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Articles by Henry  Tamburin
Articles by Henry Tamburin

Managing blackjack losing streaks

10 December 2016
That’s a strange title for an article on blackjack. I mean, usually, I write about winning, not about losing, right? However, no matter how good a player you are, you will experience losing streaks when you play blackjack (even playing professionally) more
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

MGM National Harbor brings Las Vegas to Maryland

9 December 2016
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The clock was just minutes away from midnight on Thursday when Shanelle Rainey strolled into the brand-new MGM National Harbor with wide eyes and a beaming smile. She worked her way through the main entrance that was bottle-necked with thousands of other excited guests and held her iPhone up high as she videoed her maiden voyage to the stunning $1.4 billion resort that sits on the banks of the Potomac River.It didn't matter that Rainey lives nearly an hour away in Woodbridge, Virginia, and was due at her job as a postal worker is less than eight more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Keno or yes and blackjack insurance

8 December 2016
QUESTION: I like to take an occasional break and play keno. It is a game where I can play a quarter at a time and take a little time off. You can bet anywhere from one to 10 numbers at a time. I know the best pay tables for the number groups I play, but I do not know the intricate math to know which number group has the best payoff more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Changing the minimum bet on a slot machine

7 December 2016
Question: I play Double Double Bonus Poker at the Parx Casino in Pennsylvania. I have always wondered if I'm playing a VLT or RNG machine. At times I have been dealt two pair and discard one of them and still get two pair. Or if I hold just the high cards, I get the same more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Confessions of a crazy crapper

6 December 2016
Craps has a cornucopia of bets, ranging from the truly awful to the quite good in terms of the house edges. There are any number of ways you can bet the 11 numbers at the game (those 11 numbers being 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12). Some of these ways have low house edges and some — you guessed it! — have high house edges and some — you probably guessed it — have everything in between.The best bets at the game are pass and come, or don’t pass and don’t more
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

El Cortez celebrates 75 years of vintage Vegas style

5 December 2016
LAS VEGAS – Step off the curb and into El Cortez Hotel & Casino, and its rich history and authenticity immediately strike every one of your senses.The iconic neon sign has remained the same since 1952, making it look like a set for a prototype mob more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

New slot machines of interest

4 December 2016
Designing slot machines is partly about designing games that are fun to play with paybacks and bonuses that occur often enough to hold your interest while also offering large enough potential jackpots for a “what if?” fantasy factor.But before players even get to the point where those elements can hold their attention, the game has to attract them to give it a try in the first place.Incredible Technologies has a new cabinet ready to blare its message that it has must-play more
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Should you use a player's card?

3 December 2016
Some of my friends and acquaintances refuse to use a casino player’s card while playing video poker. They believe that their payoff will be reduced because of the comps they receive from having the card inserted. If you happen to be someone who always uses a player’s card when playing your favorite machine, more
Articles by Clare  Fitzgerald
Articles by Clare Fitzgerald

Improve your online poker play with "The Myth of Poker Talent"

1 December 2016
Mr. Fitzgerald himself graces the cover. I received a review copy of Alexander "Assassinato" Fitzgerald's The Myth of Poker Talent: Why Anyone Can Be a Great Poker Player back in September when it was first published. Despite my best intentions to get through it quickly and write a review in a timely manner, I quickly discovered that sitting down and trying to rip through it in one sitting is just about the most useless possible way to approach the book.The Myth of Poker Talent is part software tutorial, part strategy guide, part autobiography and part sarcastic tough-love life advice from its more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

The new Aristocrat machines

1 December 2016
Aristocrat Technologies is proud of its Lightning Link progressive slot machines, and justifiably so. For 2016, Lightning Link was named the leading slot in North America in the annual Eilers Fantini survey, ending a five-year run at the top for IGT’s Wheel of Fortune.Following up on Lightning Link’s success, Aristocrat is introducing Dragon more

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