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Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Casino City’s Friday Five: More jackpots and sports betting edition

10 May 2019
We are approaching the one year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that PASPA – the federal ban on sports betting – was unconstitutional. Tuesday, 14 May marks one year, and after seeing 10 states regulate and introduce sports betting, more adjustments are being made to regulations and laws from coast to coast.Also this week, we have several massive jackpot winners, a slots tournament at Intertops Poker and FOX Sports' entrance into the sports betting world.Let’s kick it off with some more
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Indiana governor signs sports betting bill

9 May 2019
Sports betting is coming to Indiana. On Wednesday, Governor Eric Holcomb signed the the sports wagering bill that was approved by the state's legislature less than three weeks ago. It was the final day that Gov. Holcomb could sign; if he did not do so, the bill would have passed without his more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Social slots

9 May 2019
QUESTION: Do you know anything about the Slotomania game Grand Phoenix? It has a bonus where you pick feathers to win a jackpot. The feathers are gold to start, and when you pick one it changes to another color. When you pick three of the same color, then you win the jackpot of that color.I ALWAYS win the blue jackpot, the more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Dealing with slot machine button bangers

8 May 2019
Question: Great column about the Borgata returning money to a player. Here’s my story. I often (too often) visit a casino here in Pittsburgh. I go every Sunday morning to buy lotto tickets for the week and to play craps. About a month ago I exited the elevator upon arrival and was counting out $200 while walking to the more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

The gambling buffet

7 May 2019
Casinos have great dining buffets. You can get all manner of ethnic offerings such as Italian, Southern, Chinese, Irish and Scottish, along with many other European and Asian specialties. Not every buffet will have every ethnicity's or country’s offerings, but tour the country as I have and you will eat – a lot! (And gain a ton of weight.)However, this column is not about eating at buffets, but rather about you making casino games a buffet more
Articles by Tadas  Peckaitis
Articles by Tadas Peckaitis

Top 10 tips for taking advantage of your stack size in poker tournaments

6 May 2019
Depending on your chip stack, there are different strategies to consider throughout a poker tournament. (photo by World Poker Tour)Poker tournaments are probably the most popular form of poker, which gave Texas Hold'em the popularity it enjoys more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Payback changes

5 May 2019
Changing the expected payback percentage on any one slot machine remains a time-consuming process for the most part.Yet overall payback percentages on slot floors evolve, and in some cases change dramatically in a short time.A reader e-mailed recently to say the returns at the casino where he plays most, paybacks had dropped from 92.5% to 90% within a few months.If it’s such an arduous process to change each machine, how could such a large change come about so fast?It can happen without tinkering with return on any one game.Examine the possibilities:The casino may have had a change in marketing goals and decided to emphasize penny slots or other low denominations. Higher denomination slots such as quarter and dollar games usually have higher payback percentages than lower denominations.Let’s try a simple more
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

$1 8/5 vs. $5 9/6 Jacks or Better

4 May 2019
Jerry,I enjoy your columns very much, especially the ones about video poker. Although the conventional wisdom is to always play video poker at full coin to capture the royal bonus, I’m not sure that advice applies to the $1 player whose only choice at that level is an 8/5 game, as is often the case these more
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Casino City's Friday Five: Good news, bad news edition

3 May 2019
It was a classic case of a good news, bad news across the gambling landscape this week.On the positive side, we saw an online slot player turn a €1.25 bet into over €3 million, and a historic mobile-only sports betting bill move closer to becoming law in the U.S.The negatives? Well, the sports betting market that was legalized in Rhode Island nearly six months ago could all of a sudden be in jeopardy, and Wynn Resorts got slapped with a $35 million fine for the manner in which it handled the sexual assault allegations by its more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Some interesting slots and some easy games

2 May 2019
QUESTION: What do you think of these slots where you can win a different number of free spins depending on numbers on the symbols?You need at least three symbols, and when you get them, you add them up for a number of spins. One that I play has a maximum number of more

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