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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Bad Blackjack and Bad Craps

19 October 2014
QUESTION: I have a neighbor who works for a casino, and I was bending his ear, telling him the blackjack games were getting too tight. They're still paying 3-2 on blackjacks here, but they all hit soft 17, even on a six-deck game, and some are double on 9, 10, 11 only with some other bad rules.I gu...read more
 
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Playing Positive Machines

18 October 2014
Positive expectation video poker can be found in casinos throughout the country. Positive expectation means that with perfect play the game will pay back more than 100 percent of what is played over the long run.You don’t believe these games are available?To be fair 100+ percent payback machines most often are progressive machines – those where the jackpot for getting a royal flush increases as a bank of machines is played...read more
 
Articles by Aaron  Todd
Articles by Aaron Todd

Report: U.S. authories seeking to extradite Bodog founder Calvin Ayre

16 October 2014
Bodog founder Calvin Ayre, who for years allowed U.S. gamblers to make online bets on sports, casino games and poker despite the fact that U.S. authorities maintained its actions were illegal, has been targeted for extradition by U.S. authorities, according to a recent story by the The Calgary He...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Team Play at Slots

16 October 2014
A few years ago, I spoke with a Wisconsin man who for more than a decade had been treating playing slots as a team sport. He and a group of friends traveled to Reno every year for the world’s largest cribbage tournament, and while they were there, they took a group plunge at an IGT Megabucks machine.It was a well-organized effort to catch lightning in a bottle, with 150 people each putting up $100 a year in advance...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Common Sense Advice for Slot Players

15 October 2014
There are slot players out there who believe that the casino can dial the paybacks up and down at will, at any time and even during play. No matter how much logic and law you present to these people to show that what they believe is not actually happening at all, they believe it nevertheless...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

More Mixed Nuts

14 October 2014
They are out there. Seriously. People who in centuries past might have been thought possessed by the devil or thought to be evil witches or Bedlam beggars or in-laws.I have the (small) privilege of getting letters from such people. These people fancy themselves as wise and winning or at least knowl...read more
 
Articles by Aaron  Todd
Articles by Aaron Todd

Top-10 things to know about dramaha

13 October 2014
A couple months ago, Greg Raymer sent a message to the FARGO (Foxwoods Annual Recreational Gambling Outing) e-mail listserv detailing a new poker game he called "dramaha."The game is a mix of Big O, or five-card Omaha, and five-card draw. As a home-game hero who loves playing a wide variety of poke...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Bonus Craps Bets

12 October 2014
QUESTION: My friend and I were playing around with the idea side bets, especially craps bets where you get a bonus if you win three times in a row. Maybe you’ve seen something like them. You bet the lucky number, and your bet stays in action until you’ve either won three times in a row or you’ve lo...read more
 
Articles by Martin R Baird
Articles by Martin R Baird

The Customer Service Culture

11 October 2014
For us, the buzz word of the year is “culture.” Every gaming property we meet with doesn’t want a “program.” It wants to create a casino customer service culture. We could be talking with management about a custom casino "Train the Trainer" session or a comprehensive program that includes everythi...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Where'd the Three Reelers Go?

9 October 2014
A recurring theme in my email box is, “Where have all the three-reel games gone?” Modern slot machine floors are dominated by video slots, with estimates of up to 85 percent of casino floors going to video.Still, there is a corps of players who like the reel-steppers that stood virtually alone as slot options into mid-1990s and which still made up the majority of machines into the early 2000s...read more

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