Blackjack

In order to deliver a thorough blackjack overview, it’s important to look at the rules of the game and the possible factors that affect the odds. Before you start memorizing basic strategy or committing to a specific card counting system, it’s vital to understand the basic mechanics of the game. Once this has been accomplished, you can move on to more advanced concepts.

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Roulette

The game of roulette can be found in casinos around the globe, and it remains a popular option for both online and land-based gamblers. This article looks at the basics of the game, from the odds and betting options to rules for both American and European versions.

American vs European

While a few betting options differ, the biggest difference between American and European roulette is this: the European wheel has 36 numbers and a zero (2.70% house edge), while the American wheel also adds a 00 (5.26% house edge).

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House Edge

The house edge is a mathematical advantage that the casino has over the player in a given game of chance. Along with the rake in poker and baccarat and the vigorish in sports betting, the house advantage is the reason casinos make profits. With the legal right to set a house edge on its games, a gaming company makes enough profits to afford large gaming staffs, opulent hotels, tourist attractions, concerts, and shows. It is the profit engine of the casinos. The house edge deals with probability, so any given card hand, throw of the dice, of spin of the wheel/reels is unpredictable.

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Cheating In Casinos

Cheating in casinos has existed since the first gaming establishment was erected. Name any casino game and some crafty person has found a way to cheat. People have used inside knowledge, mechanical know-how, sleight of hand, and accomplices to gain an advantage. Some casino cheats have been caught immediately, while others had a 20 year crime spree before being caught. No doubt, a handful have gotten away scot free. They say the best cheaters are those who never get caught.

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Casino Games

Gamblers are a mixed bunch, so brick-and-mortar gaming establishments offers all sorts of casino games. On the page below, I offer a quick guide to the most popular games you'll find in most casinos. I include a basic information on each game's house edge, along with the reasons players enjoy certain games. Browse the list and you should find the exact type of game you want to play.

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Casino Comps

One of the best ways to lower the house edge when gambling is to max out your casino comps. "Comp" is short for complimentary, meaning a casino offers free incentives to continue playing. These promotions are based on how much a gambler wagers, how often a visitor plays, and which games that person chooses.

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Baccarat

Baccarat is a game of elegance and random chance. Often set off in a private area of the casino and requiring a dress code, this game has existed in one form or another for centuries. While its unbeatable nature and traditional high cost prevent it from becoming a household word, it has built up a fanbase that includes royalty, billionaires, and even the occasional celebrity.

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Sweet 16 Odds: Irish vs. Wichita State

The seventh-seeded Wichita State Shockers have already accomplished more in this NCAA Tournament than they did as an unbeaten team a year ago. The Shockers are headed to the Sweet 16 in the Midwest Region where they will face the third-seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Cleveland. Last year, No. 1 seed and previously unbeaten Wichita State was upset by the eighth-seeded Kentucky Wildcats as 4.5-point favorites in the Round of 32, and now the school is hoping for a rematch in the Midwest Regional Final.

First though, the Fighting Irish will have something to say about that as they go for their eighth consecutive win. They are 5-2 against the spread in their past seven games, with both non-covers coming in the Big Dance. Notre Dame has won its first two games of the tournament by a combined five points after edging the sixth-seeded Butler Bulldogs 67-64 in overtime as 4.5-point favorites on Saturday.

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699910
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Wisconsin vs. UNC: Sweet 16 Odds, Pick

The No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers look to pick up their ninth straight SU win when they meet the No. 4 North Carolina Tar Heels in a West Region Sweet Sixteen matchup. But while Wisconsin has been hard to beat on the scoreboard, they are just 1-8 ATS in their last nine as double-digit favorites.

The Badgers have now reached the Sweet Sixteen in four of the last five years, and are 6-1 SU in their last seven March Madness matchups, 4-2-1 ATS. The squad is winless SU in their two most recent meetings with the Tar Heels, dating back to UNC's 88-82 Elite Eight win in 2005, but covered as betting underdogs in each contest.

 

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699911
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Kentucky battles WVU: Sweet 16 Matchup

The top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats will face the fifth-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in six years when they square off Thursday in the second Sweet 16 matchup of the Midwest Region in Cleveland. The Wildcats were the No. 1 seed and led by John Wall, Patrick Patterson and DeMarcus Cousins when they were upset by the second-seeded Mountaineers 73-66 as 4-point favorites in the East Regional Final back in 2010. West Virginia went on to lose to the eventual NCAA champion Duke Blue Devils in the national semifinals.

This year, Kentucky has remained unbeaten at 36-0 by topping the 16th-seeded Hampton Pirates and the eighth-seeded Cincinnati Bearcats in the first two games but did not cover the spread against either opponent. The Wildcats are coming off a 64-51 victory against the Bearcats in the Round of 32 on Saturday and fell just short of covering as 15.5-point favorites after Cincy scored the last six points of the game. Kentucky is allowing an average of 53.5 points per game so far in the Big Dance.

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699912
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