Urban Legends About Casinos

Roulette martingale, blackjack card counting … Enlightening tips that will make you rich or fantasies of dreamy onlookers at the gates of the Bellagio in Vegas? Even if some myths about casinos and their games are not entirely unfounded, here are some myth busters.

Roulette is 50/50

This is the basic premise of the famous classic martingale in roulette, which would allow you to win every time: by playing a series of single strokes on red or black and doubling your bet as long as you lose, you inevitably end up being at least reimbursed since you have a 1 in 2 chance of winning mmc996.

Blackjack: Prohibition to count cards

Several films (such as Las Vegas 21) have played on this misconception. In practice, there is no law prohibiting it. However, it is illegal to use an electronic device (computer, smartphone, etc.) to count cards.

To “be good” at blackjack, you don’t have to be a Rain Man genius. You just need to master basic mathematics (addition, subtraction, even a dose of division depending on the techniques) and have the patience to learn. But the counters don’t get full at aces, even if they make more money than they lose.

Oxygen to boost you

Casinos are said to be ready to do anything to encourage players to spend. Since a high level of oxygen keeps a person alert – when a lack of oxygen weakens it – diffusing it in the rooms would be the way to see customers playing until the end of the night.

Casinos: dirty money laundries

The link between casino and mafia is not so much a myth as an anachronism. It is true that Las Vegas was partly built in the 1st half of the 20th century thanks to the involvement of organized crime. Today, establishments are no longer run by gangsters but by big companies, more concerned with their ethics. For example, the famous Bellagio, MGM Grand, and Mirage are owned by the MGM Resorts International group.

If it were necessary to look for financial embezzlement somewhere, it is more on the side of the circles of play that it would be advisable to turn (8/10 have been closed in Paris since 2008 for this reason).

“Hot” tables and “cold” tables

It is wrong to believe that one table has higher winning possibilities than another. In roulette and craps, the chances of any outcome occurring are exactly the same with each roll of the ball or dice. In other words, these games are governed by equiprobability. For example, a die has a 1 in 6 chance each time to fall on any of its sides.

Our natural need for control tends to convince us otherwise. In reality, when we believe we are active and have an influence on the game, we only deny the chance.

Big progressive jackpot = imminent win

Just as counting symbol combinations are useless, predicting when a jackpot will fall is impossible. Whether there were one or 200,000 games played on a slot machine, the odds of winning are exactly the same every turn (whether you press the button or pull the joystick, by the way).

The games are loaded.

Operators have no more right to place magnets in the roulette balls (100% resin or Teflon) than to have control over the allocation of jackpots.

They don’t even have access to the machinery electronics, which is sealed. To intervene on them, they must be in the presence of a specialist approved by the administration.

More generally, the equipment is subject to regular checks to guarantee fair play, and all table game surveillance videos – compulsory – are kept for several weeks and made available to the authorities. The days of the Far West when tables had major flaws are far away.

The house always wins.

This is neither true nor entirely false. The games are indeed designed so that the chances of winning are in favor of the establishment. From there to assert that the latter always wins to push the logic a little too far. If there were never (big) winners, the rooms would close.

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