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When I was 27 years old, I made my very first trip to Las Vegas. Dr. Jargowsky, one of my professors at the University of Texas at Dallas, was responsible for my complete lack of interest in gambling prior to that point. It wasn’t until he taught a statistical analysis class that I realized how pointless it is to try to beat the odds. He was the course’s instructor.

When I finally decided to go to Las Vegas, I also decided to teach myself how to count cards in blackjack so that I could spend my money more slowly. I decided to read Frank Scoblete’s book “Best Blackjack,” which I memorized, and then I spent several weeks honing my skills using Microsoft Casino (you can download a free trial here). This was extremely beneficial because I discovered that if I played correctly, I could usually stay at a table all night without losing any money and come out even, slightly ahead, or slightly behind (usually down). Since then, I’ve gained significant casino gambling experience on this site, and as a result, I have three pieces of advice to share with you today:

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You should not gamble if you are not good with numbers. It is unavoidable that you will lose if you do not consider yourself to be “quick” with numbers.

If you think you might be interested in playing Blackjack, please, for the love of God, buy the aforementioned book and software and educate yourself on counting. Nothing is more pitiful than sitting at a table for hours on end with the same amount of money I put in while other people leave because they are suckers.

Learn everything there is to know about “The Wizard of Odds.” It is runan adjunct professor of casino mathematics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). This website is a gambler’s statistical bible, as well as a wealth of information on etiquette, tipping, and a wide range of other gambling-related topics and subjects.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention one more thing. You will lose real money if you gamble for any length of time in any casino anywhere in the world, regardless of location. The phrase “don’t gamble more than you can afford to lose” is completely absurd, but you may hear it occasionally. They should tell you, “When it comes to entertainment, don’t spend more money than you are willing to spend.”

Also, consider the opportunity cost of each dollar you spend gambling. For example, if you’re going to spend $100 on blackjack, you should make damn sure it’ll entertain you just as much, if not more, than an all-you-can-eat buffet at the Bellagio followeda top-tier Las Vegas show like Mystere or Blue Man Group.