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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

I Know This, Not That

22 June 2017
QUESTION: You write about so many games, but I can’t help wondering about the games you don’t write about. You rarely write about keno, and you never write about bingo or Texas Hold’em. Why can’t you work them into your mix?ANSWER: I write about keno occasionally, mostly when a reader has a specific question...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: How much do casinos win each day?

21 June 2017
Question: How much do casinos get from players on a daily basis? Answer: The answer to this question is relatively easy to find online. Multiple sources have this information. Publicly traded corporations publish revenue figures in their annual reports...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Avengers assemble

20 June 2017
I am sitting at a slot machine lazily hitting the credits/spin button, not particularly paying attention, not even hearing the muted echo of today’s simulated sounds of coins and music.This is routine slots play. I am almost not thinking, being lost in some altered state of consciousness; which isn’t necessarily a bad thing in this exciting and exacting world in which we all live.Suddenly I hear a whirring sound; I feel a tug on my whole body – and then I am sucked into a different machine, one I had not seen before...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Top 10 reasons why Conor McGregor has zero chance to beat Floyd Mayweather

19 June 2017
The rumors of a fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather have been percolating for quite some time now. And all the while, I've been ignoring them.With apologies to those who are now hyperventilating over the now-locked-in boxing match set for 26 August at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, I'm not counting down the days...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Playing the Video Poker Hand Perfectly

18 June 2017
Video poker odds are not always intuitive, with relative frequencies vs. payoffs of full houses, flushes and straights being prime examples.In late May, I was playing video poker next to a husband and wife. He was playing 8-6 Bonus Poker Deluxe, with an average return of 98.5 percent with optimal play, while she was playing 7-5 Bonus Poker, a 98.0-percent game.She was dealt 10 of hearts, 7 of hearts, 6 of spades, 5 of hearts and 4 of hearts.Her husband looked over and said, “You have quite the dilemma there...read more
 
Articles by Henry  Tamburin
Articles by Henry Tamburin

The ultimate blackjack test

17 June 2017
So you think you are a hotshot blackjack player? Take this short test and see how much you really know about the game. (Assume a six-deck game, with S17, and DAS.)1. You hold a pair of eights and the dealer shows a face card. Would you hit, stand or split?2...read more
 
Articles by Clare  Fitzgerald
Articles by Clare Fitzgerald

Ed Thorp's autobiography proves he's 'A Man for All Markets'

15 June 2017
Earlier this year, Dr. Edward O. Thorp, renowned card counter and author of the game-changing (literally) book Beat the Dealer, published his autobiography, A Man for All Markets: From Las Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat the Dealer and the Market.While the title is long, the book itself is not overly so, running around 350 pages, plus some appendices full of charts about financial data...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Video poker too good to be true

15 June 2017
QUESTION: Once it became common knowledge to only play Jacks or Better video poker machines with a 9/6 pay table, Las Vegas casinos promptly responded by removing Jacks or Better games from their casinos. What is the next best game we should all look out for?ANSWER: It’s an oversimplification to say that casinos promptly removed 9/6 Jacks or Better when they found the game was paying out more than expected – some casinos still have it – but let’s tackle the basic question.The question boils down to this: In video poker, there was a period when casinos didn’t have a solid grasp of how much the games would pay...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Hot tips for a Vegas visitor

14 June 2017
Question: A few weeks ago you had an article about someone who had a friend who pushed the button on his slot machine and the friend got a jackpot and the casino paid the friend. What happens when a stranger hits the button? A few years ago I was playing Wheel of Fortune at Ballys in AC...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Your not-so-quiet time

13 June 2017
The world-famous totally bald monk Swami Ylurt Enasni heads for his cave high in the Himalayan Mountains. He finds his favorite spot in his special place, his very own special place in his special beloved cave, where he assumes the lotus position and begins his slow and steady meditation to his very own personal mantra – an inner sound that takes him elsewhere.Outside the fierce winds loudly blow and the snow sweeps through the air with tempestuous force...read more

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