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19 August 2015I was wondering about video poker machines and blackjack machines. Is there proof that they are not rigged somehow? In other words, the RNG is programmed to do its normal thing but, say, every 100 hands if it lands on a certain number that it somehow deletes the pick or changes it? A number of years ago at New York-New York Hotel & Casino, I was playing video poker and video blackjack and could not win anything...read more
18 August 2015It’s a quite familiar situation for many casino players. The session is not going well; you lose and lose and lose some more. Nothing seems to be working. You try this strategy and that strategy and even a few strategies that you know are completely ridiculous.You bet with the trends; you bet against the trends; you flip coins to figure out how to bet...read more
17 August 2015Las Vegas sports fans are starting to get excited at the prospect of having a National Hockey League team in their city.Billionaire businessman Bill Foley and the Maloof brothers, the former owners of pro basketball's Sacramento Kings, are working together to bring a professional hockey team to Las Vegas...read more
15 August 2015This is a follow-up question from a previous article about the house edge at craps from Bill:Hello Stickman,I understand the percentages you mentioned in your response to my original questions, and using your reply I can rephrase my question.On the come out I have a 2-1 edge on 12 rolls which is 33.1/3% edge...read more
14 August 2015Dear Mark: When a casino gives free slot play, does the slot machine “know” you are playing with the casinos free given “money?” It seems that spins on the slot machine change when I put my money in the machine. Say, for instance, I get $5 free play...read more
13 August 2015Carla is a regular reader of this column who likes to tell her stories. A couple of years ago, she told of a nice run with a betting progression at blackjack in which her $100 buy-in became $1,800.Her most recent e-mail came when I was collecting stories about alternatives for time away from their main games.“I probably spend 75% of my time at blackjack,” she wrote...read more
12 August 2015I’m a keno junkie. It seems to me that my favorite Game King keno machine is easier to hit playing nickels. When I use quarters it seems to pay less often. There is only one RNG per machine, right? Or is there one RNG for each denomination? And another variation on the same theme: I play Game Kings...read more
11 August 2015Russian authorities may be aiming to reclassify poker as a game of skill and regulate online poker in order to generate tax revenues to fund the state's sporting ventures.In July 2014, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov commissioned a study to assess whether or not poker is a game of skill...read more
11 August 2015I get several e-mails a month asking me what the best pressing method is. These usually refer to the table games, mostly craps, blackjack, mini-baccarat and roulette. I usually write back the following:“Do not bother to press because the extra money you put out there is subject to the exact same house edge as the original money...read more