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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Multi-Roll Fire Bet

22 September 2019
Most of the best bets at craps involve multiple rolls. Those with house edges under 2 percent are pass or come (1.41 percent), don’t pass or don’t come (1.36 percent), and place bets on 6 and 8 (1.52 percent). And you can get the edge under 1 percent with odds wagers on pass, come, don’t pass and don’t come.Gary, a Pennsylvania reader, emailed to ask if favorite bet status of multiroll bets applied to side bets...read more
 
Articles by John  Marchel

What you need to be a good gambler

21 September 2019
There are individuals and even teams of players that play blackjack in casinos around the country and make a living doing it. Some of these players have been doing it for over 20 years.There was a family team in Spain who used computers to locate biased roulette wheels and then made a lot of money playing in casinos in Europe and even in the United States...read more
 
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Casino City’s Friday Five: Slot jackpots and new rooms edition

20 September 2019
Earlier this summer, the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas announced a $15 million renovation to the property. Last Friday, the resort introduced a transformation as part of the renovation. Also this week, we saw several jackpots awarded at land-based casinos, a blackjack offering at Intertops Poker and Pennsylvania sportsbooks bringing in massive numbers.Let’s start with some jackpots from International Game Technology:5...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Wild card video poker

19 September 2019
QUESTION: I was wondering about wild symbols on video slots. They usually can take the place of any symbol in a winning combination, but they can’t replace the bonus symbols.If I need three special symbols to get a bonus, they have to be those exact symbols, not two of them and a wild or whatever.Why not? Why can’t they make the wild symbols really wild so they can bring bonuses, too?ANSWER: Games could be programmed in that way...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: A warning about Dream Card

18 September 2019
Two weeks ago I left you with a bonus question in my What Does This Combination Pay on Everi's Fascination Slot Machine? quiz. Here is the paytable from the machine: ComboPays W W W500 7 7 750 7B 7B 7B20 any 3 mixed 7, 7B   15 B B B10 any 3 mixed B, 7B5 C C C5 any 2 C2 any 1 C1 The question was: What does 2W 3W 4W pay? I included this combination to illustrate this rule found on many machines: Only the highest paying combination will be paid. According to the rules on this machine, the wild symbol can substitute for any symbol on the machine except the bonus symbol...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

How slots are programmed

17 September 2019
Slot machines do not pay out their wins smoothly. It isn’t as if the player wins one, the slot machine wins one or the player wins two and the slot machine wins two or any type of sequence based on close to a 50-50 game. For slot players, such a 50-50 game would be boring...read more
 
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Top 10 states to open new sportsbooks

16 September 2019
Since the federal ban on sports betting was deemed unconstitutional last May, sportsbooks have been popping up all over the U.S. in states where sports betting is now legal and regulated. College football and the National Football League are a few weeks into their respective seasons, which makes for great timing to have new places for fans to place sports wagers.Here we take a look at the 10 U.S...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Progressive blackjack

15 September 2019
Blackjack Bob and I communicate fairly regularly, mostly via e-mail along with the occasional phone call or lunch out.One thing we don’t do very often is play blackjack together. But our schedule meshed on an early September morning, and that gave us a chance to compare notes on a couple of systems.While we were playing, one fellow was using the slowest progression either of us had ever seen...read more
 
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Comments on don't betting

14 September 2019
Jerry —I read your article on craps betting on the "dark side"; I love betting against the crowd (but it’s really betting against the house). I usually bet the don't pass line; what do you think about hedging my $100.00 don't pass bet with a $6.00 eleven and a $15.00 three-way any seven on the come out?I know I'm paying 20% insurance to protect my bet on the first roll, but it seems reasonable to me not to get wiped out on the first roll; also I'm fond of betting no 4, no 10 while hedging these bets with a $10 dollar hard 4 or 10; I know I only get half my bet if the shooter sevens out but I only lose with a 3, 1 or 6, 4 combination.StanDear Stan,Thank you for your question.I personally do not like betting contrary to the vast majority of players at the craps table...read more
 
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Casino City’s Friday Five: Construction and reopening edition

13 September 2019
In last week’s Friday Five, we covered several stories, including that Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City announced a $14 million investment into the property. As this week progressed, we saw more stories in regards to construction and openings for several properties...read more

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