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Drawing to a flush at video poker

27 December 2018
QUESTION: I had a night where the straights and flushes just weren’t coming in 9/6 Double Double Bonus Poker. I know sometimes they do. A few times ago, I made the flush the first five times I had one-card draws. This last time got me thinking, though. How bad is it to hold a high card instead of four parts of a flush. ... (read more)
 

Doubles and soft hands at blackjack

23 December 2018
I’ve often mentioned Bob, my blackjack-playing friend and a retired high school math teacher. A little over a year ago, I also wrote about Mike, Bob’s son, a middle-school science teacher who was drilling himself on strategy for soft doubling. Mike got in touch with me recently to say he’d mastered soft doubling, but was having a run of bad luck on the hands when playing for money. ... (read more)
 

More decks means more edge

20 December 2018
QUESTION: Please explain to me why the house edge is higher when there are more decks in blackjack. The proportion of the cards is exactly the same. How does just adding more cards in the same proportions help the dealer? ANSWER: This is a question I used to get a lot more often, but there are many fewer one-deck games than there used to be. ... (read more)
 

Super Double Poker

16 December 2018
Video poker is always high on my list of games when I hit the casinos, but on some variations, years can pass between sessions. So on a November outing, when I touched the icon to launch Super Double Bonus Poker, I had to think a little and play a little slower than usual. Complicating matters was that this ... (read more)
 

Third base in blackjack

13 December 2018
QUESTION: At a football party at my brother’s house, I had the debate on the third baseman’s duties in blackjack. This friend of my brother’s was complaining about a third baseman taking the dealer’s bust card, and a said, “But you don’t know it’s a bust card until it’s dealt.” He said, “It usually is. ... (read more)
 

Expert video poker play

9 December 2018
When you see payback percentages listed for video poker games “with expert strategy,” players need to understand that betting maximum coins is part of expert play. If you don’t bet the max, not only is the overall payback percentage reduced, but strategy for holding cards changes, too. What brings this to ... (read more)
 

One five-dollar bet

6 December 2018
QUESTION: If I had $5 to spend on a spin, would I be better to play one line on a $5 machine or five lines on a dollar machine? ANSWER There is no one certain answer to that question. It depends on several factors. Are you talking video slots or reel slots? Does the casino put higher payback percentages on ... (read more)
 

Ryan's story

2 December 2018
When readers relay tales of their gambling exploits, they’re almost always taking a victory lap. Everybody loves to relive their big wins. Of course, we all know the losing times are part of the deal when you play. And every once in a while a reader comes through with a cautionary tale. In the case of ... (read more)
 

We make mistakes

29 November 2018
QUESTION: This is more a story than a question. I know you shouldn’t stand on soft 17. I know that when the dealer has a six up and I have A-6 I should double down. I always do that, except this one time I didn’t. My only excuse is that my attention was elsewhere. The waitress brought my drink just as the cards were being dealt. ... (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:

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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