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30 August 2016FROM JAGGY: I liked your article about luck (“The Lucky One”). Here is my version of this mysterious notion called luck.L-learnU-underC-certainK-knowledge.That is how luck is born. The Captain taught you luck in the game of craps. The 5-Count and dice control...read more
29 August 2016Despite the cloud of floating buzzwords on the cover, the science in this book is solid. I admit I was a little bit skeptical going into Dr....read more
28 August 2016QUESTION: I’m mainly a blackjack player, but I’ve been fooling around lately with Ultimate Texas Hold’Em. After you look at you first two cards, you can either check, raise three times your ante or raise four times your ante.Is there ever a situation where you should raise three times instead of fo...read more
27 August 2016Always split aces and eights. That is one of the golden rules for blackjack players, but not according to a friend of mine. He insists that splitting eights against a dealer up card of 9, 10, or ace is crazy because you are probably going to lose anyway, so why double your loss by splitting?Although my friend's logic appears to make sense, it is flawed...read more
26 August 2016Dear Mark: I will try to keep this as short as possible. Where I play, the craps table offers what is called a "fire" bet. If you make all the point numbers (4-5-6-8-9-10) in any order before 7 rolls, you are paid 1,000 to 1. I made the 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10, and then low and behold, the 9 rolled, which should have paid me $5,000 since I had $5 on the fire bet...read more
25 August 2016There’s something about comps that brings out the curiosity in casino players.Among the most frequent questions I receiver are “Can you get comps without actually risking any money?” and “Can you work it so you get comps that are worth more than your losses?”I’ve tacked the first question a few times, and the answer to is an emphatic “no.” If you’re not betting and not having your play tracked, you don’t get comped...read more
24 August 2016Question: Do slots spin the same no matter how many coins you put in? In other words, if you hit a jackpot on one coin, would that same spin have produced a jackpot if you had played three coins? Answer: The random number generator (RNG) in a modern slot machine runs continuously...read more
23 August 2016“I am looking to find my inner child,” said my neighbor Gracie. “I want to run in the wind, eat a mountain of candy and do all the things a person my age (38) shouldn’t do. To me being a child is the fun of life. I like to let myself grow!”Gracie goes to the casinos in Atlantic City twice a month...read more
22 August 2016The concept is simple, yet fresh and enticing. The infrastructure is in place. The customer base is ready, able and willing. And leading the charge are three industry veterans with more than 100 years of combined experience.Is there any wonder why the folks at USFantasy Sports are bursting with exc...read more
21 August 2016QUESTION: Your article on different Deuces Wild payoffs reminded me of something I’ve wanted to ask. You say that in non-wild-card games, percentages usually are adjusted by changing the pay tables on full houses and flushes. But there are lots of other changes, especially the fours of a kind...read more