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Timothy Dawson's Biography

Timothy Dawson is a former high school English teacher, internet marketing consultant, travel agent, and restaurant manager, but he’s always been interested in casino gambling and poker. Having spent 20 years and over 10,000 hours gambling, he’s convinced that he has more expertise to offer than most.

His favorite topic to write about is how the math behind gambling works, especially in casino games and poker. He knows about sports betting, too, but he’s only recently started learning more about that subject. He plans to continue to write about sports betting as he learns more about it.

He visited his first casino in Las Vegas (The Sands) in 1996 and has been gambling ever since. He likes to say that he spent most of his life’s fortune on gambling and chasing women – the rest, he wasted.

He’s been writing about his gambling experiences almost as long he’s been gambling. He published his first blog post in 1999, which – as hard as it is to believe – is almost 20 years ago.

His favorite casino game is blackjack, and he avoids slots on general principle. He will admit to having a soft spot for The Big Lebowski slots, though. He considers it a guilty pleasure.

When he feels like showing off, Timothy takes a date to the Winstar in Oklahoma and teaches her the Martingale system at the roulette table. He eventually explains to her that it doesn’t work in the long run, but that always comes later.

Dawson’s interests outside of work include classic movies, science fiction novels, and Shakespeare. He’s also a fan of old music – much older music. He was enjoying a cigar with his buddy Patrick at the local cigar bar one time when Patrick called him out on it.

Here’s how that conversation went:

Timothy: “Hey, man – they’re playing Dean Martin on the stereo.”

Patrick: “You gotta do me a favor. If we’re ever down here with some women, don’t say things like that.”

Timothy: “Why not?”

Patrick: “You might not have noticed, but I’m not that comfortable getting older. You seem to be relaxing into it just fine.”

Patrick’s right. Timothy Dawson is definitely relaxing into the autumn of his years just fine. In fact, someone pointed out recently that his hair has definitely turned gray. That might bother some people, but the Bible says that grey hair is a “crown of glory.”

He lives in a quiet suburb of Dallas, Texas, with three dogs, two daughters, and a much-younger girlfriend.

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Timothy Dawson's Articles

7 Things Professional Gamblers Do That Beginners Don’t

Here’s the truth about professional gamblers: They don’t gamble the way you do. Not only are they more knowledgeable, more skilled, and more disciplined, but they consider things that wouldn’t even occur to the average recreational gambler, even the ones who are serious about winning more often. Here are some of the things they do […]

Why Do People Obsess Over $5 Blackjack?

Blackjack comes in many stakes. It’s most often available at $10 and $25 tables in brick-and-mortar casinos. However, a small percentage of casinos also offer $5 blackjack. Many gamblers go crazy over these low-stakes tables. Why is it that blackjack players are so obsessed with $5 stakes? I’ll provide some reasons on why below along […]

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Does the 100% RTP Slot Machine Exist?

I was recently having a time wasting discussion with a golf buddy who rarely gambles but is headed to Las Vegas in a couple of months. He was asking about the best games to play, and while I avoided the subject of slot machines like the plague, he continued to bring them up. We started […]

Steps to Counting Cards Without Using Negative Numbers

Counting cards isn’t the easiest thing to do, but there’s a particular issue with most systems that makes it almost impossible for many people. The good news is that there’s an easy way to work around this issue. Most card counting systems use a count that starts at 0, and a few start at a […]

7 Interesting Questions and Answers About Video Poker Gambling

You can only write so much about slot machines. After all, they’re basically simple games. You insert your money, press the spin button (or pull the lever), and get your results. There’s no strategy for how to play a slot machine. There’s nothing subtle or even that interesting about the experience—other than having money in […]

6 Ingredients You Need for Winning Roulette Play

By the end of this article you’re going to know everything you need to know about roulette. You don’t need to read a book or watch hours of videos, because once you know a few secrets about roulette you know everything you need. The first ingredient you’re going to learn about is how the odds […]

The History of Video Poker Tutorial Software

If you really want to master video poker and stand a chance at winning against the casinos, you’re probably going to have to practice using some kind of video poker tutorial software. The history of these kinds of programs is interesting, and I’ve done some research into the subject. What Does Video Poker Tutoring Software […]

How to Finish Strong at the Casino (7 Things to Know)

A wise man once said, “It’s not how you start, but how you finish.” When gamblers contemplate past trips, one of the first things to consider is how they performed overall. The most important question usually involves the amount of money won or lost. As it turns out, that amount often depends on the outcome […]

A Metaphor for Professional Gambling Bankrolls

You’ll hear more stories about gamblers’ winning streaks than you will about their losing streaks. This applies to professional gamblers as much as it applies to recreational gamblers. But those losing streaks are bound to happen, and having a sufficient bankroll makes all the difference for the serious gambling professional. In this post, I share […]

Ways to Think Like a Profitable Video Poker Player

If you like to use math and analytical thinking when you gamble, video poker is going to be one of your favorite games. Everything that you do when you play video poker needs to be based on simple mathematical concepts. In fact, if you’re not using these mathematical concepts, then you’re likely losing more money […]

6 Ways to Think Like a Winning Blackjack Gambler

Smart blackjack players know how to think about the game in a way that lets them win. If some blackjack players are able to win, it means that you can learn how to win too. You just have to learn how they think and start thinking the same way. You’re getting ready to learn 6 […]

Does Blackjack Have the Best Odds?

Blackjack holds a reputation for being one of the highest-paying casino games. It can deliver serious winnings when you get on a hot streak. But does blackjack offer the best odds in the casino overall? The following guide answers this question by exploring what factors affect RTP, average blackjack payback, and how well real money […]