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John Grochowski - Blackjack mistakes  

Nearly every blackjack player makes mistakes from time to time, no matter how good we are. To err is human, after all.That doesn't mean other players' forgiveness is automatic, imperfect as they are themselves.My old blackjack-playing friend Bob drew the ire of the crowd recently when he made what he described as "a real bonehead play. It was...

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2018-11-18 00:00:00



John Marchel - A little baccarat strategy  

The game of baccarat can trace its origins back to the latter part of the 1400s during the reign of Charles VIII, King of France. It became very popular in French in the 1830s and is still extremely popular in European and South American casinos today.It's the simplest table game in the casino to learn and play. It's so simple because the player...

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2018-11-17 00:00:00



Dan Ippolito - Casino City's Friday Five: DraftKings edition  

Sports betting continues to make headlines in the U.S., with several sportsbooks opening, including another in New Jersey. Also making our Friday Five are two jackpot winners, an Atlantic City resort expansion and Penn National Gaming acquiring a casino.5. Slotastic player hits $95,259 on MegasaurAfter an evening of small bets, a Slotastic player...

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2018-11-16 00:00:00



John Grochowski - What's with straight flushes?  

QUESTION: The straight flush payoffs in video poker really bother me. They are so rare. Shouldn't you be rewarded for getting something that rare? They pay less than four of a kind in a lot of games.What would they have to do to make a straight flush pay maybe 1,000 coins instead of 250? Make it pay a quarter of a royal, and more than the 800 on...

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2018-11-15 00:00:00



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Why do casinos replace popular slot machines?  

Question: Why do popular slots that receive consistent play over the years disappear from the casino floor? When they disappear, the replacements tend to not be popular, have low frequency of play, and disappear quite quickly — in my observation. It makes you wonder why the switch was made. These are recent observations of slots that seem to...

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2018-11-14 00:00:00



Frank Scoblete - Making money  

I used to do a lot of consulting for casinos and casino companies, and at times such consulting dealt with slot machine companies (by the way, I was a player-friendly consultant!).I remember the first time I met some slot honchos and one of the lead guys asked me, "What is the purpose of the slot machine?"It was not a hard question to answer. "To...

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2018-11-13 00:00:00



Dan Ippolito - Top 10 reasons to visit Las Vegas this winter  

Winter is approaching quickly, but that doesn't mean a trip to Las Vegas needs to be held off until the spring. There are still plenty of activities and offers for guests to enjoy in Sin City in the next few months.10. Polar Express 4-DStarting 1 December, guests can enjoy the 15-minute version of The Polar Express at Madame Tussauds at The...

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2018-11-12 00:00:00



John Grochowski - New game: 31 Classic  

From time to time, table games inventors ask if I'll take a look at their games, whether just to add my input or for a little publicity. I can't get to every game - if I did, this column would be strictly a new games report.One that caught my eye recently is 31 Classic, which has had a good run at the Muckleshoot Casino in Washington state. Along...

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2018-11-11 00:00:00



Eric Rosenthal - When everyone has elite status  

During the last few months, new casinos opening up have offered tier match and even tier upgrades around the country. In the Northeast alone, we have seen Ocean Resort, Hard Rock Atlantic City and MGM Springfield open with very generous programs. In response, the two largest players, Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts, offered tier matching...

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2018-11-10 00:00:00



Dan Ippolito - Wynn Las Vegas shuts down lagoon project, will restore golf course  

The lagoon was supposed to be built on the golf course site behind Encore and Wynn. (photo by Wynn Las Vegas)Put away the swim trunks and grab the golf clubs.Wynn Las Vegas announced on Wednesday, during an earnings conference call, that it is no longer going to build the extravagant lagoon theme park it had been planning for a couple of years,...

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2018-11-09 00:00:00



John Grochowski - Who owns branded slot machines?  

QUESTION: When a slot machine is made by two different manufacturers, how does that work? There were Elvis slots by IGT and the Elvis slots by WMS. There were a couple of different Price Is Right slots, and I'm sure there have been others.What happens? Does one manufacturer have to pay the other one? Can they both make the games at the same...

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2018-11-08 00:00:00



Jerry Stickman - Oh, what a promotion!  

Stickman,I have found a local promotion that is as follows: Shooter makes no extra bet and is paid 10x their line bet when they throw 13 rolls between sevens. If you throw a seven on the comeout roll the count simply resets. You can win multiple times during the same hand. The promo pays a maximum of $500 per win. I won it twice last night at $10...

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2018-10-13 00:00:00



Dan Ippolito - Casino City's Friday Five: Jackpot and milestone edition  

Along with the 2018 Global Gaming Expo happening this week in Las Vegas, there was a lot of other news that surfaced. Videoslots reached a milestone, two casinos made big announcements, and a jackpot winner and another sportsbook made it in this week's Friday Five.Let's begin with the sportsbook.5. Pointsbet launches new sportsbook with Allen...

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2018-10-12 00:00:00



Gary Trask - New futuristic sportsbook debuts at The LINQ in Las Vegas  

LAS VEGAS -- Stroll into the newest sportsbook in Las Vegas, and you may very well be entering the future of land-based sports betting.The Book at The LINQ Hotel & Casino — former home of the Imperial Palace, now one of nine Caesars Entertainment properties in Las Vegas — celebrated its official grand opening on Thursday afternoon, complete with...

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2018-10-12 00:00:00



John Grochowski - How the casino really makes money  

When comparing casino games, the house edge frequently is used as the standard.But the edge alone can't tell you precisely what you can expect in equivalent times on the games, something I discussed recently with Paul, an old video poker-playing acquaintance."I've been playing this game a long time," Paul said recently as he sat down next to me at...

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2018-10-11 00:00:00



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Cruising to video poker profits  

Question: Part 1: Regarding your comments about cruise ship casinos For what it is worth, I would offer the observation that several land-based casinos offer promotions that include cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has been a popular partner. It would stand to reason that NCL would recognize the fact that many of their passengers...

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2018-10-10 00:00:00



Frank Scoblete - The music of the machines  

Before the slot machines became "paper machines" — that is, when real coins went in and came out, and the noise of those thousands upon thousands of coins going in and coming out filled the casinos, sometimes backed up by the occasional screams of joy from slot players who had hit jackpots — I could hear a kind of music, a kind of celestial...

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2018-10-09 00:00:00



Dan Ippolito - Top 10 facts and figures for the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe  

The World Series of Poker Europe came into existence in 2007, when Caesars Entertainment wanted to bring its brand to locations throughout the world. Over the first nine years, the WSOPE has attracted 23,292 entrants and has awarded over $108 million in prize money. This year's tournament begins on Tuesday and runs through 2 November in the same...

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2018-10-08 00:00:00



John Grochowski - Stay clear craps  

Way back in the 1990s, I met Brett at a seminar. He was a slot player — strictly three reels in those days — and he wanted to learn something about table games.It took him a couple of decades, but he's finally giving craps a try. He contacted to ask about hop bets."You probably don't remember this," he said, "but when you taught us the pass line,...

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2018-10-07 00:00:00



John Marchel - Casino chips  

Casino chips (also known as casino or gaming tokens, checks or cheques) are small discs used in lieu of legal currency in casinos. Injection-molded plastic or compression-molded clay tokens of various denominations are used primarily in table games today, as opposed to metal coins, used primarily in slot machines.The manufacture of casino chips...

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2018-10-06 00:00:00



Dan Ippolito - Casino City's Friday Five: Groundbreaking jackpot edition  

We've turned the page on the calendar and have entered October, and there's a lot of news to cover. There are more U.S. sportsbook developments with the expansion of an existing partnership. We also have a milestone jackpot payout, another big jackpot at an online casino, Las Vegas breaking ground on an entertainment venue and an acquisition by...

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2018-10-05 00:00:00



Dan Ippolito - Massachusetts Gaming Commission chairman resigns  

Stephen Crosby, the Chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, resigned yesterday. Crosby had served as chairman since the MGC's inception in November 2011 when the expanded gaming law was passed and was a major part of the implementation of casino gaming in Massachusetts. His decision to resign comes before the panel rules on whether Wynn...

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2018-09-28 01:36:20



John Grochowski - Regression and slot graveyards  

QUESTION: I have a question about regression as it applies to gambling, but what leads me into it is baseball.Whenever a player or team has a hot streak, I read the statheads start talking about regression. When the St. Louis Cardinals went 22-6 in August, I heard they were due for regression. The implication was that they would lose more games...

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2018-09-27 01:59:03



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Do I win less when I use a player's card?  

Question: My wife thinks that the casino can regulate how much it will let you win based on your card being in the machine or not. She thinks she wins more with her card out of the machine than in. Is there any correlation to this myth or can the casinos assist winning or not winning when your card is in the machine? Answer: The use of a...

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2018-09-26 01:46:24



Tadas Peckaitis - Top 10 unwritten rules of poker  

Tipping the dealers is common poker etiquette in most rooms. (photo by Wikimedia Commons)Although poker in all of its different variations is a game with well-defined and clearly explained rules, there are still some things that you should know that you won't find in the rulebook.Adopting the 10 unwritten rules of poker found below will help you...

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2018-09-25 01:47:10



Frank Scoblete - The Quotable Captain: Mistakes  

(The late Captain was my mentor in gambling. I've written six books about him. This series contains some of his quotes, ideas and advice. This particular article concerns how the Captain views learning from mistakes.)The Captain: "I made every mistake a gambler could make." — The Captain's Craps Revolution (1993)The Captain believed that you...

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2018-09-25 01:22:44



John Grochowski - They are out there  

Casinos attract players from such a broad cross-section of the population that it would be surprising if they didn't also bring a broad sample of quirks.From time to time, readers tell me about a few of the odd things they've seen at the table. Here are a few for the collection.MARV: I was playing at a $10 blackjack table — the lowest limit...

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2018-09-23 01:01:35



Dan Ippolito - FanDuel Sportsbook's glitch resolved  

FanDuel's New Jersey sportsbook had a major error in its system that lasted for 18 seconds and ended up leading to an $82,610 payout. FanDuel refused to pay the winnings to Anthony Prince, the person who placed the bet, but after three days of deliberation, the sportsbook paid Prince in full.In week 2 of the NFL season, the Denver Broncos trailed...

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2018-09-22 01:53:50



Jerry Stickman - Having fun with slots  

Ah, slot machines with their lights flashing and melodies playing - row after row of these ubiquitous machines crammed in every imaginable space on the casino floor. They are by far the most popular game in casinos today. And why not? At what other casino game can a gambler simply drop in a few coins and have the possibility of winning thousands -...

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2018-09-22 01:13:22



John Grochowski - Five-card draw video poker  

QUESTION: Why are video poker games five-card draw? Casino card rooms don't even offer five-card draw. Why isn't a more popular game like Hold'em the base for video poker?ANSWER: The short answer is that five-card draw has resonated with video players and Hold'em has not. Over the last couple of decades there have been numerous attempts to bring...

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2018-09-20 01:07:52



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Should I play multi-hand video poker?  

Question: Single play or multiple on video poker? I usually play 9/6 DDB or 8/5 DB at $0.25 ($1.25 per hand). I haven't played any multiple play, but wonder if it is worth it to start. Where can I find out more info and what I'm looking for in a pay table to be equivalent to 98% payback or higher? Would it be worth it to play $0.10...

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2018-09-19 01:31:33



Dan Ippolito - Top 10 poker movie scenes  

Last week, Rounders celebrated its 20th anniversary. While the cult classic movie starring Matt Damon, Edward Norton and John Malkovich is widely recognized as the best and most influential poker movie of all time, there are many others out there, and most of them feature scenes with memorable poker hands. High stakes, large pots and bluffing are...

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2018-09-18 01:40:39



Frank Scoblete - The Quotable Captain: Empty pockets  

(The late Captain was my mentor in gambling. I've written six books about him. This series contains some of his quotes, ideas and advice. This particular piece is the story of my fall and rise as an advantage player.)The Captain: "There they are with empty pockets." — from the book I Am a Card Counter: Inside the World of Advantage-Play Blackjack...

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2018-09-18 01:08:16



John Grochowski - More on slots  

The most-played games in American casinos are slot machines, and the most-played slot machines are the penny games.Naturally enough, questions about slots are high in the mix of e-mail I receive from readers. Let's try to answer a couple that have come in recently."What if there was an obstruction on a slot reel and the same symbol was stuck in...

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2018-09-16 01:55:56



Dan Ippolito - Casino City's Friday Five: Sportsbooks and casinos edition  

The NFL is back — and it couldn't have come at a better time, with all of the new sportsbooks opening across the U.S. More than 30 new sportsbooks have opened across the U.S. since a Supreme Court ruling abolished PASPA back in May, but they are not the only hot topic in the world of gambling. This week, we have plans for new casinos being put...

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2018-09-15 01:23:55



John Marchel - Card counting drills  

One of the things a card counting blackjack player needs to be skilled at is keeping up with a fast dealer. Occasionally, a player will run across a dealer who thinks it's important to move the game along at a very rapid pace, regardless of how it affects the players at the table.A skilled advantage player should like this type of play. The more...

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2018-09-15 01:17:18



John Grochowski - Where does the blackjack edge begin?  

QUESTION: At what point does the house edge in blackjack kick in?I recall reading that a casino would never allow a person to make a one-time bet of a million because the house edge would not factor into a single transaction.So the issue then is at what point does the edge kick in. Since it is a proven fact that the longer you play the more your...

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2018-09-13 01:43:06



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Does getting comps from a host at a casino affect the offers you get in the mail?  

Question: If I use room and food comps, does that lower my comp balance and then I may not get room comp offers potentially? Answer: I'll answer based on my own experiences with the caveat that your mileage may vary. Other casinos may have different policies, and it may matter if the casino caters to locals or tourists and whether you're a...

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2018-09-12 01:57:26



Frank Scoblete - Players respond  

FROM K**THEY: Just read your article today and wanted to confirm that I've taken your advice from previous columns and twice in one week, it's paid off for me.Last week, at Chinook Winds Casino/Resort, on the Oregon coast, I had $10 free slot play on my player's card. For the heck of it, I went to a dollar machine and instead of playing $3 a...

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2018-09-11 01:03:48



Dan Ippolito - Top 10 casino openings and expansions  

As the calendar turns from summer to fall, resort casinos all over are also changing for the better. About two months ago, we talked about recent casino openings and expansions, and now we already have 10 more to discuss.10. Resorts World Catskills debuts Crystal Life SpaNew York's newest and closest-to-Manhattan commercial casino resort...

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2018-09-11 01:03:33



John Grochowski - Getting help playing cards  

It's a given in casino card games that you're supposed to play your own cards.Nonetheless, players often request and receive advice — sometimes from the dealer, more often from other players.In mid-August, I found myself at a Mississippi Stud table with a player in obvious need of help, and the others weren't at all shy about lending aid.When I...

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2018-09-09 01:18:02



Eric Rosenthal - Group gambling  

One of the easiest ways to increase your comp offers is to increase your perceived worth to the casinos. Casinos track and measure your worth in terms of the theoretical loss you should have on an average trip or an average daily basis. But increasing your "theo" does not necessarily mean you need to gamble more or have more at risk personally....

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2018-09-08 01:49:51



Clare Fitzgerald - Exploiting Poker Tells completes an invaluable body of research  

The bulk of the book consists of 132 hand histories. About two years ago, Casino City was given a lifetime membership to Zachary Elwood's excellent Reading Poker Tells video series in exchange for an honest review, which I provided here. (The series has grown since then — there were only 19 videos at the time; now there are 29 — and let me tell...

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2018-09-08 01:20:19



John Grochowski - Long sessions or short sessions at blackjack?  

QUESTION: I seem to do better at blackjack with short sessions and leaving the table when I'm four or five betting units ahead. I then move to another table.My friend tells all these sessions are not independent and the house advantage will still exist on a cumulative basis. Can you help?ANSWER: There's nothing in the math of the game that makes...

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2018-09-06 01:59:39



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: A video poker machine with a 100-coin max bet  

Question: I also have often wondered how comps work. I pretty much only play at GVR [Green Valley Ranch], so that's where I have a host. I could be and am probably wrong, but I've come to the conclusion that the casino hosts must be on some sort of commission basis where they get paid based on how much one of their guests loses. The losses...

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2018-09-06 01:22:04



Frank Scoblete - Things of Roulette's Past  

FROM JAGGY: Have you ever started out your day without any intention of going to a casino? My wife and I had decided to do some house cleaning and some painting of our two decks. Well that all changed when our son, John asked if we were going to the casino as they were giving free beach chairs per person. So we decided to join them at Mt Airy...

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2018-09-04 01:29:27



Tadas Peckaitis - Top 10 favorite poker players to watch  

The poker world is filled with players of all shapes and sizes. Thanks to the poker boom in the years after Moneymaker's epic 2003 WSOP victory, the game experienced a rise in popularity that no one could have predicted.Because of this, many players have become stars of sorts, appearing on TV in poker shows and tournament coverage. Some of them...

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2018-09-03 01:23:49



John Grochowski - What if dealers played basic strategy?  

When my old blackjack-playing buddy Bob and I get together, the talk doesn't always center on the game of 21. We've known each other long enough that talking blackjack usually means rehashing oft-told tales.But when we met at a casino buffet recently, Bob had a new topic."What do you think the effect on the game would be if dealers could use basic...

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2018-09-02 01:52:32



Gary Trask - Tiverton Casino Hotel ready for Labor Day Weekend grand opening  

In many ways, Tiverton, Rhode Island, is a classic New England town, with a history dating back to the late 1600s, ocean views, an assortment of ponds, lots of wooded areas and a population of just over 15,000 residents.Adding a casino to the mix isn't going to suddenly change the dynamic of this sleepy town sitting on Narragansett Bay, and that's...

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2018-09-01 01:55:40



Jerry Stickman - Etiquette at craps  

The game of craps is fun and can be very exciting. It can also be very frustrating. When things are going well, points are being hit and money is being made. The camaraderie and good will at the table is something not available in other casino game. But this entire warm and friendly atmosphere can disappear in an instant. All it takes is someone...

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2018-09-01 01:25:47



John Grochowski - Two hands versus one in video poker  

QUESTION: I was playing penny video slots next to a lady who was playing two games. She wasn't waiting for anything to stop. She'd hit one button then right away do the other machine. Even during free spins on one, she kept playing the other.I joked that it was all I could do to follow one game, there was no way I could keep track of two. She said...

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2018-08-30 01:46:13



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: The curious case of the complicated comp  

Question: I am a 50-year plus experienced gambler. I know a lot about the subject of gambling, but I just can't figure out the following. I live in Las Vegas and get to know many players in the high roller areas. A few of them who are frequenters of different casinos have told me the following. Their casino host or upper management have told...

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2018-08-29 01:11:18



Frank Scoblete - The Quotable Captain: Dice control  

(The late Captain was my mentor in gambling. I've written six books about him. This series contains some of his quotes, ideas and advice. This particular article concerns the ability of some players to control the dice when they throw.)The Captain: "I know that some people have trained themselves either privately or at the tables to control the...

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2018-08-28 01:23:41



Dan Ippolito - Live! Casino & Hotel keeping up with the competition  

Live Casino and Hotel first opened back in 2012. (photo by Live! Casino & Hotel)Live! Casino & Hotel, located in Hanover, Maryland, opened its first phase back in 2012. Since then, four other casinos have made Maryland home, including MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, which sits about 20 miles away.It can be tough to compete with a casino with...

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2018-08-28 01:08:56



John Grochowski - Flop Poker  

Whenever I'm in a casino for the first time or the first time in a long while, I like to take a long walk around the casino floor to get the lay of the land.Among the things I'm looking for are table games outside the usual mix. One that recently drew me in for a few hands is a poker-based game called Flop Poker.Flop Poker has been around a while,...

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2018-08-26 01:35:13



John Marchel - The best and worst blackjack hands  

We know a 10 and ace is the best hand we can have in blackjack. You and the dealer can expect to get one in about every 20 hands or about 5% of the time (that is the math).Twenty is the second-best hand. That is why you shouldn't split 10s; it's a winning hand, just take the money.There are two types of players that split 10s: card counters and...

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2018-08-25 01:19:40



Gary Trask - Top 10 first impressions of the new MGM Springfield casino  

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Take it from someone who has lived here his entire life: The sun-splashed casino grand opening of MGM Springfield today was a B-I-G deal for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.It's been seven long — and oftentimes painful — years since the Expanded Gaming Act was signed into law in Massachusetts by then-Gov. Deval Patrick. In...

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2018-08-25 01:11:36



John Grochowski - Complicated craps and blackjack surrender  

QUESTION: When you wrote about Casino Over Under, you mentioned that games needed to be easy to understand and easy to deal with an uncluttered layout.What about craps? It's not any of those things. You can play for years and not understand all of the bets. There are different ways to bet all over the layout, and they have different payouts. A lot...

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2018-08-23 01:10:36



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: A slot machine bets more than the player selected  

Question: Empire Casino. Yonkers. NY I play the minimum on a 1cent slot machine max 50 cents. I placed a voucher value $96.16 Played 1cent 50 cent bet & hit the play button. Paid no attention to balance as I was playing only a few minutes. When I finally looked at the balance it was $13.00 Calling the manager I was told I was...

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2018-08-22 01:05:18



Gary Trask - Top 10 biggest mistakes made by amateur poker players  

Jennifer Tilly at the 2005 World Series of Poker where she won her only WSOP bracelet. (photo by Wikimedia Commons)LAS VEGAS - One of the great benefits of attending the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is the access to professional players. As you roam the halls of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, it's not uncommon to bump into some of the...

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2018-08-21 06:15:59



Eric Rosenthal - Why get a host? And which type?  

Hosts come in a number of different flavors. For simplicity's sake, I will break them down into two categories: independent hosts, who may represent several different corporations or properties, and captive hosts, who are usually employees of a certain brand or property. Players can benefit from being clients of both types of hosts, and I...

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2018-08-21 03:43:41



Dan Ippolito - Casino City's Friday Five: Sportsbooks, jackpots and renovations edition  

Since the legalization of sports betting in the U.S., sportsbooks have been opening all over, and we have some more to cover this week in Mississippi and New Jersey. On top of that, we have a few jackpot winners, new games at Videoslots, big money at PokerStars and a Las Vegas renovation.Let's begin with Videoslots bringing in some new features:5....

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2018-08-21 03:18:39



John Grochowski - Sports betting arrives  

Since the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way in May for states to legalize sports betting, New Jersey, Delaware and Mississippi have been the quickest off the mark.All already have sportsbooks up and running, a huge change from the decades when only Nevada had legal, full-scale sportsbooks.How did we get to the point that states could legalize...

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2018-08-21 02:07:55



Frank Scoblete - The Quotable Captain: The struggle  

(The late Captain was my mentor in gambling. I've written six books about him. This series contains some of his quotes, ideas and advice. This particular article concerns the biggest problem gamblers have at the games.)The Captain: "The struggle is not between you and the casino; it is between you and yourself." — The Captain's Craps Revolution...

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2018-08-21 01:54:30



John Grochowski - Hundred Play Poker and doubling on blackjacks  

QUESTION: Tell me about Hundred Play Poker. The one machine at the casino near me has 8/5 Double Double Bonus, the same as on the quarter single-hand games, but not as good as the 9/6 DDB on one-hand dollar games. You can play Hundred Play for pennies, two cents or nickels.Is there any advantage to playing all the hands at Hundred Play, or is it...

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2018-08-16 01:36:09



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: I'm a picky video poker player  

Question: WOW . . . I hope I never sit next to you in a casino. You just telegraphed how picky you are. You kept saying "their doing nothing wrong, so nothing can be done about it." Bet a dime to a dozen donuts you would if you could. Your true colors came shinning through, and I don't think you realized it. I do enjoy your read though...

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2018-08-16 01:22:55



Frank Scoblete - Being tough at slot play  

Even though the house has an edge on just about every slot machine and video poker game (with some few, hard-to-find exceptions), players can still play a tough game against the casino if such players use intelligent strategies in deciding which games to play and how to play them.Pessimists might say that all slot and video poker players are...

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2018-08-14 01:53:33



Dan Ippolito - Top 10 betting tidbits for English Premier League  

The 2018 World Cup was full of excitement as France came out on top to win it all over Croatia. Last Friday, the 2018-2019 season of the English Premier League kicked off with Manchester United besting Leicester City, 2-1. Manchester City dominated the league last season with 100 points, winning the EPL by 19 points over Manchester United.As the...

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2018-08-14 01:45:30



John Grochowski - Woulda, coulda, shoulda  

There are times — frustrating times — when playing slots or video poker is a matter of woulda, shoulda, coulda.If only you woulda bet the max on video poker, covered all the paylines on video slots or made the qualifying bet on a progressive like you shoulda, you coulda left the casino with a nice payday.A few readers recently shared their woulda,...

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2018-08-12 01:57:13



Dan Ippolito - Casino City's Friday Five: Bingo, free bets and sports betting edition  

Last week, we had MGM Resorts taking over the headlines with its deals with the NBA and GVC Holdings. This week, we have an opportunity to make free bets from BetRally Sports, the continuing trend of sportsbooks opening at several U.S. locations, Evolution Gaming and Hard Rock Atlantic City teaming up for an introduction to some innovative table...

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2018-08-11 01:50:22



Jerry Stickman - Differences in buy bets  

Hi Stickman.I just returned from a week in LV (went to G2E) and just now read your article which I get via Casino City Times.I spent the better part of a day hunting for a decent craps game.I normally play in MS where the vig on Buy bets is collected only upon a win. LV was a culture shock in that regard. I won't play where the pirates do that. ...

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2018-08-11 01:19:58



John Grochowski - The Big 6 and Big 8 are bad bets  

QUESTION: Weird experience at the craps table. Guy next to me kept betting $5 each on Big 6 and Big 8. You know, the ones in the corner with the big red numbers.I told him he'd get better odds if he placed them instead, and he said, "I've tried that, but the dealer keeps trying to upsell me. I want to bet $5, and he keeps insisting on $6. I can...

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2018-08-09 01:45:43



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Be careful with touch-sensitive displays in button decks on a slot machine  

Question: A warning about 88 Fortunes slot machines! This can actually apply to many slot machines. Recently I sat down to play an 88 Fortunes machine at Resorts Catskills. I inserted my player card and then inserted a $20 bill. As I let go of the bill, my pinky knuckle must have touched the surface a couple of inches in front of the...

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2018-08-09 01:30:31



Dan Ippolito - Top 10 nongaming casino amenities  

When you hear someone talking about a casino resort, your first thoughts go immediately to gambling and gaming. However, don't have tunnel vision and think that's all these places have to offer their guests. There is a wide variety of activities and places to visit at the resorts. Nongaming activities accounted for 66% of revenue for Las Vegas...

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2018-08-07 01:35:47



Frank Scoblete - Strategies for top four table games  

There are four table-games that many players tend to enjoy playing in the casinos: blackjack, craps, roulette, and baccarat/mini-baccarat. Each one has decisions dealing with what strategies to play, how to play them along with money management methods that reduce the risk of going home empty.Let's take a short look at all of them:BLACKJACK: The...

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2018-08-07 01:06:59



John Grochowski - Creating a new table game  

Introducing a new table game to the public isn't as simple as hitting on a concept that's fun to play, gives the house a reasonable edge and convincing a casino to try it. There's a seemingly endless series of hoops a game developer must jump through.That's something Jason Kobal knows all about with his Casino Over Under, newly licensed in...

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2018-08-05 01:54:50



John Marchel - Reading playing card spots  

When counting cards at blackjack, it's important to see each specific card that has been played or exposed. Sometimes it can be difficult because the dealer is very quick in scooping up a bused hand or the cards are at the other end of the table and hard to see. Trying to see the numbers or corner pips does not always work, therefore, you should...

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2018-08-04 01:18:53



Dan Ippolito - Casino City's Friday Five: MGM Resorts edition  

MGM Resorts International dominated the gaming headlines this week, as the move to regulate and legalize sports betting gained even more momentum in the U.S. this week. We also saw Caesars Entertainment and William Hill get more involved in this evolving new market. But first, we start with a couple of big jackpot winners.5. Las Vegas player wins...

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2018-08-04 01:14:24



John Grochowski - Slot screw-up?  

QUESTION: On a three-reel, one-payline slot machine, there are two wires that stretch above the reels resting on top a metal lip extending from one end of the slot to the other. The lip appears to have holes on each end and in the center to secure the wires with rip ties.I have seen where the wiring was only secured at each end but not in the...

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2018-08-02 01:50:45



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: About those "guaranteed to hit by" progressives  

Question: Is there any way to tell if you're playing a server-based machine? Answer: The term server-based gaming is like the lyrics to a Yes song -- it can mean almost anything you want it to mean. Let's look at different things server-based gaming can mean and whether you can tell if you're playing that kind of server-based machine. One...

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2018-08-01 01:49:07



Frank Scoblete - The Quotable Captain: Gambling  

(The late Captain was my mentor in gambling. I've written six books about him. This series contains some of his quotes, ideas and advice. This particular article concerns how the Captain views gambling.)The Captain: "I have been gambling all my lifetime, be it in business ventures, or games of chance and skill. I made every mistake a gambler could...

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2018-07-31 01:28:46



Dan Ippolito - Top 10 casino openings and expansions  

In the last couple months, there has been a lot of focus on the 49th World Series of Poker, the legalization of sports betting and the FIFA World Cup. But there are other areas where important stories have been coming up in, with several casino openings and expansions taking place in recent weeks.10. Island View Casino Resort opens Beach CasinoThe...

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2018-07-31 01:05:56



John Grochowski - Winning Big at Roulette  

When my longtime Jim and I get together, talk usually centers on family, kids and a lot of baseball.Gambling rarely comes up. Jim doesn't play much, and when he does it's Hold'em if the casino has a poker room and blackjack if it doesn't.Imagine my surprise at our June lunch outing when Jim wanted to talk roulette."I'd been reading about Charles...

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2018-07-29 01:20:02



Eric Rosenthal - Taking advantage of promotions  

Casino promotions are a form of inducement to bring players in at a time that revenue or occupancy is expected to be lower than desired. These promotions come in many different formats, with varying expected values and durations. Some of them even provide long-term benefits. Sometimes the value of a promotion is straightforward; other times it's...

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2018-07-28 01:41:33



Dan Ippolito - Casino City's Friday Five: Las Vegas experience edition  

After covering the final table for the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event, our own Gary Trask gave us his insights on new things you should be on the lookout for while in Las Vegas. This week, we also have news on a California casino beginning a major expansion, an online casino coming out with eight new games and several jackpot winners.Let's...

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2018-07-28 01:38:14



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Getting gonged on Fu Dao Le  

Question: One of my favorite slot machines is Fu Dao Le, for which I have several questions: When two of the green gongs appear (on reels 2-4), the next spin most often contains none. Sometimes one, and rarely two, but never three. After about 50,000 spins, I would expect to see at least one. Is this truly random or programmed? The...

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2018-07-26 01:12:30



John Grochowski - Pass line wins and soft 18 at blackjack  

QUESTION: How often do you actually win on the pass line? You're the underdog no matter what the point is, and when it's 4 or 10, you're a heavy underdog, right? Why does everyone insist it's such a good bet?ANSWER: The house edge on pass is 1.41%. Payoffs are even money, so that tells us the house wins 1.41% more often than players.We can take...

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2018-07-26 01:09:31



Gary Trask - Top 10 new experiences I tried in Las Vegas  

LAS VEGAS - The primary reason for our eight-day jaunt to Las Vegas earlier this month was the World Series of Poker. And, trust me, we spent our fair share amount of time inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino taking in the action, watching John Cynn outlast the second-biggest field in Main Event history, culminating with a record-breaking — and...

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2018-07-24 01:16:59



Frank Scoblete - Moving from slots to table games  

FROM JANET: I want to try my hand at the table games but I find I am a little intimidated by them. I heard that blackjack can be a good game and also craps, but I look at these games, and especially craps, and I think that there is no way I can learn how to play these games. I notice all the decisions that blackjack players make and I wonder why...

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2018-07-24 01:01:18



John Grochowski - Building a better slot machine  

Building a successful slot machine involves multiple elements. There needs to be an eye-catching theme and graphics to attract players, intriguing elements such as bonus events and jackpots, and the right math to yield a mix of payout frequency and shot at a big payoff.That all needs a strong platform to showcase the features to their best...

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2018-07-22 01:36:21



Jerry Stickman - The best and worst buy bets  

Craps is a fascinating game. It is the only casino game where you can influence your own fate. The casino allows you to select two dice from an assortment of five, and then you are allowed to throw the dice, determining the outcome.Even more fascinating, however, is the vast assortment of bets that are available for your choosing. Each bet has a...

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2018-07-21 01:44:07



Gary Trask - Friday Five: Putting a wrap on the 2018 WSOP edition  

Fresh off spending a week in Las Vegas covering the World Series of Poker, we'll stick with poker's most prestigious event one more time here at the Friday Five and recap a whirlwind week from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.The 2018 edition of the WSOP attracted a record 123,865 entrants from 104 nations around the world, exceeding last year's...

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2018-07-21 01:23:54



John Grochowski - One-roll bets at craps  

QUESTION: I know the one-roll bets in craps are supposed to be bad news, but what about the field? Both casinos near me pay 3-1 on 12 in the field, and the charts say the house edge is 2.78%. That beats the 4% if you place 5 or 9 or the 6.67% on 4 or 10, so why wouldn't I bet the field instead of those bets?ANSWER: You don't have to make any of...

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2018-07-19 01:50:17



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Four-card royals happen frequently on video poker  

One of the differences I've noticed between casual video poker players and more experienced players is that casual players are very interested in seeing what they almost got at the end of a hand. More experienced players just deal another hand after a losing hand, but casual players will say that they almost got four aces or a straight flush. ...

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2018-07-19 01:30:54



Gary Trask - Top 10 facts, figures and observations from the WSOP Main Event final table  

LAS VEGAS -- With another year of World Series of Poker coverage in the rear view mirror, it's time to clean out the notebook and my poker-fatigued brain with 10 observations, facts and figures from a week in Las Vegas at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.10. Casino City alum cashes inpic.twitter.com/LigVAG3F37— Dan Podheiser (@danpodheiser) July...

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2018-07-17 01:22:37



Frank Scoblete - Superstition and intuition  

FROM ANTHONY: I had a great feeling about a sporting event. The team I felt would win was a big underdog. So I was walking down the block (I live in a big city) and I said to myself that if I saw a red car by the time I count to ten I will place a bet on the team. Wouldn't you know it but by the count of five a red car came around the corner. The...

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2018-07-17 01:08:26



Gary Trask - A misunderstood Dyer opens up after third-place exit at WSOP Main Event final table  

LAS VEGAS - Maybe it was the just-rolled-out-of-bed hair. Or was it the black-rimmed glasses and monotone manner in which he continually answered reporters' questions? Oh, and let's not forget the now infamous sky blue sweatshirt with a dinosaur holding a bouquet of balloons.Whatever the case, Michael Dyer was clearly not a fan favorite the last...

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2018-07-16 01:59:44



John Grochowski - Back-to-back jackpots  

When I've relayed readers' stories of back-to-back jackpots, they've generally focused on big wins. A thousand dollars for a video poker royal flush qualifies; $2.50 for three bars on a three-reel slot or $1.25 that just covers your bet for a pair of jacks, not so much.Nikki, an East Coast reader, e-mailed to ask if small progressives would do....

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2018-07-15 01:55:58



Gary Trask - Cordial atmopshere at WSOP Main Event final table is a welcome change for players  

LAS VEGAS -- It was about 15 minutes before the World Series of Poker Main Event final table began play on Friday night when a Tony Miles supporter approached Joe Cada and gave him a big hug."Thanks for stopping by, and good luck to Tony," a smiling Cada said to the woman as she walked away.Moments later, just as the cards were about to go in the...

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2018-07-15 01:42:08



John Marchel - The 10 don'ts in the casino  

Some of the best experts about gambling can be found here at Casino City Times - Gaming Gurus. Name a game and you can find a couple of experts who will tell you all about it. Got a question? You will find an answer here. Some will walk you through a game step by step, others will give you a simple positive answer to your question. This site and...

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2018-07-14 01:57:35






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