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25 March 2017The next time you belly up to the bar with a friend or co-worker who thinks he knows everything about the game of blackjack, ask Mr. Know-It-All a few of these questions.QUESTION: How did the game of blackjack get its name?ANSWER: When “21” was initially introduced in the United States in gambling houses, it wasn’t very popular...read more
23 March 2017QUESTION: I play a lot of blackjack, often in the $50 range. On innumerable occasions I have seen players who were hundreds or even thousands of dollars ahead go away empty-handed because they simply could not leave at a timely point, apparently having set no “win” targets or “stop-loss” points, or else just plain unable to stop.Player fatigue is also an important factor in judgment...read more
22 March 2017Question: My friend said that he once read an article that said you were more likely to get a royal flush when you're dealt three of the cards than when you're dealt four. That doesn't make sense to me. Is he right? Answer: I think I read the same article, many, many years ago...read more
21 March 2017There is an old saying, “You can’t take it with you,” that is supposed to encourage limiting one’s greed and/or to encourage people to live for today because tomorrow, well, tomorrow you’ll be dead. So all the riches you’ve amassed are meaningless if you think they will belong to you when you are no longer you.So go to it, boys and girls! Spend away...read more
19 March 2017Casino players know well the ups and downs of wagering, with more downs than ups for most of us. But it’s the ups that are most memorable, like those relayed via e-mail by readers Betty and Pearl.Betty: "For me a perfect day is having a good time, a nice lunch out and not losing any money...read more
18 March 2017An acquaintance recently asked me to comment on playing the 8/5 version of Jacks or Better. He understands that 9/6 Jacks or Better is a better game to play, but says it is sometimes hard to find such a game.For those readers who are not familiar with video poker terminology, the Jacks or Better game is one of the first video poker games ever manufactured...read more
16 March 2017QUESTION: I was thinking about slot odds and something you wrote about how they can make a video slot reel as long as they want since it doesn’t take up space inside the game cabinet.Some of those video reels seem really long, so there could be 100 symbols, right? It there’s only one jackpot symbol per reel, and there are five reels like most video slots, then the odds of a top jackpot are 1 in 100 to the fifth power, or 1 in 10,000,000,000...read more
15 March 2017Question: My wife was recently dealt a straight flush starting with the 9 through king. What would you do, and what is the proper play? Keep the straight flush or throw away the 9 and go for a royal flush? Answer: What I would do is make the proper play, even though it's sometimes tempting to make a different play...read more
12 March 2017Just about a year ago, I answered a reader’s question about strategy adjustments for cruise-ship blackjack in which the dealer takes no hole card, waits until all player decisions to take a second card and more.Most Americans don’t encounter that situation often, although some European casinos as well as some cruise ships have such games...read more
11 March 2017In addition to managing your bankroll while gambling, you should also learn to manage your time.It’s important to remember that most casino games have a built-in edge; the longer you play, the more the house edge kicks in, resulting in more of a chance of losing your bankroll...read more