T he only way to beat the house in Vegas, people will tell you, is not to play. Every bet here is a sucker's bet at some level; all the odds are tilted away from your wallet; and the house, in the long run, always wins.
Do not listen to those people, for if you do, the best you'll do in this life is to die slightly richer yet much, much more bored. Instead, strap on your big-kid armor and stride confidently in the direction of getting your ass kicked by the casinos here. It's an American rite of passage, after all, and one spiked with the adrenaline rush of watching potentially life-changing sums of money flicker just out of reach.
What you DO want to do, though, is gird yourself against the many subtle tricks that casinos have devised to give them greater edges, even away from the tables and slot machines. With a few pointers, you can make the right moves and navigate your way through these glittering mousetraps that generations of sucker bets have financed.