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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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 more
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

World Series of Poker hosts Town Hall Meeting on Twitch

29 January 2016
Touching on a wide range of topics — particularly starting times, payout structures and the colossal undertaking of managing The Colossus for a second year — two of the most recognizable and central faces of the World Series of Poker took to Twitch on Thursday afternoon to conduct a WSOP Town Hall Meeting.Senior Vice President/Executive Director Ty Stewart and Tournament Director Jack Effel hosted the event, which lasted just over an hour and drew around 250 more
Articles by Mark  Pilarski
Articles by Mark Pilarski

Deal Me In: Rule #1: Check your firearms at the door

29 January 2016
Dear Mark: What are your thoughts on having a “generalized” house rules list for home poker play? I play with a friendly group, but at times, it can get testy over rules everyone should already know in advance. For instance, a disagreement ensued once over how many raises are allowed per betting more
Articles by Dan  Podheiser
Articles by Dan Podheiser

DFS news roundup: California bill advances to Senate with ease

28 January 2016
The California State Assembly became the first legislative body in the nation to approve a bill to regulate daily fantasy sports (DFS) on Wednesday, and it did so with a flourish.Three weeks after the Internet Fantasy Sports Game Protection Act (AB 1437) passed through a committee hearing by a resounding 18-1 margin, the bill needed 54 votes to move onto the state more

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