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Old 02-02-2015, 08:32 AM   #7
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Default Re: Poker, Black Jack, Baccarat, etc.

Originally Posted by malloyd View Post
If it's a game where skill matters very much, a casino won't offer it for exactly that reason. You can't play poker (or for that matter bridge or go or chess or baseball) against the house. They may act as a bookie for other players, but it won't be the house employees playing, nor will any of the casino's money be riding on the outcome.

So yeah, there are no skills to be learned that will enable you to lose less against the house. The minimal loss strategy is usually too simple to be worth a skill point - it has to be since the dealer is playing it and it has to be one he can learn to execute flawlessly without too much training. You don't break even with it either because the house wins the ties or because there is a commission to play.
This is probably the reason why Gambling is a single skill covering many games and offering a bonus for Familiarity.
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