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Making It Easy

18 June 2020
A few months ago, when we were still crowding into live casinos, I relayed reader tips to help make a day out go a little smoother. They weren’t earthshaking strategy tips that will help you win. Instead, they were little peace of mind tips: Put low denomination chips on the outsides in the craps rack to ... (read more)
 

Low Rolling Craps

14 June 2020
QUESTION: Assume I can’t afford to back my pass or come bets with odds. You can assume that because it’s true. I buy in for $100 at a $5 table if I can find one, or sometimes $200 at a $10 table, and that buys me a little time with pass or come with no odds and place bets on 6 and 8. Is that the low roller ... (read more)
 

This New Casino World

11 June 2020
Like many of you, I have friends of longstanding I haven’t been able to see face-to-face during the healthcare crisis. Ellen is a longtime reader who first contacted me way back in the ’90s to ask about player rewards. In mid-May, she reached out again, this time to tell a story about what she’s been up to since the healthcare crisis led to shutdowns of live casinos. ... (read more)
 

The Cut Card Effect in Blackjack

7 June 2020
QUESTION: I recently heard of something called “the cut card effect” that raises the house edge a little when a cut card is used in blackjack. Why would that make any difference? Isn’t the proportion of the cards the same? Does it apply to online blackjack? ANSWER: Last question first: Most online blackjack games have a fresh shuffle for every hand. ... (read more)
 

Mining Information

4 June 2020
Connor is a New York player with a difference: He’s been spending his down time trying to see what he can glean from casino revenue reports. “They tell us how much casinos are earning from slot machines, from table games, from sports betting,” he said via email. “Those have to give me some clue as to what ... (read more)
 

Hitting Soft Hands

31 May 2020
QUESTION: My friends and I were joking about doubling down on blackjack, not that we’d really do it. But it got us to talking. How high would you really go in hitting or doubling on a soft hand? I guess you’re supposed to hit or double on soft 17, but what about soft 18 or soft 19? Surely not soft 20? ... (read more)
 

Fast Video Poker Games

28 May 2020
If Double Double Bonus Poker is a roller coaster and Triple Double Bonus Poker is a bungee jump, what do you make of Triple Triple Bonus Poker? A skydive? A skydive with a hole in the parachute? Triple Triple just recently came to my attention, the newest in International Game Technologies’ line of video poker games. ... (read more)
 

Reopening of the Casinos

24 May 2020
QUESTION: When casinos are allowed to reopen, will they be able to offer a full range of games? Will social distancing make a difference? ANSWER: Every jurisdiction will have its own regulations for reopening. New Jersey, Nevada, Illinois and Oklahoma regulations won’t necessarily all look the same. ... (read more)
 

The Virtual Meal

21 May 2020
On a Tuesday morning, I was in my home office and a message window popped onto my screen. “Whatcha doin’? Got a little time?” It was Blackjack Bob. Talking blackjack over a buffet lunch is out for now. Serve-yourself lines seem like something from long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away. Messaging we could do. ... (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