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Many Faces of Jokers Wild

5 November 2020
A Joker's Wild video poker comes in many varieties, each with its own optimal strategy. A regular reader emailed recently to ask about a couple of Joker's Wild strategy points, and specified Kings or Better. A pay table was not specified, so I used these payoffs for a five-coin bet as a starting point: ... (read more)
 

The Big 6 and Big 8

1 November 2020
QUESTION: I have a craps question about betting on Big 6 or Big 8 vs. placing 6 or 8. I know the house edge is higher on the "Bigs," but to get the better odds on the place bets you have to bet in multiples of $6. What if I'm really short-bankrolled and betting $5 on Big 6 is going to make a difference to me vs. ... (read more)
 

Blackjack Strategies

29 October 2020
Blackjack basic strategy is not a one-size-fits-all mandate. Casinos offer differing sets of rules and playing conditions, so there are basic strategies adapted to fit the major rules variations of number of decks and whether the dealer hits soft 17. In the last decade or so, it's become common for dealers to hit soft 17 even in six-deck games. ... (read more)
 

Are the Odds the Same?

25 October 2020
QUESTION: You wrote recently that electronic games that use depictions of playing cards must offer fair odds. The odds of being dealt cards on electronic blackjack are the same as in table blackjack. Does the same thing apply to dice? I'm thinking specifically of the Hot Roll games on both slots and video poker. ... (read more)
 

Reopening Remarks

22 October 2020
After a long lull, readers have resumed sharing tales of back-to-back jackpots. Since casinos have re-opened, and reader experiences that have hit my email box include a couple of table stories that may not strictly fit definitions of "jackpot," but they're rare fun nonetheless. Merri: My favorite game is ... (read more)
 

Taking Down Pass and Come Bets

18 October 2020
QUESTION: A short time ago you wrote about players who picked spots to take down place bets on 6 and 8 in craps. There didn't seem to be any advantage to it, but whatever floats their boat. It started me thinking about taking down other bets. I'm only an occasional craps player so I'm probably just overlooking something, but you can take down place bets. ... (read more)
 

Slot Misconceptions

15 October 2020
Game themes change, bonuses change, but slot machine misconceptions are forever. I know, because I see them in my in box all the time. We can't see the inner game being played on the random number generator, so our minds try to fill in the gaps. My mid-September email brought a note from a slot player who was trying to apply his old three-reel slot system to video slots. ... (read more)
 

Raising Bets at Blackjack

11 October 2020
QUESTION: I read that blackjacks happen an average of once every 21 hands. That seems like good information. If you don’t get a blackjack for a while, when’s the right time to raise your bet? After 10 hands? More? Less? It seems like you should bet more when the chance of getting a blackjack is 1 in 11 instead of 1 in 21. ... (read more)
 

Electronic Blackjack

8 October 2020
Blackjack Bob doesn’t usually have random number generators on is mind. Almost all of his playing time is spent at live blackjack tables, though he has dabbled in online slots during the healthcare crisis. Nonetheless, when I contacted him in mid-September, he wanted to talk RNG. “I finally went back to play,” he told me. ... (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.

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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