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Slot screw-up?

2 August 2018
QUESTION: On a three-reel, one-payline slot machine, there are two wires that stretch above the reels resting on top a metal lip extending from one end of the slot to the other. The lip appears to have holes on each end and in the center to secure the wires with rip ties. I have seen where the wiring was only secured at each end but not in the center. ... (read more)
 

Winning big at roulette

29 July 2018
When my longtime Jim and I get together, talk usually centers on family, kids and a lot of baseball. Gambling rarely comes up. Jim doesn't play much, and when he does, it's Hold'em if the casino has a poker room and blackjack if it doesn't. Imagine my surprise at our June lunch outing when Jim wanted to talk roulette. ... (read more)
 

Pass line wins and soft 18 at blackjack

26 July 2018
QUESTION: How often do you actually win on the pass line? You're the underdog no matter what the point is, and when it's 4 or 10, you're a heavy underdog, right? Why does everyone insist it's such a good bet? ANSWER: The house edge on pass is 1.41%. Payoffs are even money, so that tells us the house wins 1.41% more often than players. ... (read more)
 

Building a better slot machine

22 July 2018
Building a successful slot machine involves multiple elements. There needs to be an eye-catching theme and graphics to attract players, intriguing elements such as bonus events and jackpots, and the right math to yield a mix of payout frequency and shot at a big payoff. That all needs a strong platform to ... (read more)
 

One-roll bets at craps

19 July 2018
QUESTION: I know the one-roll bets in craps are supposed to be bad news, but what about the field? Both casinos near me pay 3-1 on 12 in the field, and the charts say the house edge is 2.78%. That beats the 4% if you place 5 or 9 or the 6.67% on 4 or 10, so why wouldn't I bet the field instead of those bets? ANSWER: You don't have to make any of those bets. ... (read more)
 

Back-to-back jackpots

15 July 2018
When I've relayed readers' stories of back-to-back jackpots, they've generally focused on big wins. A thousand dollars for a video poker royal flush qualifies; $2.50 for three bars on a three-reel slot or $1.25 that just covers your bet for a pair of jacks, not so much. Nikki, an East Coast reader, e-mailed to ask if small progressives would do. ... (read more)
 

F5 baseball and penny slots

12 July 2018
QUESTION: What does "F5" stand for on a betting line for baseball? I'm new to baseball betting and I see this on some lines and not others. ANSWER: F5 signifies a line on the first five innings of a game. Some bettors like the five-inning bet because the pitching is less predictable over a full game in this age, when starters pitch fewer innings than they once did. ... (read more)
 

Royal flush percentages

8 July 2018
Video poker players have long been told their chances of drawing a royal flush on any given hand are about 1 in 40,000. The precise odds depend on game and playing strategy. In 9/6 Jacks or Better, your royal chances are about 1 in 40,391, while in 9/6 Double Double Bonus Poker they're 1 in 40,799 and in 9/7/5 Double Bonus Poker they're 1 in 48,035. ... (read more)
 

Really Wheel Poker

5 July 2018
QUESTION: I was interested in your post about Wheel Poker, and how the extra bet on the Wheel Bonus actually reduces the overall house edge. Is that true on Ultimate X, too? My wife and I both love to play Triple Play with Ultimate X. ANSWER: The extra bet to activate the Ultimate X feature does raise the ... (read more)

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John Grochowski
John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

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John Grochowski
John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

John Grochowski Websites:

www.casinoanswerman.com

Books by John Grochowski:

> More Books By John Grochowski