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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Hundred Play Poker and doubling on blackjacks

16 August 2018
QUESTION: Tell me about Hundred Play Poker. The one machine at the casino near me has 8/5 Double Double Bonus, the same as on the quarter single-hand games, but not as good as the 9/6 DDB on one-hand dollar games. You can play Hundred Play for pennies, two cents or nickels.Is there any advantage to playing all the hands at Hundred Play, or is it OK to play fewer? Will I get a higher payback if I play nickels instead of pennies? I play quarter Triple Play and Five Play sometimes, but I'm not sure what to be careful of in Hundred Play.ANSWER: The average payback percentage with expert play in 8/5 Double Double Bonus Poker is 96.79% regardless of whether you're playing one hand, 10 hands, 100 hands or anything in between.Likewise, the payback percentage does not change with coin denomination...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: I'm a picky video poker player

15 August 2018
Question: WOW . . . I hope I never sit next to you in a casino. You just telegraphed how picky you are. You kept saying "their doing nothing wrong, so nothing can be done about it." Bet a dime to a dozen donuts you would if you could. Your true colors came shinning through, and I don't think you realized it. I do enjoy your read though. Answer: I'm the guy you want to sit next to...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Being tough at slot play

14 August 2018
Even though the house has an edge on just about every slot machine and video poker game (with some few, hard-to-find exceptions), players can still play a tough game against the casino if such players use intelligent strategies in deciding which games to play and how to play them.Pessimists might say that all slot and video poker players are doomed to forfeit their money to the house edge, and they are right, except that how you forfeit the game against the house is where the gambling pleasure comes into the picture...read more
 
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Top 10 betting tidbits for English Premier League

13 August 2018
The 2018 World Cup was full of excitement as France came out on top to win it all over Croatia. Last Friday, the 2018-2019 season of the English Premier League kicked off with Manchester United besting Leicester City, 2-1. Manchester City dominated the league last season with 100 points, winning the EPL by 19 points over Manchester United.As the new season gets underway, here are some things to keep an eye out for when placing your bets:10...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Woulda, coulda, shoulda

12 August 2018
There are times — frustrating times — when playing slots or video poker is a matter of woulda, shoulda, coulda.If only you woulda bet the max on video poker, covered all the paylines on video slots or made the qualifying bet on a progressive like you shoulda, you coulda left the casino with a nice payday.A few readers recently shared their woulda, coulda, shoulda stories...read more
 
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Differences in buy bets

11 August 2018
Hi Stickman.I just returned from a week in LV (went to G2E) and just now read your article which I get via Casino City Times.I spent the better part of a day hunting for a decent craps game.I normally play in MS where the vig on Buy bets is collected only upon a win...read more
 
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Casino City’s Friday Five: Bingo, free bets and sports betting edition

10 August 2018
Last week, we had MGM Resorts taking over the headlines with its deals with the NBA and GVC Holdings. This week, we have an opportunity to make free bets from BetRally Sports, the continuing trend of sportsbooks opening at several U.S. locations, Evolution Gaming and Hard Rock Atlantic City teaming up for an introduction to some innovative table games, and planning for a new bingo room.We'll start with bingo:5...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

The Big 6 and Big 8 are bad bets

9 August 2018
QUESTION: Weird experience at the craps table. Guy next to me kept betting $5 each on Big 6 and Big 8. You know, the ones in the corner with the big red numbers.I told him he'd get better odds if he placed them instead, and he said, "I've tried that, but the dealer keeps trying to upsell me...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Be careful with touch-sensitive displays in button decks on a slot machine

8 August 2018
Question: A warning about 88 Fortunes slot machines! This can actually apply to many slot machines. Recently I sat down to play an 88 Fortunes machine at Resorts Catskills. I inserted my player card and then inserted a $20 bill. As I let go of the bill, my pinky knuckle must have touched the surface a couple of inches in front of the acceptor for inserting bills or tickets, which is level with the deck of the machine...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Strategies for top four table games

7 August 2018
There are four table-games that many players tend to enjoy playing in the casinos: blackjack, craps, roulette, and baccarat/mini-baccarat. Each one has decisions dealing with what strategies to play, how to play them along with money management methods that reduce the risk of going home empty.Let’s take a short look at all of them:BLACKJACK: The most popular table-game in the casino is one that requires accurate decisions on each and every player hand against each and every dealer up-card...read more

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