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3 March 2015There was a time when the casino had two general types of games, table games and electronic (now computerized) games such as video poker and slot machines. And never should the twain meet.What set the games apart were a number of things. The machine games were individual contests, the single player versus the machine’s programming...read more
2 March 2015After Seals With Clubs shut down on Feb. 20, I withdrew my balance to my Bitcoin wallet. For the first time in probably a decade, I didn't have a real-money balance in an online poker room.I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly the transaction was processed; I can't remember ...read more
1 March 2015QUESTION: My husband and I go our separate ways in the casino. He likes to play craps, and I love to play roulette. I get that craps gives you a better shot to win, but I have more fun at the wheel.One question: I’ve read your articles, and you’ve mentioned several times that the house edge is higher on 0-00-1-2-3 than at any of the other bets...read more
Articles by Martin R Baird
28 February 2015Wouldn’t it be great if casino employees inherently knew how to provide outstanding service for their guests? They could just work the floor and do their thing, much to the delight of people walking through the door.While some employees seem to have a natural talent for providing service, most are not born with the customer service gene...read more
27 February 2015Dear Mark: I am aware that you never – ever – ever split 10s against a dealer’s 5 or 6. However, I have been tempted to do so when no one else is at the Blackjack table. My question is what is the percentage odds of winning (or losing) by doing so? Herb C.Surprisingly, Herb, there was a gaming writer, John Scarne (Scarne on Cards), who did recommend splitting 10s when playing the standard version of blackjack...read more
26 February 2015Back-top-back results of the duplicate kind happen in any games, but some are so commonplace they’re instantly forgotten, while some make your heart skip a beat even as you’re reaching for the phone to text the news or even take a picture.You’ll see back-to-back 7s in craps an average of 1 in 36 trials – two or three times in an average hour...read more
25 February 2015We were in Vegas in October and forgot to cash in two slot tickets at the Palms before we left. Can they be cashed in at another casino in Nevada? It might be possible to redeem a slot ticket issued at one casino at another casino that is owned by the same company because they might share the same ticket system and database...read more
24 February 2015FROM JOHN: After reading your book “Beat Blackjack Now! The Easiest Way to Get the Edge” on the Speed Count for Blackjack, I drifted from the craps table to the blackjack table. There is something to be said about gambling while being seated (real crap players do not sit at the table taking up multiple spaces).Anyhow I am coming back to craps (I have learned much from your numerous crap books and review them periodically)...read more
22 February 2015QUESTION: Most of the low-limit blackjack tables near my house have the 21 + 3 side bet, which you’ve written about before. However, one casino has Lucky Ladies with this pay table: two Queens of hearts when the dealer has a blackjack, 1,000-1; two Queens of hearts, 125-1, total of 20 when the card...read more
21 February 2015From Ron:I found a video poker game at Winstar World Casino in Thackerville,Oklahoma with a strange pay table. It was 250/50/25/12/6/4/3/2/1 for 1coin.The pay for 5 coins for a royal flush was 4000 coins. It was ajacks or better, not a bonus game or anything like that...read more