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11 March 2017In addition to managing your bankroll while gambling, you should also learn to manage your time.It’s important to remember that most casino games have a built-in edge; the longer you play, the more the house edge kicks in, resulting in more of a chance of losing your bankroll...read more
9 March 2017Selection Sunday is just days away, which means — like it or not — you are about to be inundated by "bracket talk."Doesn't matter if you don't know Coach Cal from Coach K, or you have no idea if the Gonzaga Zags come from Washington state or Washington, D.C...read more
9 March 2017QUESTION: When you see a slot machine like Wheel of Fortune or Seinfeld or Wonder Woman, are the people who were in those shows paid?ANSWER: Licenses for themed games have to be negotiated with the copyright holder. The owners of the TV shows, movies, board games and other intellectual property used in slot themes are paid...read more
8 March 2017Question: I have a question about the Zeus slot machine. When you hit the free game bonus, there are two additional features with the free games. One is a symbol that awards one additional free game every time it appears on the screen. The other is the one I'm questioning...read more
7 March 2017I am a calm player; I really am. I’m cool like a Zen monk.If someone is not playing basic strategy at blackjack and making all sorts of bonehead plays, that’s fine with me. His play does not affect me positively or negatively. If some craps player is making the most idiotic bets; hey, it’s his money...read more
6 March 2017Your airfare and hotel room reservation were secured months ago. You’ve spent the last few weeks hydrating, padding your bankroll and preparing your body for the pandemonium.The countdown is on for your trip to Las Vegas for March Madness.Congrats...read more
5 March 2017I received an email recently from Mark, a video poker player who just found this column recently but who said he’s been skimming an online archive to see what he’d missed.“What caught my eye were some columns you’d done a while back on players who had jackpots close together,” he wrote...read more
5 March 2017The answer to the above question seems obvious . . . a blackjack dealer deals cards. However, when I contacted the person who asked me the above question, I discovered that what she really wanted to know are more details about the job. (The reader lives in a state where demand for dealers has outstripped supply and she is considering a career change to become a blackjack dealer.)To dig more deeply into exactly what a blackjack dealer does, I contacted Nick Kallos, who owns and operates a dealer’s school in Las Vegas...read more
3 March 2017Spring Break, St. Patrick's Day and March Madness.All three events collide in two weeks in Las Vegas, bringing millions of people to the area for four days of self-indulged debauchery.Talk about a perfect storm.Take it from someone who was in Las Vegas last year when this very same trifecta hit the city...read more
2 March 2017QUESTION: I was wondering about craps tables and free odds. Most of the casinos near me have 3x, 4x, 5x odds. That seems to be standard around here. When I travel, I’ve seen 5x, 10x, sometimes 100x odds.Why doesn’t everyone offer the 100x odds and be done with it? The odds are an even bet, right? The house doesn’t lose money on them, and players have to make the pass and come bets to get the odds, so the house still gets its edge.I mean, if I bet $10 on pass, the house is going to get that same 1.41% of $10 regardless of whether I bet another $30 in odds or another $1,000 in odds.ANSWER: Your point would be valid if all players used the odds as an extra bet and made same other wagers regardless of how much they bet on odds.However, that’s not all there is to it...read more