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Getting the edge

27 February 2000

It's no secret that casinos have the edge over most players. The reason is because most casino games are structured so that the casino enjoys the mathematical advantage over all players. However, it is possible to turn the tables on the casino and to gain the edge over them. Here are a few ways to do it.

Blackjack
You can gain the edge in blackjack by learning the basic playing strategy and card counting. Basic strategy is a set of rules that tells the player the best way to play each hand. Card counting is a technique that allows players to keep track of the cards as they are played and to know when they have the edge on the next hand. Card counters bet more when they have the edge and less when they don't. This is what gives card counters the edge.

Video Poker
The secret to getting the edge in Video Poker is to play on full-pay machines with optimum playing strategy. Full pay machines pay out more for certain winning hands than other similar machines. For example, a full pay Jacks or Better machine pays 9 coins for a full house and 6 coins for a flush (per coin played). This payout is better than a machine that pays only 8 coins for a full house and 5 coins for a flush. Likewise there are full pay deuces wild and double bonus machines that a player must learn to spot in order to get the potential edge. However, finding a full pay machine is only half the battle. You must also learn an optimum playing strategy for the type of machine you are playing. In other words, you must learn which cards to hold and which ones to discard. It's the combination of playing on full pay machines with an optimum playing strategy that will get you the edge in video poker.

Bonus Slot Machine
Many of the newer slot machines have a banking feature. As players continue to spin, money builds in a "bank." If the amount of the banked money exceeds a certain amount, then a player who is playing these machines has a temporary advantage. In order to gain the edge, you must know which machines to play and when to play them.

Play Progressive Video Poker Machines
When the jackpot on progressive video poker machines exceeds a certain amount, the payback of the machine is temporarily over 100 percent (that includes winning the jackpot). Once the jackpot exceeds the breakeven point, the machine is temporarily returning over 100 percent. For example, on a quarter Jacks or Better 8/5 progressive machine, the break-even point is a Jackpot of $2,300. When the jackpot exceeds $2,300, you will have the best of it.

Play in Tournaments
The trick is to play in tournaments that give back all (not some) of the entry fees in prizes and to learn tournament skills to get the best of your fellow opponents. In tournament play, what matters most is your results compared to other entrants. Players who learn tournament skills--specific playing and betting strategies to win the table and advance--will usually get the best of their opponents.

Taking Advantage of Comps
By playing close to an even game with the casino (like basic strategy in blackjack or 9/6 Jacks or Better video poker) it's still possible to gain the monetary edge by taking advantage of comps. This could be everything from cash back, free meals, discounted or free rooms and more. For example, a video poker player playing a 9/6 machine with optimum strategy can expect a 99.5 percent return. By getting at least a 0.6 percent return in cash back and other freebies, it's possible for the overall return to exceed 100 percent (i.e., the player has the edge).

Play Pai Gow Poker
The secret to gaining the advantage is to be the banker as much as possible because the banker has an inherent edge in the game. Casinos have different rules regarding how frequently a player can be the banker, so it pays to shop around.

Having a mathematical edge does not guarantee that you will win every time you play. Professional video poker and blackjack players, for example, can go days, weeks and even months losing even though they have the edge. This means that over the short term you must have enough bankroll to withstand these short-term losses. Being a winning player is to not only know how to beat a "beatable" casino game, but also to have enough bankroll to get you through the inevitable short-term losing streaks.


For more information about blackjack:

Blackjack: Take the Money and Run by Henry Tamburin
Best Blackjack by Frank Scoblete
The Morons of Blackjack and Other Monsters! by Frank Scoblete
Winning Strategies at Blackjack! Video tape hosted by Academy Award Winner James Coburn, Written by Frank Scoblete

For more information about slots and video poker, we recommend:

Break the One-Armed Bandits! by Frank Scoblete
Victory at Video Poker and Video Craps, Keno and Blackjack! by Frank Scoblete
Slot Conquest Audio Cassette Tape (60 minutes) with Frank Scoblete
Winning Strategies at Slots & Video Poker! Video tape hosted by Academy Award Winner James Coburn, Written by Frank Scoblete
The Slot Machine Answer Book by John Grochowski
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Best of Henry Tamburin
Henry Tamburin

Henry Tamburin is the author of the best-selling book, Blackjack: Take The Money and Run, editor of the Blackjack Insider e-Newsletter, and Lead Instructor for the Golden Touch Blackjack course. For a free 3-month subscription to his blackjack newsletter with full membership privileges, visit www.bjinsider.com/free. For details on the Golden Touch Blackjack course visit www.goldentouchblackjack.com or call 866/WIN-BJ21. For a free copy of his casino gambling catalog featuring over 50 products call 888/353-3234 or visit the Internet store at www.smartgaming.com.

Henry Tamburin Websites:

www.smartgaming.com

Books by Henry Tamburin:

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Henry Tamburin
Henry Tamburin is the author of the best-selling book, Blackjack: Take The Money and Run, editor of the Blackjack Insider e-Newsletter, and Lead Instructor for the Golden Touch Blackjack course. For a free 3-month subscription to his blackjack newsletter with full membership privileges, visit www.bjinsider.com/free. For details on the Golden Touch Blackjack course visit www.goldentouchblackjack.com or call 866/WIN-BJ21. For a free copy of his casino gambling catalog featuring over 50 products call 888/353-3234 or visit the Internet store at www.smartgaming.com.

Henry Tamburin Websites:

www.smartgaming.com

Books by Henry Tamburin:

> More Books By Henry Tamburin