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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 paylines...read 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 follow...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Simple questions, simple answers

14 November 2017
We face a new year ahead of us, the number 2018. For me, such a date is the equivalent of living in a science fiction novel of my childhood: home computers, smart phones with video and photography, laptops, and a host of other sci-fi technology.And casinos, which at this writing number some 1,000 that are spread out over 50 states...read more
 
Articles by Tadas  Peckaitis
Articles by Tadas Peckaitis

Top 10 advanced poker books

13 November 2017
Hwang focuses on the second most popular form of poker. As a follow-up to last month's list of top 10 classic poker books, this week we cover some of the better advanced strategy poker books that will help take your game to the next level. If you are playing live or online poker, these books will help you build a solid strategy and drastically improve the way your approach the game.10...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Low-denomination video poker

12 November 2017
Video poker players who opt for a little low-cost fun at nickel machines usually encounter pay tables that are a couple of notches below those on games that require bigger bets.There are exceptions, mostly at casinos that cater to Las Vegas locals...read more
 
Articles by Henry  Tamburin
Articles by Henry Tamburin

Getting cash in a casino

11 November 2017
What’s the one thing you positively must have if you want to gamble? Of course, it’sc-a-s-h.Most folks just use folding money. Nothing wrong with that, but there are other options, some better, some worse. And what about managing that cash when you gamble on the tables or machines? Do you have a plan for what you are going to do if you start losing? What about winning? And what would you do if you won some serious money? How would you get it home, safely? The point is that how you get, use, access, and manage your money when you gamble is just as important as which games you play and how you play them.Every player – high roller, low roller, table or machine player – must do the following if they want to partake in the casino action.1. Convert money into a playing bankroll.2. Manage that bankroll when they play.3. Convert what’s left of the bankroll into cash and head home.Step 1...read more
 
Articles by Abby  Messick
Articles by Abby Messick

Casino City's Friday Five: Games and gamification edition

10 November 2017
If "the future" means high-flying zip lines, incessant gamification and the expansion of online gambling, then, yes, the future is most certainly here.We also have a couple of other news stories for you — as we always do on this occasion — including heartening news from Las Vegas and a slightly sneaky innovation for our friends in the U.K.5...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

I surrender!

9 November 2017
QUESTION: I was in a blackjack game that allowed late surrender. Other rules weren't very good: eight decks, dealer hits soft 17, double downs restricted to hard 10 and 11, split pairs only once, no double after split.At least I had the surrender option, and I took full advantage...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Do casinos remove slot machines when they pay too much?

8 November 2017
Question: My friends and I won a lot of money from a slot machine. When we went back to the casino a few weeks later, the machine was gone. Do you think the casino removed this machine because it was paying too much? Answer: No, I don't...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

A walk with the Captain

7 November 2017
The Captain of Craps, the Atlantic City legend and my mentor, passed away on February 10, 2010, during a raging snowstorm in New York City. In ancient literature, great men are born and die with huge perturbations in nature, such as traveling stars, storms, earthquakes, blizzards and the like...read more

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