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Gambling Questions- Never gambled. Need help!!!

Gambling Questions- Never gambled. Need help!!!

Mar 22nd, 2002, 10:52 AM
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Just remember if you do play the slots play the maximum amount of coins. that is the only way, if you are going to win, to win a big jackpot!
Mar 22nd, 2002, 10:54 AM
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Before Barbara decides to play balackjack, someone should let her know to sit in the middle of the table, not the last seat.

Unless you really understand the game, you can really tick off other players if you take stupidly take a hit that would have otherwised caused the dealer to bust.
Mar 22nd, 2002, 10:56 AM
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Hey Barbara...

If you're wanting to lose (or loose as the masses seem to call it) A HUNDRED DOLLARS A DAY....why don;t you just mail it to me.
Mar 22nd, 2002, 11:09 AM
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I disagree with some of the posters. If I happen to hit a nice size jackpot, I'M OUTTA THERE! I am the original take the money and run girl.

Another thing has has been missed in all the responses is all the major hotels have a TV channel with instructions 24/7 on how to play the games.

Sometimes you can find a table for beginners during the aftenoons mid week when things tend to be slow. Some of the dealers are pretty nasty if you don't do things perfectly. One gave me hell every 5 minutes for something and this was on my 4th trip to Vegas! My friend reported her to the pit boss and told him we wouldn't be back if she returned. Like he cared, but it was fun watching her raise the roof. LOL

Have a great time, and wins bunches!

PS...you might want to consider the nickel machines if you are limiting yourself to $100. Figure if you have $100, you have to put in 4 to 5 dollars a pull to really be able to win anything and it will REALLY go fast. For me it necessarily isn't the amount, but the ching ching when you win!
Mar 22nd, 2002, 11:29 AM
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A couple of years agao, I sw a guy hit for 6.7 million in Lake Tahoe.

He was playing a progressive, statewide slot...putting in $3 or $4 at a time.

He had to wait, by the machine, for hours while someone came down from REno to authenticate the win.

Can you imagine if they had told him,,,that they couldn't authenticate the win,,,and he had lost.
Mar 22nd, 2002, 11:43 AM
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Here's some solid advice:
1. If $100 is your daily limit, quit for the day if/or when you lose that $100. Never chase after your money and/or dip into tomorrows funds.
2. Learn to play basic strategy blckjack (look it up on-line or check out a book at the library on BJ). It's very easy to learn, makes the game that much more enjoyable, and actually gives you some of the best odds of any game in a casino.
3. Definately get a players club card (mentioned above) and use it while playing slots. With a $100 daily limit/bankroll your going to have difficulty getting comped. However, by using your card, you will receive some great offers in the mail. My wife, not a big gambler just got two free nights at Caesers in the mail from playing w/ a similar type bankroll. Enjoy!
Mar 22nd, 2002, 12:34 PM
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My stategy is to have fun in Vegas at the least cost. I play the nickel machines, yet put the maximum bid each pull, so in effect, am playing quarter bets. I win enough to keep it exciting, yet if I'm losing, it only costs about $15 per hour if you pace yourself- to do so, insert the coins and pull the handle, rather than putting all your money in at once and using the button. Ifyou were doing the same thing on a dollar machine you'd be losing $300 per hour. This plan assumes you LIKE the slots. My husband can't believe I like to sit and play a machine, so we separate when we hit the casino!
Mar 22nd, 2002, 12:43 PM
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Gosh, thanks everyone for all the gambling advice. I may have to re-think my 100 daily limit but I definitely will heed the advice to stick with my planned daily limit. I am looking at my gambling budget as an entertainment thing with no real expectations of winning. If I do great, if not I will have had a fun time trying! I will also look into learning something about blackjack, but that still sounds intimidating when thinking about sitting at a table with all of you "serious" players. Yow, I could definitely get yelled at. Not sure I want to take that on yet. We'll see....
In any event, I am looking forward to my trip and anxious to have a good time. Thanks for all the postings here. Phew...more answers than I expected.
Mar 22nd, 2002, 02:21 PM
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Barbara- Remember it is no longer called gambling, but the current term is gaming. This assumes that the house has the advantage and that you will lose your money sooner or later. Stick with your set limit, but have fun and only spend what you can afford. I saw some one deck blackjack tables in LV last weekend and downtown sometimes has dollar blackjack and craps during the day, where you can learn without losing your bankroll.
Mar 22nd, 2002, 06:22 PM
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Barbara, please do not feel intimidated about BJ. You can purchase a little card / cheat sheet, known as a "Basic Strategy Card" at almost every hotel gift shop. Also, do not hesitate to ask the dealer or others at your table. I believe you'll be quite surprised at how friendly everyone is and how much fun you can have. My wife learned basic strategy before our first trip and actually won around $600 over a 3 day period. Believe me, you will have moments where the dealer will always win. After sitting and losing 4-6 hands in a row, the experts will tell you to get up and walk around and then decide if you want to sit at another table. I am not saying you will win playing basic strategy but it will most times make your money last longer and actually give a calculated chance of winning. Enjoy! PS: Do not get in the trap of sitting at a table for the so-called free drinks.

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