SHOULD YOU BUY GAMING INFORMATION, GUIDES, STRATEGIES, LESSONS?
Update February 25, 2016 We all have the dream of walking into a casino with a few hundred
dollars, or maybe a few thousand, and walking out of the casino being called "boss" because we just won so much
money they are going to name the hotel towers after us.
Then there are those of us with more modest
dreams and we want to win just a few extra hundred dollars a week or even a day just to have extra disposable income. There
are those who claim to be "advantage players" who say they have an edge over the casinos because they figured out
something that the casino missed.
There are also people who claim they have beat the casinos for
hundreds or thousands of dollars each time they played and they did it with a system or a program or a strategy that they
call unique. What they might also want to do is sell you their system perhaps in classes or with a video or a book or subscription
to a website. Maybe they will offer to teach you their methodology in one-on-one tutoring sessions or they will accompany
you to a casino and advise you as you play.
Sometimes these sellers of methodologies or systems
will ask for money up front, and sometimes they will say "if you win using my advice just split the profits with me."
If they say "split the profits" with me you should also be asking "are you going to put up half of your money
on the bets?"
Let's be honest about this. If you want to be a good gambler,
you need to know how the various gambling games are played so that you can make the best bets. That doesn't mean you
are going to win -- but having knowledge about the game and knowledge about the bets will help you get the most potential
for your money. Sometimes you need to use someone else's information or experience or advice. Sometimes you have to pay for
it -- perhaps buying a book or attending a class.
If you are going to pay someone for help or
information be aware of the risk and reward of the arrangement. How much money do you want to pay up front for information
or "help" that just might not work in a game of luck? Buying a book for $29.95 and paying for coaching at $250 an
hour are on different levels.
Some basic advice you can get from the casinos and from other players
or you can read on websites -- all at no charge. My advice is always to start there.
take the game of craps because there is plenty of free gaming information on the web and some casinos still offer free classes
on how to play. If you want to stretch a limited bankroll you would avoid the one-roll bets such as the "field"
and the "horn numbers" because unless your bets "win" you can quickly go through a limited bankroll.
If you want to stretch a limited bankroll in craps you might be better off making a bet that remains on the table until it
is resolved -- either with a loss or a win. These bets include the passline, the don't pass, and placing certain numbers
-- or even the hardways. One single bet such as the pass, or a place 6, or even a hard-6 might keep you at the table
for an hour -- or you could lose it on the next roll. Several casinos offer a free craps
lesson and they even reward you with a free bet coupon for attending.
Do you know
the right way to play blackjack? Do you know when to hit, stand, split, double-down? Read a book or go online.
And then there are the other "lessons" and guides and tips and insider secrets that you
see advertised. Can they help you? Well, I'm not going to pass judgment on any of them here, but I will urge
you to use caution before you spend any kind of "real money" on any kind of lesson.
I admit that I've spent a few bucks on attending lectures about dice influencing and dice control but I would not
spend $1,500 or more for a weekend of "dice control instruction." To me, lessons like that aren't worth
it -- and I think I've learned enough from the books, the web and the lectures to know dice influencing which is also called
dice control is a fine art that I don't have.
What about books and videos about
playing video poker? What about practice games you can use on your home computer? if the price isn't too steep
these can be worthwhile. But be wary about paying good money for any kind of system that says it can beat the house.
Even though a lot of information is available for free and a lot of gaming information is available at low cost,
there are still the hustlers who will tell you their system is a guaranteed winner and they want to charge you big bucks for
I've decided that it's pretty easy to sell a gambling
system. The gambling system doesn't have to actually "work" but you just have to give the appearance that it works.
Some testimonials will help. In fact, some of these hustlers can fashion their "pitch" so that it can't be challenged.
What I have found is that these hustlers have a five-step system for making sales and for blocking critics. I am writing
this not because I want anyone to use this information to help them sell a system to an unsuspecting consumer, but I am writing
this to keep consumers from buying into pipe dreams about gambling.
Before I get into the five steps of selling
a gambling system, a basic rule to remember: You can't beat the house in most games unless you get very lucky. There are
exceptions, of course, but the exceptions are few otherwise the casino industry wouldn't be able to keep the lights on.
This is not about the "exceptions" but this is about preventing you from buying into a false dream and
the writings or lessons taught by a false prophet.
The five steps a hustler can be using for selling a gambling
Step #1 You appeal to those who feel cheated -- the "lost."
audience is there for a gambling system but people who have gambled and lost in casinos? Whatever they've tried before didn't
work, so they are begging for something that will work. They are ready to buy. The hustler simply says "you did it the
mainstream way, the conventional way, and what did it get you? You can't afford not to try my way."
Step #2 You tell them that it's not their fault that they lost.
You give them a reason that is totally out of their control for their losses. You might claim that the video poker or
slot games are not random, or that they are rigged. You might say that the casino has placed the winning machines in certain
positions. You might say that only insiders know which games to bet on, or which bets to make on the roulette wheel. You
tell them, and reinforce the idea, that others have the knowledge they are lacking and you can provide the missing knowledge.
At the same time, by telling your customers that they are not to blame for their losses you also give them hope that your
solution will work.
Step #3 Your have a solution: a system, a strategy, a plan.
is your plan, it is unique, it is something that no one else ever came up with before. If it weren't unique there would be
no reason to buy it from you. You developed the plan and you invested heavily into it. You identify with your customers
telling them that before you devised your system/plan you were a loser just like they are. Now, your system/plan changes
Step #4 You have the proof.
Proof of your success in gambling can come in various
ways. You can show tax forms, trophies, bracelets, photos of jackpots, newspaper articles and TV video clips, web articles.
Of course, your wins don't have to come from your system. A photo of a jackpot doesn't mean that your system led to the
jackpot. A photo of a check or a W2G IRS gambling form doesn't say the system was responsible for the big win. So, evidence
of any win, any jackpot, any success in a casino can be used to justify a system/plan because there is really no way to
Step #5 Remove the possibility of challenges to your system.
You want to remove
the challenges and make it difficult or impossible for anyone to challenge you or your system. How do you do that? First,
you don't accept any challenges or tests. Second, you make the conditions of tests or challenges so difficult or high that
few will accept. Third, you make the system so unique -- with changing conditions and changing requirements, that the system
becomes impossible to test. You combine written material with lectures, and lectures with personal counseling sessions,
and personal counseling sessions with a requirement of practice, and finally a disclaimer that it can't work 100% of the
time because the casinos can catch on to you and they are changing their strategies to stop you. Remember, the casinos are
out to get you -- you are the enemies of the casinos -- and the buyers of your plan/strategy/secrets must be kept aware
that the casinos will do anything and everything to keep them from enjoying the forbidden fruit you are selling.
Those are the five steps for a hustler selling a gambling system. The hustler tells you his system will work but he prevents
challenges of it. And when the system doesn't work, the hustler tells you the casinos have changed the games with counter-measures
to block his successful methodology. Again my warning: you pay for this? Good luck.