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How to lose your shirt in a
casino

Below is a compilation of the top five sure-fire ways to lose
your shirt in any casino. Just pick one; they all work. Trust
me on this.
1. Bet on Hunches
Forget about reading books that will teach you proper
playing and betting strategies. Instead rely on hunches and
luck when you play. If you feel like you are “due” to win the
next blackjack hand even after you’ve seen a bunch of
aces, by all means increase the size of your bet. If you get
the “vibes” that a particular slot machine located in the
darkest corner of a casino is due to hit big, load it with
cash and keep playing till it hits. If you get a hunch that
your lucky number is going to win at roulette, bet it all on
that number. Heck, hunch betting is a fun way to lose your
money especially on a game that you know nothing about.

2. Make Sure You are Tired, and Drink When You Gamble
You can’t expect to lose if you are sober and alert, now
can you? Always take advantage of the free booze when
you gamble. Forget sleeping–you can always do that back
home. By all means get into that exciting, “I’m here to have
fun” party casino atmosphere. After you lose all your cash,
you can at least tell your friends “I had a great time in the
casino.”

3. Go for the Comps
Are you envious of players who ask for comps and get
them? You want to be treated like royalty when you
gamble, don’t you? Here’s a tip on how to get a free buffet.
Instead of betting within your means, just bet more. It’s that
simple. Throw out a green chip now and then on the layout
when the pit boss is looking your way. Better yet throw out
two green chips, that way you’ll impress the pit boss with
your big losses. And when you finally get around to asking
him for a comp, and he says, “I’m sorry but you haven’t put
in enough time at the tables,” not to worry—just keep
playing and betting those green chips. Sooner or later he’ll
give you that comp for a “free” buffet that most likely will
cost you a bundle in losses. Enjoy!

4. Take a Fling at Craps
You are not going to make those sissy pass line bets
where the odds are good. No, instead you want those high-
percentage long-shot bets with the funny names, like a bet
on the hardways, or the Big 6 and 8, or better yet on Any
Craps. And every time you win, tell the dealer “to press up
my bet.” That lingo will at least impress your fellow players
as you lose your money.

5. Make a Five Number Bet in Roulette
Pay attention to this one. First you want to make sure you
select an American roulette wheel. That’s the one with the
numbers 1 through 36 plus 0 and 00 on the wheel and
layout. Do not go near a game where the wheel has only
one 0 because the odds are much better. Get yourself
comfortably seated on a double 0 game and then put a pile
of chips on the line separating the numbers 0, 00 from the
1, 2, and 3. Can’t reach the bet? Not to worry, just tell the
dealer what you want to bet and he’ll position your chips
correctly. Make no other bets. By betting this way you’ve
made the only five-number bet on the roulette layout. What’
s so special about this bet? It happens to be the bet on the
entire roulette layout that has the highest casino edge, silly.

Henry Tamburin, Ph.D. is the author of the Ultimate
Blackjack Strategy Guide, editor of the Blackjack
Insider e-Newsletter (www.bjinsider.com), lead
instructor for the Golden Touch Blackjack course, and
host of smartgaming.com. For a free three-month
subscription to his blackjack newsletter, go to www.
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