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Casino City Times - Gaming Gurus

Casino City Times is The Source for the latest gaming news, gaming strategy and gambling tips from the industry's leading experts.

Frank Scoblete - The good, the bad and the in-between  

Last issue I discussed the bad experiences many slot players have had in their attempts to conquer Lady Luck. This issue I'll take you into the world of players who have had in-between experiences; kind of good, kind of bad at the casinos of their choice and perhaps not at the casino of her choice.I am sure many of our readers have had such...

2017-11-21 00:00:00

Abby Messick - Top 10 Palace Station Hotel and Casino facts and figures  

Palace Station Hotel and Casino, a popular off-Strip locale, recently finished $115 million in expansions and renovations. And this was just one stop on a long line of improvements - the casino's been undergoing updates since its inception in 1976, cementing its position as a modern hangout spot and vital part of the neighborhood.To commemorate...

2017-11-20 00:00:00

John Grochowski - What's the right answer?  

Some casino questions have no answers — at least, none that the askers want to hear.Take the novice roulette player who asked recently, "Which is better, red or black?"I explained that neither is better, that both give you the same chance to win. There are 18 red numbers and 18 black numbers. On a double-zero wheel, there's an 18 in 38 chance red...

2017-11-19 00:00:00

John Marchel - The cost of playing  

Modern gambling facilities earn their profits by charging the customer a fee or commission for the privilege of playing in their facility. This fee is known as the edge or house advantage, which is built into each and every wager made in the casino or at the racetrack. The formal tern used in the gambling business for this commission is vigorish,...

2017-11-18 00:00:00

Gary Trask - Casino City's Friday Five: The glass is half full edition  

This edition of the Friday Five is a no-negative-news zone. That's right: no pessimists allowed. It's all rainbows and unicorns as we concentrate on positive news, and we're happy to report that there was plenty to choose from this week.We start in Las Vegas, where the city continues to persevere and rally in the wake of tragedy. We then move on...

2017-11-17 00:00:00

John Grochowski - 243 ways to win at slots  

QUESTION: I've played some of those 243 ways to win slots, and I'm never exactly sure how I've won. Sometimes I've won and I don't really see how the symbols connect. Are these the same as scatter pays? Do the paylines look different than on regular slots?ANSWER: On 243 ways to win slots, which were introduced by Aristocrat Technologies as "Reel...

2017-11-16 00:00:00

John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Bonus rounds that end just as they start  

Overheard at the video poker machines a few days ago: One player was teaching another how to play. The teacher said to the student, "You want to hold the cards that give you the best chance of winning." Strictly speaking, that's not the best strategy to follow. No combination of cards can give you a better chance of winning than a pat straight...

2017-11-15 00:00:00

Frank Scoblete - Simple questions, simple answers  

We face a new year ahead of us, the number 2018. For me, such a date is the equivalent of living in a science fiction novel of my childhood: home computers, smart phones with video and photography, laptops, and a host of other sci-fi technology.And casinos, which at this writing number some 1,000 that are spread out over 50 states. For people...

2017-11-14 00:00:00

Tadas Peckaitis - Top 10 advanced poker books  

Hwang focuses on the second most popular form of poker. As a follow-up to last month's list of top 10 classic poker books, this week we cover some of the better advanced strategy poker books that will help take your game to the next level. If you are playing live or online poker, these books will help you build a solid strategy and drastically...

2017-11-13 00:00:00

John Grochowski - Low-denomination video poker  

Video poker players who opt for a little low-cost fun at nickel machines usually encounter pay tables that are a couple of notches below those on games that require bigger bets.There are exceptions, mostly at casinos that cater to Las Vegas locals. A quick peek at tells me you can still find full-pay Deuces Wild on nickel games at the...

2017-11-12 00:00:00

Henry Tamburin - Getting cash in a casino  

What's the one thing you positively must have if you want to gamble? Of course, it'sc-a-s-h.Most folks just use folding money. Nothing wrong with that, but there are other options, some better, some worse. And what about managing that cash when you gamble on the tables or machines? Do you have a plan for what you are going to do if you start...

2017-11-11 00:00:00

Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: Games and gamification edition  

If "the future" means high-flying zip lines, incessant gamification and the expansion of online gambling, then, yes, the future is most certainly here.We also have a couple of other news stories for you — as we always do on this occasion — including heartening news from Las Vegas and a slightly sneaky innovation for our friends in the U.K.5....

2017-11-10 00:00:00

John Grochowski - I surrender!  

QUESTION: I was in a blackjack game that allowed late surrender. Other rules weren't very good: eight decks, dealer hits soft 17, double downs restricted to hard 10 and 11, split pairs only once, no double after split.At least I had the surrender option, and I took full advantage. I seemed to get a lot of 16s against dealer 10s.My question is...

2017-11-09 00:00:00

John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Do casinos remove slot machines when they pay too much?  

Question: My friends and I won a lot of money from a slot machine. When we went back to the casino a few weeks later, the machine was gone. Do you think the casino removed this machine because it was paying too much? Answer: No, I don't. The casino knows exactly how much the machine should pay back in the long run. Individual players may...

2017-11-08 00:00:00

Frank Scoblete - A walk with the Captain  

The Captain of Craps, the Atlantic City legend and my mentor, passed away on February 10, 2010, during a raging snowstorm in New York City. In ancient literature, great men are born and die with huge perturbations in nature, such as traveling stars, storms, earthquakes, blizzards and the like. The Captain's death was appropriate then; the weather...

2017-11-07 00:00:00

Abby Messick - Top 10 facts and figures from PlayPennsylvania's online gambling report  

Having given more than enough props to Pennsylvania since the news hit that its Senate gave the go-ahead to online gambling, we can finally start delving into the nitty-gritty facts of the matter. How's this going to play out? What sort of revenue will the state see? What's with the crazy tax rate?PlayPennsylvania's latest online gambling report...

2017-11-06 00:00:00

John Grochowski - Is this Mary's jackpot?  

Mary has played slot machines for more years than she cares to count."I was playing when all the slots were three reels, you pulled handles and were paid in coins that dropped out of the machine. I was playing when you had to wash your hands practically every hour or so. When you handled the coins to put them in a bucket to take to the change...

2017-11-05 00:00:00

Jerry Stickman - Limited bankroll craps  

Hi Stickman,I'm sure you've simulated most every popular system out there. If you had a max bankroll of $2,000, what craps system or strategy would you recommend playing?I've simulated playing a don't pass bet with odds along with a don't come bet, with a positive outcome. However, in reality, it hasn't work out nearly as well...

2017-11-04 00:00:00

John Grochowski - 3x, 4x, 5x odds at craps  

QUESTION: I went back and read about 3x, 4x and 5x odds in craps, and how they make the payoffs easy. Is easy really the point, though? What if I wanted to make a 3x odds bets on a point of 5 or 9? Would they refuse your money?ANSWER: The dealers wouldn't refuse your money, but they might urge a different bet, to the point of helping you size it...

2017-11-02 00:00:00

John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Are extra bets on slots worth making?  

Question: If the RNG determines at the nanosecond I spin if I win or lose, then it seems I should only play one line at a time. If I'm playing a dollar machine with five lines, then did I just waste $4 automatically? If it is either going to win or lose, wouldn't one line be sufficient? Answer: Your statements illustrate why I object to the...

2017-11-01 00:00:00

Frank Scoblete - Seven deadly sins of craps  

Craps is the most exciting game in the casinos. Craps players are an interesting and diverse lot too; from working-class men and women betting a small percentage of their incomes, all the way up to the economic elite of society betting tens of thousands of dollars on a single roll of the dice. "Baby needs a new pair of shoes," one says, or another...

2017-10-31 00:00:00

Gary Trask - Top 10 reasons to stay at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas  

LAS VEGAS - When visiting Las Vegas, I always make it a point to make my way around town to see, touch and feel as many different venues and attractions as possible. There are a few resorts, however, that offer so many great options that you don't have to stray too far from your guest room, and, as I found out during my most recent trip to Vegas,...

2017-10-30 00:00:00

John Grochowski - Asian Poker  

Take a walk through the Asian games room at a large casino sometime, and you'll see a different mix than on the main casino floor. Baccarat is a must, and operators mix and match from a list that includes pai gow tiles, pai gow poker and sic bo — along with a little blackjack or craps.A newer game that sometimes claims a spot in these rooms is...

2017-10-29 00:00:00

John Marchel - More practice drills for blackjack  

Just like baseball players, you need practice to maintain your skill at blackjack. Ball players do a lot of practice drills before a game, and even if they are not scheduled to play, they still come to the ballpark and warm up by doing the drills. Even if you are not planning to go to the casino, you should do the drills periodically.Set some time...

2017-10-28 00:00:00

Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: Pennsylvania's triumph edition  

We've been waiting for what feels like 100 years for news of online gambling in Pennsylvania, and it's finally here. (And we know you've read about it already; please pretend to be surprised.)Plus, poker superstar Phil Ivey had a really, really bad day.5. LeoVegas acquires gaming operator Royal PandaWith this acquisition, online gaming powerhouse...

2017-10-27 00:00:00

Abby Messick - Pennsylvania becomes fourth US state to OK online gambling  

The Pennsylvania House passed a bill that will legalize online casinos and poker today with a 109-72 vote, following the bill's amendment and subsequent passage by the Senate yesterday. Now, H 271 awaits a signature from Governor Tom Wolf. This makes Pennsylvania the fourth U.S. state to say yes to online gambling.The lengthy bill includes...

2017-10-26 00:00:00

Gary Trask - Poker pro Phil Ivey loses $10 million case in UK Supreme Court  

The highest court in the U.K. has ruled that Phil Ivey is a cheater.Ivey, of course, and many others are outraged by the decision, which was handed down on Wednesday by the U.K.'s Supreme Court. After losing his High Court appeal last year, Ivey got another day in court this week after being granted permission by the Supreme Court to appeal the...

2017-10-26 00:00:00

John Grochowski - Becoming a pro slot player  

QUESTION: I was wondering if you could give me some advice at becoming a professional slots player.I'm 26, working for a marketing company, and in a really good spot because of two big slots jackpots. They were both on penny progressive games, one for $25,000 and a little extra and the other for a little under $15,000.I was thinking about taking a...

2017-10-26 00:00:00

John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Long-term payback, hit frequency and near misses on slot machines  

Question: I read your recent column about the frequency of losing combinations with great interest. The letter mentioned a Double Diamond machine. I once was chatting with a slot manager at a casino in A/C years ago who mentioned, if I got this right, that they could order a Double Diamond machine in about 20 different "configurations". ...

2017-10-25 00:00:00

Frank Scoblete - What we really feel  

I am writing this article for my casino gambling colleagues who have been playing the games for a while now. This is not geared to someone thinking of going to the casinos for the first time, because your frustration level is not yet at peak. But give it time.What do you really want to say to other players, dealers, pit people, reservation agents...

2017-10-24 00:00:00

Tadas Peckaitis - Top 10 classic poker books  

This book changed the game. The internet has given us access to plenty of poker materials and knowledge that took years to master in the past. However, finding the best poker book written by a professional player who knows the game from the inside can help you a lot.Finding a good book is not easy, but you will enjoy it when you do. There are many...

2017-10-23 00:00:00

John Grochowski - Three Card Draw Poker  

My e-mail recently brought word from the Tropicana in Atlantic City that it was adding Three Card Draw Poker to its roster of table games.It's a game of some interest. I liked when I sat in for a few hands in a no-cash demonstration a year ago. It's easy to play, and its listed house edge of 1.03% of total action on the main game and 2.21% on the...

2017-10-22 00:00:00

Henry Tamburin - Bad blackjack advice  

I was enjoying myself playing and winning at blackjack when a young lady took a seat next to me. It was obvious after a few hands that she didn't have a clue as to how to play the game so she boldly asked the young dealer for "advice" on how to play her hands. I sat there in amazement as the dealer was instructing her on how to play her hands...

2017-10-21 00:00:00

Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: Online poker edition  

Finally, it's time for some big online poker news! But you're going to have to read on to find out what it is, since we're not going to spoil the surprise.Also on the horizon is a brand-new golf course, a very nostalgic art gallery and the continuing success of Ice Totally Gaming.5. Sage Run Golf Course at Island Resort to open June 2018Island...

2017-10-20 00:00:00

John Grochowski - Big craps rolls and big house edges  

QUESTION: I was just at a craps table where the shooter just never rolled sevens. He made his points, and he didn't even roll sevens on the comeouts.There had to be 20 rolls in a row without a 7. It was uncanny. What are the odds of a streak like that?ANSWER: On any given roll, the odds are 5 in 6 that the roll will be something other than 7, so...

2017-10-19 00:00:00

John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Why does this losing combination appear so frequently?  

Question: Many times, and I mean many, the same losing result will appear on the reels. This one seems to pop up often. I'll get single bar - Double Diamond - single bar, just missing a nice payout. If not the diamond in the middle, then another symbol surrounded by the single bars at each end. Since we agree that the results are random,...

2017-10-18 00:00:00

Frank Scoblete - The bad times of slot play  

We are at the end of the year - well, three months from the end - and I've wanted to take a look at the tales told by our fellow slot players about their good, bad and in-between experiences on those infernal machines.So, let's start with the bad first; then hit the in-between in November and end the year in December with the good. I enjoy hearing...

2017-10-17 00:00:00

Abby Messick - Top 10 casino openings, expansions and renovations  

While in the past we've stuck with openings, renovations and expansions, we're doing it a little differently this time around. Not all of the items on this list are strictly construction-related, and we've got some updates on a few properties, like the recently-opened Parq Vancouver. But the spirit of the thing is the same: it's all about...

2017-10-16 00:00:00

John Grochowski - Optimal blackjack play  

In my close to 30 years of playing blackjack, it's seemed to me that other players are getting better, with a greater percentage playing basic strategy,That isn't to say the guesswork players have disappeared. Numbers may be reduced, but some remain, and some of their plays are . . . um . . . not optimal.Here are a few I spotted while playing this...

2017-10-15 00:00:00

Jerry Stickman - How video poker machines work  

Stickman,I have been meaning to ask this question for a long time. When playing video poker, are the draw cards stacked behind the discarded cards or are they the next cards to be dealt? For example, I am dealt K, K, K, 4 and 7. I discard the 4 and the 7. Are the next cards to be played behind the 4 and the 7 already or will the next two cards...

2017-10-14 00:00:00

John Grochowski - Those hidden house edges  

QUESTION: Can you tell me if Bally's Roulette game (upright slot) is a true game of chance with the bouncing ball, or if the machine is being controlled or set based on betting patterns?ANSWER: It is a true game of chance with results determined by a random number generator. The RNG receives no information on your betting patterns. The game has...

2017-10-12 00:00:00

John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Are there rules for minimum paybacks for the slots in Indian casinos?  

A few weeks ago a reader asked for a recommendation for a video poker app for iOS. Being a Windows/Android guy, I was of no help. A reader who uses Apple products mentioned VP Pocket, which has a tutorial feature. He also mentioned that you have to be careful that apps work with your version of iOS. Question: I was wondering who, if...

2017-10-11 00:00:00

Frank Scoblete - Darkside of the moon  

Only the astronauts have seen the dark side of the moon, which is the side that always faces away from us and cannot be seen from our earthly vantage point. For the rest of us, the dark side of the moon seems a mysterious, perhaps even hostile and forebidding place. I am guessing that most people would not want to go there.In the game of craps,...

2017-10-10 00:00:00

Tadas Peckaitis - Top 10 tips for poker beginners  

When you are new to poker, it is always nice to start off on the right foot. So, I compiled a list of 10 tips for beginners, which will help you learn the game and enjoy it right from the start.10. Learn the rulesNaturally, the first thing you have to do when starting out in any new game is learn the rules. Missing this step would not be very...

2017-10-09 00:00:00

John Grochowski - Some questions about slots  

My e-mail brings more questions about slot machines than anything else. Most of are of the "how can I find a hot machine?" or "how can I tell when a machine is ready to pay off?" variety.For those, I have no answer — you can't tell from looking at a machine whether it's a high payer, and with random results, machines are never "ready" or "due" to...

2017-10-08 00:00:00

John Marchel - Gambling in Macau  

Besides the almost 1,000 casinos in the U.S., there are many places around the world that offer casinos. On of them is Macau (also spelled Macao). It is officially known as the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China.It is an autonomous territory on the southern coast of the People's Republic of China, about 38 miles...

2017-10-07 00:00:00

Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: Las Vegas edition  

This week, Las Vegas suffered a tragedy. But locals, visitors and companies alike were there to pick up the pieces, donating their time and money to relief efforts.But there were also some developments in the poker world, including newly-crowned poker royalty and the return of PKR's 3-D interface.5. MGM Resorts donates $3 million to aid Las Vegas...

2017-10-06 00:00:00

John Grochowski - Deuces Wild and a weird blackjack hand  

QUESTION: I was interested in your column on adjustments in moving away from full-pay Deuces Wild strategy. It did leave me wondering about the term "full-pay." There are so many versions of every game. Who decides what full-pay is? Does a full-pay game have to pay 100%?ANSWER: The term "full-pay" to describe video poker pay tables was coined by...

2017-10-05 00:00:00

John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Why some slot machines were out of service  

Question: I was at Niagara Falls Casino today and saw five slot machines with stickers on them. It appeared they were being checked out. (out of service at this time) On the checklist it showed "break CPU seals." What does that mean? Are they changing payoffs or the way it performs? Answer: It's difficult to know exactly what that...

2017-10-04 00:00:00

Frank Scoblete - I am a big shot  

I am usually pretty humble — no, seriously, I am. I had humble origins and I appreciate the value of hard work in achieving anything.In the years where my writing has allowed me some notoriety, I have received hundreds of requests to meet people at casinos or to go out to dinner with them. I've rarely ever done either.Still, I made an appointment...

2017-10-03 00:00:00

Gary Trask - Shocked and saddended by a horrific night in Las Vegas  

Seen here on a recent, pleasant summer night, the Las Vegas Strip was a chaotic scene on Sunday night following a mass shooting at Mandalay Bay. LAS VEGAS - It was a typical night on a typical business trip to Las Vegas. A nice dinner with colleagues. A little gambling. Drinks and a lot of laughs.But as our group sat at the center bar of the Rio...

2017-10-02 00:00:00

Abby Messick - Top 10 most-read columns by Henry Tamburin  

If you play blackjack, odds are you know of Henry Tamburin.He's been a figure in the gambling scene for years, putting out thousands of articles and dozens of books with the blackjack player in mind. They detail card counting, bankroll management, basic blackjack strategy - you name it.And, at the end of this year, the blackjack expert and Casino...

2017-10-02 00:00:00

John Grochowski - When Do You Want Your Wins?  

There's no bad time to win at casino games. When the wins come, any of us would accept them gratefully.But if you could time your wins on a three-day trip, which would you choose: early wins, so you had extra cash for your getaway, or late wins, so you could be sure the money would be coming home?I asked for input from a group of slot and video...

2017-10-01 00:00:00

Henry Tamburin - Bad Blackjack Mistakes  

I've been playing blackjack in casinos for some 50 years. In Vegas, Mississippi., Louisiana, New Mexico, Midwest, Canada, Atlantic City, Connecticut, and many more places that would just bore you if I listed them all. So I'm not kidding when I say I've watched a lot of blackjack players during my life time. The good ones all have one thing in...

2017-09-30 19:16:40

Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: Skill and social games edition  

The world of gambling is ever-changing . . . you already knew that, of course. But we have some fresh news we need to unload on you, anyway. Take for instance a free-to-play live dealer casino. If that doesn't interest you, how about some skill-based games over at Caesars' properties? Failing that, what about the upcoming online gaming site...

2017-09-30 11:37:29

John Grochowski - A Walk on the Wild Side  

QUESTION: I was playing a video slot with stacked wilds, and I got a stack filling the last reel.I said to myself more than anyone else, "I hate when that's on the last reel." I guess I was loud enough for others to hear, because the lady next to me said, "Really? I like it there. I always think that's my chance at five of a kind."Is there...

2017-09-28 02:28:11

John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Do all 3-card royals have the same chances of completing the royal?  

Question: In response to the annoyance of people that hit the Bet Max instead of the Deal/Draw button: I am one of these people for a couple reasons: In a high-distraction (and to be fair, varying state of inebriation) environment, it reduces potential errors of mistaking which stage of a hand I am on It helps slow play slightly, which is...

2017-09-27 05:55:03

Gary Trask - Top 10 Indian Gaming Industry Report facts and figures  

The 15th edition of Casino City's Indian Gaming Industry Report was released earlier this year and, as usual, the all-encompassing report is jam-packed with facts, figures, analyses and insights on Indian gaming at the national and state levels. As author and Nathan Associates economist Alan P. Meister, Ph.D., writes in the preface, while this...

2017-09-26 05:14:12

Frank Scoblete - Alone or Together?  

Most days and nights casinos go from crowded to packed, as in crowded like a subway car just before rush hour or almost as packed as Times Square on New Year's Eve.You hear people talking, laughing, cheering and, yes, moaning. High fives are exchanged at the craps tables and jackpot winning slot players can be heard as their screams howl through...

2017-09-26 04:30:12

Gary Trask - Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas making subtle but important alterations  

The glass dragon sculpture is a guaranteed eye-catcher. LAS VEGAS - As the Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas nears the one-year anniversary of its grand opening, resort executives continue to listen, observe and absorb.Lucky Dragon, which became the first ground-up development to open in Las Vegas in six years in December 2016, is in the...

2017-09-26 03:43:14

John Grochowski - The math of the pass line  

Connie was a student at a daylong seminar I gave for a park district group around 10 or 12 years ago. I taught the basics of how to play casino games, and Connie discovered she loved craps."I could never figure it out before that day," she told me later. "It confused me. How could 7 be a winner sometimes and a loser others? But now it's my game...

2017-09-24 02:51:14

Jerry Stickman - Heads or tails?  

Dear Jerry Stickman,Hi. My friends and I have been having long hours trying to work out the math logic behind a simple betting scenario, but alas to no avail. We hope you can shed some light.Scenario:In a make-believe game where there are two equal options, being RED or BLACK, a croupier, in an unimaginable scenario, has already drawn nine REDs in...

2017-09-23 03:24:44

Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: 3-D edition  

Welcome to Friday! Big changes are on the horizon, from VR innovations to apps to the Gambling Hall of Fame.Speaking of big, there's another company busting out the "world's largest" label for one of its latest endeavors. Where does it end?!1. SlotsMillion makes U.K. debutSlotsMillion has brought its innovative virtual reality casino to the U.K....

2017-09-23 03:20:07

John Grochowski - The Martingale and full-pay Deuces  

QUESTION: I have a question about the double-up Martingale, where you keep doubling bets until you win.I've looked online and I know you recommend against it, as do lot of gambling experts. But suppose I decide to try, starting with betting $5 on black in roulette. I lose six in a row, so I lose $5, $10, $20, $40, $80 and $160.The next bet is...

2017-09-21 01:28:55

John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Using earplugs while playing video poker  

Question: I was playing in the high limit area in Caesars AC a couple of years ago and someone hit something like two cherries and a Double Diamond on one of their $100 machines. Many people came to see what the hit was, but hung back in awesome respect of someone even playing a $100 machine. I took a look too, but did not note if he had one...

2017-09-20 05:57:54

Tadas Peckaitis - Top 10 pre-flop strategies for poker  

Pre-flop strategy is one of the most important poker skills to learn before jumping into games. If you are making mistakes pre-flop, it is going to be extremely difficult to play effectively post-flop as well, because you will end up with unbalanced ranges, having too many bluffs, with too many mediocre hands or in undesirable spots.To avoid this,...

2017-09-19 05:05:50

Frank Scoblete - How to be a good dealer  

If you think it is easy being a casino dealer then just give it a try. The public can be a real pain in the "you-know-what" in all situations but in a casino, losing money, the player-public can be downright nasty.Nasty players blame the dealers for bad luck, scold other players for making the "wrong" decisions, and generally make a nuisance or...

2017-09-19 03:21:23

John Grochowski - Their first time  

A while back, I relayed a story from a slot player who had a pretty bad time on her first casino visit. She's a regular player today only because a friend convinced her to give it another try, and she had more fun the second go-round.That drew responses from many readers who wanted to share their own first-time experiences.Kari: Like that woman,...

2017-09-17 02:13:17

John Marchel - Today's gambling  

The United States has had a long history of gambling. For example, the Virginia colony was financed by a lottery that was held in England in 1612. The American Revolution was paid for largely by state lotteries. Later, numerous states and towns followed this lead, and paid for roads and public works projects through the sale of lottery tickets.All...

2017-09-16 04:17:13

Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: Gambling in Pennsylvania edition  

What was on the menu this week? The usual: Online poker's meteoric success, tools to help with problem gambling, and a giant art installation.Never a dull moment in the gaming world.1. NJ online casinos surpass $20 million in revenue for sixth consecutive monthNew Jersey's online casinos have raked in over $20 million in revenue for the sixth...

2017-09-15 02:34:03

John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Birthday luck on a video poker machine  

Question: I had to laugh when I read your recent column that mentioned "birthday luck" as I have experienced it only once in my life (well, so far that is!). I was at Trop in A/C on my birthday about six or seven years ago playing video poker and feeling a bit reckless after a nice birthday dinner and drinks. I was playing a $2 machine and...

2017-09-14 04:10:38

John Grochowski - Video keno and blackjack  

QUESTION: In video keno, are you better off playing the same numbers every time, or changing them up? I like to bet hot numbers. If I see a number come up two or three times in a row, I include it in my set. If I see three numbers come up twice in a row, I bet them in a three spot.My niece works the other way. She figures if her numbers didn't...

2017-09-14 01:32:28

Abby Messick - Top 10 casino openings, expansions and renovations  

The Parq Vancouver will open later in the month. In the world of renovations, openings and expansions, there's no pause button. That's why we're bringing you the latest and greatest new developments.This week we have properties breaking records, new food additions, updates on the NHL team that's coming to Las Vegas and news from Canada.10. Mystic...

2017-09-12 05:50:39

Frank Scoblete - Hidden dangers and hidden pleasures  

There is math galore in casino games. The mathematics is the reason why and how casinos have the edge over the players. There are money management systems galore too - just about all players manage their money in some way or other, even if it is just to throw it away.But there are hidden dangers in casino games - germane hidden dangers at that;...

2017-09-12 02:41:46

John Grochowski - The search for the perfect roulette system  

The first time I ever played roulette, I kept it simple. It was a $5 minimum table, and I did nothing but bet $5 on red or $5 on black for the hour or so I played.I was alone in my one-bet method. Everyone else at the full table was spreading chips all over the layout, looking for that perfect combination.That search is both eternal and futile....

2017-09-10 01:21:11

Henry Tamburin - 100x odds at craps: great deal or not?  

One of the marketing ploys used by some casino managers is to implement 100-times odds in craps. They'll usually promote it in billboards, TV and radio commercials, in the casinos, and in print and advertising promotions to their loyal customers. Apparently, 100-times odds seems to be bringing customers to their tables, and casino managers are...

2017-09-09 05:39:26

Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: Billions of dollars edition  

The Parq Vancouver. It's that time of week again, and we've got it all - compacts, debuts and (our personal favorite) multimillion-dollar jackpots.1. California ratifies compact with Wilton Rancheria TribeEarly this week, the California State Assembly and California State Senate ratified a tribal-state gaming compact with the Wilton Rancheria...

2017-09-09 01:34:20

John Grochowski - Progression betting  

QUESTION: I know you don't like the double-up systems where you keep doubling your bet after losses until you win. What if you do the opposite, and keep doubling wins? Isn't betting more when you're playing with house money the way to go?ANSWER: I never look at it as playing with house money. Any money I win is mine. If I choose to play with it,...

2017-09-07 03:42:44

Nicholas G. Colon - Gambling and superstitions  

The 777 slot reel has long been associated with luck. Superstition and gambling are complementary ideals. For as long as gambling has been around, players have been accustomed to the idea that some outside influences favorably or unfavorably impact the outcome of seemingly random events. Even though the law of large numbers will surely kick in at...

2017-09-06 04:41:39

John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Do multiple denomination machines have different RNGs for each denomination?  

Question: Several machines have optional denominations from 25 cents to $2. Do all these denominations use the same RNG or do they change depending on the denomination chosen? Answer: I've received multiple answers to this question. Some people say that switching denomination causes a new game program, including RNG, to be loaded. Others...

2017-09-06 03:34:20

Frank Scoblete - Home or Away  

Do you enjoy going to a casino-hotel for a couple of days and/or for a vacation? Or do you prefer to drive (or walk) to a local casino and return home after your session is finished? And what about playing on the Internet? Are you a fan of sitting in your own home and gambling on the games?JIM: I don't want to drive to and from a casino on the...

2017-09-05 04:50:12

Gary Trask - Top 10 football bets for the 2017 season  

Labor Day Weekend annually marks the unofficial end to summer. And for those of us in four-season climates, that means no more trips to the beach, the continuous run of weekend cookouts is almost over, and it's getting dark earlier and earlier with each passing day.All of the above can be a bit depressing.But for people like yours truly, there is...

2017-09-05 03:37:47

John Grochowski - Learning those soft hands at blackjack  

My old blackjack-playing friend Bob has a son named Mike who is more or less a chip off the old block - enough so that he's working on basic strategy for when to double down on soft hands."The big things, like when to hit, stand, split and double on hard hands, I have down pat," Mike told me when the three of us met for lunch. "Now I'm practicing...

2017-09-03 03:27:20

Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: The Las Vegas excitement edition  

MGM promises the pinnacle of VR tech. (photo by Zero Latency)Another week has come and gone, and the gambling world still turns. For this edition of Casino City's Friday Five, we've got everything from virtual reality excitement to penalty fine firsts.We've also got quite a bit of news coming out of Las Vegas. Not to spoil the surprise, but...

2017-09-02 05:11:19

Jerry Stickman - Saving an 8 in video poker  

Hi Stickman,With five-card video draw poker, assume you have the following: 7 of spades, 8 of diamonds, 8 of hearts, 9 of spades and 10 of clubs. Obviously you will discard one of the two 8's. My question is, does it matter which of the two you discard?In other words will the same replacement card come up no matter which of the two 8's you...

2017-09-02 03:52:41

Abby Messick - 888 Holdings fined over £7.8 million  

Players placed a total of £3.5 million into their accounts during those 13 months. 888, one of the largest gambling operators in Britain and owner of 888 Casino, has been slapped with a £7.8 million ($10 million) fine after a technical glitch in its software enabled self-excluded players to place bets via 888's bingo platform.More than 7,000...

2017-09-01 03:22:44

John Grochowski - Playing two machines  

QUESTION: Is there any advantage to playing two machines at once? I don't just mean slots. I mean video poker and video keno, too.My game is keno. I have a set of numbers I like, and it seems to me they come up more often if I'm playing two machines.ANSWER: Your numbers do come up more often, but that doesn't really help you. Because you are...

2017-08-31 04:03:30

John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: How many RNGs are there in a multi-hand video poker machine?  

Question: A casino near me is offering a bonus for hitting a royal flush. Should I avoid playing video poker at other casinos and on my tablet until I go to that casino? I don't want to waste a royal. Answer: You can play as much or as little video poker as you like without affecting your chances for hitting a royal flush when you go to...

2017-08-30 02:22:07

Frank Scoblete - The unvarnished truth  

All players want to win. When I tell someone that I hate losing, that someone will laugh and say, "I hate losing too." I've never had anyone say, "I love losing." Since almost all casino gamblers face losing expectations, why do they play? Good question.Casino gambling has certain truths that are about as true as true can be in a world where truth...

2017-08-29 04:13:49

Tadas Peckaitis - Top 10 ways to reduce your poker variance  

Many players do not consider how poker variance can be affected by their own actions. Variance will not go away. Weaker players can win just because of its existence, so it can sometimes be a good thing. However, many players feel frustrated when running bad, so today I will explain how you can gain better results and even increase your win rate,...

2017-08-29 03:53:01

John Grochowski - Playing video poker one day  

When my wife Marcy and I went out to play one stormy July morning, I didn't expect my focal point to be a nickel multi-hand video poker game, but there are times a change of course is needed. This change, to Powerhouse Poker, saved my day.When we go out together, it's strictly low-roller day. Marcy loves penny video slots and we just look for...

2017-08-27 04:42:13

Gary Trask - Casino City's Friday Five: The Mayweather vs. McGregor edition  

The Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight is dominating headlines all across the globe. Everyone, everywhere, it seems, wants to talk about and/or has an opinion about the event that takes place Saturday night in Las Vegas - most notably, the gambling world.So, it's only fitting that our very first edition Casino City's "Friday Five" be covered...

2017-08-26 01:49:52

John Marchel - Managing your bankroll  

When it comes to managing your bankroll for gambling, you must have a basic money-management plan; however, it's also important to remember that such a type of plan will not help you win at the tables or machines. Rather, a good financial plan will help you to reduce your losses and give you a better chance to come out ahead in the long run...

2017-08-26 01:17:11

John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Drawing a royal flush  

Question: Last night I played a Top Dollar machine with an extra bonus feature. It was $5 for the max credits. I got a Top Dollar and accepted the second offer of $115. Then the second bonus threw up an offer of $15. The casino host told me that if I declined that offer it would reset the first bonus, but it looked to me like the first bonus was...

2017-08-24 04:24:32

John Grochowski - Full-pay Deuces Wild  

QUESTION: When I learned to play Deuces Wild, I used Lenny Frome's strategy chart and it said to pick that when dealt two pair, you should pick one to hold and discard the other. I've been playing that way ever since. But last time I played, some guy next to me said, "You know, you should hold both pairs there." His friend agreed, nodding her head...

2017-08-24 01:35:55

Frank Scoblete - One and done  

Most craps players enjoy making multiple bets; in fact, many make some good low-house-edge bets (the pass line and come) mixed with some bad high-house-edge bets (the hard ways bets and many others). The average craps player is, usually more, sometimes less, an action player, looking for hits during every roll of the dice.In truth, being an action...

2017-08-22 05:25:18

Gary Trask - Top 10 ways to bet the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight  

One of the biggest sporting spectacles of all time is turning into one of the largest liabilities sportsbooks have ever had to sweat.Ever since the "super fight" between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor was announced back in the spring, a flood of bets has been pouring in on the underdog, McGregor. In fact, the action has been so hot and heavy...

2017-08-22 02:22:04

John Grochowski - Hot dealers  

Every blackjack player has run into hot dealers.You know the drill. You have blackjack, the dealer has blackjack. You feel good with your 20, but the dealer pulls 21. You double down with 11 vs. 6, draw a 7 for a decent enough 18, but the dealer strings out three or four low cards to beat you with 19 or better.It's frustrating, but we all go...

2017-08-20 02:26:24

Henry Tamburin - Blackjack tips  

Tip #1Of all the casino games, why bet on blackjack? What makes it "different" than any other casino banked game?For one, the odds in blackjack are not constant. They keep changing from one hand to the next depending on the cards that have been played. For example, if four aces have been played from a single deck of cards, the chance of getting a...

2017-08-19 04:20:25

John Grochowski - Pitch blackjack  

QUESTION: I've always played blackjack games where the player cards are dealt face-up. You can't touch the cards.I had to make an adjustment when I was playing a two-deck game for the first time. The dealer didn't want me to pick up my cards until after all the cards were dealt. He wanted me to pick them up and hold them with one hand, and he got...

2017-08-17 03:28:25

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