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Gary Trask - Top 10 random observations from the casino and gambling world  

Following a weeklong trip to London and a tumultuous few weeks in the casino industry, let's take a lengthy orbit around the gambling world with 10 random observations.10. Defending the Poker Brat Phil Hellmuth made some news away from the poker table last week when an Uber driver posted some nasty details about her encounter with him in a private...

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2018-02-20 05:39:23



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...

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2018-02-20 01:25:03



John Grochowski - Side bets  

Side bets at casino table games exist for a couple of reasons. For players, they open the possibility of larger jackpots than standard bets at their games of choice. For casinos, side bets enhance revenues with house edges that are higher than on standard games.Those larger payoffs aren't necessarily lifestyle-changing. The 21 + 3 bet at blackjack...

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2018-02-18 02:49:07



John Marchel - Obtaining knowledge and staying current  

How do you keep current on all the latest blackjack information? You purchase the latest book on blackjack and you subscribe to some of the blackjack newsletters and magazines that are on the market. You surf the internet, and most of all, you visit casinos. You don't have to play in every casino you visit; you can stop-look-listen while in those...

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2018-02-17 04:48:23



Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: Everything ever edition  

Are there any studies on why everything seems to happen at once? (We looked and couldn't find anything appropriately scientific. However, the internet did lead us, as it often does, to some great cat videos, so we consider it time well spent.)As you may have guessed, a lot of things happened at once this week. And they were big things: WSOP's live...

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2018-02-17 02:14:44



John Grochowski - Are playing options good for players?  

QUESTION: My brother-in-law told me that having options in games favors players, as long as the player know the best way to use them.What I want to know is how the option to bet on 00 in roulette favors the player. Doesn't it favor the player if the option to bet on 00 is removed and you have a single-zero game instead?ANSWER: When I've written...

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2018-02-15 04:16:41



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Can you win the grand prize each time you get to the bonus round on Fortune 88?  

Question: So bubble craps is the question besides not holding is this completely random theses Interblock organic machines good to know they don't have a rng in craps like slots or slot roulette predetermined bets where its short lived like baccarat or roulette sometimes with theses machines so I guess the only think bubble craps u cant hold the...

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2018-02-15 03:04:27



Abby Messick - Top 10 casino openings, expansions and renovations  

In case any casino operators out there haven't heard, now's a good time to introduce nongaming amenities. As gaming revenues continue to fall, locations across the U.S. - Las Vegas in particular - are putting more stock into the restaurant and entertainment business. In 2016, only 34% of the revenue from The Strip came from gambling, while revenue...

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2018-02-13 03:24:15



Frank Scoblete - Slot machines are perfect employees  

It is no exaggeration to say that if slot machines did not exist, there is a markedly good chance that casino gambling would not have spread like wildfire across the United States and Canada.Slots generally cost far less than a dealer, even those slots that are branded and "rented" to the casinos such as Wheel of Fortune or Megabucks or a host of...

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2018-02-13 01:27:12



Clare Fitzgerald - 'Gangsters to Governors' is a nuanced history of American gambling  

Covering gambling news on the day-to-day, I sometimes feel like the industry doesn't change nearly fast enough. It's been almost seven years since Black Friday, and only three U.S. states — Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware — offer regulated online poker. (Soon to be four, thanks to Pennsylvania, but not soon enough.) Some states, like California,...

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2018-02-13 01:18:27



John Grochowski - Do they play for fun?  

A couple of overseas university students emailed to ask if I could help with a research project, and they sent a list of questions about how the casino industry works.Many were about individual games, but at the top of the list, they wanted to know how casinos entice customers to keep playing.That's a fair question. With the exception of a...

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2018-02-11 02:03:22



Henry Tamburin - The hand that should have been (part 2)  

[This is part 2 of a two-part series from the book You've Got Heat - The Vegas Card Counting Adventures of LV Pro. The book chronicles the true story of a low roller named Barfarkel (pseudonym), who set a goal of increasing his playing bankroll from $2,000 to $10,000 by becoming an advantage blackjack player. Over the course of four years,...

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2018-02-10 04:53:46



Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: Virtual reality edition  

This week, as we continued our perilous and inevitable journey into the future, virtual reality suddenly became A Thing, and there was nothing any of us could do to stop it. Not only that, but a big-name gambling brand decided to take the plunge into iGaming. Oh, and you can win a few million dollars with PokerStars - by playing online.Is the...

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2018-02-10 01:27:49



John Grochowski - Being harassed by another player  

QUESTION: What do you do when you're being harrassed by another player?I was using a Hi-Lo count at blackjack, and got into a big positive count. I stood on 16 against a dealer's 10, and this other player started in on me.He asked if I ever hit 16s against 10s, and I said sometimes. He said, "When is it isn't the right play? The book says to hit...

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2018-02-08 01:22:09



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Paybacks on penny slot machines  

Question: Do you answer all questions? Or just the ones that agree with you? Answer: No and no. I don't answer all questions. I get too many to be able to answer all of them. I answer the questions that I think are the most interesting or that are about something new or are about something old but in a new way. Whether the correspondent...

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2018-02-07 01:49:01



Tadas Peckaitis - Top 10 steps to ensure permanent success in poker  

Many players think that it is difficult to obtain consistent success in poker. However, this is not necessarily true if you know how to study and are ready to dedicate some serious time to your play.Obviously, you have to understand many crucial topics to see good results, but it is doable with some determination and proper guidance. Therefore,...

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2018-02-06 03:07:55



Frank Scoblete - Please be gentle  

Playing in a casino for the very first time can be an intimidating experience. Many first-time players tend to head right for the slot machines, since these machines will rarely have other players watching them.Table games are a different story. Most of the time, you have to make some decisions, and in a game such as blackjack there are numerous...

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2018-02-05 04:03:20



John Grochowski - Better payouts for bets?  

Over lunch at a casino buffet, my friend Will and I got into a discussion about roulette.It was unusual because Will is a blackjack player who doesn't play roulette, but he raised a point about bringing the high house edge on American double-zero roulette more into line with other games. At roulette, the house has a 5.26% edge on all bets, but the...

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2018-02-04 04:07:20



Jerry Stickman - Altering video poker payouts  

Hello Stickman,There are 9/6 Jacks or Better progressives at two Indian casinos in Oklahoma that appear to be class III (based on previous articles you have written regarding class II vs III). They are IGH Game Kings (see below).My question is, can these machines still be altered in a way despite being class III? Or does the manufacturer not allow...

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2018-02-03 03:30:07



Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: Big Game edition  

This week, two New York casinos had their day, a property over in New Jersey made it cool to use the term "saloon" again and, of course, we've got some news on the big bad known as illegal wagering.5. Tropicana Atlantic City introduces new southwestern style saloonFirewaters Saloon at Tropicana Atlantic City Casino & Resort will take you back to...

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2018-02-03 01:50:07



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Do keno machines use RNGs?  

Question: In Las Vegas, do keno machines operate under an RNG as do poker and slot machines? Or are they independent of an RNG and determine the outcome based on the numbers you played that game? The reason I ask is that all too often it seems I can play a five-number game for hours and the minute I change my numbers, those five come in? It...

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2018-02-01 05:50:28



John Grochowski - Holding the low pair at video poker  

QUESTION: Video poker question: I know you've written that low pairs are more valuable than high cards, but what if you have two high cards in a hand? What if you have a hand like K-Q-8-8-4? Is it still better to hold the low pair instead of the two high cards? Does it make a difference if the king and queen are the same suit or different...

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2018-02-01 03:59:35



Frank Scoblete - What do losses mean?  

FROM THEODORE: I am totally confused by certain things I have read about casino gambling. I am a novice and I have not played so far and therefore maybe I am misreading what I have read. Take craps for instance. The pass line bet is supposed to be a good bet and the house edge is something like 1.4%. How can that be?So I make the bet but if I lose...

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2018-01-30 05:18:40



Gary Trask - Top 10 Super Bowl LII proposition bets  

If you're a sports bettor in Las Vegas, or anywhere else in Nevada, chances are that Super Bowl Sunday has not been kind to you over the years.According to the Nevada Gaming Control Board, the state's sportsbooks have made a profit in 25 of out the last 27 Super Bowls, dating back to 1991 when it started reporting wagers separately for the NFL's...

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2018-01-30 03:18:07



John Grochowski - Slot games of yore  

Slot machines come and slot machines go as gamemakers introduce hundreds of new themes every year.That doesn't stop players from yearning for old favorites. I asked slot players who have written to me in the past if there are games of yore they wish they could still play.ERICA: Saturday Night Live. I loved them. There were several with the...

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2018-01-28 02:59:05



Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: Super (High Roller) Bowl edition  

Friday already? Guess we should have expected this - it happens every week, after all.This time, we've got the required million-dollar win, an update to the instant win game model, and the first-ever Super High Roller Bowl in China. There's also an unusual amount of Gordon Ramsay featured this week. We hope you're a fan!5. PokerStars Spin & Go...

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2018-01-27 05:31:53



John Marchel - Winning games  

Even with new games appearing regularly at casinos, there is a very limited number of games that can be consistently won by a serious player.If you want to be a professional or a semi-pro, or if you want to make gambling your No. 1 hobby, these are the games to play: blackjack, live poker, video poker, horse racing and sports betting.In each case,...

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2018-01-27 04:04:01



John Grochowski - "Are you counting cards, George?"  

QUESTION: I have a blackjack story for you. Full seven-player table, three players got blackjacks, one other had ace-7 and the dealer had an ace up.One of the three players who didn't have an ace was an older man, who said, "Look at all the aces! One, two, three, four, five aces!"Dealer didn't miss a beat. She'd been back and forth with him...

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2018-01-25 01:02:57



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: How can slot machines be random if I can't win five spins in a row?  

Question: One of the things I'm curious about is in regard to the term "random." You have mentioned, many times, that every pull on a slot machine is completely random from the next. After playing the slots for over 45 years, I have noticed that it is very rare to have a win on more than three consecutive spins. Even three itself is...

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2018-01-24 03:53:35



Clare Fitzgerald - 'Molly's Game' a much-needed poker movie  

It's been a while since there's been a big poker movie, hasn't it? And even longer since there's been a good one.After a few delays — the initial release date was supposed to be Thanksgiving weekend — Aaron Sorkin's film adaptation of Molly's Game hit limited theaters on Christmas and went into wide release on 5 January. I saw it on New Year's...

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2018-01-23 05:20:46



Frank Scoblete - Keeping it close is the best bet  

Every craps player has his or her own philosophy of play. Some wild action players look to make as much money from each bet as possible. They will bet proposition bets such as the any seven, individual numbers such as 2, 3, 11 and 12, the horn and the like.My mentor, the late Captain of craps, the man I wrote about in my latest book I Am a Dice...

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2018-01-23 03:19:51



Gary Trask - Top 10 Super Bowl viewing parties in Las Vegas  

The stage has been set for Super Bowl LII, with the New England Patriots listed as a 5.5-point favorite over the Philadelphia Eagles. Now, it's just a matter of deciding where you will be watching the game when it kicks off 4 February at 3:30 p.m. PT.If you're not planning on shelling out a couple grand for a ticket to be inside U.S. Bank Stadium...

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2018-01-23 02:15:09



John Grochowski - Tackling the new year  

As 2018 starts and I begin my 25th year of writing this column, I have a few traditions.One of them is to kick off the new year with a few words of caution. All year long, there are games and strategies to explore and fun stories from readers. One time each year, it's worth slowing down to urge caution and common sense so we all can enjoy the...

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2018-01-21 03:43:26



Henry Tamburin - The hand that should have been  

[The following is an excerpted chapter from the book You've Got Heat - The Vegas Card Counting Adventures of LV Pro. The book chronicles the true story of a low roller named Barfarkel (pseudonym), who set a goal of increasing his playing bankroll from $2,000 to $10,000 by becoming an advantage blackjack player. Over the course of four years,...

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2018-01-20 04:47:07



Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: A Few Firsts Edition  

In terms of gambling, it's been a good January. We've got one early casino opening, a couple of online gambling firsts and a triumphant million-dollar poker win.What more could you ask for, other than winning your own million dollars?5. Resorts World Catskills plans early openingResorts World Catskills is bumping up its opening date from 1 March...

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2018-01-20 01:24:36



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: American slots and English fruit machines: Divided by more than a common language  

Question: I am an English college student currently studying in London. As part of a research task, I decided to look into the way mathematically true randomness was integrated in slot machines. As I have gathered, you are an expert in slot machines both in how they work and how to maximise the player's profit from it. I had a few questions...

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2018-01-18 01:55:09



John Grochowski - The bad becomes good  

QUESTION: I notice that video slot machines have more different symbols per reel than three-reel slots.On three-reel games, I figure a normal game has something like cherries, single bars, double bars, triple bars, 7s and a jackpot symbol. That's only six different symbols.On video slots, you might see five or more symbols based on the game theme,...

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2018-01-18 01:40:38



Abby Messick - Top 10 casino openings, expansions and renovations  

For as long as the gambling industry continues to construct, rearrange, improve and occasionally demolish buildings, we'll continue bring you the latest news. This edition features a swath of land changing owners, another swath finding its designated purpose in life, and of course, many openings. (And, we regret to say, one unfortunate closing.)10...

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2018-01-16 05:57:04



Frank Scoblete - Ruining your fun  

OK, this column might ruin your fun if you are a craps player. That is correct. As a busy-bodied gambling writer, I want everyone to see craps the way I see it because, well, I am right.First, as craps players know and as many novices hovering near the table can readily see, craps has such a variety of bets that it can give a new player a headache...

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2018-01-16 04:48:51



John Grochowski - Different edges for the same bets  

Even though the house edge at most casino games is unchanging on every play, you'll sometimes see different edges listed by different sources.It's not necessarily that one source or another is wrong. It's just that they start with different assumptions.Ray, who says he's been a regular reader for at least 10 years, e-mailed recently to ask about...

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2018-01-14 01:08:16



Gary Trask - Casino City's Friday Five: Celebration Edition  

This week's Friday Five provides plenty of reason to celebrate.We've got a new casino opening in the Pacific Northwest, much to the dismay of its too-close-for-comfort competitors, and a one-year anniversary bash in another casino-congested region on the east coast. We're also applauding the introduction of very cool guest room technology on the...

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2018-01-13 05:04:50



Jerry Stickman - Size of the odds bet in craps  

Hi Stickman,I just returned from a trip to Vegas and was playing craps at the El Cortez where a $3 minimum line bet was required.The number thrown on the come-out roll was 9, and I made a single odds bet of $2 and was told that I couldn't do that because any odds bet made could not be lower that the line bet. That meant that I would have to bet $4...

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2018-01-13 02:24:59



John Grochowski - Shills at slots?  

QUESTION: This happened a long time ago, but I've always wondered if something was up. Maybe you have some insight.Early 1990s, my wife and I were in a casino for the first time. This other couple came up to us, both carrying buckets of dollar tokens.The woman said, "You wouldn't believe it. You HAVE to play that machine," and she pointed to a...

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2018-01-11 04:41:15



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: The house edge on very high denomination slot machines  

Question: Hey greetings happy New yr iam just curious .What is the house edge on 500 dollar slot machines. Also if the high limit slots dont get play slot it doesn't matter still with it being set as with the rng? Answer: Happy New Year to you too. May I suggest that next year you dash off your question before the Champagne starts...

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2018-01-10 04:34:51



Frank Scoblete - Simple slot questions  

Simple Slots Question: I know that there something called the RNG that controls the computerized slot machines, but I have no idea what this means and how the results come from this computer thingy. Can you help me on this? I know it doesn't change the way I play but it would be nice to know what is behind the curtain.Simple Slots Answer: The RNG...

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2018-01-09 05:45:05



Tadas Peckaitis - Top 10 tips for cash game poker players  

As a follow-up to my recent article about poker tournament success, this week we discuss 10 essential things you should consider when playing cash games.10. Manage your moneyBankroll management is probably as well-known as the Texas Hold'em hand rankings or positions in poker, but very few players follow the right guidelines. To have success, you...

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2018-01-09 01:13:47



John Grochowski - Knowing a slot machine's return  

There have long been two basic approaches to player rewards programs: Some reveal how many dollars in play it takes to earn a point and how many points it takes to redeem for free play, meals or other comps.Others keep that information confidential, leaving the club free to weigh other factors in awarding benefits.Now there appears to be a third...

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2018-01-07 05:26:25



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

The Lucky Dragon. It's a mixed bag of news this week, featuring the gloomy reality of Lucky Dragon's (partial) closure as well as a couple of million-dollar stories. Oh, and one of the biggest providers of online poker is finally available in Italy. That's pretty big. Read on for details.5. New Jersey increases network infrastructure to support...

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2018-01-06 04:57:53



John Marchel - 23 facts about blackjack  

1.Blackjack originated in French casinos around the 1700s, where it was called "vingt-et-un" (twenty-and-one).2.Emperor Napoleon played and enjoyed it more than any other card game.3.There are approximately 140 countries in the world with casinos that offer blackjack.4.The proper name of the game is "21"; the name "blackjack" was only added as...

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2018-01-06 04:56:57



Abby Messick - Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino shuts down gaming operations  

The casino's eye-catching sculpture. On Thursday morning, Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino announced it would be temporarily suspending its gaming and casino restaurant operations. The one-year-old casino - and the only prominently Asian-themed casino in Las Vegas, located just a block away from the Strip - has experienced some difficulty in...

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2018-01-06 03:05:45



John Grochowski - Tracking and no tracking  

QUESTION: Why does tracking cards work in blackjack, but tracking doesn't work in other games? If it matters what happens in blackjack, why wouldn't it give you an edge to know how many rolls since the last 7 in craps or how many spins since the last bonus round on slot machines?ANSWER: Counting cards in blackjack works because the odds are...

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2018-01-04 02:15:27



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Are Vegas casinos more flexible with found money?  

Question: Late last year we were at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and came across a slot machine with $20 credit. After reading all the stories about being busted for stealing money, we found a slot host and reported it. He told us it is yours now. If the person before us left it then it was their problem. After we left the machine about 20 feet...

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2018-01-04 02:10:19



Frank Scoblete - A Simple Gambling Question  

Simple Gambling Question: Please explain to me what the best progressive betting system is in order to beat the house.Simple Gambling Answer: Do you want the bad news first or do you want me to explain and then hit you with "there is no best progressive system because none can beat the house"? Yes, you can have some that are less dangerous than...

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2018-01-02 04:41:33



Abby Messick - Casino City's Top 10 most-read Top 10s of 2017  

Around this time last year, we took a look at some of our most-read stories from the previous 12 months. Today, we're doing the same for 2017, looking fondly on our most popular pieces and bringing them back to the fore. As with the previous year, betting tips remained popular, as did lists of top 10 casinos. (You all sure love slots!) There was...

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2018-01-01 03:12:25



John Grochowski - Frequency of blackjack hands  

Blackjack hands don't occur with equal frequency. You'll see 20 a lot more often than a staring hand of 5 or 6, and blackjacks more often than other two-card hands that include an ace.The frequency of 10-value cards makes a major impact. Because we treat 10, jack, queen and king as interchangeable 10s, there are four times as many 10s as any other...

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2017-12-31 00:00:00



John Marchel - Gambling superstitions  

According to the Study of Public Opinion Research Center in 2011, 54% of adults believe in at least one common superstition. Gambling, in particular, has an extraordinary number of superstitious beliefs. Why? An activity completely dependent on luck naturally leads people to create superstitions which could control the outcome in their favor...

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2017-12-30 00:00:00



Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: 2017's last edition  

This is it: The last Friday Five before 2018 hits. It's been a long, difficult year, filled with trials and tribulations of all kinds, both within the gaming world and without. But we're leaving on a light note here by celebrating Las Vegas accomplishments, the first WSOP China champ and a fabulous new book from a poker pro.So take it easy this...

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2017-12-29 00:00:00



John Grochowski - The Three Card Poker problem  

QUESTION: In Three Card Poker, how should I divide my bets between ante-play and Pair Plus?Should I bet equal amounts on them? Should I divide my bets so my Pair Plus is twice my ante? The latter is kind of my working theory, since whenever I bet after seeing my cards, that would bring my ante-play combination up to the same amount as the Pair...

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2017-12-28 00:00:00



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: How does the amount of money played on a machine affect the RNG?  

Question: I understand how slots use the RNG. How does this interact with how much money players over time are putting into one particular machine? Does a machine that is played a lot by many people have a higher chance of paying out over time than one nobody seems to play? I'm trying to figure out if more popular machines have a better...

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2017-12-27 00:00:00



Frank Scoblete - Stop Signs  

My little village has many stop signs. I like that. Stop signs protect the elderly crossing the streets; they protect the kids playing stickball or wiffle ball; and they protect the cars' drivers so no one is plowing through intersections just waiting to smash themselves and everyone else. Stop signs do save lives and do save us from injuries...

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2017-12-26 00:00:00



Tadas Peckaitis - Top 10 New Year's resolutions for poker players  

Many of you will be making a list of New Year's resolutions in the coming days, so why not try to make some poker promises as well? Below are some of the most important things you can do in 2018 to improve your game and win more often at the poker table.Happy New Year!10. Make realistic goals The main reason many ideas fail is that most people...

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2017-12-25 00:00:00



John Grochowski - New slots and veteran players  

Reaching out to new generations while keeping current players happy is a constant challenge for the slot machine industry.Not every player is going to attracted to every game. Video slots with free-spin bonuses command the majority of play, but pick'em bonuses have a niche as do wheel-spin games, mystery progressives, community-style games and...

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2017-12-24 00:00:00



Jerry Stickman - Throwing the ace in video poker  

Hi Stickman.I enjoy your articles and especially when you show sample hands and how to play them. I almost always know the proper play.In a recent example you showed the following hand: Ts Ac 6s Qc JsYou stated that the proper hold was the ace of clubs and the queen of clubs. That is what I would hold with this hand. I have a question, though....

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2017-12-23 00:00:00



Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: Luxury and jackpots edition  

We're deep in the heart of the holidays, with Christmas coming up for many and New Year's approaching for all. Before you log off and enjoy a blissful few days of family, food and gifts, here are the five hottest stories from the last week.5. Viejas Casino & Resort to open luxury tower in 2018The word luxury is bandied about quite a bit in the...

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2017-12-22 00:00:00



Clare Fitzgerald - 'Advanced Concepts in No-Limit Hold'em' a boon for serious players  

No sharks were harmed in the making of this cover. One of the less hyped offerings from D&B Poker this year was Hunter Cichy's Advanced Concepts in No-Limit Hold'em: A Modern Approach to Poker Analysis.In the absence of advanced poker players on staff, what with former associate editor Dan Podheiser having leveraged his skills into an actual...

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2017-12-22 00:00:00



John Grochowski - More loose slots  

QUESTION: Why don't the slot machine companies put higher paybacks on their machines? Wouldn't that give them a competitive edge? If Bally had 97% machines and IGT's were 90%, it seems like everybody would flock to play the Bally games.ANSWER: It's not the slot manufacturers who decide what payback percentages are on casino floors. Casino...

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2017-12-21 00:00:00



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Converting free slot play to real dollars  

Question: I usually try to schedule visits to my local casino on the days when it is having hourly drawings for its Players Club members. Except for the last big drawing, which is for cash, all the smaller winners usually get $1,000 in free slot play. So far I haven't been lucky enough to win, but should it happen someday, how can I play the...

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2017-12-20 00:00:00



Frank Scoblete - The crop circles of gambling  

In M. Night Shyamalan's movie "Signs," the people of earth wake up one day to find that certain signs have been created in their various crops fields. These are the "crop circles" of current lore. And they have a meaning in this film too. Space aliens have come down to conquer us and take whatever the heck they want.We are used to patterns in...

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2017-12-19 00:00:00



Abby Messick - Top 10 New Year's Eve parties  

As Andy Williams says, it's the most wonderful time of the year. And what better way to usher in the New Year than by partying your butt off? Thankfully, casinos across the country will be rolling out the red carpet for guests, providing nonstop, all-night entertainment, free champagne and fantastic fireworks displays.Here are the top 10...

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2017-12-18 00:00:00



John Grochowski - Playing with Dad  

Judd, an East Coast reader who contacted me recently, suddenly has a companion for casino jaunts: his father."I've been playing off and on for close to 30 years, ever since my bachelor party in Atlantic City," he said. "In all that time, I've never been able to get Dad to come with me."It changed when he went on a daytrip with his seniors group....

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2017-12-17 00:00:00



Jerry Stickman - Switching slot clubs for points  

Stickman,During my May visit to the Atlantic City Golden Nugget, I decided to try my luck at one of the four full-pay Jacks or Better video poker machines.Recognizing that these were dollar machines, I wrongly assumed that they would accumulate player points at the same rate as the other video poker machines in that casino. That is when I...

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2017-12-16 00:00:00



Gary Trask - Casino City's Friday Five: WSOP, massive winnings and prime real estate edition  

Despite the looming threat of losing net neutrality in the U.S., the Friday Five is back. Yes, the FCC's vote yesterday to repeal the protections it dutifully put in place back in 2015 will very likely dominate the news in the coming months as it heads to the courts. So, for this week's edition we'll take the liberty of ignoring net neutrality as...

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2017-12-15 00:00:00



John Grochowski - Big slot wins  

QUESTION: My sister-in-law wins on slots a lot, and I mean big money. She won two $20,000 jackpots last month, and this isn't the first time she's had runs like that. I don't know how many big jackpots she's had, but it has to be a dozen or more of $10,000-plus in the last three or four years.I asked her how she does it, and she said she was just...

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2017-12-14 00:00:00



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Slot machines removed because they paid out too much  

Question: There were a couple of new machines at a casino in Biloxi, MS that I played one day. When I returned a couple of weeks later, I was told that they removed them because they were paying out too much. this was told to me by an employee. I know there was a couple that played most of the night and had won over $8000. I won about...

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2017-12-13 00:00:00



Frank Scoblete - The good times at slots  

December is the holiday month. The stores, the streets and many homes are aglow with Christmas lights and the people (who aren't harried, annoyed or angry) are enjoying themselves. Everyone (who isn't a killjoy) is looking forward to the New Year.And nothing is more joyous than going to the casinos during this festive time of love - and hammering...

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2017-12-12 00:00:00



Gary Trask - Top 10 attributes of a successful casino dealer  

Heather Ferris, founder of Vegas-Aces and experienced dealer. A dealer is as vital to the entire casino guest experience as the cards they flip or the roulette wheel they spin. Dealers are the face of the casino, and while a talented dealer with the right personality can make a losing night still feel exciting, an uninformed and unfriendly...

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2017-12-11 00:00:00



John Grochowski - What do you want?  

Different players are looking for different things in casinos.We all want to win, of course, but we don't all have the same dedication to finding the games with the lowest house advantage and then studying to cut that edge to the bone. Some players just want to have fun, and let the wins come when they may.What brings this to mind is an exchange I...

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2017-12-10 00:00:00



John Marchel - Game odds vs. real return  

By playing basic strategy at blackjack, making the correct plays at craps and only playing on single zero wheels at roulette, you can do well at the casino. However, there is a gambler's saying: "When I win the lottery, I'm not going to play in a casino; I'm going to buy a casino."The reason that saying was made up is simple: The house has the...

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2017-12-09 00:00:00



Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: Lots of legislation edition  

Rules, regulations and lawsuits were the order of the week.We've got stories on certifications in Massachusetts, two opposing views on the New Jersey sports betting Supreme Court case, and a reminder about net neutrality. Plus, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes are taking Connecticut to task for failing to follow through on an agreement.5...

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2017-12-08 00:00:00



John Grochowski - Improving video poker play  

QUESTION: I've been trying to improve my video poker strategy by using software that warns me when I make a mistake.I started with Jacks or Better and thought I had figured out straights to where I was drawing when I had 5-6-7-8 and another low card but not when I had 5-6-7-9. Outside straights vs. inside straights, right?Then I started practicing...

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2017-12-07 00:00:00



Vic Salerno - It's too soon to start high-fiving over legal sports betting in the U.S.  

Vic Salerno As a long-time casino sports book industry executive, I am amazed by the exuberance of the gaming media and my professional associates regarding the possible repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA). It is now commonly believed that the Supreme Court will vote in favor of the legalization of sports...

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2017-12-07 00:00:00



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Are slot machines tighter around the holidays?  

Question: What's a good machine to play in a high limit room? Answer: Well, I don't know what you mean by good. Do you mean a machine you'll have fun playing? That's part of my definition, but I don't think that's what you meant. Given that last week's question was about loose machine placement in high limit rooms, I suspect good means loose...

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2017-12-06 00:00:00



Frank Scoblete - Different strokes for the same folks  

Most of us have a singular impression of casino players. We tend to think almost all of them prefer a given game and tend to play that given game exclusively.So Jim is a blackjack player and Mike is a craps player and Lulu loves slots and Carla hankers after roulette and Ben is totally enamored to video poker.But there are some players who fly in...

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2017-12-05 00:00:00



Tadas Peckaitis - Top 10 tips for poker tournament success  

Learning how to play Texas Hold'em tournaments is easy, but if you want to take your game to the next level, you need to follow some advanced strategies as well. Today, we cover 10 essential things you should implement in your game to drive better results and make you feel more comfortable in any tournament.10. Learn ICMIndependent chip modeling,...

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2017-12-04 00:00:00



Gary Trask - NJ sports betting supporters hopeful after US Supreme Court hearing  

Atlantic City casinos would benefit from the addition of sports betting. Let the speculation begin.This morning, nine U.S. Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments regarding whether or not the state of New Jersey should be allowed to legalize sports betting. But a decision may not come until as late as June 2018 — which means, for now, any...

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2017-12-04 00:00:00



John Grochowski - Casino Solitaire  

Long before I ever visited Las Vegas, I heard tales of solitaire being offered as a gambling game.I've never actually seen the game in casinos, and have never quite been sure it really ever was offered. Still, the idea of solitaire as a casino game has persisted in the Las Vegas one-card-at-a-time mode on computer solitaire games.Now it seems the...

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2017-12-03 00:00:00



Henry Tamburin - Money management advice  

Once you've got your gambling bankroll in place and start using it, you'd better know how to manage it. Let me state clearly up front that no money management system alone is going to eliminate the long-term house edge against you. What it will do is help you make your bankroll last longer so you can play longer, and that is what most casino...

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2017-12-02 00:00:00



Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: Back to the ol' grind edition  

It's another Friday. Now that we at Casino City are back from our extended Thanksgiving break, let us update you on the latest gaming industry news. We've got the obligatory jackpot story, a question and answer session regarding the upcoming nail-biter of a sports betting court case between New Jersey and the NCAA, and yet another 10-year...

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2017-12-01 00:00:00



John Grochowski - The metal detectors are here  

QUESTION: My cousin go and I to casinos very often in South Florida. We were discussing casino security after the mass shooting in Las Vegas and were wondering why casinos don't use metal detectors of some sort. With money, gambling and alcohol in one place, a situation is bound to happen. Do the casinos think that it will alter the perception of...

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2017-11-30 00:00:00



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: The truth about loose slot machines  

Question: Where are the loose slots in a high limit room? By the entrance? By the cage? Answer: Loose slots can make a guest appearance on The Walking Dead. The loose slot, like trickle-down economics, is a zombie idea that just won't die. But unlike trickle-down economics, there was some truth to the loose slot story. Let's step into the...

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2017-11-29 00:00:00



Frank Scoblete - Take it easy  

I remember when I was a teenager experiencing my first bout with alcohol. At the time in New York City the drinking age was 18, and at 18 - va-va-voom! I went to my first bar in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. I think the bar was on 98th street on 4th Avenue in the St. Patrick's parish near Fort Hamilton. (I wonder if that bar is still there?)I ordered a...

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2017-11-28 00:00:00



Gary Trask - Top 10 questions and answers regarding New Jersey's sports betting US Supreme Court hearing  

We are less than one week away from what could be a revolutionary day for proponents of legalized, regulated sports betting in the U.S.On Monday, 4 December, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether the state of New Jersey should be able to legalize sports betting, even though federal law currently bans it in 46 states. The case,...

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2017-11-27 00:00:00



John Grochowski - Playing it your way  

Some players know exactly what they want to play before their first casino visit. I know people who have practiced blackjack at home and wouldn't think of playing anything else.For others, favorite games are an evolving thing. I asked a few readers who have written to me in the past about their favorites and how they chose them.Jodie: I play a...

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2017-11-26 00:00:00



Jerry Stickman - Pressing bets at craps  

Stickman:I am trying very hard to become a better player in the casino. I have read some of your articles and several of Frank Scoblete's books and articles. I only play the better games in blackjack. I only make better bets at craps, and I only play the better video poker games.Sometimes I do OK, but other times I still lose big. I will lose hand...

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2017-11-25 00:00:00



John Grochowski - Paying the commission  

QUESTION: Please explain why casinos charge a commission on winning banker bets in baccarat and mini-baccarat, but don't charge a commission when you bet on player? That doesn't seem fair. Is it to drive people away from banker and get them to bet more on player?ANSWER: No, the casinos aren't trying to push you toward betting on player. Charging...

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2017-11-23 00:00:00



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Do the amounts on the Wheel of Fortune affect how often you spin it?Z  

Question: At The Orleans in Las Vegas, there are three high limit Wheel of Fortune slot machines in their high limit room. They are all right next to each other. Two of them are $5 credit machines, and you have to bet two credits ($10 per spin) to qualify for the wheel spin that appears only on the final third reel, centerline pays only. The...

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2017-11-22 00:00:00



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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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2017-11-18 00:00:00






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