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Deal Me In: Antiperspirants, anyone?

26 February 2016
Dear Mark: I love the El Cortez in Las Vegas that you lauded last week, except for one thing: They sure do sweat the money. It is probably one of the sweatiest shops in Las Vegas. Otherwise, as you said, you just cannot beat the low limits, the limited deck sizes and the rules. Tommy C. “Sweating the ... (read more)
 

Deal Me In: Lady Luck smiles over the short run

19 February 2016
Dear Mark: I love your column and look forward to it every Thursday. I am a dedicated blackjack player and follow basic strategy. For years, I have preferred playing one- and two-deck games (on Fremont St.), but lately, I find I do better with the six- and eight-deck shoes. My question is, do the odds and basic strategy change when the number of decks changes? Bob N. ... (read more)
 

Deal Me In: Math trumps kitchen table consensus

12 February 2016
Dear Mark: This is not a question, but an observation about people. I was invited to play with a group of old-timers, mostly retired or soon-to, professors. Some of us play three-card games. The first time I had a winning three-card hand (straight) a player with a flush pulled in the chips. When I pointed ... (read more)
 

Deal Me In: Prune the hedges from your craps game

5 February 2016
Dear Mark: When playing craps, I am aware that it is best to stay away from any prop box bets. But when playing the don't pass line for a $10 bet with a max lay of $60, if the point is a 4 or 10, is it wise to hedge this bet with a $10 hard 4 or 10? Bill P. In 1933, Wilson Mizner lay dying. He was 58, and all his life he had been a gamester. ... (read more)
 

Deal Me In: Rule #1: Check your firearms at the door

29 January 2016
Dear Mark: What are your thoughts on having a “generalized” house rules list for home poker play? I play with a friendly group, but at times, it can get testy over rules everyone should already know in advance. For instance, a disagreement ensued once over how many raises are allowed per betting round. ... (read more)
 

Deal Me In: Chuck A. Luck wagers a buck

22 January 2016
Dear Mark: Decades ago I played a now extinct game called Chuck-a-luck at the Nevada Club in Reno. All I remember now is that three very large dice were shaken out of a large cage. Could you refresh my memory as to its history, the rules and the odds of the game? Dennis S. Chuck-a-luck is a game that originated in English pubs. ... (read more)
 

Deal Me In: High-stakes gambling was Maverick's game

8 January 2016
Dear Mark: I watched an episode of the 1950’s TV show Maverick online. In the show, reference was made to the book According to Hoyle as the definitive authority that prior agreement of the players is necessary for a five-card straight to be a winning hand. Have you ever heard that a straight needs to be agreed to in advance for it to be a winner? Eric P. ... (read more)
 

Deal Me In: More bang for your buck watching sports

31 December 2015
Dear Mark: I will be in Las Vegas for Super Bowl Sunday and was wondering where you would recommend that I watch the game, and what kind of games should I be playing? Dean M. As to your gaming question, Dean, I would routinely recommend playing perfect basic strategy at blackjack; a pass line bet and ... (read more)
 

Deal Me In: Smart gambling takes the day

25 December 2015
Dear Mark: I just wanted to say thank you. My husband and I just got back from Las Vegas where we played blackjack. We would never have known about the now common payoff of 6 to 5 without your column. We played at Treasure Island, which did pay 3/2 on multi-deck. We feel that knowledge, your progressive ... (read more)

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Mark Pilarski
As a recognized authority on casino gambling, Mark Pilarski survived 18 years in the casino trenches, working for seven different casinos. Mark now writes a nationally syndicated gambling column, is a university lecturer, author, reviewer and contributing editor for numerous gaming periodicals, and is the creator of the best-selling, award-winning audiocassette series on casino gambling, Hooked on Winning.
Mark Pilarski
As a recognized authority on casino gambling, Mark Pilarski survived 18 years in the casino trenches, working for seven different casinos. Mark now writes a nationally syndicated gambling column, is a university lecturer, author, reviewer and contributing editor for numerous gaming periodicals, and is the creator of the best-selling, award-winning audiocassette series on casino gambling, Hooked on Winning.