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Eschewing the big payouts

1 August 2019
QUESTION: I saw something happen at Three Card Poker and I wondered if you agreed with the player. He was betting only on ante-play, and the rest of us were betting both ante-play and Pair Plus. Naturally, he was the one who got a straight flush. Any of the rest of us would have had a big win at 40-1. ... (read more)
 

Sports betting at one year old

28 July 2019
More than a year has passed since the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door to legal sports betting, and while states haven’t rushed headlong through the opening, betting options are expanding rapidly. Sportsbooks are up and running in 10 states. Six more states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws ... (read more)
 

Good buy bets at craps

25 July 2019
QUESTION: I was playing craps my usual way. I bet pass and take full odds up to 5x. Then I place 6 and 8 – whichever one isn’t the point, or both if neither is the point. I noticed this guy a couple of spots away from me who kept buying 4 and 10. When I first learned craps, I learned buying reduced the edge a little from placing those numbers, but that still left bad bets. ... (read more)
 

Slot paybacks

21 July 2019
For decades, it’s been common knowledge among slot players that higher-denomination games bring higher payback percentages. Slotmakers and casinos rely on players knowing that because when players bet more, it means more profit for the house. Casinos may not keep as much on a percentage basis on the higher-denomination games, but the dollars and cents are bigger. ... (read more)
 

Two hands in Double Double Bonus Poker

18 July 2019
QUESTION: What would you hold with these two hands if you were playing Double Double Bonus Poker? : 1. Ad, Ah, 7d, 7c, 7h ? 2. Ad, As, 4h, 4d, 4c ? ANSWER: The best play in either case is to hold the full house as long as it pays at least 8-for-1. Assuming a five-coin bet, neither the 250-coin payoff on ... (read more)
 

Small blackjack strategy effects

14 July 2019
Not all basic strategy plays are created equal. Some blackjack hands are such close calls it takes only a slight difference in composition or in the proportion of remaining cards to flip the best play. A few months ago I mentioned hard 16 vs. a dealer’s 10 as one of those plays. Basic strategy charts tell ... (read more)
 

The issue of luck

11 July 2019
QUESTION: Do you believe in luck? When you win, have you been skillful or lucky? ANSWER: All games of chance have elements of luck. If you draw a royal flush at video poker, you’ve been lucky. If you have your chips on the pass line and the craps shooter makes six passes in a row, you’ve been lucky. ... (read more)
 

Paul's neighbor's roulette system

7 July 2019
When I hear from Paul, I expect a video poker question. I’ve mentioned him before, a student at a seminar in the 1990s who has contacted me from time to time ever since. Imagine my surprise when I opened an e-mail from Paul, and it was about roulette. “You know me,” he said. “I don’t play roulette. ... (read more)
 

Why are slot percentages better than table games?

4 July 2019
QUESTION: I was looking at the New Jersey revenue report for May, and I noticed something that struck me as really odd. At Borgata, it listed the casino win percentage as 15.1% on tables and 8.5% on slots. That means it paid players 84.9% on tables and 91.5% on slots right? The slots had higher payback percentages. ... (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:

The Craps Answer Book

> 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