Okay, after a period of good VP promos that kept me busy, I’m back with time to discuss, as I promised earlier, that awful gambling subject called Losing!
I hope you have been reading the many good comments written these last couple of weeks - there is SO much helpful information there, including links to sites that talk about the regulations that govern how casino machines can operate. Some of those who need support during a losing streak may find these reassuring.
Although some people will always have doubts, I believe that VP machines in REGULATED jurisdictions are random and you can depend on the pay table to show you an accurate long-term EV. Yes, it IS possible for a casino to put in rogue chips that would alter that but there are several reasons why I do not worry about this. This is a complicated process and would take a group of people to do this on a large scale and it would be hard to keep this secret. A casino would risk losing its valuable gaming license . The larger the casino the less likely this becomes. And that it is a conspiracy of casinos all over the country, like many of you seem to think – that just doesn’t make sense.
On a more practical level, we have played VP for almost 20 years and been able to pull out a profit every year but one – and that was a very small loss. We have known personally scores of others – and hundreds by reports – who have done the same. And here is another fact: people who lose usually are more apt to write about their experiences. Players who are winning aren’t writing as much: They are too busy studying and scouting plus they often are trying to stay “under the casino’s radar.” Brad and I had our 2nd best winning year in 2009 and I know many many players who are still winning, even as VP conditions have worsened.
It IS getting harder, that is true, and one has to work harder. That is why I am going to give you some practical hints on how you can improve your VP results and LOSE LESS! I’ll warn you now that I may sound tough when I write these discussions. But gambling to win – as opposed to just having fun – is a tough business.
I’ve written this before – I do not think everyone has – or should have – the goal of making gambling a money-making endeavor. There will always be more people who look at it as just an entertainment option. But I find that most people do not need advice on how to lose more in a casino – and even the recreational gambler would like to lose less. So in the days to come, I am going to discuss boo-coo ways to lose less. You might pick out only a few of them that sound good for your style of playing and your goals. That’s fine. And there might be a few who will become inspired to do as many of them as they can. That’s good too.
I will not judge you on how many of my suggestions you will take to heart. If you throw enough spaghetti against the wall, some is bound to stick!