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Frequency of blackjack hands

31 December 2017
Blackjack hands don't occur with equal frequency. You'll see 20 a lot more often than a staring hand of 5 or 6, and blackjacks more often than other two-card hands that include an ace. The frequency of 10-value cards makes a major impact. Because we treat 10, jack, queen and king as interchangeable 10s, there are four times as many 10s as any other denomination. ... (read more)
 

The Three Card Poker problem

28 December 2017
QUESTION: In Three Card Poker, how should I divide my bets between ante-play and Pair Plus? Should I bet equal amounts on them? Should I divide my bets so my Pair Plus is twice my ante? The latter is kind of my working theory, since whenever I bet after seeing my cards, that would bring my ante-play combination up to the same amount as the Pair Plus. ... (read more)
 

New slots and veteran players

24 December 2017
Reaching out to new generations while keeping current players happy is a constant challenge for the slot machine industry. Not every player is going to attracted to every game. Video slots with free-spin bonuses command the majority of play, but pick'em bonuses have a niche as do wheel-spin games, mystery progressives, community-style games and even three-reel games. ... (read more)
 

More loose slots

21 December 2017
QUESTION: Why don't the slot machine companies put higher paybacks on their machines? Wouldn't that give them a competitive edge? If Bally had 97% machines and IGT's were 90%, it seems like everybody would flock to play the Bally games. ANSWER: It's not the slot manufacturers who decide what payback percentages are on casino floors. ... (read more)
 

Playing with Dad

17 December 2017
Judd, an East Coast reader who contacted me recently, suddenly has a companion for casino jaunts: his father. "I've been playing off and on for close to 30 years, ever since my bachelor party in Atlantic City," he said. "In all that time, I've never been able to get Dad to come with me. "It changed when he went on a daytrip with his seniors group. ... (read more)
 

Big slot wins

14 December 2017
QUESTION: My sister-in-law wins on slots a lot, and I mean big money. She won two $20,000 jackpots last month, and this isn't the first time she's had runs like that. I don't know how many big jackpots she's had, but it has to be a dozen or more of $10,000-plus in the last three or four years. I asked her ... (read more)
 

What do you want?

10 December 2017
Different players are looking for different things in casinos. We all want to win, of course, but we don't all have the same dedication to finding the games with the lowest house advantage and then studying to cut that edge to the bone. Some players just want to have fun, and let the wins come when they may. ... (read more)
 

Improving video poker play

7 December 2017
QUESTION: I've been trying to improve my video poker strategy by using software that warns me when I make a mistake. I started with Jacks or Better and thought I had figured out straights to where I was drawing when I had 5-6-7-8 and another low card but not when I had 5-6-7-9. Outside straights vs. ... (read more)
 

Casino Solitaire

3 December 2017
Long before I ever visited Las Vegas, I heard tales of solitaire being offered as a gambling game. I've never actually seen the game in casinos, and have never quite been sure it really ever was offered. Still, the idea of solitaire as a casino game has persisted in the Las Vegas one-card-at-a-time mode on computer solitaire games. ... (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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Books by John Grochowski:

Winning Tips for Casino Games

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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