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8 December 2016QUESTION: I like to take an occasional break and play keno. It is a game where I can play a quarter at a time and take a little time off. You can bet anywhere from one to 10 numbers at a time. I know the best pay tables for the number groups I play, but I do not know the intricate math to know which number group has the best payoff percentage...read more
7 December 2016Question: I play Double Double Bonus Poker at the Parx Casino in Pennsylvania. I have always wondered if I'm playing a VLT or RNG machine. At times I have been dealt two pair and discard one of them and still get two pair. Or if I hold just the high cards, I get the same payoff...read more
6 December 2016Craps has a cornucopia of bets, ranging from the truly awful to the quite good in terms of the house edges. There are any number of ways you can bet the 11 numbers at the game (those 11 numbers being 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12). Some of these ways have low house edges and some — you guessed it! — have high house edges and some — you probably guessed it — have everything in between.The best bets at the game are pass and come, or don’t pass and don’t come...read more
5 December 2016LAS VEGAS – Step off the curb and into El Cortez Hotel & Casino, and its rich history and authenticity immediately strike every one of your senses.The iconic neon sign has remained the same since 1952, making it look like a set for a prototype mob movie...read more
4 December 2016Designing slot machines is partly about designing games that are fun to play with paybacks and bonuses that occur often enough to hold your interest while also offering large enough potential jackpots for a “what if?” fantasy factor.But before players even get to the point where those elements can hold their attention, the game has to attract them to give it a try in the first place.Incredible Technologies has a new cabinet ready to blare its message that it has must-play games...read more
3 December 2016Some of my friends and acquaintances refuse to use a casino player’s card while playing video poker. They believe that their payoff will be reduced because of the comps they receive from having the card inserted. If you happen to be someone who always uses a player’s card when playing your favorite machine, congratulations...read more
1 December 2016Mr. Fitzgerald himself graces the cover. I received a review copy of Alexander "Assassinato" Fitzgerald's The Myth of Poker Talent: Why Anyone Can Be a Great Poker Player back in September when it was first published. Despite my best intentions to get through it quickly and write a review in a timely manner, I quickly discovered that sitting down and trying to rip through it in one sitting is just about the most useless possible way to approach the book.The Myth of Poker Talent is part software tutorial, part strategy guide, part autobiography and part sarcastic tough-love life advice from its author...read more
1 December 2016Aristocrat Technologies is proud of its Lightning Link progressive slot machines, and justifiably so. For 2016, Lightning Link was named the leading slot in North America in the annual Eilers Fantini survey, ending a five-year run at the top for IGT’s Wheel of Fortune.Following up on Lightning Link’s success, Aristocrat is introducing Dragon Link...read more
30 November 2016Question: what is the difference between the VLT machines at the racinos and the slot machines at the Vegas-style casinos? Answer: The only thing I can say for sure about a VLT versus a slot machine is that the VLT is operated by a state lottery, hence "video lottery terminal." Some VLTs operate the same way as slot machines — that is, they have internal random number generators and determine the results of their spins independently...read more
29 November 2016Craps is really two complete and different games in one. You have the rightside (or “do”) game. In this one the players are betting with the shooter and/or are hoping the shooter goes on a tear, hitting number after number and point after point...read more