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Real Blackjack Strategy

17 December 2023
QUESTION: I was looking over a blackjack basic strategy chart and it seemed to be to be incomplete. Under pair splitting, it had all the plays for every possible play, except 5-5 and 10-10 were not even on the grid. This was at wizardofodds.com. So I looked around online for other basic strategy charts, and some have those lines and some don't. ... (read more)
 

Lay the 4 and on UP

10 December 2023
The notion that players can overcome the house edge simply by raising their bets and biding their time until a win comes is an attractive idea. It's wrong, but attractive enough that players try it every day. Just before Thanksgiving, I received an online message about a craps system that uses steep increases in wagers to try to turn a small profit. ... (read more)
 

Random Roulette Numbers

3 December 2023
QUESTION: My wife and I like to play roulette together. Low stakes, just having a good time. We amuse ourselves with number selection. We both like family birthdays. She's a history teacher and sometimes she picks historic dates. I once had a big win playing uniform numbers of the 1993 Toronto Blue Jays. ... (read more)
 

What Players Say

26 November 2023
If winning was the only thing that went into a fun casino trip, most of us would stop going. With the exception of a few advantage players such as blackjack card counters, nearly everyone has more losing sessions than winners. But service, amenities, and game selection count, for better or for worse. ... (read more)
 

Those Double Nines

19 November 2023
QUESTION: If I have a pair of 9s in blackjack, basic strategy says I should split them when the dealer has an 8, but stand on my 18 when the dealer has a 7. That seems backward to me, risking a second bet when the dealer has a higher starting card. ANSWER: You have to consider the effect of more than 30 percent of cards in the deck having values of 10. ... (read more)
 

Today's Slots

12 November 2023
Long, long ago, when I first played in casinos in the 1980s, I read a piece of advice to slot players that I still take to heart. Before I share, I'll just say it's no mean feat for a piece of advice from decades ago to have value today when so much about the slots has changed. Much about '80s slots has little bearing on today's casino world. ... (read more)
 

So, What Do You Look For?

5 November 2023
QUESTION: What do you look for when you're playing a slot machine? How do you decide what game might be likely to pay off? Do you scout at all before playing and see if it's paying off or the same kind games around it are paying off? ANSWER: When I play slots these days, it's usually with my wife, and the first things I look for are two seats together. ... (read more)
 

Player to Player Reactions

29 October 2023
A few months ago, I relayed stories from several readers who had odd interactions with other players. Most conversations among players are run of the mill. Maybe you congratulate the slot player next to you on a jackpot. At table games, you might talk between hands about where you're from and where you've been. ... (read more)
 

Video Poker with Similar Returns

22 October 2023
QUESTION: I'm pretty new to video poker, but I know to look for higher full house and flush paybacks. My son taught me that much in years of trying to get me to switch over from playing slots. Something has me a little confused. The casino where I was playing had 7-5 Jacks or Better, 7-5 Bonus Poker and 7-5 Bonus Poker Deluxe. ... (read more)
 

Speed Counts!

15 October 2023
Speed of play matters in casino games. More wagers per hour means more exposure to the house edge. In setting budgets, players need to keep in mind they make more bets per hour at sparsely populated tables than at crowded venues, that blackjack moves faster than roulette, craps moves faster than blackjack, baccarat moves faster than craps and slot machines move fastest of all. ... (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:

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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:

> More Books By John Grochowski