Is Statistical Tournament Poker Gambling?

I’m a poker player, not a professional by any means, but not bad player either. This last month a new poker parlor opened in Portland, Oregon that got my interest. I had seen lots of tournament poker in bars around Portland but they didn’t appeal to me for a few reasons…

1. They were in a bar, which meant a smoke filled environment and I am not fond of cigarette smoke.

2. The nights of play varied, often it was like every Tuesday night but not every night, if I wanted to vary my nights of play I had to go to different locations.

3. There was no guarantee that I could play, if I made the trip to the bar and the seats at the tables were already assigned I was SOL, I made the trip for no reason, or I had to wait 2 hours for the next game to begin, which might already be all assigned.

4. There was an expectation to use the establishment, and I agree with this, if they host a poker game they should expect the participants to buy food, drink, and whatever else. But extra bar food is not always in my budget.

5. Because the game was free it was usually crowded and the seats taken up by regulars who usually did not use the establishment, they even had the audacity to bring food or drink from another location into the establishment where the game was being played.

So, needless to say I did not play in the bar tourneys much. In steps this new poker room, National Poker Challenge, opening a new location here in Portland in the Cedar Hills area. I had to check it out and I was pleasantly surprised. They had addressed all of the issues I had with bar tournaments.

1. The room was non-smoking, a smoking area had been set up outside for the players that had to have their addiction to get their fix.

2. There are games every day, several times a day. They open at 3:00pm and close around 10:00pm with their first game at 3:15pm and their last game currently around 8:30pm.

3. They have online sign-up available or you can call the room for a seat, if the game is full they can tell you the likelihood of you getting a seat as an alternate and if they don’t have enough players for a game they will call you and tell you so. They exercise an in-your-seat policy, at the time the game is supposed to start if you are not in-your-seat or at least called and told them that you are on your way, your seat is given to an alternate.

4. and 5. Because the location is devoted to the game and not a bar or restaurant itself there is no expectation to purchase anything from the establishment because poker is its business.

Their business model is similar to the bar tournaments in that you are not playing for cash but are playing for points and statistical analysis of your play. Rather then charging the bar owners for running the tournaments they charge the players directly and statistically track the players play. The players are charged a monthly subscription that pays for the facilities, the dealers, and the statistic tracking. They do offer invitational tournaments for the top players that have cash and prizes. There is no charge for the invitational tournament. So is this gambling?

According to the Oregon Department of Justice it is, because the players are paying a fee to play and there are prizes at the end. But what makes this different from other events? Is it the poker chips? Are poker players being discriminated against because they use a piece of clay to track their points during a game? Think about it, you can have a chess tournament with an entry fee, there are prizes at the end for the best players, but does the Department of Justice call that gambling?

You can have a marathon where the runners pay an entry fee and there are prizes at the end, and most of the runners don’t even have a chance of finishing first, but is this called gambling? But because poker players play a game that uses chips it is called gambling when the games they are paying for don’t even have prizes. So, again, is it gambling? In my humble opinion, No it is not gambling. You are playing a game of skill and having your skill tracked. My hope is that the Oregon DoJ is not successful in its discrimination of this location and drops their investigation.

I invite you to join us in the poker room and try your skill at the table, see how they track your statistics and see how it may improve your play. After all, their tag line is “Do you know who the best poker player is? We do!”

Teenage Gambling At Post Prom High School Party

The latest trend to hit high schools is supervised teenage gambling at the Post Prom School Party. Over the past few months I have received numerous emails from parents, students and school faculty expressing concern about the new alternative entertainment. In all cases these people believe it would do more harm then good.

The concept became reality for students once the Post Prom Committee voted to accept this new alternative entertainment.

This Post Prom Committee believes this is safe night party for the High School prom. The students who are taking part are between the ages of sixteen and eighteen years old. Each student is able to purchase fake money to gamble with and at the end of the night they can trade this money in for prizes with at the end of the night. Some parents believe this is a safe wonderful event for their children. While others believe this is one area they prefer their kids not be involved with.

One of the emails I received was from a family who home schools their five children. I was surprised since their kids were not involved. She had explained to me that her daughter who is seventeen has friends who attend the public school system. She went on to tell me the negative behavior exhibited by these teens after the event took place. In fact they taught her daughter how to play black jack and poker. This is a good neighborhood that has strong community ties. She also informed me that she not see the difference between using fake money or real money when you still have a chance to win a prize that has value. She believes these teens are being educated on how to gamble, win and take the easy way out.

People in favor of this gambling event, nicely told those who were against it to have their teenager’s stay home. It was my understanding the post prom parties were supposed to be for everyone.

It surprised me that a school district finds gambling night an acceptable behavior for our teenagers.

I have seen first hand the self destruction gambling can do to teenagers and adults. It’s my belief that gambling should be limited to people who are eighteen and over.

Another email was asking me for the specific statistics on the negative impact on a teenager’s who attend a gambling event. General statistics reflect a percentage of those in attendance will develop a compulsive gambling addiction. Some of these same students may become addicted at some point in their life. I have found that addictions to gambling are not age sensitive. People of any age who are gambling for the very first time can develop a gambling addiction. Usually a friend or family member takes them to the gambling establishment. I first found it difficult to understand how a person who is sixty five retired and on a fixed income gets addicted to gambling. The seniors I spoke with were very upset and didn’t understand how this happened to them. The unfortunate part is they lost their pensions and now only have their Social Security to live on. In one case the Grandmother has to move in with her daughter.

There is very little difference between supervised gambling and allowing supervised drinking alcoholic beverages or serving the students there choice of dugs on a silver platter. If a Principal served a student an alcoholic drink he would be arrested. I am trying to understand how school educators and parents can distinguish between alcohol and gambling on school property. How is one more acceptable then the other?

Studies have shown that there is a correlation between alcohol addiction and gambling addiction. The correlation was based on individuals who attend both Gamblers Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

It would be a shame to find out ten years from now that students who took part in supervised gambling at the High School level their future was compromised by a life of self destruction and low self esteem.

It’s a proven statistics that students who gamble get a similar rush as if they just had an alcoholic beverage. The only difference here they will not wake up with a hang over and the side effects are minimal until it’s too late.

We have now given our students another option in life. The major concern is the student’s will probably like the rush from gambling a lot more then alcohol and or drugs since there is no hang over or smell. Some students are likely to continue gambling. Students with A grades are not exempt from this. Statistics show that compulsive teenage gamblers are also very bright and articulate individuals.

People need to be educated on teenage gambling and its long term affects. It’s illegal to gamble if you are under 18. It’s also illegal to drink if you are under 18 (some places 21) and it’s illegal to smoke cigarettes if you are under 18. These laws were set for a reason. Another email I received wanted to know do these school systems have any respect for the Law?

I emailed each of the people and asked why haven’t they raised their concerns to the school board? They all responded the same. “We are the minority and now we look bad in front of our kids.” This is truly a no win situation.

The parents who are against this sort of entertainment believe; if just one student develops a compulsive gambling addiction that is one too many.

For more information on Stop Teenage Gambling Website [http://www.teenage-gambling-addiction.org] and I Stopped Gambling So Can You http://www.istoppedgambling.com/.

Mathematical Gambling Systems

There is plenty of controversy about mathematical gambling systems. They are to be illegal but they can be hard to identify. One of the most common methods used is counting cards in games such as blackjack. It isn’t a concept that everyone can catch on to but for those who can it may end up being quite profitable. There have been a few movies out there about such mathematical gaming systems.

 

It is important to remember that with gambling the odds are always in the favor of the house. Some people have come up with strategies though that do work well for them. The area of sports betting is a good example. Some of the so called experts in this type of gambling do their research. They go beyond the odds and the point spread though. They review information on past games and even individuals players.

 

Regardless of what type of gambling a person is engaging in, there are said to be mathematical gambling systems. In fact there are many books out there about such topics. People really want to be able to win money with gambling so they purchase such materials. They want to find a way to make money quickly. Most of these strategies though aren’t something you can put into place and make money with immediately.

 

Instead it takes paying attention to the game over the long term. It involves the challenge of continuing to improve your odds of winning the game. You must understand all of the rules of the game, the odds, the possible scenarios, and even how much to bet. There is quite a bit of time that has to be invested in order for mathematical gambling systems to provide you with any type of payoff.

 

You can be sure that the house has carefully calculated their risk of loss as well. They are well aware of mathematical gaming systems that people use. They don’t worry about them though as most of the time they won’t be effective. They also watch for people who seem to have more than a stroke of “luck” going on. Most casinos consider this a type of cheating and will escort you off the property.

 

Even though mathematical gaming systems can work for some people, they aren’t an exact science. You will find that some people using them have lost a large sum of money due to mistakes. There are always too many variables out there and so you can’t cover all of them. Still, in many ways mathematical gaming systems helps to reduce the risk involved with various types of bets. It is certainly more favorable than relying upon luck alone.

Craps Gambling Secrets Revealed – 7 Tips For Success

Craps gambling is without a doubt one of the most exciting and very popular forms of gambling in the casinos. Unfortunately, craps gambling can also be the most intimidating, unforgiving, and complicated form of gambling in the casino. Want to know how you can avoid the dark side of craps gambling?

Great! Continue reading to find seven tips you need to know – tips that will help uncover some little known secrets about craps – and how you can learn to have success at the craps table.

Craps, depending on the source you trust, is estimated to have as many as 30 million American participants annually. Why are so many people interested in this fast-paced form of casino gambling?

To begin with… the thrill of victory cannot be overlooked when it comes to winning. Having many opportunities (due to the multiple betting options available in craps gambling) to win, makes for a tremendous amount of excitement.

This is confirmed by the fact that you can easily identify the craps gambling area in a casino. How? Simply go to the area where you see a large crowd of people cheering and screaming. That is the popular side… but what about the other side of craps gambling?

Craps gambling requires betting on one or more possible number combinations from the rolling of two dice. Here are seven tips you must know in order to successfully navigate through this challenge:

1. The fact is that consistently predicting the outcome of the roll of two dice at will is impossible. Don’t be fooled by those few moments at the height of excitement that players yell out numbers and the dice miraculously obey. Those moments are the exception and not even remotely the rule. Do you know any professional golfers that hit a hole-in-one at least once every 18 holes?

2. The rules of craps and the odds, which are set by the casinos, guarantee that the casino will earn a small percentage of every bet at the craps table. So, if you thought beating the casino at craps was your mission, let it go. Whether you win or lose, the casino still wins. Knowing this fact will help you focus on your true mission.

3. Craps gambling offers you the option to bet for or bet against the shooter rolling a specific number or outcome; however, you also have the option to bet for and against the shooter simultaneously. How’s that for confusion? Here’s the tip – just because you have the option to make a specific bet or bets, don’t ever make a bet just because a table employee suggests the bet. Remember tip number 2.

4. Never step up to a craps gambling table without a pre-determined playing bankroll. In other words, decide in advance how much money you will bet with and never bet a penny more.

5. The reality of craps gambling is that everyone will win at some point and everyone will lose at some point. Yes, no matter how much you think you suck, you will win one or more bets. That is how the game is designed. Why? The money bet at craps is distributed between the players, with the casino taking a small percentage from the winners and losers. That is the big picture, never lose sight of it.

6. Decide in advance how much you are willing to lose for the day at craps. Should you reach that limit… Stop! End of discussion.

7. Since you are guaranteed by the rules and the odds that you will win some bets and lose some bets, make sure you win more money when winning than you lose when losing. Without a sound money management plan losing will be a given. You can do this by following tip number 6, but also setting a realistic winning goal. Once you reach your winning goal… Stop!

By understanding the secrets within the seven tips above and following those tips, you will separate yourself from better than 98% of craps gambling players and thus increase your odds of success at craps gambling.