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100x odds and touch-screen blackjack

2 March 2017
QUESTION: I was wondering about craps tables and free odds. Most of the casinos near me have 3x, 4x, 5x odds. That seems to be standard around here. When I travel, I’ve seen 5x, 10x, sometimes 100x odds. Why doesn’t everyone offer the 100x odds and be done with it? The odds are an even bet, right? The house ... (read more)
 

Systems and more systems

26 February 2017
It’s not unusual to find a roulette player with a system. It’s less common to find a systems player who wants to coach you in their method just because you happened to be standing next to them. That’s what happened to Rob, who made the table minimum $5 wager on inside bets by putting his chips straddling the line separating 13-14-15 from 16-17-18. ... (read more)
 

A simple strategy for Caribbean Stud

23 February 2017
QUESTION: You never write about Caribbean Stud anymore. Why is that? Also, can you give a strategy for when to bet and when to fold? I mainly play blackjack, but as a second game I like Caribbean Stud when I can find it. ANSWER: Your last phrase, “when I can find it,” is the main reason I rarely write about Caribbean Stud. ... (read more)
 

Some blackjack complaints

19 February 2017
Many of the stories I relay from other players come from conversations at blackjack tables. There’s time to talk while cards are being dealt or shuffled, and while some players would rather not be bothered, many like to do little socializing. Sometimes, the social experience turns sour. Not every player interaction is pleasant. ... (read more)
 

Another awful blackjack hand

16 February 2017
QUESTION: Can I join in with my own blackjack hand that makes me queasy? It’s when I have ace-7 and the dealer has a 10. The basic strategy card says to hit that hand, but I always seem to make it worse. Sometimes I get a 7 or 8, and then I have a 15 or 16 and have to hit again, and when I hit again there’s a good chance I bust. ... (read more)
 

Video to slots

12 February 2017
When it comes to non-wagering video gaming, I’ll admit to being a throwback. The old-school games are the ones I know best, and classic games such as Pong and Breakout from Bally Technologies and Centipede from International Game Technology have been right in my sweet spot. Another is on its way from Konami Gaming. ... (read more)
 

The payback puzzle

9 February 2017
QUESTION: Have the casinos reduced the payout percentages on their higher denomination machines, up to $1, or reduced the number of higher pays in the programs so the higher denomination machines payouts are very similar to the penny machines? Has gaming changed to such an extent that one must pay the $25 ... (read more)
 

The former slot machine king

5 February 2017
It’s been a long time since three-reel slots were the most popular game in casinos. Video slots took over that slot more than a decade ago. But just because a game is no longer No. 1 doesn’t mean it disappears entirely. When blackjack overtook craps, craps didn’t just go away, nor did blackjack when reel slots started to draw more play. ... (read more)
 

Those multi-play machines

2 February 2017
QUESTION: I am really struggling with a strategy on multi-hand Double Double Bonus and Triple Double Bonus. It relates to getting dealt three aces with a kicker on Five or Ten Play. There are people who hold the kicker and I just can’t bring myself to do that. Yesterday it cost me a large hit when I got the fourth ace but had dumped the kicker. ... (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.

John Grochowski Websites:

www.casinoanswerman.com

Books by John Grochowski:

Winning Tips for Casino Games

> More Books By John Grochowski

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