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Why, when dealers leave the blackjack table, do they always clap their hands? Chris A.

Casino mythology holds that there is a touch of larceny in all dealers. We clap (clear) our hands to prove we are not pilfering chips. Even now, years after my dealing gig, I am still haunted by the suspicion of theft. Every time I pick up an item in a store and put it back, I still “clear” my hands to show I am not shoplifting.

 

The same holds true for those idiotic aprons management makes the dealers wear. Casino operators do not give one iota about us wearing out our pants, no; they just want to make it tougher for us to steal a $25 chip off the game.

 

The bottom line, Chris, is that I believe 99% of casino employees are honest, hardworking individuals, and I’m sticking to that story.

 

Dear Mark,

If I win at nickel slots, should I then move up to quarters, win there, then proceed to dollars? Sally R.

 

At first glance, a natural progression to a higher limit seems appropriate, but only you know for sure if you should experiment with higher denominations. Most players have a favorite level that they are comfortable with within their gaming budget. Understood, betting more means winning more, but along with that comes greater risks. You can lose five times as much money on quarters, and twenty times as much on dollars, and all in the same amount of time.

 

Your need for greed, Sally, proportionate to your working capital, will determine if you should be bumping up to a new caste of gamblers.

 

Dear Mark,

Don’t you think that most players go to a casino to lose, and not win? Jackie G.

 

How correct you are, Jackie. The psychology of most Sbobet players is downright disheartening. When I worked in a casino, they all said the same thing, “I brought $100 to lose, and that’s when I’ll quit.” I rarely heard, “I’ve got $100 dollars here and with it I’m going to win.” You are casino fodder before you ever get started with that losing approach.

 

By the way, Jackie, my favorite line I heard from those same losing players was “I’ll be back!”

 

Dear Mark,

Is there a best time of the day to play blackjack? Grant H.

 

Absolutely, Grant. Because winning at blackjack depends on using cerebral matter – Poirot’s “little gray cells” – play only when you are fresh and alert, not tired or mentally spent.

 

Dear Mark,

How often do casinošs switch their dice, and how can you tell they were once used on a game? Gary A.

 

Generally after an eight-hour shift, dice are taken from a game and retired. On the die you will find a retiring mark that indicates the dice has served its master well, and can be purchased from the casino gift shop, or can be had for free from a philanthropic pit boss. The typical retiring mark is a 1/4″ circle stamped usually into the four spot side of a dice and deep enough into the plastic to make removal nearly impossible.

 

Gambling thought of the week: Judged by the dollars spent, gambling is now more popular in America than baseball, the movies, and Disneyland -combined. – Timothy L. O’Brien, Bad Bet (1998)

 

 

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For those of you who do not know me, I have written a column called Poker 101 for three years in a popular published poker magazine. With everyone going online for all of their information these days, it seemed like a good time to join the crowd and go the way of the cyberworld. This column began with the nuts and bolts of how to play poker. We covered everything from the rules of the games, the jargon, the behavior and etiquette, to some strategy. I have addressed many questions and comments in the column and plan to continue down that same road.

With the introduction of the Pokerpage’s PokerSchool Sbobet Online, there is no need for me to start this column over again. After all, it took about 75 columns and 65,000 words to get this far! So, for you true beginners and those of you wanting poker instruction, please see all of the information on the homepage about the school. Here, we will talk about many things related to poker from my perspective as well as yours.

Here is a little bit about me so that you can decide if you want to read my articles; certainly every column is not for everyone. I am originally from Seattle, Washington, but I currently reside in Las Vegas and have lived there since 1977. I am a graduate of UNLV with a degree in business management. It will be obvious that my degree is not in English or writing! 1977 is when I first became involved in the poker industry. I was very young at the time! I have worked in all areas of the cardroom, beginning as a dealer when I was merely 12 years old. (Hey, a girl has to protect her age, right?)

I have dealt many of the major tournaments as well as played in them. I have played poker for more than 25 years and am currently playing on a semi-professional basis. In other words, I make a portion of my income from playing the game and no, I am not in fear of the IRS reading this as I do pay my taxes and am proud to do so as an American.

I am a partner in Card Player Cruises (please see our website at http://cardplayercruises.com for information on that aspect of my life). In addition to running that cardroom and directing tournaments, I work closely with our customers in assuring that they enjoy their cruise experience with us…but I digress.

The point being, I have been involved in poker from both sides of the table for many years. Likely, I have spent more hours in a cardroom than most of you ever will. I do not know that that is necessarily a good thing, but it is a fact. I feel that I am fairly well qualified to give you some perspective on what is going on in the poker world as well as answer your poker related questions. I am happy to answer questions of a general nature in my column and invite you readers to send me ideas for topics that you would like to see covered. I am also happy to answer privately via email any specific questions that may not be of a general interest.

I hope that you will enjoy this column. I have many ideas for columns and hope that you who are new to my column will enjoy my “not so stuffy” writing style. I like to have a good time in life, and I want my column to be fun and easy to read. My sense of humor is “out there” some times, but that is the real me. I hope that you will enjoy getting to know me as I hope to get to know you.

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