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Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: A video poker machine with a 100-coin max bet

5 September 2018
Question: I also have often wondered how comps work. I pretty much only play at GVR [Green Valley Ranch], so that's where I have a host. I could be and am probably wrong, but I've come to the conclusion that the casino hosts must be on some sort of commission basis where they get paid based on how much one of their guests more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Things of roulette's past

4 September 2018
FROM JAGGY: Have you ever started out your day without any intention of going to a casino? My wife and I had decided to do some house cleaning and some painting of our two decks. Well that all changed when our son, John asked if we were going to the casino as they were giving free beach chairs per more
Articles by Tadas  Peckaitis
Articles by Tadas Peckaitis

Top 10 favorite poker players to watch

3 September 2018
The poker world is filled with players of all shapes and sizes. Thanks to the poker boom in the years after Moneymaker's epic 2003 WSOP victory, the game experienced a rise in popularity that no one could have predicted.Because of this, many players have become stars of sorts, appearing on TV in poker shows and tournament more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

What if dealers played basic strategy?

2 September 2018
When my old blackjack-playing buddy Bob and I get together, the talk doesn't always center on the game of 21. We've known each other long enough that talking blackjack usually means rehashing oft-told tales.But when we met at a casino buffet recently, Bob had a new topic."What do you think the effect on the game would be if dealers could use basic strategy?" he asked.My immediate response: I don't think anybody would play such a game.Bob nodded and said, "That was the conclusion I had, more
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Etiquette at craps

1 September 2018
The game of craps is fun and can be very exciting. It can also be very frustrating. When things are going well, points are being hit and money is being made. The camaraderie and good will at the table is something not available in other casino more
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Tiverton Casino Hotel ready for Labor Day Weekend grand opening

31 August 2018
In many ways, Tiverton, Rhode Island, is a classic New England town, with a history dating back to the late 1600s, ocean views, an assortment of ponds, lots of wooded areas and a population of just over 15,000 residents.Adding a casino to the mix isn't going to suddenly change the dynamic of this sleepy town sitting on Narragansett Bay, and that's by design.In fact, as you drive onto the 52-acre piece of land about 20 miles southeast of Providence, you would never know that the new $140 million, 85,000-square-foot Tiverton Casino Hotel has slot machines and table games inside if not for a few modest signs that sport the venue's name and logo — a far cry from the much-ballyhooed MGM Springfield casino that opened with much pomp and circumstance last week in the western part of Massachusetts.A look inside the new @tivertoncasino in Rhode Island following the official ribbon more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Two hands versus one in video poker

30 August 2018
QUESTION: I was playing penny video slots next to a lady who was playing two games. She wasn't waiting for anything to stop. She'd hit one button then right away do the other machine. Even during free spins on one, she kept playing the other.I joked that it was all I could do to follow one game, there was no way I could keep track of more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: The curious case of the complicated comp

29 August 2018
Question: I am a 50-year plus experienced gambler. I know a lot about the subject of gambling, but I just can't figure out the following. I live in Las Vegas and get to know many players in the high roller areas. A few of them who are frequenters of different casinos have told me the more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

The Quotable Captain: Dice control

28 August 2018
(The late Captain was my mentor in gambling. I’ve written six books about him. This series contains some of his quotes, ideas and advice. This particular article concerns the ability of some players to control the dice when they throw.)The Captain: “I know that some people have trained themselves either privately or at the tables to control the fall of the dice.” — The Captain’s Craps Revolution (1993)Probably the biggest debate in the world of craps play is the question of whether some shooters can actually control the more
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Live! Casino & Hotel keeping up with the competition

27 August 2018
Live Casino and Hotel first opened back in 2012. (photo by Live! Casino & Hotel)Live! Casino & Hotel, located in Hanover, Maryland, opened its first phase back in 2012. Since then, two other casinos have made Maryland home, including MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, which sits about 20 miles away.It can be tough to compete with a casino with the name MGM attached to it, but Live! has managed to do more

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