Rules of Baccarat: How to play

Counter point is a variant of the game of Baccarat originated in South America and spread with great rapidity in the U.S. than in Europe, the game of great interest, is very popular among fans because of the relative simplicity of the rules, the speed of the hands and the random component inherent in the game itself. The Punto Banco is a casino game undoubtedly the most important and the structure of the rules provides excellent usability of the online version, which has certain advantages for the player, than the land version, in terms of payout. As always to win at baccarat is understand fully the rules and strategies that dominate the game and just as important is a careful bankroll management that allows you to win in the long run.

Baccarat Rules: Although the online version of the game there may be some differences due to use of individual platforms, the rules of Baccarat have remained intact over time. It is played with 6 decks of cards French and purpose of the game is to get as close as possible to 9. The figures and the 10 in this game are worth 0, aces are worth 1, while other cards retain their face value, for example, will be worth 4 4 etc. The player plays against the Banco and the dissection table from game is subdivided in three spaces: player, Tie, Banker that, as we shall see are nothing more that the options of bet possible. Each player can bet on Banco fact, the player or the “Tie” or a score of between Tour and Player. The game takes place automatically which means that both the player and the dealer does not have great possibilities for action unlike other casino games.

Run of play: the decks are shuffled at the beginning of each game. The player and the dealer are dealt two cards face up in an alternative way (first player), at which point you create card combinations that go to influence the further course of the game. It ‘may be dealt another card to the player or the banker or both, or that there is no further distribution of cards and the hand is determined on the first two. If your first two cards form a score of 8 or 9 the game ends, this is called “natural hand”. If the player with the first two cards form gives a score of 0 to 5 will be dealt a third card, and if the score is 6 or 7, the player passes his hand. More complex rules relating to the installment of the Tour which passes or takes the card depending on the score obtained by the player.

Poker strategy, how to understand the “messages”

A “message” in poker is a set of behaviors or gestures that are common to several players, especially those with less experience. The most skilled players it will retain the same expression all the time, until you get to wear sunglasses or , as in the case of professional players, a sweatshirt with a hood to avoid being “discovered” by opponents.

Understanding signals in poker

1. Hole Cards: When the flop comes, revealing a staircase potential, many players check their hole cards ie those that have in hand, to see if they are combined. This usually means that the player’s cards are not suitable and do not remember exactly what cards you have.

2. Hands trembling because a player can not always control his nervous system, hands or fingers that tremble is always a clear signal that has a hand of cards outstanding. If you see this reaction, be careful!

3. Body language: something that professionals know well is that most of the players showed significant differences in behavior according to their character and how it is developing a hand. For example, to be broken, “sprawled” is often connected to a weak hand, while sitting straight beautiful can mean to have a good hand and be ready for action. About bluffing tends to lean forward while doing it, assuming a threatening or provocative, as if in practice defied anyone to discover their bluff. Beware of falling behind and other changes in body position.

4. Stack the chips: although not very accurate, this signal is connected to the strategy of a player. If a player takes his chips stacked neatly and always well-organized strategy is probably playing a strong / aggressive. On the same line, a stack neglected usually connects with a soft strategy.

5. Repeated episodes: this type of behavior takes time to be caught, but many players usually keep the same type of pattern pointed in different situations. For example, some players will check with the best combination possible at the time, while others will pass every time somebody will raise their bet. Try to keep these schemes and take note mentally, because in the long run could be really useful.

Landbrokes’s Latest Strategy Being Reported In The Media

Word has been going out in Britain that it is possible that the sports betting site, Ladbrokes, will be acquiring 888.com, the Gibraltar-based online gambling group and there has been an increase in the buzz over the weekend as the media has been reporting on this company’s possible strategy.
It was reported by the newspaper, the Financial Mail and by Sky TV reported Sunday that the sports betting site Ladbrokes would be able to evade possible United States criminal charges by carrying out a specially-designed takeover of 888.com worth GBP440 million. The strategy is to take out the major part of 888.com’s assets, rather than purchasing the entire group.

There is a lawyer who is quoted in the article as saying that when the company might be liable to criminal charges from the United States, selling to a better outfit will not solve the problem. According to the lawyer the new owner will have to deal with the exact same criminal procedure. The advantage however, to this arrangement, would be that Ladbrokes would acquire an interesting and useful defense through the separation of the two corporate identities of the two companies.

The need for this arrangement came about because of the passage of anti-gambling legislation last summer in the United States, the restriction against financial transactions regarding online gambling. This has required that many gambling concerns have had to leave the United States market and this is particularly the case as regards the public sector.

As one of the analysts has explained it, with the proposed arrangement, Ladbrokes is now able to eat its cake and have it as well.

But according to the news articles, the Ladbroke’s board non-executive directors have been putting a hold on the deal for several wks due to their demands to examine each legal detail.

Last Friday the Ladbrokes shares closed at a record high.

Insurance in Blackjack

Any of you who play Blackjack know that there is a bet called Insurance in the game.  By no means is this bet a ‘Piece of the Rock’.  For the few of you who are not familiar with Blackjack (if any) let me describe the bet to you.
Each player in the game of Blackjack receives two cards, sometimes face up and sometimes face down; it doesn’t matter.  The dealer receives two cards as well, but the dealer’s cards are dealt so that one is face down, the hole card, and one is face up.  If the dealer’s up card is an Ace, which counts as either one or eleven,  then there is a reasonable possibility that the hole card is a ten, thus giving the dealer a two-card 21, a Blackjack.  A Blackjack beats all other hands except another Blackjack, the latter case being a push.  Whenever the dealer’s up card is an Ace, the dealer offers the players the chance to ‘Insure’ their hand by making an Insurance bet.  This wager allows each player to place a wager of up to one half of his or her original bet on the proposition that the dealer will indeed have a Blackjack.  The bet pays 2 to 1.
In other words, a player taking this bet is wagering that the hole card will indeed be a ten.  For example, suppose the player’s original wager was $10 and the dealer’s up card is an Ace.  The player makes a $5 Insurance wager.  If the dealer’s hole card is a ten then the player loses the original $10 wager but wins 2 to 1 on the $5 Insurance bet ($10) and the whole thing is a push.  Well, there is an exception.  If the player insured a Blackjack and the dealer had a ten in the hole, then the original wager is a tie and the player wins $10.  If the dealer does not have a Blackjack, then the player loses the Insurance bet and play continues as usual.
Blackjack
Whoever thought up the word ‘Insurance’ for this bet certainly had a wry sense of humor.  Although there are times when the Insurance bet makes sense, and we will discuss this later, for the average player who is not counting cards this is a sucker bet.  Let’s see why.
To begin with let us look at the composition of a full deck of 52 cards.  There are 16 tens and 36 non-tens.  The ratio of non-tens to tens is 2.25.  This figure is the same for any number of decks.  So, if one were playing against an infinite deck, that is, a deck in which the ratio does not change with card removal, it is clear that the player’s expected return on the Insurance bet is:
exp = 2 x 16/52 – 36/52 = -0.076923 (1)
which is a house edge of around 7.69%.  As we will see, as the number of decks drops, the Insurance bet improves but still remains in favor of the house.
Consider 4 decks.  With an Ace up and two non-tens in the player’s hand, the remaining unseen cards consist of 64 tens and 141 non-tens.  In this case the expected return to the player is:
exp = 2 x 64/208 – 141/208 = -0.0625 (2)
which is a house edge of 6.25%.  How about one deck?  Well, with two non-tens in the player’s hand the calculation becomes
exp = 2 x 16/52 – 33/52 = -0.01923 (3)
or a house edge of 1.923%.  So you see, the wager is better with fewer decks but still favors the house.
In a game where the player’s cards are face up, the player has a Blackjack, and the dealer shows an Ace, it is quite common for dealers to try to cajole players into making an Insurance bet by saying, “Take even money, it’s a sure thing.”  Well, it is a sure thing but is it a good bet?  Let’s take a look.  In this case there are 15 tens left and 34 non-tens.  The expected return is:
exp = 2 x 15/52 – 34/52 = -0.076923 (4)
which is the same as the expected return in the infinite deck case.  Not a very good bet, is it?  If you check it out, you’ll see that with two tens in the player’s hand things are even worse (13.46% house edge).
Here is why this bet is so insidious and why I said earlier that whoever thought up the name had a wry sense of humor.  The name Insurance coupled with (some) dealer’s advice to “protect good hands” with this bet encourages players to take the worst of it.  What are good two-card hands?  Hands with tens in them. And as we have just seen, in general, these are the very worst hands to Insure.  In point of fact, the Insurance bet really is not about what cards the player holds.  The calculations above show that it is really a side bet about the ratio of non-tens to tens.  Whenever this ratio falls below 2, the Insurance bet is a good bet; otherwise it is a lousy bet.
Let me show you a simple counting system that one could employ to make perfect Insurance bets.  Assign each non-ten the number +1 and each ten the number -2.  Multiply the number -4 by the number of decks in the game and start the count there.  For example, if 4 decks are in play, the count starts at -16.  Then as cards are played, you add +1 for non-tens and subtract 2 for tens.  Whenever the total is greater than zero, insurance is a good bet.  In fact, the expected return on the insurance will be the count divided by the number of cards remaining in the deck.  It is fairly easy to see why.  If d represents the number of decks, then the count starts at -4d.  In the beginning there are 16d tens and 36d non-tens.  I can write the number -4d as
– 4d = 32d – 36d (5)
If t represents the number of tens seen and n represents the number of non-tens seen, then from (5) my running count is:
count =  -4d – 2t + n = 32d – 2t – 36d + n (6)
which can be rewritten as
count = 2(16d – t) – (36d – n) (7)
In words, (7) says that the count is just twice the number of tens remaining in the deck minus the number of non-tens remaining.  If we divide the count by the total number of cards remaining, therefore, we have twice the probability of a ten minus the probability of a non-ten.  This is just the expected return to the player (see calculations (1) – (4) above).
Now I don’t advocate using such a count; I present it only to make the point that tracking the deck can tell you a lot about when to make Insurance bets.  There are counting systems around (Vancura and Fuchs KO Count, for example) that are easy to use and correlate well with the perfect Insurance count above.  That is to say, they give you good information about Insurance as well as useful information about other aspects of the game.
I hope the message is clear.  Unless you are counting cards, don’t take insurance.  In particular, don’t buy in to the notion that Insurance “protects” a good hand.  This is a myth that casinos love to have you harbor.
Before I sign off here I should like to point out that if you have questions about any of my articles or anything else I can help you with, you can reach me directly via email by simply clicking on the word ‘Technigame’ in the ‘About the Author’ box below.  There is a link directly to my email and I would be happy to hear from you.  That’s it for now, see you next month.

Fresh Powdered Slopes, Broiling Hot Slots

Okay, I know a lot of you have snow at this time of year but does it come with a giant sapphire-blue lake, snow-covered mountain peaks, and all the joys the gambler looks for in a casino? Right, it is hard to beat Lake Tahoe for the environment, for the intimacy of the casinos, for the hot slots, for the less-crowded casinos, for the food, the entertainment, or the atmosphere Gambling at the Lake is always an enjoyable experience, and maybe just a little finer now that we are fresh out of immediate holidays the crowds thin, but the jackpots do not. The weight gain for the jackpots is acceptable and welcomed. So is the lack of a crowd.

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe is going to be done with their work shortly and re-open the North Beach Deli which will delight those of us who are “bread bowl addicts” and sandwich “junkies” They also scored with me big time for sending me to see Willie Nelson in their showroom last Friday on my birthday. Willie did what only Willie can do in the way that only Willie can do it. If you are a Willie fan, then you know what I am talking about But we did drop by the buffet at Caesar’s Tahoe first to crack all the crab and peel all the shrimp we could eat They do that on Fridays It is great also had to grab a piece of that pizza and toss a quarter or two into some keno.

Caesars Tahoe will have the Race Book and the Sports Book back in total action in another two weeks I had to call to see what happened to my yellow Nissan Frontier 4×4 truck that I wanted to win it was 5 nickels I was going to paint my logo on it and put “I won it at Caesars Tahoe” on the back but unfortunately for dreamers it will become part of another give-away in the future. I am going to miss that truck it was one of the things that kept both myself and my husband coming backand back. That doesn’t mean that I won’t try if it is offered up another way It is just that there are many people who wanted to win it on the slot bank and there will be many disappointed people that I will have to break the news to Oh Caesar why? Maybe I should yank on his toga?

Harveys announced last week that they have three new CEOs taking the reins I’m impressed I e-mailed the one in charge of day-to-day operations, Wade Hundley, at the end of last week about what I do with my Tahoe Gaming Guide and the Tahoe progressive jackpots, and got a positive reply from him on Sunday evening Can’t be anything but great if he was working on Sunday that ought to inspire a little guilt in some others, I think. I would have run right down to meet him, but on Monday morning, I did the 4-step butt bounce on the ice on my front steps so we are approaching the writing from atop a pillow. In another day or so, my butt ought to be fit to travel with me. Also, don’t forget that Harveys has the only poker room on the South Shore I would like to see them all come back, but I am afraid that poker may never re-appear, and for that, I am sorry. That, and the Bingo quite frankly, I am not impressed enough by the nearest Indian casino in California to go play Bingo, or try their poker games or even look at their slots. I live in Lake Tahoe. I am spoiled admittedly so and I like it going down the mountain is not my cup of tea.

Lakeside Inn still offers the die-hard keno player hope. Everybody used to have tons of video keno and a live game. Now the video keno is included in some multi-game slots but if you go to the Lakeside Inn next trip to Tahoe you will find keno of all kinds, with all kinds of payouts and be able to have a whole lotta fun with a whole lotta keno players You just have to check it out!

Horizon Casino is full of happy “Club ‘Z’ ” goers looks like the upscale nightclub idea has taken hold I see people dressed up and smiling about it something rare to see when it comes to Generation X but they too are enjoying the festivities Also at the Horizon all kinds of new VLC penny/nickel games in the coinless version gads, don’t you just love it? No dirty old germy coins to dig out just grab the clean little white slip of paper and head to the cashier’s cage you now can enjoy games like “Fishin’ Buddies” and “Gopher Cash” and stay clean and healthy and have fun. What more could you ask for? They also keep adding new “Aussie”-type slots I still like “THE MUNSTERS.” Herman is cute even as a cartoon on a slot and the pay isn’t shabby either!

I am still “growing” up all the sites if you have input, ideas, comments, or suggestions you can email me and yes I will answer. Have a gripe, or have a giggle to share? Again, I am always available.

So when you want to gamble, and when you want to look at a very nice change of scenery, you can count on it all being at Lake Tahoe. Great games, great entertainment, great food and a cut above it all the employees of Lake Tahoe. Come GAMBLE TAHOE!