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Articles by Mark  Pilarski
Articles by Mark Pilarski

Deal Me In: Prune the hedges from your craps game

5 February 2016
Dear Mark: When playing craps, I am aware that it is best to stay away from any prop box bets. But when playing the don't pass line for a $10 bet with a max lay of $60, if the point is a 4 or 10, is it wise to hedge this bet with a $10 hard 4 or 10? Bill P.In 1933, Wilson Mizner lay dying...read more
 
Articles by Dan  Podheiser
Articles by Dan Podheiser

DFS news roundup: Payment processor Vantiv bows out of industry

4 February 2016
The daily fantasy sports industry experienced a major setback late last week when a payment processor told the major DFS sites it would no longer handle their transactions and was leaving the industry entirely.The New York Times reported that Vantiv Entertainment Solutions, which handles a "significant number of transactions" for both DraftKings and FanDuel, told its clients that it would "suspend all processing for payment transactions" in the U.S...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Streaks

4 February 2016
Streaks are part of life at the gaming table, but there’s no tendency for a hot streak to stay hot.Still, the hot streaks are fun. Here are a few streaks readers have shared in the last few months:Hayden: My wife and I went to a riverboat with about $300 between us...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Do slot machine bonus rounds have to pay something?

3 February 2016
Question: If a slot machine has a bonus round, does the bonus round have to pay something? Answer: I wish that were true, but there's no requirement that a bonus round has to pay anything. It's incredibly disappointing to finally get to the rare bonus round on a machine and then not win anything during the round. I occasionally play some Bally machines that have variations of Blazing 7s games as their bonus rounds...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

New York advances online poker bill

2 February 2016
The New York state Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee advanced an online poker bill this morning during a hearing that lasted a swift three minutes and 55 seconds and addressed six different bills.In a 9-0 vote that was taken before the proceedings began via the live stream, Sen...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

The werewolf

2 February 2016
I think just about everyone reading this column knows the basic story of the werewolf, the half-man/half-beast monster that terrorizes villages, towns and cities when the full moon rises. A werewolf cannot control this inner beast and when the silvery moon bathes him, well, blood is spilled, flesh is shredded, terror reigns; in short, all hell breaks loose.The werewolf can only be killed by a silver bullet, and most werewolves do in fact meet this doom...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Explaining the history of Super Bowl proposition bets

1 February 2016
The frenzy has become an annual tradition at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.The week before the Super Bowl, the crack staff at the resort's SuperBook officially releases its highly anticipated portfolio of 400 or so proposition bets...read more
 
Articles by Aaron  Todd
Articles by Aaron Todd

Top 10 prop bets for Super Bowl 50

1 February 2016
On Sunday, the Carolina Panthers will try to complete one of the most successful seasons in NFL history against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. The game features an exciting young quarterback in Carolina's Cam Newton, taking on living legend Peyton Manning, who may be playing the last game of his NFL career.Of course, fans in Carolina and Denver will be cheering for their team, while millions more will tune in to the game to watch the action, the commercials and the halftime show.There will also be millions of people watching because they've got something on the line...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Stacked symbols and Megabucks

31 January 2016
QUESTION: Do stacked symbols, especially the really long stacks, make it easier or harder to win on slot machines?ANSWER: Stacked symbols are a tool used by game designers to create the possibility of large, multiple-payline wins. You might even get stacks of the same symbol on every reel, covering every space on the screen...read more
 
Articles by Henry  Tamburin
Articles by Henry Tamburin

Understanding 'expected value' in video poker

30 January 2016
I often use the term expected value (or EV) when I’m writing about the best video poker playing strategies. Even though EV is foreign to most players, smart players know what that term means and how it is determined.EV is a mathematically precise term that represents the average return that you can expect when holding a group of cards in a hand...read more

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