Well here is a subject I can speak about that I actually know something about. I spent the last years of the 70’s and the early 80’s in Las Vegas. I loved every second of it, and I hated every second of it. I succumbed to the gambling bug which has bit so many. I arrived in the glitzy city with eyes wide open and the absolute VERY WORST THING that could possibly happen to me happened. My girlfriend was working in one of the many small strip casinos which carved their little niches among the giants: MGM Grand, Desert Inn, Flamingo, Caesar’s Palace, Stardust, and the others. She was a change girl, providing rolls of silver dollars to eager slot players. I went to see her on her first night of work and she told me that she had been working all night and that two machines seemed to be paying out way more than any of the others. I bought fifty silver dollars. In the first machine I played, I spun the very first roll and was rewarded with $500.00 for my $5.00 investment. Twelve boilermakers later, I stumbled out with $8400. in my pocket. I never played slots again, and I really don’t know why after that crazy run.
My game was craps. I spent my entire first year in Las Vegas learning the game (aka losing money) until, one day, I started winning. Like any gambler, I could be on top one second, only to fail in the next, no matter what “system” you think you have devised. I speak of some of my LV gambling antics in my book, EMOTIONS: Not Your Mama’s ABCs! but several did not make it in due to personal embarassment and/or legal ramifications. After four years of the ups and downs, I started doing something I never tried before. Instead of my betting strategy being based on numbers and odds, I started betting with or against a player’s roll based on the player. Newbie? Self taught? Short term bets in play. Higher odds like Hi-Lo, and box bets (for at least one hit). Don’t place for long roll. Thrower will give up dice soon. Person who is asking for help from one of the table employees? Bet on them consistently. Little old lady who has absolutely NO CLUE WHATSOEVER what she is doing?
Bet on her EVERY TIME.