section is for those who do legitimate playing in
recognized American casinos, and when we write of
taking advantage of casino credit, I'm not writing
about scams or about gambling in excess or going crazy
at the tables with casino money. What I'm going to
discuss is a same way to handle your credit and to
make certain that you don't hurt yourself in the process.
How can you legitimately take advantage of casino
credit? The best way is by establishing credit at
a few casinos that you are comfortable playing at,
then using that credit in the best possible way.
First of all, most casinos will ask you to set a check-cashing
limit of your own, an amount you don't want to go
over, for your own protection. If they don't ask you,
tell them you want this limit. In other words, even
though you may have estab-lished a $10,000 credit
line, if you state that you don't ever want to sign
a check for more than $2,000 while staying at the
casino or have your outstanding unpaid markers exceed
$2,000, then the casino will have to automatically
cut off. Your credit for your own protection.
If they don't do this, if they allow you to play for
than the $2,000, you may very well have a legitimate
for not paying any gambling debts in excess of that,
casino may back down and forget about these debts
in of $2,000.
By doing this, you'll prevent yourself from losing
your entire credit line during one disastrous spree
at the tables, when you're losing heavily or have
been drinking too much. Once that limit is reached
your credit is cut off, and you're action. This procedure
is always suggested because it's saved a lot of people
from really hurting themselves at the tables
is a much murkier task. When you calculate the odds
of making a draw, you work with known figures: the
number of outs compared to the number of unseen cards.
This simplicity stems from the assumption that if
you make your draw, you will win. Conversely, when
you are playing a hand that is already fairly strong
but not as good as a made straight or flush, its odds
of 'Ainning are based on unknowns, because you don't
know what cards your opponents hold. It is usually
possible to guess what draws your opponents are on
and figure their chances of hitting. But because of
the chance that your hand is already beaten, you can't
assume that you will win if all your drawing opponents
miss, which thwarts any attempt at a precise calculation.
But all is not lost.
It turns out that when you have a hand like a high
pair, two pair, or three of a kind, which have respectable
chances of winning without improvement in real poker
games, your strategy doesn't depend on your precise
odds of winning. In all these cases, whatever your
exact odds are, they are good enough for you to stay
in the hand. So your play with hands like these is
based not on a probability calculation but on your
knowledge of the general strength of your hand and
your perceptions of your opponents' strengths.