Beating Casino presents: 8 Casino Gambling Strategies You Haven’t Thought of Most casino games are based on random chance, but there are still strategies to use in order to increase your winning chances, and of course the games of poker and Blackjack which are games based more on skill and less on chance. A lot of experienced players fall into comfort zones where they feel like they have some control over the outcomes of their games of chance. This tendency to trust in the zone is just another form of the Gambler’s Fallacy. If you really want to gamble, then why not try a few strategies that fall outside of your comfort zone? There are some pretty interesting things you can do without sacrificing the statistical position you want to maintain in facing down the house edge. Gambling would be very boring and monotonous if everyone played the same games the same ways. So in the spirit of “no risk, no reward” here are a few strategies you probably haven’t thought of Consider them, try them, and then decide for yourself how you prefer to play next. Blackjack Spanish 21 Most players and gamblers are probably familiar with the standard game of blackjack, whether it’s American blackjack or European blackjack, but have you heard about Spanish 21? If your casino offers Spanish 21 you should definitely try it out. Although there are several rule differences between regular blackjack and Spanish 21, the most distinctive difference is that the Spanish 21 game is played without any 10 point cards. A Spanish 21 deck has 48 cards instead of 52 cards, and by removing those 10 point cards, the game reduces the chances of either player or dealer drawing a natural 21.
The downside to playing Spanish 21 is that the theoretical house edge is about 3% versus only 1% in standard blackjack. However, there are some great rewards in Spanish 21. One of these significant rewards is that players always win 21 to 21. Even when the dealer has a blackjack, you win if you also have a blackjack. Better yet, the house pays 3:2 on player blackjack instead of a push in the regular blackjack. Another advantage of Spanish 21 is that you can split Aces a second time. You may not be very likely to be dealt three or four Aces but in the rare event when this does happen, you can split again. But, why play Spanish 21 if the house edge is worse than in standard blackjack? Technically the edge is only realized across a large number of bets, which means the house sometimes does better than you expect and sometimes worse. That volatility can actually be a good thing, because it means that sometimes players can win a lot of money. Instead of comparing house edge statistics look at the flexibility and greater rewards you get when you play Spanish 21. It will break you out of your comfort zone but you’ll be happily surprised when you are paid better odds for some combinations that don’t pay well in regular blackjack. Play Tournaments This strategy is fairly well know. That is because if you just pay a flat fee up front but win the tournament the value of the prize could be substantially more than your buy in fee. Even slot game tournaments can be rewarding for the first, second, and third place players. What makes tournament play really interesting is that you can plan ahead for the buy in. This almost reduces your gambling to a predictable wager. Of course, you may want to gamble more than the tournaments allow so limiting yourself to only playing tournaments may not be practical. Joining tournaments allows you to gamble on two levels, and that additional risk may make the tournament experience more satisfying for you. Play One on One with the Dealer When Possible Casinos don’t like it when you are the only player at the blackjack table. Part of the casino’s advantage is derived from the dealer playing against several players at the same time. Whether you count cards or not, you will see less volatility in the distribution of the cards if you are the only player who is facing the dealer. The pit boss may close other tables or send over some house players to fill up your table if you get a lucky break and can play the dealer by yourself. So, don’t get upset when this happens, remain calm and play your game. Why does it matter how many players are at the table? Because your chances of getting those high value cards decline as more people draw from the shoe. When it’s just you and the dealer you have an even chance of drawing the cards you need. As more people join the table your chances drop drastically. The dealer doesn’t need to draw high value cards as often as the individual players do. That is because the dealer wins every time a player busts. Hence, if you play a conservative game in a one on one situation with the dealer, you have a pretty good setup and a good chance of winning. But, the house advantage will never fully vanish. Sometimes all you are going to get for a third card is a bust card and there is nothing you can do about that Just move on to play the next hand. Roulette Play Two of Three Outside Bets at Once in Roulette Most of the betting options on the roulette table are the single numbers and because of that, a lot of players tend to think in terms of betting only on single numbers when playing the inside. However, savvy players may play the lines in roulette, but even when you bet on six numbers, the house has a huge advantage over you, and the odds are terrible, too. Your best chances of winning in conventional roulette strategy guides are to play the “safe” outside bets: black or red, odd or even. You can also place bets in the 1/3 categories: 1st twelve, 2nd twelve, and 3rd twelve numbers. These 1/3 groups each pay 2 to 1 odds. You can improve your chances of winning by playing 2 groups. You reduce the odds to even payoff when you do this, but you get a better coverage with this kind of bet (24 numbers) versus the standard safe bets (18 numbers), Which also pay even money. So, which way would you like to bet? Win even money for betting on 18 numbers or win even money for betting on 24 numbers? Do the math, as you may never bet black or even again. Slots Play Only Max Lines in Slot Games The so-called “penny” slot games have been evolving since they first appeared. The game manufacturers have added more and more pay lines to these games and now they even add more screens to handle more pay lines. Early versions of these games allowed you to choose how many pay lines are active during spins. While this may have seemed like a generous gesture to the players who felt uncomfortable placing bets on 15, 20, or 25 pay lines, the reality was that the theoretical return to player was brutally reduced to very low levels. If you only play 1 out of 25 active pay lines, you will almost never win. It’s not the same as playing a single pay line slot game. Players who try to conserve their money by playing fewer pay lines are in fact throwing it away. That is because the games are designed to pay the best percentage when all the pay lines are active. The multi pay line games often provide better theoretical return to player percentages than the older single pay lines, too. If the pay table shows you an RTP better than 96%, your game is approaching Spanish 21, roulette, and blackjack blackjack territory.
Slot games may not be your gambling game of choice but most people play them eventually because they are easy, fun and give a chance to win a lot of money with no effort. Use a 17-Second Delay between Spins Slowing down slot game play is not that easy, but there is a mathematically valid reason to do it other than that you lose money at a slower rate. This is not a betting system that promises you will win more often. This is a system that increases the volatility of your play. It is based on the way random number generator algorithms work. There are two things you should understand about random number generators: First, is that we don’t yet have the science to produce a truly random number via a mathematical algorithm. Second, the numbers generated by these chips are drawn from huge pools of possible results, which makes them more than random enough to be unpredictable in casino game play. This strategy is designed for slot players who believe the random number generators fall into patterns. The likelihood of that happening is relatively small, but because the random numbers are not truly random it is possible. What happens is that the generated numbers fall into what is termed a “local pattern”. This means that for a short run they do follow some sort of pattern. The random number generator is constantly producing new numbers. Each new number is placed in a part of the chip’s memory called a “register”. The number waits there for a fraction of a second and is then replaced by another number. Meanwhile, the machine is running its game software. When you spin the reels, one the game begins fetching random numbers from the RNG’s registers. In the United States a random number is required for each reel and those numbers are used to determine where the reels stop spinning. In other jurisdictions, a single random number is used to determine the outcome of the game. The idea behind the 17 second delay, is that after the reels stop spinning and you are awarded your prize, you count off 17 seconds. Waiting 17 seconds after each spin increases the chances that you move out of any local pattern in fewer spins. The local pattern might be randomly awarding you a lot of prizes or it might be handing you a lot of losing spins. You have no way of knowing if this rare phenomenon is occurring but if you feel like you’re stuck in a random number rut, you can change up the game by pausing and taking your time in between spins. And as it so happens, this strategy falls in line with most money management strategies, which suggest that you slow down your rate of play in order to conserve money. But why pause for 17 seconds? What’s wrong with only 5 seconds? 17 is a prime number and in any algorithm that attempts to randomize activity it’s much easier if you base your computations on a prime. The larger the prime number the better. You could choose a prime like 53 seconds but most people will give up before that many seconds tick away. In 17 seconds, your slot game’s RNG could cycle through hundreds or thousands of new numbers. Also, when you force yourself to stop and count to 17 in between spins of the reels, you shake off some of the mental cobwebs that form from clicking on Spin repeatedly. This strategy helps you stay aware of the passing of time while you’re in a casino, and that is always to your advantage. In the long run you won’t see any better or worse chances of winning with the 17 second strategy, but you’ll have more control over your actions and your money, and that’s always a good thing! Keno Play Keno If you know anything about which casino games are recommended then you know keno is at the very bottom of the list along with all other lottery style games. So how can playing keno be a good thing for you? Well, as a regular gambling activity it’s still not recommended, but most people when calculating just how bad keno is, usually go after the large pick options and don’t look at the probabilities on the lower pick options. But there is another component to this different strategy. First, let’s take a look at the worst and best case scenarios: In a typical keno game you can usually select 2 numbers to 10 numbers. The rule of thumb is that the more numbers you pick, the worse your chances of winning become, although the payoff odds improve. Who would not want to pick 10 numbers that are drawn in keno? Of course, that is the appeal behind keno and most players seem to go for the big win rather than the more achievable wins. If you are going to play keno you had better do some number crunching and look at which pick options offer the best chances for winning. Now, the probabilities can vary from casino to casino because there are a few variations on the game. For example, In one version of the game you may be able win something for getting two of the three numbers in a Pick 3, whereas in another version of the game you may not be able to get something for two out of three. The casino publishes a win table that explains the odds for you. The best versions of the game pay at least a little bit for getting some of your numbers. The fewer numbers you are required to choose in order to get at least 2 winning combinations the better. Say, for example, you can play a Pick 5 and win for 5 numbers, 4 numbers, and 3 numbers. That’s a pretty good payback spread. It’s not great, most modern slot machine games offer better theoretical returns to player, but you’re in the realm of 70% to 75% RTP with this kind of option. If you can play a Pick 4 you might feel that’s a little less risky. In fact, in some versions of the game Pick 4 offers the second best theoretical return to the player if it allows for three catches that pay prizes prizes (4 numbers, 3 numbers, and 2 numbers). So having selected your preferred Pick, why on Earth would you choose to play keno if the best theoretical return you can hope for is about 70% to 75%? That’s quite simple, really. You are going to stop gambling for a while. Take a break. Go eat something, or take in a show. One great thing about keno is that it is a slow round game. You only see a few drawings per hour at most and this is a way to gamble while you are not gambling. Keno is completely passive, even more so than playing a slot machine. When it comes to money management, more experienced gamblers advice to slow down your rate of play. That’s impossible to do at a card table because the dealer has to keep the action going for the other players (and the pit boss is watching), and the same goes for other table games. So get up, walk around, lay down $10 on a few keno cards with Pick 4 or Pick 5 numbers, and then go relax. Get something to eat. Take care of business. You’re still gambling but not risking much and you have almost as good a chance of breaking even or winning a small amount of cash as as if you played a few rounds of the slots. Craps Don’t Pass in Craps and Lay Odds Almost every introduction to craps tells you that the best bets in craps are the Pass and Don’t Pass line and that you should always Take The Odds if you bet Pass or Lay The Odds if you Don’t Pass. These plays are simple, you almost don’t have to think about them, and everyone recommends them. But most players choose to bet Pass because they want to support the guy throwing the dice. Opinions vary on all this but in comparing the two options, the biggest drawback to betting Don’t Pass is that you may lose on the Come Out roll. Now you might be looking at how players win with Pass and Don’t Pass on the Come Out roll and thinking, “You win with 2 numbers either way. Why is Pass the better bet?” It’s because to win on the Come Out roll with a Pass bet, you need a 7 or 11. There are eight ways the dice can fall to get one of those two numbers. To win with a Don’t Pass bet, you need a 2 or 3 and there are only three ways to get one of those two numbers, so the shooter has a better chance of rolling 7 or 11 (and that is why in movies people are usually yelling, “Come on seven!”). However, after you get past the Come Out roll, Don’t Pass starts to look pretty sweet compared to the Pass bet. That is because after the shooter establishes his Point, the Don’t Pass bettor wins about 2/3 of the time whereas the Pass bettor wins about 1/3 of the time. The Pass bettor takes the odds by placing additional chips on his first bet. The Don’t Pass bettor Lays the Odds by placing chips next to his first bet. This is not the same as playing the odds where you place another bet on the colorful dice representations in the Odds box. This is one of the reasons why craps can be so confusing. Taking Odds on a Pass bet pays better than Laying Odds on a Don’t Pass bet, but you’re more likely to win on the Don’t Pass bet. In fact, that advantage is exactly why the casino pays less money for Don’t Pass bets. Conclusion There are all kinds of gambling strategies. Some are basic and by the book, others are crazy, and some may even look dumb to some gamblers and players. In this video, we tried to shake things up a little bit without increasing our risk (or losses) by using alternative strategies. The usual gambling advice you find in books and blogs may start to look boring to some after a while. If you are gambling for fun, you will be more open to changing things up and trying a new approach. That also helps keeping your gaming experience fresh and more interesting. Another advantage of playing these different strategies, is that if you are not satisfied with the results, you can always switch back to playing and gambling the way you are more comfortable with. Still, it’s always fun to try new stuff and give them a chance, just don’t risk too much of your bankroll at first. Easy does it. Thank you for watching. Enjoy our channel with more videos, tips and strategies on how to beat the casino, both live and online, and don’t forget to like, share, and comment on our videos. Also, check our amazing promotions waiting just for you in the description section below, for free cash, no deposit bonuses and other great promotions you can claim right now on the leading casino rooms online. Have a great day and go start your practicing.