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John Grochowski - House edge and element of risk  

QUESTION: I was going through the page on Mississippi Stud Poker at wizardofodds.com and got to the part on the house edge, and it lists a house edge of 4.91% and an element of risk of 1.37%.Can you explain what that means? A 4.91% house edge seems to say this is a pretty bad game, almost as bad as the 5.26% on roulette. But that 1.37% compares...

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2018-04-19 01:46:27



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: What is a penalty card in video poker?  

Question: I have seen some video poker pocket guides that talk about a penalty card. Can you explain what they mean by a penalty card? Answer: Considering penalty cards in video poker strategy is the perfect example of the 80/20 rule. A simple strategy that does not take penalty cards into account gives you most of the benefits of using a...

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2018-04-19 01:20:52



Tadas Peckaitis - Top 10 poker myths  

Tadas Peckaitis has been a professional poker player, coach and author for nearly a decade. There are many myths about the game of poker, and players can make vital mistakes trusting these misconceptions. Therefore, today let's cover some of the most known poker myths and make sure you know why they aren't valid.10. Poker is gamblingMany players...

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2018-04-17 01:53:02



Frank Scoblete - Even more on comps  

If you really want to be a savvy comp commander, I'm going to show you a secret way that only I know about to discover what exact formula the casinos you play in use to rate you. Here goes: Ask them!Yes, no one knows this secret, but you can actually ask to see your rating. When you go to your host (by all means get a host, even if you are a low...

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2018-04-17 01:28:11



John Grochowski - Their first time  

For every player in every game, there has to be a first time.In craps, there are many players who were reluctant to take that first plunge. There are dozens of betting options and it takes time to get the hang of multi-roll bets such as pass and don't pass.I recently contacted several craps players of my acquaintance and asked them if they were...

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2018-04-15 03:34:14



Henry Tamburin - Beating blackjack tournaments  

If you are planning to enter your first blackjack tournament, here are some tips to help you win.1. Read the tournament rules.When you arrive at the tournament and get your seat assignment, ask for a copy of the tournament playing rules. Carefully read them before the tournament begins. Be sure that that you understand before the round begins the...

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2018-04-14 02:48:41



Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: Spring edition  

Depending on where in the world you reside, you may have noticed that there's a hint of spring in the air. And what better way to welcome the warm sun and crisp air than with a few upbeat stories in the form of a jackpot winner, a delicious new restaurant, and a 40th anniversary?5. Table Mountain Casino's Massive Cash Jackpot hits for $86,963Let's...

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2018-04-13 03:50:56



John Grochowski - Payout differences  

QUESTION: You've written a number of times that there are different pay tables on Pair Plus in Three Card Poker, and that the most common one isn't as good as it used to be. Why is that? Why isn't the pay table standard?ANSWER: There are very few games in which payoffs are standard in all casinos. Slot machines are available with different payback...

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2018-04-12 03:02:19



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: How bet size can legally affect chances for a bonus on a slot machine  

Question: We've always wondered how it works when a machine says, "Higher Bet Improves Chances for Bonus." For example, Triple Quick Hits has three games going plus the moneybags on the side. Something must change in the programming in order to give you more chances at the bonus. I know machines only have one RNG, so we assume the "mapping"...

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2018-04-12 02:26:45



Frank Scoblete - More on comps  

Here is the basic formula for comps: average bet times the number of decisions per hour times number of hours you play times house edge equals your theoretical loss times whatever percent of your theoretical loss the casinos will give back, which (finally, thank God!) equals how much the casino will give you in comps.Now most casinos will give...

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2018-04-11 01:33:23



Abby Messick - Top 10 US states to legalize sports betting  

A Las Vegas sports book. (photo by Baishampayan Ghos)It seems that nationwide sports betting in the U.S. may soon have its day.Late last year, New Jersey brought a case to the Supreme Court to banish the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) and legalize sports betting. In preparation, states across the U.S. have offered up their...

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2018-04-11 01:25:01



Frank Scoblete - Love me, love my slots  

If you are married to, or a friend of, someone who enjoys playing slot machines, you know that such people must tolerate you. If your companion or friend plays other games or they are in fact non-players, they have to show great patience if you enjoy significant time at the machines. If they like or love you, they better be patient and...

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2018-04-11 01:08:52



John Grochowski - Gavin's story  

Anybody who plays casino table games very often sees some odd things happen. I've heard from players who have told me of three of a kind on two and three hands in a row at Three Card Poker, a roulette player who accidentally wandered behind the table and was escorted away, and a blackjack player in a party pit who joined in with an Elvis imitator...

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2018-04-08 04:02:19



Jerry Stickman - The random number generator  

Hi Stickman,I took your slot class a while back. I remember you saying that the number generator in the slot machine is constantly "churning" numbers and that it is possible to hit back-to-back jackpots.My question is if someone walks up to the slot machine and puts in $100 and spins four times and hits the jackpot, would I have hit the same...

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2018-04-07 04:29:25



Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: Poker and esports edition  

Fancy a little poker? Online or offline? Or how about an esports match? All of the above?This week, we really can have it all, thanks to PokerStars' SCOOP, the impending WSOP Europe event, and a live event studio in Las Vegas. We also have some news on problem gambling awareness tools, for which we give a big hurrah.5. MGM Resorts hits milestone...

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2018-04-07 03:40:38



John Grochowski - Hitting soft 17 and the Fortune bonus  

QUESTION. I can't bring myself to double down on soft 17. Basic strategy cards tell me to double when the dealer shows 3, 4, 5 or 6. I can't pull the trigger. It just feels right to me to stand on 17.How much am I costing myself?ANSWER: Seventeen is not as strong a starting hand as some players think it is. It's a winning hand only if the dealer...

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2018-04-05 01:26:52



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: More reader comments about whether edge sorting is cheating  

A few more reader comments about the Phil Ivey edge sorting case. See my last two columns for details about the case. It seems to me that a big red flashing light should have been making the dealers' and the pit boss's heads spin the minute someone asked for a specific brand of playing cards and then requesting a specific placement of the...

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2018-04-04 02:37:39



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: More reader comments about whether edge sorting is cheating  

A few more reader comments about the Phil Ivey edge sorting case. See my last two columns for details about the case. It seems to me that a big red flashing light should have been making the dealers' and the pit boss's heads spin the minute someone asked for a specific brand of playing cards and then requesting a specific placement of the...

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2018-04-04 02:15:54



Frank Scoblete - Getting comps  

In the next few issues, I will give you excerpts from my book "Casino Conquest." These will give you the full ins and outs of the casino comping system. Here goes:By now, everyone going to casinos will know something about comps. Table game players dutifully hand in their cards to the floorperson, who either swipes them in the computer or records...

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2018-04-03 04:01:29



Gary Trask - Top 10 golf betting tips for the 2018 Masters  

The return of Tiger Woods makes this one of the most anticipated Masters in recent memory. (photo by Angela George)Regular readers of this space know full well that we have always felt that golf and gambling go hand in hand. So, it's probably no surprise that with Masters Week upon us, we're rolling up our sleeves and digging deep for ways to make...

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2018-04-03 02:27:06



Clare Fitzgerald - 'Bluff' combines magic, poker and long cons  

When you sit down at a poker table, you want the game to be clean. The poker industry is, justifiably, a bit obsessed with shedding its historical image of disreputability, because players want a fair shot at winning.But when you sit down to read a poker book or watch a poker movie, let's face it: You want the exact opposite. The grand...

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2018-04-03 01:30:03



John Grochowski - The baccarat alternative  

Baccarat is more popular among big bettors than average players, and I don't hear from baccarat players as often as I do from those who play blackjack, video poker, slots, craps, Three Card Poker, roulette or Mississippi Stud.Nonetheless, at an early March dinner party, a friend of a friend told me he was exploring baccarat as a blackjack...

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2018-04-01 04:33:14



John Marchel - Winning at blackjack  

Mathematically, we know casinos should win from 0.5 to 0.8% at the card game of blackjack.However, when reviewing public records for Nevada casinos, we find they are winning 12 to 14% against the average blackjack player. Public records in Atlantic City, New Jersey indicate casinos are winning 14 to 16%. Even with different playing rules in force...

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2018-03-31 01:14:33



Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: Online gambling and esports edition  

Ah, Friday. What can we say about Friday? TGI-?As for the previous few days, we've heard much about Pennsylvania's in-production online gambling industry, the UKGC's dedication to making gambling safer for all, and a frankly mind-blowing esports arena that just opened up in Las Vegas. (Seriously. We really want to go.)5. UK Gambling Commission...

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2018-03-30 03:54:29



John Grochowski - Video poker flushes and keno history  

QUESTION: You've fielded questions about video poker strategy when you have both low pairs and high cards. My question is about flushes.Do you always hold four cards to a flush, even if the non-suited card is a high card? What if the card is an ace in Double Double Bonus, where four aces get you 2,000 coins? What about a flush with a low pair?When...

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2018-03-29 04:58:51



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Readers weigh in on Ivey's edge sorting case  

Last week I posted an article about how Phil Ivey and his partner used a technique called edge sorting to win about $20 million playing baccarat and Punto Banco, a game similar to baccarat. Ivey lost both of the court cases related to his winnings, one filed in New Jersey and the other in the United Kingdom. I thought what Ivey did amounted to...

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2018-03-29 02:08:37



Gary Trask - Top 10 reasons to visit The Hippodrome Casino in London  

Casinos come in different shapes and sizes and with an array of diverse atmospheres. While many are downright breathtaking because of their massive size and grandiose design, others are more of the "boutique" variety, providing the same kind of luxurious features, conveniences and comforts, but in a much smaller space.The latter kind of casinos...

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2018-03-27 04:33:14



Frank Scoblete - Advice needed and given  

FROM NOT-KING-COLE: Do you have any wild ideas about gambling? I'm looking for a real escape. I mean it, I don't mean just following the math of the games as you do but something really weird and wacky that is perfect for a night at the casino. Drinks, flirting with waitresses and just going wild; that's what I am talking about.I am sure you have...

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2018-03-27 02:03:12



John Grochowski - Keeping current on blackjack  

In the last few weeks, while I was focused on new slot games, a number of blackjack questions piled up. Let's try to answer a few.What do you think of the side bet that pays 10-1 if you push the dealer? This one pops up from time to time under different names. The reader who asked mentioned seeing it at Palace Station as Push Your Luck.It's...

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2018-03-25 02:57:22



Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: The good news edition  

Good news - this week, things seem to be going well. That's right: no bad news this week, as the online lottery is becoming more prominent, a man managed to turn a one-cent bet into a good chunk of prize money, Las Vegas continued to reign supreme, and a couple casinos are undergoing renovations or winning awards. Maybe both.5. Player turns...

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2018-03-24 03:16:10



Henry Tamburin - Be selective in blackjack games  

Back in the good ole days, there wasn't a lot of rule variation from one blackjack table to another. Nowadays that's changed. Not only will you often find a different mix of blackjack playing rules from one casino to another but quite often in the same casino you'll find a myriad of different blackjack games.The problem is this: Some blackjack...

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2018-03-24 02:09:26



John Grochowski - Baccarat card counting and craps 'put' bets  

QUESTION: Tell me something about the tie bet in baccarat. It seems to me that there must be some cards that make ties more likely, and that if you count cards there must be situations where the tie becomes a good bet.Do you have any tips on when to play the tie bet?ANSWER: Most casinos pay 8-1 on tie bets when the dealer and banker hands have the...

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2018-03-22 04:20:08



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Why do some casinos have both Class II and Class III slot machines?  

Question: Why is it that some casinos have both class II and class III slots? Four Winds in Michigan is an example. They seem to have both types of slots. Do they do this because one type of machine has lower payouts? Answer: One class of machines does not necessarily pay back more or less than the other class. Each class of machines can...

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2018-03-22 03:40:32



Abby Messick - Top 10 casino openings, expansions and renovations  

As usual, we at Casino City are keeping a close eye on how many millions of dollars are being spent on the latest and greatest additions, expansions and renovations, all so you don't have to.For this top 10, we've got a couple important expansions, some golf action, high-limit slots and movie theaters. If that doesn't sound like a great night out,...

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2018-03-20 02:52:16



Frank Scoblete - Betting a bushel  

FROM BARNEY: I have to disagree with you about betting. The more bets a player makes, the better the chance he or she will win one. That counts. If we follow your advice and only make one bet per game like at craps and roulette, what is the point? That makes the game dull. You wait and wait and wait to see what happens and you wait some more.You...

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2018-03-20 01:04:19



John Grochowski - To Egypt and beyond  

Anyone who's spent much time playing video slots has encountered ancient Egyptian themes. When it comes to pyramids, the Sphinx, scarabs and asps, there seems to be a strong archeologist strain among slot players.Incredible Technologies is the latest slotmaker to delve into the ancient mysteries with its new game, Rays of Egypt.The sun god Ra...

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2018-03-18 03:14:30



Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: March Madness edition  

"Legislation" doesn't exactly scream fun, but it can result in fun when things go well. And it does look like things are going well, especially in West Virginia, where sports betting is primed to make an appearance. Malta's also switching things up a bit in terms of online gaming legislation.We've also got some stats on March Madness, which are...

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2018-03-17 03:30:41



Jerry Stickman - Best field bet  

One of the more popular bets at a craps table is the field bet. It is a onetime bet that wins if a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12 is thrown. That is the reason for its popularity - it pays on all but four numbers. Never mind that the numbers that cause you to lose this bet are those that appear most frequently.In most casinos, the field bet pays 2-to-1...

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2018-03-17 02:31:49



John Grochowski - Blackjack dealer shows his hole card  

QUESTION: I was at a blackjack table and one dealer was exposing his hole card on every hand. When he rotated off our table, I was really tempted to follow him, but I resisted.I don't want to get into a whole thing about whether I should or shouldn't have told him he was tipping his card. I just want to know if there's any special strategy to...

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2018-03-15 01:15:58



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Are the machines Class II in New York's racinos?  

Announcement: I had the privelege of being the guest on Bob Dancer and Richard Munchkin's podcast Gambling with an Edge a few weeks ago. The podcast was recently posted. You can listen to it at Question: I listened to your recent podcast with...

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2018-03-14 04:25:30



Gary Trask - Top 10 ways to bet on March Madness  

Buckle up: The 2018 version of March Madness is here, and that means there will be an abundance of options for you to have "interest" on the proceedings.Here are 10 ways we recommend you could partake in the Madness that is the NCAA men's basketball tournament, beginning this week. And it doesn't matter if you're a diehard fan or not. As long as...

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2018-03-13 04:41:33



Frank Scoblete - Money management at slots  

Many casino players believe that there are ways to manage one's money to prevent the casino from having an edge on them. This is a totally wrong assumption. If the casino has an edge at a game, which it does at just about all games, no money management system is going to take that edge away.With the faraway exceptions of some mostly long-ago...

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2018-03-13 01:37:30



John Grochowski - Pop culture slots  

Pop culture themes on slot machines have been regularly attracting players since the rise of video slots in the late 1990s.There were a few licensed themes before that — Bally's Betty Boop and IGT's Wheel of Fortune three-reel games come to mind — but video really opens the door for designers to show off what movies, TV, board games and music...

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2018-03-11 03:33:15



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

Golf, acquisitions, jackpots and more jackpots - we've got a little something for everyone this week.Perhaps most notably, over the course of the past year PokerStars Casino has paid out something like $17 million to 10 lucky players, none of which were any of us here at Casino City, which is depressing. But still, we're happy for them. Actually,...

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2018-03-10 04:26:21



Gary Trask - New Level Radio has casino guests grooving to the beat  

New Level Radio co-founder Nathan Green (photo by New Level Radio)It's a busy afternoon on the Strip, and Nathan Green is walking quickly through MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on his way to a business meeting. Suddenly, he hears a Bruno Mars track kick in through the sound system above and he can't help but stop, sit back and observe.Before...

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2018-03-10 02:05:26



John Marchel - Lottery winners  

Lottery by definition is a game of chance in which subscribers (players) buy numbered chances in hopes of winning prizes. The winning numbers are chosen by lot, in which the total lot can vary from a small amount to a large amount of numbers.Lotteries have been around for hundreds of years.The first "government" lottery was in France in 1539....

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2018-03-10 01:43:29



John Grochowski - Electronic craps  

QUESTION: I found a craps machine game with bouncing dice, and the odds look pretty enticing. Instead of 30-1 on 2 or 12, it pays 31-1 and instead of 15-1 on 3 or 11 it pays 16-1. Hardways pay 10-1 and 8-1 instead of 9-1 and 7-1.What does that do to the house edge? Does that make these viable bets, instead of sucker bets?ANSWER: Before getting...

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2018-03-08 05:11:16



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Does speed in hitting the bills matter in the Money Catch bonus on Crazy Money?  

Question: I asked a pit boss once if the shufflers were truly random or used an RNG. He said it did not use a RNG and was random. I was playing with someone once and he said the shuffler can read the cards because they can hit a button and have the shuffler put out the cards in sorted suits. Answer: Hmm. How does a computerized device...

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2018-03-08 04:03:54



Tadas Peckaitis - Top 10 differences between online and live poker  

While Texas Hold'em poker rules are the same for online and live poker games, there are many differences in these formats. Today, I want to highlight top 10 distinctions that you should know when sitting down at the table - whether it's online or live.10. Different level of competitionI do not want to offend live games players, but online games...

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2018-03-06 01:37:30



Frank Scoblete - Simple rules of baccarat  

Baccarat presents you with an almost 50-50 game against the casino - the bank bet will actually win more than 50% of the time.Baccarat is dealt from a shoe. All 10s, jacks, queens and kings equal zero. The ace equals one. All the other cards equal their face value. The highest possible hand is nine.The objective is to correctly guess which of...

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2018-03-06 01:08:08



John Grochowski - Asian games abound  

Asian themes have become slot machine staples, with images of Far Eastern gardens, koi fish, pagodas and more taking their places along symbols of good luck and progressive jackpots.Nearly every game manufacturer has Asian-style offerings, and there are a number of such themes on their way to casinos for 2018.Everi, a company that resulted from a...

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2018-03-04 06:12:22



Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: That's how it's done edition  

This week, we're really big on following industry rules. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has put forth a whole bunch of measures to improve its handling of problem gambling, BGO Entertainment has upped its compliance game, and the PokerStars FRESH tournament - the result of two online poker player pools legally merging - has seen great success...

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2018-03-03 04:03:10



Henry Tamburin - Chat with champion Sammy Vaughn  

Sammy Vaughn made history when he won a lump sum of $1 million in the first ever million-dollar blackjack tournament, at the Las Vegas Hilton. I interviewed Sam after he won and thought you'd enjoy reading what he had to say after making history.Henry: When did you play your first blackjack tournament?Sammy: In the 1980s, craps was my primary game...

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2018-03-03 03:06:47



John Grochowski - Those various side bets  

QUESTION: Is there ever a time to make a side bet like 21 + 3 or Lucky Ladies at blackjack, the Dragon Bonus bet at baccarat or the Prime bet in Three Card Poker you wrote about a few weeks ago?It seems to me that when you describe these bets, they always have house edges that are higher than the regular game. So why not just play the regular game...

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2018-03-01 04:02:07



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Is the deal of cards on a video poker machine as random and unbiased as someone dealing a real deck of cards?  

Question: Prior to the recent amendment to the New York Constitution, casino gambling in New York was illegal -— thus, video lottery terminals (class II) were utilized to get around the prohibition. After the amendment to allow gambling in New York, the Rivers Casino in Schenectady, and now the Montreign in the Catskill Mountains, opened. Since...

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2018-02-28 01:33:32



Frank Scoblete - Slot knowledge  

FROM MARIE: I enjoy the slot machines and I do not care that you and other writers claim these are programmed to take our money. All casino games, slot machines included, are created to take our money. That's the whole point of the casino, making money.But I have started to read articles on the slot machines and I realize that each machine or type...

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2018-02-27 05:21:09



Gary Trask - Top 10 March Madness parties in Las Vegas  

For a college basketball fan, there is nothing like experiencing March Madness in Las Vegas.The first two rounds of the NCAA men's basketball tournament — particularly the first two days, being played this year on 15 and 16 March — are simply insane. The action is nonstop, the crowds are massive and the atmosphere is pretty much what you'd expect...

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2018-02-27 04:42:37



John Grochowski - Great new slot machines  

Regardless of whether casino operators are looking for inventive new slot games, video poker, electronic table games, management systems or analytics, International Game Technology is practically a one-stop shopping source.That includes a wide range in the slot department, where durable three-reel favorites, a wide range of video playing styles,...

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2018-02-25 03:54:57



Abby Messick - Casino City's Friday Five: Court rulings edition  

This week, justice has been served, and boy is it "perfectly seared steak" juicy. The EU continued to work admirably to regulate its online gambling infrastructure, William Hill executed a series of big mistakes over a long period of time, and a Maryland casino proudly announced an outdoor addition. Plus, a look into the lives of some big spenders...

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2018-02-24 05:18:43



Jerry Stickman - Odds of a royal flush  

Hi!On vacation, getting caught up on my reading, carefully reading your article about getting a royal flush.I am not an expert on the laws of probability, so I am confused by your statement that there are four royal flushes in 2,598,960 hands, and therefore your odds of getting a royal is one out of 649,740. Is this a correct statement, or is it...

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2018-02-24 04:20:47



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Should I play a video poker machine after it hit a big jackpot?  

Question: The new Montreign Casino opened in New York on Feb. 8th. I have been calling the slot manager to find out what class their slot machines are, but they haven't gotten back to me. I can only assume that they are Class II machines, which my understanding is that the slot results are decided by a gigantic computer some where in upstate...

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2018-02-22 03:06:32



John Grochowski - Vanishing video poker  

QUESTION: I've been playing video poker a long time, maybe even longer than you have. I remember lining up for machines, 1979, 1980 or so.There used to be a game called 7s Wild. It had the same pay table as Deuces Wild, except with wild 7s. (Make sense, right?)Why do you think the 7s version disappeared? Does it matter which card is wild? Couldn't...

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2018-02-22 01:23:22



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






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