How the Baccarat Tax Shows the Casino’s Hand

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There are not many games out there with only two betting options, but there is only one such

game which has a tax on the smartest bet. The game of baccarat stands right on the seam

between player favor and the infamous house edge. In other words, the game of baccarat is so

painstakingly close to giving the player the upper hand, the only way the casino could make a

profit was to introduce a small five cent tax on every dollar bet.

Take a look at the betting scales for any other gambling game. Most bets pay 2 for 1, 7 for 1, 3

for 2, or another such bet with logical whole numbers. A bet on the dealer’s hand in baccarat,

however, has the suspicious little tax tagged onto it.

Why the tax on baccarat? Unlike a coin flip, unlike black vs. red or odd vs. even in roulette,

unlike every other bet like it, one choice is actually more probable than the other. The banker’s

hand is actually more likely to win, and this means casinos were forced to either place a tax on

betting banker, or take the game out of casinos entirely.

The reason for the banker having the upper hand, pun intended, lies within the details of baccarat

play. The rules on when the player and banker must draw more cards are highly complicated and

difficult to memorize, but thankfully they are totally unnecessary for casual players to know.

Here is the gist: The player and the banker each draw two cards and add them up, paying

attention to just the last digit of the result. If someone ends up with an 8 or a 9, they are the

winner. Otherwise, they start drawing more cards. If one has a 5 or less, they draw automatically.

If the player draws, the banker has the opportunity to either draw or not draw based on what the

player draws. There is an entire layer to the game devoted to giving the banker the upper hand.

It is a good thing that the gambler is allowed to place bets on either the player’s or banker’s

hand, or else there would be no point to betting on this game. The game is leaned toward banker,

and even the five cent tax is worth the surer bet on banker.

The way to win at baccarat is to pick banker, and bet expecting to win sooner or later. The odds

are finally in the customer’s favor, so it is time to escalate, placing higher and higher bets to

make up losses until the inevitable victory comes. Then repeat.

3 Casinos that Might Actually be Haunted

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No one wants to believe it, but some stories just hit too close to home. Casinos are a place that

people enter in order to indulge. A casino is a place filled with thrills of every variety, and people

come from all over and enter the doors wanting. Some never come back out. These few casinos

have a rich and tragic history, and the echoes of this past are still seen and heard today.

1. Bally’s Hotel and Casino

There was not always a casino known as Bally’s on the Las Vegas strip. Once, there was a

towering building called the MGM. This building was a piece of art, a glamorous hotel wrapped

around an elegant casino complex. The building was packed with people the day the fire struck.

84 lives were lost in that building that day. Guests were seen jumping out of windows to escape

the smoke, and were heard banging against the walls when the fire blocked their way out. The

building was burnt to cinders that day, and another casino constructed in its place Web Site. To this day,

strange things are seen in the upper floors where the victims of the fire once were.

2. Imperial Hotel and Casino

Cripple Creek, Colorado, has been the home of poor miners since the 1800’s. The Imperial Hotel

has been standing since nearly the beginning, and holds the hopes and memories of poor workers

and travelers as they sought after gold and a better life. In particular, the hotel was once under

the management of a diligent man named George Long. George had a daughter who refused to

obey his wishes, and so he locked her inside her room within the hotel. One night she escaped

and hit him down the stairs with a cast-iron skillet. George is not believed to be an angry ghost,

but sometimes, at night, it is said that he takes a seat at one of the slot machines and plays a


3. Flamingo Hotel and Casino

Paradise, Nevada was once a quiet desert town, but it was transformed by powerful people, not

the least of which was a ruthless and cunning mobster named Bugsy Siegel. Before his violent

death, Bugsy made the Flamingo his home. He designed the hotel’s presidential suite as his own

personal paradise with pistachio green decorations and a network of secret passages. It is no

surprise that patrons have claimed to see him wandering the grounds.

Spooked yet? Casinos may have a creepy sort of feel, but online casinos are 100% ghost-free.

Trust us, we checked.

How to Find the Gamblers in Your Friend Group

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Like any other hobby that also lands on someone’s deal-breaker list, it can be hard for friends

and acquaintances to broach the subject of gambling. Tell the wrong person, and then everyone

at work knows that you gamble. Be too subtle or discreet, and spend your free time gambling

alone. Picking out the gamblers in a group of friends and then getting involved can be an

awkward process, but it is ultimately rewarding.

1. Create an In

The first step is all about creating a comfortable setting where open talk can happen. The goal is

for everyone involved to feel comfortable and like they can safely speak openly about

themselves. The key is to keep the head count low, since few people are willing to say they

gamble to a room full of people. If there is a friend or couple of friends who seem like gambling

folk, the best option may be to invite them to dinner and games in your home. Bringing the cards

out is a good opportunity for the question, “Have you ever played poker?” Most people have at

least one story around the game, but a real gambler will have plenty to say about it. A shared

love of gambling introduced over good food and clean fun is a safe way to break the ice, though

it does take an awful lot of prep time.

2. Bring out the Jargon

There are some people out there who turn their noses against gambling as a hobby or as an

institution, and they can make a gambler’s life miserable when the beans are spilled. Luckily,

people who snub gambling also don’t know very much about it. When talking with a group of

friends or acquaintances, try dropping a few terms in conversation. See if anyone knows what a

croupier is, or if they can tell the difference between a layout and a table cloth. When the ears

start perking up, that means there are gamblers in the room.

3. Invent a Friend

There are very few occasions when a person is willing to speak their mind about something, and

one of these occasions is gossip. Instead of talking about your own gambling, bring up someone

you know (who also doesn’t exist) who recently had a winning streak and paid you back the $20

they owed you, or some such story. Even better, bring up an actual person who you actually

know and gamble with. If anyone is impresses by the story and seems interested instead of acting

bitter or awkward like others might, then you have yourself a new gambling buddy.

The Ultimate Online Casino Soundtrack

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One of the most underrated perks of gambling from home is getting to pick out your own

soundtrack. The constant blips and beeps going on at a real casino are replaced by peace and

quiet, or something even better. The best gambling soundtrack is gripping, fun, and most of all,

modern. Take or leave any of the tracks on this list.

Meghan Trainor – Me Too

“If I was you, I’d wanna be me, too.”

This feel-good song is perfect for riding out a winning streak, and watching the chips roll in. You

can even sing along. We won’t judge. Even when the dice aren’t agreeing with the mood of the

song, it will keep the atmosphere pumped and ready change around to something better.

Watsky – Whoah Whoah Whoah

“Bada bing bada boom. When I walk in, I’m the king of the room.”

This song is what it feels like to predict three craps results in a row. It’s the feeling of being

amazing, and surrounded by the ordinary and mundane. If Meghan Trainor’s take on self-esteem

isn’t enough, Watsky has his own line to fit the mood: “I thought I was an atheist until I realized

I’m a god.”

Jessie J – Do it Like a Dude

“Rolling money like a *****.”

For the women out there in the casino, especially the tomboys, here is Jessie J’s take on the

underground. She is quick to remind everyone that she can “do it like a dude,” whatever “it”

means. That part is left to the imagination, but in this case, it’s rocking the <a href=”http://www.rickross Your Domain”>casino.

Pitbull – Timber ft. Ke$ha

“It’s going down. I’m yelling timber.”

Instead of being all about winning, this one is more about the action and excitement of gambling.

It may not be pretty, but it is going down one way or another.

Silentó – Watch Me

“Watch me whip. Watch me nae nae.”

This song is about personal style, and doing things your own way. To a gambling enthusiast, that

means letting loose and showing the casino how it’s done.

OK Go – White Knuckles

“Maybe it’s not so bad.”

Low-key, this song reminds everyone to let their hair down and relax. After all, coming to an

online casino is all about taking the edge off. This song is for listeners who like to take it easy

while they surrender to the ebb and flow of chance.

I Saw the Inside of the HTC Vive and I don’t Want to Come Out

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If you were waiting for the greatest breakthrough in gaming immersion, here it is. No joystick,

no “press X to select,” just walking around and reaching things like you are inside the game.

Sure, the system may come with two controllers, but they quickly become part of the

environment. They become your sword, your gun, your key, your torch, or your hand.

The biggest hassle is watching out for the cord on the ground. At present, the virtual reality

headset must be plugged directly into the system, and a thick cord is running along the ground.

Unless you are standing perfectly still, you are going to need to learn how to step over the cord

on a regular basis, preferably without tripping and taking the whole headset with you.

With that little death trap out of the way, virtual reality is finally ready to bring an entire casino

into your living room. You will be able to walk around the halls just like in real life, pick out a

machine or a table, and play almost like in real life. Multiplayer in this sort of environment is

still years away, but there’s no reason there can’t be NPCs running around.

Another thing we can’t have quite yet is lifelike interaction. The xbox one might be able to pull it

off, but the Vive does not support voice commands. This means you cannot walk up to a

blackjack table and say, “deal me in.” Rather, you can but it won’t do anything.

The most overwhelming thing about the Vive is how natural moving around is. You can crouch,

look up, lean back, and sprint as far as the system will let you go, and it will track your

movements perfectly.

When it comes between sitting in a chair to play and getting to experience (almost) everything

just like real life, the choice is easy. Of course, it might make sense to wait a console generation

or two until the gambling experience is truly immersive. The wish list might be shrinking, but

true VR is still not here. If you want to experience the real thing, you will still have to pull into a

casino parking lot and go inside. If realism isn’t that important, however, playing casino games

with a headset at least means no waiting in line.

Daily Luck Tests

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Don’t you wish there was a way to know how well your day was going to go? What if you could

even take this sort of information with you to the online casino, and just know for sure when to

go all out? There is nothing concrete out there yet, but there are some ways to gather at least a

sense of how lucky any given day will be. These are just a few ideas that could revolutionize

your gambling routine.

1. The Handkerchief Test

Hang a handkerchief outside your window. Every morning, reach out to see if the handkerchief

is damp. When the handkerchief is completely dry, it is going to be a great day. If it’s soaked,

this is not the time to go all-out at the casino.

2. The Egg Drop

If you like eggs in the morning, this will work perfectly. When you crack an egg, see if the yolk

breaks or leaks. This works best with larger amounts of eggs, say 4 or more. It’s fairly easy to

break one or two eggs without harming the yolk, but it becomes trickier with more and more


3. The Hot Guess

This test is especially great in preparation for number-based gambling games like keno and

roulette. It is used to see how accurately you can guess a number that you couldn’t possibly

know: the air temperature. When you first step outside, take a guess how hot it really is before

looking it up, or even better, peering at a thermometer. The day you guess exactly right is a lucky


4. The Shuffle

Put your music on shuffle and skip to the 7 th song. This song represents how your day will go.

Before you start downloading a long list of happy songs and deleting anything upsetting,

remember that your music represents your own scope as a person, and messing with the selection

makes the entire test just a little bit pointless.

5. The Marble Bag

This test requires many small objects that feel the same and look different. It shouldn’t be

possible to tell the difference by touching them. Different-colored marbles are perfect. After

assigning “good” and “bad” to two different colors, pour them in a bag. Each day, you can take a

marble out to see how your day is going to go. You could even include multiple colors with even

more meanings such as “luckiest day possible,” “kind of average day,” and “a good time to stay

in bed.&quot;

Are You Lucky?

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Are some people really luckier than others? How do you know if you are carrying something

special? Do you have some innate advantage that most others just don’t have? Answering the

following questions to yourself may help to determine if you have a special advantage inside and

outside the casino.

1. How often do you stumble or drop things?

This question can be a great way to start, but it can also be a little misleading. Tiny fumbles

throughout the day are a classic sign of bad luck, just like catching things in the air can mean

great luck, but they can also mean other things. For one, clumsiness can be just that: clumsiness.

Maybe you don’t get enough sleep. Maybe you don’t get out of the house much. Maybe you’re

just not that lucky.

2. Do you make a good first impression?

Many people believe that good luck is an air that people carry with them, and everyone senses it

in their own way. Someone with an air of good luck would impress everyone around them, either

in how things fall into place around them, or something more intrinsic. Either way, someone who

experiences a lot of good luck is bound to make a great impression on the people around them.

3. Did you get your dream job?

Not everyone has a dream job, but everyone has an idea of what a great job would look like.

Whether it’s the environment, the pay, what it feels like to walk into work, or anything else, we

all have an ideal we are striving for. How close did you get to that perfect dream? That may give

you a sense of what lies ahead at the casino.

4. How many first dates go perfectly, and how many are nightmares?

When it comes down to it, how you match with a first date is pure, unadulterated luck. Whether

you met someone through their online profile or you were set up by a friend, they are still

essentially strangers, and it’s hard to say whether or not the match will be any good. Do you have

a good history with first dates, or do you have a few not-so- funny stories to share? In the end, it’s

all just the luck of the draw.

Luck is a complicated and fickle thing, so these questions are not the be-all and end-all of all

future luck, but hopefully the answers were good.

Which celebrity gambler are you?

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What alter ego comes out when you hit the casino? Tons of our celebrity friends like Tiger

Woods and even John McCain have been up to some eyebrow-raising things behind the scenes.


Michael Jordan

Do things ever get so bad that your friends make you stop? A little bird says this happened to

Michael Jordan back when he left to play baseball. Except for him, it wasn’t his friends, it was

the whole NFL.


Charles Barkley

If you have lost tons of money on blackjack and keep coming back, this is you. Blackjack isn’t

for all of us, but at least we can still have fun…right? Of course, while Barkley managed to lose

about $10 million, our losses are probably closer to a couple thousand.


Tiger Woods

High rollers, anyone? Tiger Woods likes to bet $25,000 a hand. After all, the higher the stakes,

the greater the payoff.


John McCain

What do you do when you’re procrastinating? McCain has been known to spend close to 24

hours leaning over the side of a craps table. Studies are starting to trickle out saying

procrastination is good for you, so maybe he’s onto something.

Jennifer Tilly

Jennifer Tilly

To the few people out there who always have the cards on their side, what’s your secret. Jennifer

Tilly might just know, because she’s brought home a pretty penny from the poker table.

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Allen Iverson

Have you ever been banned from a casino, not because of your behavior, but from the sheer

quantity of money you owe? Allen Iverson might just be your long-lost best friend.


Phil Mickelson

Sometimes we all need a helping hand from a relative or a good friend to drag ourselves out of

debt. This is rumored to be true for Phil Mickelson except it wasn’t a rich uncle, it was Callaway.


Ben Affleck

Not everyone is lucky every day they hit the casino, but maybe you have one or two astounding

success stories. Ben Affleck once managed to win $800,000, and left a generous tip of $150,000.

We’d all love to be that dealer.

If we catch wind of any more scandalous celebrity stories, you’ll be the first to hear about it.

That’s all for now, but we would love to hear what the latest up-and- coming actors and singers

have been up to. It would also be nice to hear if Donald Trump has any habits worth knowing

about. Until next time, check out Silver Oak Casino and catch your hot streak today

6 Gambling Mottos

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Sometimes we all need something to get the blood pumping and the game going. Everyone has

their own gambling style, their own favorite games, and their own favorite places to play them.

Some prefer an online casino, some prefer penny slots, some prefer playing all-out, and some

prefer riding the line of the house edge. The mottos we live by when we hit the casino are hardly

one-size- fits-all, so here are just a few that get our game faces on.

1. Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

It’s easy to say that a professional gambler just got lucky, but when they win over and over

again, it becomes obvious that there is more going on than random happenstance. This motto

says, “I thought through every part of this, I prepared in every way I could, and that is why I am

going to win.” The quote comes from Seneca, an ancient Roman philosopher.

2. Gambling is a way of buying hope on credit.

People gamble for many different reasons, but for many, it is the only ticket out of a life of

constant work and poverty. Some may be living on a stipend, others might work more than their

share each day just to get by. No matter the odds of a jackpot, that is the ticket out. This

sentiment was shared by an author named Alan Wykes who wrote the quote.

3. Quit while you’re ahead.

Everyone has heard this motto. It is one of those proverbs that took off and became a part of

everyday speech. Why it took off is probably because it is just that catchy, and it’s good advice.

The origin is actually a 17 th century Spanish Jesuist philosopher named Baltasar Gracian y

Morales. Don’t worry about remembering the name. There won’t be a quiz.

4. If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.

When you win, keep at least some of it. At least that is what Benjamin Franklin would do. The

only way to get ahead by gambling is to win more than you bet and then save the money. It takes

discipline, which is why it takes a really good motto.

5. A dollar won is twice as sweet as a dollar earned.

Here is one for those who gamble because it is fun. Not everyone goes to the casino expecting to

get rich. Everyone hopes it will happen, at least to some degree, but some people are just there to

enjoy themselves. The quote comes from the movie, The Color of Money.

6. You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

This quote actually comes from a hockey player, and he was talking about hockey, but it is still a

really great quote for gamblers. When you need a little boost to keep going, let this motto be

your guide.

Professional Gambling: Expectations vs. Reality

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Think you have your dream job lined up? Check out what it’s really like to be a professional


The Pay

Expectations: Some days are good and some bad, but I will always go home with money in my

pocket. I’m an expert after all.

Reality: Every day is a chaotic minefield full of wins and losses. No matter how much I hone my

skills, I still need to plan ahead, save money, and tuck something away to hold me over through

the bad days.

The Competition


I’ll mostly be playing against other professional gamblers. I’ll be in the big leagues, probably

broadcast on television.


The real money is in playing in the place of rich people, against other rich people. With luck, the

other people around the table won’t really know what they are doing, so the money will be easy

to snatch from right in front of them. This makes personal charm almost as important as

gambling skill, or else the other players won’t really want you around.

The Enjoyment


The rush never gets dull. I will just ride the wave, and have a great time. I will never dread a day

at work. I’ll look forward to it.


It’s true that the gambling rush is amazing, and it does in fact last, but riding that rush is a

mistake. To I have to take the game extremely seriously.

The Resources


I’ll take some of my earnings each time and bet them in order to win more.


Successful professional gamblers bet with other people’s money. They bet with the money of

people who can afford it, enthusiasts who love the game but can’t play as well, themselves.

The Setup


How hard can it be? I’ll get my name out and then I’ll get into all the right rooms and play

whenever I like.


More than half the work is finding games to play, people to sponsor, and venues to work

through. In fact, most professional gamblers have agents to help them find gigs.

The Bitter Truth


Not sure. It’s hard to pull off, I know that.


It may just be a fad, and I hope it will pass soon, but more and more professional gamblers (and

enthusiasts with too much money) are more interested in tournaments than in traditional play.

This means that the window of opportunity is even smaller. In a tournament of 200 people, only

about 5 will receive prizes. The rest leave with nothing. The winners do very well, extremely

well, but the rest aren’t exactly bringing home the bacon. No one can force a professional

gambler into a tournament, but other games are not always going on, and it may be the only

option available, at least the only option that’s easy to get into. This means it takes even more

work to find a traditional game, and the competition is fierce just to get in the room.