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Top 10 most-read stories of 2015

4 January 2016

Casino City is the undisputed home for gambling tips and strategies. And, using our traffic numbers as a gauge, our readers are always on the hunt for ways they can gain an edge the next time they walk into a casino.

For proof, look no further than the below list of the most-read articles from 2015, a collection of shrewd articles and columns from our resident "Gambling Gurus," with detailed explanations and insightful tips on everything from splitting 10s in blackjack (yes, there are a few instances where this is actually a good idea) to finding a "hot" slot machine, to making sure you are playing the most advantageous games at a casino.

If you were one of the few who didn't read these articles over the last 12 months, do yourself a favor: Digest each and every one of them before you make your next casino visit. At the very least, they are sure to increase your gambling IQ and maybe even help you make a profit in 2016.

10. "Proof" that player cards affect slot results

Slot expert John Robison debunks a reader's theory that casinos track player loyalty cards when inserted into a machine and allow it to control payouts, explaining that it's illegal in the U.S. for a casino to manipulate slot machine results.

9. Where do I find the loose and best-paying slots?

Originally published in 2001, Gayle Mitchell, regarded as one of North America’s leading experts on casino gambling, provides the answer to the most common question she hears about slots and details why a slot player must spend some time "on jackpot-research" wandering the casino floor if they would like to find "a profitable end."

8. When is it OK to split 10s in blackjack?

The Casino City family lost a key contributor and columnist in 2013 when Alan Krigman passed away, but his material remains quite popular with our readers. In this column from 2004, the former publisher of the monthly newsletter Winning Ways breaks down the rare occasions when it's justified to split 10s when playing blackjack. Just make sure you remember exactly why it's a good move before you try it at the table and get berated by fellow players.

7. Top 10 largest Indian casinos

After the 2013 release of the Casino City Indian Gaming Industry Report, we dug into our vast bank of data to find out what the 10 largest Indian casinos in the world are, using square footage as the barometer. The Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee landed in the top spot at 780,000 square feet, well ahead of second-place San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino (480,000).

6. Top 10 lowest house edge casino bets

Casino City's Aaron Todd has been covering the gaming industry since 2006, so he knows what our readers want. He does a great service with this column from 2010 to those who want to preserve their bankroll and make bets with the lowest house edge. Blackjack, of course, was near the top of the list, but you will likely be surprised by No. 1.

5. Why the banker wins more often than player in baccarat

Best-selling author John Grochowski does a superb job explaining why a baccarat bet on the banker hand is slightly better than the bet on the player, even though both are among the better wagers in the casino.

4. Best way/time to play slots

Robison may have disappointed his readers when he broke the news that the results of each spin on a slot machine are chosen at random, so there's nothing you can do to improve your chances of winning. But he does soften the blow by explaining there are things you can do to make sure you have the slot-playing experience you want.

3. Guide to winning at slots

This column was originally published way back in 2000, but it obviously remains a huge hit with our readers. After analyzing more than 1,000 slot machine programs, Robison discovers there are times when playing maximum coins is advantageous to the slot player and times when it's better to play one coin at a time.

2. Top 10 best craps bets

Frank Scoblete is renowned for his craps expertise and private lessons in dice control, so it's no wonder this column continues to attract readers year after year. Here, he pins down the 10 most advantageous bets in a game that features more than 100 with each roll of the dice.

1. Top 10 non-poker card games

Todd's column from 2013 is perennially one of the most read on our site as he harks back to his days playing nickel "31" with his family and provides 10 great non-poker options to play the next time you sit down for an evening of dealer's choice. He includes some classics like Acey-Deucy and Guts and Hearts, as well as some "off-the-beaten-path" choices that may very well be new to you and will most definitely spice up your next home game.

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