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Articles by Abby  Messick
Articles by Abby Messick

Top 10 casino openings, expansions and renovations

12 February 2018
In case any casino operators out there haven't heard, now's a good time to introduce nongaming amenities. As gaming revenues continue to fall, locations across the U.S. – Las Vegas in particular – are putting more stock into the restaurant and entertainment more
Articles by Clare  Fitzgerald
Articles by Clare Fitzgerald

'Gangsters to Governors' is a nuanced history of American gambling

12 February 2018
Covering gambling news on the day-to-day, I sometimes feel like the industry doesn't change nearly fast enough. It's been almost seven years since Black Friday, and only three U.S. states — Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware — offer regulated online more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Do they play for fun?

11 February 2018
A couple of overseas university students emailed to ask if I could help with a research project, and they sent a list of questions about how the casino industry works.Many were about individual games, but at the top of the list, they wanted to know how casinos entice customers to keep playing.That's a fair more
Articles by Henry  Tamburin
Articles by Henry Tamburin

The hand that should have been (part 2)

10 February 2018
[This is part 2 of a two-part series from the book You’ve Got Heat – The Vegas Card Counting Adventures of LV Pro. The book chronicles the true story of a low roller named Barfarkel (pseudonym), who set a goal of increasing his playing bankroll from $2,000 to $10,000 by becoming an advantage blackjack more
Articles by Abby  Messick
Articles by Abby Messick

Casino City's Friday Five: Virtual reality edition

9 February 2018
This week, as we continued our perilous and inevitable journey into the future, virtual reality suddenly became A Thing, and there was nothing any of us could do to stop it. Not only that, but a big-name gambling brand decided to take the plunge into more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Being harassed by another player

8 February 2018
QUESTION: What do you do when you're being harrassed by another player?I was using a Hi-Lo count at blackjack, and got into a big positive count. I stood on 16 against a dealer's 10, and this other player started in on me.He asked if I ever hit 16s against 10s, and I said more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Paybacks on penny slot machines

7 February 2018
Question: Do you answer all questions? Or just the ones that agree with you? Answer: No and no. I don't answer all questions. I get too many to be able to answer all of them. I answer the questions that I think are the most interesting or that are about something new or are about something old but in a new more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Please be gentle

6 February 2018
Playing in a casino for the very first time can be an intimidating experience. Many first-time players tend to head right for the slot machines, since these machines will rarely have other players watching them.Table games are a different more
Articles by Tadas  Peckaitis
Articles by Tadas Peckaitis

Top 10 steps to ensure permanent success in poker

5 February 2018
Many players think that it is difficult to obtain consistent success in poker. However, this is not necessarily true if you know how to study and are ready to dedicate some serious time to your play.Obviously, you have to understand many crucial topics to see good results, but it is doable with some determination and proper more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Better payouts for bets?

4 February 2018
Over lunch at a casino buffet, my friend Will and I got into a discussion about roulette.It was unusual because Will is a blackjack player who doesn't play roulette, but he raised a point about bringing the high house edge on American double-zero roulette more into line with other more

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