casinos will advance cash on a major credit card,
as Visa or Master Charge, but this is not a standard
po: for casinos are very wary about credit cards in
the first p since a great number of them are floating
around, and of these are stolen or sold cards. The
casino, in adv cash, will attempt to protect itself
by verifying that the legitimate. This is done by
calling a central number that firm's cards, but even
when this is done, the casino taking a chance, since
a stolen card may not have been ported. Therefore,
when trying to obtain cash by the use credit card,
you should be aware that only a rather amount will
be advanced-generally no more than $100 $200.
Cashing personal checks is a tricky business for out
towners. Many people show up at a casino and expect
personal checks to be honored, but very few casinos
will commodate them. Some will allow a $50, $100,
and, in instances, a $200 check to be cashed upon
presentation driver's license and a credit card. However,
the casinos getting stricter about their check-cashing
because they've burned too many times. Many people,
after losing money' a casino, feel that the debt is
not legitimate and stop checks or refuse to issue
payment on them.
Therefore, don't expect to get any serious gambling
m just by coming to a casino and signing a check.
In many you won't get any money at all.
The most common, and the easiest way to get cash at
casino cage is to present traveler's checks plus identification,
such as a valid driver's license. Many will first
check identification and then through a central ber
call the company issuing the traveler's checks to
verify that the checks are valid and haven't been
reported lost or stolen. Only then will they cash
Some casinos are stricter than others in this regard.
I've cashed a slew of $100 traveler's checks at a
casino by just signing my name and shoving them across
the counter. In another casino I tried to cash two
$20 traveler's checks and had to show my driver's
When going to a resort gambling city, always carry
proper identification if you want to establish credit
or cash personal or traveler's checks. By proper identification,
I mean, best of all, a driver's license. That's the
first thing they ask for. If you don't drive, some
states will issue an II) for check-cashing purposes.
Get one of those. If you also have major credit cards,
bring them along.
But if you haven't established credit and want to
do some serious gambling, bring traveler's checks
or cash. Don't expect instant credit for big money,
and you won't be disappointed.
Now let's look at a few scenarios and calculate some
actual pot odds. In the process, we'll see how those
odds are affected by your decision to check, bet,
call, raise, or fold.
Suppose you are playing $2-54 Texas Ilold'em. Before
the flop, there are five players in the hand, with
810 in the pot. After the flop, the first player to
act checks. Now its your turn. What are your pot odds
if you check also?
amount in the pot is $10 (five callers have each thrown
in $2 before the flop), and the remount you are required
to bet is zero. Your pot odds are thus 10:0, or 10/0,
which is infinity.
to get better pot odds than infinity. I start with
this example to illustrate what the mathematical implications
of checking we and why you should never fold when
a bet is checked to you. If you can check, you are
able to stay in the hand while risking nothing, which
is a no-lose proposition. On the flip side, however,
your check gives your opponents the same no-lose proposition
for sticking around-if they have more to gain by seeing
another card than you do, a check is usually a mistake.