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Advantage video poker

30 July 2017
Video poker games in which skilled players can claim an edge over the house have become increasingly rare. Games such as 10-7 Double Bonus Poker, which pays 100.17% with expert play, and full-pay Deuces Wild, 100.76%, survive in limited numbers in Nevada. But in Atlantic City, there are a few 99%-plus games, maxing out with a 99.9% version of Double Joker Wild. ... (read more)
 

Can card counting work at baccarat?

27 July 2017
QUESTION: Please explain something to me about baccarat. I’ve read that the only strategy is in choosing whether to bet on banker or player, and that all the decisions on whether a hand gets a third card are automatic. Still, baccarat has to be a game where the odds are always changing, like blackjack, ... (read more)
 

Mary and Walker

23 July 2017
Every video poker player has favorites, whether they want the 2-for-1 two-pair paybacks on Jacks or Better or Bonus Poker, the wild cards on Deuces Wild or the big four-ace bonuses on Double Double Bonus Poker and many other games. At pick-and-choose time, Walker had another method. “We’re regulars at a casino that has an alcove with 50 video poker machines. ... (read more)
 

Real blackjack versus video blackjack

20 July 2017
QUESTION: My friend used to insist that he got a better deal on video blackjack than on tables. I showed him where the games he was playing paid even money on blackjacks and was a terrible game. He still insists some of the machines are better than tables. Have you ever seen a machine game that was better ... (read more)
 

Money management and you

16 July 2017
Money management is an important concept in gambling. Anything that helps you discipline yourself to keep losses under control while making sure you keep at least part of any winnings is a good thing. However, when Jason, a loyal reader and slot player, e-mailed to ask “What’s the best money management system to beat the slots?” I had to urge him to slow down. ... (read more)
 

Creating the jackpot

13 July 2017
QUESTION: My wife has me playing these penny slots with multiple progressives. No matter how much you bet, the jackpots are the same size. Why would anybody bet more than the minimum? ANSWER: There are two methods that casinos and slot manufacturers use to offer jackpots to all players, regardless of how much they bet. ... (read more)
 

Getting the edge at craps

9 July 2017
Last week, I mentioned that a number of readers had e-mailed recently asking for details on how the house gets its edge on various games. In response, I explored some of the arithmetic behind roulette. This week, let’s focus on craps, which long has been the second-most-popular table game in American casinos, behind only blackjack. ... (read more)
 

What about 5-Card Charlie?

6 July 2017
QUESTION: Can I tell a story? I’d learned to play blackjack at home years before I went to a casino, and that was about 10 years ago. The rules differences were a surprise. The first time I tried to claim a five-card Charlie and the dealer not only said no, he called out to the pit, “We have a Charlie player ... (read more)
 

Getting the Roulette Edge

2 July 2017
Questions readers ask most frequently go in cycles. For the first couple of years I wrote this column, when legalized gaming was new to much of the country, “How do I get a casino job?” was top of the list. Soon that was replaced by “How do I beat slots?” and then by strategy questions on video poker and blackjack. ... (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