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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Tackling the new year

21 January 2018
As 2018 starts and I begin my 25th year of writing this column, I have a few traditions.One of them is to kick off the new year with a few words of caution. All year long, there are games and strategies to explore and fun stories from more
Articles by Henry  Tamburin
Articles by Henry Tamburin

The hand that should have been

20 January 2018
[The following is an excerpted chapter from the book You’ve Got Heat – The Vegas Card Counting Adventures of LV Pro. The book chronicles the true story of a low roller named Barfarkel (pseudonym), who set a goal of increasing his playing bankroll from $2,000 to $10,000 by becoming an advantage blackjack more
Articles by Abby  Messick
Articles by Abby Messick

Casino City's Friday Five: A Few Firsts Edition

19 January 2018
In terms of gambling, it's been a good January. We've got one early casino opening, a couple of online gambling firsts and a triumphant million-dollar poker win.What more could you ask for, other than winning your own million dollars?5. Resorts World Catskills plans early openingResorts World Catskills is bumping up its opening date from 1 March to 8 February – prime time for guests to enjoy Lunar New Year celebrations.Resorts World Catskills, about 90 miles north of New York City the largest casino in New York State, will feature over 2,000 slot machines, 150 table games, an 18-hole golf course and 332 luxury suites.There's no mention of why this change has been implemented, so we can only assume that everyone's just really, really more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

The bad becomes good

18 January 2018
QUESTION: I notice that video slot machines have more different symbols per reel than three-reel slots.On three-reel games, I figure a normal game has something like cherries, single bars, double bars, triple bars, 7s and a jackpot symbol. That's only six different symbols.On video slots, you might see five or more symbols based on the game theme, plus more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: American slots and English fruit machines: Divided by more than a common language

17 January 2018
Question: I am an English college student currently studying in London. As part of a research task, I decided to look into the way mathematically true randomness was integrated in slot machines. As I have gathered, you are an expert in slot machines both in how they work and how to maximise the player's profit from it. I had a few questions concerning this more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Ruining your fun

16 January 2018
OK, this column might ruin your fun if you are a craps player. That is correct. As a busy-bodied gambling writer, I want everyone to see craps the way I see it because, well, I am right.First, as craps players know and as many novices hovering near the table can readily see, craps has such a variety of bets that it can give a new player a more
Articles by Abby  Messick
Articles by Abby Messick

Top 10 casino openings, expansions and renovations

15 January 2018
For as long as the gambling industry continues to construct, rearrange, improve and occasionally demolish buildings, we'll continue bring you the latest news. This edition features a swath of land changing owners, another swath finding its designated purpose in life, and of course, many more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Different edges for the same bets

14 January 2018
Even though the house edge at most casino games is unchanging on every play, you'll sometimes see different edges listed by different sources.It's not necessarily that one source or another is wrong. It's just that they start with different assumptions.Ray, who says he's been a regular reader for at least 10 years, e-mailed recently to ask about some of those differences."You list the house edge at baccarat as 1.06 on banker and 1.24% on player," he more
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Size of the odds bet in craps

13 January 2018
Hi Stickman,I just returned from a trip to Vegas and was playing craps at the El Cortez where a $3 minimum line bet was required.The number thrown on the come-out roll was 9, and I made a single odds bet of $2 and was told that I couldn't do that because any odds bet made could not be lower that the line more
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Casino City's Friday Five: Celebration Edition

12 January 2018
This week’s Friday Five provides plenty of reason to celebrate.We’ve got a new casino opening in the Pacific Northwest, much to the dismay of its too-close-for-comfort competitors, and a one-year anniversary bash in another casino-congested region on the east more

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