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Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Why Nevada allows the wheel on Wheel of Fortune

18 January 2017
Question: I've heard that Nevada has a rule that says an electronic version of a game must have the same odds as the live game. If that's the case, why do they allow things like the picking bonus on 88 Fortunes and the non-random wheel on Wheel of Fortune? Answer: Regulation 14.040 Minimum standards for gaming devices subsection 5 states: For gaming devices that are representative of live gambling games, the mathematical probability of a symbol or other element appearing in a game outcome must be equal to the mathematical probability of that symbol or element occurring in the live gambling game. This regulation is the reason why you can trust video poker machines in Nevada...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

More readers write

17 January 2017
FROM BERNIE: I just finished reading your article about betting the 4 at craps. What you say is very true, the only right way to bet it is by making a come bet first that goes to the 4 then take your odds.I see players make all the stupid bets in the middle and then complain about their bad luck...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Top 10 Las Vegas sportsbook etiquette mistakes

16 January 2017
The new sportsbook at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas (photo by Erik Kabik)With the Super Bowl just two weeks away and March Madness on the horizon, Nevada sportsbooks are preparing for some of their busiest days of the calendar.So, before you make your next pilgrimage to a sports bettors' Disneyland, avoid being "that guy" and don't break the simple — yet often ignored — rules of etiquette below.Trust me, your sportsbook employees and sports betting brethren will thank you.10...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Locals versus destination casinos

15 January 2017
There are many ways to categorize casinos, and one of the primary divisions is locals casino vs. destination resort.All casinos strive to attract players from out of their region, but if you talk to players at a casino in the Chicago suburbs, for example, you’ll find most of the players are from Chicagoland...read more
 
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Video poker pay tables may deceive you

14 January 2017
Video poker games are commonly classified by the type of game and an indication of the payback.The type of game describes the major features of the game. Some of the more common game types include Jacks or Better, Bonus Poker, Double Bonus Poker, Double-Double Bonus Poker and Deuces Wild.To further classify these games, an indication of the payback is given...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Winning big and paying taxes

12 January 2017
QUESTION: A while back you wrote the IRS had proposed requiring tax forms on jackpots of $600 instead of $1,200. Have they made a decision, or is that still up in the air?ANSWER: I’ve received a number of e-mails asking this over the last several months, but I answered the writer directly and held off from bringing the issue here until a decision was reached.That happened in the last week of December when the IRS decided to leave the jackpot level at which a tax form W-2G is required at $1,200...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: When does a Class II slot machine stop the bingo drawing?

11 January 2017
Question: Last week I went to a casino on Macau (I live in Hong Kong) to play 50 Lions. I got 24 lions mixed with diamonds on all lines. I love the game. I know that Las Vegas has regulations that the payback rate should be at least 90%...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Readers write

10 January 2017
FROM CLIFF: I totally agree with your article Don't Throw It Away. I have been a constant reader of the various games. I decided to read the articles about the casinos and the books about the games. Because of these decisions I will lose a small amount $300 or less instead of throwing money away...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Top 10 highest house edge casino bets

9 January 2017
The casino floor of the Atlantis Casino Resort. (photo by Jim G. on Flickr)One of the biggest advantages a gambler has when walking into a casino is the number of options available to put his or her hard-earned money into play.Yes, it's true that you will be at a mathematical disadvantage no matter what game you decide to play, thanks to the inescapable and almighty house edge, which represents the "long run percentage of the wagered money that will be retained by the casino." But that doesn't mean there aren't some options that are much more player-friendly than others.So, since we've already covered the 10 lowest house edge casino bets available, today let's delve into the games offering wagers that will, quite frankly, drain your bankroll if you play them with regularity, with a tip of the hat to WizardofOdds.com for providing the all-important data.10...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Squeamish blackjack hands

8 January 2017
It’s a fact of life for most blackjack players that some hands will leave them feeling a little squeamish.I’ve often heard from players who hate hitting hard 16, even though they know hitting gives them the best chance to win whenever the dealer shows a 7 or higher...read more

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