Line Shading by Bookmakers

A bookmaker will sometimes apply a technique known as ‘line shading’ to squeeze additional money out of a contest by deciding on what the big favorites or ‘public’ team will be.

Public teams are popular teams wagered on by a large segment of the betting public. These may be teams with promising super-stars or very popular players or head coaches, or merely teams that are doing very well in the public’s eyes. Not all favorite teams will deserve the betting interest that they receive, but some will.

The bookmaker will look at each match-up individually and shade the odds line if applicable – basically when he feels he can get an edge.

Location can heavily influence the market in the form of betting volume from fans. Players from the East Coast might bet on the Patriots, Giants or other Eastern seaboard teams. Fans from the West Coast might prefer San Francisco or the Raiders, with bettors from the Chicago area jumping on the Bears.

The majority of these players won’t really care (in betting terms) how their team is doing, they just want to bet a few dollars on their team and have a bit of fun.

As an example, if a favorite football team should be ‘correctly’ priced at -6.5 on the spread / handicap – the bookmaker may want to ‘shade’ the line to -7. That half a point move puts the line out to a critical spread number and this could reap rewards for the sportsbook if the action floods in. Equally where the line -2.5 the book may try it on at -3, another crucial points spread number.

There are of course teams that the public dislike, so the opposite is true here. The line may get pushed out from e.g +5.5 to +7.5 on the unpopular team, especially if they are up against a warm favorite, thereby creating some possible value on the dog team.

Bettors can be notoriously changeable, teams that don’t perform well can hurriedly be discarded as a public team, just as quickly as they were embraced – this applies more to some teams than others.

The bookmaker needs to stay alert to these changes and if he employs a good balance of skill and judgement, he can profit well from these situations.

Some books are said to be able to increase their profit margins by over 20% if they get it right.

7 Steps to Solve Pachislo Slot Machine Hopper Issues

Easy Solutions for Pachislo Hopper Errors

Most hopper issues are easy to solve. Hopper error codes are general and do not give you specific details as to the issue itself. First you need to find the problem.

Step 1: Remove the Hopper

There are types of hopper connections – one that has a cord that goes from the hopper to the power supply, and the other where the hopper is automatically connected when it is inserted completely into the back of the machine.

If your hopper has a wire going from the hopper to the power supply, that wire can be removed from the power supply or, depending upon the hopper, from a connector on the hopper itself.

Pull the hopper towards you – it is held on by a track and may be tight, just wiggle it slightly left to right while pulling it. Some have a white clip on the front bottom that you will need to push down while pulling the hopper towards you. Others may have a piece of plastic in front of the hopper on the machine. Just lift the hopper over the plastic while pulling it towards you.

If your hopper is connected by a wire, remove the wire from either the hopper itself or the power supply.

Step 2: Remove the Top of the Hopper

Hoppers have two sections that are either screwed or clipped together. The top section is the plastic that the coins fall into. The bottom section is the wheel, plug/connector and sensor. The top part of the hopper can be removed.

If your hopper has screws just remove the screws with a Phillips screwdriver. There should be four screws – two located on the inside of the hopper and two on the outside of the coin area. When the two screws are removed the top will come off and you will be holding the entire bottom area with the wheel exposed.

There are also hopper that have clips holding the top to the bottom. These clips are usually yellow. The most common has two yellow clips on the front corners. Pull the clips toward you.

Step 3: Look for Jammed Coins

Look at the area where the coins exit the hopper and in the holes in the wheel itself for jammed coins. You will see them immediately now that you can view the entire wheel area. Remove the obstruction and test the wheel manually.

Step 4: Lubricate the Wheel

You should be able to turn the hopper wheel clockwise with little resistance. If you have no coins jammed in the machine, try to spin the wheel. If it seems tight, has rust, etc. check again for obstructions. Clean the wheel, the area around it, etc. You may need to give it a quick spray of silicone – do not use WD40 and do not use a lot of spray. A quick spray will do it. Work the wheel for a few minutes to let the lubricant do its work.

Step 5: Clean the Sensor

If the wheel is moving freely and you see no obstructions, look at the area where the coins are paid out from the hopper. Turn the hopper over and you will find a spring loaded arm. When tokens are paid out that arm swings through a sensor, breaking the light and sending a signal to the machine that a token has been paid. Clean the sensor of all dust and dirt with a Q-tip and a little rubbing alcohol.

Step 6: Lubricate the Sensor Arm and Spring

The spring loaded arm that breaks the sensor will sometimes seize up because of dirt or rust. Spray a little silicone spray on the arm itself and the springs. Manually move the arm for a few minutes to work the lubricant into the arm and the spring. You will feel it loosen and you will feel the spring begin to pull the arm back when you pull it forward. When it moves freely and the spring pulls it back into place without hesitation you are done.

Step 7: Manually Test the Hopper

Put a few coins into the wheel and turn the wheel clockwise. You will see the tokens fall into the holes in the wheel and move up toward the payout chute. If everything is cleaned and lubricated you will see the tokens enter the payout chute one at a time and actually shoot out the hopper.

If the wheel is not moving easily clean it again and check for obstructions.

If the coins are entering the payout chute but dropping out and NOT BEING SHOT OUT then clean and lubricate the spring loaded arm, make sure the arm is springing quickly back into place after you move it through the sensor, make sure it is not hitting the sensor but moving THROUGH it and breaking the beam.

Replace the top of the hopper, install the hopper back into the machine, reset the machine using the reset key and test it.

Compulsive Gambler’s Guilt Affects Their Gambling Addiction Recovery

When a compulsive gambler is in recovery, feeling guilty is one of the toughest areas to resolve for some people. When a gambler finally makes the conscious decision to stop gambling, reality sets in for the first time in a long time. When they take finally take stock in themselves they see all the damage they caused. Some people stop right before it’s too late and they have a few assets left. Then the compulsive gambler thinks they’re in control and once again go back to gambling. The next time the destruction is twice as worse. The feelings of guilt increase until they finally are willing to face they have a gambling problem.

Through various discussions with compulsive gamblers, I found a majority felt guilty and ashamed about the following:

* Feeling guilty you lied to your family and friends

* Feeling ashamed that your family and friends know you have a problem gambling

* Feeling guilty that friends and family may never trust you again

* Feeling guilty and ashamed knowing how much money you lost that could have been better spent.

* Feeling guilty you didn’t spend enough time with your children.

* Feeling guilty about your self destructive behavior

* Feeling guilty you didn’t go to relatives and friends events (birthdays, graduations etc.)

In time people will forgive the compulsive gambler, but can the compulsive gambler forgive them selves?

Friends and family will come around if the compulsive gambler keeps their word from now on. Once the gambler tells you they stop gambling, they must stick to it. If not they will lose credibility. Trust is very important both for the compulsive gambler and for the family and friends. People have to learn to trust compulsive gamblers all over again. In time they will if the compulsive gambler is willing to stop gambling.

Even though a compulsive gambler made numerous mistakes, they can recover and they can move forward. It’s human nature to learn from your mistakes. No one is going to give the compulsive gambler the death penalty for gambling. A lot of gamblers feel this way when their world comes crumbling down.

Take the time to improve your quality of life and the compulsive gambler’s feelings of guilt will diminish over time.

Binary Options: Gambling? I Don’t Think So

Binary options are a simple, effective and profitable means of investing. This method offers an alternative to traditional trading and provides both the novice and sophisticated investor with the opportunity to make a short-term prediction on an asset which can lead to significant financial gains.

To trade binary options, investors need to select an asset – whether it is a stock, currency pair, commodity, index or future index – they would like to trade with. Once they’ve done this, they need to research how the asset is trending to understand if the price of the asset is likely to rise or fall in price upon expiration. After they have this information, investors simply need to take a view on if the price will rise or fall, execute the trade online and wait to see if their prediction was correct.

For a number of reasons, some people associate binary options trading with gambling. The primary reason why binary options are associated with gambling is because options are traded in an unpredictable area – in the global markets. This appears to be similar to gambling as many believe it is only possible to reap financial rewards if luck is on your side. Another reason behind its association with gambling is that the outcome of options trading can be related to emotions such as fear and hope, all of which that can lead to the risk of losses. However, the accuracy is this claim is far from correct so it is important to differentiate the two.

Unlike gambling, this is a method by which an investor executes their financial plan. This strategy is developed by the investor so they know when to enter into an option and the assets or options they would like to invest in.

Binary options are also invested in with access to tools that can help the investor make educated choices including past expiry information, graphs and financial charts. The information is available so investors need to take the time to identify it. Once they are empowered with this information and grow their experience, their options trades are likely to experience greater success than before.

Finally, and most importantly, stating that binary options is a form of gambling is incorrect because gambling is illegal in some countries while binary options trading is legal across the globe. The relevant industry and government regulatory bodies regulate the industry, demonstrating that it is a globally accepted means for the global trader.

Regardless of what some people think, trading options is a professional and effective means to turn learned financial knowledge of the markets into personal financial gain.