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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

The cost of standing at blackjack

27 May 2018
A long time ago, I attended seminar in which Peter Griffin, the late mathematician and author of "The Theory of Blackjack," told the imaginary tale of Mr. Fourteen.It was Griffin's way of illustrating why the best play on many hands depends on the dealer's up card...read more
 
Articles by Henry  Tamburin
Articles by Henry Tamburin

The four steps of video poker

26 May 2018
Tip No. 1: Play video poker games that have the highest Expected Return (ER).Expected Return (ER) is a percentage that tells the theoretical amount of money you can expect to win in the long run assuming you play every hand perfectly. The most important variable that determines the ER is the game’s pay schedule...read more
 
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Top 10 things to do in Las Vegas this summer

25 May 2018
It’s understandable to be hesitant about going to Las Vegas in the summer because of the intense heat. However, not only is it cheaper to plan your trip during those sweltering months, but there are plenty of ways to stay cool and beat the Las Vegas heat.Here are 10 prime examples:10...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Math rules for video poker and craps

24 May 2018
QUESTION: I have a question about a multi-hand game that I play at times. (I usually play nickels Triple Play.)The cost is the typical five per hand plus five more coins for the wheel feature. If in the first five cards you are dealt a hand that includes three of a kind — including four of a kind or full houses — a wheel at the top of the game spins...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: You can hit the big progressive on 88 Fortunes with a minimum bet

23 May 2018
Question: I read your June 2016 article on 88 Fortunes and was wondering if you ever found out about whether it was possible to win the grand jackpot when betting only 88 cents. Answer: Yes, it is possible to win the Grand jackpot when betting only 88 cents...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: You can hit the big progressive on 88 Fortunes with a minimum bet

23 May 2018
Question: I read your June 2016 article on 88 Fortunes and was wondering if you ever found out about whether it was possible to win the grand jackpot when betting only 88 cents. Answer: Yes, it is possible to win the Grand jackpot when betting only 88 cents...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Money management at the machines

22 May 2018
Starting a Money Management PlanFROM NANCY: How much should I set aside to play a table-game such as blackjack or craps and also on quarter slots of the more or less traditional style? I tend to go overboard when I am playing and the next day I have to ask myself “What have you done Nancy?” The answer is not usually good.I have had winning trips but the bad trips outweigh these...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Resorts World Catskills celebrates Grand Opening Gala

21 May 2018
Resorts World Catskills is hoping to reinvigorate the region. It's been a whirlwind few weeks for the brand-new Resorts World Catskills.New York’s newest and largest commercial casino resort, which officially opened to the public a month ahead of schedule back in early February, welcomed a long list of celebrities for its Grand Opening Gala, including Phil Simms, Lawrence Taylor, Neil Patrick Harris and Adrian Grenier...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

The push

20 May 2018
Several weeks ago, I answered a reader who questioned whether high pair payoffs are really wins since they get you your money back, but no more.They're the equivalent of pushes in blackjack and other games, I told him. Changing the pay table so every payoff was bigger than the wager would create a much more volatile game, and players often would find themselves running out of credits fast.A different reader responded via e-mail, asking about the importance of pushes in other games."I gather that those high pairs are included in the payback percentage on video poker," he wrote...read more
 
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

The odds

19 May 2018
Jerry:I have a point that concerns the fallacy of adjusting our vig calculation when taking odds.Let’s exaggerate an example. Say we have a $10 line bet and $5 million in odds. The odds bet has NO vig, ergo ‘no money at risk.’ Over time one will break even on all odds bets...read more

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