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7 December 2014QUESTION: The casino near my home has a lot of progressive video poker games. They usually have pay tables a little lower than on their non-progressive games, but then you get more on the royal flush. I know you’ve written about this before that there are break-even points, but doesn’t it make a di...read more
6 December 2014I’ve written a lot about the 9/6 jacks-or-better video poker game, touting it as one of the best video poker games to play because it returns 99.5% with expert play. (For those that don’t know, the 9 refers to the payout for a full house per coin played, and the 6 is the payout for the flush per co...read more
4 December 2014When I’m looking for a video poker game, the first thing I do is to check out the pay tables. If I see high pay tables, I play, and if I see low pay tables, I move on to other games.I don’t stop to worry about how the pay tables got there and who set them up, but it’s a concern for casino operators...read more
3 December 2014On Wednesday I received another sad email from the Trump Taj Mahal in AC advising me that it is closing. Here is my question: Several other casinos in Atlantic City have closed recently. What happens to all of the slot machines? I would love to buy one and put it in my sunroom as a piggy bank for my wife and myself...read more
2 December 2014The “bus people” is a common phrase in Atlantic City because so many of the weekday players come from different areas of the Northeast on buses for single-day visits. You see those buses tooling along the Garden State Parkway and the Atlantic City Expressway in the mid-mornings bringing players to ...read more
30 November 2014QUESTION: The new Race Ace slot machine you described sounds like fun, and I’d like to give it a go. However, when you’ve written about skill games in the past, I’ve never been able to find them in casinos. Do you know who will have Race Ace?ANSWER: I’m afraid I’m not going to be much help here...read more
29 November 2014Casinos use hundreds of new slot machines every year. Games rise to popularity, hit their peak, decline and are replaced by new themes in a matter of months.Table games are different. Blackjack and craps have been favorites for generations, and probably will be for generations more...read more
29 November 2014Dear Stickman,During my May visit to the Atlantic City, I decided to try my luck at one of the four full pay Jacks or Better video poker machines.Recognizing that these were dollar machines, I wrongly assumed that they would accumulate player points at the same rate as the other video poker machines in that casino...read more
26 November 2014I too believe that there is a lot more to the story about random number generators, near misses, etc. for regular slots -- and also how cards were and are being dealt in video poker. (And I have been a casino marketing director for almost 15 years.) And if there was one gaming writer who que...read more