Learning strategy for casino games is easy today. You can google any number of terms to quickly find what you’re looking for, whether it be blackjack, roulette, or poker strategy.
This isn’t to say that you’ll always find the exact strategy you want on the first page of Google or Bing. But you can pull up a large number of resources within seconds.
This wasn’t always the case, though, because gambling strategy was harder to come by. In fact, players used to spend more money and time learning the casino games they loved.
Luckily, this has changed greatly due to the scenario described above. But why is it so easy to learn casino gaming strategy these days?
To understand this, it’s important to look at how things used to be. That said, I’m going to cover what searching for gambling strategy was like years ago along with when everything changed.
Gambling Strategy Resources Were Harder to Obtain
Finding gaming strategy wasn’t as easy as pulling out your smartphone 20 years ago. Instead, you had to either visit a bookstore or order a magazine subscription.
Bookstores are/were a viable source for not only strategy, but also learning how to play casino games. I can remember visiting stores in the early 2000s and buying books by Avery Cardoza, John Growchowski, and Frank Scoblete.
Of course, noted gambling authors have been selling books long before this. 10-time WSOP champion Doyle Brunson had great success with his 1979 poker strategy work Super/System.
Whether you looking for the finer points of beating poker or just wondering how to play craps, books were the primary way to do so.
Magazines are/were another good way to learn strategy and basic information on casino games. Subscribing to a magazine allowed you to get a monthly dose of tips on gambling strategy.
If you hadn’t bothered studying any strategy before going to a casino, you could always visit the gift shop and give yourself a crash course through books.
But the two key problems with purchasing books at stores/gift shops and magazine subscriptions include costs and convenience.
Buying a different book for every casino game you’re interested in gets expensive. And you may end up purchasing multiple works that cover the same game, such as books on basic blackjack strategy, card counting, and comp hunting.
You can easily rack up hundreds of dollars in expenses doing this. Add magazine subscriptions to the list and you’re going to sink even more money in.
As for the convenience aspect, few people want to visit a bookstore just to learn something about a casino game. Nevertheless, this is what many players did because options were limited.
Taking everything into account, gamblers like myself were waiting for a better way to learn casino games all along — we just didn’t realize it.
The Internet Changed Everything
The World Wide Web launched in August 1991, thus ushering in the internet era. Only, most people didn’t even know this service existed at the time.
The consumer internet that we know today didn’t take flight until the mid-1990s. Even with more people using PCs and online connections at this point, the search engines weren’t very good.
Many people can remember using AltaVista, Ask Jeeves (now Ask), Excite, Lycos, Yahoo!, and WebCrawler to search the net. Unfortunately, these services weren’t very accurate in terms of delivering desired content.
Searching for gambling strategy wasn’t easy in these days. You might’ve searched Ask Jeeves for “baccarat strategy,” only to turn up a mixture of unrelated links on the first three pages.
Then you would go to Lycos, Excite, WebCrawler, etc. until finally landing on a page that was quasi-related to your original inquiry.
I haven’t even gotten to the actual gambling content, which is far from the in-depth and accurate strategy of today.
Hired gambling strategy writers didn’t always have much experience with the games they discussed. Therefore, you’d oftentimes find posts that were are limited on info or just flat-out wrong in terms of accuracy.
This isn’t to say that every gambling author is perfect today. But the gap between today’s content and what was commonly found years ago is immense.
These are the main reasons why I was still buying books throughout the early 2000s. The information was better and more comprehensive than what was being offered on the internet.
Luckily, search engines and online gambling info improved in unison. Google, which launched in 1998, got up to full steam by the mid-2000s.
Google blew other search engines out of the water in terms of quality. What began as a research project by Stanford students Larry Page and Sergey Brin quickly made internet searches more accurate than ever before.
Suddenly, my inquiries about baccarat strategy or any other topic actually brought up relevant pages. These improvements eventually led to fewer and fewer trips to the bookstore.
Bing, which was launched in 2009, has since come along as a quality supplement to Google.
I rarely have trouble finding anything on Google. But if an issue does arise, then Bing is just a few clicks away.
You Can Learn Gambling Strategy Numerous Ways Today
The internet has only improved in terms of solid gaming content and search engine accuracy. You can always find relevant articles and videos on the front page of Google or Bing with a simple search.
Videos is a key word here, because articles aren’t the only way to learn casino games any longer. Instead, you can now visit YouTube and watch somebody explain how to play sic bo or handle bluffing poker opponents.
I personally still gravitate towards articles, so that I can quickly pick out the key points and move on. But some gamblers prefer to learn through video.
Gambling strategy videos are especially nice when considering that you can watch them while performing household chores like dishes, laundry, or mopping.
Of course, the methods for learning gaming strategy go deeper than just YouTube videos. I’m going to look at the different ways you can improve in a variety of casino games.
Blackjack & Card Counting Strategy
Blackjack seems like a confusing game to beginners due to the complicated basic strategy. But you can quickly learn everything through a blackjack strategy chart.
All you need to do is search for one of these strategy charts and visit either Google or Bing images. Doing so brings up a large list of different strategy cards.
You can either print the cards off for use at land-based casinos or just keep them pulled up on your web browser.
Another way to learn blackjack strategy is through trainers, which are programs that point out when you make incorrect moves. Just google the term “blackjack strategy trainer,” and you’ll immediately have access to multiple free sites.
Card counting was previously something that you needed to purchase a book to learn. This is still a viable option if you’re looking to learn from a legend like Arnold Snyder or Stanford Wong.
But you can also find numerous online articles, videos, and forums to help in the matter. I especially find forums helpful, because you can browse through comments on handling in-depth card counting aspects.
Craps strategy is easier to learn than most casino games. But you still need some help sorting through the many available bets.
Any quality online craps article will quickly point you to the wagers with the lowest house edges. You’ll also find crash courses on craps odds bets, which don’t have a house advantage.
I also find that it’s helpful to play free craps at online casinos. Doing this familiarizes you with the playing process without risking any money.
Daily Fantasy Sports Strategy
Daily fantasy sports (DFS) have become more popular in recent years. This has led more gamblers to seek out the DFS strategy that’ll give them an edge over opponents.
Both articles and videos are good ways to pick up tips on this game. These resources provide helpful info on how to create optimal lineups and manage a bankroll.
Poker is the most-strategic form of gambling. This game is so tough because the average player has gotten better and better over the years.
The main reason why poker players improve so much is due to the widespread availability of poker strategy. But you can use articles, forums, training videos, and Twitch to take things to the next level.
Training videos feature skilled players explaining how to handle certain aspects of poker strategy. These videos first became popular in the late 2000sand have remained a viable resource today.
Twitch, a streaming site launched in 2011, has more recently become the preferred strategy tool of many players. What makes Twitch so great is the fact that you can watch skilled pros stream their online poker sessions while offerings helpful hints.
The best part is that you don’t even need to pay for the service. Instead, the pros earn advertising revenue based on the number of people watching their channel.
Of course, Twitch users can also offer subscription content. But there’s so much free streaming that you don’t need to pay for anything.
Sports Betting Strategy
Sports betting is another highly competitive form of gambling. You can improve your chances of making winning bets by reading articles, visiting forums, and using online software tools.
The Internet has arguably helped sports bettors more than any other type of gambler. The reason why is because most gamblers didn’t have access to high-powered calculators and software that could help to make informed wagers.
Nowadays, you can find arbitrage calculators, Kelly Criterion calculators, odds converters, and more. Advanced online software programs also give you the ability to come up with helpful trends and create your own sports betting systems.
Of course, not everybody is on the level where they must use tools to improve. Beginner sports bettors can learn a lot just by reading articles and watching YouTube videos.
Part of me misses the old days of searching through bookshelves to find gambling strategy gems. I also enjoyed being excited over a magazine arriving in the mail each month.
But times have changed thanks to the internet. And the widespread availability of gambling strategy information no longer makes it worthwhile to forage for books.
Additionally, the internet makes it cheaper than ever to become a successful gambler. A card counter can learn trade secrets for the monthly price of an internet connection.
A poker player can quickly learn the mindset of a pro by watching their Twitch stream. Sports bettors can use advanced mathematical tools that were previously only available to pros with superior computer skills.
The internet has evened the playing field between pros and amateurs, while also improving the convenience of looking for gambling strategy.
Even beyond strategy, you can quickly find out how to play a game just within moments thanks to the web.
Everything I’ve covered here isn’t to say that books and magazines are completely dead. Books are especially helpful resources if you want to get into the mindset of a particularly successful gambler.
But my $70 internet connection provides the best bang for my buck in terms of price and convenience.
Michael Stevens has been researching and writing topics involving the gambling industry for well over a decade now and is considered an expert on all things casino and sports betting. Michael has been writing for GamblingSites.org since early 2016. ...
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