My name is Ray W. and I have spent the last 40 years studying and playing every form of gambling/betting system in existence. From the moment I walked into my first pool hall at the age of 16, I was fascinated by every aspect of it. I guess that makes me somewhat of an expert, if there really is such a thing. It wasn’t just me who was fascinated though.
According to government statistics, 86% of American online poker sites have reported gambling on something in the last 12 months. Approximately only 1/3 of the population is made up of non-betters. They state that 46% of adults gamble at casinos and seven out of ten non-casino gamblers frequently. Its main sources are horse racing, sports betting, state lotteries, and online or personal card games.
48 states have some form of legalized gambling with only Utah and Hawaii being the only two that do not. There are currently 13 states that have legalized commercial state sponsored casinos with a total of 443 of these companies. The combined gross revenue for these 443 casinos is $30.74 billion per year.
The numbers are truly staggering.
Although I, like many others, derive a great deal of pleasure from it, any type of gambling that risks a person losing enough money to affect their standard of living (or their family’s) is self-destructive and should be avoided. all costs. I personally witnessed one man lose his entire aluminum coating business overnight during a lengthy session of gin rum heads-up counterfeiting. Hard to believe, I know.
My interest in gambling and casino table games in particular, is rooted in a deep desire to win every time I play. There is nothing compulsive about my approach to casino gambling. In fact, I did everything I could to take as much of the gamble as possible from it.
A winning approach consists of playing only games that have no more than 2% house advantage (Craps .60%, Baccarat 1.25%, Roulette 2.6% on even bets and Blackjack, even money depending on expert use of “Basic Strategy” ) and strict adherence to the iron-clad set of precepts which is the “golden rule” or the 10 Commandments as I like to call them.
1. Never gamble when you are tired or depressed.
2. Never bet more than you can easily get.
3. Do not drink alcohol before or during a gambling session. This is the chloroform that casinos provide to separate players from their money.
4. Keep your playing sessions short.
5. Always set a definite bankroll for gambling and Don’t exceed that amount.
6. If you feel “negative” about your surroundings (table, dealer, other players or if in a losing cycle) stop betting and leave the table. The table will remain as your mood changes.
7. Avoid playing without a clear plan of action (bet strategy, min./max. Bet).
8. Do not increase the size of your bet when you lose. Increase bet only when winning. This will limit losses and allow wins to rise.
9. Know that the battle is not between you and the casino… it is between you and yourself. Always maintain your self-discipline.
10. Always stop when you win.
Winning consistently across these four casino table games is not difficult. I always do. There are playing and betting strategies that I believe will shift the advantage from the “house” to the player in any given short gaming session.
The ten gambling rules above have been handed down to me by the most astute professional gamblers I have known over the years. They are essential for smart and consistent wins. Anyone who cannot follow these rules has no business in casino gambling for real money.
Life, like gambling, is a constant battle with the unknown. If you know what the outcome will be, it will make all the fun.
“A serious gambler is a man at war with odds. In the casino there is, whether he wins or loses, surely… he consults the table, which speaks to him through the dice, while the Greeks consult the oracle, and the oracle rewards him by telling him now, not next week or next year, what choice is taken right or wrong. ”