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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Can card counting work at baccarat?

27 July 2017
QUESTION: Please explain something to me about baccarat. I’ve read that the only strategy is in choosing whether to bet on banker or player, and that all the decisions on whether a hand gets a third card are automatic.Still, baccarat has to be a game where the odds are always changing, like blackjack, right? After cards are dealt, they’re not available for future hands, so that has to affect the probabilities...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Converting slot dollars to cash

26 July 2017
This week, more comments I overheard in the casinos. How would you play 1,000 slot dollars? I overheard this while waiting to play in my session at a slot tournament. The top prize was 1,000 slot dollars. The game used for this tournament was one of the games in the Everi TournEvent series...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Don't be afraid

25 July 2017
Many new casino players suffer from a strong case of fear, particularly when it comes to playing table games. Can they learn the game and play the strategies properly? This is especially true for blackjack, which has innumerable decisions to make, and craps, which has an amazing number of bets that can be wagered.Other players are a fear factor as well...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Top 10 Las Vegas trip experiences I tried last week

24 July 2017
LAS VEGAS -- The city of Las Vegas is ever evolving. That's one of the reasons I love visiting so much: There’s never a lack of new and exciting things to do. Before every visit, I always try to map out a plan that allows me to experience something I haven’t before, whether it’s a bar or lounge, a casino, a restaurant, an event or some other activity I’ve read or heard about.Over the last few years, I've been fortunate to check a number of items off the list, including a visit to Topgolf, a spin on the High Roller observation wheel, a 48-hour March Madness stint that involved a sampling of mobile sportsbooks and a few sessions of online poker at WSOP.com.Last week, my primary purpose for being in Las Vegas was to cover the World Series of Poker...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

John Hesp and family clear the air regarding business relationship with Uber driver

24 July 2017
John Hesp The feel-good relationship between sudden World Series of Poker sensation John Hesp and his Uber driver came to an abrupt end on Saturday before the start of the Main Event.As reported on Thursday night, Hesp, the colorful 64-year-old amateur player from England, who became an instant superstar in the poker world and beyond by making the WSOP Main Event final table, befriended Las Vegas resident David Perry, his Uber driver, during the early stages of the tournament.On Thursday night, just before the final table action began at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, Perry told Casino City that Hesp agreed to hire him as his “managing agent.” Hesp’s wife, Mandy, and oldest son, James, confirmed the arrangement as John sat at the final table and play got underway, but over the weekend Hesp and his family decided it did not want to use the services of Perry.“David Perry is no longer an acting agent for my father,” James Hesp told Casino City on Sunday...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Mary and Walker

23 July 2017
Every video poker player has favorites, whether they want the 2-for-1 two-pair paybacks on Jacks or Better or Bonus Poker, the wild cards on Deuces Wild or the big four-ace bonuses on Double Double Bonus Poker and many other games.At pick-and-choose time, Walker had another method.“We’re regulars at a casino that has an alcove with 50 video poker machines...read more
 
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Throwing an ace in video poker

22 July 2017
Hi Stickman:I enjoy your articles and especially when you show sample hands and how to play them. I almost always know the proper play.In a recent example you showed the following hand: Ts Ac 6s Qc JsYou stated that the proper hold was the ace of clubs and the queen of clubs...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Around the WSOP: Meet the Uber driver John Hesp hired as his new agent

21 July 2017
Editor's note: Two days after this article was published, John Hesp decided not to use the services of David Perry as his agent. The original agreement between the two men was "purely verbal," according to Hesp's son, James, and they have parted ways...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

WSOP Main Event final table predictions

20 July 2017
Kara Scott (photo by WSOP)LAS VEGAS – John Hesp and his now-infamous multicolored jacket and Panama-style hat are the surefire sentimental favorites heading into today's World Series of Poker Main Event final table at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.That is the resounding reoccurring theme we saw when we asked a panel of poker pros and media to make their picks for how this year's final table will play out.Below, is a sampling of those picks and analysis from this esteemed group...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

WSOP Main Event Final Table questions and answers

20 July 2017
LAS VEGAS – On Thursday afternoon, more than 40 hours after the final table bubble burst dramatically at the World Series of Poker Main Event early Tuesday morning, the nine players who scratched and clawed their way through the third-largest field in tournament history will return to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.Cards go in the air for the final table at 5:30 p.m...read more

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