Month: April 2022

Review of The Las Vegas Advisor Guide to Slot Clubs

 

 

Casinos have always been willing to give out “complimentaries”, or comps, like free meals, free or reduced rate rooms, show tickets, perhaps even free airfare, to those gamblers that provide a lot of action for the casino. In the last couple of years, the casinos have become more sophisticated in the way they track the play of their customers and give these rewards. For the players of video poker and slot machines, most casinos track this play using their slot clubs. In this book, Jeffrey Compton tells us how this works and how to take advantage of it.

 

Slot club members at most casinos are given a card with a magnetic strip on it (like a credit card) that they insert into the machines they’re playing. It records via one of several possible formulae how much the casino figures to have made off of a customer during any playing duration. The casino is willing to give back some percentage, typically about 40%, of this expected win in comps. If one plays smart, one can get back more than this. In fact, a really savvy person can turn this into a positive expectation situation. This book explains how this works.

 

The book starts off by explaining what slot clubs are, what are the various ways casinos might track play, and how they work. The reader is then told how one goes about signing up and how one accumulates “points” toward comps. These chapters are fairly simple and clearly written. Nothing here will come as any surprise to a casino veteran, but for the uninitiated, this is valuable information.

 

The author then talks about game selection. While the author indicates that playing video poker on high payback machines is the best bet, I think this could have …

Five Quick Ways to Better Your Hold’em Game

 

If poker matters to you – if you really want to become a winning player, and not just wish you were – you owe it to yourself to take the steps that matter.

 

The hours before dawn are bad times for the sleepless. I had played poker too long, so I drove home, turned on the television, and started channel surfing, but all I could find were infomercials and bad prints of old movies – the kind in which the sound is nearly unintelligible and the once-shimmering black-and-white tones have long since faded to mottled gray. The infomercials weren’t much either, but at least they were watchable, and when you can’t sleep, that’s good enough.

 

Those infomercials all had one thing in common: They promised instant results. Wanna lose 15 unwanted pounds, build abs of steel, get rid of that ugly cellulite? Never mind what the problem might be, each product promised results instantly. If it’s good enough for late-night television, I figure it’s good enough for me. If you want to improve your Hold’em game in a New York minute, here are five ways that will jump-start your game and improve your play.

 

1 Read the newsgroup: If you don’t have a computer, now is the time to go out and buy one. When you get that box home, connect to the Internet and read the discussions and poker news on the Internet’s rec.gambling.poker (RGP) newsgroup. While you’ll find lots of social chatter and collateral postings, the Internet is the source of some incredibly creative ideas about poker.

 

These ideas, for the most part, are not circulated outside the newsgroup. It’s not out of secrecy, mind you, it’s just that RGP attracts very bright, creative, and insightful folks who enjoy talking poker. As a …