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The baccarat alternative

1 April 2018
Baccarat is more popular among big bettors than average players, and I don't hear from baccarat players as often as I do from those who play blackjack, video poker, slots, craps, Three Card Poker, roulette or Mississippi Stud. Nonetheless, at an early March dinner party, a friend of a friend told me he was exploring baccarat as a blackjack alternative. ... (read more)
 

Video poker flushes and keno history

29 March 2018
QUESTION: You've fielded questions about video poker strategy when you have both low pairs and high cards. My question is about flushes. Do you always hold four cards to a flush, even if the non-suited card is a high card? What if the card is an ace in Double Double Bonus, where four aces get you 2,000 ... (read more)
 

Keeping current on blackjack

25 March 2018
In the last few weeks, while I was focused on new slot games, a number of blackjack questions piled up. Let's try to answer a few. What do you think of the side bet that pays 10-1 if you push the dealer? This one pops up from time to time under different names. The reader who asked mentioned seeing it at Palace Station as Push Your Luck. ... (read more)
 

Baccarat card counting and craps 'put' bets

22 March 2018
QUESTION: Tell me something about the tie bet in baccarat. It seems to me that there must be some cards that make ties more likely, and that if you count cards there must be situations where the tie becomes a good bet. Do you have any tips on when to play the tie bet? ANSWER: Most casinos pay 8-1 on tie bets when the dealer and banker hands have the same value. ... (read more)
 

To Egypt and beyond

18 March 2018
Anyone who's spent much time playing video slots has encountered ancient Egyptian themes. When it comes to pyramids, the Sphinx, scarabs and asps, there seems to be a strong archeologist strain among slot players. Incredible Technologies is the latest slotmaker to delve into the ancient mysteries with its new game, Rays of Egypt. ... (read more)
 

Blackjack dealer shows his hole card

15 March 2018
QUESTION: I was at a blackjack table and one dealer was exposing his hole card on every hand. When he rotated off our table, I was really tempted to follow him, but I resisted. I don't want to get into a whole thing about whether I should or shouldn't have told him he was tipping his card. I just want to know if there's any special strategy to follow when you can see both dealer cards. ... (read more)
 

Pop culture slots

11 March 2018
Pop culture themes on slot machines have been regularly attracting players since the rise of video slots in the late 1990s. There were a few licensed themes before that — Bally's Betty Boop and IGT's Wheel of Fortune three-reel games come to mind — but video really opens the door for designers to show off what movies, TV, board games and music themes bring to the slots. ... (read more)
 

Electronic craps

8 March 2018
QUESTION: I found a craps machine game with bouncing dice, and the odds look pretty enticing. Instead of 30-1 on 2 or 12, it pays 31-1 and instead of 15-1 on 3 or 11 it pays 16-1. Hardways pay 10-1 and 8-1 instead of 9-1 and 7-1. What does that do to the house edge? Does that make these viable bets, instead ... (read more)
 

Asian games abound

4 March 2018
Asian themes have become slot machine staples, with images of Far Eastern gardens, koi fish, pagodas and more taking their places along symbols of good luck and progressive jackpots. Nearly every game manufacturer has Asian-style offerings, and there are a number of such themes on their way to casinos for 2018. ... (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