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Articles by Aaron  Todd
Articles by Aaron Todd

Top-10 mouse in the house bets

8 September 2014
I've always been an acute observer of the change of seasons, and the season that always seems to accelerate the fastest is the fall. I'll never forget the day daylight saving time ended in my first fall in Lewiston, Maine, about 250 miles east of where I grew more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Slots and Video Poker Payouts

7 September 2014
QUESTION: My mom showed me something you wrote that said video poker games that have the same pay tables have the same odds, regardless of whether they’re quarters, dollars or anything else. Does the same go for slot machines? I get that you can’t tell exactly what the payback is, but if you look more
Articles by Henry  Tamburin
Articles by Henry Tamburin

Casino Credit and Money Management

6 September 2014
Casino credit is a good option for most players because it eliminates carrying around cash and you don’t have to pay any interest or fee. However, you will have to give the casino your personal information, including your bank account number.To establish a line of credit with a casino, you must complete a credit more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

When to Play Progressive Video Poker

4 September 2014
One of the decisions video poker players have to confront is when to play a progressive machine. The starting point is doing a quick calculation of expected returns, if you know the games and are up for a little arithmetic.On most video poker games, royals account for about 2 percent of the overall more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: How Video Poker Machines Deal

3 September 2014
On the IGT video poker machines I play in Atlantic City, they used to deal you 10 cards, five you could see and five cards behind them (I've heard them called shadow cards). Now they deal you five cards on the initial hand, and the next five are continuously being shuffled by the more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Three Card Poker Questions

2 September 2014
FROM BOB: Love your columns. Here’s one for you: my wife was playing $10 Three Card Poker. The table was full. The woman to the right of my wife went to the bathroom and her husband saved her seat. The very next hand, the player on my wife’s left got a royal flush.All at the table concluded that the royal WOULD HAVE BEEN my wife’s had the player not left for the more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

The Importance of Speed at Video Poker

31 August 2014
QUESTION: Playing video poker the other night, I noticed something. One, the guy on my left was playing VERY fast. It seemed like by the time I made a draw, he was three hands down the road. Is there any advantage to that? How fast can you play?ANSWER: Fast play is to the advantage of whoever has the mathematical edge on the more
Articles by John  Marchel

Gambling on the High Seas

30 August 2014
At last count there were at least 140 cruise ships around the world offering casino gambling. The cruise ship industry uses casino gaming as an added amenity for their customers, but casinos are not designed as the primary reason for a cruise.Although shipboard casinos are similar to land-based ones, there are more
Articles by Mark  Pilarski
Articles by Mark Pilarski

Deal Me In: Luck or skill?

29 August 2014
Dear Mark: Enjoy your column a lot, even though I don't regularly gamble. I am writing with a related question. My lady friend and I have been playing gin rummy for nearly a year. Games are to 200 points, and the statistics so far after 93 games are:Wins 47-46Points 16,391-16,379This strikes me as extremely close ( more
Articles by Vin  Narayanan
Articles by Vin Narayanan

Top-10 casino workers to appreciate on Labor Day

28 August 2014
With the Labor Day weekend upon us in the U.S., I thought it would be nice to honor the casino workers who make trips to Las Vegas, Foxwoods, Atlantic City and all of our other casinos special.These people work hard to make our trips to the casinos -- and the hotels many of them are attached to -- an enjoyable more

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