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Episode # 125 The Danger of Deep Play

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In the opening segment Coach Fav works toward a definition of “Deep Play” by presenting listener phone calls to Casinos USA Podcasts that are not about Deep Play at all. The two callers are recreational gamblers or want to be recreational gamblers. Both callers enjoyed Casino Fun – 101, a new casino book that we reviewed by interviewing the author (Charlie Frair) in our last podcast. Coach Fav then goes on to define Deep Play.

Deep Play is a term from the sciences of Anthropology and Sociology. Deep Play is a characteristic of individuals who make bets that are so high that they are irrational. More than for financial gain, this Deep Play impulse is about betting for attention, to be a casino celebrity, to be the center of attention, to define your worth by the size of your bets. Such bets stand in the face of the math of nearly all casino table games – deliberately designed as negative expectation games so that the longer one plays, the more likely it is that the casino will win. The math of the game is on the house side.  Despite possible short term Deep Play success by the player; eventually, Deep Play bets will destroy all but the very rich. In addition, the stress of losing thousands of dollars may destroy marriages, families, and employment. The Deep Play impulse is such a powerful impulse for many addicted gamblers that they commit crimes such as embezzlement to continue making these irrational bets. At the very least, Deep Play will most often steal the joy out of the casino experience and add stress to one’s life. To quote Casino Fun 101, “The money you don’t lose is often more important than the money you win.”  Yes, that’s so often the case.

Janie and Coach Fav talk about many reasons why people are attracted to casinos that have nothing to do with dangerous Deep Play impulses.  Janie gives her reasons for visiting casinos. 

Finally in the popular “Craps Talk Segment,” Coach Fav reviews a craps betting strategy from a recent Casino Quest YouTube Video that suggests a player should make this opening bet for $640 across the point numbers, placing $100 on the 4-5-9 and 10 and $120 on the 6 and 8. If the player gets one hit on these place bets, they are to regress to $96 across. An opening 7 costs the bettor a $640 loss – in an attempt to win a little more than the $96, thus, playing on “Casino Money.” Ouch! That’s silly.

Coach explains that this first bet strategy makes no sense to him. Why not just bet the $96?  He also challenges the notion of Long Play in a negative exception game, such as craps. One casino visit has nothing to do with future visits.  Just because you are down $4,000 after two visits doesn’t mean that you are going to win it all and more on your third. You could be losing for months. Adding to the Long Play issue, he also challenges the idea that one can gamble with the Casinos Money if they win that $640 across.  MONEY THAT YOU WIN IS YOUR MONEY! Coach believes that the term  “Casino Money” is a misnomer. The term is misleading. Bet the way that you want to, but consider what your motivation is in making large bets. If you think one large bet to open a craps game will lead to eventual success, tread carefully.  If it is a Deep Play impulse to do it, stop immediately.

Risking $640 so to win enough to place the point numbers for $96 is not logical. Two opening 7’s by the dice, puts this bettor down $1280. I bet $96 each time, so it puts me down $192. Big Difference.  Actually, I don’t like risking $96 to start a game, but it’s a more reasonable risk than $640. I do start many games with $76 across – $10 on the 4-5-9-10 and $18 on the 6 and 8.  

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Episode # 124 More Casino Group Therapy

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Chp. 1 Extended Interview with author of Casino Fun 101 – Charlie Frair

Chp. 2 Craps Talk: Playing both the Pass Line and the Don’t Pass at the same time? Yes, there is one major advantage. Coach Fav explains this unusual play.

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Episode # 123 Maryland Live – New Again

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Show Notes:

Maryland Live, the large 4,000 slots, 200 table games, Casino and Hotel, which are adjacent to Arundel Mills Mall, has dozens of “Dealer Assisted” table games. The technology alone besides the sheer size of this casino sets it apart. For example, the parking garage has digital signs that tell a driver how many spaces are open on each floor and in each row on the floor. Nonetheless, new technology is often confusing – at least the first time one experiences it. Coach Fav and Janie were eyewitnesses to a bettor who claimed he was out over $500 dollars because of technology. Despite the problems, Coach Fav and Janie discuss many other features at Maryland Live Casino and Hotel that make it so special. Arundel Mill Mall is Hanover, Maryland 21706

Segment 2

Coach Fav follows the Vegas Casinos and Sports Books news closely through a digital subscription to the Review journal, the daily newspaper of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada in general. Based on this information, he discusses what two teams are most likely going to play in Super Bowl 2022. The Vegas Books think the odds that these two teams will meet for the right to the title “Super Bowl Champions” are 16-1. Try to guess what teams the bookies see in the Big Game before Coach Fav tells you who they are. By the way, he agrees that these two teams are the most likely to meet.

Segment 3

In our popular 3-2-1 Craps segment, we discuss the important of learning how to play from the Don’t Pass Line and how to hedge that come-out roll if you fear a 7.  Coach Fav is convinced that no one is a complete craps player if they never give the dark side a try, at least when the table turns cold.  

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Episode # 122 Gambling News and Personal Views

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Show Notes:

Coach Fav admits to a recent losing streak in an area of gambling in which he has enjoyed great success, sports betting. The NFL upsets were shocking, especially the Jaguars win over Buffalo. However, in the strangest way, he has been saved by scratch off lottery tickets, which have been amazingly successful overall in Western Pennsylvania.  Hard to figure. Random luck indeed.

Shocking Information: Las Vegas Strip Casinos enjoyed the best quarter of profits EVER.

Casinos from coast to coast are making record amounts of money as people return to playing in house slot machines and table games. The numbers are shocking!

Craps Talk features the basic information that Coach Fav believes every craps player should be aware of; yet it is clear that many have no idea about this.  It starts with understanding that there are six ways to roll a seven. From that point every number is considered and the number of ways the dice can make that number are presented. With this information the term “true odds” then begins to make sense.  Coach Fav explains that “Smart Craps” involves playing from the pass line and making a large odds bet behind the line. In addition, add two “come bets” with a large amount of odds. Using the math models, this is the best way to play from the pass line; however, he explains that the bankroll needed is hefty and if the table is cold a large amount of money will be lost.  So it might be best if craps players look at a large number of ways to play this game including understanding the Don’t Pass and Hedge betting. Playing smart can lead to devastating losses.

Odds and Ends

Coach Fav gives an endorsement of the new show at the Strat called “Illuminate.” Anthony Curtis of Las Vegas Advisor calls it the “best show since the shutdown.” Check it out.

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Episode # 121 Casino Tales Make It All Worthwhile

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Show Notes:

Feature: Coach Fav and Janie share some of their most “memorable” moments from a huge number of Casino visits across the country, including Las Vegas. Did you ever look out your hotel window and sees several firetrucks and dozens of firemen running into the casino hotel where you were staying? Janie has. Did you ever see a knock down fistfight at a Craps table where you were playing? Coach Fav has.  Feel welcome to call our 24/7 voicemail and share your crazy, happy, or weird casino experiences with the listeners of  Casinos USA. Just use your first name and the state or city that you are calling from …

Craps Talk:

Coach Fav explains a place bet pressing system that is trending in Las Vegas called

18, 15, 10. This system is perfect for a $10 table. While no system can guarantee success, this pressing strategy protects the bettor in that she/he is only putting $24 of their stake at risk. Coach Fav explains in great detail the several options a bettor has in using this place bet pressing system. 

For recreational purposes only: 

Coach Fav’s Football Sports-betting picks are available for viewing in our Facebook Group posts every Friday.  Join the Casinos USA Facebook group free of charge. He is enjoying another winning year, going 8-1 last weekend.  

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Episode # 120 Betting on Notre Dame?

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Show Notes:

1. Podcast Feature: 

Coach Fav examines the quarterback dilemma that Notre Dame and head football coach, Brian Kelly find themselves in following a recent loss to Cincinnati, a loss where Kelly pulled the starting quarterback, Jack Coan at halftime and played sophomore Drew Pyne. So what happens next? Coach Fav explains all the forces at work. Who will start in the next game, Coan or Pyne? Enjoy this frank and opinionated review of Notre Dame football 2021. Get the up-to-date Sports Betting forecasts of Casinos USA by joining our FaceBook Group.

2. Craps Talk: 

Something extremely rare happened at the Craps Table at the Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Western Maryland last Saturday night. Thousands of dollars were won (twice) on a bet that many craps experts consider to be “Sucker Bets.”  Make your own call on the All Small, All Tall, Make Them All, bet as Coach Fav makes his position

3. Short Staffing:

Coach Fav “rants a bit” regarding the miscues on Fremont Street and in nearly all the Casinos on the Strip. Simply put it seems as if “short staffing” is now embraced by casino management as patrons continue to comeback to Las Vegas even though customer service in terms of hotel and casino cleanliness, response time by the front desk, limiting the open days and times of many restaurants, higher table limits and other important services continue to hinder the old Vegas that we loved from coming back. (Other Items) Why can’t Resorts World Get It Right? Why are there still so many 20 somethings drunk and even passed out on Fremont Street ignoring the dangers they put themselves in…..?

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Episode # 119 Chewing Out of Your Cage

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Show Overview:  Coach Fav and Janie discuss both the highs and lows of their week in Las Vegas, including moments when they were “chewing out of their cage.”  Many are upset with the changes in Las Vegas since the reopening after the Pandemic Shutdown. Let’s start with restaurant pricing, charging for pool chairs, little free parking, wait time when attempting to call the front desk or any other area of the casino. Yet the magic of Las Vegas remains. At least Casinos USA still finds it. The Fremont Street Death March points to a classic mistake in Vegas; that is, disregard for the outside temperatures. Please consider Casinos USA advice on where to stay for games at Allegiant Stadium. We also recommend a great restaurant (Irish Pub) and a specific hotel tower to request if one enjoys the pools at Luxor, a casino hotel that is  amazing for not skimping on free chairs poolside. Consider the advantages of doing Vegas with great friends. We encourage it.

Coach Fav explains how he won a craps challenge against a working casino dealer at a neutral casino. Get the details on his 15-6 strategy, one that has been good to Coach Fav over the years. Coach Fav is the originator of 3-2-1 Craps, but he used a different strategy to win the competition with the Vegas Casino Dealer.

The sports betting mania is also covered. The “free seats” in Sports Books are gone with few exceptions. Coach Fav also presents his college and NFL picks for Sept. 25 and 26. As usual his picks are for recreational enjoyment and should not be followed by betting real money. Remember that the Raider QB, Derek Carr, is the real deal – one of the most accurate passers in the league.

Finally, Coach Fav and Janie agree with Travel Ruby of YouTube fame and give one MAJOR reason for not staying at Harrah’s despite the great suite that they enjoyed while there.  

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Episode # 118 2021 Football Special and Travel Tips

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Part 1  Sports Betting Overview   

Whether it is at a brick and mortar sports book inside of a casino or a legal online betting app, Casinos USA uses spread bets for NFL games and Money Line Odds for College Football Bets. How do they both work? Coach Fav explains. Casinos USA gives our top three NFL bets the first week of the regular season. 

There is a Big, Big college football game on September 4 in the southland as Georgia and Clemson open the season with one another. Learn how Casinos USA bets this game on the Money Line.

Part II  Travel Tips

Coach Fav gives a collection of important and often very different travel tips. These are things one should do before the trip begins.  This list could save you money and spare you serious issues while you are on vacation. IF you are heading to Las Vegas this fall, consider taking proof of vaccination with you.  More and more venues are requiring proof of vaccination to enter.

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Episode # 117 Destination Weddings and 3 Card Poker

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Show Notes:

Part I Janie tells of a recent Destination Wedding out of the country where the American wedding guests lost several days trying to get back home amid flight cancellations.

Part II Three Card Poker Basics: The lowest hand you should not fold on is a Queen, six, four. The dealer needs queen high to “qualify” with at least a queen to continue. The Ante Bonus bet pays you if you have a straight or more even if you lose the hand to a dealer. Rookie dealers too often mistakenly do not pay this bet. Correct them. The pair bet raises the house edge, but if you are getting cards, why not? The Long Shot 6 card bet is explained. The house edge in 3 card poker is 2.01% without the side bets, and that’s as good as placing the 6 and 8 in craps. 3 Card Poker is another table game where your moves cannot hurt another player. There is no draw.  Relax and enjoy this interesting game. 

Part III Coach Fav maintains that system rigidity at a craps table can make one a loser. Think about changing your style of play if the table is “killing you>”

Part IV: Odds and Ends – Coach Fav has some fun with special tidbits of information. 

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Episode # 116 Gaining an Advantage

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Show Notes:

Part I

Do Advantage Players exist? Is it something that one can make oneself by study, practice, and imitation? Coach Fav gives his view and does indeed identify those players who have an advantage over the casino. Sounds good but realize that they are banned from playing the game that they have an own an advantage over the house. The best that we can do is to play even with a casino so that they have no advantage over us. Coach Fav explains there is only one way to beat the house, but it’s very hard to do. Learning legitimate strategies will help your game but will not give you an advantage. If you follow our best advice in this segment, you will definitely increase the times that you come home from a casino with winnings. This is not a scam. It’s the honest truth. 

Part II

Mini family Casinos USA reunion worked so well at Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Western Maryland because the weather was perfect for enjoying the outdoor features available at RG: swimming in the lake, kayaks, fishing, evening fire pits, and enjoying the indoor pool with the roof open. Four adults and 3 children – 8, 12, and 13 – we all got into the outdoor activities. Son Geoff lives in Maryland. Daughter Jill lives in Las Vegas. They had not seen each other in person for four years. Kids warmed up to one another very quickly. 

Part III

Odds and Ends: 

(A) South West Airline Issues.  The email we received on July 19 from SW told us our flight to Vegas was changed. Instead of a nonstop 4 hours, 20 minutes, Pittsburgh to Las Vegas, the new flight added two stops and would be 8 hours, 15 minutes. A call to SW led us to a nonstop flight that was leaving the same day but 5 hours earlier. It still had available  seats. We took it. No change in price because SW will move us for free as they made the change. 

(B) Pennsylvania opened up smoking for gamblers. Smoking inside casinos and other public buildings was stopped during the Pandemic. That’s an ouch for me. How about you?

(C) Post Pandemic are things the same as they used to be? Our answer is, “NO.” We are not sure that things will ever return to what they were. Transportation costs around Las Vegas are a nightmare beginning with getting from the airport to your hotel. Also the shortage of workers is forcing changes to the way casinos work. So many things are very shaky. 

(D) We will be in Las Vegas for the Monday Night football game September 13 as the LV Raiders welcome the Baltimore Ravens. There will be four of us on the trip with a fifth person joining us in midweek. Hope we can meet some or our listeners.  

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