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John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: A warning about Dream Card  

Two weeks ago I left you with a bonus question in my What Does This Combination Pay on Everi's Fascination Slot Machine? quiz. Here is the paytable from the machine: ComboPays W W W500 7 7 750 7B 7B 7B20 any 3 mixed 7, 7B   15 B B B10 any 3 mixed B, 7B5 C C C5 any 2 C2 any 1 C1 The question was: What does 2W 3W 4W pay? I...

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2019-09-19 08:59:59



Jerry Stickman - Comments on don't betting  

Jerry —I read your article on craps betting on the "dark side"; I love betting against the crowd (but it's really betting against the house). I usually bet the don't pass line; what do you think about hedging my $100.00 don't pass bet with a $6.00 eleven and a $15.00 three-way any seven on the come out?I know I'm paying 20% insurance to protect my...

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2019-09-19 07:17:50



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: The squeaky slot player  

Have you heard the old proverb that the squeaky wheel gets the grease? If you Google the phrase, you'll find that there are two meanings for the phrase. The first meaning is that the person who complains the most gets the most attention. I prefer the second meaning, which is more benign. This meaning is simply that if you have a problem, you...

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2019-09-19 07:02:37



Dan Ippolito - Casino City's Friday Five: Construction and reopening edition  

In last week's Friday Five, we covered several stories, including that Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City announced a $14 million investment into the property. As this week progressed, we saw more stories in regards to construction and openings for several properties. We also have Intertops Poker sending players to multiple tournaments...

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2019-09-19 04:22:41



John Grochowski - Is more actually more at video poker?  

QUESTION: Regarding the Joker's Wild game you mentioned where the big jackpot is on five of a kind instead of a natural royal, how can they afford to offer that? If the jackpot hand comes up once per 10,994 hands, as you say, and that's about four times as often as royals in most video poker games, it just doesn't seem like casinos would want to...

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2019-09-19 03:41:23



John Grochowski - Progressive blackjack  

Blackjack Bob and I communicate fairly regularly, mostly via e-mail along with the occasional phone call or lunch out.One thing we don't do very often is play blackjack together. But our schedule meshed on an early September morning, and that gave us a chance to compare notes on a couple of systems.While we were playing, one fellow was using the...

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2019-09-19 01:56:20



John Grochowski - Wild card video poker  

QUESTION: I was wondering about wild symbols on video slots. They usually can take the place of any symbol in a winning combination, but they can't replace the bonus symbols.If I need three special symbols to get a bonus, they have to be those exact symbols, not two of them and a wild or whatever.Why not? Why can't they make the wild symbols...

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2019-09-19 01:45:39



Dan Ippolito - Top 10 states to open new sportsbooks  

Since the federal ban on sports betting was deemed unconstitutional last May, sportsbooks have been popping up all over the U.S. in states where sports betting is now legal and regulated. College football and the National Football League are a few weeks into their respective seasons, which makes for great timing to have new places for fans to...

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2019-09-19 01:33:33



Frank Scoblete - Electronic table games  

There is some movement on the part of some slot players over to electronic games such as roulette, craps, baccarat and blackjack, among others. Most slot players are just nibbling at the games but some have thrown themselves whole hog into them.Over the next few issues I am going to do a body of work on the electronic table games that have come to...

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2019-09-19 01:13:01



Frank Scoblete - How slots are programmed  

Slot machines do not pay out their wins smoothly. It isn't as if the player wins one, the slot machine wins one or the player wins two and the slot machine wins two or any type of sequence based on close to a 50-50 game. For slot players, such a 50-50 game would be boring. If they wanted that, they would play baccarat.Instead, slots are explosive....

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2019-09-19 01:04:15



Dan Ippolito - Casino City's Friday Five: Virtual sports and sports gambling edition  

We are just two days away from the grand opening of Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, Massachusetts. Sunday, the $2.6 billion property will officially open to the public. There were several other stories that topped the headlines this week in the gambling industry. The World Series of Poker has had impressive numbers so far, Century Casinos...

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2019-06-23 14:10:15



John Grochowski - Mississippi Stud and sports betting  

QUESTION: I have a question about the Mississippi Stud strategy at wizardofodds.com.After you've seen four cards and are making your last bet before you see the fifth, the weakest hand it says to raise on is three mid-cards provided you've made at least one 3x bet.Mid-cards are 6s through 10s, and if you pair one of them up, you get a push.When...

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2019-06-23 12:46:44



Jerry Stickman - Craps on a $100 bankroll  

From Brian,Assuming I have $100 bankroll at a $10 minimum table. The point roll is not a six or an eight. Would it not be better to cover six and eight with $10 bet including the pass for a total of $30 than a pass bet of $10 plus $20 on odds on more difficult numbers to hit like 4/10 or even 5/9?Hi Brian,This is a question with which many craps...

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2019-06-23 11:48:04



Dan Ippolito - Casino City's Friday Five: 100th story edition  

This week's Friday Five marks my 100th story at Casino City. Since I began just over a year ago, a ton has changed in the gaming industry. In my first week, the federal ban on sports betting was deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Justice Department. Fast forward to today, and we are seeing New York become the 14th state to regulate sports betting...

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2019-06-23 11:08:38



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Multipliers and dealt royals on Double Super Times Pay  

Question: I just read your piece last week about the person whose wife hit the Royal on Double Super Times Pay. I don't know if you are aware that the rules of the game state that if you are dealt a Royal with any multiplier you automatically get the 10x multiplier on the deal and the draw. Somebody hit this at the "M" last year on $5 play for...

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2019-06-23 07:44:30



Frank Scoblete - The power of slots  

Casino gambling or racinos are in over 80% of the United States. They are in Canada and throughout Europe and the Middle East. Casino gambling is almost as popular with the human race as warfare.Casinos would never have spread like wildfire had it not been for the slot machines. There just aren't enough table-game players to make casino gambling...

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2019-06-23 06:09:44



Dan Ippolito - Top 10 new online slot games  

It has been a few months since our last edition of new online slot games. Since then, slot providers have been constantly releasing new games for players to enjoy, so here we take a look at the top 10 new games over the last couple of months.10. 5 Lions GoldLast week, Pragmatic Play unveiled 5 Lions Gold. This 3x5 video slot offers 243 ways to win...

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2019-06-23 05:03:27



John Grochowski - Incredible Technologies  

From the time it entered the casino market a decade ago, Incredible Technologies has been know for eye-catching slot machines and games with a difference.In the coming months, you'll see more of the above with new games including Clinko: King of Bling, Clinko: Winning Wall, Fireworks Festival and Sky Dragons.All are on Incredible's Infinity V55...

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2019-06-23 03:20:14



John Marchel - Special decks for blackjack  

To become an excellent player and card counter at blackjack requires a lot of time and effort on the players part, most of it at home studying and practicing.To aid with the learning process to become skilled at the game, suggest you create special plus and minus decks. For your plus deck, using two standard-52 card decks, add four small cards,...

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2019-06-23 03:03:45



John Grochowski - About Slot Percentages  

Readers have long memories, and when they falter, the Internet is there to refresh them.At the very least, it seemed that way in early June when a reader emailed to remind me that way back in 2010, I'd written about mining the monthly revenue reports of state gaming boards and commissions to compare slot machine payback percentages at different...

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2019-06-23 01:03:09



Ron Mendelson - The many benefits of securing a Malta gaming license  

While some of you might struggle to locate the small island of Malta on a map, it shouldn't be underestimated in terms of its business potential. A flourishing hub not just for iGaming, but for industries such as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and financial services, it also enjoys one of the strongest economies in Europe.A European...

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2019-04-17 01:43:36



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Someone cashed out money I left on a slot machine  

Question: My wife and I have been playing slots for over 20 years. We almost always play Q Hits, the three-reel, old-fashioned type. Three Q Hits on the center line used to pay out $5,000. Now most pay out $10,000. Over the years my wife has been quite lucky. I haven't been as lucky, but have no complaints. I keep a reasonable record of all...

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2019-04-17 01:27:12



Dan Ippolito - Top 10 casino openings and expansions  

Over the last two months, since our last edition, we have seen a variety of openings and expansions all over the world. Here we take a look at our top 10 restaurants, sportsbooks, attractions and more that have recently opened or been expanded.10. Uno Mas at SLS Las Vegas celebrates grand openingOn Friday, SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino held the...

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2019-04-16 16:19:42



Dan Ippolito - Casino City's Friday Five: More Wire Act news edition  

Back in January, we saw the U.S. Department of Justice declare that the Wire Act prohibits passing bets and wagers across state lines, as well as assistance in placing sports wagers — thus applying the Act to not only sports betting, but any form of gambling crossing state lines.A month later, New Hampshire challenged the DOJ's opinion in regards...

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2019-04-16 13:31:10



John Grochowski - Money management  

At a dinner party recently, I fell into conversation with Kerri, a blackjack player. I'd recently been asking players about the best and worst advice they'd ever received, so I put the question to Kerri.She immediately gave me a discourse on money management, a topic near and dear to players' hearts. Kerri understood fully that managing your money...

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2019-04-16 10:43:53



Gary Trask - Top 10 Masters golf betting tips and trends  

Any time you can mix golf and gambling together, I'm all ears.Toss in the storied tradition of the Masters, the brilliant green fairways at Augusta National, and what is typically the most dramatic Sunday afternoon of the entire golf calendar and, well, you can clearly see why this is one of my favorite weeks of the year.What makes betting on the...

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2019-04-16 10:35:13



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Do machines that share progressives also share RNGs?  

Question: I regularly play at MGM National Harbor and noticed that there is often a "bank" of three to five similar machines which "share" progressive amounts. Recently while at the Borgata in Atlantic City I noticed that similar "banks" of machines are independent as to both progressives and red envelope values. This leads me to believe that...

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2019-04-16 10:29:36



Frank Scoblete - Magic of the machines  

I want magic. Yes, yes, I do; I really do.I don't want the kind of magic that is merely illusion as performed by the stage magicians in casino showrooms or on glittery stages. No, I want the real thing. I want Aladdin's lamp; I rub it and a genie appears and grants my wishes, magically bringing the universe to heel and then bow and kneel before me...

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2019-04-16 09:56:05



Frank Scoblete - Jerzy Questions  

FROM JERZY: I have to take issue with you on some of your ideas. I know you are a conservative player - to say the least my friend! - but you seem to enjoy taking the fun away from gambling in a casino and I am assuming you feel about this in all gambling anywhere.Most of us want a thrill but making conservative bets such as blackjack and safe...

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2019-04-16 07:18:10



John Marchel - Missing cards  

To have the advantage over the house when playing blackjack, you have to be able to count cards. You have to see every card that is played and add or subtract it from the count. But sometimes you might miss a card because of the action at the table.For example, you are playing a double-deck game, and you can't see all the cards until the hand is...

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2019-04-16 06:53:29



John Grochowski - 'Hot' and 'cold' tables  

Within the large set of casino table games players, there's a much smaller subset of those who scout tables before they play.They look for hot tables and happy players with large stacks of chips in front of them. They don't want to be stuck with cold tables and vanishing bankrolls.I belong to the non-scouters. There is nothing within the games...

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2019-04-16 06:04:18



John Grochowski - Two jackpots  

QUESTION: In February, I was playing a 25-cent Double Bonus machine in Blackhawk, Colorado. It dealt me a royal flush in clubs. In mid-March, the same machine again dealt me a royal flush in clubs. In the intervening three weeks, it dealt me four aces, plus a few other four-of-a-kind.I understand the odds of being dealt a royal is 1 in 649,740....

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2019-04-16 05:47:12



John Robison - A casino changes a promotion — and makes it better!  

Over the past few weeks I've complained about actions that casinos have taken. This week I want to laud a casino for an action it took that actually improved a promotion. It's not a fairy tale. It really happened. For many years, the Suncoast Casino offered a Dinner and a Movie promotion. Earn a certain number of points and you could pick up...

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2019-01-31 01:54:18



John Grochowski - Losing while winning  

QUESTION: I don't see why it is inevitable for a roulette combination to lose money when it wins more often than it loses.If you bet enough different numbers, whether corners, red/black, columns or whatever so that you have 80% of the numbers covered, you have an 80% chance of winning.You've stressed that every wheel spin is an independent trial,...

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2019-01-31 01:46:28



Dan Ippolito - Sports betting approved for four New York casinos  

On Tuesday, the New York State Gaming Commission approved several sports betting regulations that will allow four casinos in upstate New York to build sportsbooks and offer sports wagering, possibly as soon as this spring.The four casinos are Tioga Downs Casino; Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady; del Lago Resort & Casino; and Resorts World...

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2019-01-30 01:03:52



Frank Scoblete - The Internal Clock  

Bear with me here.My normal day goes something like this: I wake up between four and five o'clock in the morning. After my toiletries I make a half-cup of coffee and then I head for my computer.I answer emails for about an hour, occasionally go to Facebook for about 10 minutes, say good morning to my wife the Beautiful AP who is busy cleaning the...

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2019-01-29 01:45:55



Gary Trask - Top 10 Super Bowl prop bets and tips  

Ever since the massive William "Refrigerator" Perry bowled into the end zone from the one-yard line way back in 1986, the way we bet on the Super Bowl changed forever.Explaining why The Refrigerator & Ditka are responsible for the #SuperBowl Prop Bet craze: pic.twitter.com/V2PPYtx0rS— Gary Trask (@casinocityGT) February 1,...

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2019-01-29 01:03:08



John Grochowski - Are table games forever?  

Slot machines come and go so rapidly that virtually every player has a list of old favorites that now are absent from casino floors.Table games turnover is much slower. Once a game has established itself as a player favorite, it's usually in for a good long run. Blackjack, craps, roulette and baccarat have been around longer than the oldest...

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2019-01-27 01:35:46



Jerry Stickman - More on come vs. place bets  

Jerry,I've always played craps betting on the pass line with full odds and three numbers using the come, also taking full odds. On a recent visit to Las Vegas, a stickman suggested I try not playing the come but just placing the same amount of money bet on each of three numbers when they were thrown, as if I had three come bets.He pointed out the...

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2019-01-26 01:45:27



Dan Ippolito - Casino City's Friday Five: Poker and sportsbook edition  

Super Bowl LIII is set and it is only fitting that another U.S. sportsbook was unveiled to the public just two weeks before kickoff. That wasn't the only big news story over that last seven days as we also have a massive jackpot, a historic poker prize pool, a chance to win a trip to the Caribbean, and a newly crowned poker champion.Let's start...

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2019-01-26 01:38:11



John Grochowski - The rude dealer  

QUESTION: I had a blackjack dealer rooting against me, which was kind of weird. Actually, she was rooting against the whole table.When she rotated onto our table, she took cards out of the shuffler and said, "Let's lose some money!" A couple of guys said, "Yeah!" but the rest of us looked at her funny. She said, "I bet you thought I was going to...

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2019-01-24 01:59:39



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Dine-in only dining credits  

Every casino promotion and benefit is designed to get you to go to the casino. Some go a step further and are designed to get you to stay in the casino longer, the theory being that the longer you stay in the casino, the more you'll play. I have a small problem with one benefit that is designed to get you to stay in the casino — dine-in only...

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2019-01-24 01:38:13



Tadas Peckaitis - Top 10 signs a poker player is ready for higher limit tables  

Playing poker is largely about pushing the envelope and playing as high as you possibly can to maximize your win rate. You always want to move on to the next limit as soon as you can, because that is the best way to ensure you're making the most money possible.However, taking on higher limits doesn't come without inherent risks. There are many...

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2019-01-22 01:47:13



Frank Scoblete - When to quit playing  

When to quitLast week I showed how the cliche of "quit when you're ahead" really wasn't and isn't the be-all and end-all of knowing when to call it a session or a day or a trip. People who get ahead on the very first decision aren't going to leave the casino.So when should we quit play? Is there a true and ready formula for doing so? No, not...

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2019-01-22 01:46:23



John Grochowski - The comeback machine  

Double Bonus Poker once was one of the games I played most, but I'd fallen out of the habit in recent years because pay table reductions had taken the fun out of the game.In December, when I found a bank of machines with 9/7/5 (9-for-1 on full houses, 7-for-1 on flushes, 5-for-1 on straights) Double Bonus, a 99.11% game with expert play, I just...

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2019-01-20 01:15:14



John Marchel - More casino playing laws  

The law of money managementYou need to know how to manage your bankroll if you want to be successful at gambling. First, know what you can afford to wager during your visit to a gambling establishment.Know how important it is to separate your gambling funds from your other expenses like hotel, food, entertainment and transportation. Know how to...

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2019-01-19 01:49:27



Dan Ippolito - Casino City's Friday Five: The Wire Act and sports wagering edition  

There are changes and updates being made constantly in the gaming industry, and this week was no different. In addition to two U.S. states working on the legalization of sports betting, we have a new blackjack game being introduced and the Department of Justice announcing the reverse of an opinion regarding the Wire Act that could result in some...

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2019-01-19 01:31:16



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: When casinos miss opportunities to encourage players to play  

There's an expression in French, l'esprit de l'escalier, which roughly translates to "staircase wit." It refers to when you think of the perfect reply or course of action when it is too late. According to Wikipedia, the expression arose from an essay by French Philosopher Denis Diderot. In the essay, he describes a situation in which he was...

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2019-01-17 01:23:42



John Grochowski - Where's my royal?  

QUESTION: I play video poker once a week, a couple of hours at a time. I can be that specific because my wife and I go with friends every Thursday morning. It's the eight of us, and we never miss a week. We have breakfast, go play, have lunch and come home.Last year was the first in a long time that I didn't get a single royal flush. At the speed...

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2019-01-17 01:22:46



Dan Ippolito - New US Department of Justice opinion says Wire Act applies to all online gambling  

Back in 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel issued an opinion that interpreted the Wire Act of 1961 as only pertaining to online sports betting. Yesterday, a new opinion from the DOJ declared that the Wire Act prohibits passing bets and wagers across state lines, as well as assisting in placing sports wagers — thus...

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2019-01-16 01:48:22



Dan Ippolito - Top 10 Super Bowl viewing parties in Las Vegas  

Super Bowl weekend is three weeks away, and it has often been said that if you can't be at the game, the second-best place to be is Las Vegas. There will be hundreds of viewing parties up and down the Strip and beyond on Super Bowl Sunday. Here are 10 for you to consider.As always, we suggest you book early, as most of these parties will likely...

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2019-01-15 01:54:45



Frank Scoblete - Head for the door  

Picture our hero heading to Las Vegas from New York City ready to challenge Lady Luck in her very own kingdom.When he arrives he checks into a gorgeous hotel; goes to his gorgeous room, showers in a gorgeous shower and then takes a nap in the gorgeous bed and after hanging up his clothes in a gorgeous walk-in closet and checking out the gorgeous...

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2019-01-15 01:34:55



John Grochowski - Betting Styles  

Readers' tales of big wins almost always come from slot players, with video poker players making up a substantial minority. Rarely do they come from table players.That's normal given the nature of the games. A huge win on the slots can strike in a single spin. When table players have winning sessions, it usually means grinding out more wins than...

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2019-01-13 01:12:01



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

Since sports betting in the U.S. became legal back on 14 May, casinos across the country have been continuously adjusting. Merely eight months after the fact, several casinos are making changes and taking advantage of the new state of the law. This should make sports fans and gamblers ecstatic, as it means numerous sportsbooks are being opened. In...

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2019-01-12 01:58:11



Jerry Stickman - The 6/8 progression  

Jerry -I've been playing a slow negative progression only playing the 6 and 8 in craps and seem to be doing quite well with it.Basically, I am seeking a constant profit with each winning roll of the dice. My theory works like this:Level 1: 24 on 6 and 8, if lose move up to 60 each, if lose again move up to 180. On any win, move immediately back...

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2019-01-12 01:56:17



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: When casinos discourage players from playing  

Not much changed the first two years I lived in Las Vegas. The video poker inventories at the casinos I play in stayed pretty much the same, as did their slot clubs. The floodgates opened this past year, however, and there were video poker changes (mostly downgrades but one upgrade!) or slot club changes or both at almost every one of my casinos...

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2019-01-10 01:56:25



John Grochowski - A rule for 6:5 blackjack games  

QUESTION: Knowing that we must avoid 6:5 blackjack payoffs should be rule No. 1 for players, but let's assume we have a need to play (whatever the reason) and that's the only game in town, there is really no such thing as "even money" anymore, is there?As an example, we bet $10, have a blackjack and the dealer shows an ace. Insurance costs $5, and...

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2019-01-10 01:31:32



Frank Scoblete - Coming from behind  

There have been great team and individual comebacks in sports and politics. Who can forget the Boston Red Sox versus the New York Yankees in 2004 when the Red Sox were behind three games to none? All the Yankees had to do was win one game. Instead the Red Sox won four games in a row, defeating the Yankees in the division series. That could be the...

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2019-01-08 01:40:20



Dan Ippolito - Top 10 online jackpot wins of 2018  

It was a good year to be a slot player.There were so many massive wins at the slot machines in 2018 that we had to break them up into categories. Two weeks ago we took a look at the top 10 land-based slot jackpot wins of 2018. This week, we are going through some of the biggest payouts for online slot players in 2018.10. €131k jackpot at...

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2019-01-08 01:27:09



John Grochowski - Happy New Year!  

As 2018 morphs into 2019, I begin my 26th consecutive year of writing casinos columns on a weekly — and sometimes twice weekly — basis.It's been a long, strange trip filled with change in games and technology.But there have been constants. For me, one is my annual tradition of New Year's resolutions for gamblers.The tradition started because of a...

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2019-01-06 01:47:36



John Marchel - Laws of gambling  

There is an endless amount of laws out there that effect our everyday living. For example, there is the Law of Gravity, the Law of Motion and many other phenomenal laws of nature. Closer to home are federal laws, state and local ones, and even walking laws — you don't want to get a ticket for jaywalking.There seems to be some type of laws for...

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2019-01-05 01:51:56



Dan Ippolito - Casino City's Friday Five: 2019 opening edition  

Now that 2018 has come and gone, 2019 will surely bring just as much excitement and entertainment in the gaming industry. To kick off the new year, we have a Christmas jackpot, a new regulatory framework in Sweden, the NFL choosing its first casino sponsor, a casino expansion and — here comes the bad news — a governor vetoing an online gambling...

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2019-01-05 01:04:44



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Betting advice for Dragon Link games  

A few odds and ends to close out the year. Question: I just got back from a short trip to Vegas where I played bubble craps at several locations. Coincidentally, I read your column both before I left and after I returned. Several observations about malfunctions: In the past the machines seemed to automatically re-roll after one of the dice...

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2019-01-03 01:57:58



John Grochowski - Doubling soft 17 hands  

QQUESTION: I read something you wrote about doubling down on soft 17 vs. the dealer's 3, 4, 5 or 6, and something about it just seems off kilter to me.In every case, you said the average profit per dollar of your original wager when you double was very nearly twice the profit when you hit. For A-6 vs. 3, for example, you listed the average profit...

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2019-01-03 01:46:15



Frank Scoblete - Buried treasure  

She sits at the machine figuring this is why she came to the casino. She works in an insurance company and, while her job makes her a good living, it is kind of dull. She has about 10 years before she can retire and take as many cruises as she likes. When she plays the slots, her aspirations are immediate and sky-high. Maybe the next spin will be...

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2019-01-01 01:55:16



Dan Ippolito - Governor Rick Snyder vetoes Michigan online gaming bill  

If Snyder had signed off on the legislation, Michigan would have joined the list of U.S. states to approve online gambling. (photo by Wikimedia Commons)Just before Christmas, Michigan's state legislature approved an online gambling bill. However, on Friday, Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed nearly 40 bills, including House Bill 4926, which would have...

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2018-12-31 00:00:00



Tadas Peckaitis - Top 10 poker players to watch in 2019  

We've arrived at the end of 2018. It's been a year filled with exciting events in the poker world. Some new players burst onto the scene, some old ones made a comeback, and fans of the game had plenty of opportunities to enjoy themselves.There's no better time to look into some names that made their mark the past 12 months and come up with a list...

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2018-12-31 00:00:00



John Grochowski - Those other machines  

Most of the slot machines I write about come from a few large companies - International Game Technology, Aristocrat Technologies and Scientific Games (which now holds both Bally and WMS) command the most attention, with Incredible Technologies, Konami Gaming, Everi and international giant Novomatic claiming pieces of the pie.In the midst of all...

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2018-12-30 00:00:00



Royal Flushes - The Royal Flushes on old versus new  

[The Royal Flushes, Abby and Cindy, are sisters who have been going to casinos regularly for over 35 years - often weekly. They have opinions about the games and the casino environment. See what you think.]ABBY: The question we ask today is this: Are casinos better now that they are run by big companies, or were the old days of individual...

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2018-12-29 00:00:00



Dan Ippolito - Casino City's Friday Five: Final edition of 2018  

As New Year's Eve approaches, we close out the year with a jackpot winner, casino sale, poker sponsorship, new sportsbook and another U.S. state regulating online gambling. There's no telling what 2019 will bring to the gaming industry, but we hope it is just as exciting as 2018 was for it.Let's begin with the jackpot this week.5. Jackpot win at...

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2018-12-28 00:00:00



John Grochowski - Drawing to a flush at video poker  

QUESTION: I had a night where the straights and flushes just weren't coming in 9/6 Double Double Bonus Poker. I know sometimes they do. A few times ago, I made the flush the first five times I had one-card draws.This last time got me thinking, though. How bad is it to hold a high card instead of four parts of a flush. You have to win more often,...

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2018-12-27 00:00:00



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: There must be something wrong with this video poker machine  

I like playing this one bartop machine at a casino I visit once or twice a week. I only play this machine when the bar is not open. I don't want to take up a position when the bar is open because I order only the occasional water or Coke, though sometimes some rum does sneak into my soft drink. The chairs at this bar are normal height, not...

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2018-12-26 00:00:00



Frank Scoblete - Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays  

FROM ROBINSON: I need a Christmas gift. Do all bets and all games have a house edge? If so that means no game can be beaten. So why are casinos so serious as games are being played? Are they that worried players or dealers will cheat if given the chance? I have seen so many floor people frowning as the games are being played that at times it makes...

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2018-12-25 00:00:00



Dan Ippolito - Top 10 slot machine jackpot wins in 2018  

Jackpots are constantly being won around the world, but winning a six-figure or even seven-figure jackpot is quite rare. Several of those large payouts have happened for some lucky winners over the past year. As 2018 comes to a close, we take a look back at some of the massive jackpots won throughout the year.10. $512,350 payday at The OrleansA...

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2018-12-24 00:00:00



John Grochowski - Doubles and soft hands at blackjack  

I've often mentioned Bob, my blackjack-playing friend and a retired high school math teacher. A little over a year ago, I also wrote about Mike, Bob's son, a middle-school science teacher who was drilling himself on strategy for soft doubling.Mike got in touch with me recently to say he'd mastered soft doubling, but was having a run of bad luck on...

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2018-12-23 00:00:00



John Marchel - Take care when playing  

I have a saying that I tell my friends and students: "When I win the lottery, I'm not going to play in a casino, I'm going to buy a casino."During my many visits to casinos around the country and the world, I can't understand how so many players can make so many mistakes in the way they play, and then charge it up to bad luck. If you want to play...

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2018-12-22 00:00:00



Dan Ippolito - Casino City's Friday Five: Sport betting news explosion week edition  

It seems not a day goes by without more news and information about sports betting coming out — not that that's a bad thing. Sportsbooks are continuing to open in various states in the U.S. This week, we have several new sportsbooks being introduced, a new addition to FanDuel's partnership with the NBA, and two U.S. senators unveiling a federal...

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2018-12-21 00:00:00



John Grochowski - More decks means more edge  

QUESTION: Please explain to me why the house edge is higher when there are more decks in blackjack. The proportion of the cards is exactly the same. How does just adding more cards in the same proportions help the dealer?ANSWER: This is a question I used to get a lot more often, but there are many fewer one-deck games than there used to be. I take...

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2018-12-20 00:00:00



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Is the bonus amount pre-determined when you have a choice of bonus games?  

Question: I was on a ship playing Dancing Drums and sitting next to a friend playing the same machine. She hit the progressive feature and was very deliberate in making her choices (as if she had an influence on the outcome). After she hit the Mini, I tried my best to explain to her that the result was already pre-determined and had nothing to...

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2018-12-19 00:00:00



Frank Scoblete - The Quotable Captain: Class or classless?  

The Quotable Captain: Class(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 decides which players are classy and which are classless.)The Captain: "How you treat the workers serving you is a true indication of...

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2018-12-18 00:00:00



Dan Ippolito - Top 10 Las Vegas projects to be completed by 2021  

Despite already being America's Playground, Las Vegas is working on projects to expand and add even more excitement for its guests and visitors. With areas like New Jersey and Mississippi continuing to make changes, Las Vegas must do the same to stay ahead of the competition.Whether it's for casinos, hotels or entertainment, Las Vegas has always...

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2018-12-17 00:00:00



John Grochowski - Super Double Poker  

Video poker is always high on my list of games when I hit the casinos, but on some variations, years can pass between sessions.So on a November outing, when I touched the icon to launch Super Double Bonus Poker, I had to think a little and play a little slower than usual. Complicating matters was that this machine had an 8/5 pay table, returning...

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2018-12-16 00:00:00



Jerry Stickman - Playing 8/5 Jacks or Better  

The full-pay 9/6 (9-for-1 for a full house and 6-for-1 for a flush) Jacks or Better video poker game used to be readily available. Not so any more. In many casinos the best game that can be found on the main casino floor is 8/5 Jacks or Better. Let's look at what playing this reduced pay game does to the player.For those readers who are not...

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2018-12-15 00:00:00



Clare Fitzgerald - "The Kaizen of Poker" shows how to improve improving your game  

The organizing concept at the heart of this book is kaizen, a concept taken from Japanese management theory. I've been a bit lax in my reading of poker books this year, which pairs nicely with my also being a bit lax in actually playing poker this year. Which is why I've only just finished reading a rather excellent new addition to the poker study...

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2018-12-14 00:00:00



John Grochowski - Third base in blackjack  

QUESTION: At a football party at my brother's house, I had the debate on the third baseman's duties in blackjack. This friend of my brother's was complaining about a third baseman taking the dealer's bust card, and a said, "But you don't know it's a bust card until it's dealt."He said, "It usually is. You have to make the dealer take that card." I...

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2018-12-13 00:00:00



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Dragon Link denominations and bonus rounds  

Question: How does Dragon Link work with the different denominations ($0.01 to $2) and the lines played (50 lines for one and two cents, down to 5 lines for the one and two dollars). I was playing $0.02 denom for $5 a spin and won more on bonuses than I did playing higher denoms for $5, $10 and $20 a spin. Do less lines at higher denoms cause...

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2018-12-12 00:00:00



Frank Scoblete - Pursuit of the dream  

Mankind is the pursuing of dreams animal; even when we are wide awake, our dreams can drive us forward. Indeed much of man's accomplishments on this planet come from such pursuits of dreams. Our books and movies reflect our pursuits - often ending in loss of some kind.Indiana Jones feverishly pursued the Ark of the Covenant in Raiders of the Lost...

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2018-12-11 00:00:00



Dan Ippolito - Top 10 New Year's Eve casino parties  

December is moving along, and January is on the horizon. New Year's Eve is on everyone's list of nights to plan with family and friends. There are many places and ways to celebrate New Year's Eve, but casinos all across the country are going all out to provide a perfect venue to ring in the New Year. Here are 10 of the most noteworthy NYE bashes...

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2018-12-10 00:00:00



John Grochowski - Expert video poker play  

When you see payback percentages listed for video poker games "with expert strategy," players need to understand that betting maximum coins is part of expert play.If you don't bet the max, not only is the overall payback percentage reduced, but strategy for holding cards changes, too.What brings this to mind is an e-mail from a reader who asked if...

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2018-12-09 00:00:00



Frank Scoblete - The Royal Flushes, Abby and Cindy Royal  

I've been asking these two sisters, Abby and Cindy, frequent casino players who have their own philosophies of casino gambling, to start writing occasional articles for this website.They have said "yes" on the condition that I don't use their photographs. No problem. Ladies, take the floor:ABBY: I am happy to share my ideas and experiences. Since...

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2018-12-08 00:00:00



Dan Ippolito - Casino City's Friday Five: Largest prize pool in online poker history edition  

On Wednesday, the partypoker MILLIONS Online tournament came to an end. This week, we also had a jackpot winner, the introduction of a new game zone, a launch of multiplayer tables and a sportsbook that paid out bets in an unusual fashion.Let's start with the jackpot:5. $586,919,64 jackpot at Sycuan CasinoRicky W. hit the jackpot at Sycuan Casino...

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2018-12-07 00:00:00



John Grochowski - One five-dollar bet  

QUESTION: If I had $5 to spend on a spin, would I be better to play one line on a $5 machine or five lines on a dollar machine?ANSWER There is no one certain answer to that question. It depends on several factors. Are you talking video slots or reel slots? Does the casino put higher payback percentages on $5 slots than on dollar games? Is the...

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2018-12-06 00:00:00



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Are bubble craps machines fair?  

Question: I was curious if you have considered mailing your VHS copy of Jimmy "The Scot" Jordan's Video Poker Tape to Redlettermedia.com. They have already reviewed his tape on slot machine and it was great! I think another one of his tapes would be comedic gold! Answer: I had never heard of this site. It's kind of like Drunk History meets...

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2018-12-05 00:00:00



Frank Scoblete - Radical approaches to the games  

I think many players get stuck in a playing mode and they can't think any other way about their favorite games. For example, there are slot players who must play the machines that offer up to 50 million to one odds in order to win millions of dollars. Those are big odds, and those machines are quite tight. Still, the lure of the big one makes one...

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2018-12-04 00:00:00



Dan Ippolito - Top 10 new online slot games  

As 2018 comes to a close, online slot and game providers continue to unveil new slot games — including a few holiday-themed games.Below is our list of the top new online slot game releases from the last few months:10. Primal Megaways Set in the Stone Age, U.K.-based Blueprint Gaming's latest release sees players battle with a variety of...

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2018-12-03 00:00:00



John Grochowski - Ryan's story  

When readers relay tales of their gambling exploits, they're almost always taking a victory lap. Everybody loves to relive their big wins.Of course, we all know the losing times are part of the deal when you play. And every once in a while a reader comes through with a cautionary tale.In the case of Ryan, a New Yorker who finds himself in Las...

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2018-12-02 00:00:00



John Marchel - Best bets at craps  

If you expect to beat the house at casino craps, you need to know which are the best bets you can make and which ones to avoid. With over 100 different bets available, you need to have a good knowledge of which are which. Don't forget craps is a losing game for the player in the long run.However, you can turn the tables by making the right kind of...

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2018-12-01 00:00:00



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

Another U.S. state opened its first sportsbook this week. We also have two jackpot winners, MGM Resorts partnering with Major League Baseball and a New York casino resort announcing an expansion.Let's begin with the jackpots:5. $100,000 win at Sycuan CasinoSan Diego resident Kristina W. won a massive $100,000 jackpot while playing Bingo Bonanza at...

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2018-11-30 00:00:00



John Grochowski - We make mistakes  

QUESTION: This is more a story than a question. I know you shouldn't stand on soft 17. I know that when the dealer has a six up and I have A-6 I should double down. I always do that, except this one time I didn't.My only excuse is that my attention was elsewhere. The waitress brought my drink just as the cards were being dealt. My husband was...

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2018-11-29 00:00:00



John Robison - Ask the Slot Expert: Losing playing video poker  

Question: I'm way behind on hitting high paying hands. I'm going to lose money this year if this keeps up. What can I do? Answer: You have only two choices: stop or continue playing. If you stop playing, that locks in your loss for the year. That's a certain outcome. If you continue, your fortunes might improve, get worse or stay the...

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2018-11-28 00:00:00






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