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Excerpts from 1000 Best Casino Gambling Secrets

29 October 2010

This month I thought I would share some excerpts from my new book. The book contains 1000 tips spread out over 16 chapters covering most of the casino games and other casino-related subjects. Space doesn't allow including a tip from each chapter, but here are a few you may find useful.

Chapter 1 - Play Like a Pro: How Casinos are Run

#40: The Casino Host works hand in hand with the marketing department to bring in players and keep them happy. Hosts can write comps for anything from a free meal to an all expense paid visit including food, room, and more for players. You don't have to be a high roller to ask a host for a comp, so go ahead and give it a try. The worst thing they can do is say "no."

Chapter - 2 Great Expectations: Odds, Probabilities and House Edge

#53: One thing that separates gaming from other forms of entertainment is there is no set price you pay to play. When you go to a show, you know in advance the price of the tickets. When you sit down to try your luck in the casino, you don't know exactly how much it will cost you to play.

Chapter 3 - Dollars and Sense: Money Management

#91: Don't play at limits you can't afford. If you only have $100, don't play at a $25 dollar table or dollar slot machine. Your goal is to make your money last. One short losing streak will wipe you out if you don't have a sufficient bankroll. There is no shame in playing lower limit games.

Chapter 4 - Reel Fun: Slots

#153: If you play the new ticket out machines make sure to take your cash voucher. Some of the machines will beep loudly once the ticket is printed. You shouldn't depend on this because you may not hear it in a noisy casino. Make it a habit to reach for you ticket as soon as you hit the cash out button.

Chapter 5 - In Search of the Royals: Video Poker

#221: Don't automatically hit the maximum coin button. There was a time when the maximum bet on a video poker machine was five coins. Some of the newer machines have a maximum bet of 90 coins. You should check the help screen before hitting the max button so that you are certain what the maximum bet is.

Chapter 6 - Winning is Basic: Blackjack

318: When you double down, you double your bet after receiving your first two cards. You then receive only one additional card on your hand. Most casinos will allow you to double down on any two cards. Some casinos limit your doubling to hands that total ten or eleven.

Chapter 7 - A Dicey Situation: Craps

#403: You can take down any bet on the craps table except for the passline bet or the come bet once the point has been established. You can pick up your passline odds or remove your field bets. You have to ask the dealer to take down your place bets.

Chapter 8 - Go For a Spin: Roulette

#533: My favorite strategy is to bet two chips on the 10/13 and 28/31 double streets and one chip on the 17-18-20-21 Quad. You have 16 numbers covered that are spread around the wheel. If one of the bets wins, increase it by one chip on the next spin.

Chapter 10- Know When to Hold'em: Casino Poker

#712: Regardless of which game you play, the biggest mistake a player can make is playing too many hands. The objective in Poker is to win the most money. It is not to win the most pots. Players who win the most pots are playing too many hands and usually lose money in the end. A winning player is one who is very selective about the hands he plays. This takes patience and discipline, and it separates the winners from the losers.

Chapter 13 - Best Things in Life are Free: Comps

#904: Many players think that comps are only for the high rollers who spend thousands of dollars each visit, but this is not true. There are different levels of comps depending on the amount of play you give the casinos. You should learn about the comp policy at the casinos where you play.

Chapter 15 - Thanks for the Tip: Who, when, and how much to tip.

#995: You should tip the hotel maids a couple of dollars per night when you check out. In most hotels there is a card in the room with the name of your maid. You can place your tip by the card. I have found it is better to look for your maid and hand her the tip personally.

Bill Burton
Bill Burton is a gambling expert and best-selling author of Get the Edge at Low Limit Texas Hold'em and 1000 Best Casino Gambling Secrets. He is the former Casino Gambling columnist for About.com.

Burton's Texas Holdem book was published in 2002 long before the game became a national phenomenon. The producers of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown used his book during the first season to teach the game to the participants.

He writes for several national gaming magazines and newsletters. These publications include: Casino Player, Strictly Slots, The Southern California Gaming Guide, Midwest Gaming and Travel magazine, Southern Gaming and Destinations magazine, Midwest Player and Blackjack Insider.

Burton is an instructor for the Golden Touch Craps dice control seminars teaching players how to gain the advantage in craps. He is an expert at all casino games and can teach players how to play any casino game as well as offering them advice to get the most out of their casino visits.

Bill Burton Websites:

www.billburton.com
www.goldentouchcraps.com

Books by Bill Burton:

1000 Best Casino Gambling Secrets

> More Books By Bill Burton

Bill Burton
Bill Burton is a gambling expert and best-selling author of Get the Edge at Low Limit Texas Hold'em and 1000 Best Casino Gambling Secrets. He is the former Casino Gambling columnist for About.com.

Burton's Texas Holdem book was published in 2002 long before the game became a national phenomenon. The producers of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown used his book during the first season to teach the game to the participants.

He writes for several national gaming magazines and newsletters. These publications include: Casino Player, Strictly Slots, The Southern California Gaming Guide, Midwest Gaming and Travel magazine, Southern Gaming and Destinations magazine, Midwest Player and Blackjack Insider.

Burton is an instructor for the Golden Touch Craps dice control seminars teaching players how to gain the advantage in craps. He is an expert at all casino games and can teach players how to play any casino game as well as offering them advice to get the most out of their casino visits.

Bill Burton Websites:

www.billburton.com
www.goldentouchcraps.com

Books by Bill Burton:

1000 Best Casino Gambling Secrets

> More Books By Bill Burton