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Articles written by Frank Scoblete for Gambling.co.uk

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  • Blackjack: Your Decisions Count!
    You?re sitting on a stool, nursing a strong drink, at a place that is right on the waterfront, when suddenly BAM! ...everything goes black. ...

    ESP and Gambling
    I am not a disbeliever in ESP (extrasensory perception). I put that opening sentence in the double negative because I?m not very gullible either. ...

    Going With It
    I remember once meeting the legendary ?Dice Doctor? Sam Grafstein at the Gambler?s Book Club in Las Vegas. My first book, Beat the Craps Out of the Casinos: How to Play Craps and Win!, had just been published and I was there to do a book signing. ...

    The 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Craps
    People love lists. I could list many reasons for this list-love but I will refrain. Instead, here are the 10 most-frequently asked questions of me concerning craps. ...

    Playing Within Your Means
    The casinos utilize various tactics to make a profit from us. Like any good business, they have refined their sales pitches to the point where everything they do is done with one result in mind -- get the money. ...

    Overheard at the Craps Table
    Seven out! Let me have a yo-eleven! Hey, don?t push. Shooter on the come out. Can I get you anything, sir? Miss, oh, miss. Point is four. Bet the hard four. ...

    The Exception Highlights the Rule
    Some people are deluded by thoughts of making a living by playing craps. These folks go to a casino a few times, perhaps have good luck, see how exciting the game is and then think: ?Gee, wouldn?t this be a fun way to make a living?? ...

    The 10 Best Bets at Craps
    There are probably over 100 different bets and combination of bets at craps, not all of them on the layout....

    A Conversation with the Captain
    Whenever I get the chance to play craps with the Captain I jump at it. So when he called me and asked if I?d like to join him for several days in Atlantic City, naturally I said yes. ...

    Craps Annoyances
    This is ?let-off-steam? time because I?ve been bottling this up for years now and the time has come to let?er rip! ...

    It?s Hard to Get to Easy Street
    Just about every book on craps ever written, and most craps articles, rightly extol the excitement of the game. ...

    Smart Slot Play
    There are better and worse ways to approach just about everything in life....

    Let It Ride: What Goes Down Better Go UP!
    The table game that has cornered a significant share of the ?other table-games market? (meaning those games not, or not related to, blackjack, craps, or roulette) is Let It Ride....

    Playing Slots Requires Decisions, Decisions
    There are very few slot players who are so foolish as to think they will make a living from the one-armed bandits, or even that, in the long run, they will come out ahead. ...

    Blackjack Isn?t About Winning More Hands
    When you play blackjack you have a clear choice -- actually, you have several clear choices. You can play your own, self-styled strategy based on whim, reason, your personal experience or some combination of all three. ...

    20 Assumptions Never to Make in a Casino! Part Three
    Assumptions 13-20...

    20 Assumptions Never to Make in a Casino! Part Two
    Assumption #7: New games are introduced to give the players more choices....

    20 Assumptions Never to Make in a Casino!
    Tell me honestly, whenever you say something like: ?Well, I assumed blah, blah, blah,? doesn?t it annoy the heck out of you when some idiot then counters with: ?Always remember, when you assume you make an ass of you and me! Ha! Ha! Ha!?...

    The Oracle at Odds - Part 6
    Questions 50-60...

    The Oracle at Odds - Part 5
    Questions 40-49...

    Oracle at Odds - Part 4
    Questions 30-39 ...

    The Oracle at Odds - Part 3
    Questions 20 -29 ...

    The Oracle at Odds ? Part Two
    Questions: 10-19 ...

    The Oracle at Odds - Part 1
    This is the age of lists -- the top 100 movies of all time, the top 100 books of the 20th Century, the top 100 colleges for academic excellence or bargains or partying, and the top 100 women former President Bill Clinton scored with; plus all those weekly...

    Protect Yourself Against BAD Guys! - Part 4
    Twenty-Five Ways to Protect Yourself Against the BAD Guys in the Casinos! 21-25 ...

    Protect Yourself Against BAD Guys! - Part 3
    Twenty-Five Ways to Protect Yourself Against the BAD Guys in the Casinos! 14-25...

    Protect Yourself Against BAD Guys - Part 2
    Twenty-Five Ways to Protect Yourself Against the BAD Guys in the Casinos! 6-13 ...

    25 Ways to Protect Yourself Against BAD Guys!
    Part One: Twenty-Five Ways to Protect Yourself Against the BAD Guys in the Casinos! ...

    Renzey?s Rule of Nine
    My friend, slot expert John Robison, has decided to learn how to play blackjack. He?s a serious-minded gambler and he wants to play the best possible game he can against the casinos. So he?s learning basic strategy....

    Fast Comps for Slow Paces ? Part Three
    Get your comps up front and don?t wait until the end of your stay to settle up. Many hosts will tell you to ?charge it to your room? and at the end of your trip they?ll pick up whatever your play warrants. ...

    Fast Comps for Slow Paces ? Part Two
    The casino gambling maxim - extend time, not risk - can be applied to just about every casino table game with excellent results. ...

    Fast Comps for Slow Paces - Part 1
    At the casino in Las Vegas, there were six people ahead of me, all waiting to talk to the host. All wanted to know how much time they had played, how much their table-game play was rated, and what kind of comps they could get....

    Aces and Eights and Destiny
    The problem with real life is that it is maddeningly and consistently inconsistent. Change is the norm; reversals of fortune routine, betrayal de rigueur. ...

    Take Credit Where Credit is Given! - Part 2
    Last issue I talked about the benefits of getting a credit line with a casino. Now I?ll discuss exactly how to get that credit line....

    Take Credit Where Credit is Given! - Part 1
    They have the highest house edge of any machines in the casino. In fact, no one has ever come out ahead playing them -- ever....

    New Craps Book Answers Your Questions
    Some craps players have dozens, if not hundreds, of questions about their favorite game. So many myths exist in craps, so much ritual and history, so many bets and combinations of bets, that knowing it all is a seemingly daunting task. ...

    Editing Luck and Dumb Gambling Strategies
    All humankind is a work in progress. As such, we need lots of editing. Luckily, we are given it. Religion edits the human incline towards evil and directs us towards good and God. Medicine edits us by creating regimens that can increase the number of chap...

    How Much Can You Play? Part 3
    How Much Do You Need to Play Each Game Without Going Broke?...

    How much can you play? Part 2
    How Much Do You Need to Play Each Game Without Going Broke? Part 2...

    How Much Can You Play?
    How much do you need to play without going broke?...

    Make the Best Decisions in the Short Run
    When you read gambling books and articles, you sometimes see a distinction made between the ?short run? (tonight, this weekend, this week, this month) of a few hundred or a few thousand decisions, and the ?long run? (a few years or more) of millions of de...

    Greatest Wins, Runs, Records & Legends Part 3
    Like blackjack legend, Ken Uston, there are many legendary gamblers and legendary events in the gambling world; to list them all would take several books. But here are four of the most famous ?legends? in the last 20 or so years....

    Greatest Wins, Runs, Records & Legends Part 2
    In the area of craps, the greatest interest is usually centered around monster rolls, rolls that last more than 20-30 minutes and make everyone at the table a bundle of money. ...

    Gambling?s Greatest Wins, Runs, Records & Legends
    ?Daddy, tell me a story,? said my little son so many years ago when he was seven. I always told my kids stories at bedtime....

    Cutthroat Craps - Part 3
    If you are a frequent visitor to casinos, making daily or weekly visits, then you might want to go all out and only bet on the potential Golden Shooters using the outline of what to look for as written in the last two issues....

    Cutthroat Craps: The Golden Shooters - Part 2
    Last issue, I described two shooters, A and B. Shooter A just winged the dice down the layout as if he were trying to not only hit the back wall but send the dice right through it. Shooter B, however, took great care with his dice sets, grip, and delivery...

    Cutthroat Craps - Part 1
    Most gambling writers are cautious, timid souls and with good reason....

    My Wife Confesses
    My wife, the beautiful AP, is an accomplished woman in every way. I say this not just because she is my wife but also because the truth is the truth. ...

    The Taxman Cometh
    The old clich? that the only sure things in life are ?death and taxes? might be wrong after all. With our ever-escalating medical knowledge, there is no telling how long we will live in the future, or whether we?ll ever die at all. ...

    Integrated Gambler: A Prescription for Casino Pleasure
    Many vacationing casino players want to get rooms, food and entertainment expenses fully or partially comped. To do so most casinos want you to play a minimum of four hours a day at the games of your choice. ...

    Integrated Gambler: Enjoying the Casino Experience
    On casino vacations gambling can so dominate the days, the nights, the mind and the heart, that we become mentally, emotionally and physically lopsided; in short, we become unstable. ...

    The Integrated Gambler - Part 1
    You?ve seen them tearassing out of the planes at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas and pumping their pocketful of coins into the first slot machines they see just to get into the action as quickly as they can. Pumped-up players embarking on their casino vacat...

    Always, Sometimes & Nevers of Gambling in Casinos
    Part 5: General Principles...

    The Always, Nevers, and Sometimes of Other Games
    Part 4: People love Let It Ride. It just might be the second most popular card game in the casinos, after blackjack. Unfortunately, it?s a tough game to beat because it has a somewhat imposing 2.8 percent edge -- if you use the correct strategy. ...

    The Always, Nevers, and Sometimes of Blackjack
    Part 3: BLACKJACK ...

    Always, Nevers, & Sometimes of Craps & Roulette
    Part 2: Craps is a game with a kaleidoscope of bets -- most of which will red shift your gambling account if you persist in making them. So, never make any of the Crazy Crapper bets in the middle of the table....

    The Always, Nevers, & Sometimes of Gamblng Part 1
    Some of you reading this article will remember these lyrics, the rest of you will clearly understand their meaning though you won?t be able to hum a few bars:...

    Craps Crap, Craps Gold, Part Three
    Some gaming experts who write books and articles are convinced that there is a mathematical way to overcome the house edge at craps. ...

    Craps Crap, Craps Gold, Part Two
    Last issue I discussed various truths ? I titled them true truths and false truths. True truths are always true or honest and make sense; false truths are actually equivocations designed to deceive the hearer into believing something the speaker knows to ...

    Craps Crap and Craps Gold
    What do the following sayings have in common? ...

    Book Review: 'The Counter by Kevin Blackwood'
    I usually stay away from fiction books about gambling and casinos because often the author displays his or her total lack of knowledge of gambling games as the book progresses. ...

    This, That and the Other Thing
    Hope springs eternal but most casino games are based on math. We know, we know, Americans hate math. If you are experiencing a losing streak, the math does not indicate on most games that such a streak will end anytime soon. ...

    Roulette Signatures
    Roulette dealers get into a rhythm. They pick up the ball from the pocket where it last hit the same way each time. ...

    Book Review: 'Dice Angel by Brian Rouff'
    Are you in the mood for a page-turner of a novel with some kick to the plot and some great characters, as well as some thrilling craps action?...

    By All Means, Ask Barney!
    It seems like ages since I last saw a new Barney Vinson book on the shelves. For those of you who are unaware of the name, Barney Vinson is the author of several of the best books I?ve ever read on casinos, including Chip-Wrecked in Las Vegas, Casino Secr...

    Basic Strategy is Just That -- Basic!
    Blackjack is considered by many gaming experts to be the very best table game in the casino, excepting poker. ...

    What A RUSH! Psychology & Chemistry of Gambling!
    When I was a long-distance runner, before my knees gave out and my belly grew to Brobdenagian proportions, I used to delight in tweaking the noses of my more restrained acquaintances by solemnly telling them that I was a drug addict....

    The Craps to English Dictionary
    Craps is another country, a kingdom with its own mores, legends, myths, rites, rituals, superstitions and government....

    Weird Bets
    The best bets in the casino are usually bets with dull sounding names, the common-sounding Bank bet (1.17 percent house edge) or the drab Player bet (1.36 percent house edge) at baccarat, and the pass (1.41 percent house edge), don't pass (1.40 percent ho...

    The Cumshaw on Tipping
    There?s a great scene in the movie My Cousin Vinny when Brooklyn born and bred Vinny (played by Joe Pesci) visits his nephew in a southern prison. ...

    New Wrinkles for Old Bags
    You?ve all heard of this saying ? ?If it ain?t broke, don?t fix it.? Traditionalists and other conservatives live by this credo. ...

    Keno or Yes?
    Many casino games can be traced to antiquity; still others are associated with specific historical moments in time and place. Today?s casino game of Keno is one such, with its roots in Chinese prehistory and history, as well as having a specific historica...

    Old Guys
    I was at the Claridge recently. I have a certain soft spot for the venerable Claridge. I was conceived there in September of 1946. ...

    Take Advantage of Non-Random ?Random? Craps
    Part Two: In my last article I speculated that the success the Captain has had with the 5-Count in actual casino play might have something to do with the ability of the 5-Count to get us on ?hot? shooters, defined as that percentage of crapshooting player...

    Part One: Is Random Craps Really Random?
    I have a mind experiment for you. We know that in 36 rolls of the dice, the probabilities of the various numbers coming up are as follows:...

    The Vig
    The "Vig," derived from the word ?vigorish,? is defined as the percentage edge the house extracts for every dollar gambled....

    In Craps the 5-Count is 100 Proof! PART THREE
    PART THREE: Can the 5-Count Find Controlled Shooters?...

    In Craps the 5-Count is 100 Proof! PART TWO
    PART TWO: Computer Simulations of the 5-Count...

    In Craps the 5-Count is 100 Proof!
    PART ONE: The 5-Count Pro and Con...

    Not in MY Neighborhood
    I just had the strangest experience in a casino gift shop. I went over to the books and magazines section to see if any gambling books or magazines could be found on the shelves. ...

    Honestly is Honesty the Best Policy
    Truth is a wonderful thing. It can set you free; it is the best policy and its nature, unlike a lie?s nature, is not to grow into something bigger than you can handle. ...

    Do Dice Controllers Take Too Long?
    ?Controlled shooters take too long to deliver the dice and that?s why the casinos get annoyed.? You hear this sentiment, or some version of it, from casino boxmen and women, pit people, dealers and even from controlled shooters themselves. ...

    Damned When You Don?t
    I will confess that I am an inveterate ?right bettor? at craps. A right bettor is one who bets with the shooter or the dice and, in the point cycle of the game, against the seven. ...

    To Regress or Not to Regress?
    My colleagues in Golden Touch Craps Inc., Dominator and Mr. Finesse, are advocates of regression betting as a means of securing wins and avoiding losses. ...

    Betting Systems at Craps: The Field vs. Betting Inside
    Most gamblers are convinced that there are betting schemes and systems that can overcome the house edge at craps and at other games. ...

    Bad Ways to Play Good Games
    You?ve met this guy before. He?s cantankerous, witless, and loud. He knows everything about everything when it comes to casino games. ...

    Why Teachers Suddenly Go Berserk in Class
    From a kid?s point of view the following happens with some frequency. Ms. Jones is teaching; you ask her a question such as ?Is there a test on this?? and suddenly Ms. Jones, yelling and foaming, has to be scraped off the ceiling....

    Part Two: How Slot Machines Work
    An alien from another planet, if he/she/it were reading the ads in all the magazines and newspapers for casinos would think the following:...

    How Slot Machines Work
    The industrial revolution of the late 1700s and early 1800s saw machines displace man in the manufacturing of just about everything, except perhaps other human beings (but that?s happening now!)....

    Three Small Misconceptions with Big Impacts
    Some things sound logical but are not. In gambling you?ll find this all the time. People will promulgate a concept, say to themselves ?hey, this sounds great,? then go out to a casino, employ their new design and -- get creamed. ...

    The Number of Craps: 11 and 12
    Conservatives of the political persuasion will love the numbers 11 and 12 because they represent the far right wing of the craps spectrum, whereas 2 and 3 represent the radical left. No good can come of betting those 2s and 3s, with their high house edges...

    The Numbers of Craps: 8, 9, 10
    Craps and life are games of numbers. From the very first, we?re asked how old we are; how tall we are; what grade we?re in ? and how much that engagement ring cost....

    The Numbers of Craps: The 5, 6 and 7
    In a previous article I discussed the probabilities, bets, mystiques and mistakes of betting the numbers 2, 3 and 4 at craps. This issue we take a look at the 5, 6 and the pivotal 7....

    The Numbers of Craps: 2, 3 and 4
    Craps is a game of numbers, eleven of them to be precise: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12. These numbers can be wagered upon in different ways and, depending on the wager, you can face house edges that are reasonable, about 1.5 percent, or nuts, ab...

    Can Roulette Be Beaten?
    The nobles of Europe loved to gamble on the wheel. They loved it right up until the very moment when they lost all their money and property. ...

    The World?s Greatest Language
    Most people in America speak English. Many speak Spanish. Still others speak French or German or Italian or Hindi or Mandarin or Japanese or any one of over 100 languages and dialects that can be found in the home of the brave and the land of the free. ...

    When You Win, You Lose!
    When I first started my gaming career, my mother took me aside and said: ?Be careful. The casinos will win in the end.? I asked her why and she replied: ?Because the casinos are the casinos.?...

    Superstitions Can Bring Bad Luck
    The very first game I ever played in organized baseball, 6th grade -- a long time ago in a city far, far away -- I went four for four with one home run and five runs batted in. That morning I had eaten scrambled eggs, ham, and whole wheat toast, burnt. ...

    Who is to Blame?
    I received the following letter from a reader:...

    Part Four: A Hedge Bet that Really Does Work
    In the last three issues, I have clearly shown that hedge betting ? using one bet to offset the negative probabilities of another bet ? is a poor method of wagering at craps. ...

    Part Three: Are Hedges in the Field with a Cut?
    There is a way to win 83.33 percent of all your decisions at craps and it is a hedge system that is often sold just that way by unscrupulous systems sellers whose advertisements blare: WIN OVER 83 PERCENT OF YOUR CRAPS DECISIONS!...

    Part Two Is Hedging on the Don?t Something You Should Do?
    Don?t Pass bettors can also get tangled up in the hedges in numerous ways. Here?s one that is advocated by several gaming writers. ...

    Part One: Cut the Hedge Betting from Your Game
    When my financial advisor, investor, guru comes to my house to give me a rundown on what I own, what I sold, what I made, what I lost, and what it all cost, I go into an alpha state of relaxed, meditative awareness or, rather, unawareness. ...

    Why Dealers Can?t Be Human
    I had to bring my wife to the emergency room last February. While she was being treated, I had the opportunity to watch the doctors and nurses in a real ER deal with patients who were, at times, not just sick but sickening....

    The Wheel of Fortune
    There is probably not a casino in America where you won?t find the Wheel of Fortune, also known as the Big Wheel or Big Six, prominently displayed and brightly lit for all to see. ...

    Mind Over Dice
    When I teach my Golden Touch Craps dice-control classes, I make a point of explaining that dice-control is both a physical skill and a mental discipline....

    Do Make the Don?t One Step at a Time
    The enemy of a ?Don?t? or Darkside player in craps is the shooter who gets hot. A shooter hitting point after point, number after number, can drown a Darkside player in a sea of red ink and sunken boatloads of lost bets that will take endless hours to rec...

    A Simple One-Two Craps Punch!
    Craps is unique among casino games. It is the only game in the casino where the house gives the player the dice and says: ?Here, beat us if you can.? In blackjack, the casino doesn?t hand you the cards and say: ?Here, shuffle and deal and decide how you?l...

    My Worst Trip to Vegas
    I don?t have a therapist who gets paid to listen to my whines, moans and complaints. For that, I have you, my indulgent readers. ...

    Please Don?t Rush
    The encyclopedia salesman stood at the doorway. ?Don?t you want your children to have easy access to a world of knowledge?? ...

    There?s No Such Thing as Responsible Gambling
    You?ll notice some casino ads, events and/or press releases that promote the idea of ?responsible? gambling....

    Looking Back
    I had no idea when I wrote Beat the Craps that the book would have, as publishers say, ?legs.?...

    Craps is Math, Mind and Muscle
    Casinos want all their games to have an edge for the house, and, for the most part, all their games do have house edges, some high, some low. ...

    Good Rules and Bad Rules
    To paraphrase Charles Dickens, it will be the best of times or the worst of times -- at the casinos, that is, this millennium depending on which games you play, which rules apply at those games...

    When in Rome and Elsewhere
    Let me tell two quick stories: A friend of mine was in an African country, teaching at a local college. He was new to the college, new to the country, but he decided to take a trip into the countryside...

    These Myths are Mistakes
    Most people who are well read in casino gambling know that quite a few of the common beliefs gamblers have are mistaken. For example, slot machines do not have predetermined win and loss...

    Take Control of Your Slot-Playing Life!
    Fast cars, fast women, fast food. At first these things might sound intriguing and our society sells them as such. Certainly, the commercials for all those cars zooming down the highways of commercialville...

    Only A Slot Player? Think Again
    Who is worth more to a casino, the slot player who plays three one-dollar coins in the machine or the basic strategy blackjack player who plays $25 a hand? I?m sure most people who aren?t suspicious...

    So What?s Normal on the Machines?
    One of the great ways to tell that someone is completely, thoroughly, and hopelessly insane is to see if he or she doggedly does the same thing over and over the same way time and time again...

    Can You Get a Real Edge at Craps?
    Nobody is perfect; not even casinos. In the early 1950s when blackjack was merely a secondary, albeit profitable, game, no one in the casino industry thought that the game could be beaten...

    Dealers Shouldn?t Play a Private Game
    I happen to be an exception to the craps-playing rule that crowded is best. I like playing at tables where there are only a few players; while most craps players hate to be alone at a table and usually seek...

    Hitchcock, Blackjack and Suspense
    The great film director Alfred Hitchcock made a fine distinction between a great thrill and great suspense when it came to matters of entertainment. Here, by analogy, was his definition of ?a thrill?...

    In Baccarat Bigger is Better!
    Size counts. Bigger is better. The rich are different than you and me. Most intelligent people would scoff if they were told the above cliches were true. After all, bigger isn’t better when it...



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