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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

That blackjack argument

26 May 2019
Several weeks ago, a reader shared a blackjack experience in which several players criticized a man over a basic strategy mistake.The reader was amused when the error – standing at the wrong time – helped the table by leaving a bust card available to the more
Articles by Royal  Flushes
Articles by Royal Flushes

The Royal Flushes on bad manners

25 May 2019
CINDY: We were going to write about slot selection this issue, but we decided there was a more important category for our pens. That category is bad manners by casino players that can help take away the luster of casino playing.ABBY: If you take even a superficial look at social media, you can see how adamant and obnoxious some people can more
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Casino City’s Friday Five: Slots and more edition

24 May 2019
There was a major step in the right direction this week regarding a state-of-the-art people mover for the city of Las Vegas. Also this week, we saw a jackpot win at a land-based casino, a massive payday at an online casino, a sports and entertainment venue opening at an Atlantic City resort and a casino celebrating its grand opening.Let’s start it off with a couple of big more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Betting opposites

23 May 2019
QUESTION: I read one of your old articles that explained betting opposites and trying to get your comps for free doesn’t work. You, or you and a partner, can’t bet both pass and don’t pass in craps or player and banker in baccarat, have them offset and get free comps because the bets aren’t really exact opposites.That got me to more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Slot machine prints ticket worth more than $10,000

22 May 2019
Question: My 27-year-old grandson and I were at Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore for the Preakness on May 18, 2019. Between races he wandered around and went over to play a slot machine. He put $5 into the machine and spun the wheels, then he did so more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

The two roulettes

21 May 2019
There are two types of roulette games in the world, the American and the European.Strangely, the American double-zero wheel was created in Europe but is now considered fully domesticated, since it is used far more than any other wheel in the United more
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Top 10 observations from ICE North America

20 May 2019
Last week, the inaugural ICE North America took place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, with an emphasis on sports betting in the U.S. and esports.For those of us based in the Boston headquarters of Casino City and the GPWA, it was exciting to finally see the industry come to our more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

No doubling down after splits

19 May 2019
Nearly all the blackjack tables I’ve played at in the last couple of decades have permitted double downs after splitting pairs. I used to encounter no double after split rules in single- and double-deck games, but these are mostly unplayable now because of 6:5 payoffs on blackjacks.Blackjack rules have been tightening, but it came as a surprise when I was playing in April at a six-deck table and another player tried to double on 8-3 after splitting 8s.The dealer was more
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Is this a new craps bet?

18 May 2019
From Joe in Peoria:Out of a clear blue sky the following idea for a new craps play occurred to me (at least it’s new to me):It’s a one-roll bet that the number you bet on will NOT roll; sort of the inverse of midnight, yo, etc.I suppose all numbers could be bet on, and the payoffs calculated more
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Casino City’s Friday Five: Sports betting takeover edition

17 May 2019
This week we reached a major milestone in the sports betting world. Legal sports betting in the U.S. celebrated its one-year anniversary on Tuesday. Along with this great achievement, we saw a massive jackpot win, the launch of a sports betting platform, ESPN announcing a sports partnership and a land-based slot tournament.Let’s begin with some slot more

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