Re-entering the Board

On rare occasions, a player may be able to establish three points on his opponent’s board. Now black’s prob¬lem is almost insurmountable. However, this situation means that white must have at least six men back, and he has to be lucky enough to come in and make three points rather than merely coming on a point already held.

Black can circumvent this situation by refusing to hit any more white men. Even if white does manage to get three points, it leaves him with only nine other men to build his board. All in all, he should not worry too much about this possibility.

Frequently, after having been hit, a player will have options on where to play his man when re-entering the board. When this happens, he should try to make either the 1 and 3 points or the 1 and 2 points.

These two combinations of points are the most effective for back games. The reason that these points are more useful than other possible combinations of two points is that they are a threat to the opponent during his entry onto his board and during his bear off. If white has some combination such as the 1 and 5 points, black may be able to get his men past white’s on the 5 point and will then have only one of white’s points to worry about.

There is another factor that is very important when considering a back game: timing. The reason for play¬ing a back game is that a player hopes to hit his op¬opponent’s man and then to take advantage of that play.

W hite’s timing is hopeless. If he hits a man, there is no way he will be able to make use of it. His men are too far advanced. Black will come in and run around the board at his convenience.

Thanks for reading this article, I hope, you have learned something new. I really enjoy sharing my passion with you. Be sure to check other articles about games and casino. Stay tuned for new materials. Be responsive with your game and your money, Good luck, and don`t forget to have fun!

Taking a Break

In a blog earlier this month I talked about one of the two of “nevers” in casino table games and that was never quit a winning streak, the other “never” was NEVER REACH INTO YOUR POCKET TO BET MORE THAN YOUR ORIGINAL BUY IN.

If it makes sense to NEVER quit a winning streak, then the opposite is also true. ALWAYS quit a losing streak. If your original buy in is gone, you are on a losing streak of sorts, it may only be a small one, but it is time to quit and try somewhere else.

Part of proper game planning includes a money management strategy which allocates so much for your buy in amount, once that is gone, then it’s not logical to reach for more, it’s time to walk away and take a break.

One of the worse things you can do in casino gambling is chase your money. Reaching into your pocket for more at a particular table is exactly that, chasing your money.

By taking a break you can clear your mind of any negativity and mentally prepare yourself to go at it again. There is no time limitation on this break, it can be a few minutes, a half hour, whatever you feel comfortable with. Sometimes it is just a matter of going to a different table or relaxing in the Keno lounge, or going to another casino.

It is entirely up to you, but you need to walk away. Any of the above scenarios are a better option than reaching into your pocket to chase the money you have already lost.

I personally like the change of venue, as in going to another casino, however sometimes that is not practical, especially if you are at one of the strip casinos in Las Vegas (it is a long way between casinos).

One of the reasons I like playing the downtown casinos in Las Vegas is because a change of venue was just a walk across the street to another casino.

Just as an added footnote, another reason I like the downtown casinos in Las Vegas is the house rules are a little more player friendly (payouts, etc.).

But, if I am playing in one of the strip casinos, I like to take a short break between tables by relaxing in the Keno lounge, drinking a Corona and enjoying a good cigar. It allows me to refocus, shake off the last table, and then go at it again in search of that winning streak I know will come.

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