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26 April 2015QUESTION: The banker hand in baccarat wins more often than the player hand, right? So if there was no commission on winning banker bets, the player would have an edge. I remember being in a casino once that advertised 4 percent baccarat. What does that do to the house edge? It would make the banker bet really good, wouldn’t it?Also, I’ve heard of a game with no commission...read more
25 April 2015An email exchange from Bill:Hello Stickman,First, I really enjoy your writing. It is very informative.I have been studying craps a lot and in my upcoming trip to Las Vegas, I am trying to guestimate my approximate win/lose amounts. If I make two $10 bets and have 9 as the point and 8 as the come be...read more
24 April 2015Dear Mark: In a recent column you addressed a reader named Danny, who only likes to play on hand-shuffled games. Include me on that list. Where you find hand-shuffled games, I have noticed signage posted along these lines: “As a courtesy to the other players, no mid-deck entry." Interestingly, you never see this same sign at machine shuffled games...read more
24 April 2015A word of caution to my gambling friends. I am not betting on the Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Manny Pacquiao fight. My boxing betting ended when I bet Muhammad Ali to beat George Forman. I had won three fights up to then (including Foreman/Frazier) in total but I knew I was no boxing handicapper.I ...read more
23 April 2015QUESTION: I played Three Card Poker for the first time. It was really easy to pick up, and I did OK.One thing threw me a little. On the Pair Plus, I looked at the payoffs on the table felt, and it said straights paid 6-1 and flushes 3-1. I asked the dealer, “Is that a typo on your table? I’ve never...read more
22 April 2015There is one more point about the unfairness of the IRS's method of reporting gambling wins and losses that no one has yet mentioned. Wins are reported as income. Losses are reported as deductions. With this method, the wins count toward gross income, which determines how much retirees pay per month for Medicare, as well as limiting deductions such as medical expenses...read more
21 April 2015FROM JAGGY: I always read your articles just for fun. As you say the casinos always have the edge. The percentages are the bottom line to be successful in business which I learned at Wharton Business School.Common sense tells me to never play the slots which I don't...read more
20 April 2015It seems like only a few weeks ago Martin Jacobson turned a final table short stack into a World Series of Poker Main Event title, so you can be excused if (like me) it’s hard for you to believe that this year’s WSOP is less than six weeks away.This year’s series promises ...read more
19 April 2015When it comes to wide-area progressive slot machines with huge, lifestyle-changing jackpots, International Game Technology has been the leader since the very beginning. IGT introduced Megabucks in 1986 as the first WAP – games in which players at different casinos can chase the same jackpot, which builds with every bet made at any participating casino.IGT also is far and away the market leader in video poker...read more