Why Women Are Better Gamblers Than Men

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Before jumping into the main part of the article, I want to take a second to explain a couple things. This page isn’t about women being better than men, or about men being better than women. But it does deal with a few facts that might be uncomfortable for some readers.

I suggest putting aside any notions you have about the superiority of women or men while you read this page so that you can benefit from the information. I’m going to tell you why I titled this page the way I did, and give you specific examples of why it’s true.

Most of the advantages that women have while they gamble are based on old fashioned beliefs that have been passed down from previous generations that men are in some way smarter and better than women. I stress that this isn’t my belief, but women can take advantage of this while they gamble.

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Even though it’s not right, the fact is that women gamblers are treated different in many situations than men are treated. Sometimes it’s clear that the men involved think they’re better than women, bit often it’s hard to see unless you watch the actions.

This attitude doesn’t just come from your gambling opponents; it also runs throughout land-based casinos and their personnel. Once you read the examples and situations below you can see what I mean. But more importantly, once you understand what’s happening, you can use it to your advantage.

1- Blackjack Advantages

The casino industry seems to be afraid of blackjack card counters. They watch their games for any sign that someone is counting, and once they identify a counter they throw them out.

Most card counters are men, and the casinos pay more attention to male blackjack players than female when trying to find card counters.

Though it’s not true that men are smarter than women, the fact is that most casinos act like they are. How else can you explain the focus on men and basically ignoring women when looking for card counters?

I’m not saying that the casino will never figure out that you’re card counting, but it will take much longer than the casino takes to identify a male counter.

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Beauty is a subjective topic, and it can be somewhat controversial. But if I didn’t include a small section about it here, I would be leaving you without all the information you need to take advantage of being a female gambler.

Especially when you’re dealing with male dealers, the prettier you are, the easier it is to get away with counting cards and wildly increasing and decreasing your bets. One of the best assets a card counting team can have is a beautiful woman to keep the dealer’s mind on something other than catching a counter.

I’m not telling you what to do, because you need to decide how to get as much of an advantage as possible. So this isn’t a suggestion, just a fact. The more revealing or sexy your outfit is, the more advantage you have when counting cards. Never underestimate your ability to distract the male species.

Many men have a difficult time accepting that a beautiful woman can be smart. You can use this to your advantage in many different ways.

I cover this in a later section, but if you’re a woman and are able to get your act perfected, you can play down your intelligence and get away with doing all kinds of crazy things at the blackjack table.

You can make plays that look odd, vary your bet sizes, and even get the dealers to let you do things that no man can get away with.

You might even find that some dealers try to help you. Pay attention when the dealer is checking for a blackjack before he asks if you want insurance. The most common way a dealer helps in this situation is when he has a blackjack he might hesitate longer when he asks you if you want insurance. When he doesn’t have a blackjack he might ask and pass by you quickly.

2- Poker Advantages

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Walk into any poker room, or look at the entrants in any poker tournament, and you find that the majority of the players are men. For some reason, men dominate the poker scene. Even when the best female poker players do well, it’s often treated as something special, instead of simply recognizing their abilities.

Poker is a complicated game, and in order to do well you have to be good in many areas of the game. In some of these areas, you need to be able to judge your opponent’s abilities and you need to judge whether they’re bluffing or not.

As a woman poker player, both of these areas offer opportunities to take advantage of male players who refuse to recognize your abilities.

When you have a big hand and are in the pot with men who think they’re smarter than you, you can often bet more aggressively and get called because the men don’t give you enough credit.

You should also bluff less because they don’t believe that you have a good hand.

While not being able to bluff much can hurt you sometimes, the fact that you get called more often when you do have a winning hand more than makes up for it.

The key is to recognize the biases and take advantage of them. It doesn’t help you make more money to complain about bias, but when you start taking advantage of it you can quickly turn bias in your favor.

3- Playing Dumb

Though I’m a man, I talk slower than most people and look rather plain. This has opened some opportunities where I’ve been able to take advantage of situations where someone thinks I’m dumb. It gives me a great deal of satisfaction to profit from someone because they think I’m dumb, so I often encourage their belief when it’s profitable.

Group of Men Playing Casino Table Game, Woman Shrugging You can use the fact that many of your opponents and the casino don’t think that you’re as smart as they are. It might sound upsetting to play dumb, but if you know how to do it you can simply use it as an act that increases your profits. One of the best ways to get revenge against someone who thinks they’re superior to you is to beat them at the tables and take their money.

And some of your opponents are going to be so convinced of their superiority that you can continue taking advantage of them for a long time. When you make a masterful play and beat them, act embarrassed about how lucky you were to beat them.

They want to believe that the reason you beat them was luck, because they can’t accept the fact that you’re better and smarter than them. You can use this to your advantage over and over.

One of the best examples of this is the actress Jennifer Tilly. I don’t know her personally, but she’s able to make people believe that she’s dumb. I suspect that she’s very intelligent, because she’s a good poker player and you can’t be a good poker player if you’re dumb.

4- What to Do About It If You’re a Man

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On the other side of the coin, if you’re a male reading this you can learn a few things also. The first thing is that you need to take a close and realistic look at your beliefs and the way you act with woman gamblers. Even if you don’t want to be biased, the truth is that most men are at least a little biased against women.

You need to either learn how to change your bias or learn how to overcome it. If you can’t do one of these things, smart women are going to take advantage of you when you gamble.

When I play poker against females, I view them exactly the same as all of the males at the table. I watch how they play and try to determine how good they are based on facts. I’m also careful about communicating with them more or less than I communicate with the other players. This isn’t a big problem for me, because I don’t communicate much with anyone at the poker table, but it’s something you should be aware of.

I also make it a point to ignore what they’re wearing and what they look like. Anything that distracts me from my goal of winning as much as possible must be eliminated. If I don’t care what the guy across from me is wearing, then it doesn’t matter what the woman beside him is wearing.


You’re either a woman or a man. If you’re a woman, use the information above to improve your gambling results. Use the sad fact that many men look down at you to your advantage, and take their money.

If you’re a man, make sure you don’t have the wrong attitude and avoid letting any bias you have cost you money. In a perfect world each person would be judged on their actions, not on their gender. But we don’t live in a perfect world, so be aware of the biases in the world and either use them to your advantage, or make sure that you don’t let your biases cost you money.