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What are your favorite blogs, websites or books on gambling strategy?

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  1. katmu

    katmu Well-Known Member

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    I've been trying to prep for my next trip a bit by reading up on strategy, especially for craps so far but I would also like to find some information on games I haven't played yet like baccarat or pai gow. I've been reading Wizard of Odds for craps but I'm wondering what else is out there that some more experienced table players might recommend. Books, blogs, websites....whatever.

    I'm trying to set myself a goal of trying at least 1 new game this trip, and getting to feel more comfortable with craps. I just want to feel more prepared because "A goal without a plan is just a dream."

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. Royal Flusher

    Royal Flusher Savvy Gambler

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    For a real insight on how to press and make money on craps, try the book The Dice Doctor.

    The writing style is kind of unique but there are a few gems in there on pressing that really made a difference for me. I thank the person here on VMB who recommended this book.

    Craps is a great game. Make sure you aren't under bankrolled when you buy in. I used to buy in for $40 or $60 on a $5 table. It wasn't enough to ride out the swings. I'd go for $100 on a $3 table now, $100 to start on $5 with another $100 or two in the pocket ready to rebuy.
     
  3. sigsev

    sigsev Low-Roller

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    Wizard of Odds will have plenty of info on Baccarat and Pai Gow, both tiles and poker. Baccarat is easy to learn but Pai Gow will take some study and practice, especially if you decide to learn tiles, which is really a fun game if you do learn it.

    Other than the wizard, you can check out http://discountgambling.net/. Stephen How has done great analysis on games like Mississippi Stud and Ultimate Texas Hold 'Em, and his strategy for UTH is excellent. I use a combination of How's for preflop/flop decisions and the wizard's 21-out strategy for the river when I play UTH.

    Podcasts are also a good resource, and I enjoy listening to a few saved ones on the plane to Vegas. You Can Bet On That is a good one aimed at the recreational gambler, and strikes a good balance between having fun and being aware of the math. They love talking about craps since its the hosts' primary game, so you'll gain lots of craps info there.
     
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    +1 for Wizard of Odds. You also can practice the games there. Baccarat is easy to learn and honestly you can just sit down and bet player or banker, dealer will do the rest, but I would learn the drawing hands.

    Pai Gow dealers for the most part are really helpful as well. I am assuming you meant Pai Gow Poker not tiles. Tiles is a lot more difficult to learn IMO. I am still working on learning it so I can play next time, it is just hard to find at my limits.

    http://www.amazon.com/How-Gamble-Casino-Tom-Ainslie/dp/0671639528

    I bought this book at a used book store, it is dated as all hell. It is an easy read for Craps and Baccarat and BJ. It was actually fun to read it for some other games as well.

    I'd shoot for Pai Gow, it is a very social slow paced game. Usually a good game for conversation and drinking.
     
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    When in town go to Gamblers General Store, it's close to downtown, I've walked there when staying DT. TONS of books and everything else gambling related. I try to stop every trip.

    Here's another vote for the Wizard. Pretty comprehensive website.
     
  6. Yall

    Yall Low-Roller

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    Another vote for the WizardOfOdds.
     
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    If you wanna give video poker a try I suggest Bob Dancer's strategy cards and books. He has a column in the LVA that you can read online as well. I also enjoy the radio show/podcast he does with Richard Munchkin called "Gambling With an Edge." You don't need to be an advantage player to get something out of it.
     
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  8. katmu

    katmu Well-Known Member

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    I'm a lot more comfortable with video poker than I am with table games. I also think as a woman who is going to be solo this trip, that makes table games feel a little more intimidating to me.

    I'm going to order the 2 books recommended and I'll keep reading through Wizard of Odds as well.
     
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    Anything by John Patrick.
     
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    +1 for the Wizard and How!
     
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    Gambling With An Edge is also an excellent podcast, and everyone can learn something from it. I find episodes that I have no direct interest in, like the recent baseball betting episode, to still be interesting and informative.
     
  13. katmu

    katmu Well-Known Member

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    Thank you all. I will check these out this week.
     
  14. sigsev

    sigsev Low-Roller

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    WoO has excellent VP resources. I created my own strategy cards from his tables and I carry them with me just in case. Bob Dancer has some books on the subject but for playing purposes learning the strategy and practicing is enough. You can read his columns on http://www.lasvegasadvisor.com though, they are a good read.

    For practice I bought the app WinpokerHD for iOS. It's $10 and gives strategy corrections and I can play it on my iPad on the flight there. It doesn't have some of the more recent games like Quick Quads or Ultimate X, but it's useful for the basics.
     
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    To be honest I have read some really good information from our friendly board members.
    Some do reiterate in their reply what I have read in a book but then someone may post their opinion and it conflicts and I find that interesting to read.
     
  16. katmu

    katmu Well-Known Member

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    Any threads in particular you recommend? Or just the stickies?
     
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    hillwood24 High-Roller

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    Landshark Way into it...

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    I regularly read Dancer's articles on VP on the Las Vegas Advisor site. "Beat The Craps Out Of The Casinos" by Frank Scoblete is an old one, but very good. I'll be reading "Beat The Dealer" by Thorpe before the next trip in June.
     
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    Search using the keyword "strategy" or other terms of interest like "Craps Strategy", "Craps recommendation" or
    if you have something more specific "Craps Dark Side".

    If you have something on your mind start a thread and see how it goes.
     
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    bardolator Lifelong Low Roller

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    Most of what you read from craps players is just that....crap. Stick with the Wizard.
     
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