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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John  Grochowski

Scouting the tables

28 July 2016
When I play table games, I don’t start with any scouting mission. I don’t look for tables where players have been winning, nor do I stop to watch a few hands of card games, dice rolls at craps or spins of the roulette wheels.I just look for empty space at the game I want to play at the minimum bet ...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John  Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Earning slot club points

27 July 2016
Question: I just read your article about earning points on your slot club and disagree with the way points are earned. While it certainly is true for Caesars properties, I am not sure about all the others. The Borgota in AC is jointly owned by MGM and Boyd (soon to change because MGM is buying out Boyd in the third quarter of 2016)...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary  Trask

Topgolf Las Vegas a hit with golfers and non-golfers alike

25 July 2016
LAS VEGAS – It's 103 degrees in Las Vegas, and the mere thought of any kind of outdoor activity on this steamy summer afternoon would rightfully be considered both demented and dangerous.Yet there I was, inside my climate-controlled bay at the new Topgolf Las Vegas, hitting ball after ball, barely breaking a sweat...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary  Trask

Top 10 most Instagrammed locations in Las Vegas

25 July 2016
If you're feeling like the world has been taken over by selfies and selfie sticks, a trip to Las Vegas certainly won't lessen that sentiment.Throughout Las Vegas at nearly any time of the day, you can't go too far without running into someone or a group of people gathering in front of a popular spot and smiling into their iPhones...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John  Grochowski

Bonus activation

24 July 2016
QUESTION: I read an article about a slot machine that said, “The manufacturer says the side bet also causes the bonus features to occur more frequently.”Now, if the RNG throws out random numbers, which I would assume correspond to the bonus symbols (or whatever type of bonus triggers there may be),...read more
 
Articles by John  Marchel

A few things about gambling

23 July 2016
Gambling is the wagering of money or something of value on an event with an uncertain outcome with the primary intent of winning additional money and/or material goods.Gambling thus requires three elements be present: consideration, chance and prize...read more
 
Articles by Mark  Pilarski
Articles by Mark  Pilarski

Deal Me In: Odd dollar jackpot avoids a W-2G

22 July 2016
Dear Mark: Why do casinos have jackpots on their video poker machines that pay $1,199? That seems like an odd jackpot number. Trish H.Think, Trish, of a $1,199 jackpot as the Lords of Chance doing you a favor.A blast from the past typically on video poker machines, that $1,199 bonanza is $1 shy from you getting a mandatory tax form...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John  Grochowski

The Deuces Wild family

21 July 2016
Deuces Wild isn’t so much a video poker game as an extended family of games. There’s Double Deuces Wild, Triple Deuces Wild, Deluxe Deuces Wild, Bonus Deuces Wild, Loose Deuces and more.Even within each game, there are extensive pay table variations...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John  Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Frank Scoblete, charlatan?

20 July 2016
Comment: You, Mr. Robison, are a smart man capable of rational thought and have an exceptional ability to explain all the ins and outs of slot machines and how they work. You explain that there is absolutely no way to manipulate a slot machine to influence the outcome of a spin...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary  Trask

Top 10 observations from a week in Las Vegas

19 July 2016
LAS VEGAS – Ten random thoughts, observations and takeaways after spending a week in Las Vegas covering the World Series of Poker Main Event, while attempting to rehydrate and readjust to life without watching 10 hours of poker a day: