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Betting styles

13 January 2019

Readers’ tales of big wins almost always come from slot players, with video poker players making up a substantial minority. Rarely do they come from table players.

That’s normal given the nature of the games. A huge win on the slots can strike in a single spin. When table players have winning sessions, it usually means grinding out more wins than losses over extended play.

Still, table players give me a rare email surprise with big-win stories, including these two.

BLAKE: I’d been playing blackjack for a couple of years and knew basic strategy, but I was pretty timid as a bettor. It was strictly $5 a hand and if I lost $50 I was out of there. My biggest winning session was maybe $20.

Then I heard about betting progressions and decided to try. I still was going to limit by losses to $50, but at least if I was going to make bigger bets, it would be with money I won.

I bet $5, and stayed at $5 after one win. After two wins, I raised to $10, then $15, $20, $25, $35, $50. So I had to have won seven in a row to get to $50. Any loss took me back down to $5.

I got lucky – really lucky. At the start, it was just a normal session. Win a hand or two, lose a hand or two, so no raises. But then I went on a streak. At the $20 bet, I got a blackjack, so instead of $25 I went to $30, then $40, then $50.

At $50, I was dealt a 7 and a 4 and the dealer had a 4. Until that day, I’d never bet more than $5 on a hand, and now I was going to double down and have $100 on the table. I was sweating bullets and my heart was pounding, believe me.

When I got a 10 on my double, it was an electric shock. I’d just won $100.

I couldn’t bring myself to raise again. I stayed at $50, won one more hand and lost one. I stayed for another half hour and never had another streak, but I did win a little more. In all, I won $250 for the session, more than 10 times as much as I’d ever won before.

I colored up to leave and they gave me two $100 chips and two $25s. I showed my wife who was at the slots, and my hand was shaking. It was unbelievable.

JEANNIE: It was my birthday and I was playing roulette with $1 chips. My birthday is the 20th, so I was betting $1 on 20 and surrounding it with $1 on each of the four corners around it.

I was doing OK. A couple of the corner numbers hit. I got an 18 on one spin and a 23 on the next. Finally, the 20 came up. I won the 35-1 on 20 and 8-1 on the corners, so a total of $67.
I added $5 to my bets, so two chips on 20 and two on each corner. The 20 came up again! I won $134 right as my husband came up behind me. He said, “Go for it,” and I did. I put $5 on 20 and $5 on each corner. It won again!

Now I was up more than $500! I decided good things come in threes, and I cashed out and never looked back. I still don’t know what number came next, but I had a nice birthday haul.

Look for John Grochowski on Facebook (http://tinyurl.com/7lzdt44) and Twitter (@GrochowskiJ).
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John Grochowski

John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

John Grochowski Websites:

www.casinoanswerman.com

Books by John Grochowski:

> More Books By John Grochowski

John Grochowski
John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

John Grochowski Websites:

www.casinoanswerman.com

Books by John Grochowski:

The Craps Answer Book

> More Books By John Grochowski