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Articles by John  Marchel

A Simple Summary

29 February 2020
Casinos, racetracks, poker rooms and even lotteries are all designed to win money from players. By playing carefully, though, you can collect from them instead of the other way around. Knowledge is the key. Obtaining the knowledge requires lots of work on the players' side.Reading, studying and practice are the hallmarks of obtaining the required more
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Casino City’s Friday Five: Canadian sports betting edition

28 February 2020
Since our last edition of the Friday Five, a lot has taken place in the gambling industry. We lost a legend and an icon in Kobe Bryant, we saw several casino openings and expansions and sports betting is always in the conversation. In this week’s edition, the World Series of Poker is back in headlines, two more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Newbie Video Poker Questions

27 February 2020
Along with questions about the fine points of casino games and tales of memorable casino trips from veteran players, my email box brings a steady stream of questions from newcomers.Lately, that stream has included several inquiries from video poker newbies trying to understand basic strategy points.For this week, let’s take Jacks or Better, the game on which many others are based, and explain basic strategy concepts – a refreshers for video poker veterans and a crash course for newcomers.The expected value figures below are for 9-6 Jacks or Better, but the broad strategy tips also apply to 9-5, 8-5 and 7-5 more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Does my payback percentage go up when I bet more on today's penny machines?

26 February 2020
Question: I am aware that the expected return on a slot machine is directly related to the denomination played, i.e., a penny machine will have a much lower expected overall return than a $1 or $5 machine. However, today's penny machines can handle bets of $5 or even $10 or more per more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Slot Critic Lashes Out

26 February 2020
Not everyone likes playing casino games. Indeed, many casino table-game players don’t like playing slot machines even though slot machines are overall the players’ favorite games in the entire casino world.Critics of playing slots have marshaled their arguments and I have decided to outline in a question and answer format what such critics have to ask and say.CRITIC: It makes no sense to me playing a machine that keeps somewhere in the vicinity of 10 percent of everything you bet more or more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

The Anti-Tipster

25 February 2020
FROM HAROLD: I’ve read a lot about tipping casino people such as parking attendants, bellhops, cocktail servers, dealers, maids and even hosts. This tipping has gotten out of hand. These people all get salaries and if they don’t like what the casino pays them, they are free to move more
Articles by Tadas  Peckaitis
Articles by Tadas Peckaitis

Top 10 tips for novice live poker players

24 February 2020
Handling your chip stack properly is an important component of playing live poker. If you are used to playing poker on online sites, you know how easy it is. While there are most certainly some things you should be aware of before playing online, live poker is a different more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Odds are Not Odd

23 February 2020
QUESTION: I’ve played craps a little bit, but I have to admit most of what I know is from reading online instead of being hands-on.I don’t quite get why odds make a difference. OK, they’re an even bet with no edge, but you have to make them in addition to a pass or come more
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Ace-High-High Hands in Double Bonus Poker

22 February 2020
[Most video poker players in today’s casinos use a playing strategy that I call the hunch strategy. They examine the cards that are initially dealt and decide which cards to hold and which to discard based on what they feel is the right more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Good Vibrations

20 February 2020
When I hear from readers about their first casino trips, their stories are a mixed bag.I’ve hear from players who had some nice wins the first time out, others who didn’t win anything and some who had no idea what was going on around them.Over the last few months, several tales on the positive side have crossed my in more

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