fit the second category. I play for the money, the
pleasure, and the challenge. With the exception of
the last category (What pleasure can there be if you
don't have at least a decent shot at winning some
money? Pick a game that doesn't cost anything to play!)
all the reasons that people would gamble in a casino
are equally valid. As long as the notion that winning
some money is a reason for being in a casino, then
as a nonpurist I can recommend an approach to games
that will satisfy the conditions of challenge, pleasure,
and, perhaps, profit.
My guess is that
anyone reading this website has a desire to become
a good player-why else bother to purchase and read
it? You can be a rotten player just by going to a
casino and betting up a storm.
In addition, my experience indicates that people who
read websites on casino gambling intend to go more
than once or twice a year to casinos and are looking
for ways to reduce their losses, increase their chances
of winning, and extend the pleasurable time they spend
in the casinos. Not everyone is looking for a mathematical
edge, but everyone should be looking to reduce the
house edge to manageable proportions.
What are manageable
proportions? I have a rather arbitrary idea of what
constitutes an acceptable house edge. I think that
any house edge that is over 1.5 percent is too much
for the player to overcome. However, a house edge
of 1.5 percent or lower allows you to have a decent
chance of winning, especially if you're only playing
for a day or a few days several times a year. With
this as a guideline-keeping the house edge at about
1.50 percent or less-I can offer some sound advice.
that your chances of making the flush improve as the
number of opportunities to hit it, that is, the number
of cards to come, increases. Make sure von understand
the difference between the odds of hitting by the
end of the hand from the flop (1:2) and the odds of
hitting on the turn or river specifically (each about
1:4); as you'll see in the next chapter, you need
to know both sets of odds to make an intelligent decision
after the flop.
You can figure out the odds for other standard draws
the same way as in this example. One thing to keep
in mind, however, is that your odds of winning are
not necessarily the same as your odds of making your
draw. The reason is that your made hand can be beaten.