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30 July 2014I have a question about what has become my favorite slot game, IGT's Ghosts Wild, which I have been playing at the Cleveland Horseshoe. The bonus is eight free spins. My question is this: Is the outcome of the bonus spins set when I hit the button for the original spin (which won the bonus), or when I hit the button to start the bonus spins? Actually, neither...read more
29 July 2014FROM MARK: On a recent trip to Atlantic City my friend and I usually play the same amount. At the craps table his first bet is $90 each on 6 and 8 $50 each on 5 and 9 and he buys 4 and 10 for $25 each for a total of $330.My first bet is also $90 each on 6 and 8; with $35 each on the 5 and 9 and $10 each on the Hard 6 and 8 for $270...read more
27 July 2014QUESTION: I need to learn a little something about craps in a hurry, for a work outing. I don’t want to go through all the rigmarole of those bets that take more than one roll. Isn’t there a way to play where I can just make my bet, and it wins or it loses, but then I can just move on? Is there a best way to play that way?ANSWER: There are many one-roll bets in craps, but none of them are among the best bets at the table...read more
26 July 2014There are several ways to get an 18 when you play blackjack. The 18 could be “hard,” meaning the hand either doesn’t contain an ace, or if it does, the ace is counted as one. (Examples are 10-8, 8-5-5, and ace-4-10-3.) Or you can get a “soft 18,” meaning a hand containing an ace that is counted as 11...read more
25 July 2014Dear Mark: Regarding your finder’s keepers column, relating to how casinos deal with and handle misappropriated credit vouchers left on the slot machines, I bet I can top that. A casino here in Pennsylvania seemingly has made a fervent pastime of catching miscreants employing the "finder’s keepers" theory of credit conniving...read more
24 July 2014Everybody makes mistakes. Mostly they aren’t too serious, whether it’s forgetting to set the oven timer for the frozen pizza or leaving the inevitable typo for my good editors to fix.The same goes for mistakes at the casino. Most don’t cost you much – you lose one bet and move on...read more
23 July 2014When the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel announced last week that it was launching an online poker room that would take real-money play from California residents, shockwaves rolled through the online gaming industry.California is online poker’s “whale.” With a population of more than 38.3 million, the state has almost as many people the Netherlands, Belgium and Greece combined...read more
23 July 2014My rebuttal to a statement that slots always hit on the last spin in last week's column generated a number of responses. Excerpts from some of them follow in this week's column. I like to read your column, but I also disagree with some of the things you report. Like the person who said that ma...read more
22 July 2014FROM UNMEN: One of the things you should have included in your “Don’t, Don’t” article is this: “You should not stand in back of someone playing a slot machine and act so impatiently to get the machine. Don’t bug the player.”FRANK RESPONDS: Absolutely!FROM JACQUELINE: I just read one of your articles and can relate to losing and winning...read more