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1 October 2016Hi Stickman,Here is a system I am unsure of. Please let me know.First, place table minimum bets on all numbers, say 15 is table minimum.Next place 6 dollars each hop 7 for a total of 18 dollars. Now roll the dice.Now put 96 dollars on come for the next roll and match the 96 with a 2 3 12 and a yo bet to obtain the 96 back in case one of those are rolled.Add all of your numbers up 96+15+18+18+15+15= 177Now put 177 on come...read more
29 September 2016Games such as Three Card Poker and Caribbean Stud Poker attract players who would never consider going to the poker room for a session of Texas Hold’em, seven-card stud or Omaha.The games in the table pits have poker trappings, hand rankings and borrow some terminology, but they’re nowhere near as complex as poker where you play against other players...read more
28 September 2016Question: I was a long-term player at Harrah’s in Atlantic City, mostly every weekend for six years from 2001 to 2007. During this time I was very friendly with much of the staff, including the VP. I was a Seven Star Player, which is their highest-rated player. During those years, jackpots rang constantly and about 30 employees did hand payouts for the above $1,199 hits...read more
27 September 2016FROM RICHARD: Hi Frank, I love your books. I have two quick questions.I have a $100 match play from a casino. Is it better to use the match play at once for $100 or use them at $25 each? Is there a difference in the end?Also I’ve read all of your books about craps...read more
26 September 2016It's that time of year again, folks: ESPN has started its World Series of Poker coverage. That means it's time for poker fans, serious and casual alike, to get confused about which ESPN channel which episode is airing on, double- and triple-check conflicting listings about starting times, hope whatever event is on previously doesn't run long, and eventually give up and watch it on YouTube the next day.10...read more
26 September 2016Cliff Josephy File (photo by WSOP)Age: 50Hometown: Muttontown, N.YTwitter handle: @JohnnyBaxPokerFinal table position: 1st placeChip count: 74,600,000Odds to win Main Event, via bet365: 5-to-2Career WSOP Cashes: 19, two bracelets ($3,000 No Limit Hold'em Event, 2013; $1,500 Seven Card Stud, 2005)Favorite poker book: None...read more
26 September 2016Dr. Alan Meister has a wealth of experience analyzing economic issues related to the gaming industry. For the past 14 years, Casino City's Indian Gaming Industry Report has been widely recognized as the most comprehensive and up-to-date study of Indian gaming in the U.S...read more
25 September 2016QUESTION: Playing Three Card Poker, I found a Pair Plus pay table different than the ones I usually play. It paid 100-1 on a three-card royal, which I’d never seen. It paid the usual 40-1 on a straight flush, 30-1 on three of a kind, but then 5-1 on a straight, 4-1 on a flush and 1-1 on a pair.What’s the house edge on this? Is it higher or lower than usual?ANSWER: Most Three Card Poker tables do not distinguish between mini-royals and other straight flushes in their Pair Plus payoffs...read more
24 September 2016Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known as simply “Vegas,” is the most populous city in the state of Nevada. It is the county seat of Clark County, and the city proper of the Las Vegas Valley.Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city known primarily for gambling, shopping, fine dining and nightlife and is the leading financial and cultural center for Southern Nevada...read more
22 September 2016Basic strategy in blackjack is a great guideline, something every player should learn.It is not an end point. There are hidden subtleties that are glossed over for the sake of making the strategy easily understandable and playable. When the basic strategy table tells you to hit hard 16 when the dealer has a 10, it’s because with all permutations of the hand considered, your average losses will be lower if you hit than if you stand.But not all 16s are the same, beyond the distinction that 8-8 is a pair to be split rather than a hit/stand decision.A hand consisting of 10-6 is a different situation than one consisting of 7-5-4...read more