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Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Readers write

10 January 2017
FROM CLIFF: I totally agree with your article Don't Throw It Away. I have been a constant reader of the various games. I decided to read the articles about the casinos and the books about the games. Because of these decisions I will lose a small amount $300 or less instead of throwing money more
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Top 10 highest house edge casino bets

9 January 2017
The casino floor of the Atlantis Casino Resort. (photo by Jim G. on Flickr)One of the biggest advantages a gambler has when walking into a casino is the number of options available to put his or her hard-earned money into play.Yes, it's true that you will be at a mathematical disadvantage no matter what game you decide to play, thanks to the inescapable and almighty house edge, which represents the "long run percentage of the wagered money that will be retained by the casino." But that doesn't mean there aren't some options that are much more player-friendly than others.So, since we've already covered the 10 lowest house edge casino bets available, today let's delve into the games offering wagers that will, quite frankly, drain your bankroll if you play them with regularity, with a tip of the hat to for providing the all-important more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Squeamish blackjack hands

8 January 2017
It’s a fact of life for most blackjack players that some hands will leave them feeling a little squeamish.I’ve often heard from players who hate hitting hard 16, even though they know hitting gives them the best chance to win whenever the dealer shows a 7 or more
Articles by John  Marchel

Creating an 'act'

7 January 2017
To be able to play successful blackjack requires both an accomplished skill and one that needs an “act.” Good money management, playing basic strategy, and proper casino and table selection are some of the skills required. Each of these tasks has to be managed smoothly and effortlessly.After learning those many tasks, a player also needs to develop an “act.” You must remember that casino management has read all the same books as card counters and skilled players more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Royal flush on Facebook Play

5 January 2017
QUESTION: I play at home on Facebook apps more than I play in casinos. Some of it is slots, but I play a lot of video poker. It’s pretty close to every day at home, and six or eight times a year in casinos.I seem to get royal flushes a lot at home, but I never get them in more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Which video poker paytable is best

4 January 2017
Question: I have been going to Atlantic City for years. Most of the video poker machines that used to payoff are gone and replaced with penny machines. The casinos are beating the people and what is the casino control commission doing? Which in your opinion is the best video poker machine to play? Answer: Penny slots are taking up more and more of the casino more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Why craps is so exciting

3 January 2017
I am guessing that many craps articles open with some form of the following sentence: “Craps is the most exciting game in the casino.”I know I’ve used something such as that opening many times. How can a gambling writer escape writing something such as that? After all, craps is the most exciting game in the casino! Nowhere do you hear the cries of joy or moans of agony as you do at the craps tables.There are a number of reasons craps is so more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

New Year's resolutions for gamblers

1 January 2017
For 51 weeks of every year, I write about new games, strategies to get the most out of old favorites and how slot machines work, and I share stories from readers about their casino experiences.One week a year is reserved for my own little tradition for the new more
Articles by Henry  Tamburin
Articles by Henry Tamburin

Blackjack mini-tournament playing tips

31 December 2016
Blackjack mini-tournaments are becoming quite popular. This is because they offer the player a chance to win a few hundred up to a thousand or so dollars for a modest entry fee of $25 or less. Also, the entry fees are usually returned to the player in prizes, so the tournament is a good deal from the player's perspective.The objective of blackjack mini-tournaments is more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Those pesky slot odds

29 December 2016
QUESTION: My brother and I have been playing slots for donkey’s years, and we’ve been having the same argument about what “random” means all this time.He says that if you have a reel with nine 7s and one lemon, that means for the game to be truly random a 7 should come up nine times out of more

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