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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

My Second First Time

25 July 2020
QUESTION: Do you ever get any fun stories about first times in casinos?I’ve been thinking about mine since casinos are starting to reopen. When I can convince myself it’s safe to go back, I’m going to treat it as a second “first time,” as if everything is fresh and new.My real first time came on my 21st birthday, just after more
Articles by John  Marchel

Enjoying and Exiting Craps Games

25 July 2020
The oldest confirmed record of a game of chance where dice were used was in 1573 B.C., by the Egyptians. The so-called Theban dice, as they are known, are resting today in the Egyptian museum in Berlin.The modern game of craps is truly an American game first developed on the Mississippi and other inland steamboat rivers of the more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Kay's Video Poker

23 July 2020
Kay is a veteran reader of this column and she says she loves to play video poker.“I learned toward the middle of the 1990s and put in a lot of practice time with software that dings when I make a mistake.“The game I love is 9-6 Double Double Bonus, and that’s the strategy I have down more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Help analyzing a video poker situation

22 July 2020
I'm not sure how to analyze this video poker situation. I don't think we ever considered an analogous situation in any of the Probability and Statistics courses I took (and have mostly forgotten). And even though analyzing gambling games led to the creation and development of Probability Theory a few centuries ago, video poker wasn't one of the games the mathematicians more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Interview with a Blackjack Bully

21 July 2020
I think this column will be a first for any gambling writer. That’s right; I am going to interview a blackjack bully.Blackjack players and other gambling writers have often decried those blackjack bullies who feel free to give other players more
Articles by Nick  Mariano
Articles by Nick Mariano

Top 10 Major League Baseball bets for the 2020 season

20 July 2020
Major League Baseball finally begins this week, which means it’s time to lock in bets on what the shortened season will yield. With the season being more of a sprint rather than a marathon, longshot odds aren’t so wild, though an Orioles-Giants World Series is still very unlikely.A little about me: I create player and team projections primarily for fantasy baseball purposes, but it’s easily translated to identifying value on the MLB Futures more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Field versus Placing 5 or 9

19 July 2020
QUESTION: Craps question here. I can see that placing 6 and 8 is a better bet than the field. The listed house edge is 1.52 percent on 6 and 8 and 2.78 percent when the field pays 3-1 on 12, 2-1 on 2 and even money on the other numbers.But isn’t the field a better bet than placing 5 or 9? I know guys who place 5 and 9 who wouldn’t even think about the more
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Video Poker Payback

18 July 2020
While a vast majority of casino players enjoy playing slot machines, most savvy players tend to choose video poker as their casino game.While the vast majority of video poker players know and understand payback – also called return. Although from casual observation, many seem clueless as to what the term means.More accurately, many are not even aware of the return of the game they are playing – or what to look for in order to determine the amount of the game’s return.Simply put, video poker return is just what the word “return” more
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Casino City's Friday Five: Crazy blackjack win in Las Vegas edition

17 July 2020
On Tuesday, Ukraine Parliament passed a bill that would regulate online and land-based gambling in the country. Other top stories this week include a third career bracelet win at the World Series of Poker, an unlikely and massive blackjack score at The STRAT, a new look for a pool scene in Las Vegas and DraftKings debuting its online casino in two more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Bad Table Game Bets

16 July 2020
Table games present players with options galore.That doesn’t mean players should take them all. Some, you should avoid entirely.One-roll propositions in craps fall into that category. So do tie bets in baccarat and five-number baskets in more

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