October 31, 2007

How To Play Craps

For those out there who have played craps, you know the magic and wonder of this game of thrill and chance. Some of you, however, have not yet had the guts to take the plunge and get in on a game. We understand. Craps can be rather intimidating. There are many kinds of bets, there's lots of money flying around, and there are weird unspoken taboos. But fear not! Your confusion can be cut through, thanks to a helpful (and free) series on YouTube teaching you how to play.

And if you want more help, check out our All About Craps article. It has plenty of resources you can use including books, and casinos to try the game out at.

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October 30, 2007

The Wizard And The Gambler's Fallacy


You know who you are. Yeah you. You are that guy who decides that just because the roulette has landed on red the last 200 times, black must be due. Well sir, you are wrong. Just plain wrong. And we here at Casino Snob have had enough of your logic. You know what else? We're not alone! The Wizard of Odds, that wise and powerful master of all things gaming-odds related, has also weighed in on your antics. Please do us all a favor, and heed his words:

I disagree with you when you said that if a roulette ball has landed on red 20 times in a row it is equally likely to land in red as black on the next spin.

This kind of comment never comes with any kind of mathematical reasoning or evidence behind it. Little metallic balls do not have a memory and can not defy the laws of physics by jumping in one color or the other. If you don't believe me please read any introductory book on probability. I don't have time to tutor the entire world on this one person at a time.

The probability of red winning 20 times in a row in roulette is (18/38)20 = 1 in 3,091,874. Thus, if red has already hit the last 19 spins the odds are that the next spin will almost certainly be black because of the long shot against 20 reds.

First, the odds of 19 reds in a row and then a black are the same as 20 reds in a row. The past does not matter. The probability of red after 19 reds is 18/38.

Still don't get it? Fine. Go take yourself a course in Combinatorics, then.. email the wizard, and perhaps he will grace you with some insight.

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October 29, 2007

Halloween In Vegas


Its getting to be that time again, when the spooks and the cooks come out to play all over Vegas. If you happen to be in down and you're looking for where to head, this about.com article has all you need to find a spooky place to get your ghoul on. You can also get some more hotspots noted over at Gambling Planet

So from all of us here at CasinoSnob.com Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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October 24, 2007

High Profile Arrest Has French Officials on the Defensive

Who'd have thunk that international incidents could be spawned by internet gambling.

Here's s little from the Gambling Planet story:

The French government on Tuesday distanced itself from the high profile arrest of an internet gambling executive and ordered the case against him to be dropped. Petter Nylander, chief executive of Unibet, was detained on Monday at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on a European arrest warrant issued by a French judge on charges of money laundering and cybercrime.

The arrest was triggered by a commercial complaint by Française des Jeux, which runs the lottery, and PMU, the national horseracing board, who claimed that Unibet had breached their monopoly rights to internet gambling in France. The French government appeared embarrassed by the arrest, which comes as Paris prepares to concede that it has discriminated illegally against online operators to protect its state monopolies.

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October 18, 2007

Haloween Skull Dice


If you are looking for some fun Halloween spice to add to your gambling night, you can scare up some fun with these skull dice from UnclesGames.com.

Yes, we're shameless for using the word 'scare' like that, but hey.. you should know that about us by now.

And if you need something to do with those scary new dice.. head over to Wikipedia for a list of great games to try!

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October 16, 2007

World Championship Of Online Poker Winner Disqualified


Cheating has been a part of poker since its inception. Wherever there has been money changing hands, and games of skill and chance, people have been trying to swindle their way into big earnings. The entry of online poker has been no exception. We are sad to say that today cheating in a major online tournament has reared its ugly head, and the winner of the WCOOP has been disqualified for cheating.

On the bright side, this player was caught, and justice is served. We can only hope that online tournament organizers continue to remain vigilant against any and all forms of cheating in online poker, so that it can stay as clean and fun as possible.

Read the story over at PokerNews.com.

Read about the WCOOP at PokerStars.com

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October 10, 2007

The Winner's Guide to Casino Gambling


We don't konw if we would call The Winner's Guide to Casino Gambling the "gambler's bible", but it is a decent book for learning about the various games you can find in a casino, and for learning good strategies to play them.

Here's the publisher's snippet:

The definitive guide to the best strategies at the gambling table-now in a fully revised and updated fourth edition Long recognized as the gambler's bible, The Winner's Guide to Casino Gambling has been completely revised and expanded to include new rules and strategies for every major game in the casino, including several popular new ones. This entirely updated fourth edition remains the most authoritative and comprehensive book in its field, bringing gambling expert Edwin Silberstang's professional secrets and expertise into the twenty-first-century casino.The Winner's Guide to Casino Gambling can literally replace a shelf full of guides to individual games-each chapter is a book of its own. Silberstang shows readers the best strategies to beat multiple-deck blackjack, including simple but powerful card-counting methods how to exploit the free-odds wager in craps to minimize the house edge ways to win at the most popular video poker games the secrets to the new casino games, such as Three Card Poker and Let It Ridereg; what games to play where for the best oddso a winning approach to thinking as a gambler, worth the cost of the entire book.

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October 9, 2007

Deuce on the Deal Video Poker Odds


The Wizard of Odds is far and away the master of all gambling odds related information. We turn to him first for the stats on each and every game we frequent at our favorite casinos. Continuing that sterling reputation of giving you the facts you need, here's the low-down on Deuce on the Deal video poker.

Here's a snip:

Deuce on the Deal is a video poker game by Bally I noticed at the Suncoast in Las Vegas on September 30, 2007. The rules are the same as normal video poker, except the player has the option to pay five extra coins to guarantee getting at least one deuce. The way this is programmed is random hands will be dealt behind the scenes, until one is found containing at least one deuce.

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October 8, 2007

Jack Colton Says: How to Survive a Killer Hangover


Why is there a picture of some sexy woman's behind on the cover of this article about hangovers?

Because Jack Colton says so, that's why.

Jack Colton has plenty to teach us about life in Vegas, and this article about How to Survive a Killer Hangover, is nothing short of critical survival information.

Here's a snip:

Quick ways to help avoid hangovers:

• Know your limits. Don’t drink too much.
• Eat before you go out, and snack throughout the night.
• Drink a bottle of water in between drinks.
• Drink some AH+ Hangover drink before or after drinking. It helps.
• Take a couple of Ibuprofen before going to sleep.

Now that you know how to avoid one, go let Jack teach you about what to do if you got one anyway.

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October 3, 2007

MGM Detroit Officially Opens


The Net is abuzz with the stories of the opening of the new MGM Grand Detroit, and rightfully so. She sounds like a beautiful new gem for the casino lovers of that northern midwest. Finally, an alternative to driving to Canada!

Here's a little from the Casino City Times:

Eight years after opening its initial Detroit venture, MGM Mirage pulls the wraps off its $800 million MGM Grand Detroit this morning, doubling its casino size, adding hotel rooms and offering amenities the company hadn't been able to provide.

Murren is unabashed in his praise for the resort, one of three casinos operating in Detroit.

"In Atlantic City, this facility would give the Borgata a run for its money. On the Strip, it would be a very relevant property," Murren said. "In Detroit, it's in another galaxy in terms of the competition."

Even with an interim facility, MGM Mirage has fared well in Detroit.

According to the Michigan Gaming Control Board, through August the MGM Grand Detroit reported total adjusted revenues of $329.8 million, ahead of both the MotorCity and Greektown casinos. Through the first six months of 2007, MGM Mirage said the casino represents roughly 5 percent of the company's overall financial picture.

Murren said the company doesn't give investors projections, but it was safe to say MGM Grand Detroit will be a much larger slice of the MGM Mirage pie.

The casino will grow to 100,000 square feet with 98 table games (up from 72) and 4,500 slot machines (as opposed to 2,840 at the interim casino). The 18-story hotel tower will feature 400 guest rooms. The previous casino did not have a hotel. The new property will have a variety of dining options, including two restaurants operated by celebrity chef Michael Mina and one by Wolfgang Puck. The MGM Grand Detroit will also offer several entertainment options, lounges and a 20,000-square-foot spa.

And here's a snip from the Detroit News.com:

No one's betting the new MGM Grand Detroit will steal hordes of gamblers away from Las Vegas or Atlantic City, but hopes are high the $800 million resort, hotel and casino complex will help put the Motor City on the map as a regional entertainment destination.

Business, tourism and city officials are touting the opening of MGM Grand, the first of the city's three gaming operations to have a permanent facility up, as a new era for Detroit's $1.3 billion-a-year casino industry and for the often-maligned city as well.

Read more at both of those news sites, and see more by heading to the Motor City yourself!

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