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12 September 2016While was he was both proud and gratified to get official word last week that the renowned Football SuperContest at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino would break its own participation record, Jay Kornegay was not surprised.In fact, as far as the veteran vice president of race and sports operations is concerned, the best is yet to come.The annual football handicapping challenge, where participants pick five NFL games each week of the regular season against the spread, is the most widely known and most prestigious of its kind in the country...read more
11 September 2016QUESTION: You don’t seem to write much about Let It Ride, but could you answer a question? Once I look at my first three cards, I can either pull back one bet or let it ride. I was in a situation where I had 2-3-4 of clubs, and I let it ride, but then after the first common card was a 9 of hearts, I pulled back the second bet, and I wound up losing two of the three bets.Should I have let it ride, or should I have pulled back the first bet?ANSWER: The better strategy would have been to pull back the bet.As detailed by Michael Shackleford at wizardofodds.com, basic strategy after three cards calls for you to let you first bet ride only if you have a paying hand of a 10s or better; three parts of a royal flush; three consecutive suited cards if the low card is 3 or higher; three parts of a straight flush with one gap if the the hand includes at least one 10 or higher; or three parts of a straight flush with two gaps if the hand includes two 10s or higher.Note that suited A-2-3 and 2-3-4 are excluded...read more
10 September 2016As a typical gambler, you bring a certain amount of money with you on a gambling vacation that is strictly for gambling – right? Money that is expendable. Money that if lost will not mean you will miss making the next mortgage payment or that you cannot pay for that upcoming operation.If you are a smart gambler, you do...read more
8 September 2016In this age of multitasking, I will admit to moments of mutli-time wasting, checking out free online slots while watching baseball, football, basketball or hockey.Tens of millions of players flock to sites including Slotomania, Jackpot Party Casino, Heart of Vegas, Caesars, DoubleDown Casino, High 5 Casino and others...read more
7 September 2016Question: Do the local casinos' slots in Las Vegas have better payback percentages than those in the casinos on the strip? Answer: Yes. And no. How's that for a definitive answer? According to the slot payback page at the American Casino Guide's website, the payback percentages reported for The Strip area are consistently lower than those reported for the Downtown, Boulder Strip and North Las Vegas areas...read more
6 September 2016With the kickoff of football season upon us, sportsbooks like the one shown here at Wynn Las Vegas will be a busy place each weekend from now through the Super Bowl. "Don't do this; don't do that."If, like yours truly, you are a parent, you've probably spent half your adult life repeating these words to your children.But with football kicking off and a more captive and (hopefully) more mature audience in front of me, I'm taking this opportunity to spout some words of caution to those of you who plan to have an "interest" on the gridiron this fall.While you have every right to go ahead and ignore my friendly advice — much like my kids tend to do — be forewarned that the insights below come from more than two decades of being an avid recreational sports bettor...read more
6 September 2016Lon McEachern (left) and Norman Chad have been paired together on ESPN's coverage of the WSOP since 2003. (photo by ESPN)There have been plenty of ups and downs over the years for both the poker industry and Lon McEachern's career, but as ESPN begins its 2016 World Series of Poker telecasts this week, the two are both as strong as ever.Along with his inimitable TV partner Norman Chad, McEachern has become as integral to ESPN's WSOP coverage as the players themselves over the last 13 years — something the 59-year-old never imagined when he took the job as a freelance gig back in 2002."No, I never expected it would become this big...read more
6 September 2016Many new casino players approach the casino experience with a dash, dab or cartload of anxiety, while brand-new players can be frozen with terror.Newbies have fears: How are these games played? How do I get chips? How do I bet? Will other players yell at me for being unaware of how things go? What to do? What to do? The heck with it, I’ll head over to the slots...read more
4 September 2016QUESTION: I’ve been playing a lot of Super Times Pay lately, usually for quarters on Five Play. Do you know, is there any change in the odds of drawing a royal flush in regular games, on Super Times hands without the multiplier, and on Super Times with the multiplier?ANSWER: Let’s start with an explanation for those who haven’t played Super Times Pay...read more
3 September 2016By definition, gambling is the wagering of money or something of value on an event with an uncertain outcome with the primary intent of winning additional money and/or material goods. Gambling thus requires three elements be present: consideration, chance and prize.The outcome of the wager is often immediate, such as a single roll of dice or a spin of a roulette wheel, but longer time frames are also common, allowing wagers on the outcome of a future sports contest or even an entire sports season.The history of gambling goes back a very long time...read more