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Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Top 10 Las Vegas sportsbook etiquette mistakes

16 January 2017
The new sportsbook at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas (photo by Erik Kabik)With the Super Bowl just two weeks away and March Madness on the horizon, Nevada sportsbooks are preparing for some of their busiest days of the calendar.So, before you make your next pilgrimage to a sports bettors' Disneyland, avoid being "that guy" and don't break the simple — yet often ignored — rules of etiquette below.Trust me, your sportsbook employees and sports betting brethren will thank more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Locals versus destination casinos

15 January 2017
There are many ways to categorize casinos, and one of the primary divisions is locals casino vs. destination resort.All casinos strive to attract players from out of their region, but if you talk to players at a casino in the Chicago suburbs, for example, you’ll find most of the players are from more
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Video poker pay tables may deceive you

14 January 2017
Video poker games are commonly classified by the type of game and an indication of the payback.The type of game describes the major features of the game. Some of the more common game types include Jacks or Better, Bonus Poker, Double Bonus Poker, Double-Double Bonus Poker and Deuces Wild.To further classify these games, an indication of the payback is more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Winning big and paying taxes

12 January 2017
QUESTION: A while back you wrote the IRS had proposed requiring tax forms on jackpots of $600 instead of $1,200. Have they made a decision, or is that still up in the air?ANSWER: I’ve received a number of e-mails asking this over the last several months, but I answered the writer directly and held off from bringing the issue here until a decision was reached.That happened in the last week of December when the IRS decided to leave the jackpot level at which a tax form W-2G is required at $1, more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: When does a Class II slot machine stop the bingo drawing?

11 January 2017
Question: Last week I went to a casino on Macau (I live in Hong Kong) to play 50 Lions. I got 24 lions mixed with diamonds on all lines. I love the game. I know that Las Vegas has regulations that the payback rate should be at least more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Readers write

10 January 2017
FROM CLIFF: I totally agree with your article Don't Throw It Away. I have been a constant reader of the various games. I decided to read the articles about the casinos and the books about the games. Because of these decisions I will lose a small amount $300 or less instead of throwing money more
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Top 10 highest house edge casino bets

9 January 2017
The casino floor of the Atlantis Casino Resort. (photo by Jim G. on Flickr)One of the biggest advantages a gambler has when walking into a casino is the number of options available to put his or her hard-earned money into play.Yes, it's true that you will be at a mathematical disadvantage no matter what game you decide to play, thanks to the inescapable and almighty house edge, which represents the "long run percentage of the wagered money that will be retained by the casino." But that doesn't mean there aren't some options that are much more player-friendly than others.So, since we've already covered the 10 lowest house edge casino bets available, today let's delve into the games offering wagers that will, quite frankly, drain your bankroll if you play them with regularity, with a tip of the hat to for providing the all-important more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Squeamish blackjack hands

8 January 2017
It’s a fact of life for most blackjack players that some hands will leave them feeling a little squeamish.I’ve often heard from players who hate hitting hard 16, even though they know hitting gives them the best chance to win whenever the dealer shows a 7 or more
Articles by John  Marchel

Creating an 'act'

7 January 2017
To be able to play successful blackjack requires both an accomplished skill and one that needs an “act.” Good money management, playing basic strategy, and proper casino and table selection are some of the skills required. Each of these tasks has to be managed smoothly and effortlessly.After learning those many tasks, a player also needs to develop an “act.” You must remember that casino management has read all the same books as card counters and skilled players more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Royal flush on Facebook Play

5 January 2017
QUESTION: I play at home on Facebook apps more than I play in casinos. Some of it is slots, but I play a lot of video poker. It’s pretty close to every day at home, and six or eight times a year in casinos.I seem to get royal flushes a lot at home, but I never get them in more

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