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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

No Doubling Down After Splits

19 May 2019
Nearly all the blackjack tables I’ve played at in the last couple of decades have permitted double downs after splitting pairs. I used to encounter no double after split rules in single- and double-deck games, but these are mostly unplayable now because of 6-5 payoffs on blackjacks.Blackjack rules have been tightening, but it came as a surprise when I was playing in April at a six-deck table and another player tried to double on 8-3 after splitting 8s.The dealer was more
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Is this a new craps bet?

18 May 2019
From Joe in Peoria:Out of a clear blue sky the following idea for a new craps play occurred to me (at least it’s new to me):It’s a one-roll bet that the number you bet on will NOT roll; sort of the inverse of midnight, yo, etc.I suppose all numbers could be bet on, and the payoffs calculated more
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Casino City’s Friday Five: Sports betting takeover edition

17 May 2019
This week we reached a major milestone in the sports betting world. Legal sports betting in the U.S. celebrated its one-year anniversary on Tuesday. Along with this great achievement, we saw a massive jackpot win, the launch of a sports betting platform, ESPN announcing a sports partnership and a land-based slot tournament.Let’s begin with some slot more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Crapless craps and busting in blackjack

16 May 2019
QUESTION: I don’t quite get why the house edge is so much higher in Crapless Craps. I’ve seen that the house edge on pass or come is 1.41% in regular craps and 5.38% in Crapless Craps.I understand that the house edge should be higher because 2, 3, 11 and 12 are point numbers, and they’re hard points to more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Do casinos on cruise ships cheat?

15 May 2019
Question: I travel to Vegas often and take quite a few cruises, mostly on RCL. I play lots of video poker and blackjack. Obviously the VP pay schedules are pretty bad at sea. Having played millions of hands of VP over the years, I can’t help but feel that the results of each deal are not as random as they would be in a regulated Vegas more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

The methods to their madness

14 May 2019
My wife has a (correct) theory about me. She believes that I believe that anyone who agrees with me is smart and those who don’t agree with me are (to put it mildly) not too bright.Actually, I think most people think this exact way. The dumbest guy at the bar hollering and arguing about his pet theory of the world being flat is convinced that the other idiot at the other end of the bar is also smart because he agrees that the world is flat.“So why not give others the chance to express their views about slot-play without always thinking they have to go along with your reasoning?” she more
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Legal sports betting in US reaches one-year mark

13 May 2019
Tomorrow marks a major milestone for the world of sports gambling. It's the one-year anniversary of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) being declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Department of Justice. A lot has happened in the last year, with eight states introducing legalized sports betting (Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, Mississippi, West Virginia, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island) and five more that have approved legislation (New York, Arkansas, Montana, Iowa and Indiana).Before last May, Nevada was the sole source of legal sports wagering in the U.S.At last week’s Southern Gaming Summit at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, there was a major focus on tomorrow’s important more
Articles by Tadas  Peckaitis
Articles by Tadas Peckaitis

Top 10 tips for preparing for WSOP in 2019

13 May 2019
In a few weeks, the Las Vegas resort will be swamped with people coming from all around the globe looking for big wins and the glory that comes with winning coveted WSOP bracelets. (photo by Flickr)The World Series of Poker, the biggest and the most prestigious series of live poker tournaments, is just around the more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Keith hits the big one

12 May 2019
For Keith, a Wisconsin reader, a 22-year quest has finally achieved its goal.“I got the ACE$ bonus in ACE$ Bonus Poker,” he said in kicking off a series of e-mails. “I’m thrilled, of course, but there’s also a little sadness that something I’ve been after for so long is over.”Since 1997, Keith has played 8-5 ACE$ Bonus Poker whenever he’s had the more
Articles by John  Marchel

Where to practice

11 May 2019
When it comes to learning and practicing your game, the ideal place to do it is at home. It is a lot cheaper to learn about your game — or even a new one, whichever one it is — in the comfort of your own home then it is in the casino.When first learning a new game, you are bound to make some mistakes and be slow in learning all the ins and more

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