The Intelligent Guide to Casino Gaming

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A comprehensive guide to casino gaming that explains how to play the popular table games: baccarat, blackjack, craps, roulette, pai gow poker, Caribbean Stud, Let It Ride, Three Card Poker, and Texas Hold'em. Also includes instructions and essential strategies for betting on keno, slot machines, horse races, and sporting events.

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Overview

A comprehensive guide to casino gaming that explains how to play the popular table games: baccarat, blackjack, craps, roulette, pai gow poker, Caribbean Stud, Let It Ride, Three Card Poker, and Texas Hold'em. Also includes instructions and essential strategies for betting on keno, slot machines, horse races, and sporting events.

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Editorial Reviews

author of The Intelligent Guide to Texas Hold’em Poker - Sam Braids
“An indispensable resource that shows you how to get the most value and fun from your casino visits.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967755151
  • Publisher: Chartley Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 1,218,147
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

A 1959 graduate of the University of Washington, he spent a 25-year career as a civilian administrative officer with several Department of Defense agencies, mostly overseas. Since his retirement in 1984, he has been a regular at poker and other gaming tables, primarily in the casinos of California and Nevada. He previously authored the book: "Poker Tournament Strategies."

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures ix

Foreword xi

Preface xv

1 Casino Gaming 1

The House Advantage 1

Betting Systems 2

Limit on Payouts 5

Budgeting for a Casino Visit 5

Casino Comps 6

Casino Coupons 10

Security in a Casino 12

Tipping in a Casino 14

The Compulsive Gambler 16

The Internal Revenue Service 18

Part I Classic Table Games 23

2 Baccarat 25

Rules of Baccarat 25

The Betting 28

Closing Notes 29

3 Blackjack 31

Basic Blackjack Playing Strategy 36

Insurance 39

Surrender 40

Finding a Good Blackjack Table 40

Counting Cards 41

4 Craps 47

The Pass Line Bet 50

The Odds Bet 50

The Don't Pass Line Bet 51

Laying Odds Bet 52

The Place Bet 53

The Buy Bet 54

The Big 6 and Big 8 Bet 55

The Lay Bet 55

The Hardway Bet 56

The Come Bet 56

The Don't Come Bet 58

The Field Bet 58

Numbers Bet 58

Other One-Roll Bets 59

Craps California Style 60

5 Roulette 63

Inside Bets 64

Outside Bets 65

Part II Poker-Themed Table Games 69

6 Caribbean Stud 71

Basic Playing Strategy 73

The Progressive Jackpot 74

7 Let It Ride 77

Basic Playing Strategy 79

Option Strategy 81

Bonus Payments 81

Cautionary Closing Note 82

8 Pai Gow Poker 85

Setting Your Hand 88

9 Three Card Poker 93

Pair Plus 93

Beat the Dealer 94

Basic Playing Strategy 95

Part III Machine-Based Games 87

10 Keno 99

Straight Keno Ticket 101

Split Keno Ticket 103

Way Keno Ticket 104

Combination Way Keno Ticket 105

11 Slot Machines 107

How Slot Machines Work 109

Misconceptions About Slot Machines 110

Selecting the Right Machine for You 111

Finding Loose Slot Machines 114

Slot Tournaments 115

12 Video Poker 119

Jacks or Better 122

Playing Strategy for Jacks or Better 125

Categories of Starting Hands 127

Bonus Poker 130

Joker Poker 132

Deuces Wild 134

Multiple-play Video Machines 135

Other Video Games 137

Part IV Competitive Games 139

13 The Sports Book 141

The Point Spread 141

The Over/Under Bet 144

The Money Line Bet 144

The Parlay Bet 145

The Teaser 146

Some Betting Tips 147

14 Horseracing 157

Types of Horses 157

Types of Races 158

Bets on a Single Race 159

Bets on Multiple Races 160

How to Select Your Horse 162

15 Casino Poker 165

Texas Hold'em 166

Starting Hands 168

After the Flop 171

Sizing Up The Competition 174

Jackpots and Rakes 175

Poker Tells 178

Poker Tournaments 181

Part V Epilogue 189

16 Good Bets and Bad Bets 191

Good Bets 191

Bad Bets 194

Glossary 197

Index 217

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