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Casino Quiz

26 October 1999

By Walter Thomason

OK, all you casino gaming experts -- Here's your chance to prove how smart you are! The following 20 questions, if answered correctly, indicate that you are a very knowledgeable player and have a good shot at taking the casinos to the cleaners! Well, maybe not, but a score of 100% shows that you have at least a fighting chance. Circle the correct answer for each question:

  1. The house advantage (the casino "edge") in American roulette is:
    A. 2.56%
    B. 5.26% (except for the five number bet)
    C. 2.7%
    D. Varies, depending on what numbers are bet.

  2. The two casino games that have the lowest casino edge (when played by skilled players) are:
    A. Blackjack and video poker.
    B. Blackjack and craps
    C. Craps and video poker
    D. Let It Ride and craps.

  3. Which are currently the three most popular casino games, in order of popularity?
    A. Blackjack, slots, video poker.
    B. Slots, video poker, blackjack.
    C. Slots, blackjack, craps.
    D. Blackjack, craps, video poker.

  4. Which of the following is true about casino gamblers?
    A. They are 50% men and 50% women.
    B. Their median household income is $8,000 higher than the U.S. average.
    C. Their median age is 47.
    D. 50% have some college education.
    E. None of the above.
    F. All of the above.

  5. Blackjack players who have mastered Basic Strategy:
    A. Face a house edge of 0.5% or less.
    B. Stand on hard 12 through 16 when the dealer shows a 2 through 6.
    C. Always split Aces and eights.
    D. All of the above.
    E. None of the above.

  6. In video poker, a Royal Flush should occur about once every _____ times.
    A. 10,000
    B. 20,000
    C. 30,000
    D. 40,000

  7. A Keno card is called a :
    A. Bet card
    B. Score card
    C. Blank
    D. Sheet

  8. In Three Card Poker, the experts say to stay in the hand if you hold:
    A. An Ace/King or better.
    B. A Queen-high or better.
    C. A pair or better.
    D. A 10-high or better.

  9. The following is true of Sic Bo:
    A. The object of the game is to guess which dice numbers or combination of numbers will appear when four dice are rolled.
    B. The casino edge is less than 5%.
    C. Expert strategy will improve the player's chances of winning.
    D. All of the above.
    E. None of the above.

  10. The house edge in craps on a pass line bet (no odds) is:
    A. 5.26%
    B. 3.21%
    C. 2.31%
    D. 1.41%

  11. In craps, the house advantage on a Hard Six or Hard Eight bet is:
    A. 1.41%
    B. 5.26%
    C. 6.93%
    D. 9.09%

  12. How many numbers are on a European roulette wheel?
    A. 35
    B. 36
    C. 37
    D. 38

  13. Which state has the second largest number of "Vegas-style" casinos?
    A. Mississippi
    B. New Jersey
    C. Illinois
    D. Ohio

  14. A smart slot machine player:
    A. Never plays full coin.
    B. Never sets a "quit" point.
    C. Knows to pull the handle rather than push the button.
    D. All of the above.
    E. None of the above.

  15. Sports book betting is legal in:
    A. Nevada
    B. Nevada and California
    C. Atlantic City and Mississippi
    D. Nevada and Mississippi

  16. In craps, the seven will theoretically appear once in every ____ rolls.
    A. 3
    B. 4
    C. 5
    D. 6

  17. The following is true of Baccarat:
    A. The player must understand the correct playing strategy for the game.
    B. The house edge is 3.6%.
    C. Smart players always play the Banker bet.
    D. The Bank wins 53.6% of the time.
    E. All of the above.
    F. None of the above.

  18. Which is true of Bingo as played in Nevada?
    A. It's a game for suckers due to the high house edge.
    B. Always play in crowded sessions to insure bigger payouts.
    C. This game is often used as a "loss leader" to attract slot players.
    D. All of the above.

  19. The house advantage in Red Dog is:
    A. 1.4%
    B. 2.6%
    C. 3.5%
    D. 25%

  20. Historically speaking, the oldest form of gambling was a variation of:
    A. Blackjack
    B. Craps
    C. Poker
    D. Roulette

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The answers to the quiz will be posted on Saturday, October 30.

Copyright 1997 Walter Thomason

Walter Thomason
Walter Thomason is the best-selling author of Blackjack for the Clueless and the editor of The Experts’ Guide to Casino Games and The Ultimate Blackjack Book.

A long-time casino gaming enthusiast, he is a frequent contributor to
The New Chance and Circumstance, Midwest Gaming & Travel, and Heartland Casino News.

His new book is
21st Century Blackjack: A New Strategy for a New Millenium. He can be reached
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