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The Reverse Martingale

25 July 2021
Roulette-playing readers often have asked about the Martingale system, which involves doubling bets after losses. My early July email brought a question about the Reverse Martingale, and that's relatively novel among players who contact me. We'll reverse course in a minute, but first, understand that I always warn against the Martingale, which typically is used on bets with even-money payoffs. ... (read more)
 

Back to Back Baby

22 July 2021
QUESTION: I have a back-to-back jackpots story for you, and it's kind of a weird one. I was with a group of friends, 10 in all, and we scattered to different games. I'll play slots with others, but I really like video poker. I didn't bring a ton of money with me, and I like the multi-game machines, so I started on nickel Super Times Pay, with Triple Play Double Double Bonus Poker. ... (read more)
 

Play This Machine, Not That Machine

18 July 2021
In more than 30 years as a player, I've received a lot of advice, some good, some bad, some indifferent. It was the bad advice that had my wife and I laughing a few weeks ago when the conversation turned to slot tips. The tips may not have been good, but they were memorable. PLAY THIS MACHINE! On a 1980s ... (read more)
 

Slot Payback Percentages

15 July 2021
QUESTION: I don't get slot machine payback percentages. When a casino says its games pay 90 percent, why don't I actually get 90 percent. I put $20 in a penny slot, I'm not cashing out $18. More often than not, I'm cashing out zero. Isn't that zero percent? ANSWER: Did you bet your entire $20 without a single payoff? That would be a zero percent payback. ... (read more)
 

BJ Bob and Single Deck BJ

11 July 2021
My card-playing pal Blackjack Bob contacted me early in June to say it was about time we got together. It had been more than a month, and he was ready for some 21 talk. We met for lunch at a non-casino restaurant, and after the usual small talk about families and work, I asked what was up. "We had a large family gathering over Memorial Day weekend," he said. ... (read more)
 

Three Card Poker and Pair Plus

8 July 2021
QUESTION: I've been reading about Three Card Poker and Pair Plus, including something you've said about the house edge on the original version being 2.32 percent while the common edge today is 7.28 percent. The only difference between the two is that flushes pay 4-for-1 on 3-for-1 on the other. The rest are ... (read more)
 

MultiDraw and Lightning Poker

4 July 2021
In the last year or so, I've spotlighted a couple of creative video poker games devised by independent developer Tim Nottke through his company, Realize Gaming. One is MultiDraw Poker, and we're going to be seeing a lot of that in the coming months through a distribution deal. In that one, a MultiCard symbol can trigger extra cards, hands and multipliers. ... (read more)
 

One Deck versus Six Deck Blackjack

1 July 2021
QUESTION: I was walking through a table pit, looking at blackjack games. Most were six decks, but there was one single-deck game open. A guy walking past me said, "You don't want to play the single-deck. It's terrible." I admit I'm no expert. I just started playing last year and learned basic strategy on the computer while the casinos were closed. ... (read more)
 

Hot and Cold Causes

27 June 2021
In early June, I found myself at a pizza party with old friends catching up on what we've been up to over the last year-plus. One of the old friends was Darla, a pal since college years. She approached with an exasperated look on her face. "Can you talk to Ned?" she asked, pointing to her husband. ... (read more)
 

A Royal Run

24 June 2021
QUESTION: In video poker, do you believe that if a machine hits for a royal once and you stay with it, it will hit again? I had a run where I had a royal, then I moved around and when I got another royal, it was on the same machine. A couple of days later, there was another royal, and it hit me that was on the same machine, too. ... (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:

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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

> More Books By John Grochowski