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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Great new slot machines

25 February 2018
Regardless of whether casino operators are looking for inventive new slot games, video poker, electronic table games, management systems or analytics, International Game Technology is practically a one-stop shopping source.That includes a wide range in the slot department, where durable three-reel favorites, a wide range of video playing styles, Megajackpots games and, of course, the ever-popular Wheel of Fortune line fit comfortably under the same corporate roof.Among new games we'll be playing in 2018, one that's sure to be a good time is Wrecking Ball, where teardown time builds up your credit meter.Wrecking Ball is a video slot IGT's Crystal Curve cabinet, and the enlarged video display is used to bring you reels with a more
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Odds of a royal flush

24 February 2018
Hi!On vacation, getting caught up on my reading, carefully reading your article about getting a royal flush.I am not an expert on the laws of probability, so I am confused by your statement that there are four royal flushes in 2,598,960 hands, and therefore your odds of getting a royal is one out of 649, more
Articles by Abby  Messick
Articles by Abby Messick

Casino City's Friday Five: Court rulings edition

23 February 2018
This week, justice has been served, and boy is it "perfectly seared steak" juicy. The EU continued to work admirably to regulate its online gambling infrastructure, William Hill executed a series of big mistakes over a long period of time, and a Maryland casino proudly announced an outdoor more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Vanishing video poker

22 February 2018
QUESTION: I've been playing video poker a long time, maybe even longer than you have. I remember lining up for machines, 1979, 1980 or so.There used to be a game called 7s Wild. It had the same pay table as Deuces Wild, except with wild more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Should I play a video poker machine after it hit a big jackpot?

21 February 2018
Question: The new Montreign Casino opened in New York on Feb. 8th. I have been calling the slot manager to find out what class their slot machines are, but they haven't gotten back to me. I can only assume that they are Class II machines, which my understanding is that the slot results are decided by a gigantic computer some where in upstate more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Simple questions, simple answers

20 February 2018
We face a new year ahead of us, the number 2018. For me, such a date is the equivalent of living in a science fiction novel of my childhood: home computers, smart phones with video and photography, laptops, and a host of other sci-fi technology.And casinos, which at this writing number some 1,000 that are spread out over 50 more
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Top 10 random observations from the casino and gambling world

19 February 2018
Following a weeklong trip to London and a tumultuous few weeks in the casino industry, let's take a lengthy orbit around the gambling world with 10 random observations.10. Defending the Poker Brat Phil Hellmuth made some news away from the poker table last week when an Uber driver posted some nasty details about her encounter with him in a private Facebook group called “Uber and Lyft Drivers Breakroom." According to the driver, the Poker Brat acted "privileged," was on the phone the whole time talking about his "million dollar book deal," left behind garbage ("chips, water and poker paperwork") and, most damning, did not "even tip $1" during a ride to the airport.@phil_hellmuth this can’t be true! Take care of your Uber more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Side bets

18 February 2018
Side bets at casino table games exist for a couple of reasons. For players, they open the possibility of larger jackpots than standard bets at their games of choice. For casinos, side bets enhance revenues with house edges that are higher than on standard games.Those larger payoffs aren't necessarily more
Articles by John  Marchel

Obtaining knowledge and staying current

17 February 2018
How do you keep current on all the latest blackjack information? You purchase the latest book on blackjack and you subscribe to some of the blackjack newsletters and magazines that are on the market. You surf the internet, and most of all, you visit more
Articles by Abby  Messick
Articles by Abby Messick

Casino City's Friday Five: Everything ever edition

16 February 2018
Are there any studies on why everything seems to happen at once? (We looked and couldn't find anything appropriately scientific. However, the internet did lead us, as it often does, to some great cat videos, so we consider it time well spent.)As you may have guessed, a lot of things happened at once this more

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