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Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Tilt Time

2 June 2020
Please note: Going on tilt can have various meanings but generally it means losing control of some type. Could mean betting for too long; betting much too much; or just acting foolishly. It can happen to the best of players and is something to be more
Articles by Nathan  Williams
Articles by Nathan Williams

Top 10 reasons poker players should choose cash games over tournaments

1 June 2020
People often ask me if they should play cash games or tournaments. And my answer is that you should play the format that you enjoy the most.However, for somebody who is on the fence and likes to play both, I would recommend cash games for a number of reasons.After all, most long-term professional poker players play cash games over tournaments and more people play cash games than tournaments overall.So here are the top 10 reasons why I recommend playing poker cash games over more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Hitting Soft Hands

31 May 2020
QUESTION: My friends and I were joking about doubling down on blackjack, not that we’d really do it.But it got us to talking. How high would you really go in hitting or doubling on a soft hand? I guess you’re supposed to hit or double on soft 17, but what about soft 18 or soft 19? Surely not soft 20?ANSWER: In a six-deck game in which the dealer hits soft 17, basic strategy calls for us to double down on soft 19 if doubling is allowed.Some tables don’t allow soft doubling, and, of course, you can’t double in standard blackjack games if you have three or more more
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Multiple Video Poker Hands

30 May 2020
A follow-up question about video poker play from Dave. The previous reply to Dave stated that there is a total of 940 possible initially dealt hands containing four cards of a royal flush.Hello stickmanjerry,I appreciate your email. Never expected more
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Las Vegas casino owner ups the ante by giving away 1,700 free flights

29 May 2020
Downtown Las Vegas CEO and developer Derek Stevens made a big announcement on Wednesday morning saying he would give away 1,000 free one-way flights to Las Vegas from 20 major U.S. cities.As part of the free flight, there was no stipulation that people taking advantage would have to stay or even visit the two Downtown Las Vegas properties owned by Stevens -- Golden Gate Hotel & Casino and The D Las Vegas – both of which are scheduled to reopen next week, along with many other Las Vegas casinos.“Obviously, my team and I would like you to stay at one of our hotels,” Stevens explained in a video promoting the more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Fast Video Poker Games

28 May 2020
If Double Double Bonus Poker is a roller coaster and Triple Double Bonus Poker is a bungee jump, what do you make of Triple Triple Bonus Poker?A skydive? A skydive with a hole in the parachute?Triple Triple just recently came to my attention, the newest in International Game Technologies’ line of video poker games.Over the decades, IGT has added games with increasing volatility, more chances to win big and greater chances of depleting your bankroll at lightning speed.Triple Triple takes that to a new level with multiple hands that can land you a 4,000-coin jackpot for a five-coin bet.As in most games, you get 4,000 for a royal more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Readers' comments about reopening casinos

27 May 2020
Here are some of your comments about reopening casinos. Question: I really don't care what kind of regulations they come up with, just get it together so they can open. I have a reservation to the Nugget in Biloxi in June, so hoping that will be open by more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Playing Blackjack Correctly

26 May 2020
Some interesting comments can be made by other players at the blackjack tables. All of the following I have heard or seen written about by “experts” at the game. Which ones are right? Which ones are wrong? Here are some:• “Never hit your twelve against the dealer’s two!”• “If you are on third base you are responsible for the dealer’s hand.”• “If you have a ace and a six never double down against the dealer’s six.”• “Do not split aces when the dealer shows a power card of ten or face card.”• “Do not split eights against power cards as well.”• “Split fives if the dealer is showing a six or lower.”• “Basic strategy is just some egg-heads’ more
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Top 10 newest resort casinos in Las Vegas

25 May 2020
On 15 May, the city of Las Vegas celebrated its 115th birthday.Usually, Sin City wouldn’t be a ghost town on its birthday, but due to the strange times we are currently in, it was pretty empty with everything still shut down. That being said, we are getting closer to the reopening of Las Vegas casinos and resorts.When Las Vegas finally does welcome back guests, it will feel like a bunch of new resorts opening up since it has been over two months since anyone has stepped foot in more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Reopening of the Casinos

24 May 2020
QUESTION: When casinos are allowed to reopen, will they be able to offer a full range of games? Will social distancing make a difference?ANSWER: Every jurisdiction will have its own regulations for reopening. New Jersey, Nevada, Illinois and Oklahoma regulations won’t necessarily all look the same.It would be safe to assume social distancing protocols will be in place, with specifics to be more

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