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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Wild card video poker

19 September 2019
QUESTION: I was wondering about wild symbols on video slots. They usually can take the place of any symbol in a winning combination, but they can’t replace the bonus symbols.If I need three special symbols to get a bonus, they have to be those exact symbols, not two of them and a wild or whatever.Why not? Why can’t they make the wild symbols really wild so they can bring bonuses, too?ANSWER: Games could be programmed in that way...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: A warning about Dream Card

18 September 2019
Two weeks ago I left you with a bonus question in my What Does This Combination Pay on Everi's Fascination Slot Machine? quiz. Here is the paytable from the machine: ComboPays W W W500 7 7 750 7B 7B 7B20 any 3 mixed 7, 7B   15 B B B10 any 3 mixed B, 7B5 C C C5 any 2 C2 any 1 C1 The question was: What does 2W 3W 4W pay? I included this combination to illustrate this rule found on many machines: Only the highest paying combination will be paid. According to the rules on this machine, the wild symbol can substitute for any symbol on the machine except the bonus symbol...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

How slots are programmed

17 September 2019
Slot machines do not pay out their wins smoothly. It isn’t as if the player wins one, the slot machine wins one or the player wins two and the slot machine wins two or any type of sequence based on close to a 50-50 game. For slot players, such a 50-50 game would be boring...read more
 
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Top 10 states to open new sportsbooks

16 September 2019
Since the federal ban on sports betting was deemed unconstitutional last May, sportsbooks have been popping up all over the U.S. in states where sports betting is now legal and regulated. College football and the National Football League are a few weeks into their respective seasons, which makes for great timing to have new places for fans to place sports wagers.Here we take a look at the 10 U.S...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Progressive blackjack

15 September 2019
Blackjack Bob and I communicate fairly regularly, mostly via e-mail along with the occasional phone call or lunch out.One thing we don’t do very often is play blackjack together. But our schedule meshed on an early September morning, and that gave us a chance to compare notes on a couple of systems.While we were playing, one fellow was using the slowest progression either of us had ever seen...read more
 
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Comments on don't betting

14 September 2019
Jerry —I read your article on craps betting on the "dark side"; I love betting against the crowd (but it’s really betting against the house). I usually bet the don't pass line; what do you think about hedging my $100.00 don't pass bet with a $6.00 eleven and a $15.00 three-way any seven on the come out?I know I'm paying 20% insurance to protect my bet on the first roll, but it seems reasonable to me not to get wiped out on the first roll; also I'm fond of betting no 4, no 10 while hedging these bets with a $10 dollar hard 4 or 10; I know I only get half my bet if the shooter sevens out but I only lose with a 3, 1 or 6, 4 combination.StanDear Stan,Thank you for your question.I personally do not like betting contrary to the vast majority of players at the craps table...read more
 
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Casino City’s Friday Five: Construction and reopening edition

13 September 2019
In last week’s Friday Five, we covered several stories, including that Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City announced a $14 million investment into the property. As this week progressed, we saw more stories in regards to construction and openings for several properties...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Is more actually more at video poker?

12 September 2019
QUESTION: Regarding the Joker’s Wild game you mentioned where the big jackpot is on five of a kind instead of a natural royal, how can they afford to offer that? If the jackpot hand comes up once per 10,994 hands, as you say, and that’s about four times as often as royals in most video poker games, it just doesn’t seem like casinos would want to give away all those big hits.ANSWER: The increased frequency of big jackpots is offset by reductions lower on the pay table, where winners are more common.A Joker’s Wild version that starts the pay table at two pairs and puts the top jackpot on five of a kind has an overall return of 97.19% with expert play...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: The squeaky slot player

11 September 2019
Have you heard the old proverb that the squeaky wheel gets the grease? If you Google the phrase, you'll find that there are two meanings for the phrase. The first meaning is that the person who complains the most gets the most attention. I prefer the second meaning, which is more benign...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Electronic table games

10 September 2019
There is some movement on the part of some slot players over to electronic games such as roulette, craps, baccarat and blackjack, among others. Most slot players are just nibbling at the games but some have thrown themselves whole hog into them.Over the next few issues I am going to do a body of work on the electronic table games that have come to dominate many casinos, especially those that do not have actual table games...read more

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