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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Strategy Changes for Video Poker

7 December 2014
QUESTION: 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 more
Articles by Henry  Tamburin
Articles by Henry Tamburin

Video Poker Players: Don't Be Fooled!

6 December 2014
I’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 more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

All-Star Video Poker

4 December 2014
When 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 more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: What Happens to the Slot Machines When a Casino Closes?

3 December 2014
On 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 more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

The Bus People

2 December 2014
The “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 more
Articles by Vin  Narayanan
Articles by Vin Narayanan

Top-10 weather bets

1 December 2014
The weather plays an important role in our lives. Think about what you’re wearing right now -- odds are it was influenced by the weather. Winter coats, sweaters and sweatshirts come out during cold weather. It’s shorts and sandals during warm more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Where Are the Good Machines Located

30 November 2014
QUESTION: 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 more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Fun New Table Games

29 November 2014
Casinos 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
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Switching Casinos for Better Slot Club Points

29 November 2014
Dear 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 more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Reaction to "You Cannot Call Yourself a Slot Expert"

26 November 2014
I 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 more

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