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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John  Grochowski

A rare Pair Plus payout at Three Card Poker

25 September 2016
QUESTION: Playing Three Card Poker, I found a Pair Plus pay table different than the ones I usually play. It paid 100-1 on a three-card royal, which I’d never seen. It paid the usual 40-1 on a straight flush, 30-1 on three of a kind, but then 5-1 on a straight, 4-1 on a flush and 1-1 on a pair.What’s the house edge on this? Is it higher or lower than usual?ANSWER: Most Three Card Poker tables do not distinguish between mini-royals and other straight flushes in their Pair Plus payoffs...read more
 
Articles by John  Marchel

About Las Vegas

24 September 2016
Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known as simply “Vegas,” is the most populous city in the state of Nevada. It is the county seat of Clark County, and the city proper of the Las Vegas Valley.Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city known primarily for gambling, shopping, fine dining and nightlife and is the leading financial and cultural center for Southern Nevada...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John  Grochowski

Basic strategy, and then some!

22 September 2016
Basic strategy in blackjack is a great guideline, something every player should learn.It is not an end point. There are hidden subtleties that are glossed over for the sake of making the strategy easily understandable and playable. When the basic strategy table tells you to hit hard 16 when the dealer has a 10, it’s because with all permutations of the hand considered, your average losses will be lower if you hit than if you stand.But not all 16s are the same, beyond the distinction that 8-8 is a pair to be split rather than a hit/stand decision.A hand consisting of 10-6 is a different situation than one consisting of 7-5-4...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John  Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Completing flushes on multi-hand video poker

21 September 2016
Question: I like to play Ten-Play video poker. It seems like I should get two or three flushes each time I hold a 4-card flush -- ten hands divided four suits is 2.5 hands. There are so many times that I get only one flush -- or none -- that I think my average is much lower...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank  Scoblete

Here they come!

20 September 2016
FROM RICK: I have your dice book "I Am a Dice Controller: Inside the World of Advantage-Play Craps!" and thanks.My problem is when I am on a really good roll or someone else is having one, meaning the more a shooter wins, then the more he rolls, the other players wanting in on the action soon rush to the table and leave him NO PLACE to roll...read more
 
Articles by Dustin  Ford
Articles by Dustin  Ford

A millennial view of the gaming industry

19 September 2016
eSports may be the thing to bring millennials back to the casinos. (photo by Gabriel Gagne)It seems that every year before the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), as the gaming industry spends some time self-reflecting, executives and marketing professionals focus on developing strategies to attract the ever-elusive "millennial." As a member of that confusing young generation, and as someone who has spent over a decade in the industry, I wanted to offer a few thoughts as everyone heads to Las Vegas this year.The gaming industry is at a dramatic turning point...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John  Grochowski

One coin or full coin? That is the question!

18 September 2016
QUESTION: You answered a question about playing one coin on $1 video poker instead of five coins on a quarter game. What about slot machines? Dollar slots have higher paybacks than quarter games or penny games, right? Should I play one coin on a dollar game instead of three quarters or, say, 80 pennies?ANSWER: There’s more than one way look at that question...read more
 
Articles by Henry  Tamburin

How should I bet?

17 September 2016
One of the most often asked questions from blackjack players is "How should I bet?" You've got several options, and I'll discuss them in this article and offer my recommendation.FLAT BETThis means betting the same amount all the time. Most players don't like to bet this way because they figure if the dealer wins more hands then them they'll never win any money...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John  Grochowski

Blackjack answers

15 September 2016
Blackjack players come in a wide range of skill levels, from those playing a guessing game and hitting or standing by feel and instinct to basic strategy players to card counters – with several stops in between.In the last few weeks, I’ve received a number of e-mails from readers who are seeking a new level.Most are not trying to become card counters...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John  Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: The worst video poker instruction tape

14 September 2016
You may have seen the recent announcement that the last company making VHS videocassette recorders discontinued making the units. I discovered the limited availability of new VHS VCRs last year when I needed to buy a new deck for converting old tapes to digital files. I recently started converting some of my gambling tapes and I discovered — re-discovered, actually — the worst video poker instruction tape...read more

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