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Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Top 10 thoughts and observations from Atlantic City

2 July 2018
ATLANTIC CITY -- It was a whirlwind two days last week as we headed south to Atlantic City for the highly anticipated debuts of the Ocean Resort Casino and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Atlantic City.Not only did we manage to cover both grand openings — which took place within hours of each other on Thursday — but we also made the time to visit and experience all seven of the other Atlantic City casino properties...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

The Three Card Poker edge

1 July 2018
In discussing Three Card Poker, I've often mentioned that the house edge on the most common Pair Plus pay table is 7.28%, while the original version had a 2.14% edge.The difference is the payoff on flushes. When Derek Webb invented the game, it paid 4-1 on flushes...read more
 
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Betting the don't at craps

30 June 2018
The game of craps can be very exciting. It can also be very frustrating. One of the great draws to this game is the variety of bets available. One can bet with the shooter – betting that he will make the point number before the 7 shows, or one can bet that the 7 will rear its ugly head before the shooter repeats the point number.Two of the very best bets on the table are the pass line/come bets (with the shooter) and the don’t pass/don’t come bets (against the shooter)...read more
 
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Casino City’s Friday Five: Atlantic City grand opening edition

29 June 2018
We had a pretty major week of stories and events taking place. The World Cup wrapped up the group stage with the shocking fact that Germany will not be moving forward to the knockout stage. The World Series of Poker had some more events come to a close this week, which we will touch on, but we focused on some other areas...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Atlantic City casino grand reopenings ignite new sense of optimism

29 June 2018
ATLANTIC CITY – There were vibrant fireworks, A-list celebrities, free champagne, a balloon drop and "guitar smashing." Ceremonial first bets were placed at a brand-new sportsbook; long lines of politicians, CEOs and tribal leaders shared excessive words of thanks and praise at press conferences and ribbon-cuttings; and dozens of high-end restaurants opened their kitchens and served their maiden meals and poured exotic cocktails.And it all happened in a span of less than 15 hours on Thursday at two extravagant properties that sit about 600 paces apart on one of the most iconic pieces of shoreline in the U.S.Yesterday was much more than a day that saw Ocean Resort Casino, former home of the shuttered Revel Casino Hotel, and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Atlantic City, previously Trump Taj Mahal, celebrate grand openings...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Beating the RNG

28 June 2018
QUESTION: I heard a story about a player in Canada who figure out that the random number generator would start at the same point every day and that patterns would recur. He won a lot of money betting when the winners would come up.If I went to the casino the first thing every morning, would the slots just repeat the previous day's patterns?ANSWER: No...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Reprogramming slot machines for a tournament

27 June 2018
Question: At MGM Detroit I saw a bank of slots walled off. All were opened and there were tech folks with laptops. One told me they were reprogramming the machines for a tournament. What gives? Answer: What gives? Nothing sinister. Slot tournaments almost always use machines that are programmed differently from a typical slot machine...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

The one-bet rule at craps

26 June 2018
FROM JUNE’S HUSBAND: I read your answer to my wife’s e-mail and I understand perfectly well what you are saying about one bet at the slot machines you recommended for her to play. Now I want you to tackle craps.The usual advice from gambling writers is to make about three bets, usually pass line, place or come bets...read more
 
Articles by Tadas  Peckaitis
Articles by Tadas Peckaitis

Top 10 traits that make a good poker player

25 June 2018
Poker coach Tadas Peckaitis says that some of the key traits that make a good poker player are intelligence, focus and patience. (photo by Flickr)Back in the day, not many people talked about poker and poker players in a serious way. For the most part, they were perceived as gamblers throwing away their (or someone else's) money...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Those darn aces!

24 June 2018
A while back, I wrote about playing blackjack at a table that included a man who stood on all 16s, including soft hands.That drew reactions from readers such as, "That hurts just to read," and "How could you stand staying at that table?"Answer: I long ago learned not to let the bad plays of others bother me...read more

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