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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Reopening Remarks

22 October 2020
After a long lull, readers have resumed sharing tales of back-to-back jackpots.Since casinos have re-opened, and reader experiences that have hit my email box include a couple of table stories that may not strictly fit definitions of "jackpot," but they're rare fun nonetheless.Merri: My favorite game is Three Card Poker, and my first two times back at casinos when they re-opened I couldn't get a seat.The third time, my husband and I got there at 7 in the morning and I think we could have played any open game...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Magic tricks and slots -- the truth about how they work is dull

21 October 2020
Magic tricks and slot machines have something in common. Though they both appear to be governed by some mysterious process, the truth about how they operate is actually quite pedestrian. One magician said, "You really don't want to know how a trick works...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

The Horror of Slots

20 October 2020
When it comes to slot play you will occasionally hear a winner scream out loud his or her joy at seeing the money roll in. More often than not you won’t hear anything as many slot players can actually be the silent types.There must be thousands upon thousands of interesting or bizarre stories surrounding the slot machines...read more
 
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Top 10 teams to win the 2021 NBA Finals

19 October 2020
It is extremely early to do so, but that makes it a good time to have some bold predictions for the upcoming NBA season. After the Los Angeles Lakers won their 17th title in franchise history last week under the COVID-19-free “bubble,” tied for most all-time with the Boston Celtics, odds were posted at sportsbooks all over the world for the 2021 NBA season, which likely won’t begin until January...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Taking Down Pass and Come Bets

18 October 2020
QUESTION: A short time ago you wrote about players who picked spots to take down place bets on 6 and 8 in craps. There didn't seem to be any advantage to it, but whatever floats their boat.It started me thinking about taking down other bets...read more
 
Articles by John  Marchel

It's All Gambling

17 October 2020
The word “gamble” derives from the Anglo-Saxon word gamenian which means to “sport or play:”Gambling is one of the few social activities that occurs in nearly all cultures and more importantly in almost every period of time. In fact, when we look back over thousands of years of history, we find gambling in all the great civilizations and at every social level.The Egyptians gambled, along with the ancient Chinese, Indians, Romans, Greeks, the Hebrews, plus North and South American Indian tribes, in the new world...read more
 
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Casino City’s Friday Five: Live poker comeback edition

16 October 2020
Cards are going back into the air in casinos across the U.S. Just two weeks ago, we saw that Beau Rivage Resort & Casino was welcoming back guests into the poker room. This week, we have another prominent casino in a major market doing the very same...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Slot Misconceptions

15 October 2020
Game themes change, bonuses change, but slot machine misconceptions are forever.I know, because I see them in my in box all the time. We can't see the inner game being played on the random number generator, so our minds try to fill in the gaps.My mid-September email brought a note from a slot player who was trying to apply his old three-reel slot system to video slots.Truth be told, the system didn't really work on three-reel slots, but let's let Liza explain."When is it the right time to raise your bet on the slots?" Liza asked in her email...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: In video poker, sometimes the first play you see isn't the best play

14 October 2020
Synergy Blue develops skill-based video machines. I spent a good deal of time playing its Mahjong game before COVID-19 shut down Red Rock. The pod of four machines were there on a trial basis. They had stickers saying that you could not redeem free play on them -- a sure sign that there is something unusual about the financial arrangements with a machine...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Women and Craps

13 October 2020
They make up a slight majority of blackjack players. They make up a majority of slot players. They are about 50 percent of roulette players and baccarat players. They play Pai Gow Poker and all of the carnival games. Without them there would be no casinos throughout the land...read more

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