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27 April 2016Question: This year I see a big change in the Konami Lion Festival machines at the Maryland Live casino. The machines pay differently and the reels drop differently. I believe Live has changed all the machines in the casino because MGM will open later this year near Washington, D.C. The casino tells me it has no control over the pay out or the way the machine operates...read more
26 April 2016You are a casino player. You are aware that the house has the edge on every bet that you can make. You are aware that very few players ever beat the casinos in the long run. (This column is not about them.)But you do enjoy playing. You enjoy testing yourself against Lady Luck...read more
25 April 2016Like most twentysomething poker players, my playing career began when Chris Moneymaker won the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event and sparked a poker boom around the globe.I was 14 years old when I first learned Texas Hold'em, and for the first few years, my playing experience was limited to home games with friends...read more
24 April 2016QUESTION: My buddy and I were playing craps, and a guy across the table looked at his watch and said he had to leave. He was playing don’t pass, and they just took his bets down for him and gave him his money. When I’m playing pass, they won’t let me take my bets down...read more
23 April 2016Most blackjack players have a love/hate relationship with the ace. They love it when they get an ace but they hate it when the dealer shows the ace. Overall, the ace is our best friend and it’s important to know why.First, let’s look at why we hate the ace; namely, when the dealer gets it as his upcard...read more
22 April 2016Dear Mark: The Michigan Lottery offers a game called PokerLotto. It includes a draw poker hand from the machine against a poker pay table. Then, there is a 7:30 p.m. drawing in the evening where if the cards on your ticket match the exact poker hand shown on TV, you win $100,000...read more
22 April 2016Not too long ago — I won't say exactly when, because you don't need to know how lazy we are — the editorial department here at Casino City was given a review membership for the Reading Poker Tells video training series by Zachary Elwood, author of Reading Poker Tells and Verbal Poker Tells...read more
21 April 2016A reader named Bill contacted me to ask about betting options at roulette.“Everything I read tells me the house has the same edge no matter what bet you make,” he wrote. “So if all bets are created equal, why have all those different bets?”The house edge is the same, 5.26% on all bets but one on a double-zero wheel, with the exception being the five-number bet on 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3.That’s not the same as saying all bets are created equal...read more
20 April 2016Question: I know all about the RNG and slot machines. However, I noticed some machines have good, better and best on the choices. For example, the 30-cent bet will have good on the button. The 90-cent button and above will have better or best on the button...read more
19 April 2016Let’s go back in time for a brief moment. Recall how the old film crews would have their director shout out, “Lights, camera, action!” and the actors would scurry about their scene and the lighting director would make sure they could be seen and the scene and the seen played themselves out.Jump to our modern-day casinos...read more