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16 February 2017QUESTION: Can I join in with my own blackjack hand that makes me queasy? It’s when I have ace-7 and the dealer has a 10.The basic strategy card says to hit that hand, but I always seem to make it worse. Sometimes I get a 7 or 8, and then I have a 15 or 16 and have to hit again, and when I hit again there’s a good chance I bust.Why should I take the chance on busting when I have a nice, safe 18 when I stand?ANSWER: That soft 18 might feel like a nice, safe hand, but the dealer makes 19 or better to beat you more than half the time when starting with 10.Assume a common six-deck game in which the dealer hits soft 17...read more
14 February 2017It’s nice to have friends. Certainly it’s nice to have one or two good friends in whom you can confide, who you can sympathize with, and with whom you can play in the casinos. That last one can be good or bad, depending on the type of friends you have.If you are playing in the casino, it is great to be able to share the high and low experiences...read more
13 February 2017An aerial view of the award-winning Sweetgrass Golf Club. With the open fire pit blazing and the sun setting into the emerald green fairway behind us, I sank comfortably into my chair, sipped a cocktail and shared story after story, and laugh after laugh, with three foursomes of golf buddies.Our jovial group had just completed a round at the serene and striking Sweetgrass Golf Club at Island Resort & Casino, one of my favorite golf and gambling destinations, and now we were taking full advantage of the dedicated on-site golf concierge that was providing us with a VIP Room, private dinner and gaming tables exclusive to me and my fellow trip mates.The picture painted above was the primary reason for my visit to the Hannahville Indian Community-owned property tucked away in Michigan's Upper Peninsula because Island Resort & Casino truly caters to golf groups of all shapes and sizes...read more
12 February 2017When it comes to non-wagering video gaming, I’ll admit to being a throwback. The old-school games are the ones I know best, and classic games such as Pong and Breakout from Bally Technologies and Centipede from International Game Technology have been right in my sweet spot.Another is on its way from Konami Gaming...read more
11 February 2017In past articles I’ve tried to tell you the best way to play and be successful at blackjack. Now I want to tell you when not to play the game. There will be times when the count is going in your favor, but still the dealer is winning three hands to your one...read more
9 February 2017QUESTION: Have the casinos reduced the payout percentages on their higher denomination machines, up to $1, or reduced the number of higher pays in the programs so the higher denomination machines payouts are very similar to the penny machines?Has gaming changed to such an extent that one must pay the $25 and up slots to have any chance of a sizable win?ANSWER: Payback percentages remain higher on higher denomination slots, just as they have done for decades...read more
8 February 2017Question: The RNG can't be beat? Google the headline Russians Engineer a Brilliant Slot Machine Cheat and take a read. Answer: The headline refers to a recent article in Wired. The RNG cannot be beaten -- not without inside knowledge. I've written about RNG cheats many times in the past...read more
7 February 2017I am a broken record.My wife the Beautiful AP just said that no one talks about broken or even unbroken records anymore. She is not sure many of my readers have much experience with records of any type, so let me update that opening and say that I am a tape recording coming unraveled.No, wait; tape recordings are pretty old too, aren’t they? So let me go modern and say I am an eight-track tape...read more
6 February 2017New England's pulsating 34-28 victory over Atlanta on Sunday is already being hailed as "The Best Super Bowl Ever Played," but bettors that were holding tickets on the Falcons and/or under 57 points may beg to differ.Trailing 28-3 in the second half, the Patriots not only completed the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history by scoring 31 unanswered points in an implausible overtime victory, but also covered the 3-point spread and pushed the game over the total in the process.To put it mildly, if you cashed in on the Patriots and over, we hope you donated some of your winnings to a favorite charity because both of those bets were all but dead midway through the second half.In addition to the astounding events that unfolded on the football field, Super Bowl LI was also fascinating in betting circles, as seen by the following 10 tidbits.10...read more
6 February 2017A dealer starts one of the first blackjack games to be played at del Lago, just outside the high limit room. WATERLOO, N.Y. – By 9 o'clock in the morning on Wednesday, 1 February, the line in front of the casino was already spilling out into the parking lot...read more