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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Players' Opinions

21 November 2019
In a recent column, I relayed readers’ views on the biggest changes in casinos in the last 30 years.The immediate response caught me by surprise. More than 20 readers emailed to add their opinions. Many of them paralleled the views already given, but some added new aspects to the discussion.I usually like to let a little more time pass before revisiting a topic, but reader demand can’t be more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Is free play taxable?

20 November 2019
Question: I read your story about free play. When you win Free play from a drawing or tournament, does it ever become a taxable event? For example, is winning $1000 taxable? $2000? I understand if I win a jackpot during free play it is taxable, but is the event of winning free play a taxable event? Answer: The relevant threshold in this case is $600, the minimum to trigger a tax form for a lottery, drawing, sweepstakes, more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

The numbers behind Baccarat

19 November 2019
Following up on my last article on baccarat, let’s take a look at the rules for how the casino handles the hands. I say casino handling the hands as these hit and stand decisions are set in stone and players have no rights to change how the hands are handled.Rules for Player Hands:If first two cards total: Action1-2-3-4-5-0 Player draws a card6-7 Player stands8-9 Player and Bank must standRules for Bank Hands:If Bank’s first two cards total: Draw when Player’s third card is: Do not draw when Player’s third card is:3 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 84 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 1, 8, 9, 105 4, 5, 6, 7 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 106 6, 7 1,2,3,4,5,8,9,107 stands stands8 Natural stands Natural stands9 Natural stands Natural standsA winning Player hand is paid off at one to more
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Top 10 Fall 2019 casino openings and expansions

18 November 2019
In our last edition of casino openings and expansions, we covered the launch of Oregon sports betting, Resorts World Catskills’ new poker room, a DraftKings Sportsbook opening at del Lago Resort & Casino and more. While we do have sportsbooks being unveiled in this issue, we also have plenty of other news to cover, including a string of Hard Rock properties opening and more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Online Craps versus Casino Craps

17 November 2019
QUESTION: I’ve played Craps at casinos for many years. Recently I’ve seen online craps games being offered by a few of the casinos in Jersey. My question is are there differences in house edge etc between online vs live craps? And are there any advantages with either?ANSWER: The odds in online craps are exactly the same as in live craps, with the same house edge on every more
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Double Double Bonus Poker: Question 2

16 November 2019
I regularly receive questions concerning how to play certain video poker hands. A previous article gave some basic information about the game of Double-Double Bonus video poker. If you are not familiar with this game, take a look at it before continuing with this article.The sample hands are all from e-mails that have been received.All the answers in this series are based on the following pay more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Money Key to Video Poker

14 November 2019
Video poker strategy often is about winning the most money rather than winning the most hands.That’s a point I’ve often stressed, usually making an example of a hand that includes a low pair and an unpaired high card. In most games, the low pair brings a higher average return even though the high card brings more winning hands.A Michigan reader wrote to ask just how far we would go in pursuing bigger more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: What does "free play" mean?

13 November 2019
Question: What does the term "free play" mean? Answer: Free play is the new name for what used to be called bounceback cash. When I first started going to the casinos in Atlantic City, they would send players coupons that could be exchanged for cold, hard cash at one of the coin redemption more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Let's play baccarat

12 November 2019
There are two baccarat games played in casinos: big high-roller-room baccarat and mini-baccarat, with mini-baccarat being the dominant of the two.Baccarat is perhaps the most accessible of all the table games because it is, when you play it correctly, betting on the equivalent of a coin flip.The full-blown, high roller room game, where the players get to deal the cards and the game moves along at a snail’s pace, will usually be $100 minimum more
Articles by Tadas  Peckaitis
Articles by Tadas Peckaitis

Top 10 poker podcasts

11 November 2019
The popularity of podcasts from different niches has grown tremendously over the past few years. Quality podcasts featuring knowledgeable people talking about their particular areas of expertise are a great source of information, and can also be a lot of fun for those interested in that particular niche.Poker players and poker training sites have always kept up with the latest trends, so it's no surprise that the podcast craze has also reached the poker more

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