kinds of external events that are more often used as concepts for promotions and this article describes the most popular of them.

Most online casino promotions are based on festival holidays. As such the holidays occur around the year, but certain festivals have traditionally become more popular at online casinos. They are Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. All people are in a mood to splurge and therefore online casinos try and get players to wager more during these times by offering them bonuses and other incentives. Also because of the holiday the players have more time on their hand and online casinos vie for that time. Many online gaming software developers have slots games based on the different festivals and often these become the basis of the promotions. Many promotions offer freeroll tournaments or wagering contests formulated in text and graphics built around these festivals. Last month the online casinos of the English Harbour group had a large prize pool freeroll tournament on a Halloween themed slot game. This month Sloto' Cash Casino is offering special bonuses to new and existing players on Thanksgiving Day.

International sporting events are another big source for online casino promotions. The World Cup Football, which is the greatest sporting spectacle in the world, was held earlier this year. Online casino promotions offered jerseys of the player's favorite team. InterCasino even sent players to South Africa to watch some of the games from the stadiums. In some of the online casino promotions the fate of the player was not linked to his wagering alone but also to the performance of the team he backed. The Football World Cup and the Olympics take place every four years and are totally exploited for their brand value by online casinos. Then there are annual sporting events of a lesser magnitude but equally popular at online casinos. Some of these are football events like English Premier League and European Club Football. American sporting leagues featuring football, basketball and baseball are equally popular.
Events in the entertainment industry also form a basis for online casino promotions. One of the most popular of these is the Oscar Awards, especially because there are so many movie themed slot games. One promotion held at Ruby Royal online casino this year was linked to players predicting winners in certain awards categories. Sometimes a movie having great expected impact is released and becomes a focal point for online casino promotions. Earlier this year Alice in Wonderland was released in 3D format and starred Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. Virgin Casino took advantage of the hype and created a promotion around Alice's Wonderland slot game. American Idol is one of the most popular reality shows. Villento Casino powered by Microgaming runs a promotion with a similar structure. The promotion starts with a number of popular Microgaming slots and each week the slot game that had the least wagering gets eliminated. Players win prizes depending on their choice of slot game and amount of wagering done.
Christmas is round the corner and it is bonanza season for online casinos. Some of the most innovative and extravagant promotions will be on offer then.

Wednesday, July 29



I recently read the list on Tricks Casinos Use on You, and found it interesting. As someone who has worked in the casino industry, I was well-aware of these subtle, but powerful, Jedi mind-tricks, and I’ve developed a few defenses of my own that I wanted to share. These are in no particular order.

Know the Odds

This may seem like basic advice, but you’d be surprised how many people actually think they have an edge over the House. Regardless of how good you are, or how much experience you have, or what technique you use, the casinos have been at this for a lot longer than you have. The odds are stacked in their favor, and while you may win in the short term, you will eventually lose. Knowing this can keep help keep your head clear.

Take What You can Lose

I used to be asked which machine paid out the most often in the casino, and my answer was always the same; “The one with the letters A-T-M on the front.” When you decide to go to the casino, you must assume that you are going to lose, and treat it as such. Decide beforehand how much money you can afford to spend on the evening’s entertainment, and take no more than that amount in cash. Leave your checkbook and credit cards in the room or at home. When you have played through the cash in your pocket, leave.

Watch your Cash

This seems, again, like an obvious point, but it is something that gamblers often forget. Always be aware of your win-loss ratio. At any time, you should know exactly how much you have spent and how much you have won since you began this session. It doesn’t seem like much when you’re playing quarter slots until you realize that you’ve been shoving five-dollar bills into the machine!

Know When to Quit

The casinos love to quote the old adage, “A winner never quits and a quitter never wins,” but the opposite is true when it comes to gambling. My wife and I have a standing rule: we play only what we intended to play before we arrived (see #2), and, if at any time, we reach double the amount we came in with (or greater), we cash out and leave. Just as small losses add up quickly, so do small wins. We go to the casino to eat about once every two months or so, and when we go, we usually bring a little extra cash (often $5 or $10) to play in the machines. In general, we lose or break even, but we have won (and walked out) often enough that, over the course of three years, we’re up by about $25.

Watch the Clock

There’s a reason that few casinos have clocks or windows. Compensate for this by wearing a watch or carrying a timepiece and referring to it often. At any point, you should know exactly how long you have been sitting at the table or the machine. If you’ve been at the same location for more than 15 minutes and you haven’t at least broken even, it’s time to cut your loses and go. Sometimes, in addition to limiting the amount of money I bring with me, I also set my watch alarm to 30 minutes or so. When the alarm goes off, regardless of whether I’m up or down, I leave.

Don’t Drink

Alcohol dulls the senses and impairs judgment; that’s why they keep offering you those free drinks. Fortunately, combating this tactic is as easy as saying, “No thanks.” Of course, the waitress will keep tempting you. After all, her job is to keep you there at the table or in front of the machine. If you need an excuse, you can always claim to be the designated driver and they will usually leave you alone. Just remember, they can’t force you to accept the alcohol.

Take Breaks

All too often while working the floor, I would see people sitting in the same location for hours on end. Sometimes (it happens much more often than you think), these people would not even leave to take a bathroom break, instead simply urinating (or worse) right there in the seat. Sometimes they would shift to another seat, but more often, they simply sat in their own filth and kept playing. Such is the drive of greed. Get up once in a while and walk around. Go to the restaurant (if there is one) or snack bar and get a soft drink. Use that time to check your win-loss ratio (see #3), and if you find that you’re ahead, it might be time to go.

No Systems

There’s no shortage of people trying to sell you on time-tested methods for beating the casino. Everyone seems to have a “system” that they claim works for them, but if you ask around, you’ll find that they made their money selling books, not playing casinos. If all of these systems worked as well as they say, how would casinos still be in business? And doesn’t it stand to reason that the casino operators have read these books too? There is no perfect system that can defeat the odds that are weighted in favor of the house, and it’s a waste of money to try. Gambling is largely luck, and you have no control over that factor. What’s more, most casinos write the rules such that the odds go to them.

Hidden Costs

Many slot machines today offer varying levels of payout with the number of coins played. Of particular importance to note are linked machines that are placed in different casinos across the country, and tied to a central mega-jackpot. Often, in order to win the big money, you must play the maximum number of coins playable. I have been witness to two occasions in which someone got the winning combination (and won a small jackpot), but was “cheated out of” the big money because they did not play the maximum number of coins. By law, this information must be made clear on the face of the machine, but casinos are good at hiding it amongst the colorful designs and other eye-candy.

Cash Outs

Cashiers in casinos have been trained (or machines, where they replace humans, have been programmed) to provide you with the largest possible denominations of bills when giving cash outs. This is because they know that you have to pass through the maze to get back out, and you might be tempted by the lure of a particular machine. You sit down to play just “one more dollar,” only to discover that the smallest bill you have is a five…
It would be wrong to say that no one ever wins. In fact, casinos are filled with winners, sometimes big winners. But stop and ask some of these people how much they have spent trying to get to that point and the numbers become a little more revealing. It is very rare to win huge amounts of cash without having paid excessive amounts to achieve that goal. Ever notice that casino winners (in large part) tend to be in the ages of 50 and upwards? Who else has all day to spend in front of a slot machine, shoving coins into it?

Sometimes, you get lucky. I’ve had days when I’ve walked into a casino with two dollars and come out two hours later with $20. There have also been days when I’ve gone in with $20 and come out in 15 minutes with nothing. The best way to win? Don’t play. But if you must, then these tips will at least help balance the odds a little.



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