I was told that when a blackjack game was full, you could still make a wager by betting alongside another player’s bet. Being what you call a low-roller, most low-limit games are always full and I do not have the financial wherewithal to bet on a $25 game. So my question is, can I bet with someone else on a two to five-dollar game? Geoffrey G.
Geoffrey, you ask a good question, but one where I do not have a simple answer. I have never seen what you describe in any of the US casinos that I have worked or have looked in on, nor does any of my casino guides mention where you might be able to play alongside fellow blackjack players. But, there is such a wager sometimes allowed to patrons who are observing the game, but not seated at the table.
Called “standees,” the unseated players place their wagers in the betting circle of the players who are already seated at the table. These seated players get to make all the betting decisions (without the counsel or caution of the standee), and the standees must abide by these decisions.
But, as to where you can find it, I’m clueless. Possibly an informed fellow Login Sbobet reader will write in and enlighten me on casinos that offer standee wagering, and I will pass it along.
In Sic Bo, how good of a wager is a two-face or three-face combination bet? Pop F.
Sorry, Pop, a two- or three-face combination wager is a big no-go. Sic Bo, which means dice pairs, is a popular game with the community of Asian gamblers in both Atlantic City and Nevada. In the wager you’re asking about, the two-facecombination wager, the player bets that on the next shake of the three dice, two of the dice will show the chosen numbers.
For example, he bets on three and five, and that pair comes up or it doesn’t. That wager is paid off at five to one, but the casino advantage on this wager is over 16%. Even worse is the three-face combination bet. Though the house pays this wager off at 150 to one, the true odds are 215 to one. This gives the casino a 30% edge over the unschooled gambler.
Borrowing a bit from Mark Twain, the casino management says “Let us be thankful for the fools, without whom wečd have to get a real job.” The sharp gambler stays clear of Sic Bo generally except for one bet, the Small or Big. Here, the house edge is chopsticked down to 2.8%.
I find making a money line bet in baseball confusing. It’s not at all like making a football wager where you beat the spread and bet $110 to win $100. Could you please explain a money line bet as it relates to baseball? Hank F.
A typical baseball quote is posted on the sports board as follows: Tigers – YANKEES +120 -140. The favorite team is listed in the first column, and the underdog is either parallel to or under the first team. Home teams are generally capitalized.
In the example game mentioned above, the Tigers are favored over the Yankees in New York (a bookie blunder; bet the farm on the Yanks!), and you see the odds expressed as to how much money you need to lay or give to win $100. You can either bet $140 on the Tigers to win $100, or you can bet $100 on the underdog Yankees to win $120.
Gambling thought of the week: “It’s a terrible feeling when it’s only 11 o’clock, youčre in a city that never closes its eyes, and you’re out of money.” Melissa Raimondi (Casino Player)