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30 August 2015QUESTION: In a recent column, you talked about a flush penalty card. What is that?ANSWER: In video poker, a flush penalty card is one in your initial hand that is the same suit as other cards you are considering holding and would decrease your chances of drawing a flush if you discarded it.For exam...read more
29 August 2015It amazes me how many blackjack players believe the misinformation dispensed by fellow players, and even dealers, about the game of blackjack. Here are a just a few nuggets of misinformation.“Picture Cards Always Follow Picture Cards.”Some players will refuse to hit their stiff hands if they just saw a picture card come out of the shoe...read more
27 August 2015Some of my favorite slot machines in the video era were the tests of knowledge and skill Mikohn Gaming rolled out in the early 2000s. They weren’t for everyone, but those who liked them REALLY liked them. There was Battleship, where you could use a strategy to zero in on ships in the bonus event; R...read more
26 August 2015Another massive online gambling partnership hit the books Wednesday morning, as sportsbook giants Betfair and Paddy Power reportedly agreed to merge in a £5 billion deal.Final details of the merger are still being worked out, but Paddy Power shareholders will retain 52% of the combined business, wh...read more
26 August 2015You would make a great politician. While trying to answer the reader's question "Is there proof that slot machines are not rigged?" you did everything except answer the question honestly. You gave the typical political runaround while trying to build your case for slot regulations, government regulators, state gaming commissions, as all being completely honest and above reproach...read more
25 August 2015For over a quarter of a century I have been writing books, articles, television shows and DVDs about casino gambling, from game strategies to my take concerning the industry. I’ve logged scores of my adventures (many with my beautiful wife AP) in the world of casinos (the good, the bad and the even...read more
24 August 2015It's finally here. It's the time when we can stop talking about deflated footballs and start talking about inflating our bankrolls. When our obligations to our families, friends and the rest of society take a backseat to our obligations to our bookies...read more
23 August 2015QUESTION: I agree with most of what you wrote [in an advising a player who was drawing royal flushes about once per 30 days against playing video poker professionally], but disagree that pros play only games with positive EV such as full-pay Deuces Wild and 10-7-5 Double Bonus Poker...read more
22 August 2015When it comes to card counting in blackjack, you must be able to judge the correct number of decks remaining in a shoe to help determine the true count. To accomplish this, you need to recognize the correct size in the discount tray, study the stacks and practice...read more
21 August 2015Dear Mark: I have heard, although not seen, that certain casinos offer different commissions on a 4 and 10 buy bet. Of three casinos near where I live, they all offer a buy bet with a 5% commission. Was I misinformed? Nick F. Essentially, Nick, a buy bet resembles a place bet except that you pay a 5% commission on the amount of your wager...read more