Combining elements of poker and slots, this form poker is one of the few games in the casino where you can actually have a realistic expectation of winning, as opposed to depending on the pure luck of slot machine games or roulette. The player then has one opportunity to hold or discard any number of unwanted cards, and is dealt an equal number of replacement cards from the deck.
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This article was posted on March 08, 2005
by: Chen Ching-feng
There are a number of video poker variants, including: Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better and Bonus Poker…
The player places a bet and the video poker machine deals five cards from a standard 52-card pack. The payout depends on the particular type of game begin played.
Chen Ching-feng is a successful writer and online gambling expert providing valuable tips and advice for those interested in gambling and online gambling strategies.
After the replacement cards are dealt the winnings are calculated based on the 5-card poker hand.
Mechanical slots are not any “less smart” than the video slots. Do they exist? Not really. Think about this for a minute. Some casinos in Vegas I have seen advertise a 95% payout to draw people in. I recommend the latter. Although this is true for both mechanical slots as well as video slots, we need to take a serious look at how “random” they really are.
The Myth about “loose” machines
People often hear about “loose” slot machines. I like both, but I have been leaning more toward the video slots over last few years.
The mechanics of a slot machine
Winning on a slot machine first requires knowledge of how they work.
Mechanical Verses Video Slots
“Mechanical slots” are being outnumbered these days by video slots. Most video slots give you a broader choice as far as betting. Most people know that a slot machine works on randomly generated patterns. It’s a term often misinterpreted as a broken machine. The casino will make between 5 and 15 cents of every dollar spent…..No matter what.
If slot machines were truly 100% random, the casino itself would be gambling themselves wondering if their business is going to make money or have to pay out everything and shut down. Usually at least 85%. These aren’t “old” machines. In other words both types of machines still have equal payout rules. If the RNG (random number generator) has lacked the percentage payout over a period of time, it may start paying higher win amounts in order to reach a percentage threshold. There is a reason that “The House Always Wins”…..State Laws.
A “loose” machine in reality applies to a slot machine that is on a higher pay cycle. There is not really any way to tell if a machine is on a higher payout cycle unless you watch people play and see what the machine is doing (that may creep out some people though, so be polite) Or by playing a machine and betting a few small amounts and determining the reaction of the pattern.
A slot machine in a casino under state law, (all legal gambling states have laws), are required to pay out a certain percentage. But people still like the mechanical slots so the casinos still have many mechanical slot machines. Remember that they have to pay a certain percentage. More line options, different ways of betting and they are much more entertaining. First things first here. So is it really totally random? I think not.
. The modern mechanical slot reels are still governed by a computer. The casino will not pay you if a machine malfunctions.
Understand now that a slot needs to be programmed to pay out at least 85% of what is put into it
People think it’s much more complicated, but it’s not.”
Individual books having players who consistently bet with certain tendencies (such as an extreme bias toward favorites or toward a certain popular team like USC)
Since the oddsmaker’s ultimate goal is equally dividing the betting action, public perception and betting patterns must be taken into account.
There is a common misconception that point spreads represent the oddsmakers’ prediction of how many points the favorite will win by.
Once betting begins, sportsbooks can adjust the line at any time. Of course there is an entire method to the madness on how the opening line is created. If an oddsmaker comes up with a preliminary line of USC -7, then an adjustment up to -7.5 or -8 would be made in response to the public’s expected USC bias. Reasons for such adjustments include:
Divided action means the sportsbook is guaranteed a profit on the game because of the fee charged to the bettor (called juice or vig – typically $11 bet to win $10). Oddsmakers have to determine if any changes are necessary and send out an “adjusted line.”
Power ratings are the oddsmaker’s value of each team and are used as a guide to calculate a “preliminary” pointspread on an upcoming game. “We’re not trying to pick the team that covers the spread, we’re trying to make it a coin flip, a tough decision (for the bettor). Las Vegas Sports Consultants (LVSC) is the world’s premier oddsmaking company and the most respected authority on making the lines. This usually includes having up-to-date power ratings on each team.
“You either have a passion for it or you don’t,” Seba said.
Why the Line Changes
A round-table discussion among the 4-5 oddsmakers involved in making the line for each sport is then conducted and a consensus line is decided upon by the Odds Director before it is released to the sportsbooks. Mike Seba is a Senior Oddsmaker at LVSC and has been making lines for the last six years. The power ratings are adjusted after each game a team plays. In doing so they attempt to make more attractive the team that is getting less action. Each of these oddsmakers bring unique opinions, strengths and weaknesses to the process.
. Obviously, if the line comes out a week ahead of the event (which is the case in football), there is much that could happen during the week leading up to the event that could affect the line. That is not the case at all – their intent is NOT to evenly split the ATS result between the teams; rather, their goal is to attract equal betting action on both sides.
The opening line is the first line created by the oddsmakers, which is then sent out to sportsbooks.
Moving the line is the oddsmaker’s effort to balance betting action, and often times such moves can have a major impact on a bettor’s decision.
What Is the Line Trying to Accomplish?
The last step in the line-making process for each oddsmaker is taking one final look to determine whether or not the line “feels right.” This is where common sense and past experience with how games are bet enters into the picture. By moving the line, sportsbooks can influence how the public bets on a particular game. If we’ve done that, we’ve done our job.”
Experts working for the individual books having a strong opinion on the game
Oddsmakers at LVSC are professional sports junkies who love what they do and would probably do it for nothing if you asked them, but they do get paid for it. Seba explained that it all starts with each oddsmaker creating a line on each game based upon their own personal approach. Examples of non-game factors that would require an adjustment to a team’s power rating are key player injuries and player trades. In our extended interview, Seba explained that there are 4-5 oddsmakers assigned to make lines for each of the major sports (pro & college football and basketball; MLB, NHL, boxing, golf). Stated another way, they want to create a line that half the people find appealing to bet one way while the other half find it appealing to bet the other way (known as ‘dividing the action’).
“The #1 thing for us is to make a line for each game that creates good two-way action.
“The main objective is that our clients get equal action on both sides,” Seba said. Also, adjustments are made after reading each team’s local newspapers to get a sense of what the coaches & players are thinking going into the game. Of the 4-5 oddsmakers, generally the 2 most respected opinions are weighed more heavily by the Odds Director before he decides on the final line. We do this by drawing from past experiences and applying them to current situations.
The purpose of these adjustments, like all line adjustments, is to more equally divide the betting action.
Oddsmakers can also change the line depending on various event-related factors such as player injuries or weather. By necessity their approach is very research-oriented and concise, since with millions of dollars at risk there is little margin for error.
How the Opening Line Is Made
Once a game’s power rating based pointspread is determined, the oddsmaker will make adjustments to that line after considering each team’s most recent games played and previous games played against that opponent. For example, the public might have heavy betting interest week after week on a popular college football team such as USC.
For example, if the pointspread on a game is 7 and most of the money is coming in on the underdog (taking the +7), sportsbooks will then move the number down to 6 ½ to try and attract money on the favorite.
Once the opening line is released by LVSC, the individual sportsbooks decide if they want to make any adjustments before offering it to the public
“Solutions cannot be achieved without difficulty because of the overriding economic interests of those within the industry, but there are things that can be done. Carke in American Association Equine Practitioners 55:183-186, 2009 noted that although it appears synthetic surfaces are safer than dirt, when synthetic surfaces replaced turf courses, Fatal Musculoskeletal Injury (FMSI) rates increased, confirming turf as the safest type of surface.
It begins next weekend when sensational Songbird, a filly that some, myself included, say is reminiscent of Ruffian, gets her first serious challenge when she meets Carina Mia in the Coaching Club American Oaks. Brown’s legion of turf runners.
It’s in that spirit, in the hope that Roman’s long goodbye will resonate with a heretofore unknown guardian angel, one brilliant enough to invent a magic wand so big that it can be waved over 38 horse-racing states and the District of Columbia.
Here, then, Part 2 of Steven Roman’s long goodbye to the game…
“Synthetic surfaces are formulated in different ways but generally consist of sand and polymeric materials in fiber form usually modified by the addition of rubber and wax. Both will be going all-in. The desired result? No revenue loss from cancellations due to weather-related problems.
If all goes well for both, a rematch in the storied mile-and-a-quarter Alabama on August 20 is promised.
“As an industry outsider I have no say in implementing change, but I can have an opinion.
All in racing who truly love it, and wish it would last forever, please don’t raise your hand. Weather will factor into this, of course. This rivalry isn’t media-made; it’s real.
“There may have been marginal improvements in safety with synthetic surfaces, but that may be because they are inherently slower compared to dirt.
“Improvement of the Breed” No Longer Applies to Thoroughbred Racing
Like the author of the following, Dr. It’s far worse when they are exposed to dust and vapors from eroding synthetic materials and even natural materials that are potentially carcinogenic or may physically damage the respiratory system.
With the addition of Florent Geroux and the strong riding of Joel Rosario in New York this year, the jockey battle, always of supreme interest in Saratoga, will be very highly contested. Roman, creator of the Dosage Index algorithm that measures a sire’s pre-potency for passing on his distance racing capability to its offspring, I am not optimistic when it comes to racing’s future when measured against real-world materiality.
With Saratoga Looming, Something Old and Some New Things
HALLANDALE BEACH, July 17, 2016–From Southern California to the Jersey Shore, and from Kentucky and, as of this weekend, Indiana, all roads are lead to Saratoga for the most consequential summit among three-year-olds of both sexes this year.
Interesting here will be the battles between Pletcher’s juveniles vs.
“Another even less likely approach is a switch to racing exclusively on grass, a surface well documented to reduce (but unfortunately not eliminate) fatalities and which is the standard racing surface for most of the world.
Beyond this, the human races figure to be even more interesting. The industry did experiment, generating mixed results, with all-weather synthetic surfaces as a substitute for dirt. In reality, synthetic surfaces are not the same as or even a close approximation to dirt. This protects not only the athletes but the interests of the horseplayers as well.
With Geroux, the country’s leaded graded-stakes rider, joining Rosario, Saratoga titlists Javier Castellano and Johnny Velazquez, the prodigious Ortiz brothers and the emerging Manny Franco, the jockey race will be lively and highly competitive; great for bettors.. Brown came close last year and with more talented dirt runners in the barn, this could be his year. A. However, as a trained scientist I found it disturbing that these surfaces were installed and used without any prior long-term studies of their health effects on the horses or the riders. The drainage characteristics of synthetic surfaces are supposed to keep them viable under virtually all weather conditions. How many others tethered to the horse can say the same with that qualifier?
“I’ve never understood why any transgressions by trainers, owners, riders or veterinarians that could affect the outcome of a race and, consequently, the bankrolls of horseplayers are tolerated at all. Steven A.
“If safety truly was the primary concern a safer surface, turf, already exists. F.
Five days and counting but, first, some unfinished business:
For Roman, his love of the game was enough to apply his science background to pedigree study, and he made a mark. Instead, step up and do something crazy; think outside the bottom line, about a long range plan that could work over time.
Of course, the results will depend on the quality mounts as most trainers have their “go-to” guys and barns can go hot or cold regardless of focus and intent. Not knowing the long-term effects should be completely unacceptable – but not, apparently, to those who control the game.
The week after–if all goes well in the Haskell Invitational and Jim Dandy–a rematch of Triple Crown achievers Nyquist, Exaggerator and Creator would be extraordinary, a few talented new shooters sprinkled in for added interest.
But what sense does it make to be a horseplayer or, for that matter, the owner of a well-bred two-year-old, if you can’t dream a little?
I’ve written this before but upon leaving the Gulfstream Park walking ring behind the Florida Derby horses this winter as a few thousand fans surveyed the scene, I turned to a track executive and said: “I feel sorry for all the people that don’t get it about Thoroughbred racing.”
And I still mean that and why I, personally, will not leave the game until someone pulls the remote out of one cold dead hand while I try to bet with the other. will the racing industry finally act to reverse overall negative perceptions of the game, or is it already too late?
“I personally believe the real motivation behind the introduction of synthetic surfaces was purely economic with increased safety a secondary consideration and good for public relations. Which other gambling outlet permits similar behavior? What would the penalty be if the ownership or staff of a Las Vegas casino was caught cheating? Would it be a slap on the wrist? I doubt it.
The following remarks are the thoughts of a man who at no time wanted to make racing a profession, but rather it remain an avocation, something to love, see it prosper and endure, enjoyed by a wider audience. And, presumably, although debatable, maintenance costs can be lower as well. The objective, short of eliminating the sport, is to minimize the likelihood of injury and death, accepting that riders have a choice but the horses do not. As the surface particles erode under continual exposure to mechanical effects (e.g., the pounding of horses’ hooves, harrowing, etc.) and environmental effects (e.g., heat, sunlight, wind, moisture, etc.) the dust and vapors created are inhaled by horse and rider.
“It’s bad enough when the athletes’ lungs are exposed to the dust from the breakdown of dirt particles. With Chad Brown having an extraordinary Belmont meeting, you know perennial Saratoga leader Todd Pletcher wants to retain his title. An obvious step is the complete elimination of race day medication with severe penalties for violators, up to and including criminal prosecution or a lifetime ban depending on the severity of the infraction
Quite a few RLM followers watch the moves until almost game time, and then bet accordingly. Sure, using this approach leaves open the possibility of the line turning around and moving back against you, but as you will see in bit, betting as soon as an RLM qualifies has been profitable in every major North American sport such as the last two seasons, so if one line turns around, so be it. Keep in mind that NCAAB was the most liquid sport in terms of top-five sportbooks however, with not a single sportsbook making the top five both years. This may enable you to get the stale more favorable sports betting line at the time the reverse line movement hits at the triggering Sportsbook. Furthermore, they list the RLM records for many individual sportsbook, making it easy to spot which books this system is working at and which books it may be best to ignore.
NBA sports betting has the lowest two-year five-book RLM winning percentage among the 11/10 sports, but then again, every gambler in the world would kill to go 382-301-9, 55.9 percent, +48.90 units, and the 57.5 percent win rate this past season is nothing to sneeze at. Keep a close eye on Canbet here, as that Australian sportsbook cracked the top five both years.
So what we recommend is to only use the top five each season for each individual sport (in terms of units won). Carib ruled the roost season at 93-66-9, 58.5 percent, +18.55 units after ABC held the penthouse spot in the 2007-08 season.
Also, games where over 60 percent of the public are on one side, yet there is reverse line movement of at least 10 cents on the Money Line from the opening number at the top five sportsbooks in MLB and NHL sports betting has also been profitable. To illustrate, let us say that San Diego Chargers open at -7 over the Miami Dolohins, and over 70 percent of the sports bets placed on the game are on San Diego.
Now do the sharps win every single time? Absolutely not! However, they are right more often than they are wrong, so being on the same side as the sharps is a prudent strategy over the long run, and again, the best thing is that there in absolutely no conventional sports handicapping necessary..
The highest two-year winning percentage using RLM from the top five books belongs to College Football, which went 480-341-10, 58.5 percent, +95.10 units. The huge problem with this is that the nfl line, ncaaf line or nhl line may have moved too much by that time, and all of the value has been sucked out of the unpopular side.
College Basketball sports betting was not too shabby either, with a two-year mark of 492-356-22, 58.0 percent, +91.96 units. However, instead of the line rising as you might expect, it instead drops to Chargers -6. This would make Miami +6 the RLM play.
So what causes RLM when the aim of most sportsbooks is to get as close to balanced action on both sides as possible? The answer to this is quite simple: the sharp bettors; the one’s who give sports betting advice. We tracked the top five books for each of the pointspread sports for the last two years, as as you can see, this strategy has been profitable in every sport. Note that these records are for sides only and do not include totals.
The NFL sports betting is generally considered the toughest sport to beat, yet blindly following this method produced an exceptional 59.2 percent win rate last season, improving the two year record to 328-249-12, 56.8 percent, +59.06 units. Another important recommendation is to use a slow moving (but reliable) sportsbook. This is where an important word of caution is in order though. Last year was a good RLM season for NFL sports betting (45-29, 60.8 percent, +11.91), but two sportsbooks that were in the top five in NFL RLM in both seasons.. Keep an eyes on the top five sportsbooks at Sports Insights though, as NCAAF sports betting has been very liquid in that regard, with only one sportsbook (believe it or not, Bodog) finishing in the top five both years.
Thus, following reverse line movements is the same thing a following the smart money. The records quoted below are based on the bets being made at the triggering books, so beating the move by a half-point or a few cents now and then would actually make your record even better.
To back this up, our friends over at Prosportsonline.net have tracked the records for games where over 60 percent of the public has been on one side, yet there was reverse line movement of at least one full point from the opening number at the top sportsbooks in NFL, NCAAF, NBA and NCAAB. All of this will be fun to follow (not to mention profitable) when every sport except baseball are going on simultaneously during the winter months.
So what exactly is reverse line movement? RLM takes place when a large majority of bets are on one team, yet the line moves in the opposite direction.
The proper way to make a sports bet using reverse line movement is to place your bet as soon as there is an RLM of one full point (or 10 cents in MLB and NHL) off of the opening line. RLM takes place when more money/ sportsbook picks are bet by the small percentage of bettors that are on the unpopular side (the sharps) than is bet by the huge majority of players betting the popular side (the squares). It should be noted that many fewer MLB games have qualified so far this season (is the whole world using RLM now?), but smaller profits is still profit.Again, these records are for Money Lines only and do not include totals.Finally, NHL sports betting has picked up 148.49 units in two years, and unlike MLB, NHL had four sportsbooks out of the top five gain double-digit units this past season
Using these two factors, greyhound racing betting sites will determine the prize that is going to be awarded. There are often multiple dogs that are involved in the race and the bets are made on the position that the dogs are going to arrive over the finish line. These odds are going to determine the likelihood of a certain dog coming in a certain place through the race.
Choosing between the many greyhound racing websites that are available is simple, when the reputation of the website is compared with the races and the bets that can be made.
Many online racebooks allow the bettor to take part in betting practices without actually being in the local area, as they can showcase the matches online with the use of the streaming video that can be presented to clients, allowing the clients to watch the races that are being bet on, with ease.
Using the odds and learning about the dogs and the specifics of the sport can be a great way to get into greyhound racing betting online.
How can you determine what the prize will be once the bet has been made? The prize that will be given to the successful bettor depends on two factors; the amount that has been bet and the odds that are placed on the bet that has been made.
The important odds to consider are the first, second and third for most bets that are being made. It is important to realize that the odds given for the race are accurate and the odds makers have years of experience in determining the results of the race and therefore the odds should be considered accordingly.. Many times, these prizes are outlined with the bet that is being made, allowing even beginners to determine the potential prize that is available with the bet that has been made.
As one of the most popular types of animal racing in the world, greyhound racing betting has many different types of bets that can be made with many different types of outcomes. Online betting sites with “racebooks” set the greyhound racing betting odds.
The odds are available through the race and are created by the sports books
These days, not only is online sports betting entertaining, it has become a part of mainstream culture.
While the sports betting industry has seen some changes, i-Sportsbook.com has experienced unprecedented growth. Studies indicate that 7 out of 10 U.S. Sticking with a sportsbook that has been around for a while certain has its advantages. Online sports wagering veteran, i-Sportsbook.com has recently received its well-deserved recognition as a powerhouse in the gaming industry by winning the award for Best Overall Sportsbook by Gambling Online Magazine.
Over the past 10 years, i-Sportsbook.com has carved out a dynasty among the online sports betting world. Built on trust, strength, and tradition, i-Sportsbook.com has continued on its commitment as the definitive American sportsbook.
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