Thursday, July 12, 2012

Aces Casino "College of Casino Game Knowledge:" The Ten Commandments of Real Casino Gaming

I just love Michael Shackelford, the man better known as "The Wizard of Odds."   He is, without question, one of the most knowledgeable authorities on the odds that make all of the casino games tick in Las Vegas, and all points beyond.  Any time we're trying out new games here at Aces Casino, the top orange county casino party company in southern California, we first go to the bible of gaming odds, A. K. A. "The Wizard."   He is THE best, without question.  I'd love to get Michael out here to chat with our team.  That'd be a kick.

But, now the reason for the outpouring of love for the very famous Mr. Shackelford -- We thought It's be nice if we created a 10-step guide to gaming when playing for real, something we could teach our many clients after they've tasted how fun playing these casino games can be when the chips are fake; sort of a "wake-up call" that reminds players that when they play for REAL, you should follow some strict guidelines to keep that edge in your favor.  Unfortunately, Mr. Shackelford beat us to it by 3000 miles.  (Ed. Note: No surprise.  He IS the best, you said so, yourself.)

Hence, without further fanfare, Aces Casino brings you the ultimate guide to gaming safety...

The Ten Commandments of Casino Gaming

  1. Thou shalt not cheat.

    No explanation necessary.
  2. Thou shalt honor thy gambling debts.

    A true gentleman honors his debts, especially gambling debts. When making a bet with another person you are putting your honor on the line. If you lose, you pay. No excuses!
  3. Thou shalt expect to lose.

    The Las Vegas Strip was not built by winners. Even with good rules and strategy the odds are still usually in the casino’s favor. So don’t get mad if you lose. Think of it as the price you pay for entertainment.
  4. Thou shalt trust the odds, not hunches.

    If you want to maximize your odds then believe in mathematically proven strategies, not hunches. If hunches are so great why are there so many psychics working the Boardwalk in Atlantic City as opposed to playing?
  5. Thou shalt not overbet thy bankroll.

    Before you gamble determine what you can safely afford to gamble with - as entertainment money. Stick to your limits and don’t gamble with money you need for necessities.
  6. Thou shalt not believe in betting systems.

    For every one legitimate gambling writer there are a hundred charlatans trying to sell worthless betting systems promising an easy way to beat the casinos. I know it sounds like a cliché, but if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
  7. Thou shalt not hedge thy bets.

    Hedge bets usually carry a high house edge. For example, never take insurance in blackjack and never bet the any craps or any seven in craps. Exceptions can be made for insuring life changing amounts of money.
  8. Thou shalt covet good rules.

    Rules vary from casino to casino. To improve your odds know good rules from bad and then seek out the best rules possible.
  9. Thou shalt not make side bets.

    Side bets are sucker bets. Period.
  10. Thou shalt have good gambling etiquette.

    Gambling is a lot more fun when people are polite and respect each other. It is also good etiquette to tip for good service.

    Our thanks to the "Wizard" for a GREAT idea on how to approach the REAL play in the casinos.  Sometimes, we get a little concerned that our guests might think that just because they can beat US at FAKE games, that's it's just as easy to do the same thing in the REAL casinos.  Uh-uhh.  Nope.  Our motto (Besides "This Beats Working") is LEARN THE GAMES.  Don't be afraid to ask questions, and above all, have fun!

    That's it for today.... We're off to put on some more fantastic orange county casino night events this weekend.  We'll see you next Monday with another irreverent take or two in the same "Aces Casino" style.  See you Monday!

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