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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

VP Strategy and Hand Frequency

26 November 2020
Nearly all video poker games -- and all of the most popular ones -- start with five-card draw. And even though the base game is the same, the frequency of hands differs.That's something I've explained often to players who wonder why royal flushes come up more often on one game than more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Was that really a missed royal?

25 November 2020
How many times has this happened to you? You hit the Deal button and your final hand has four cards of a royal flush. You grumble a bit, maybe curse out the machine, and say, "Another missed royal." But did you really just miss out on a royal? Anytime I end up with four cards to a royal in my ending hand, my gut reaction is to think, more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Some Questions About Slot Machines

24 November 2020
QUESTION: I have been told that slots are run by a random number generator but I have no idea of what that means. When I press play on a machine aren’t the wheels or video symbols that determine whether I win or not and not just some computer? Truth be told I am more
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Top 10 facts and scenes from the movie ‘Casino’

23 November 2020
You’re sitting on the couch, TV remote in hand, moments before packing it in after a long day and heading to bed. But just as you hit that power button, you stumble upon a favorite movie.Suddenly, time stands still.Fast forward an hour later and you’re still in the exact same spot, enjoying the show as if it’s the first time you’ve seen it, even though you can pretty much recite all of the words before they come out of the actors’ mouths and you know exactly how all of the different plot twists and turns will play out.It’s the ultimate litmus test for an all-time great more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

A New Roulette Bet

22 November 2020
QUESTION: Have you heard of a roulette bet called 2G'$? I saw it in Las Vegas. If you get 0 or 00 two spins in a row, you're paid at 350-1 odds.I know most side bets are terrible deals, especially those with big payoffs. What do you think of this one?ANSWER: I've not seen 2G'$, but I saw it mentioned in Anthony Curtis' monthly Las Vegas more
Articles by John  Marchel

Blackjack Basic Strategy

21 November 2020
It was a little crowded that day but I found a first base seat at the blackjack table at my local casino. I started playing low stakes, concentrating on how the dealer was performing.The dealer was also concentrating, but on the old man sitting at third more
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Casino City’s Friday Five: Poker, casinos, sportsbooks and acquisitions edition

20 November 2020
Due to COVID-19, we didn’t get to experience the usual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas that we have become accustomed to over the years. However, that doesn’t mean we will be without the biggest poker event of the year. It will just look very different.Before we dive into that, we have some other top stories to cover this more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Are More Hands a Good Thing?

19 November 2020
More chances to win in casino games do not necessarily translate into a better deal for the player with a lower house edge.You can bet a single number at roulette or bet multiple numbers, but the house edge remains intact. Making a combination of bets at craps can never reduce the house edge to less than that of the bet individual bet.The same principle applies when making multiple wagers on a side more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: A reader's recent trip to Las Vegas

18 November 2020
Question: We were in Las Vegas the first week of November as planned. Here is what we observed to hopefully help others who are thinking about a visit. We (2 couples) stayed at separate locations; I stayed at the California downtown, the other couple stayed near the more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Take It Easy

17 November 2020
Most casino players want “action,” as defined by the constant anticipation of the upcoming decision and then by the actual decision. Then repeat and repeat and repeat again. This is true for table games players and for slot machine players.As time wears on, and perhaps some drinks kick in, the speed of this approach increases – more decisions, less anticipation; way more decisions, even less more

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