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Articles by John  Marchel

A different game: Video poker

21 April 2018
Video poker is a fast, fun and exciting casino game, but it requires a lot on the part of the player. To play it you have to think! Unlike a regular slot machine, this game offers player participation.Take a simple five-card draw poker game, just like you would play at home or in a card more
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Casino City's Friday Five: Shared player pool edition

20 April 2018
Not exactly a shocker, but this week we learned that, yes, shared player pool liquidity works wonders for online poker. And if you live in Nevada, New Jersey or Delaware, the much-anticipated model is heading your way soon. Very soon.That was the primary positive news this week in the gambling world, and hopefully it's a harbinger of things to come in the more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

House edge and element of risk

19 April 2018
QUESTION: I was going through the page on Mississippi Stud Poker at and got to the part on the house edge, and it lists a house edge of 4.91% and an element of risk of 1.37%.Can you explain what that means? A 4.91% house edge seems to say this is a pretty bad game, almost as bad as the 5.26% on more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: What is a penalty card in video poker?

18 April 2018
Question: I have seen some video poker pocket guides that talk about a penalty card. Can you explain what they mean by a penalty card? Answer: Considering penalty cards in video poker strategy is the perfect example of the 80/20 more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Even more on comps

17 April 2018
If you really want to be a savvy comp commander, I’m going to show you a secret way that only I know about to discover what exact formula the casinos you play in use to rate you. Here goes: Ask them!Yes, no one knows this secret, but you can actually ask to see your more
Articles by Tadas  Peckaitis
Articles by Tadas Peckaitis

Top 10 poker myths

16 April 2018
Tadas Peckaitis has been a professional poker player, coach and author for nearly a decade. There are many myths about the game of poker, and players can make vital mistakes trusting these misconceptions. Therefore, today let's cover some of the most known poker myths and make sure you know why they aren't more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Their first time

15 April 2018
For every player in every game, there has to be a first time.In craps, there are many players who were reluctant to take that first plunge. There are dozens of betting options and it takes time to get the hang of multi-roll bets such as pass and don't pass.I recently contacted several craps players of my acquaintance and asked them if they were wary of the game at first, and how they overcame any reluctance to play.GARY: I never even thought about not knowing the more
Articles by Henry  Tamburin
Articles by Henry Tamburin

Beating blackjack tournaments

14 April 2018
If you are planning to enter your first blackjack tournament, here are some tips to help you win.1. Read the tournament rules.When you arrive at the tournament and get your seat assignment, ask for a copy of the tournament playing rules. Carefully read them before the tournament more
Articles by Abby  Messick
Articles by Abby Messick

Casino City's Friday Five: Spring edition

13 April 2018
Depending on where in the world you reside, you may have noticed that there's a hint of spring in the air. And what better way to welcome the warm sun and crisp air than with a few upbeat stories in the form of a jackpot winner, a delicious new restaurant and a 40th anniversary? more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Payout differences

12 April 2018
QUESTION: You've written a number of times that there are different pay tables on Pair Plus in Three Card Poker, and that the most common one isn't as good as it used to be. Why is that? Why isn't the pay table standard?ANSWER: There are very few games in which payoffs are standard in all more

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