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Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

One and done

22 August 2017
Most craps players enjoy making multiple bets; in fact, many make some good low-house-edge bets (the pass line and come) mixed with some bad high-house-edge bets (the hard ways bets and many others). The average craps player is, usually more, sometimes less, an action player, looking for hits during every roll of the dice.In truth, being an action player is exactly what the casinos want in their players — and nowhere is action more actionable than at craps, which offers bets of many more
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Top 10 ways to bet the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight

21 August 2017
One of the biggest sporting spectacles of all time is turning into one of the largest liabilities sportsbooks have ever had to sweat.Ever since the “super fight” between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor was announced back in the spring, a flood of bets has been pouring in on the underdog, more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Hot dealers

20 August 2017
Every blackjack player has run into hot dealers.You know the drill. You have blackjack, the dealer has blackjack. You feel good with your 20, but the dealer pulls 21. You double down with 11 vs. 6, draw a 7 for a decent enough 18, but the dealer strings out three or four low cards to beat you with 19 or better.It’s frustrating, but we all go through more
Articles by Henry  Tamburin
Articles by Henry Tamburin

Blackjack tips

19 August 2017
Tip #1Of all the casino games, why bet on blackjack? What makes it “different” than any other casino banked game?For one, the odds in blackjack are not constant. They keep changing from one hand to the next depending on the cards that have been more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Pitch blackjack

17 August 2017
QUESTION: I’ve always played blackjack games where the player cards are dealt face-up. You can’t touch the cards.I had to make an adjustment when I was playing a two-deck game for the first time. The dealer didn’t want me to pick up my cards until after all the cards were more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Are slot machines that pause illegal?

16 August 2017
Question: I have a question about certain slot machines I have been playing which freeze randomly after a play has been made. I am wondering if this is illegal because the game does not allow you to press play for random amounts of time, which in turn blocks specific sections of the RNG from being played. Example: I hit max more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

The look, the voice, the truth

15 August 2017
When I mention to people that I am a writer and I often write about gambling and casinos, I will get “the look” from some of them. “The look” incorporates a scrunched-up forehead, a slight involuntary sneer, a tilt of the head often followed by the words, “Oh, you’re a gambler?” The tone of the question is in keeping with the scrunched forehead, the sneer and the tilted head – not pleasant at all.What have I done wrong? Have I murdered someone? Stolen food from a baby? Looted Little Lulu’s college fund?Being a gambler is not perceived as a good thing, as gamblers are often lumped in with problem or addictive more
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Top 10 Las Vegas sportsbook football news items

14 August 2017
LAS VEGAS -- The official start of the football season is on the horizon, so while we were in Las Vegas last month, we rode up and down the Las Vegas Strip and beyond to find out what's in store this season at the different sportsbooks. What we found was a mix of new openings, enhancements, contests and more that has us counting the hours until the first "real game" kicks off in just a couple weeks.So, buckle up, break out your bankroll and start handicapping those more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Not so winning ways

13 August 2017
When I’ve shared readers’ stories of their first casino trips, they’ve almost always involved winning times.There’s a great deal of selection bias there. The majority of players lose money on their first trip, just as most players contribute a little something to the casino’s bottom line more often or more
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

How do you play this video poker hand?

12 August 2017
Hi Jerry,How are you? I hope you are well.This is Jody. It has been awhile since I contacted you.I just have one question for you here: How would you play the following sample?6s, 4s, 2s, 8d, 7d? Would you hold anything here or scrap the whole hand and re-deal five cards?I appreciate your time and look forward to hearing from you.Thanks again,JodyHi Jody,I would be happy to answer your more

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