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Playing two machines

31 August 2017
QUESTION: Is there any advantage to playing two machines at once? I don’t just mean slots. I mean video poker and video keno, too. My game is keno. I have a set of numbers I like, and it seems to me they come up more often if I’m playing two machines. ANSWER: Your numbers do come up more often, but that doesn’t really help you. ... (read more)
 

Playing video poker one day

27 August 2017
When my wife Marcy and I went out to play one stormy July morning, I didn’t expect my focal point to be a nickel multi-hand video poker game, but there are times a change of course is needed. This change, to Powerhouse Poker, saved my day. When we go out together, it’s a strictly low-roller day. Marcy loves penny video slots and we just look for seats together. ... (read more)
 

Full-pay Deuces Wild

24 August 2017
QUESTION: When I learned to play Deuces Wild, I used Lenny Frome’s strategy chart and it said to pick that when dealt two pair, you should pick one to hold and discard the other. I’ve been playing that way ever since. But last time I played, some guy next to me said, “You know, you should hold both pairs there.” His friend agreed, nodding her head and saying, “That’s right.” They seemed so sure. ... (read more)
 

Hot dealers

20 August 2017
Every blackjack player has run into hot dealers. You know the drill. You have blackjack, the dealer has blackjack. You feel good with your 20, but the dealer pulls 21. You double down with 11 vs. 6, draw a 7 for a decent enough 18, but the dealer strings out three or four low cards to beat you with 19 or better. ... (read more)
 

Pitch blackjack

17 August 2017
QUESTION: I’ve always played blackjack games where the player cards are dealt face-up. You can’t touch the cards. I had to make an adjustment when I was playing a two-deck game for the first time. The dealer didn’t want me to pick up my cards until after all the cards were dealt. He wanted me to pick them up and hold them with one hand, and he got all serious when I used two. ... (read more)
 

Not so winning ways

13 August 2017
When I’ve shared readers’ stories of their first casino trips, they’ve almost always involved winning times. There’s a great deal of selection bias there. The majority of players lose money on their first trip, just as most players contribute a little something to the casino’s bottom line more often or not. ... (read more)
 

Probability of great hands

10 August 2017
QUESTION: I got three-of-a-kind two hands in a row in Three Card Poker. It was pretty exciting. I was betting $5 on Pair Plus, so at 30-1 I won $150 on the first time. Then I raised the bet to $10 and won $300 the second time. That’s all in addition to wining ante-play against the dealer, too, and getting the 4-1 ante bonuses there. ... (read more)
 

Talking jackpots

6 August 2017
Rick and Ellen are slot players who are friends of friends. I see them two or three times a year in group outings, but they’re always ready to talk slots. The last group get-together was on a Friday in early June. Rick and Ellen were psyched for a casino visit the next night, and they asked if my wife and I wanted to come along. ... (read more)
 

Per-decision or per-roll craps bet?

3 August 2017
QUESTION: I’ve been looking at tables of house edges on craps bets, and for some I see different house edges per roll and per decision. The edge on a place bet on 6 or 8 is 1.52% per decision, or 0.46% per roll. Now, I’ve been playing craps for 30 years and have read a lot about it, and you, Frank Scoblete and everyone else always list the edge at 1.52%. ... (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