THE MACHINES
 

Therefore, you have to use your intelligence to locate "loose" machines, (as described in Break the One-Armed Bandits!) and you have to have excellent money management techniques as described by others in the website that you are now reading.

Slot play is dangerous. Unless you are playing the machines in geographical areas where the casinos are highly competitive, it is likely that the payback to the players is so poor that you have no chance of showing a profit for your investment. I recommend that you read the statistics concerning paybacks for the casinos you plan to visit. Several gambling publications offer this information on a monthly basis. In addition, the casino control commissions in most states that offer slot play have this information available to the public. If there are two casinos close to one another, the wise consumer plays the slots at the one that offers the highest percentage payback. Still, slot players face long odds, no matter what machines they play, because it is a rarity if machines return more than 98 percent on the amount wagered (although some casinos have now taken the revolutionary step of certifying the payouts of their slots).

Finally, the wise gambler will never alter his games plan in order to qualify for comps, but he will always give his name in order to be considered for comps. If you are playing a tight games with the casino, the difference between being ahead or being behind may be the price of a meal, or a room, or a floor show. Ask for all the comps for which you are entitled, but never play an extra second in order to qualify for them! Join the slot clubs, ask to be rated at table games, and take whatever they give you!

The inner and outer games of gambling must both be perfect in order to stand a reasonable chance of winning. You have to play good games that have very low house edges, no house edges, or a favorable player edge; you have to play the best strategies for these games, and you have to play these games in deliberate accordance with your rhythm and your pace-not the frenetic pace imposed by the casinos. If you do this, it is quite possible that you will feel that glow of satisfaction that comes with knowing that you, a puny little David, nailed the big casino Goliath right between the eyes!

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