Issue 314
September 18 - September 24, 2006
Volume 6
page 3

The Secrets of Choosing a Profitable Casino
By Larry Edell

Pssst... Wanna know a secret?

How about the secrets of choosing a profitable casino?

A casino that will maximize both your profits and your entertainment expectations is extremely important. A lot of people end up at casinos due to the proliferation of "fun books" that are mailed or given out at tourist bureaus.

These coupons will give you free hot dogs, drinks or coffee cups. But is this really the best method to choose a casino?

Wanna know the secrets that craps pros use to choose their most profitable casino?

Let's find out!

If you play craps for profit, you need to carefully choose a resort that will maximize your comps while offering favorable playing conditions. For example, some casinos offer 100X odds while others offer only 2X odds. And, some casinos offer comp credit for your spread rather than for individual bets. Both of these are terrific advantages for the craps player.

However, after you have finished playing for the required amount of time and get your "free" meal or show, you might find that this is not exactly what you wanted. For example, say you visit a particular casino that offers 100X odds but they have standard rooms, no major show, and there is only one mediocre restaurant. Even though this casino offered superior playing conditions, you're bound to get tired of going there several times a year.

Another casino offers only 2X odds, however, they offer a superior show, five different restaurants, and a Jacuzzi suite. Although this casino's craps policies are less favorable than the first one, you might end up getting more value for your money in the long run.

Now, before you gamble, you should call a casino on their 800 number and ask to speak to a casino host. Tell him (or her) that you would like to try their casino out. Ask about the different restaurants, shows, and rooms they offer. Ask if they base comps on individual bet or spread. Ask about the minimum bets and play required to get a free room. Write down the answers and call the other casinos you're interested in, so you can make an accurate comparison. The "ideal" casino is different for every crapshooter.

A friend of mine smokes cigars and chooses his casino by the brands of cigars that are offered as comps. Someone else might only want to stay in a hotel that offers a Jacuzzi, or an adjustable bed. Perhaps you would like a casino that has several different room floor plans, or one that has two shows instead of just one. One resort might have a terrific Chinese restaurant, while another might have a good Italian one.

In many casinos the high odds being offered do not compensate for the inferior quality of comps. Quite often, a casino offering 2X odds might be a better deal than one offering 100X odds.

Pssst... Now you know the secrets of choosing a profitable casino.

About the Author

Larry Edell Edell is the world-renowned expert on the casino game of craps, and his award-winning newsletter, The Crapshooter, has been in publication since 1994. The was launched in September 2000, as the internet property of Larry Edell and Leaf Publishing. Mr. Edell has also published over two hundred different articles in magazines such as Casino Player, Gaming Today, Mid West Players, and Gambling Times.


Books by the Author

Purchase Larry's book, "Make Your Living Playing Craps" and others available online here.

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