I worked for 25 years in the gambling industry, but it was actually in the parimutuel gaming industry rather than casino gambling. The difference is that with casino gambling, it’s you betting against the house and with parimutuel gaming it to you, betting against other bettors, with parimutuel gambling. The house always makes money because the money is put into a pool, and the house takes a commission with casino gambling. It’S slightly different because it’s you against the house and actually casinos could actually lose money if they had a bad day for the players got lucky.
But with parimutuel betting, that never happens because the money to put into a pool and the house takes a commission. What made you wan na write the book. Actually, I didn’t start out to write a book, the books or have developed along the way.
What happen is that that back in nineteen ninety-two, I wrote an eight-page flyer that gave information on the major casinos in the United States in las vegas atlantic City, Reno, Lake Tahoe and out through the years I kept, adding more states and more information on the casinos. So now, on 2013 itself or in ninety six page book, the front part has information on how to play all the games. I write some other stories % uh there are gambling. Experts would also contribute to that part of the book.
The middle part of the book as information casinos in forty-one states at has map showing where the casinos are and the best part of all which a lot of people really like, is the coupons in the back of the book and the 2013 edition of the book. We have more than 200 coupons and usually just use one or two, the coupons. You can more then recover the cost to the book. So people really like those coupons, a lot. How many casinos have you visited?
I visited a lot of casinos in the book. We have almost 800 and I’d say have been about 75 percent of them. I, of course you go to Las Vegas to get to see a lot of casinos, but also, if you go to somebody, a smaller casinos that are concentrated together, like in South Dakota into black hawk central city in Colorado, also Cripple Creek in Colorado. So in those places you have a lot to casinos but they’re, all rather small casinos fear Las Vegas. You see a lot of big casinos, but I i I’ve been about the seventy-five percent. Have you visited many casinos outside the US outside the US?
Seven visited that many casinos, but that, because I live in Florida, I’ve been to the Bahamas. So quite a few times I’ve been to Atlantis on Paradise Island, that’s the very, very pretty place, two beautiful casino and that one place I always wanted to go. My wife and I went about three years ago.
I finally got to go to Monte Carlo. I we flew to Paris been a few days there and then we flew down to nice and then took a helicopter into Monte Carlo. So that was a big thing for me because, as a kid growing up, I always heard about it and to me it was the most famous casino in the world so that was % uh place. I always want to see you need to get to see it about three years ago, and actually this New Year’s Eve, my wife and I was going to go to London and while I’m there, I plan to see a a few casinos there too. Do you gamble yourself? I love to gamble.
I used to be a blackjack player, pro primarily a blackjack player, and I took a few months to teach myself how to count cards and for eight years I counted cards and I never tried to make a living at it. I just tried to see tried to do it on my own to see whether or not it worked and, yes, it did work. And yes, I did make money at it, but I I did make a lot of money, but i wasnt paying a lot of money. I found that if you bet a lotta money, you just attract attention to yourself and you probably get kicked off the casino – and I was playing most my play was at a local casino on a casino boat which we don’t have any more here in Florida. But I didn’t wan na get kicked off, so I just kept my batsman back then too, probably maximum fifty dollars and that will keep you under the radar, so you can get kicked off, but that nowadays I play primarily video poker. I like video poker.
I find the comp so much better. If you can bet that much in blackjack you can earn that much in comp budging a lotta cash back. You couldn’t get cash back in video in I’m, so you can get cash back and blackjack, but again can get cash back in video poker. So I enjoy playing that and what I try and do as I try and play a about an even game at the casino.
This allows me to stay. Even some nyquil is a lot of money. I get to take advantage above the cops at the casino has. I put a lot on my play, my my video poker play in a casino that has a a concert hall, so they sent me a lot. I think it’s so I can get.
You know a few thousand dollars worth I’ve, a invitations to these concerts each year and basically played a break-even level. So it allows me to take advantage at the casino com program without losing a lot of money. Have you seen any interesting things in casinos if you spent a lot of time a casinos like I do, you will usually see something interesting and a when the most intriguing things ever saw happen in a casino was a in atlantic city many years ago, when Steve, When first built the Golden Nugget, which is now the notebook, what used to be the Atlantic City Hilton and I believe it’s Tia Atlantic Club, Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Originally, that was the Golden Nugget, and I was in there playing blackjack this as many years ago. Gosh, it probably won twenty years ago and a % uh the I got kept hearing this night as well of of what and i’m looking around saying what is that noise and the dealers pointed out that the table a few tables over was the % uh. The boxer Joe Frazier, who has since passed away, but I he was championship boxer that time and the or explain that that Joe like to bark at the cards as they were, being dealt out at the shoot because he thought that he could change the order of The cards i said %, oh well, that’s interesting.
I think thats the only time, my life I i’ve ever heard that, but that that was his a method for winning. I i don’t think it worked too well, but the you know that was on the strange things I saw. Something else had happened, not exactly in the casino but near casino.
Many years ago I was at the % uh Stardust in Las Vegas, and I was with my I was with my friend ann. We were walking around this little ball towards the end of the. It was a very tiny mall at the end of the Start, Assist artist has been imposed, doesn’t exist, anymore, used to be on the strip and that he went into a candy store, and i sat down on a bench in this little mother, probably only maybe a A a 8 eight stores in this entire mall and what a muzzle video arcade for kids would play. I’M a the arcade machines and i’m saying that I’m looking nice at all, look at that there there’s a Michael Jackson impersonator and this guy who look like Michael Jackson. He he walked over into the the arcade and he at the kids were there playing the games and he didn’t say anything, but he would walk up next to the kid that was playing the game and he would just stare at at at the kid while the Kid was playing the game, so I never could find a pinball game.
The kid was playing with the levers, and it was not that I’m aware like what is this guy doing, but he would he wan na. He went over and look down to watch the kid play for about a minute or so then he walked over to another kiddos ban. Another game walked right up next.
Some never said a word to him and and just the Phantom like that it was a little weird and then I’m thinking well its israeli Michael Jackson, personage sums going on here, but then he he walked out at the arcade when he walked out of the arcade. A bike I went in front of him behind them on his left hand on his right and they all got together and walked out 31 at the site, exits out into the parking lot cell. Looking back on it and then a couple years later, all this stuff came out about Michael Jackson, the kids, so I’m pretty sure that was Michael Jackson in there it was. It was one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen. It didn’t happen in the casino that it happened right by the casino.
How often do you travel to Las Vegas? I go to Las Vegas at least twice a year went on to go for the g2e show II go there with my son and we go to the skating show where the manufacturers introduce all of their new games, and we do videos age probably know if you Watched a video, so I put them up on YouTube. What is your favorite see? Now my favorite casino is anyplace. I can go and win money. That means that I’ll play and some dumpy casinos of have a special promotion or something that I think I can take advantage other make money at it.
But I do like, I must say I do like if I got a las vegas, I like a win-win. Is a beautiful place and also below zero. So those are two of my favorite places in Las Vegas and a and Atlantic City. I guess got ta put Borgata in there.
I haven’t seen the new revel casino, but I understand it’s very nice, but in atlantic city I would say I’m Borgata is my favorite there. What is the strangest casino you’ve ever been to there? Are I few interesting cuz? He knows I’ve come across one, and I have to say is a treasure Bay and Black Sea.
Mississippi, that’s right there on the Gulf Coast, the casino is still there, but the actual all casino that was on a barge got destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. Anna it again it was a casino on a barge, but it was built to look like a pirate ship. That was a pretty cool thing and I remember gaining their couple times and I was impressed with that. It was very unique cuz. I I never saw one like that.
I another interesting on. I have to go to Reno and talk about the Peppermill. Now cuz usually like to go downtown Las Vegas to see all the beautiful neon on the outside at the Peppermill is the only casino i’ve seen where I think they have more neon on the inside and they do on their outside.
Their place is just loaded with her neon; they have it in the table. 7. You know under the slot machines under the bars as all sorts, a neon overhead, so that’s pretty pretty unique and another one I went to a few months ago is right here in florida is called the Big Cypress casino.
I it’s part of the seminal reservation a and that they have a few casinos largest has a son of hard rock and in Tampa and Hollywood Florida, but this one is out on the everglades: it’s an attraction in the everglades, a a swamp towards called Billy bill. The swamp Safari tore and there you go – an airboat rides there as part of the attraction ever room set aside with slot machines and their. So I’d have to say that is definitely one of the most unique casinos i’ve seen. What is the most you ever want and Xtina the most everyone at a casino was up until this year I was four thousand dollars, and now I didn’t want it on. My own II was a partner with my friend Walter who was an old gambling body in mind, we’re in atlantic city, and we were partners, and I was going around doing research for the book and I said, okay, we’re partners on this news – planned dollar %, uh Video poker and he was dealt a Royal Flush and Harrison Atlantic City’s, so each won two thousand dollars and the other bigger jackpot I I got was this year and again I was partners this time, not with my friend what their life gamble with here, but it Was at the SRI rocket Hollywood, I was partners with my son and I’ll.
I was by a 25-cent, a video poker machine, one thousand dollars and they went over to a dollar video poker machine and within 20 minutes we had at it was a triple play: dollar machine and within another 20 minutes we won another a Royal Flush. So that was five thousand dollars in a period of 20 minutes, so that was my biggest win to date. What advice do you have for the average person visiting casino? I think that the average person visiting a casino things that all casinos are the same there there and there’s no difference among them. But really there are the there’s.
You know some casinos have their machines had to pay back higher like it. When people go to Las Vegas, I so I ought to try, and rather than just gambling on the Las Vegas Strip, take some time go to visit one of the of strip. Casinos, sometimes there’s free shuttles. You can take from this trip to some.
They are outlying. Casinos, I, like Sam’s Town summers, online casinos have much better returns on their slot machines. Unfortunately, some sometimes those big, beautiful casinos, and then they are very nice very pretty, but the slot machines are set to pay back less than others. So the other thing is people think that that, while you go and there’s nothing, you can do your.
You can’t win, it’s all a quality. It’S not really all lock. There are some games in a casino that are pure locking are some that are skill. So what you want to try and do is play.
The game did have a very low casino ads and there’s some skill involved. So you can cut down the casino and even more, I wan na games as blackjack blackjack, a good game, but there’s a skill involved in need to know how to learn how to have to learn how to play your cards in the game. Blackjack, a skill, blackjack player will do better in the long run.
Then someone guess is how to play their hands. So that’s a good game to play another good game to play as as video poker most people going to casino are gon na play a slot machine in a slot machine is really not the best thing game to play. Have a very high casino ads, especially those those anyone’s about 12 percent at so what you want to do is learn to play video poker to find it so much less Khao was much less of a casino advantage, probably a 5 percent or less and your money Will last a lot longer, and sometimes when you go to casino, it’s not necessarily about winning money, it’s about losing last and what you want to do is try and take advantage of these casino promotional programs. Were they give you free cash back over to give you calms and all that helps to stretch your gaming dollar so ken there there are subtle differences among different casinos and its it’s, not all pure luck. There is a skill involved in some of these came, so you wan na learn to play the games of skill and learn how to plan properly and your money last longer.
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