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Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: How can slot machines be random if I can't win five spins in a row?

24 January 2018
Question: One of the things I'm curious about is in regard to the term "random." You have mentioned, many times, that every pull on a slot machine is completely random from the next. After playing the slots for over 45 years, I have noticed that it is very rare to have a win on more than three consecutive more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Keeping it close is the best bet

23 January 2018
Every craps player has his or her own philosophy of play. Some wild action players look to make as much money from each bet as possible. They will bet proposition bets such as the any seven, individual numbers such as 2, 3, 11 and 12, the horn and the like.My mentor, the late Captain of craps, the man I wrote about in my latest book I Am a Dice Controller, called all proposition bets “crazy crapper bets” and with good reason; the chances of keeping the game a close contest between the player and the casino was a longshot indeed.Still, wild action craps players evidently enjoy their style of play or they wouldn’t do it.The middle road for craps players would be those who make good bets mixed in with a somewhat smaller reliance on those longshot proposition more
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Top 10 Super Bowl viewing parties in Las Vegas

22 January 2018
The stage has been set for Super Bowl LII, with the New England Patriots listed as a 5.5-point favorite over the Philadelphia Eagles. Now, it's just a matter of deciding where you will be watching the game when it kicks off 4 February at 3:30 more
Articles by Clare  Fitzgerald
Articles by Clare Fitzgerald

'Molly's Game' a much-needed poker movie

22 January 2018
It's been a while since there's been a big poker movie, hasn't it? And even longer since there's been a good one.After a few delays — the initial release date was supposed to be Thanksgiving weekend — Aaron Sorkin's film adaptation of Molly's Game hit limited theaters on Christmas and went into wide release on 5 more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Tackling the new year

21 January 2018
As 2018 starts and I begin my 25th year of writing this column, I have a few traditions.One of them is to kick off the new year with a few words of caution. All year long, there are games and strategies to explore and fun stories from more
Articles by Henry  Tamburin
Articles by Henry Tamburin

The hand that should have been

20 January 2018
[The following is an excerpted chapter from the book You’ve Got Heat – The Vegas Card Counting Adventures of LV Pro. The book chronicles the true story of a low roller named Barfarkel (pseudonym), who set a goal of increasing his playing bankroll from $2,000 to $10,000 by becoming an advantage blackjack more
Articles by Abby  Messick
Articles by Abby Messick

Casino City's Friday Five: A Few Firsts Edition

19 January 2018
In terms of gambling, it's been a good January. We've got one early casino opening, a couple of online gambling firsts and a triumphant million-dollar poker win.What more could you ask for, other than winning your own million dollars?5. Resorts World Catskills plans early openingResorts World Catskills is bumping up its opening date from 1 March to 8 February – prime time for guests to enjoy Lunar New Year celebrations.Resorts World Catskills, about 90 miles north of New York City the largest casino in New York State, will feature over 2,000 slot machines, 150 table games, an 18-hole golf course and 332 luxury suites.There's no mention of why this change has been implemented, so we can only assume that everyone's just really, really more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

The bad becomes good

18 January 2018
QUESTION: I notice that video slot machines have more different symbols per reel than three-reel slots.On three-reel games, I figure a normal game has something like cherries, single bars, double bars, triple bars, 7s and a jackpot symbol. That's only six different symbols.On video slots, you might see five or more symbols based on the game theme, plus more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: American slots and English fruit machines: Divided by more than a common language

17 January 2018
Question: I am an English college student currently studying in London. As part of a research task, I decided to look into the way mathematically true randomness was integrated in slot machines. As I have gathered, you are an expert in slot machines both in how they work and how to maximise the player's profit from it. I had a few questions concerning this more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Ruining your fun

16 January 2018
OK, this column might ruin your fun if you are a craps player. That is correct. As a busy-bodied gambling writer, I want everyone to see craps the way I see it because, well, I am right.First, as craps players know and as many novices hovering near the table can readily see, craps has such a variety of bets that it can give a new player a more

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