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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

The math of the pass line

24 September 2017
Connie was a student at a daylong seminar I gave for a park district group around 10 or 12 years ago. I taught the basics of how to play casino games, and Connie discovered she loved craps.“I could never figure it out before that day,” she told me more
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Heads or tails?

23 September 2017
Dear Jerry Stickman,Hi. My friends and I have been having long hours trying to work out the math logic behind a simple betting scenario, but alas to no avail. We hope you can shed some light.Scenario:In a make-believe game where there are two equal options, being RED or BLACK, a croupier, in an unimaginable scenario, has already drawn nine REDs in a more
Articles by Abby  Messick
Articles by Abby Messick

Casino City's Friday Five: 3-D edition

22 September 2017
Welcome to Friday! Big changes are on the horizon, from VR innovations to apps to the Gambling Hall of Fame.Speaking of big, there's another company busting out the "world's largest" label for one of its latest endeavors. Where does it end?! more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

The Martingale and full-pay Deuces

21 September 2017
QUESTION: I have a question about the double-up Martingale, where you keep doubling bets until you win.I’ve looked online and I know you recommend against it, as do lot of gambling experts. But suppose I decide to try, starting with betting $5 on black in more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Using earplugs while playing video poker

20 September 2017
Question: I was playing in the high limit area in Caesars AC a couple of years ago and someone hit something like two cherries and a Double Diamond on one of their $100 machines. Many people came to see what the hit was, but hung back in awesome respect of someone even playing a $100 more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

How to be a good dealer

19 September 2017
If you think it is easy being a casino dealer then just give it a try. The public can be a real pain in the “you-know-what” in all situations but in a casino, losing money, the player-public can be downright nasty.Nasty players blame the dealers for bad luck, scold other players for making the “wrong” decisions, and generally make a nuisance or worse of themselves.Still, there are dealers who can also be described as pains in the “you-know-what” and these dealers are not fun to be more
Articles by Tadas  Peckaitis
Articles by Tadas Peckaitis

Top 10 pre-flop strategies for poker

18 September 2017
Pre-flop strategy is one of the most important poker skills to learn before jumping into games. If you are making mistakes pre-flop, it is going to be extremely difficult to play effectively post-flop as well, because you will end up with unbalanced ranges, having too many bluffs, with too many mediocre hands or in undesirable spots.To avoid this, I will try to explain 10 of the most important things you should always take into consideration when making decisions more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Their first time

17 September 2017
A while back, I relayed a story from a slot player who had a pretty bad time on her first casino visit. She’s a regular player today only because a friend convinced her to give it another try, and she had more fun the second go-round.That drew responses from many readers who wanted to share their own first-time experiences.Kari: Like that woman, my first time was on a bus more
Articles by John  Marchel

Today's gambling

16 September 2017
The United States has had a long history of gambling. For example, the Virginia colony was financed by a lottery that was held in England in 1612. The American Revolution was paid for largely by state lotteries. Later, numerous states and towns followed this lead, and paid for roads and public works projects through the sale of lottery tickets.All 13 original colonies established lotteries, usually more than one, to raise more
Articles by Abby  Messick
Articles by Abby Messick

Casino City's Friday Five: Gambling in Pennsylvania edition

15 September 2017
What was on the menu this week? The usual: Online poker's meteoric success, tools to help with problem gambling, and a giant art installation.Never a dull moment in the gaming world.1. NJ online casinos surpass $20 million in revenue for sixth consecutive monthNew Jersey's online casinos have raked in over $20 million in revenue for the sixth consecutive month as of August, the highest since March and up 32% compared to the same time last year.In total, the state has generated $640 million in gross revenue since November 2013, when the whole business was legalized and regulated.So it's safe to say that New Jersey's doing really, really more

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