## Know the Odds

Written by Karla Dalton

In casino, each game has different odds. This means that you are more likely to win some games than others. Knowing odds, therefore, is very important if you want to maximize your chances of winning. We assume for purposes of this article that each game is fair, and that you employ no 'card counting' strategies. This will allow us to work out 'expectancy' of each game - i.e. percentage chance of winning or losing.

Let's start with Baccarat, a game that superficially looks like Blackjack. Over a long run, for every \$100 you bet, you can expect to recover only \$98 in winnings. This means Baccarat has a negative expectancy of 1.2%. Is this good or bad? Let's compare to Blackjack itself (single deck only).

For every \$100 you bet, on Black Jack you can expect a return of between \$94 and \$101.50. This gives an expectancy of between -6% and +1.5% so as you can see, it is definitely possible to make a positive return on Black Jack. This is particularly interesting when you compare it to Caribbean Stud Poker, where for every \$100 bet, you can only realistically expect to get between \$95 and \$97.40 back - a negative expectancy of between -5.2% and -2.6%. Fortunately, NOBODY plays poker 'fairly', so odds in this case are less than useful.

If we move on to other games, picture is similar. On Craps, \$100 bet over long term will win you between \$87 and \$99.40 bucks - pretty good compared to some games! Keno tends to be a VERY bad bet, losing on average \$27 out of every \$100 bet, a negative return of -27% and reason why only complete newbies play it. In fact, only gamble worse than Keno is Lottery, which tends to return only 50% of money you gamble. The lottery for this reaosn, is often called 'dumb tax', and playing it without a system of some kind is downright silly.

## Free Lottery Wheeling System

Written by Noah Faulkner

A lottery wheeling system means you choose a base 'subset' of numbers, for example in a 6 number lottery, you might choose numbers 1 to 7, and then combine them in ways ensuring that all 7 numbers 'get a go' in 6 number lines. By playing combinations of a set of numbers, you are doing something similar to 'permutations' in football pools.

Let's look at a typical choose 6 numbers from 49 lottery game. Say your 'base' subset of favorite numbers are 1,2,3,4,5 and 6. However, you want to play 7 as well. How can you best 'spread out' your lines in order to maximize possibility of winning should any of your base numbers come up? By 'wheeling' them. Here's an example.

01 02 03 04 05 06 01 02 03 04 05 07 01 02 03 04 06 07 01 02 03 05 06 07 01 02 04 05 06 07 01 03 04 05 06 07 02 03 04 05 06 07

Notice how columns change as you move downwards. As you can see, there are 7 entries (at 7 dollars or 7 pounds cost). While these seven lines have same chance of winning jackpot as any other seven lines, it does increase your winnings should any of your numbers come up, because it increases probability of winning multiple prizes.

Don't believe me? Lets's imagine winning numbers are

01 02 03 04 48 49

Looks like a 4 ball win!. Actually, it's better than that! You have actually won...

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