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Losing while winning

31 January 2019
QUESTION: I don’t see why it is inevitable for a roulette combination to lose money when it wins more often than it loses. If you bet enough different numbers, whether corners, red/black, columns or whatever so that you have 80% of the numbers covered, you have an 80% chance of winning. You’ve stressed that every wheel spin is an independent trial, and past results don’t influence the outcome. ... (read more)
 

Are table games forever?

27 January 2019
Slot machines come and go so rapidly that virtually every player has a list of old favorites that now are absent from casino floors. Table games turnover is much slower. Once a game has established itself as a player favorite, it’s usually in for a good long run. Blackjack, craps, roulette and baccarat have ... (read more)
 

The rude dealer

24 January 2019
QUESTION: I had a blackjack dealer rooting against me, which was kind of weird. Actually, she was rooting against the whole table. When she rotated onto our table, she took cards out of the shuffler and said, “Let’s lose some money!” A couple of guys said, “Yeah!” but the rest of us looked at her funny. ... (read more)
 

The comeback machine

20 January 2019
Double Bonus Poker once was one of the games I played most, but I’d fallen out of the habit in recent years because pay table reductions had taken the fun out of the game. In December, when I found a bank of machines with 9/7/5 (9-for-1 on full houses, 7-for-1 on flushes, 5-for-1 on straights) Double Bonus, a 99.11% game with expert play, I just had to give it a go. ... (read more)
 

Where's my royal?

17 January 2019
QUESTION: I play video poker once a week, a couple of hours at a time. I can be that specific because my wife and I go with friends every Thursday morning. It’s the eight of us, and we never miss a week. We have breakfast, go play, have lunch and come home. Last year was the first in a long time that I didn’t get a single royal flush. ... (read more)
 

Betting styles

13 January 2019
Readers’ tales of big wins almost always come from slot players, with video poker players making up a substantial minority. Rarely do they come from table players. That’s normal given the nature of the games. A huge win on the slots can strike in a single spin. When table players have winning sessions, it usually means grinding out more wins than losses over extended play. ... (read more)
 

A rule for 6:5 blackjack games

10 January 2019
QUESTION: Knowing that we must avoid 6:5 blackjack payoffs should be rule No. 1 for players, but let's assume we have a need to play (whatever the reason) and that's the only game in town, there is really no such thing as "even money" anymore, is there? As an example, we bet $10, have a blackjack and the dealer shows an ace. ... (read more)
 

Happy New Year!

6 January 2019
As 2018 morphs into 2019, I begin my 26th consecutive year of writing casinos columns on a weekly — and sometimes twice weekly — basis. It’s been a long, strange trip filled with change in games and technology. But there have been constants. For me, one is my annual tradition of New Year’s resolutions for gamblers. ... (read more)
 

Doubling soft 17 hands

3 January 2019
QQUESTION: I read something you wrote about doubling down on soft 17 vs. the dealer’s 3, 4, 5 or 6, and something about it just seems off kilter to me. In every case, you said the average profit per dollar of your original wager when you double was very nearly twice the profit when you hit. For A-6 vs. ... (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

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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