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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Figuring Roulette Edge

29 March 2020
QUESTION: Please explain to me about roulette and the 5.26 percent house edge. It seems to me like every time I play, I lose a lot more than 5.26 percent. In fact, if I buy in for $100, I can’t say I’ve ever had a session where I’ve lost only $5 or $6.I usually play at $5 tables and divide my $100 into $1 more
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Ace-Ace-Ace-Kicker Hands in Double-Double Bonus Poker

28 March 2020
Most of the strategy decisions while playing video poker are fairly intuitive. If the dealt hand has a high pair and nothing else, it is obvious that the proper hold is the high pair. Some hands are a bit less obvious, and still others can be real head-scratchers.Jacks or Better and Bonus Poker have only one very high-paying hand – the royal more
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Breaking down the COVID-19 impact on live poker

27 March 2020
2003 WSOP Main Event champ Chris Moneymaker said he does not expect additional precautions at the poker table once the current pandemic is over. Up until about two weeks ago, the thought of sitting around a table, elbow-to-elbow with nine strangers, handling the same playing cards and chips seemed like a perfectly normal and entertaining way to spend an evening to this avid poker player.Today, the simple act of playing a live game of poker would not only be frowned upon or deemed repulsive, but it would be near impossible due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has shut down casinos and poker rooms all over the world.As concerns about the coronavirus outbreak get more serious with each passing day, we still fully expect that someday our lives will eventually begin to get back to normal — whether it’s Easter Sunday (12 April) as more
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Online casino traffic surges during COVID-19 pandemic

26 March 2020
Some online casinos are upgrading their promotions to catch attention of players. (photo by Wikimedia Commons)We are in unprecedented times with COVID-19, as 100% of the commercial casinos in the U.S. are now closed, according to the American Gaming Association, with many others all over the world doing the more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Going Over to the Dark Side

26 March 2020
A few months ago, I wrote about Kristy, who hates blackjack because of bullying by other players over strategy mistakes. A few weeks later, I relayed some reader responses.Ted, an Ohio reader who has been playing in casinos for nearly 30 years, read all that and emailed to say one part gave him a chuckle.“When she said craps players could be condescending but not mean spirited, I thought, ‘You should try it my way,’” Ted said.Ted’s way is to embrace the Dark Side.“I bet don’t pass and don’t come, and lay the odds,” he more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Comments about server-based video poker

25 March 2020
Question: I tend to agree with the person that questioned the fairness of server-based video poker. My experience mirrors what he complained about. My theory of what has happened to video poker players losing has to do with smart more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Gambling is Fine

24 March 2020
[We’ve tackled serious ideas before on these pages but they usually deal with good or bad ways to play or what games are about. But what of the ultimate question for casino players; that’s right, the question of whether one should gamble at all? In this two-part column I have given two writers, Matthew and David, a chance to express their con and pro feelings about gambling and casino more
Articles by Tadas  Peckaitis
Articles by Tadas Peckaitis

Top 10 live poker mistakes

23 March 2020
Many poker movies are showing how exciting poker can be and glorifying this game. However, not everything is that simple in real life, and you should know how to avoid the most common mistakes in a live setting.Even if you are not new to the game, you can quickly get carried away with all the action at the tables and accidentally make something you regret later more
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

World Series of Poker not ready to pull the plug on 2020 events

23 March 2020
WSOP officials are still hopeful that the Rio will be full of poker players this summer and not remain empty. Despite an unprecedented 30-day shutdown of Nevada casinos and concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak geting more serious with each passing day, World Series of Poker officials are still making preparations to “shuffle up and deal” on 26 May at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the date when the 2020 event is scheduled to begin.“We've been taking it day by day, and at this point, it’s hour by hour,” WSOP Vice President, Corporate Communications Seth Palansky told Casino City on Sunday more
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

COVID-19 outbreak could cost Nevada tourism $39 billion

22 March 2020
Using some daunting figures and statistics, the Nevada Resort Association made a plea to the state’s congressional delegation on Friday, asking Congress to consider providing "immediate economic relief and recovery to the lifeblood of Nevada’s economy."The request comes after the COVID-19 pandemic forced Governor Steve Sisolak to order an unprecedented shutdown of nonessential businesses, including casinos, for 30 days.In a letter signed by President Virginia Valentine, the association warned that if the Nevada tourism industry is shut down for 30 to 90 days, the recovery will require between 12 and 18 months and the impacts would be “devastating” for the state’s economy, putting at risk nearly 160,000 jobs, $7.7 billion in wages and salaries, $39 billion in total economic output and more than $1 billion in lost tax revenue.Our industry is doing our more

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