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They are out there

23 September 2018
Casinos attract players from such a broad cross-section of the population that it would be surprising if they didn't also bring a broad sample of quirks. From time to time, readers tell me about a few of the odd things they've seen at the table. Here are a few for the collection. MARV: I was playing at a $10 blackjack table — the lowest limit available. ... (read more)
 

Five-card draw video poker

20 September 2018
QUESTION: Why are video poker games five-card draw? Casino card rooms don't even offer five-card draw. Why isn't a more popular game like Hold'em the base for video poker? ANSWER: The short answer is that five-card draw has resonated with video players and Hold'em has not. Over the last couple of decades ... (read more)
 

More on slots

16 September 2018
The most-played games in American casinos are slot machines, and the most-played slot machines are the penny games. Naturally enough, questions about slots are high in the mix of e-mail I receive from readers. Let's try to answer a couple that have come in recently. "What if there was an obstruction on a ... (read more)
 

Where does the blackjack edge begin?

13 September 2018
QUESTION: At what point does the house edge in blackjack kick in? I recall reading that a casino would never allow a person to make a one-time bet of a million because the house edge would not factor into a single transaction. So the issue then is at what point does the edge kick in. Since it is a proven ... (read more)
 

Getting help playing cards

9 September 2018
It's a given in casino card games that you're supposed to play your own cards. Nonetheless, players often request and receive advice — sometimes from the dealer, more often from other players. In mid-August, I found myself at a Mississippi Stud table with a player in obvious need of help, and the others weren't at all shy about lending aid. ... (read more)
 

Long sessions or short sessions at blackjack?

6 September 2018
QUESTION: I seem to do better at blackjack with short sessions and leaving the table when I'm four or five betting units ahead. I then move to another table. My friend tells all these sessions are not independent and the house advantage will still exist on a cumulative basis. Can you help? ANSWER: There's ... (read more)
 

What if dealers played basic strategy?

2 September 2018
When my old blackjack-playing buddy Bob and I get together, the talk doesn't always center on the game of 21. We've known each other long enough that talking blackjack usually means rehashing oft-told tales. But when we met at a casino buffet recently, Bob had a new topic. "What do you think the effect on the game would be if dealers could use basic strategy?" he asked. ... (read more)
 

Two hands versus one in video poker

30 August 2018
QUESTION: I was playing penny video slots next to a lady who was playing two games. She wasn't waiting for anything to stop. She'd hit one button then right away do the other machine. Even during free spins on one, she kept playing the other. I joked that it was all I could do to follow one game, there was no way I could keep track of two. ... (read more)
 

Flop Poker

26 August 2018
Whenever I'm in a casino for the first time or the first time in a long while, I like to take a long walk around the casino floor to get the lay of the land. Among the things I'm looking for are table games outside the usual mix. One that recently drew me in for a few hands is a poker-based game called Flop Poker. ... (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