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30 October 2014A few years ago, I wrote about rituals, the things players do in the name of good luck – whether they believe in luck or not.There was my brother Jay and his jackpot dance that no doubt kept surveillance operators amused. There was Carmen, who had to play her first roll of quarters at the airport on her Las Vegas trips, back when machines actually took quarters...read more
29 October 2014Please discuss the Indian casinos in Michigan. Are their paybacks the same as non-Indian casinos? Who regulates them? I frequent a newer casino in Battle Creek. I never can win. Other casinos seem to pay well but not this casino. All the slot machines are new...read more
28 October 2014FROM BILL: Read recent article on casino thefts of slot tickets and what various States did. I believe article said Pennsylvania was very aggressive in stopping people from removing tickets from a machine which wasn’t theirs.Recently I was at Saratoga Racing Casino in New York State...read more
27 October 2014There's nothing worse than a sports bet that looks like it's a cinch to win, but then something happens in the last minute or two of the game that changes everything and turns your winning ticket into a loser.New Jersey residents — and those in neighboring states — probably felt that way this weekend, when U.S...read more
26 October 2014QUESTION: An awful lot of video slots used A, K, Q, J and 10 symbols. I counted in one game, and there were seven other symbols. Four had characters and three were pieces of jewelry. So in all there were 12 different symbols.It seems to me that it would be harder to get three or more in a row of the same symbol when there are so many different ones...read more
25 October 2014Poker is 50 percent skill and 50 percent luck. The part about skill is a given --- you need it to play successfully. The other 50 percent, luck, will come to you in various degrees. Sometimes excellent cards will come round after round, and other times you will not get any decent cards during a whole session...read more
23 October 2014Video poker regulars know that as a basic guideline, royal flushes account for about 2 percent of their overall payback. If you’re playing 9-6 Jacks or Better, which returns 99.5 percent to those who play at expert level, you can figure it’s closer to 97.5 percent between royals.Actual percentages vary by a small amount depending on game and pay table...read more
22 October 2014I like playing the video slots, but it seems like I never win. I sometimes left the casino with a profit playing the old machines. My friends all say the same thing. We don't win anymore. You and your friends have a complaint I've heard many times now that video slots, specifically multi-coin/multi-line machines, have taken over the a large percentage of the slot floor...read more
21 October 2014FROM MARCEL: I have been attempting to become a professional craps player for about two years now. I started with your book, and then read everything I could. Then I set about getting in 3000 practice throws using the 8 steps to dice control from your YouTube videos...read more
20 October 2014The Major League Baseball playoffs have been absolutely amazing so far this season, from the Wild Card round right through the League Championship Series. The World Series gets underway Tuesday night, with the San Francisco Giants facing the Kansas City Royals...read more