# What Does “Mean” Mean in Betting?

In betting, the term “mean” is used to describe the average outcome of a series of trials (or “bets”). For example, if you roll a die five times and get three sixes and two fives, the mean is six. Of course, the outcome of the trial is not the only factor that goes into figuring out the mean; you need to know how each outcome was counted (i.e., whether all fives became sixes or whether two of the rolls were discounted because they were duplicates). With most gambling games, you are given the option of limiting the amount of trials or increasing the amount of money you are willing to risk. For the latter, you must be mindful of how the game is weighted and how many chances you are given to win or lose.

## What Is the Difference Between Rolling the Dice and Rolling the Wheel?

If you’ve ever played a game of craps, you know how dice are used to determine an outcome. The outcome of a roll of the dice is inherently unpredictable and varies from shooter to shooter as well as from game to game. This makes dice perfect for use in games where luck plays a factor, such as baccarat and some types of poker. In these games, it is generally accepted that a game of chance will produce an unpredictable (and hence, variable) outcome. In craps, this means that the average result will be different each time the game is played. As a result, this game is typically weighted more heavily toward the casino than the player. This is in contrast to roulette, which is usually considered a “pure” betting game and is usually played in pubs and casinos for entertainment rather than for money.

While the outcomes of rolls of the dice are variable, the outcomes of a roll of the wheel are not. As mentioned above, in most cases, a game of roulette will produce the same average result every time it is played because the odds are always the same. This is not always the case, however. Some roulette wheels are weighted so that the ball randomly lands on a certain number (see below for more information). In this case, the average result will vary from time to time depending on which numbers come up on the wheel. Because these outcomes are pre-determined, roulette is a bit more predictable (and hence, less problematic for the player) than a game of craps or dice poker.

Like craps and other random number games, blackjack (as it is commonly known) has an advantage reserved for the house. This advantage is sometimes referred to as the “house edge” and is actually a misnomer. The house does not necessarily have an advantage. Instead, “the house” has the advantage of setting the odds in its favor. To get a sense of how this works, let’s assume for the sake of argument that the casino is running a fair game and has not done anything to skew the odds. In this case, if you play against the house, the odds are always in your favor. You will win. The house will always lose. The house edge is simply the mathematical probability of winning, which is usually very small. This is generally not the case, however. Most casinos will strive to give the impression that they are running a fair game by making the house edge as small as possible. In reality, this is impossible because of the nature of the beast: the house always wins in the long run. Even in the case of a completely fair game with no house edge, the house will still have an advantage over the player because of the nature of the game.

## The Mathematics of Poker

There are actually several different ways to mathematically determine the outcome of a poker hand, depending on how many players are involved and what strategy the players are using. The most basic approach is to simply add up the total value of all the cards in the hand (including the blank cards) and divide this total by the number of players. This gives you the amount of money each player should win or lose, based on the value of the cards they are holding and the strategy they are using. The next step is to take this amount and divide it by the number of cards the player actually has (i.e., if you are playing with a pair of Aces, you would actually be worth \$16, not \$12), then round up to the nearest dollar. This is the basic strategy for dealing with poker. While it is easy enough to follow, it is not always the most efficient way to play. If you follow this approach, you may find that you cannot determine the exact value of some hands because there are too many variables (for example, how good is your pocket hand and how good is your board hand?). In these cases, you have to go with a more sophisticated strategy, which involves making educated guesses about what other players might do and then using this information to make the correct call.

## Poker Variables To Consider

A game of poker is only as good as its gameplay and the odds, of course, but there are several other factors that can affect the ultimate outcome. The first and most obvious is simply the skill of the players. If you are playing against seasoned players or a high-limit opponent, it is always wise to keep this in mind. The second factor is the quality of the cards used. Some players will use low-quality cards or cards that have been marked by moisture, which will skew the odds in their favor. Players at the table with a bad experience will also skew the odds in their favor because the house usually has to grant them special permission to re-enter and resume play. In the final analysis, though, the most important factor is the amount of money you are willing to risk. If the stakes are high enough, this is almost always the case because no one wants to risk the entire bankroll (which, in most cases, is equal to or greater than the amount wagered) on a single hand. This is why, in general, poker is only played with money orders; if any player at the table loses the money in the form of chips (or, in some cases, casino credits), they are automatically barred from further play until they can afford to bet again.

## Which One Is More Predictable: Roulette or Blackjack?

This one is actually very easy to answer. If you want to know what will happen with certainty, you should play roulette. This is because, with roulette, the result is always the same. The ball will either land on a number or it won’t. There is no randomness involved. If the ball lands on red or black, it will be counted as a specific number. In contrast, the results of a hand of blackjack are never certain. Sometimes the player will beat the dealer (i.e., come out ahead). Sometimes the dealer will beat the player (i.e., come out ahead). It is always a matter of luck (and, in some cases, strategy). The best explanation of this phenomenon comes from an old poker saying: “Sometimes you beat the dealer, sometimes the dealer beats you. It’s all a matter of luck.” In the end, if you want to know what will happen with certainty, play roulette. If you want to have the most fun gambling, play blackjack. This is because, with blackjack, the odds are always in your favor. You will always win (until you lose). The key word here is “always.” If you are looking for a game that you can play over and over again without running out of chances, play blackjack. If you are looking for a game that will give you a better chance of coming out ahead, play roulette. You can’t lose with roulette. In the end, though, both games have their place and can be enjoyed by people of all skill levels. It’s just a matter of personal preference.