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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Playing with Dad

17 December 2017
Judd, an East Coast reader who contacted me recently, suddenly has a companion for casino jaunts: his father."I've been playing off and on for close to 30 years, ever since my bachelor party in Atlantic City," he said. "In all that time, I've never been able to get Dad to come with me."It changed when he went on a daytrip with his seniors more
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Switching slot clubs for points

16 December 2017
Stickman,During my May visit to the Atlantic City Golden Nugget, I decided to try my luck at one of the four full-pay Jacks or Better video poker machines.Recognizing that these were dollar machines, I wrongly assumed that they would accumulate player points at the same rate as the other video poker machines in that more
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Casino City's Friday Five: WSOP, massive winnings and prime real estate edition

15 December 2017
Despite the looming threat of losing net neutrality in the U.S., the Friday Five is back. Yes, the FCC's vote yesterday to repeal the protections it dutifully put in place back in 2015 will very likely dominate the news in the coming months as it heads to the more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Big slot wins

14 December 2017
QUESTION: My sister-in-law wins on slots a lot, and I mean big money. She won two $20,000 jackpots last month, and this isn't the first time she's had runs like that. I don't know how many big jackpots she's had, but it has to be a dozen or more of $10,000-plus in the last three or four years.I asked her how she does it, and she said she was just able to recognize the machines that were ready to pay more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Slot machines removed because they paid out too much

13 December 2017
Question: There were a couple of new machines at a casino in Biloxi, MS, that I played one day. When I returned a couple of weeks later, I was told that they removed them because they were paying out too much. This was told to me by an employee. I know there was a couple that played most of the night and had won over $8, more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

The good times at slots

12 December 2017
December is the holiday month. The stores, the streets and many homes are aglow with Christmas lights and the people (who aren’t harried, annoyed or angry) are enjoying themselves. Everyone (who isn’t a killjoy) is looking forward to the New Year.And nothing is more joyous than going to the casinos during this festive time of love – and hammering them; slaughtering them; ripping the gold fillings from their teeth more
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Top 10 attributes of a successful casino dealer

11 December 2017
Heather Ferris, founder of Vegas-Aces and experienced dealer. A dealer is as vital to the entire casino guest experience as the cards they flip or the roulette wheel they spin. Dealers are the face of the casino, and while a talented dealer with the right personality can make a losing night still feel exciting, an uninformed and unfriendly croupier can just as easily take the thrill out of a winning session.Heather Ferris, founder of, knows this all too more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

What do you want?

10 December 2017
Different players are looking for different things in casinos.We all want to win, of course, but we don't all have the same dedication to finding the games with the lowest house advantage and then studying to cut that edge to the bone. Some players just want to have fun, and let the wins come when they may.What brings this to mind is an exchange I recently had with a player whose main game is poker, but will dabble in blackjack and craps when he takes his mother to a casino that has no live poker."I seek to win or reduce the casino edge to the tiniest sliver," he said.That's a perfectly valid value more
Articles by John  Marchel

Game odds vs. real return

9 December 2017
By playing basic strategy at blackjack, making the correct plays at craps and only playing on single zero wheels at roulette, you can do well at the casino. However, there is a gambler's saying: “When I win the lottery, I’m not going to play in a casino; I’m going to buy a casino.”The reason that saying was made up is simple: The house has the edge on all the bets more
Articles by Abby  Messick
Articles by Abby Messick

Casino City's Friday Five: Lots of legislation edition

8 December 2017
Rules, regulations and lawsuits were the order of the week.We've got stories on certifications in Massachusetts, two opposing views on the New Jersey sports betting Supreme Court case, and a reminder about net neutrality. Plus, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes are taking Connecticut to task for failing to follow through on an more

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