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Who or What Has the Power?

27 Dec 2022

By Frank Scoblete
Casino players go to the casinos to win some money; in short, to win the casino’s money. They pit their strategies against the casino’s edges on all the games.

And what do the casinos have? Well, their games are usually based on the random distribution of results. The casino’s strategy is to have games that are based on probabilities in the dice and the cards. These probabilities create the edge with a little help from the casino bosses.

Many wins are not paid at the true odds of the bets the players make. Take for example roulette. On the American double-zero (0, 00) wheel the chance of the ball landing in the pocket you have chosen is one in 38 as there are 38 pockets in which a ball can settle.

The true payout of that bet would therefore be 37-to-1 but the casinos cannot make money on paying out the true odds. Instead, the casino pays 35-to-1 which then gives the casino a 5.26 percent edge over the player. That translates over time to a win of $5.26 per $100 wagered by the player.

And what can the player do about that? Sadly, nothing, except hope to get some good luck to overcome the edge in the short run. Long run? No, sorry. You can only beat roulette with luck which is, in the long run, not going to overcome the casino’s edge at the game.

The randomness of roulette has no emotions about what pocket comes up. The ball bounces here, there, almost everywhere and a pocket is finally found as the ball loses its energy.

Randomness has no emotions; it has no consciousness, no conscience. It is a mathematical element, nothing more, nothing less. Randomness has no thought of a player, a thinking, feeling human being no less, having his or her hopes dashed or satisfied as they play the game. Randomness doesn’t care about you or anything for that matter.

All casino table games have randomness as the key element in the playing of such. At craps the dice numbers can be created with 36 different combinations, no more, no less, and the player hopes that the dice will fall giving him or her the combinations on which they are wagering.

At blackjack or baccarat or mini-baccarat or Pai Gow Poker and at all the other card games, the dealer’s shuffle or the machine’s shuffle will randomize the cards and the player will have to play based on what percentages he thinks are going to happen now and in the immediate future. Players cannot dictate what cards will come out of the deck(s). He or she can only guess.

In blackjack, it is possible to remember what cards have been played and that knowledge can help players decide how much to wager and when to wager it because the same exact card will not return until after the next shuffle. Not many players can do such a thing.

The casinos don’t love those players who can do such a thing and the randomness of the game feels what? It doesn’t have any care at all because randomness has no emotions, as I’ve stated.

What are we players doing then? We are trying to beat something that can’t comprehend that we are wishing, hoping, desiring, and praying that a blast of luck will overcome a conscious-less operation.

All of what we feel at a game is meaningless in the real world. It just means something to us. I guess that might be enough. Maybe we are what we feel.

All the best in and out of the casinos!

Frank Scoblete’s web site is His books are available from, Barnes and Noble, Kindle, e-books, libraries and bookstores.

This article is provided by the Frank Scoblete Network. Melissa A. Kaplan is the network's managing editor. If you would like to use this article on your website, please contact Casino City Press, the exclusive web syndication outlet for the Frank Scoblete Network. To contact Frank, please e-mail him at

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