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Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John  Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: What Can Casinos Change on a Slot Machine?

1 October 2014
Can you tell me what a casino can do to a newly acquired slot machine? Does the slot machine come with a preset payout percentage? Can the casino change the payout percentage? I assume the slot machine has a preset time period for the payout percentage...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank  Scoblete

Don't Craps, Annoying Dice Setters and Annoying Six-Deck BJ Games

30 September 2014
FROM SARIT: Thanks for your help! Still learning the game, and I feel like when I turn to betting "wrong" I do better.What do you think of laying a 4 or 10 when playing the Don't Pass? And should I leave the lay or take it off once a point has been made?I enjoy your book “Casino Craps: Shoot to Win...read more
 
Articles by Dan Podheiser

Top-10 reactions from my trip to Suffolk Downs

29 September 2014
I remember the first time I ever watched a horse race. I was 15 years old.In 2004, Smarty Jones won the first two legs of the Triple Crown in dominating fashion, taking down both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. He was the talk of the town in my neck of the woods...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John  Grochowski

Dealer's Hole Card and Dangers of Video Poker

28 September 2014
QUESTION: I was talking with a dealer friend, and he pointed out there are times the dealer exposes cards with no need. If every player busts, or if there is a mix of player blackjacks and busts, the dealer’s down card doesn’t make any difference in the outcome...read more
 
Articles by John  Marchel

Poker, Poker Everywhere

27 September 2014
Just how many different poker games are there? I've been able to identify at least 120 different games that claim to be poker, in one form or another. Chicago, five-card draw, five-card stud, Texas hold 'em, Omaha, low ball, seven-card, whiskey poker, and (of course) strip poker are just some of the variations.The game we know today was developed in the U.S...read more
 
Articles by Aaron  Todd
Articles by Aaron  Todd

A sad, but necessary farewell to Suffolk Downs

26 September 2014
I've lived in the greater Boston area for more than 10 years. My first two years were spent in a tiny two-bedroom condo in Cambridge, just across the Charles River from Boston, a mere 30-minute walk to Fenway Park. Eight years ago, my wife and I moved out to the suburbs, but we still make regular t...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John  Grochowski

BJ Bob

25 September 2014
I’ve mentioned my old blackjack-playing pal Bob a few times in this column. Bob’s a solid player who spends most of his casino time at the 21 tables. However, he does take breaks for low-minimum Three Card Poker, roulette and video poker.“Penny slots, too,” Bob piped in when I saw him in early August...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John  Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: I Lose More, But My Wife Gets Better Rewards

24 September 2014
When my wife and I get our flyers from the casino, she always gets a larger dollar amount than I do. I know at times I have spent more dollars and yet I get screwed in the end --- what gives? The explanation of ADT was very vague and complicated. Casino rewards can seem arbitrary when you compare your rewards with someone else's...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank  Scoblete

Professional Craps Play

23 September 2014
FROM NESS: I read the letters in your mail bag that people send to you on the Casino Times newsletter I get in my email.A little background information about myself:I am an advantage craps player who sometimes gambles. I have a set system of betting that I am able to adjust to the trends of the craps action...read more
 
Articles by Aaron  Todd
Articles by Aaron  Todd

Top-10 reasons the Massachusetts Gaming Commission got it right in Boston

22 September 2014
Last week, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced that it would award Steve Wynn the lone Boston-area casino license, as the Wynn Resorts proposal in Everett beat out a proposal by Mohegan Sun to build a property at Suffolk Downs in Revere.While I am not convinced that the path to the decision was as straightforward as it could have been, I do believe the decision was the right one...read more

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