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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Side bets

18 February 2018
Side bets at casino table games exist for a couple of reasons. For players, they open the possibility of larger jackpots than standard bets at their games of choice. For casinos, side bets enhance revenues with house edges that are higher than on standard games.Those larger payoffs aren't necessarily more
Articles by John  Marchel

Obtaining knowledge and staying current

17 February 2018
How do you keep current on all the latest blackjack information? You purchase the latest book on blackjack and you subscribe to some of the blackjack newsletters and magazines that are on the market. You surf the internet, and most of all, you visit more
Articles by Abby  Messick
Articles by Abby Messick

Casino City's Friday Five: Everything ever edition

16 February 2018
Are there any studies on why everything seems to happen at once? (We looked and couldn't find anything appropriately scientific. However, the internet did lead us, as it often does, to some great cat videos, so we consider it time well spent.)As you may have guessed, a lot of things happened at once this more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Are playing options good for players?

15 February 2018
QUESTION: My brother-in-law told me that having options in games favors players, as long as the player know the best way to use them.What I want to know is how the option to bet on 00 in roulette favors the player. Doesn't it favor the player if the option to bet on 00 is removed and you have a single-zero game instead?ANSWER: When I've written about game options favoring players who know how to use them, it has been specifically about more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Can you win the grand prize each time you get to the bonus round on Fortune 88?

14 February 2018
Question: So bubble craps is the question besides not holding is this completely random theses Interblock organic machines good to know they don't have a rng in craps like slots or slot roulette predetermined bets where its short lived like baccarat or roulette sometimes with theses machines so I guess the only think bubble craps u cant hold the dice no dice control dice setting nothing like the real more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Slot machines are perfect employees

13 February 2018
It is no exaggeration to say that if slot machines did not exist, there is a markedly good chance that casino gambling would not have spread like wildfire across the United States and Canada.Slots generally cost far less than a dealer, even those slots that are branded and “rented” to the casinos such as Wheel of Fortune or Megabucks or a host of particular games named after shows or more
Articles by Abby  Messick
Articles by Abby Messick

Top 10 casino openings, expansions and renovations

12 February 2018
In case any casino operators out there haven't heard, now's a good time to introduce nongaming amenities. As gaming revenues continue to fall, locations across the U.S. – Las Vegas in particular – are putting more stock into the restaurant and entertainment more
Articles by Clare  Fitzgerald
Articles by Clare Fitzgerald

'Gangsters to Governors' is a nuanced history of American gambling

12 February 2018
Covering gambling news on the day-to-day, I sometimes feel like the industry doesn't change nearly fast enough. It's been almost seven years since Black Friday, and only three U.S. states — Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware — offer regulated online more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Do they play for fun?

11 February 2018
A couple of overseas university students emailed to ask if I could help with a research project, and they sent a list of questions about how the casino industry works.Many were about individual games, but at the top of the list, they wanted to know how casinos entice customers to keep playing.That's a fair more
Articles by Henry  Tamburin
Articles by Henry Tamburin

The hand that should have been (part 2)

10 February 2018
[This is part 2 of a two-part series from the book You’ve Got Heat – The Vegas Card Counting Adventures of LV Pro. The book chronicles the true story of a low roller named Barfarkel (pseudonym), who set a goal of increasing his playing bankroll from $2,000 to $10,000 by becoming an advantage blackjack more

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