Ligaz11 Review of Beating the Casinos at Their Own Game

Ligaz11 Review of Beating the Casinos at Their Own Game

Beating the Casinos at Their Own Game is intended to provide strategies for the casino gambler to “increase the odds of winning”. The key to understanding this book is to understand what this phrase, “increase the odds of winning” means. The strategies presented in this book will not eliminate the casino’s house edge. The house will still be a long term winner. However, in any given short gambling “session” using the methods described in this book, the player is more likely than not to be a net winner during that session. Most people who understand this distinction will probably not find this book useful. I believe that most people that don’t understand this distinction should not read this book. From the descriptions in the book, I don’t know whether the author really understands this distinction or not.


Anyone who has been in a casino more than once has heard about gambling systems. These are methods of varying one’s bet sizes and patterns to attempt to achieve some end, usually with the promise of nullifying the house’s edge. The problem is that the casino has about a 1.4% edge on every pass line bet placed on a craps table, period. No system of betting can change this. However, using gambling systems a player can make it likely that they come away a small winner for most of their gambling sessions, at the risk of having huge losing sessions on occasion. Similarly, a player can use a betting strategy that usually leaves them a small loser with a small probability that they could walk away a big winner. However, over the long run, the house will take their edge out of every bet, and this is something a gambling system cannot change. However, if a player understands this, some of these gambling systems can be fun to play, and I have no objection to an informed gambler using a betting progression. However, Svoboda’s book doesn’t make this point clear, and, indeed, I’m not sure the author understands it at all.


The book does provide reasonable introductions to several ligaz11 casino games, such as roulette, craps, and baccarat. I don’t think his description of how to play blackjack is very well written, however. The book does contain some good advice, for example, Svoboda advises craps players to not make the proposition bets in the center of the layout. However, this is interspersed with some very bad advice, such as betting the 5-number bets at roulette, the very worst bets one can make on the layout, and his recommendations regarding blackjack basic strategy are just wrong and should be disregarded. Admittedly, there exist a fair number of players who gamble so poorly that they might benefit a little from reading this book, but with other titles like The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gambling Like a Pro available, which covers essentially the same material so much better, I really can’t recommend this book to anyone.


Svoboda does provide information on some betting systems that are interesting to read about, some of which the author recommends and some of which he decries. However, none of these are intrinsically better than any of the others, despite the author’s advice. If one is interested in hearing about new gambling systems, maybe this book is worthwhile, but I doubt there are many people who fall into this category. The back cover says, “This is the book that casinos don’t want you to read.” If I were a casino owner, I’d hand out free copies to anyone who promised to follow its advice.



Beating the Casinos at Their Own Game describes flawed gambling systems for winning in a casino at games such as craps and roulette. While I’ve read worse advice on casino gambling, the strategies presented in this book are not long term winners and will cost a player more money than following better strategies. There are a number of novel gambling systems that are amusing to read about, but there is just too much bad advice in this book for me to recommend it to anyone.




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