not going to waste effort trying to convince anyone
to want to win ... and to have fun. You either do,
or you don't. And if your idea of fun is to join the
legions of losers waiting for planes at McCarren,
or driving tight-lipped back up the Atlantic City
Expressway ...it's your call!
But since you bought this website and have read this
far, I'm going to assume you're on the side of winning.
So let's establish a few ground rules that will help
you win-at least some of the time:
Play Any games Unless You Have Studied the Rules,
the Probabilities, and the Proper Playing Method
Pretty basic, huh? You bet. But by being a student
of the games you are playing, you immediately separate
yourself from the masses, and give yourself a chance-in
fact, the only chance. We've all played next to knowledgeable
players and unknowledgeable players at any of the
games; online blackjack games and craps give stark
examples of winners and losers. Over the long run,
only the knowledgeable will win.
poker games, with 99 percent paybacks, actually pays
back only 95 to 96 percent in total because of imperfect
play. Most people will not tackle a new endeavor without
learning something about it, so why gamble without
prior knowledge? Yes, gambling is entertainment, but
do we want to put our hard-earned money on the line
without maximizing our understanding of the rules
and proper strategies required to make us potential
OK! Sold on knowledge? I sure am. Now:
Begin to Play Any games, Machine, or Session Without
a Firm Playing Strategy in Mind
A plan must include:
- a specific bankroll for the games at hand, adequate
to cover initial losing streaks. Most gaming websites
suggest minimum bankrolls for each games.
- stop loss/quit point, usually one-half to two-thirds
of your bankroll for that session. You always want
to walk away with something! • a commitment
to using the "Ratchet Method" (See page
5) as a means to protect your winnings.
- a commitment to not replay your winnings.
- an alternate activity, if things don't go well.
Have dinner, go to a show, take a walk, go to another
casino, but have something else to do as part of your
- not reaching for your wallet or purse when in a
losing streak; do something else to break it.
While some parts of our plan seem negative, we do
have to avoid the downside trends. Equally important
are the parts of the plan that enable us to take advantage
of our winning sessions, i.e. the Ratchet Method and
not replaying winnings.
We now have the knowledge and we've put together a
plan that fits our circumstances.
you call one bet and a later player raises, you may
still be getting immediate pot odds good enough to
call the raise. But if you look at the total amount
of money that you put into the pot during the round
compared with the final size of the pot, your effective
pot odds are less favorable, which means you might
have folded if you knew a raise was coming. This is
one reason why you are at a big disadvantage when
you must act early in a betting round: The more players
who act after you, the greater the chance one of them
will raise, which increases the chance that your pot
odds will end up less than they are when you make
your decision. The effect of this is that if you are
first to act in a game like hold'em, where your betting
position remains the same throughout the hand, you
must have much stronger cards to call than if you
were in late position. In an aggressive game in Ns7hich
earl e raises are common, you should generally not
call one bet from early position unless you would
be willing to call one or more raises later. If you
are in late position, there is a lesser chance that
a later player will raise, and you can safely call
with weaker cards. At this point, by the way, you
should be starting to see the importance of position