It is the business of all casinos to take your money, and generally, they do it very well.The big casinos supply free drinks, reduced (or free) room rates, show tickets, etc., to entice the player to go on gambling. The obvious reason they win is the house edge, which varies greatly from game to game. The house edge is the reason Steve Wynn can build another casino; why The Bellagio can change their carpet every year; and why Indians learn the casino business so quickly. Casinos make money.Yet in this universe of “We ‘gotcha.” there lies a precious few methods in which the player can turn the cards to his advantage. In Blackjack, the method is called card counting. It is well documented that a good counter can win lots money. Through a complex system of counting and remembering cards, a counter can achieve a slight advantage over the house. For brief periods, the counter bets and wins. And he wins enough to make the casinos sit up and take notice.Casinos hire surveillance employees that do nothing but monitor play at their casinos. If you are winning big, say over $5,000., you can safely bet that your play is being watched very carefully for counting. But casinos have a counter-weapon at their disposal… Nevada law allows casinos to prohibit play for any (or no) reason at all. If a player is winning too much, they can ask them to leave the casino.They cannot, as many casinos have found out, rough-up players. In the old days casino personnel could (and sometimes would) take a player out of guest range, and “discourage” his behavior. There are many instances of players being beat-up and threatened. Towards this end, he would also be placed into a blacklist. One of the main blacklists for casinos all over America was formally the blacklist book kept by Griffin Investigations.But, we are a litigious society. Back in 2000, Gamblers Michael Russo and James Grosjean were publicly called “cheaters,” and were improperly “detained” at a major strip casino. They were also placed into Griffins’ book of undesirables. This was business as usual for casinos.Only Russo and Grosjean sued.They were not found with any cheating “devices.” They did not steal casino chips, either from the players or the casino. They simply used their minds well enough to beat the casino with their style of play (counting cards). And they successfully argued that the casinos and Griffin Investigations had no right to improperly detain them or blacklist them.In September, 2005, Griffin Investigations filled for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing the large financial awards against them by Russo and Grosjean. And you can also bet the casino lawsuits have changed their policies towards counters. Not that they will allow counters to win huge sums of money… They just can’t take them into a back room anymore. “Gentlemen, we do not want your play.” will be about the toughest thing a casino can say or do to card counters.Huge lawsuits have a way of changing behavior; even in Vegas.
You turn on the TV to watch your most anticipated program, the lottery show. You wait for the announcer to say the winning number combination. The announcer says the numbers one by one as they show on the screen. You can’t believe your eyes. The number combination matches the numbers on your ticket. Then everybody — your spouse, children and relative — shouts for joy.If only it was true. In reality, lottery jackpots are hard to get. Look at it this way. In a lotto where you must win six number combinations from the numbers one to forty-six (1-46), the chances of winning are one in every 1678057920 number combinations! Even if you buy 10 tickets with different number combinations, the chances of you winning are still very small. You might as well bet in a football or boxing match, where the chances of winning are one to two. There are thousands of people taking their chances in lotto, but you could only count the yearly winners on your fingers in one hand.But the poor wins usually, right? Since they need more money than average people do, they must win. Possibly, but there are also average and above-average people who play lotto even if they are well fed and could support themselves and their kids. So every person has a small chance of winning. Everything is fair game.Also, we get poorer if we play lotto seven times a week, 365 days a year. For example, if you buy a ticket everyday that costs $20, you lose $7,300! You might as well use it on other important things such as schooling, businesses and investments. And when you think it is still harmless, you are wrong. It could be the root of addiction, similar with gamblers in casinos who bet even their house just to improve their luck. They often cry because of debt. Probably, lotto dealers and owners earn more than we do.If you get the jackpot, then you are very lucky. But even if you become an instant billionaire, that wouldn’t mean no more problems for you. You would like to help your mother, father, siblings and friends. Since you are now rich, money would be just like a piece of candy. But it also leads to harassment, abusiveness and worse, murder. Since the jackpot winner is still adjusting to this new environment, he is likely to fall victim to excessive luxury or fraudulent transactions. It could get dangerous for you if you win.And the worst is if you spend too much money. The jackpot looks like a never-ending source of big bucks, but with careless handing it could all lead to zero. You could be in greater debt that you are in now. All the money handed over to you could quickly turn into nothing but ashes.If you want to play lotto, think twice. Being smart is much better than being greedy and risky. Better win for life than win money once and just end up losing it.