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Some interesting slots and some easy games

2 May 2019
QUESTION: What do you think of these slots where you can win a different number of free spins depending on numbers on the symbols? You need at least three symbols, and when you get them, you add them up for a number of spins. One that I play has a maximum number of 7. If you got three of the 7 symbols, you’d get 21 spins. ... (read more)
 

Breaking down the craps place bets

28 April 2019
Comparisons in wagering options at casino games usually are made in terms of the house edge. Craps players know the house edge on place bets on 6 or 8 is 1.52%, far better than the 4% on 5 or 9 or the 6.67% on 4 or 10. Sometimes, I get a request to break down what that means in terms of dollars and cents. ... (read more)
 

Getting the edge on the 12

25 April 2019
QUESTION: I was thinking about craps and betting on 12. The true odds are 35:1 and it pays only 30:1, so there’s a big house edge. But what if I’ve been counting and I know there’s been no 12 for 10 rolls, or for 20, or for 30? There has to be a 12 at some point, doesn’t there? How many rolls do I have to ... (read more)
 

Tackling reduced-pay video poker

21 April 2019
Video poker strategies in print and online nearly always are geared for high-paying games. The problem is, the high-payers are becoming increasingly rare. At a large majority of casinos, reduced pay tables are the only ones available. Getting the most out of reduced pay tables requires adapted strategies, often driven by differences in returns on flushes. ... (read more)
 

Bad blackjack plays

18 April 2019
QUESTION: I get that you and many others who write about blackjack say it doesn’t make a difference when someone makes a bad play and takes the dealer’s bust card. I still hate it. Just this week, the third baseman had 9-3 for 12 and the dealer had 2, and that guy hit, got a 10 and cost everybody. He busted. ... (read more)
 

Money management

14 April 2019
At a dinner party recently, I fell into conversation with Kerri, a blackjack player. I’d recently been asking players about the best and worst advice they’d ever received, so I put the question to Kerri. She immediately gave me a discourse on money management, a topic near and dear to players’ hearts. ... (read more)
 

Two jackpots

11 April 2019
QUESTION: In February, I was playing a 25-cent Double Bonus machine in Blackhawk, Colorado. It dealt me a royal flush in clubs. In mid-March, the same machine again dealt me a royal flush in clubs. In the intervening three weeks, it dealt me four aces, plus a few other four-of-a-kind. I understand the odds of being dealt a royal is 1 in 649,740. ... (read more)
 

'Hot' and 'cold' tables

7 April 2019
Within the large set of casino table games players, there’s a much smaller subset of those who scout tables before they play. They look for hot tables and happy players with large stacks of chips in front of them. They don’t want to be stuck with cold tables and vanishing bankrolls. I belong to the non-scouters. ... (read more)
 

The do and the don't

4 April 2019
QUESTION: I saw a weird thing at the craps table the other day. This guy was betting don’t pass and don’t come. He wasn’t bothering anybody, just making his bets, and nobody was bothering him either. The weird part was that he kept taking his bets down. Anytime the number was 6 or 8, he took the bet down. ... (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:

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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