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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Player-selected wild card video poker

21 March 2019
QUESTION: In the deep, dark recesses of my mind, I think I recall a video poker game where you could choose your own wild card.It had a pay table like Deuces Wild, with wild royals, five of a kind and so forth, but if you wanted to make a 4 or a 9 or whatever your wild card, you could choose it.Do you remember the game? Is there a best card to choose to be wild, or does it not make any difference?ANSWER: I do recall the game from the early 1990s, though it’s been many years since I’ve seen it on casino floors...read more
 
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Sports betting makes positive strides in New Hampshire and Tennessee

20 March 2019
Both New Hampshire and Tennessee moved the ball forward yesterday in regards to legalizing sports gambling. New Hampshire saw the House approve a proposal, and Tennessee could be looking at mobile-only sports betting.In New Hampshire, Rep. Timothy Lang’s proposal, HB 480, cleared the House by a 3 to 1 ratio, paving the way to set up no more than 10 spots in the state where sports betting will be legal and overseen by the New Hampshire Lottery Commission...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: What information is on a slot ticket?

20 March 2019
Question: While on a cruise I found a $300 slot voucher the first night. I turned it over to the cashier and asked if they would be able to find the owner. I was told yes! Well, it took five days before the owner was found. So my question is: What information is on the voucher, and if you use a players, card is it easier to find out who a voucher belongs to? Answer: That's two questions, but who's counting? How could it take five days to find someone on a cruise ship? Was he a stowaway hiding in the bathroom? I never took a close look at all of the information that is on a cashout voucher until now...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Tackling dopey craps ideas

19 March 2019
Without question, the best bets at the game of craps are the pass line with full odds and the come with full odds; also the don’t pass with full odds and the don’t come with full odds. No matter what comboobalations critics of these bets attempt to proselytize to dismiss them and advocate other “less-good” bets, these sad ploppies are actually the flat-worlders of craps, denying that earth is a sphere and math dictates proper betting.Please note: When I say “full odds” it is possible that you can’t afford to take those odds...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Top 10 reasons to love Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

18 March 2019
Casinos come in all shapes and sizes. Everyone has different tastes and preferences, and certain properties will resonate with certain people.For me, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi has always checked all of my prerequisite boxes for what makes a great casino.The Beau, as it is fondly called by locals, celebrated the 20th anniversary of its grand opening this past weekend...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Beginner's luck

17 March 2019
Beginner’s luck exists mainly in our imaginations. First-time players are no more likely to hit a jackpot or otherwise win big than players on their second, fourth or 55th casino visit. In skill games, first-timers are less likely to win if they haven’t mastered optimal strategies.In January, I put out a call to some frequent e-mailers to ask if they remember their first big win, and how often they’d played before their stroke of luck...read more
 
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Hop bets at craps

16 March 2019
Stickman,I’ve seen many articles discussing house advantages on craps and how bad hop bets are. I don’t think I’ve ever seen what the house advantage is on hopping sevens, however. I am probably wrong but it seems like it would be low. If you bet all three combos for $1 each and hit one, it pays $15...read more
 
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Casino City’s Friday Five: Slot machine edition

15 March 2019
Everyone loves payday. It would be nice if said pay could be seven figures, or even higher, but that isn’t the case for most of us. However, several slot machine players this week were lucky enough to come away with payouts of that caliber...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

The big hit

14 March 2019
QUESTION: My sister hit one of the bigger jackpots on a video slot. It was the major on a machine with mini, minor, major and grand. It was almost $1,000, so it was a great day.She won it in the first five minutes she was playing. I don’t know how many spins, but it was quick...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Hard Rock Atlantic City stunning improvement over Taj Mahal

13 March 2019
Question: Since the Hard Rock Casino opened in Atlantic City this past summer, it has quickly become our favorite destination. They did a fantastic job of renovating the outdated Taj Mahal. The new place is stunning and they have been very generous. The question that I have for you relates to the Hard Rock Casinos in Florida, as well as other destinations...read more

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