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Really Wheel Poker

5 July 2018
QUESTION: I was interested in your post about Wheel Poker, and how the extra bet on the Wheel Bonus actually reduces the overall house edge. Is that true on Ultimate X, too? My wife and I both love to play Triple Play with Ultimate X. ANSWER: The extra bet to activate the Ultimate X feature does raise the ... (read more)
 

The Three Card Poker edge

1 July 2018
In discussing Three Card Poker, I've often mentioned that the house edge on the most common Pair Plus pay table is 7.28%, while the original version had a 2.14% edge. The difference is the payoff on flushes. When Derek Webb invented the game, it paid 4-1 on flushes. Today's most common version drops that by a unit to 3-1. ... (read more)
 

Beating the RNG

28 June 2018
QUESTION: I heard a story about a player in Canada who figure out that the random number generator would start at the same point every day and that patterns would recur. He won a lot of money betting when the winners would come up. If I went to the casino the first thing every morning, would the slots just repeat the previous day's patterns? ANSWER: No. ... (read more)
 

Those darn aces!

24 June 2018
A while back, I wrote about playing blackjack at a table that included a man who stood on all 16s, including soft hands. That drew reactions from readers such as, "That hurts just to read," and "How could you stand staying at that table?" Answer: I long ago learned not to let the bad plays of others bother me. ... (read more)
 

Multi-line video poker and legal sports betting

21 June 2018
QUESTION: There's been a big change in video slots that really bothers me. You don't get to choose the number of paylines you play anymore. At least you can't on a lot of the games. They're set up so you have to play all the lines. I like it when I can choose the number of lines, and I like to play just one line. ... (read more)
 

Is Jacks or Better better?

17 June 2018
When I walk through video poker areas in casinos, the game I see played most is Double Double Bonus Poker. Typically, there will be a few Deuces Wild players, a few on the extremely volatile Triple Double Bonus Poker and some on Bonus Poker Deluxe or Double Bonus Poker. It's almost become a surprise to ... (read more)
 

That winning combination

14 June 2018
QUESTION: You recently wrote that on lottery scratch-off games, the odds change as tickets are sold. If all the big winners are gone, later players have no chance at the jackpot. You further said that slot machines are different, and that the awarding of a jackpot doesn't eliminate it as a possibility. ... (read more)
 

Stay or stop?

10 June 2018
I never volunteer advice on strategy while playing in casinos, but the temptation was strong in early May when I found myself at a Mississippi Stud table where a new player — let's call him Bill — was being coached by a friend. Bill anted $5 and made an equal bet after seeing his two cards. After the first community card was turned up, Bill hemmed and hawed. ... (read more)
 

Win goals and loss limits

7 June 2018
QUESTION: I'm interested in the idea of win goals and loss limits to decide when to leave a game. You set a win goal, and if you reach it, you leave. You also set a limit on losses, and if you lose that much, you leave. Is that how you manage your money? Does it change if you have an edge, like a blackjack ... (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