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Hold and Spin

14 February 2021
One of the ways slot machines evolve to enhance your entertainment experience is by taking popular features and using them in new ways. We're seeing that now with hold-and-respin features. They were growing in popularity before COVID limited player access to casinos. In the interim, game makers added new wrinkles. ... (read more)
 

Three-Card Poker Hole-Card Play

11 February 2021
QUESTION: I get that basic strategy in Three Card Poker is to play with Queen-6-4 or better and fold with less. What if you can see one of the dealer's cards. A couple of years ago, I was playing in a casino where the shuffler at a Three Card Poker table was out of order. I don't know how long it took them to get another shuffler out there, but they didn't shut down the table. ... (read more)
 

Video Poker's Variance and Volatility

7 February 2021
Payback percentage tells us much of what we need to know in comparing video poker games, but it doesn't tell us everything. There's also volatility to consider, and that can be measured in variance. Given a large number of sessions using expert strategies, what portion will bring larger than average wins? What portion will bring larger than average losses? Those things go together. ... (read more)
 

Oh, Lucky Day!

4 February 2021
QUESTION: I had something happen at a Mississippi Stud table I thought would make a fun story to tell your readers. There were only two players at the table, me in the middle and a woman on the end to my left. The casino had a limit of three players per table, so there was one spot not being used. She was ... (read more)
 

Three Card Poker

31 January 2021
There aren't a lot of subtleties to Three Card Poker. It's easy to play and the basic strategy for the ante-play portion of the game is simple: Bet when you have Queen-6-4 or better and fold when you don't. The Pair Plus option requires no strategy at all. You win anytime your three cards include a pair or better. ... (read more)
 

Are There Fewer Jackpots?

28 January 2021
QUESTION: I think you've said the ante-play bet in Three Card Poker is better than Pair Plus. I was looking for articles online and found one that said the house edge is 3.37 percent on ante-play and only 2.14 percent on Pair Plus. How does that square? ANSWER: There are a couple of things at work here. ... (read more)
 

James Bond and More

24 January 2021
When I was new to casino gambling, one thing everyone knew about roulette is that the number that drew the most wagers was 17. That's because James Bon d bet on 17 in the 1971 film "Diamonds Are Forever." I doubt players today are influenced by a 50-year-old movie. I'm not even convinced it was true decades ago. ... (read more)
 

Video Poker and Poker

21 January 2021
QUESTION: I'm a Double Double Bonus Poker player who dabbles in Triple Double Bonus and Triple Triple Bonus. It's Triple Triple that has me wondering about something. If you get four 2s, 3s or 4s and the fifth card is an Ace, you get 4,000 coins just like a royal flush. That has me wondering. If you have ... (read more)
 

A Great Tale of Dirty Coins

18 January 2021
QUESTION: Just trying to keep my sense of humor through a difficult year. Do you know what it reminds me of when there are hand sanitizer dispensers all over the casinos? The old days when slots used coins and I used to carry wipes or damp cloths with me when I played. The younger ones won't remember this, but money was FILTHY. ... (read more)
 

Tipping

17 January 2021
Todd is a table games player, and he's a tipper. "I tended bar for many years and I know what it's like to support a family on tips," he said. "A good dealer can do a lot to make the games more fun. A bad or unpleasant dealer can make you wish you were doing anything else. "So I tip. In blackjack, I make a bet for the dealer in front of my betting spot. ... (read more)

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John Grochowski
John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

John Grochowski Websites:

www.casinoanswerman.com

Books by John Grochowski:

Winning Tips for Casino Games

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John Grochowski
John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

John Grochowski Websites:

www.casinoanswerman.com

Books by John Grochowski:

> More Books By John Grochowski