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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John  Grochowski

The Bank in Baccarat and Never Ever Craps

26 April 2015
QUESTION: The banker hand in baccarat wins more often than the player hand, right? So if there was no commission on winning banker bets, the player would have an edge. I remember being in a casino once that advertised 4 percent baccarat. What does that do to the house edge? It would make the banker bet really good, wouldn’t it?Also, I’ve heard of a game with no commission...read more
 
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry  Stickman

You Can't Fool the Random Nature of Craps

25 April 2015
An email exchange from Bill:Hello Stickman,First, I really enjoy your writing. It is very informative.I have been studying craps a lot and in my upcoming trip to Las Vegas, I am trying to guestimate my approximate win/lose amounts. If I make two $10 bets and have 9 as the point and 8 as the come be...read more
 
Articles by Mark  Pilarski
Articles by Mark  Pilarski

Deal Me In: A courtesy or something more ominous

24 April 2015
Dear Mark: In a recent column you addressed a reader named Danny, who only likes to play on hand-shuffled games. Include me on that list. Where you find hand-shuffled games, I have noticed signage posted along these lines: “As a courtesy to the other players, no mid-deck entry." Interestingly, you never see this same sign at machine shuffled games...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank  Scoblete

Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao: A Prediction

24 April 2015
A word of caution to my gambling friends. I am not betting on the Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Manny Pacquiao fight. My boxing betting ended when I bet Muhammad Ali to beat George Forman. I had won three fights up to then (including Foreman/Frazier) in total but I knew I was no boxing handicapper.I ...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John  Grochowski

Three Card Poker, Video Roulette and Blackjack

23 April 2015
QUESTION: I played Three Card Poker for the first time. It was really easy to pick up, and I did OK.One thing threw me a little. On the Pair Plus, I looked at the payoffs on the table felt, and it said straights paid 6-1 and flushes 3-1. I asked the dealer, “Is that a typo on your table? I’ve never...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John  Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Including Gambling Winnings in AGI Is Unfair

22 April 2015
There is one more point about the unfairness of the IRS's method of reporting gambling wins and losses that no one has yet mentioned. Wins are reported as income. Losses are reported as deductions. With this method, the wins count toward gross income, which determines how much retirees pay per month for Medicare, as well as limiting deductions such as medical expenses...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank  Scoblete

Roulette Thoughts

21 April 2015
FROM JAGGY: I always read your articles just for fun. As you say the casinos always have the edge. The percentages are the bottom line to be successful in business which I learned at Wharton Business School.Common sense tells me to never play the slots which I don't...read more
 
Articles by Aaron  Todd
Articles by Aaron  Todd

Top-10 things to know if you plan to play The Colossus at the WSOP

20 April 2015
It seems like only a few weeks ago Martin Jacobson turned a final table short stack into a World Series of Poker Main Event title, so you can be excused if (like me) it’s hard for you to believe that this year’s WSOP is less than six weeks away.This year’s series promises ...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John  Grochowski

Super Times Pay

19 April 2015
When it comes to wide-area progressive slot machines with huge, lifestyle-changing jackpots, International Game Technology has been the leader since the very beginning. IGT introduced Megabucks in 1986 as the first WAP – games in which players at different casinos can chase the same jackpot, which builds with every bet made at any participating casino.IGT also is far and away the market leader in video poker...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John  Grochowski

It's All About Aces

19 April 2015
QUESTION: I have a blackjack strategy question. I was playing in a casino that allowed you to split Aces more than once. I don’t think I’d ever seen that before. I split, and when I got another Ace, I groaned because I thought I was stuck with 12...read more

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