How to Play Craps and Win!

Online casinos are the new hype of the Internet, and one of the biggest games is roulette. Roulette has become faster and more accessible due to this online phenomenon, and this has given people from all around the world the chance to test their theories and strategies at an accelerated pace.

The ability to spin the wheel quickly and avoid the animation means you can quickly find streaks and bet in the opposite direction for a better chance of winning.

Of course the downside to online roulette is the ability to place bets sometimes to easily and get carried away. While you don't want to get emotionally involved in your gambling, you also don't want to forget that it is real money you are betting with and not fake money in some game.

So do people actually win at online roulette or are you better off in a casino.

Casinos are defiantly more for atmosphere and environment, I would not take an advanced system to a casino, so if you are looking for a little extra cash out of a roulette system then online is the way to go. And yes many people make money online every day.

Most people who profit from online roulette have a system or software to takes care of the wagers, but they also keep their accounts small for two reasons.

One is so they will never loose to much money when the system fails, and second is so not to attract attention to the account.

You will also find that most people who play consistently will have accounts at several casinos, and move around constantly so they don't attract attention.

So yes it is possible to win at online roulette, but every system will eventually fail so taking the right precautions to preserve as much profit as possible is necessary in any online endeavor.

Software can be a great tool to help with these precautions.

When I go to Vegas I usually spend most of my time playing poker but if I do want to take a shot at some table games it’s going to be Craps. Some of my fondest memories at a casino are playing Craps. When the table is hot there is nothing better. In this article I’ll give you a basic strategy that will give you the best chance at leaving the table with more chips than you bought in for.
A lot of people are intimidated by the craps table and therefore avoid it. For some reason a lot of people think it’s a complicated game. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Craps is a very simple game. Lets start with the basics.
The initial roll is called the come out roll. This is where the point is established. When you roll the dice the number is going to be between 2 and 12. Here the three things that are possible on the come out roll:
Once a point is established it’s as simple as rolling that number again before you roll a 7. For example if the point is established as a 6 then you will keep rolling the dice until you either roll a 6 and win or roll a 7 and lose. There are a ton of other bets you can make but this is the basic Craps strategy.
This is where you want to place your initial bet. For easy math let’s say it’s a $10 minimum table and you put down $10. You or the shooter(the person rolling the dice) rolls a 7 on the come out. Guess what? Everyone cheers and you get paid $10 by the dealer. The great thing about Craps is all the players are on the same team against the casino. There is an exception to this and I’ll address that later but for now let’s dive further into proper strategy for you to win some money.
Assume for now that on the next roll we still have our $10 on the pass line and the shooter rolls a 10. Now the point becomes 10 and the shooter must roll the 10 again before he rolls a 7. Now we have the option to take odds on our 10. You definitely want to take the odds because they are free. That means that the casino has no edge on this bet. You want to take the maximum odds. For most casinos here are the max odds:
So you are going to toss $30 to the dealer and say “odds on my 10 please.” You now have $40 in play and here’s what you’ll win if the shooter rolls a 10:
Collect your $70 in winnings and your $30 odds bet and put it in the rack. It’s that easy! Unless of course the shooter rolls a 7 and in that case you would lose $40. In a similar scenario if your point was 5 or 9 you would have been paid 3 to 2 on your odds bet of $40 which would also equal $60 and on a 6 or 8 you are being paid 6 to 5 on your $50 odds bet which again would be $60. The casino does this to make it easier for their dealers. The odds payout will be the same amount no matter which number you hit as long as you took max odds.
On the pass line bet in Craps the casino gets a 1.4% edge. Meaning that over time after hundreds or thousands or rolls the casino is going to win on average $1.40 for every $100 that is bet. It’s simple math and it’s the reason they can build those beautiful hotels and can afford to comp you a free room if you play long enough. So why take max odds? Because is you do you lower the house edge to about 0.7% and cut in half their edge. That is as good of a bet you are going to find in the casino unless you can count cards in blackjack and I’m guessing you can’t or you wouldn’t be reading this article. By taking the max free odds you can only expect to lose $.70 over time for every $100 you bet. That’s pretty cheap entertainment if you factor in that the cocktail waitress is going to bring you as many free drinks as you want.
Always sign up for the casino’s players club and take advantage of comps or freebies the casino is willing to reward you with for gambling with them. One thing you can do to help your comps is to buy in for more than you are willing to gamble with. For example, I never buy in for less than $1,000 even though the way I am playing I only need about $300. The secret to being profitable in Craps is to quit while you’re ahead. Groundbreaking stuff I know but it’s really as easy as that. Craps is a very streaky game. The table will go cold, hot, and choppy. When the table is cold quit playing. Take a break or find another table but when you go to the next table buy in for $1,000 again and if you do that 4 or 5 times in a day the casino may think your bankroll is much bigger that it actually is and be willing to bring you back by sending you a free room in the mail. It may be a minor thing but every little thing helps. As long as the table is hot keep playing and you might even want to bump up your bets a little if it gets real hot but as soon as it cools down take your profits and cash out. Stay away from other bets such as the field or other one roll bets on the table. These are called sucker bets for a reason. Only play the pass line with full odds.

Foxwoods Casino Museum – The Pequot Nation Revealed

For the last 35 years I have been collection American antique coin operated machines.

When people use the term slot machine, this encompasses a larger number of payout type slot machines. in the late 1890's these machines were primarily wooden cases with single wheels that turned when activated by a coin. The single wheelers often had very ornate graphics on the dials. The came in both countertop and floor model versions. The floor models often had cast iron very decorative embellishments on the case and the coin head which often had 4 to 6 options for coin placement. Some of the well known floor models include The Dewey, Lion, On the Square, Owl, Centaur, Cupid. Some of the well know countertop versions include The Brownie, Silver Cup, Uncle Sam, Owl Jr., and Mascot

In the period between 1900 and 1910, Cast iron Floor Model trade stimulators were manufactured. These were cast iron stands with a top piece that enclosed four to six reels with playing cards that spun. Some well known examples of these include Fortuna, Jumbo Success, The Hamilton, The Clover

During this same period many very ornate counter top cast iron two and three wheel payout machines were created. These are very sought after by collectors because of their rarity and elaborate designs. Some well known models include The Libert Bell, Operator Bell, Baseball Slot, Big Six, The Pilot, Little Rip, Umpire, Color Match, The Tourist, Square Deal Gum Vender, and Silver Cup,

During the same period many cast iron tabletop card machines were produced. some of these were pay out machines and some were trade stimulators, where the clerk would pay you based on your results. Some well known examples include Monarch Brownie, Your Next, Perfection, Commercial, The Trader, King Dodo, Reliable, Hy-Lo, Mayflower, Draw Poker, Pilgrim, The Register, Globe, Bon-Ton, and Victor

Starting at about 1890 coin drop machines were introduced. The basic concept was that a coin was introduced at the top of the machine and would cascade down the playing field hitting many strategically placed nails. The payout was determined by where the coin eventually landed on the bottom. The machine were designed so that it was very difficult to win. There was no skill involved and the odd were dramatically in favor of the operator. Some models also would dispense gum. Well known models include The Tower, Nickel Ticler, The Lively Cigar seller, Skillard, Yankee, The Premium Gum Vendor, The Favorite, Tri-it, Hindoo Fortune Teller, Catch the Ball, Beer Here, Happy Days, and The Bouncer.

Horse race games were also popular. The earliest version was introduced in the 1890's and they were made well into the 30's. Some versions paid out and some were trade stimulators. The basic concept was you would bet on the horse of your choice and a race was run. if your horse won, you won. Some popular versions include Epsom-Downs, Saratoga Sweepstakes, Spark Plug, Superior Races, The Darby. One of the most complicated versions was the Paces Races. This was housed in a large ornate floor model cabinet. One would bet on a horse by inserting a coin, the race which was then run, was run by a mechanism like a player piano which read a roll and pushed the horse ahead based on the particular race on the roll. The horses move by a complex mechanishm involving pneumatics.

Dice Machine were also popular. These came in both payout and non-payout versions. Some of the earlier versions were very ornate. Some Popular machines include The Eagle Dicer, Log Cabin, I Will (which is probably the most ornate with art nouveau women and three dice poppers in glass tubes), Pippin, On the Level, Cherry Jitters, and Black Magic

Wheel Machines were introduced in the 1890's. The basic concept was akin to a carnival wheel. A coin was inserted and the wheel turned. Where it landed determined the payout. initially these were rather plain machines in wooden cabinets with non descript wheels. One early machine of interest is the Bicycle, where there was a two wheel bicycle in a glass case. On insertion of a coin the wheels turned and the payout was determined by the number on the wheel that landed at the arrow. Other interesting variations included The Star, Busy Bee, Automatic Vote Recorder, Bulls Eye, Wizard Fortune Teller, Comet, 20 for 1, Square Spin and Shoot the Moon.

Roulette Machines were also a popular variant. One Would bet on various options and either a payout or credit was incurred if you won. Some of the machines are very desirable to collectors. These include Monte Carlo, Peerless Roulette (which is a very ornate wood floor model with cast iron decorations), Little Scarob (which has castings with whimsical scarobs), and The Aristocrat.

There were a group of "skill games" With some machines skill added to the possibility of winning, however there was also a large component of luck, which was grealty stacked in favor of the operator. Some unusal examples include the Little Knocker, where you place a coin in the machine and an owl would move when struck, which if it landed on your color, you won. Other examples include Log Cabin, The Manilla, The Play Ball Vendor, Patience Developer, Japanese Ball, Sunny Boy, indian Shooter, Play Basket Ball, Laddie Golf, Honest John, The Champion Speed Tester, Chip Golf, Football, Play Golf, B &M Ball Gum Machine, Play Hi-Li, Pile Driver, Par-Ket, and Lucky Coin Tosser.

Electicity Machines were introduced about 1900. The basic concept was a coin was inserted and you grasped one handle and turned another The more the handle was turned the greater the amount of electicity you would receive. Electriciy at this time was felt to be of healthful benefit. Competions were also encouraged to see who could take the most charge. Sought after models include Simplex, imperial Shocker,and Zsa Zsa.

Coin Operated Vending machines were introduced in the 1890's Almost every imagineable product was sold through these machines. The novelty of the fact that the product was being sold through a machine, quite often with unusual design or forms of the machine, and often the mechanical or animated aspect of the machines encouraged business. Some unusual models include: The Circus, which dispensed candy and had a very ornate circus theme on the case, with a clown inside which turned and dispensed candy. Freeport Vendors were very elaborate models some of which had embossed dragons. Gabels Merchant a very ornate cast iron peanut vendor, Pansy Gum, Mexican Fruit. The Maniken Vendor Co. made a series of clock work mechism machines including the Baker Boy, which had a baker that would pivot to take a gumball out of an oven and deliver it for a penny. Loop The Loop, featured diavolo, the bike rider who looped the loop and dispensed a stick of gum.. A Variant of the was the Teddy Bear , which feature a bear which revolved around the machine. Orbit and Orbit Jr were very ornate cast iron peanut vendors. Pansy Gum delivered a love letter with gum. Pulver created many variants of clockwork figures which would fetch a piece of gum and deliver it. Roover produced several clockwork machines including Madam Zita, Puss n Boots, the Elephant which were highly animated. Other unusual machines include Niagra with a little black boy that moves, Blinkey Eye, Columbus Model L, A Wink A Smile, Tutti-Frutti. Happy Jap was a very unusual cast iron head of an asian figure that dispensed stick gum through a clock work mechanism. Case Pepsin Gum made an unusual fortune teller gum machine. Lukat was an figural cat which dispensed numbered tickets. Model Gum Shop was an different cast iron version of the baker-boy. A very rare peanut vendor called the Griffin is known. Perfume vendors include a floor models Lady Perfume Sprayer, and miniature perfume sprayer and well as cast iron Whiffs of Fragrance and a Bull's Head Perfume, where when the horns were moved the perfume was delivered throught the bull's snout. Sunny Call was an interesting cake shaped dispenser for cake. Cigar vendors include Honest Clerk and Doremus. Even Toilet Paper and Towels and Soap and condoms were dispensed by machines. There were unusual stamp vendors including American Vending Stamp Machine with a shield with stars as well as postcard dispensers. Many forms of match machines were made.

Visit the Mashantucket Pequot Museum on the grounds of Foxwoods Casino. The Pequot nation has taken some of the profits from the casino and built a museum dedicated to retelling the history and culture of their people. The Pequots were farmers, fishermen, and gatherers. They had a complex society and had learned to live with Mother Earth in mutual harmony. When the Dutch came in 1608 they helped them survive the harsh winters. In return the Dutch traded iron goods for beaver pelts and wampumoag which are beads made out of sea shells. As the trade flourished the tribe went further North where beaver were more plentiful and traded much sought after wampum with the Northern tribes. When the British came, they wanted to be included in this lucrative trade for the beaver pelts. That is when the problems began. By 1638 the Pequot Nation was decimated, their members given into slavery and bondage. Only a few escaped to survive. In 1983 the Federal Government recognized the existence of the Mashantuck Pequot Nation. Today they are thriving, having one of the largest casinos in the world. Their profits, managed by the tribal council are used to improve physical and social services among the tribe and even outreach programs to other Native American groups. What took thirty years to destroy took only twenty years of hard work to restore.
Even if you spend over six hours at the museum you will not able to see everything. The admission includes interactive videos about various aspects of their lives. There is a life sized village with audio descriptions at over twenty-five different sites showing various aspects of Pequot home life. A movie shown on a wrap around screen shows the Pequot Wars and the destruction of the people. Outside is a 1780 Pequot Farmstead two acres in size with vegetable and herbal gardens and other plants, which the tribe used in their daily lives.

Roulette Rules – Your Guide to Winning at Roulette

Going gambling without prior knowledge of what you're up against is like going into battle without a gun. Since you're risking your money with every move, you might as well make the most out of your gambling experience. I believe that a good strategy helps you develop your game and get you more wins than losses, so I have prepared a short but concise article that discusses helpful strategies for one of the most popular casino games - blackjack.

The game of Blackjack is an all-time favorite of veteran gamblers. This is one of those rare casino games where skill actually plays a part whether you win or lose. Blackjack uses the mathematics of probability to reduce the house edge and improve the odds for you. Using a solid and effective strategy in blackjack will limit the house edge to around one-half of a percent, although the effectiveness of your strategy will always depend on the actual rules and the number of decks used, which may vary according to the casino you're playing in.

Basic blackjack rules state that the dealer must hit on a count of 16 or less, and stand on a count of 17 or more. This is all very good for the house, but if you follow that exact same strategy, you will actually be giving the house a 5.7% edge. So this means that for every $100 you bet on the table, you stand to lose $5.70.

The house advantage is the percentage given to the casino. When you analyze the statistics involved in the game, you will find that for every five hands dealt in blackjack, two hands will not be in your favor. Why? Because the first two cards you're going to be dealt with will either add to 17-21 35% of the time, 12-16 39% of the time, and less than 11 26% of the time. You will see that the first two cards you're going to be dealt with are going to be good only 35% of the time.

If you have a hard total of 8 or less, always hit.

If you have a hard total of 9, hit if the dealer has an up card of 2, 7, 8, 9, 10 or Ace. Now, if the dealer has a 3, 4, 5 or 6 - double down if you can; if not, hit.

If you have a hard total of 10, hit if the dealer has a 10 or Ace. If the dealer has a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 - double down if you can; if not, hit.

If you have a hard total of 11, hit if the dealer has an Ace. If the dealer has a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 - double down if you can; if not, hit.

If you have a hard total of 12, hit if the dealer has a 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 or Ace. Stand if the dealer has a 4, 5 or 6.

If you have a hard total of 13 or 14, stand if the dealer has a 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6. Hit if the dealer has a 7, 8, 9, 10 or Ace.

If you have a hard total of 15, stand if the dealer has a 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6. Hit if the dealer has a 7, 8, 9 or Ace. If the dealer has a 10, you have to surrender if you're allowed to; if not, hit.

If you have a hard total of 16, stand if the dealer has a 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6. Hit if the dealer has a 7 or 8. If the dealer has a 9, 10 or Ace, surrender if you are allowed to do so, otherwise hit.

If you have a hard total of 17 or higher, always stand.

If you have an Ace 2 or Ace 3 soft total, hit if the dealer has an up card of 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10 or Ace. If the dealer has a 5 or 6 - double down if you can; if not, hit.

If you have an Ace 4 or Ace 5 soft total, hit if the dealer has a 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 or Ace. If the dealer has a 4, 5 or 6 then double down if you are allowed to do so, otherwise hit.

If you have an Ace 6 soft total, hit if the dealer has a 2, 7, 8, 9, 10 or Ace. If the dealer has a 3, 4, 5 or 6 - double down if you can; otherwise, hit.

If you have an Ace 7 soft total, stand if the dealer has a 2, 7 or 8. Hit if the dealer has a 9, 10 or Ace. If the dealer has a 3, 4, 5 or 6 - double down if you can; otherwise stand.

If you have an Ace 8, Ace 9 or Ace 10 soft total, always stand.

Playing roulette is easy but winning the game is another matter. Roulette rules are simple; all you have to do is pick the winning number in the roulette wheel where the ball will possibly land. You may also bet on combinations of numbers or predict whether the ball will land on an even or an odd spot. There are two different wheels used in roulette: the European wheel and the American wheel. The European wheel has 37 slots, while the American wheel has 38. The difference between the two wheels is the double zero (00) slot added in the American wheel. The European wheel has a house edge of only 2.63 percent and the additional slot in the American wheel increases the house edge to 5.26 percent.
Roulette came from France; therefore, the French were the ones who laid out all the roulette rules. The layout of the roulette wheel that is present today is the same layout used since 1842. The wheel has two betting areas: the outside and the inside betting area. The inside betting area has the single numbers on the wheel. The outside betting area consists of boxes for the columns that are colored red and black and grouped into odd or even. Part of the roulette rules is that players could also bet on various groups of numbers placed on the outside betting area. The numbers on the wheel are arranged in 12 rows with three numbers that form into three similar vertical columns.
In buying in, the player should pay for roulette chips. Each player is given a different color of chips to avoid confusion and dispute on the table. The chips purchased are only good for a certain table and could not be used in other roulette tables. As part of the roulette rules, after playing, the chips should be cashed in first before transferring to another table for a new game. Each roulette table has its own allowed minimum and maximum bet. Bets on inside and outside areas could not be combined. If for example, the minimum bet at a roulette table is $10, the player could not make a $5 bet on the inside and another $5 on the outside area. The betting on both areas should be at $10 each at minimum.
In doing inside bets, you could do several bets; two of those are straight up and split bets. The straight up is the most common where in you would bet on a single number. The split bet is betting on two numbers. This increases the possibility of winning but decreases the possible winnings by half. In outside bets, you could bet on red, black, odd or even. You do this by simple placing your chips in the boxes on the layout of the roulette wheel. You may also bet on twelve consecutive numbers. Do this by placing your chips in boxes marked 1-12, 13-24 or 25-36. You get nothing when the zero or the double zero comes up.
Most people think that roulette is largely a game of chance but professional players think otherwise. These professionals know that roulette rules could actually be beaten by using an effective and time-tested roulette system. Having a roulette system would surely enable you to earn from playing roulette on a regular basis.