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8 September 2014I'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 up...read more
7 September 2014QUESTION: 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 a...read more
6 September 2014Casino 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 application...read more
4 September 2014One 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 return...read more
3 September 2014On 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 RNG...read more
2 September 2014FROM 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 bathroom...read more
31 August 2014QUESTION: 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 game...read more
30 August 2014At 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 differences...read more
29 August 2014Dear 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 (e.g...read more
28 August 2014With 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 experience...read more