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3x, 4x, 5x odds at craps

2 November 2017
QUESTION: I went back and read about 3x, 4x and 5x odds in craps, and how they make the payoffs easy. Is easy really the point, though? What if I wanted to make a 3x odds bets on a point of 5 or 9? Would they refuse your money? ANSWER: The dealers wouldn't refuse your money, but they might urge a different bet, to the point of helping you size it correctly. ... (read more)
 

Asian Poker

29 October 2017
Take a walk through the Asian games room at a large casino sometime, and you'll see a different mix than on the main casino floor. Baccarat is a must, and operators mix and match from a list that includes pai gow tiles, pai gow poker and sic bo — along with a little blackjack or craps. A newer game that ... (read more)
 

Becoming a pro slot player

26 October 2017
QUESTION: I was wondering if you could give me some advice at becoming a professional slots player. I'm 26, working for a marketing company, and in a really good spot because of two big slots jackpots. They were both on penny progressive games, one for $25,000 and a little extra and the other for a little under $15,000. ... (read more)
 

Three Card Draw Poker

22 October 2017
My e-mail recently brought word from the Tropicana in Atlantic City that it was adding Three Card Draw Poker to its roster of table games. It's a game of some interest. I liked when I sat in for a few hands in a no-cash demonstration a year ago. It's easy to play, and its listed house edge of 1.03% of total ... (read more)
 

Big craps rolls and big house edges

19 October 2017
QUESTION: I was just at a craps table where the shooter just never rolled sevens. He made his points, and he didn't even roll sevens on the comeouts. There had to be 20 rolls in a row without a 7. It was uncanny. What are the odds of a streak like that? ANSWER: On any given roll, the odds are 5 in 6 that ... (read more)
 

Optimal blackjack play

15 October 2017
In my close to 30 years of playing blackjack, it's seemed to me that other players are getting better, with a greater percentage playing basic strategy, That isn't to say the guesswork players have disappeared. Numbers may be reduced, but some remain, and some of their plays are . . . um . . . not optimal. ... (read more)
 

Those hidden house edges

12 October 2017
QUESTION: Can you tell me if Bally's Roulette game (upright slot) is a true game of chance with the bouncing ball, or if the machine is being controlled or set based on betting patterns? ANSWER: It is a true game of chance with results determined by a random number generator. The RNG receives no information on your betting patterns. ... (read more)
 

Some questions about slots

8 October 2017
My e-mail brings more questions about slot machines than anything else. Most of are of the "how can I find a hot machine?" or "how can I tell when a machine is ready to pay off?" variety. For those, I have no answer — you can't tell from looking at a machine whether it's a high payer, and with random results, machines are never "ready" or "due" to pay off. ... (read more)
 

Deuces Wild and a weird blackjack hand

5 October 2017
QUESTION: I was interested in your column on adjustments in moving away from full-pay Deuces Wild strategy. It did leave me wondering about the term “full-pay.” There are so many versions of every game. Who decides what full-pay is? Does a full-pay game have to pay 100%? ANSWER: The term “full-pay” to ... (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:

The Craps Answer Book

> More Books By John Grochowski