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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Third base in blackjack

13 December 2018
QUESTION: At a football party at my brother’s house, I had the debate on the third baseman’s duties in blackjack. This friend of my brother’s was complaining about a third baseman taking the dealer’s bust card, and a said, “But you don’t know it’s a bust card until it’s dealt.”He said, “It usually is...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Dragon Link denominations and bonus rounds

12 December 2018
Question: How does Dragon Link work with the different denominations ($0.01 to $2) and the lines played (50 lines for one and two cents, down to 5 lines for the one and two dollars)? I was playing $0.02 denom for $5 a spin and won more on bonuses than I did playing higher denoms for $5, $10 and $20 a spin...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Pursuit of the dream

11 December 2018
Mankind is the pursuing of dreams animal; even when we are wide awake, our dreams can drive us forward. Indeed much of man’s accomplishments on this planet come from such pursuits of dreams. Our books and movies reflect our pursuits – often ending in loss of some kind.Indiana Jones feverishly pursued the Ark of the Covenant in Raiders of the Lost Ark...read more
 
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Top 10 New Year’s Eve casino parties

10 December 2018
December is moving along, and January is on the horizon. New Year’s Eve is on everyone’s list of nights to plan with family and friends. There are many places and ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve, but casinos all across the country are going all out to provide a perfect venue to ring in the New Year...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Expert video poker play

9 December 2018
When you see payback percentages listed for video poker games “with expert strategy,” players need to understand that betting maximum coins is part of expert play.If you don’t bet the max, not only is the overall payback percentage reduced, but strategy for holding cards changes, too.What brings this to mind is an e-mail from a reader who asked if the entire reason to bet the max was the jackpot jump on the 1 in 40,000 shot at a royal flush, or if lesser bets also decreased the frequency of lesser winning hands.The full reason is the royal jackpot leap from 250-for-1 with bets of four coins or fewer to a whopping 4,000 when you bet five...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

The Royal Flushes, Abby and Cindy Royal

8 December 2018
I’ve been asking these two sisters, Abby and Cindy, frequent casino players who have their own philosophies of casino gambling, to start writing occasional articles for this website.They have said “yes” on the condition that I don’t use their photographs...read more
 
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Casino City’s Friday Five: Largest prize pool in online poker history edition

7 December 2018
On Wednesday, the partypoker MILLIONS Online tournament came to an end. This week, we also had a jackpot winner, the introduction of a new game zone, a launch of multiplayer tables and a sportsbook that paid out bets in an unusual fashion.Let’s start with the jackpot:5...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

One five-dollar bet

6 December 2018
QUESTION: If I had $5 to spend on a spin, would I be better to play one line on a $5 machine or five lines on a dollar machine?ANSWER There is no one certain answer to that question. It depends on several factors. Are you talking video slots or reel slots? Does the casino put higher payback percentages on $5 slots than on dollar games? Is the higher payback on $5 games dependent on the bet size, or does not betting the max drop the return below that on the dollar games? And by “would I be better,” do you mean strictly in terms of payback percentage, or is hit frequency important to you?Usually, $5 games have higher payback percentage than $1 games...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Are bubble craps machines fair?

5 December 2018
Question: I was curious if you have considered mailing your VHS copy of Jimmy "The Scot" Jordan’s Video Poker Tape to Redlettermedia.com. They have already reviewed his tape on slot machine and it was great! I think another one of his tapes would be comedic gold! Answer: I had never heard of this site...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Radical approaches to the games

4 December 2018
I think many players get stuck in a playing mode and they can’t think any other way about their favorite games. For example, there are slot players who must play the machines that offer up to 50 million to one odds in order to win millions of dollars...read more

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