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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
5 February 2017It’s been a long time since three-reel slots were the most popular game in casinos. Video slots took over that slot more than a decade ago.But just because a game is no longer No. 1 doesn’t mean it disappears entirely. When blackjack overtook craps, craps didn’t just go away, nor did blackjack when reel slots started to draw more play...read more
4 February 2017All casinos today have some sort of slot player’s club. By joining the club and inserting your player’s card when you play video poker, points are added to your balance. These points typically are redeemed for food, drink, merchandise, free play or cash...read more
2 February 2017QUESTION: I am really struggling with a strategy on multi-hand Double Double Bonus and Triple Double Bonus. It relates to getting dealt three aces with a kicker on Five or Ten Play. There are people who hold the kicker and I just can’t bring myself to do that.Yesterday it cost me a large hit when I got the fourth ace but had dumped the kicker...read more
1 February 2017Question: Your article on the Worst Video Poker Instruction Tape was hilarious! Can you put that on YouTube or somewhere to share? Answer: The column in question was published on this site on 09/14/16. I believe that the program is not in the public domain, so I can't post it...read more
31 January 2017A new year is upon us, but, as often happens in our gambling world, we wind up treating the new years the same way we treated the old ones. The only thing that changes – at least in our casino playing career – are the dates on the calendar.So I say start this new year off with a radical suggestion: Why not do two things? Change some of the games you play and change the way you play your old games (that is, if you aren’t playing them the way I figure you should play them).So let’s leap into our new playing year and do the following:Blackjack players, you must, must play basic strategy...read more
29 January 2017A few weeks ago I wrote about playing blackjack with a fellow who took a queasy turn every time he had an 11 when the dealer had a 10-value face up.The correct basic strategy is to double down, but he couldn’t bring himself to do it.That column brought several responses from players who have their own queasiness about different parts of the basic strategy player...read more