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Two big slot questions

6 May 2018
Slot machines are the most widely played games in American casinos. And naturally enough, the largest share of my e-mail from readers is about the slots. New players and new readers come aboard all the time, so there are common themes to reader questions. One major one has to do with whether bigger bets affect your chances of winning, for better or worse. ... (read more)
 

Get the strategy right

3 May 2018
QUESTION: I don’t understand why 9/6 Jacks or Better is supposed to pay more than 9/6 Double Double Bonus Poker. You’re really playing for four of a kind, and those pay so much more on Double Double Bonus. All you can get is 125 coins on Jacks or Better no matter what the four of a kind, and on Double Double Bonus you get at least 250 and can get 2,000. ... (read more)
 

Superstitions

29 April 2018
I’m not a superstitious sort. I don’t carry lucky icons, wear lucky clothing or perform good-luck rituals while I play. I’ve been known to egg on my brother Jay in his jackpot dance, probably to the amusement of surveillance rooms everywhere. If others have rituals they like to follow, more power to them. ... (read more)
 

Playing big baccarat

26 April 2018
QUESTION: I have a baccarat story and question. I hadn't played very much, and when I had it was at mini-baccarat. The $10 mini tables are more in my price range than the big bets in the high-limit rooms, and really, I like making my own hit/stand decisions. Blackjack is much more appealing to me than playing according to set draw rules, no matter how good the odds. ... (read more)
 

Playing the multi-hand games

22 April 2018
Independent inventors and small companies have left their mark on video poker, usually by licensing their creations to larger companies — mainly IGT. The multi-hand games that began with Triple Play Poker were devised by Ernie Moody at Action Gaming, then licensed to IGT. The same goes for IGT's Multi-Strike Poker, invented by Larry DeMar at his Leading Edge Design firm. ... (read more)
 

House edge and element of risk

19 April 2018
QUESTION: I was going through the page on Mississippi Stud Poker at wizardofodds.com and got to the part on the house edge, and it lists a house edge of 4.91% and an element of risk of 1.37%. Can you explain what that means? A 4.91% house edge seems to say this is a pretty bad game, almost as bad as the 5.26% on roulette. ... (read more)
 

Their first time

15 April 2018
For every player in every game, there has to be a first time. In craps, there are many players who were reluctant to take that first plunge. There are dozens of betting options and it takes time to get the hang of multi-roll bets such as pass and don't pass. I recently contacted several craps players of my ... (read more)
 

Payout differences

12 April 2018
QUESTION: You've written a number of times that there are different pay tables on Pair Plus in Three Card Poker, and that the most common one isn't as good as it used to be. Why is that? Why isn't the pay table standard? ANSWER: There are very few games in which payoffs are standard in all casinos. ... (read more)
 

Gavin's story

8 April 2018
Anybody who plays casino table games very often sees some odd things happen. I've heard from players who have told me of three of a kind on two and three hands in a row at Three Card Poker, a roulette player who accidentally wandered behind the table and was escorted away, and a blackjack player in a party pit who joined in with an Elvis imitator. ... (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:

> More Books By John Grochowski