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Is 9/6 video poker the best?

1 June 2017
QUESTION: I always heard that you should always look for 9/6 video poker games, but I overheard one player saying, “Look, this one’s 9/6,” and the other saying, “9/6 isn’t great on that game. Let’s keep looking.” What would they have been looking for? ANSWER: The first video poker game to be a big hit with ... (read more)
 

Words from experience

28 May 2017
Ten or 12 years ago, I took a park district bus trip to a casino, figuring I could get an article or two out of the experience. On board I met Mel and his wife Alice, a couple then in their 70s who got their first taste of casino gambling nearly 60 years ago. Mel had learned to play craps in his Army days, and that was his main game for decades. ... (read more)
 

The world's worst blackjack player?

25 May 2017
QUESTION: I have a blackjack story for you. Full table, low-limit game, one guy was hitting everything but 20s and 21s every time the dealer had a 10 up. The first time, he signaled to hit king-9, and the whole table went “NO!” along with “You can’t hit that!” and “Is that a serious play?” He insisted, and ... (read more)
 

What slots do players like?

21 May 2017
Slot players not only have favorite games, they have favorite types of games. Mary, a longtime slot player, e-mailed recently to say she didn’t get the attraction of free spin bonuses. “I love the ones where you pick things,” she said. “You’re part of the games in those, fate in your own hands, and you get to do something different besides watch the reels. ... (read more)
 

Why are they still called slot machines?

18 May 2017
QUESTION: The name “slot machine” comes from the coin slot, right? Now that machines don’t have slots, do you think that will change? ANSWER: It won’t change anytime soon. After more than a century of use, the name is so ingrained that even online players who risk no money in social casinos refer to the ... (read more)
 

Craps tales

14 May 2017
About a month ago, I wrote about Herm, a don’t pass player who said he mostly was left alone by craps players who prefer to bet with the shooter, but that he’d sometimes come across a player who made it a personal issue. Other readers have sent me their own craps yarns. They’re not all tales from the dark side. ... (read more)
 

Russian hackers

11 May 2017
QUESTION: Have you heard about the Russian slot hack where they could predict the next spin? They won money at casinos around the world. If random number generators are truly random, how is that even possible? You can’t predict random. ANSWER: The phrase I’ve often used in describing random number ... (read more)
 

Fooling slots redux

7 May 2017
A column on a woman’s attempt to beat slots by fooling the random number generator into thinking she was a big player drew several questions from readers. Her theory was that making big bets early would establish her as a potential big player, and since casinos want to reward big players, she would get a better payback percentage. ... (read more)
 

Machine mistakes and doubling on blackjacks

4 May 2017
QUESTION: A few years ago, I was playing a virtual craps game where the dice were vibrated to simulate a roll. The die was at an angle and I was not paid for the bet. I objected to the other players, and they said “ignore it, it happened yesterday” and that the attendant “wouldn't pay it.” A casino suit ... (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