the past three years or so I’ve had times where I’d hold seminars explaining
my practical approach to winning at the game I’m interested in. The people had
a common thread: they studied expert play, understand it thoroughly, but have
never been able to reach the promise land as they were led to believe.
they’ve come to me — a player who has taken a common sense visualization of
playing for the short term every time out, and who has turned it into a very
profitable job. The only problem is, we are not all of the same mold. The same
constitution that allows me to simply get up from a machine and walk out after
reaching my session goal is lacking in most other players.
year 2001 saw me hold most of my seminars, and I rarely do so any longer. Since
I live outside of Nevada I had to travel for each gathering, and by year’s end
I saw my session playing time cut nearly in half. In my case, that translated
into decreased income from the only job that I had. But for the seminars I did
hold, I like to think the players walked away with a newfound understanding of
why they’ve been unable to win when all media reports told them they should.
short, I presented them with the undeniable truth of what they’ve had pounded
into their heads for years. If one is able to clear their mind for only a few
moments, even the most hardened long-term strategy enthusiast really has little
to come back at me with once I open their door. And in this age of adding and
subtracting full-pay games at many of the local casinos, all the pots that
I’ve been accused of stirring are starting to boil down into a type of stew
that few can resist.
course, I haven’t been the only one talking to players out there. While the
majority of writers do so through their sales outlets, one of the casinos
recently took on a different approach. Mid January saw the “How To Beat The
House” seminar held at a very anxious Sunset Station. I was in town that
weekend, and I stopped by several times to see what the “experts” had to
say. But I couldn’t sit through much of it for long. It was clear that while
the experts wanted only to get up in front of a crowd to have the opportunity to
say how we can all win “like they do” if we follow their web sites, join
their groups, or more specifically buy or read their products, the rookies in
the audience were starry-eyed by the presentations.
well they should be. Everything I saw was served up very professionally, and in
such a way that a losing player could very well be helped along his path of
learning what’s intelligent and what’s not in the world of professional
gambling. I didn’t have a problem with the message — because there’s
nothing more important for players than to have an abundance of knowledge of
their game of choice. It was even understandable that a group of egos was
on-site to build the gaming confidence levels of each other as they so often do.
It’s the overall agenda that made me a bit uneasy.
When I started to
think about it, I pondered the reason why a casino would hold such a meeting of
players led by famous names who supposedly are telling the customers how they
can beat the house out of its money.
I thought about all this some more. Stations brought this group together for a
reason. In my opinion, that reason was to get the speakers to make their
sometimes healthy casino bets as well as lure as many other players as possible
into being customers. Any fear of these experts by the casino? Ho-ho-ho. Any
chance the doors would close and employees sent home because of all the
intellect and experience roaming the casino floor throughout the building? Could
the casino see a decline in profits in 2003 because of this seminar?
casino had it all figured out, it now has more players than before, and even
more players now have slot club cards. More players feel like they’re doing
the things needed to win, the casino has more business, and they likely had more
money at the end of each seminar day. It’s nice to learn how to win, isn’t