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Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Pressing bets at craps

25 November 2017
Stickman:I am trying very hard to become a better player in the casino. I have read some of your articles and several of Frank Scoblete’s books and articles. I only play the better games in blackjack. I only make better bets at craps, and I only play the better video poker games.Sometimes I do OK, but other times I still lose more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Paying the commission

23 November 2017
QUESTION: Please explain why casinos charge a commission on winning banker bets in baccarat and mini-baccarat, but don't charge a commission when you bet on player? That doesn't seem fair. Is it to drive people away from banker and get them to bet more on player?ANSWER: No, the casinos aren't trying to push you toward betting on more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Do the amounts on the Wheel of Fortune affect how often you spin it?

22 November 2017
Question: At The Orleans in Las Vegas, there are three high-limit Wheel of Fortune slot machines in their high limit room. They are all right next to each other. Two of them are $5 credit machines, and you have to bet two credits ($10 per spin) to qualify for the wheel spin that appears only on the final third reel, center line pays more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

The good, the bad and the in-between

21 November 2017
Last issue I discussed the bad experiences many slot players have had in their attempts to conquer Lady Luck. This issue I’ll take you into the world of players who have had in-between experiences; kind of good, kind of bad at the casinos of their choice and perhaps not at the casino of her choice.I am sure many of our readers have had such experiences.EDITH: I am from Long Island and I go to Atlantic City every other more
Articles by Abby  Messick
Articles by Abby Messick

Top 10 Palace Station Hotel and Casino facts and figures

20 November 2017
Palace Station Hotel and Casino, a popular off-Strip locale, recently finished $115 million in expansions and renovations. And this was just one stop on a long line of improvements – the casino's been undergoing updates since its inception in 1976, cementing its position as a modern hangout spot and vital part of the neighborhood.To commemorate the enhancements, we've collected some interesting facts and more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

What's the right answer?

19 November 2017
Some casino questions have no answers — at least, none that the askers want to hear.Take the novice roulette player who asked recently, "Which is better, red or black?"I explained that neither is better, that both give you the same chance to more
Articles by John  Marchel

The cost of playing

18 November 2017
Modern gambling facilities earn their profits by charging the customer a fee or commission for the privilege of playing in their facility. This fee is known as the edge or house advantage, which is built into each and every wager made in the casino or at the more
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Casino City's Friday Five: The glass is half full edition

17 November 2017
This edition of the Friday Five is a no-negative-news zone. That's right: no pessimists allowed. It's all rainbows and unicorns as we concentrate on positive news, and we're happy to report that there was plenty to choose from this week.We start in Las Vegas, where the city continues to persevere and rally in the wake of more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

243 ways to win at slots

16 November 2017
QUESTION: I've played some of those 243 ways to win slots, and I'm never exactly sure how I've won. Sometimes I've won and I don't really see how the symbols connect. Are these the same as scatter pays? Do the paylines look different than on regular slots?ANSWER: On 243 ways to win slots, which were introduced by Aristocrat Technologies as "Reel Power" games, any path across the screen that includes symbols on adjacent reels can form the equivalent of a payline.If you have a K at the bottom of the first reel, another at the top of the second, in the middle of the third and fourth and back to the top of the fifth, that is a five-of-a-kind combination.They don't find any kind of straight line, Z, chevron or any of the other paths that form traditional more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Bonus rounds that end just as they start

15 November 2017
Overheard at the video poker machines a few days ago: One player was teaching another how to play. The teacher said to the student, "You want to hold the cards that give you the best chance of winning." Strictly speaking, that's not the best strategy to more

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