After I learned to play casino games properly, home poker games lost their glamour. They could not compete with the excitement of the casino and games like blackjack, craps and video poker. I never gave much thought to playing casino poker.
I made my first
trip to Atlantic
in the early 80’s that consisted of playing the slots. After several
started to notice that the table game players were having a lot of fun
getting quite a bit of attention from the casino personnel. I wanted to try some of
the games but was not
sure how to go about it. Around that time my friend Rich started to
stories of his friend Andy. Andy was a big gambler who was a
Rated Player in Atlantic City.
He had a system for roulette and always came back with hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars.
Since Andy had his
it was his system, it
was only logical that he would place the bets and work his magic. My
and I all agreed to put up $20 a piece. This $80 bankroll was surely
get us started.
After about twenty minutes of making bets, Andy turned to us and said we had hit a bad streak and were broke. Finally, after going broke the third time I was asked to put up some more money to keep the partnership going. This was a turning point for me. I told the guys to count me out.
I told them that I
just lost $60
on a game I knew
nothing about without making a single bet. I was foolish to waste money
game I knew nothing about. I vowed that I would become an educated
player and I
promised myself that from that day forward I would never gamble a penny
game or event unless I had researched it and I was in control of my own
That was the day I started to become an educated player.
I spent years
how to play
the casino games and how
the casinos operated. I learned that blackjack, certain video poker
live poker are three games where a player can gain an edge.
When Foxwoods opened a short distance from my home in 1992, I was able to make more frequent trips to the casinos. I spent my time there playing blackjack.
In 1994 I made my first visit to Las Vegas and immediately became a frequent visitor. It was in Las Vegas that I discovered the "full pay" video poker machines that offered over 100 percent payback when played using proper strategy. These games kept me occupied and I never gave any thought to playing casino poker.
for an educated player are slowly dying
The casinos do not like the players to have an edge in any game.
For example, casinos are doing everything in their power to stop card counters. In Las Vegas they can bar players. In Atlantic City and other places where they can't bar players they have taken different measures. They have multiple-deck games with lousy penetration, or they will choose to shuffle up on a player, or both. They can also restrict a player to flat betting a specified amount.
Profitable video poker games are also starting to disappear. Many of the dollar games that offered over 100 percent payback are now being offered only on the quarter machines.
are coming to
the same conclusion
about the loss of the profitable games because I started to receive
requests for information about live poker.
In order to answer their questions accurately, I decided it was time to learn how to play casino poker as an educated player.
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