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23 February 2017Kara Scott, official 888poker brand ambassador. Kara Scott is one of our favorite poker personalities here at Casino City, so we were thrilled to hear that she's hosting a new show, 888poker News. The new show will air once a month online and, as you might have guessed from the title, is sponsored by 888 Poker, where Scott is a brand ambassador...read more
23 February 2017QUESTION: You never write about Caribbean Stud anymore. Why is that? Also, can you give a strategy for when to bet and when to fold? I mainly play blackjack, but as a second game I like Caribbean Stud when I can find it.ANSWER: Your last phrase, “when I can find it,” is the main reason I rarely write about Caribbean Stud...read more
22 February 2017Question: I recently was dealt a royal flush. What are the odds of being dealt a royal flush? Answer: Congratulations. All royals are great, but dealt royals are special because they happen so rarely. I was lucky enough to be dealt a royal twice last year, an occurrence I doubt will ever happen again. To find the odds of being dealt a royal, we have to find two numbers: the number of ways to make a royal and the number of ways to deal a five-card poker hand...read more
21 February 2017Everything in life is a gamble. Whether it’s crossing the street, deciding what to eat, whom to date, whom to marry, flying in a plane, taking a shower, just sitting in your living room; all of these activities could end in happiness, misery and perhaps death...read more
20 February 2017President Donald Trump (photo by Gage Skidmore)It's President's Day here in the U.S., and while we've certainly had our fair share of presidents who gamble — as I wrote about last year — for the first time in history, we have a president whose gambling experience comes from the operator side...read more
19 February 2017Many of the stories I relay from other players come from conversations at blackjack tables. There’s time to talk while cards are being dealt or shuffled, and while some players would rather not be bothered, many like to do little socializing.Sometimes, the social experience turns sour...read more
18 February 2017In the game of blackjack, there are about 340 different dealer-player card combinations that can be received during any round of play. Using the system commonly called “basic strategy” will tell you the correct play for every hand seen.It will take anywhere from eight to 12 hours to memorize all those 340 combinations...read more
16 February 2017Question: I play the Progressive Joker Poker machines in Harrah's AC. I am wondering what the odds are of getting five-of-a-kind. Answer: You can expect to hit a five-of-a-kind about once every 11,000 hands, on the average on Joker Poker...read more
16 February 2017QUESTION: Can I join in with my own blackjack hand that makes me queasy? It’s when I have ace-7 and the dealer has a 10.The basic strategy card says to hit that hand, but I always seem to make it worse. Sometimes I get a 7 or 8, and then I have a 15 or 16 and have to hit again, and when I hit again there’s a good chance I bust.Why should I take the chance on busting when I have a nice, safe 18 when I stand?ANSWER: That soft 18 might feel like a nice, safe hand, but the dealer makes 19 or better to beat you more than half the time when starting with 10.Assume a common six-deck game in which the dealer hits soft 17...read more
14 February 2017It’s nice to have friends. Certainly it’s nice to have one or two good friends in whom you can confide, who you can sympathize with, and with whom you can play in the casinos. That last one can be good or bad, depending on the type of friends you have.If you are playing in the casino, it is great to be able to share the high and low experiences...read more