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Skill-based slots

22 November 2018
QUESTION: Some of the new machines are so far away from what I’m used to seeing that I wonder if they still should be called slot machines. If there are no spinning reels at all, even on a video screen, is it really a slot? ANSWER: I’m going to guess that you’ve seen some of the new skill-based slots that seem more like something you’d have on your PlayStation than casino games. ... (read more)
 

Blackjack mistakes

18 November 2018
Nearly every blackjack player makes mistakes from time to time, no matter how good we are. To err is human, after all. That doesn’t mean other players’ forgiveness is automatic, imperfect as they are themselves. My old blackjack-playing friend Bob drew the ire of the crowd recently when he made what he described as “a real bonehead play. ... (read more)
 

What's with straight flushes?

15 November 2018
QUESTION: The straight flush payoffs in video poker really bother me. They are so rare. Shouldn’t you be rewarded for getting something that rare? They pay less than four of a kind in a lot of games. What would they have to do to make a straight flush pay maybe 1,000 coins instead of 250? Make it pay a ... (read more)
 

New game: 31 Classic

11 November 2018
From time to time, table games inventors ask if I’ll take a look at their games, whether just to add my input or for a little publicity. I can’t get to every game – if I did, this column would be strictly a new games report. One that caught my eye recently is 31 Classic, which has had a good run at the Muckleshoot Casino in Washington state. ... (read more)
 

Who owns branded slot machines?

8 November 2018
QUESTION: When a slot machine is made by two different manufacturers, how does that work? There were Elvis slots by IGT and the Elvis slots by WMS. There were a couple of different Price Is Right slots, and I'm sure there have been others. What happens? Does one manufacturer have to pay the other one? Can ... (read more)
 

Tough video poker decision

4 November 2018
In early October I found myself at a 9/6 Double Double Bonus poker machine, with a man and woman occupying the two games to my right. He seemed to be the more experienced player, and he was giving advice on how to play her hands. It was loud enough that I couldn't ignore it, though I avoid giving my own two cents in such situations. ... (read more)
 

Hitting 12 versus the dealer's 2 or 3

1 November 2018
QUESTION: Can you explain the theory of hitting 12 in blackjack when the dealer has a 2 or 3? I see it on the basic strategy charts, so it must be the right play, but it just feels wrong. It seems like every time I hit 12, I get a 10 and bust. ANSWER: You'll get a 10 to bust an average of four hands per 13 trials, because there are 13 card denominations and four of them are 10-values. ... (read more)
 

Beating the house

28 October 2018
Wherever there are casinos, there are people looking for ways to beat the games. Mostly it's to no avail, and some attempts to swing the odds can even lead to larger losses. Still, you can't blame a player for trying. One who thought she had come up with something was Alysha, and her thought on beating the house is one of those that can lead to large losses. ... (read more)
 

Back-to-back wins and different colored cards

25 October 2018
QUESTION: I read your column with players' stories about winning back to back, even if the jackpots were small, and I wondered if my story qualified. I still like Super Jackpot Party after all these years. The casino I usually go to still has two of them on pennies, and they're the first games I look for. ... (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:

Winning Tips for Casino Games

> More Books By John Grochowski

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