Comments from the Readers - The most Precious for a Columnist

Comments from the Readers - The most Precious for a Columnist

It's always nice for a columnist to get comments from his readers. When I had my own radio show over WJTN in Jamestown, N.Y., I often wondered if anyone was listening. They were, of course. The station's signal carried our broadcast into many parts of New York as well as Pennsylvania.

LATESTCASINOBONUSES and LATESTPOKERBONUSES.COM carry our messages to two diifferent classes of people. The first includes players who enjoy all the games offered to them in a casino setting -- horses, dice, slots, baccarat, poker and all the rest. LATESTPOKERBONUSES.COM caters exclusively to poker players.

While most of my emails come from Latest Casino Bonuses, the interest in Latest Poker Bonuses seems to be picking up. That's good news. Poker has become the most popular casino game offered to the public. Slots run a close second and its a tossup for third place.

Many of the emails I receive are personal and complimentary. While I won't get into the details of what our players write, I do want to assure them that I am encouraged by their words and try to cater my columns to their interests.

Other emails like the following I will share with you. A member writes, 'My wife and I are making our first trip to Las Vegas, thanks to you. We follow your columns religiously and would like to know your advice on the following subjects: what games would you recommend we play that would give us the smallest risk of loss? We don't have a lot of money to lose and we want to have a good time. By the way, this is our second honeymoon.'

Congratulations on your second honeymoon. I think you'll enjoy Las Vegas very much and will bring some great stories back home to share with your family and friends.

As to your question -- what games should you play that would give you the smallest risk of loss, my recommendation is, stay away from all of them!

In order for a gambler to have a reasonable chance of winning, he needs to have a killer instinct. Fear cannot be a factor when it comes to gambling to win. A scared dollar will not remain in your pocket very long, and it sounds to me like you need to keep those few dollars you have to spend for other more important things.


Take your wife on the scenic desert ride to Mt. Charleston. Have a romantic candle-lit dinner at the Mt. Charleston Inn. It lies near the ski slope about 30 miles north of Las Vegas, and you will love the incredible view of the mountains and valley. If you pick the right time and evening, there will probably be a small jazz combo for entertainment and dancing.

Once you share some special time with your significant other and feel good about yourself and Las Vegas, that's the time to gamble. Don't get serious about it. Make it fun. Stop at a roullettte table and pick out your favorite numbers -- maybe your birth date, your house number or some other number that has significance for the two of you. Place a small bet on each of the numbers, which pays 35 to 1 if you hit, and ask the croupier to spin the wheel. If you win, take the money, tip the dealer and go on to another game.

Gambling is like war. If you are not willing to get a bit bloodied, don't play. It usually takes some warfare in the trenches before you can beat Las Vegas, and it doesn't sound like you are ready for that yet. Good luck and have fun in Las Vegas.

Another reader writes, 'Your stories fascinate me. I love the way they come alive and tickle my imagination. In most of your stories, you end up a winner. Don't you ever lose?'

What a great question. Of course I lose. All gamblers, even the ones with the greatest winning records, lose at times. It's part of the territory.

When I lose, I think of it as one inning in a nine-inning baseball game. I try to shrug off the loss as best I can, go home, nurse my wounds, and do something pleasant to get my mind off the bad experience. I give myself a little time to recover and return to the same casino with the kind of determination that General Patton had when he went after Rommel and his tanks. Not only am I determined to win, I am determined to make my opponents pay for my previous losses. Does it work? Most of the time the answer is yes.

Thanks for the emails. Keep them coming. Let the games begin.

Let the games begin.

“A scared dollar will not remain in your pocket very long”

  • (Warning; The comment made below this warning is just in fun. If you are the type that tries to become insulted every chance you get, please don't read this. Geno knows that I have the utmost fondness for him and his writing talent. In fact, I'm his #1 fan) To me, It is funny how different people get different things out of reading the same story. Well, after reading this story, the one word that continues to stick in my head is "classes." I have heard of upper class and lower class and I think they are talking about income, I could be wrong. I went to college. Every time I turned around I was taking another class, so I know only too well about them. I have also been unfortunate enough to have met those who have no class, you know what I mean. But, now I am reading about class in terms of types of gambling. Who knew. You have enlightened me. Now, it almost sounds like these are parallel classes. Is that correct? Surely, if your in the poker playing class, your not gonna shun someone like me who partakes in other forms of casino entertainment that is not poker based. I certainly wouldn't shun a poker player . Does this mean I have more class. Well, anyway, I had a lot of fun with this article, can't you tell.............
  • A scared dollar in your pocket?!?!? ...Believe it or not, I am flabberghasted at these words. I have seen some looks in my days, and to think that was a gambler with a scared dollar... a very mind-expanding phrase! Whew. I would love to read an article that rats out game-rigging. I don't know how many people have pulled it off, and I don't want to be on that end of anything - but the one factor that would stop me from playing, is the idea that I CAN'T win. Not didn't. No...I go ahead and lose all the time! But there's no use playing a rigged game, whatsoever. And if someone is as shrewd as to know what a 'scared dollar' is...what must they know about "the crooked"? ...Then again...keep it safe...such an article would best be written under a pen name.

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