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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
 
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Casino City’s Friday Five: Sports betting edition

18 May 2018
Obviously, the top story for this week is the Supreme Court's decision in the New Jersey case to announce that PASPA is unconstitutional. Expect a lot of news and updates from various states on their status to legalizing sports betting. So let’s start there, shall we?5...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Top 10 questions and answers regarding the US Supreme Court sports betting decision

17 May 2018
Since the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on Monday that deemed the federal ban on sports wagering as unconstitutional, the general public and the mainstream media have produced a slew of questions, predictions and assumptions.So, in the spirit of clearing up some of the uncertainties and false notions that have been bandied about over the last few days, below we present 10 common questions about the future of sports betting in the U.S., along with our answers and predictions about how dramatically and how soon the landscape will change.10...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Scratch-off lottery vs. slots

17 May 2018
QUESTION: I saw an article online that said scratch-off tickets in the Illinois lottery were being left on sale for months after all the top prizes had been won.That's the kind of thing that worries me about slot machines. If a jackpot has already been won, that's a jackpot that's not available anymore, and I have no way of knowing that's happened.ANSWER: Lottery tickets don't work like slot machines with random number generators...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: New tax law affects itemizing gambling losses

16 May 2018
Question: One of the interesting side effects of Trump's new tax bill is that it will virtually eliminate the ability of most gamblers to neutralize their jackpot wins via itemizing. Under the old tax plan, most homeowners generally paid enough in mortgage interest to allow them to meet the minimum threshold for itemizing...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Gambling routines

15 May 2018
People who rarely go to casinos probably do not get themselves into a true routine. They go into the casinos, head for the slot machines or stand near a table game to see what’s going on. They could play a slot here, a video poker game there, or hit a blackjack or craps game or any one of the numerous machine games that now proliferate in the casinos.The casino is just a hazy visit for them, a by-the-tail adventure, not financed by very much money, a quirk in an otherwise sedate life...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Top 10 Las Vegas happy hours

14 May 2018
Yes, it's a tough gig, but someone had to do it.A few weeks back, while spending six days in Las Vegas, your dedicated (and thirsty) gambling correspondent took it upon himself to hit up as many Happy Hours as possible. And at the risk of tooting my own proverbial horn, the tour went quite well, thank you.Here are 10 Happy Hours we strongly suggest you give a shot the next time you're in Sin City – not just because they will go easy on your wallet and reserve your bankroll for the tables, but also for the quality of both the food and drink and the venues themselves.The good news? There are literally hundreds of Happy Hour specials offered 24/7 in Las Vegas, so we barely scratched the surface with this list...read more

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