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Those multi-play machines

2 February 2017
QUESTION: I am really struggling with a strategy on multi-hand Double Double Bonus and Triple Double Bonus. It relates to getting dealt three aces with a kicker on Five or Ten Play. There are people who hold the kicker and I just can’t bring myself to do that. Yesterday it cost me a large hit when I got the fourth ace but had dumped the kicker. ... (read more)
 

Those queasy hands at blackjack

29 January 2017
A few weeks ago I wrote about playing blackjack with a fellow who took a queasy turn every time he had an 11 when the dealer had a 10-value face up. The correct basic strategy is to double down, but he couldn’t bring himself to do it. That column brought several responses from players who have their own queasiness about different parts of the basic strategy player. ... (read more)
 

Betting on other players' hands

26 January 2017
QUESTION: If the player next to me doubles for less, is it profitable for me to throw him a chip to make up the difference? Then if the bet wins, I keep the chip I gave him plus the winnings equivalent to my chip. ANSWER: As long as the double down comes on a hand in which doubling is the correct basic ... (read more)
 

Multi-Strike video poker

22 January 2017
Multi-Strike Poker and Five Play Multi-Strike have been with us for well over a decade, long enough to settle in as niche games. Casinos that reach out to video poker players with a large selection of games offer Multi-Strike, but not every casino carries it. I’ve always loved the games and still get questions about it. ... (read more)
 

Triple-zero roulette

19 January 2017
QUESTION: Have you heard about the new Sands Roulette game at the Venetian? Above the 0 and 00, there is another green space that has a capital “S” and a Sands logo. Is that a game they had at the old Sands that they’re bringing back? Besides having an extra bet, does it change the game? ANSWER: The ... (read more)
 

Locals versus destination casinos

15 January 2017
There are many ways to categorize casinos, and one of the primary divisions is locals casino vs. destination resort. All casinos strive to attract players from out of their region, but if you talk to players at a casino in the Chicago suburbs, for example, you’ll find most of the players are from Chicagoland. ... (read more)
 

Winning big and paying taxes

12 January 2017
QUESTION: A while back you wrote the IRS had proposed requiring tax forms on jackpots of $600 instead of $1,200. Have they made a decision, or is that still up in the air? ANSWER: I’ve received a number of e-mails asking this over the last several months, but I answered the writer directly and held off from bringing the issue here until a decision was reached. ... (read more)
 

Squeamish blackjack hands

8 January 2017
It’s a fact of life for most blackjack players that some hands will leave them feeling a little squeamish. I’ve often heard from players who hate hitting hard 16, even though they know hitting gives them the best chance to win whenever the dealer shows a 7 or higher. Splitophobia runs rampant with a pair of ... (read more)
 

Royal flush on Facebook Play

5 January 2017
QUESTION: I play at home on Facebook apps more than I play in casinos. Some of it is slots, but I play a lot of video poker. It’s pretty close to every day at home, and six or eight times a year in casinos. I seem to get royal flushes a lot at home, but I never get them in casinos. It’s exciting on an app, but all I’m getting is points, not $1,000 like in a casino. ... (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