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22 February 2015QUESTION: Most of the low-limit blackjack tables near my house have the 21 + 3 side bet, which you’ve written about before. However, one casino has Lucky Ladies with this pay table: two Queens of hearts when the dealer has a blackjack, 1,000-1; two Queens of hearts, 125-1, total of 20 when the card...read more
21 February 2015From Ron:I found a video poker game at Winstar World Casino in Thackerville,Oklahoma with a strange pay table. It was 250/50/25/12/6/4/3/2/1 for 1coin.The pay for 5 coins for a royal flush was 4000 coins. It was ajacks or better, not a bonus game or anything like that...read more
20 February 2015Dear Mark: I am a freak of nature. Of the 50 times that I have played slots, maybe twice I left with $20 to $40. All the other times I have lost big. One time, I went with a lucky elderly teacher friend of mine and she won $300. I lost $50...read more
20 February 2015Seals With Clubs, the most popular Bitcoin-based online poker room, announced Friday morning that it is suspending operations and encouraged players to withdraw their existing balances as soon as possible."On approximately February 11th, 2015, several events occurred related to operational security...read more
19 February 2015Splitting pairs in blackjack is sometimes a matter of playing offense and sometimes defense. And sometimes, you skip the split and hope for the best with your original hand.I had a run of some of each recently, an odd little session where I was dealt pairs of 9s several times within a couple of hours...read more
18 February 2015Love reading your column. Don’t always agree with you but, hey, that’s life. In your most recent column about casinos and racinos you talk about a 95% payout is a 95% payout. I’m hung up on the 95% not what you explained in the column...read more
17 February 2015FROM VINCENT: Please help me think this through via your experience and math skills. I think I have found a better way to utilize the Pass Line bet at craps.In craps, the traditional advice is to bet as little as possible on the Pass Line and then take the “Odds” bet as high as possible once the Point is established.I have wondered if the logic I use below should be given some consideration by gambling writers such as you...read more
16 February 2015My wife is the president of a non-profit organization in our town that is focused on bringing together and supporting families with young children. The board is made up entirely of women with one exception, and most of the events are geared towards mothers.As a result, the one male member of the bo...read more
15 February 2015QUESTION: Have you ever heard of Caribbean Draw Poker? It's like Caribbean Stud Poker, but you can draw one or two cards and the dealer has to have a pair of 8s of better to qualify.ANSWER: Caribbean Draw has been around for a long time, but has mainly disappeared from the casino scene...read more
14 February 2015I’ve been helping casinos improve the quality of their customer service for more than 20 years and I’ve been writing about the topic of customer service just as long. Occasionally, I like to let other people speak for me just so readers can see that I’m not making all this stuff up.This is one of those occasions...read more