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    Gambling FAQ by Dexterity_

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    Gambling FAQ:
    
    Name of Game: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    
    Platform: PS2/PC
    
    By: dnextreme88
    
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    1. Introduction <Intro>
    2. About <About>
    3. Version History <Hist>
    4. Contact Information <Contact>
    5. Copyright Information <Copyright>
    6. List of Games <List>
    7. The Games <Games>
       7a. Blackjack <Jack>
       7b. Slots <Slots>
       7c. Roulette <Roll>
       7d. Wheel of Fortune <Wheel>
       7e. Video Poker <Poker>
       7f. Pool <Pool>
       7g. Horse Racing <Horse>
    8. Gambling Skill <Gamble>
    9. Sites Permitted <Permit>
    10. Credits <Cred>
    11. Closing <Close>
    
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    1. Introduction <Intro>
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    Welcome to my Gambling FAQ. In this FAQ, you will learn how to play the various
    different games at the three enterable casinos in Las Venturas, as well as the
    ITB machines in Los Santos and Blueberry. I will also show you how you can tip
    the odds in your favour through other means.
    
    By following this guide, and with a bit of luck, you should be on your way to
    earning millions in no time. Well, that's the idea anyway...
    
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    2. About <About>
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    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is owned by Rockstar Games. All trademarks are
    subjected to Rockstar Games.
    
    Copyright  Rockstar Games.
    
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    3. Version History <Hist>
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    Version 1.0 - May 29 2005
    = Submitted the FAQ.
    
    Version 1.1 - June 5 2009
    = Added more sections. Added "Sites Permitted", "Outro" and "Credits".
    
    Version 1.2 - June 23 2009
    = Added "About" section. Changed "Outro" to "Closing" section.
    
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    4. Contact Information <Contact>
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    If you have any questions, suggestions or some corrections, feel free to e-mail
    me. My e-mail is jeannekevindecena@yahoo.com. Please put the subject as "GTA:
    SA: Gambling FAQ" to remind me that you are not spam. If not, the subject
    should be atleast close to the previous one and I will try to answer it.
    
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    5. Copyright Information <Copyright>
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    IMPORTANT NOTICE: PLEASE READ
    
    No part of this FAQ may be produced or published in any form or by any means,
    electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or any information
    storage or retrieval system without the permission in writing from the
    copyright owner.
    
    Copyright  dnextreme88
    
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    6. List of Games <List>
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    There are many different gambling activities you can participate in throughout
    the state of San Andreas. Here is a quick run down of them:
    
    - Blackjack (casinos)
    - Slots (casinos)
    - Roulette (casinos)
    - Wheel of Fortune (casinos)
    - Video Poker (pubs and casinos)
    - Pool (pubs and casino)
    - Horse Racing (Los Santos & Blueberry)
    
    When you start a new game, the only things you can do are pool and horse
    betting. My suggestion is that if you have an ounce of pool skill inside you,
    play a few games and get yourself a few grand to begin with.
    
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    7. The Games <Games>
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    Here, I will be explaining how the gambling works and how to play each of the
    games.
    
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    7a. Blackjack <Jack>
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    Locations: Casinos
    
    This is my favourite game, and if you know how to play it, you can make some
    good money fast here.
    
    Basically, the object is to try to get as close to 21 as you can, without going
    over 21 (i.e. going "bust"). You begin by placing your bet, which can be
    anything between $1 and $1,000,000 depending on your gambling skill and what
    table you are on (more on that later). Then the dealer will deal you two cards,
    both face up, and himself two cards, one face up, the other face down.
    
    You then have two basic options, "hit" or "stick". If you think that your total
    is high enough to beat the dealer, choose stick. However, if you think that you
    can get away with another card, choose hit. Remember though that the more times
    you hit, the higher the chance of going bust, which loses the hand 
    automatically.
    
    When you have stuck, the dealer will reveal his second card, and will then do
    the same, hitting until he either beats you, or goes bust. Note that the dealer
    will always stick when he reaches 17 or higher, and he will always hit on 16
    or lower.
    
    Depending on the cards you have been dealt, you may be given two other options.
    One of them is known as "splitting the hand". This option is only available if
    you have been given two cards of the same value (i.e. two 3's or two Kings,
    picture cards must also be the same). If you choose this option, the two cards
    will be "split", thus creating two hands. You will be dealt an extra card on
    each hand, and you carry on playing as normal, taking each hand in turn.
    Splitting the hand gives you the chance of doubling your winnings, but be
    careful, because you also double your bet, so you stand to lose more if it
    goes wrong.
    
    Whether or not you should split depends on which cards you have been given,
    here is a quick reference as to when you should and should not split:
    
    If you have two...
    Aces - split (note that you will only be given one extra card per hand)
    Twos - split
    Threes - split
    Fours - don't split
    Fives - don't split
    Sixes - don't split
    Sevens - split
    Eights - split
    Nines - split only if the dealer's card is nine or higher
    Tens/pictures - don't split if the dealers card is not a ten/picture, if it is,
    it's your choice
    
    Another option you will always be given is called "doubling". This is when you
    double your bet, but you will only be dealt one extra card. It is only
    advisable to do this if your two original cards total 11, or if they total 9 or
    10 and the dealer has a 5 or 6.
    
    If you are dealt an ace and a ten or a picture card, then it is known as a 
    "blackjack", and you instantly win double your bet, unless the dealer has also
    been dealt a blackjack, in which case it is a "push" (a push is when you and
    the dealer both reach the same total, in this case, you do not win or lose
    anything). If the dealer gets a blackjack and you don't, you instantly lose.
    
    Note that there are no 5 card tricks on this variation of blackjack. Instead,
    you are only allowed a maximum of 5 cards in one go, although the number of 
    times when you need a 6th card will not be many.
    
    When deciding on whether or not you should hit/stick, it is important to
    consider two things. Firstly, what cards you have compared to the dealer. For
    example, if you have a total of 16 and the dealer has a 9, it is wise to hit
    because the chances are he will get a ten or a picture (as there are many more
    of them than there are ace-9's). However, if he has a 5 then you may want to
    stick and hope he doesn't beat you. The second thing to consider is what cards
    have been dealt recently. For example, if a lot of picture cards have shown
    in the last few hands, then the chances are you will be given cards of a 
    lower value, so you may want to hit on higher numbers such as 16 or 17 
    (depending on what the dealer has of course).
    
    Well, that's the basics of blackjack. A mixture of doing the above and a bit
    of luck and you should be rolling in it in no time.
    
    There are four different tables you can play at, differed only by the maximum
    you can bet on that table ($100, $1,000, $100,000 or $1m)
    
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    7b. Slots <Slots>
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    Locations: Casinos
    
    There isn't really a lot I can say about this. Simply walk up to a slot
    machine, put in your coin and pull the handle. This is pure luck, so if you win
    anything, congrats to you!
    
    Typically, this game does not pay out well, so don't come here looking to raise
    your bank balance.
    
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    7c. Roulette <Roll>
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    Locations: Casinos
    
    One of the most popular forms of gambling, just pray that that little white
    ball falls on the number you want.
    
    When you reach the table, you have a number of different places you can place
    your chips, they are summarised below:
    
    Single number (including 0) - pays 36 times bet
    Between two numbers - pays 18 times bet
    A row of three - pays 12 times bet
    Between four numbers (in a square, e.g. 1,2,4,5) - pays 9 times bet
    Between two rows - pays 6 times bet
    Below a column - pays 3 times bet
    Low (1-12), Medium (13-24), or High (25-36) - pays 3 times bet
    Red or Black - pays 2 times bet
    Odd or Even - pays 2 times bet
    Low (1-18) or High (19-36) - pays 2 times bet (note that these are separate
    spaces to the low, med and high mentioned above)
    
    Note that if the ball lands on the green 0, then all bets lose except those 
    placed on 0.
    
    Like Blackjack, there are four different tables to bet at, ranging from a $100
    max bet to up to $1,000,000.
    
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    7d. Wheel of Fortune <Wheel>
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    Location: Casinos
    
    I do not know a great deal about this game, and I haven't played it much
    myself. My understanding is that you place your bet on which value comes up,
    and if you guess correctly, you win your bet back plus that value as a multiple
    of your original bet.
    
    If somebody could let me know exactly how this game works, I would be very
    grateful and will credit you.
    
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    7e. Video Poker <Poker>
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    Locations: Casinos, and some bars
    
    The object of this game is to try and get the best combination of card values
    and/or suits. After you have placed your bet you are dealt five cards, you then
    have the opportunity of "holding" as many cards as you like, and the cards you
    do not hold are replaced by fresh cards. Your winnings (if any) are then
    calculated from the five cards you have.
    
    Above the five cards is a table showing you the different ways of winning.
    
    Flush = all cards of the same suit
    Straight = run of cards (e.g. 2,3,4,5,6)
    Jacks or better = pair of picture cards or aces
    Full House = 3 cards of the same value, 2 cards of another value (e.g. 
    3,3,6,6,6)
    Royal Flush = 10,J,Q,K,A of the same suit
    
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    7f. Pool <Pool>
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    Locations: Bars and The Casino Floor
    
    This is the first game I played in SA, there is a bar called the Ten Green
    Bottles that is only a couple of block away from CJ's house that you can play.
    Just take the Greenwood parked outside the house and drive it down the road,
    and it will be on the right hand side.
    
    There are 15 balls in this variation of pool. 8 "solids", 8 "stripes" and the
    black "8 ball". The first person to pot a ball will then have to try and pot
    all the remaining similar balls (e.g. if you pot a ball first and it is a 
    solid, you have to pot the other solids, and the other player has to pot
    stripes). When you have done that you then need to pot the 8 ball to win.
    
    You remain at the table until you either don't pot a ball or you foul, then it
    is your opponent's turn. Ways of fouling include:
    
    - Not hitting a ball
    - Hitting the wrong type of ball first
    - No balls hit a cushion
    - Potting the wrong type of ball
    
    If you foul then your opponent can place the white ball anywhere on the table
    he/she likes, and carries on playing.
    
    Note that if you pot the 8 ball when you are not supposed to, or if you pot the
    white ball at the same time as the 8 ball when you are supposed to, you
    automatically forefit the game.
    
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    7g. Horse Racing <Horse>
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    Locations: Under the Mulholland Intersection, Los Santos & in Blueberry
    
    This is easy to learn, but relies mostly on luck to succeed, but not entirely.
    You start off with two choices to make, how much money to bet and which horse
    to bet on. The horses with shorter odds (lower numbers i.e. 2/1) have a better
    chance of winning. If your horse comes in first, you win your bet back plus
    whatever it's odds were as a multiple of your original bet. For example if you
    bet $1000 on a 5/1 horse and it wins, you win your $1000 back plus an extra 
    $5000, giving $6000 in total. Anything other than a victory results in you
    losing your bet.
    
    Note that it is possible to cheat using the ITB machines to gain lots of money
    fast. All you need to do is go to a machine just after loading a game, bet the
    max on the horse with the longest odds, and if you lose, just reload again and
    you don't lose your money. This is not something I do, as I don't like cheating
    but I know that some people out there want good money fast, and this is a good
    way of earning it.
    
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    8. Gambling Skill <Gamble>
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    This is one of your stats recorded in your stats page. The higher it is, the
    more you can bet at games such as Blackjack and Roulette. The only way of
    increasing your gambling skill is to gamble. The more you gamble, and the
    higher your bets, the more the skill will increase. Note that this is probably
    the easiest skill to max out, a good solid 15-20 minutes of max betting should
    see the skill go all the way to the top.
    
    Not only does this skill determine how much you can bet, but it also tells you
    how much you can "borrow" from the casinos. If you go below $0 then your money
    indicator will turn red, and into a minus figure. The casino will then send
    people to hunt you down and kill you whenever you are in Las Venturas, and 
    until you go back into the green. The number of people that are after you is
    determined by the amount you are in debt by, the maximum being 4 people if you
    have debts of $1,000,000. Be on the look out for a black Vincent driving
    erratically. Don't panic though, because if you have a half decent gun you
    should be able to take them out no problem, and they leave a lot of money when
    they die.
    
    Related to this is your Luck stat. The higher this is, the more chance you have
    of winning. To increase your luck value, you must collect the 50 horeshoes that
    are scattered around Las Venturas.
    
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    9. Sites Permitted <Permit>
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    If you posted this on your website without my supervision, it is a violation of
    the copyright. The following sites have MY PERMISSION to post this FAQ to their
    site:
    
    GameFAQs - www.gamefaqs.com
    SuperCheats - www.supercheats.com
    
    If your site isn't listed above, email me first. Never and never post this FAQ
    on your site WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. It is something that you shouldn't do and
    you really shouldn't do after all.
    
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    10. Credits <Cred>
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    I would like to thank the following:
    
    To GameFAQs and Super Cheats for hosting the FAQ.
    
    To Rockstar Games for making a #1 hit game and possibly the best game there is.
    Thanks Rockstar!
    
    To you as the reader.
    
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    11. Closing <Close>
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    Well, thanks for reading my Gambling FAQ. You should now have a good
    understanding of how to play the various gambling games in San Andreas. Have
    fun gambling, and I hope you win lots of money!
    
    Thanks for reading this, feedback is always welcome.
    
    You can contact me via e-mail (jeannekevindecena@yahoo.com).
    
    You are free to use any part, or the entirety of this FAQ in other sites or on
    other message boards, but you must credit it as being my work. You must not
    copy this FAQ and post it as your own work on another FAQ site.
    
    If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me. And remember,
    put the subject as "GTA: SA: Gambling FAQ" or something very close to it. If it
    isn't close, I will mark your e-mail as spam or I will just simply ignore it.