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When do you want your wins?

1 October 2017
There’s no bad time to win at casino games. When the wins come, any of us would accept them gratefully. But if you could time your wins on a three-day trip, which would you choose: early wins, so you had extra cash for your getaway, or late wins, so you could be sure the money would be coming home? I asked for input from a group of slot and video poker players. ... (read more)
 

A Walk on the Wild Side

28 September 2017
QUESTION: I was playing a video slot with stacked wilds, and I got a stack filling the last reel. I said to myself more than anyone else, “I hate when that’s on the last reel.” I guess I was loud enough for others to hear, because the lady next to me said, “Really? I like it there. I always think that’s my ... (read more)
 

The math of the pass line

24 September 2017
Connie was a student at a daylong seminar I gave for a park district group around 10 or 12 years ago. I taught the basics of how to play casino games, and Connie discovered she loved craps. “I could never figure it out before that day,” she told me later. “It confused me. How could 7 be a winner sometimes ... (read more)
 

The Martingale and full-pay Deuces

21 September 2017
QUESTION: I have a question about the double-up Martingale, where you keep doubling bets until you win. I’ve looked online and I know you recommend against it, as do lot of gambling experts. But suppose I decide to try, starting with betting $5 on black in roulette. I lose six in a row, so I lose $5, $10, $20, $40, $80 and $160. ... (read more)
 

Their first time

17 September 2017
A while back, I relayed a story from a slot player who had a pretty bad time on her first casino visit. She’s a regular player today only because a friend convinced her to give it another try, and she had more fun the second go-round. That drew responses from many readers who wanted to share their own first-time experiences. ... (read more)
 

Video keno and blackjack

14 September 2017
QUESTION: In video keno, are you better off playing the same numbers every time, or changing them up? I like to bet hot numbers. If I see a number come up two or three times in a row, I include it in my set. If I see three numbers come up twice in a row, I bet them in a three spot. My niece works the other way. ... (read more)
 

The search for the perfect roulette system

10 September 2017
The first time I ever played roulette, I kept it simple. It was a $5 minimum table, and I did nothing but bet $5 on red or $5 on black for the hour or so I played. I was alone in my one-bet method. Everyone else at the full table was spreading chips all over the layout, looking for that perfect combination. ... (read more)
 

Progression betting

7 September 2017
QUESTION: I know you don’t like the double-up systems where you keep doubling your bet after losses until you win. What if you do the opposite, and keep doubling wins? Isn’t betting more when you’re playing with house money the way to go? ANSWER: I never look at it as playing with house money. Any money I win is mine. ... (read more)
 

Learning those soft hands at blackjack

3 September 2017
My old blackjack-playing friend Bob has a son named Mike who is more or less a chip off the old block – enough so that he’s working on basic strategy for when to double down on soft hands. “The big things, like when to hit, stand, split and double on hard hands, I have down pat,” Mike told me when the three of us met for lunch. ... (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:

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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