Rules of Baccarat: How to play

Counter point is a variant of the game of Baccarat originated in South America and spread with great rapidity in the U.S. than in Europe, the game of great interest, is very popular among fans because of the relative simplicity of the rules, the speed of the hands and the random component inherent in the game itself. The Punto Banco is a casino game undoubtedly the most important and the structure of the rules provides excellent usability of the online version, which has certain advantages for the player, than the land version, in terms of payout. As always to win at baccarat is understand fully the rules and strategies that dominate the game and just as important is a careful bankroll management that allows you to win in the long run.

Baccarat Rules: Although the online version of the game there may be some differences due to use of individual platforms, the rules of Baccarat have remained intact over time. It is played with 6 decks of cards French and purpose of the game is to get as close as possible to 9. The figures and the 10 in this game are worth 0, aces are worth 1, while other cards retain their face value, for example, will be worth 4 4 etc. The player plays against the Banco and the dissection table from game is subdivided in three spaces: player, Tie, Banker that, as we shall see are nothing more that the options of bet possible. Each player can bet on Banco fact, the player or the “Tie” or a score of between Tour and Player. The game takes place automatically which means that both the player and the dealer does not have great possibilities for action unlike other casino games.

Run of play: the decks are shuffled at the beginning of each game. The player and the dealer are dealt two cards face up in an alternative way (first player), at which point you create card combinations that go to influence the further course of the game. It ‘may be dealt another card to the player or the banker or both, or that there is no further distribution of cards and the hand is determined on the first two. If your first two cards form a score of 8 or 9 the game ends, this is called “natural hand”. If the player with the first two cards form gives a score of 0 to 5 will be dealt a third card, and if the score is 6 or 7, the player passes his hand. More complex rules relating to the installment of the Tour which passes or takes the card depending on the score obtained by the player.

Poker strategy, how to understand the “messages”

A “message” in poker is a set of behaviors or gestures that are common to several players, especially those with less experience. The most skilled players it will retain the same expression all the time, until you get to wear sunglasses or , as in the case of professional players, a sweatshirt with a hood to avoid being “discovered” by opponents.

Understanding signals in poker

1. Hole Cards: When the flop comes, revealing a staircase potential, many players check their hole cards ie those that have in hand, to see if they are combined. This usually means that the player’s cards are not suitable and do not remember exactly what cards you have.

2. Hands trembling because a player can not always control his nervous system, hands or fingers that tremble is always a clear signal that has a hand of cards outstanding. If you see this reaction, be careful!

3. Body language: something that professionals know well is that most of the players showed significant differences in behavior according to their character and how it is developing a hand. For example, to be broken, “sprawled” is often connected to a weak hand, while sitting straight beautiful can mean to have a good hand and be ready for action. About bluffing tends to lean forward while doing it, assuming a threatening or provocative, as if in practice defied anyone to discover their bluff. Beware of falling behind and other changes in body position.

4. Stack the chips: although not very accurate, this signal is connected to the strategy of a player. If a player takes his chips stacked neatly and always well-organized strategy is probably playing a strong / aggressive. On the same line, a stack neglected usually connects with a soft strategy.

5. Repeated episodes: this type of behavior takes time to be caught, but many players usually keep the same type of pattern pointed in different situations. For example, some players will check with the best combination possible at the time, while others will pass every time somebody will raise their bet. Try to keep these schemes and take note mentally, because in the long run could be really useful.

Landbrokes’s Latest Strategy Being Reported In The Media

Word has been going out in Britain that it is possible that the sports betting site, Ladbrokes, will be acquiring, the Gibraltar-based online gambling group and there has been an increase in the buzz over the weekend as the media has been reporting on this company’s possible strategy.
It was reported by the newspaper, the Financial Mail and by Sky TV reported Sunday that the sports betting site Ladbrokes would be able to evade possible United States criminal charges by carrying out a specially-designed takeover of worth GBP440 million. The strategy is to take out the major part of’s assets, rather than purchasing the entire group.

There is a lawyer who is quoted in the article as saying that when the company might be liable to criminal charges from the United States, selling to a better outfit will not solve the problem. According to the lawyer the new owner will have to deal with the exact same criminal procedure. The advantage however, to this arrangement, would be that Ladbrokes would acquire an interesting and useful defense through the separation of the two corporate identities of the two companies.

The need for this arrangement came about because of the passage of anti-gambling legislation last summer in the United States, the restriction against financial transactions regarding online gambling. This has required that many gambling concerns have had to leave the United States market and this is particularly the case as regards the public sector.

As one of the analysts has explained it, with the proposed arrangement, Ladbrokes is now able to eat its cake and have it as well.

But according to the news articles, the Ladbroke’s board non-executive directors have been putting a hold on the deal for several wks due to their demands to examine each legal detail.

Last Friday the Ladbrokes shares closed at a record high.

Insurance in Blackjack

Any of you who play Blackjack know that there is a bet called Insurance in the game.  By no means is this bet a ‘Piece of the Rock’.  For the few of you who are not familiar with Blackjack (if any) let me describe the bet to you.
Each player in the game of Blackjack receives two cards, sometimes face up and sometimes face down; it doesn’t matter.  The dealer receives two cards as well, but the dealer’s cards are dealt so that one is face down, the hole card, and one is face up.  If the dealer’s up card is an Ace, which counts as either one or eleven,  then there is a reasonable possibility that the hole card is a ten, thus giving the dealer a two-card 21, a Blackjack.  A Blackjack beats all other hands except another Blackjack, the latter case being a push.  Whenever the dealer’s up card is an Ace, the dealer offers the players the chance to ‘Insure’ their hand by making an Insurance bet.  This wager allows each player to place a wager of up to one half of his or her original bet on the proposition that the dealer will indeed have a Blackjack.  The bet pays 2 to 1.
In other words, a player taking this bet is wagering that the hole card will indeed be a ten.  For example, suppose the player’s original wager was $10 and the dealer’s up card is an Ace.  The player makes a $5 Insurance wager.  If the dealer’s hole card is a ten then the player loses the original $10 wager but wins 2 to 1 on the $5 Insurance bet ($10) and the whole thing is a push.  Well, there is an exception.  If the player insured a Blackjack and the dealer had a ten in the hole, then the original wager is a tie and the player wins $10.  If the dealer does not have a Blackjack, then the player loses the Insurance bet and play continues as usual.
Whoever thought up the word ‘Insurance’ for this bet certainly had a wry sense of humor.  Although there are times when the Insurance bet makes sense, and we will discuss this later, for the average player who is not counting cards this is a sucker bet.  Let’s see why.
To begin with let us look at the composition of a full deck of 52 cards.  There are 16 tens and 36 non-tens.  The ratio of non-tens to tens is 2.25.  This figure is the same for any number of decks.  So, if one were playing against an infinite deck, that is, a deck in which the ratio does not change with card removal, it is clear that the player’s expected return on the Insurance bet is:
exp = 2 x 16/52 – 36/52 = -0.076923 (1)
which is a house edge of around 7.69%.  As we will see, as the number of decks drops, the Insurance bet improves but still remains in favor of the house.
Consider 4 decks.  With an Ace up and two non-tens in the player’s hand, the remaining unseen cards consist of 64 tens and 141 non-tens.  In this case the expected return to the player is:
exp = 2 x 64/208 – 141/208 = -0.0625 (2)
which is a house edge of 6.25%.  How about one deck?  Well, with two non-tens in the player’s hand the calculation becomes
exp = 2 x 16/52 – 33/52 = -0.01923 (3)
or a house edge of 1.923%.  So you see, the wager is better with fewer decks but still favors the house.
In a game where the player’s cards are face up, the player has a Blackjack, and the dealer shows an Ace, it is quite common for dealers to try to cajole players into making an Insurance bet by saying, “Take even money, it’s a sure thing.”  Well, it is a sure thing but is it a good bet?  Let’s take a look.  In this case there are 15 tens left and 34 non-tens.  The expected return is:
exp = 2 x 15/52 – 34/52 = -0.076923 (4)
which is the same as the expected return in the infinite deck case.  Not a very good bet, is it?  If you check it out, you’ll see that with two tens in the player’s hand things are even worse (13.46% house edge).
Here is why this bet is so insidious and why I said earlier that whoever thought up the name had a wry sense of humor.  The name Insurance coupled with (some) dealer’s advice to “protect good hands” with this bet encourages players to take the worst of it.  What are good two-card hands?  Hands with tens in them. And as we have just seen, in general, these are the very worst hands to Insure.  In point of fact, the Insurance bet really is not about what cards the player holds.  The calculations above show that it is really a side bet about the ratio of non-tens to tens.  Whenever this ratio falls below 2, the Insurance bet is a good bet; otherwise it is a lousy bet.
Let me show you a simple counting system that one could employ to make perfect Insurance bets.  Assign each non-ten the number +1 and each ten the number -2.  Multiply the number -4 by the number of decks in the game and start the count there.  For example, if 4 decks are in play, the count starts at -16.  Then as cards are played, you add +1 for non-tens and subtract 2 for tens.  Whenever the total is greater than zero, insurance is a good bet.  In fact, the expected return on the insurance will be the count divided by the number of cards remaining in the deck.  It is fairly easy to see why.  If d represents the number of decks, then the count starts at -4d.  In the beginning there are 16d tens and 36d non-tens.  I can write the number -4d as
– 4d = 32d – 36d (5)
If t represents the number of tens seen and n represents the number of non-tens seen, then from (5) my running count is:
count =  -4d – 2t + n = 32d – 2t – 36d + n (6)
which can be rewritten as
count = 2(16d – t) – (36d – n) (7)
In words, (7) says that the count is just twice the number of tens remaining in the deck minus the number of non-tens remaining.  If we divide the count by the total number of cards remaining, therefore, we have twice the probability of a ten minus the probability of a non-ten.  This is just the expected return to the player (see calculations (1) – (4) above).
Now I don’t advocate using such a count; I present it only to make the point that tracking the deck can tell you a lot about when to make Insurance bets.  There are counting systems around (Vancura and Fuchs KO Count, for example) that are easy to use and correlate well with the perfect Insurance count above.  That is to say, they give you good information about Insurance as well as useful information about other aspects of the game.
I hope the message is clear.  Unless you are counting cards, don’t take insurance.  In particular, don’t buy in to the notion that Insurance “protects” a good hand.  This is a myth that casinos love to have you harbor.
Before I sign off here I should like to point out that if you have questions about any of my articles or anything else I can help you with, you can reach me directly via email by simply clicking on the word ‘Technigame’ in the ‘About the Author’ box below.  There is a link directly to my email and I would be happy to hear from you.  That’s it for now, see you next month.

Fresh Powdered Slopes, Broiling Hot Slots

Okay, I know a lot of you have snow at this time of year but does it come with a giant sapphire-blue lake, snow-covered mountain peaks, and all the joys the gambler looks for in a casino? Right, it is hard to beat Lake Tahoe for the environment, for the intimacy of the casinos, for the hot slots, for the less-crowded casinos, for the food, the entertainment, or the atmosphere Gambling at the Lake is always an enjoyable experience, and maybe just a little finer now that we are fresh out of immediate holidays the crowds thin, but the jackpots do not. The weight gain for the jackpots is acceptable and welcomed. So is the lack of a crowd.

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe is going to be done with their work shortly and re-open the North Beach Deli which will delight those of us who are “bread bowl addicts” and sandwich “junkies” They also scored with me big time for sending me to see Willie Nelson in their showroom last Friday on my birthday. Willie did what only Willie can do in the way that only Willie can do it. If you are a Willie fan, then you know what I am talking about But we did drop by the buffet at Caesar’s Tahoe first to crack all the crab and peel all the shrimp we could eat They do that on Fridays It is great also had to grab a piece of that pizza and toss a quarter or two into some keno.

Caesars Tahoe will have the Race Book and the Sports Book back in total action in another two weeks I had to call to see what happened to my yellow Nissan Frontier 4×4 truck that I wanted to win it was 5 nickels I was going to paint my logo on it and put “I won it at Caesars Tahoe” on the back but unfortunately for dreamers it will become part of another give-away in the future. I am going to miss that truck it was one of the things that kept both myself and my husband coming backand back. That doesn’t mean that I won’t try if it is offered up another way It is just that there are many people who wanted to win it on the slot bank and there will be many disappointed people that I will have to break the news to Oh Caesar why? Maybe I should yank on his toga?

Harveys announced last week that they have three new CEOs taking the reins I’m impressed I e-mailed the one in charge of day-to-day operations, Wade Hundley, at the end of last week about what I do with my Tahoe Gaming Guide and the Tahoe progressive jackpots, and got a positive reply from him on Sunday evening Can’t be anything but great if he was working on Sunday that ought to inspire a little guilt in some others, I think. I would have run right down to meet him, but on Monday morning, I did the 4-step butt bounce on the ice on my front steps so we are approaching the writing from atop a pillow. In another day or so, my butt ought to be fit to travel with me. Also, don’t forget that Harveys has the only poker room on the South Shore I would like to see them all come back, but I am afraid that poker may never re-appear, and for that, I am sorry. That, and the Bingo quite frankly, I am not impressed enough by the nearest Indian casino in California to go play Bingo, or try their poker games or even look at their slots. I live in Lake Tahoe. I am spoiled admittedly so and I like it going down the mountain is not my cup of tea.

Lakeside Inn still offers the die-hard keno player hope. Everybody used to have tons of video keno and a live game. Now the video keno is included in some multi-game slots but if you go to the Lakeside Inn next trip to Tahoe you will find keno of all kinds, with all kinds of payouts and be able to have a whole lotta fun with a whole lotta keno players You just have to check it out!

Horizon Casino is full of happy “Club ‘Z’ ” goers looks like the upscale nightclub idea has taken hold I see people dressed up and smiling about it something rare to see when it comes to Generation X but they too are enjoying the festivities Also at the Horizon all kinds of new VLC penny/nickel games in the coinless version gads, don’t you just love it? No dirty old germy coins to dig out just grab the clean little white slip of paper and head to the cashier’s cage you now can enjoy games like “Fishin’ Buddies” and “Gopher Cash” and stay clean and healthy and have fun. What more could you ask for? They also keep adding new “Aussie”-type slots I still like “THE MUNSTERS.” Herman is cute even as a cartoon on a slot and the pay isn’t shabby either!

I am still “growing” up all the sites if you have input, ideas, comments, or suggestions you can email me and yes I will answer. Have a gripe, or have a giggle to share? Again, I am always available.

So when you want to gamble, and when you want to look at a very nice change of scenery, you can count on it all being at Lake Tahoe. Great games, great entertainment, great food and a cut above it all the employees of Lake Tahoe. Come GAMBLE TAHOE!

Do You Sweat the Odds in Shooting for Big Jackpots?

I recently discussed table games with jackpots. And, yes, it happens, I goofed in deriving the figures. I said, at “Pai Gow poker, the odds of forming a royal from five out of seven cards, irrespective of the other two, is one out of 30,939. Adding the condition that the two-card hand be a pair of aces changes the odds to one out of 11,148,712.” The numbers are wrong.

My calculations were OK. But they were based on a 52-card deck. Pai Gow poker uses a joker so it’s played with 53 cards. The extra card lowers the probabilities. The chance of a “natural” royal (no joker) drops to one out of 34,163 when the sixth and seventh cards are irrelevant. And the chance of a royal and a pair of aces – both natural – worsens to one out of 12,845,257.

Correcting this error offers an opportunity to explore two issues. First, how much of a difference is caused by a minor change such as the addition of a joker to a deck of cards? Second, do – or should – players sweat the odds of winning when taking extreme longshots at big jackpots?

The change caused by adding the joker would affect the edge on the bet. Depending on the payout schedule for various results, it might even shift advantage between house and player. But solid citizens who take longshots at big returns rarely worry about how much the casino rakes from the pot. Whether this is wise or foolish is a vast topic unto itself and won’t be examined here.

Independently of edge, some players trying for substantial jackpots think only about the size of the prize. They know the chance of winning is small. How small doesn’t seem to matter.

Other gamblers fit the decision theory model. They balance the perceived worth to them of a jackpot against what they have to risk, using the odds of success as the lever. In the casino, bets are usually made repeatedly, rather than once-and-for-all. The trade-offs therefore make the most sense when couched in terms of the overall possible investment and chance of winning during one or a series of casino visits rather than on a single wager.

For this purpose, it’s necessary to estimate how many times an individual is apt to make the bet in question. This depends both on the duration of play and the speed of the game. The period may range from several hours for someone who goes to a casino once a year or a lifetime, to hundreds or thousands of hours for a “regular.” Within any such period, the number of tries will depend on the specifics of a game – anywhere from 30, 50, 100, or more decisions per hour at the tables to 500 or 1,000 spins per hour on the slots. For practical purposes, with propositions having very low probabilities, the chance of winning during a session can then be approximated by multiplying the probability per round by the number of rounds.

I’ll give you more precisely calculated figures for the Pai Gow poker jackpot. This game is slow. A player might get 100 hands in three hours. For this much action, the odds against receiving at least one royal with any other two cards would be 308.8-to-1 without the joker, and 341.1-to-1 with the extra card in the deck. Likewise, the odds against a royal with pair of aces would be 111,486.6-to-1 without the joker and 128,452.1-to-1 with it.

Frequent players might get 1,000 hands in a month. Now the odds are 30.4-to-1 and 33.7-to-1 for the royal-plus-anything in 52- and 53-card games, respectively. They’d be 11,148.2-to-1 and 12,844.7-to-1 for the royal-plus-aces in the same games. In a year, say 10,000 hands, odds improve to 2.6-to-1 versus 2.9-to-1 and 1,114.4-to-1 and 1,284.0-to-1 for the various cases.

With these session odds and the corresponding total bets, players can make better decisions whether to go for the gold. After all, gambling’s more than “Yeah, I know chances ain’t good, but somebody’s gonna win. And it might as well be me.” Er, isn’t it? The poet, Sumner A Ingmark, adroitly addressed this attitude.

Differences between real casinos and online casinos

Casinos, real and online, are essentially the same: the bodies are also recognized as a casino online in every respect and receive the same controls by the authorities and must hold the same license: the clear difference is that a real casino pays the license to the country where he is, while a casino pays the license where it is hosted.

But let’s split up the comparison. It ‘clear that the charm of a real casino, with the construction, the glitz and physical contact with the richness and the game is not so strongly in virtual versions. It ‘also true that technology has brought the graphics and sound casino software online at very high and do not regret much older cousins, there being also lower operating costs (read: no structure to manage, no bars and no security in place) can provide the online casino bonus casino or casino promotions that others can not bestow even more devoted to the VIP.

For the playful true we know that not all online casino reviews are always full: implying the presence of slot machines, roulette and blackjack tables as cards or caraibbian Studd, sometimes if the casino is small we may lose some games. Relatives online instead we rely on advanced software that provide the more than 100 casino games to get to 200 at times, consider also that sometimes these games are live webcam connection and then even more realistic.

As regards the methods of payment the two worlds are very comparable: we find exactly the same ways as all online payment methods (wallets, neteller etc etc) for virtual versions. A soft key are the chances of victory. The online casino software is tested by competent bodies w then totally reliable. Consider always that in any casino, virtual or otherwise, for a person who wins there are 5-6 who lose. It seems however that the online casino payout is slightly larger than the others, especially in games like roulette and blackjack: in fact, are many people who write methods “to win roulette – casino” in the online version and also sell them at high cost or in exchange percentages. One thing is certain: that to win at roulette, for example, you might have more chances online than in reality due to the fact the highest payouts.

It is understandable then that the real casinos are a big head and shoulders ahead in the glamor and the contact with the pure play, but at the expense of comfort and ease of winning the game that only the online casinos have. Do not forget also online poker and online casino direct relative of houses developed by the same software, which allows to combine players from around the world, but reflects the same differences and problems between virtual and real version.

Details of the Bodog Reality TV

On previous bulletins the Bodog gambling group’s entrance into reality television has been reported on, but it is only this week that the full details of the series have been announced and they make for extremely interesting reading.

Calvin Ayre, Bodog founder and CEO, is to be the host of the six-episode reality show. The show is to be taped in March at the Bodog compound located in Costa Rica. The episodes will be seen each week on Saturdays starting at 11:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. EST, starting April 15, 2018.

CEO Calvin Ayre has reported that the company’s mission is to discover the next poker star. The company is eager to present the heard playing aspects of the Bodog lifestyle. Calvin Ayre sees poker and television being combined with Bodog-style entertainment as making for one great show. Calvin Ayre sees the company’s next step as being entrance into the world of reality TV.

In the television series the journey of 40 individuals including 10 poker professionals, 10 celebrities, and 20 of Bodog’s poker players will be intimately detailed. These are the individuals who intend to use their card-playing abilities to win a $500,000 first prize. There will be a poker game featured with each episode with each winner receiving $50,000 and maintaining a position at the sixth and final table for an opportunity to win the grand prize of a half-million-dollar.

This is an opportunity to win a trip to Ayre’s Costa Rican estate for reality show hopefuls, and to star along with poker pros and celebrities on the worldwide broadcast network television series. In order to be eligible, contestants will need to set up a account and to submit a fully completed application questionnaire.

The reality show will present Costa Rican excursions, poker games, Bodog Music artists and the show’s host rich lifestyle.

Christmas Not Coming This Year To This Sports Betting Operation

According to the Associated Press reports in preparations for Christmas season, Suffolk County New York law enforcement officials were busy last month arresting members of an Internet gambling cabal involving a yet to be identified Costa Rican manager. They also used the bust to break up a suspected drug operation.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota also announced that overall police actions brought in a total of 17 arrests and a haul of over a million dollars in contraband during the week.

Of those arrested, fourteen were charged with the crime of promoting gambling, while three were charged with committing a conspiracy to attain marijuana.

Sports Betting


District Attorney Spota reported that t
hrough surveillance the police had established that the gambling organization was bringing in about $165,000 a week in the form of sports bets. The group is said to have concentrated mostly on professional and collegiate sports activities and that they electronically transferred their profits to Costa Rica, a sum reaching about $8.6 million yearly.

Included in the effort was the arrest of four men were attempting to purchase 100 pounds of marijuana at a cost of $300,000, from California according to investigators.

The arrests began last month when the police arrested a woman along with 16 men. They are all free on bail and will be arraigned in March.

There is still one man who is being sought on charges of conspiracy according to the prosecutor’s office.

Suffolk County is a county of a million and a half residents, situated in the state of New York in the United States. It received its name from Suffolks county in England, from where the first resident came. Most of the people are living in the western part of the county in Hauppauge although the county seat is in Riverhead.

The combination of Suffolk and Nassau counties is usually called Long Island by those who live there, distinguishing it from the boroughs of New York City, being Queens (Queens County) and Brooklyn (Kings County). These two boroughs are what the western end of the island consists of.

The county of Suffolk makes up the easternmost county within the state of New York and the New York Metropolitan Area.