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Playing Many Games and Dumping Some

26 December 2021
If you're the kind of casino player who likes to try a lot of different games, you're going to run into games you just don't like. A jackpot hunter might not go for blackjack, where successful sessions mean grinding out a profit. Players who like to take their time might not like the pace of craps. ... (read more)
 

Three Card Poker Dissected

19 December 2021
QUESTION: I remember when the recommended play for Three Card Poker was to bet on a Queen or better. Then it changed to Queen-6-4 or better. How much difference does that really make? ANSWER: If you make a bet equal to your ante with Queen-6-4 or better, the house edge in the ante-play portion of Three Card Poker is 3.37 percent of your ante. ... (read more)
 

Those Great Slot Machines

12 December 2021
Slot machine manufacturers use any number of devices to attract you to their games. Game themes and pop culture tie-ins draw us. So do animation, video clips, sound effects and bonuses such as pick'em screens, spinning wheels, free spins and hold-and-respin features. Tastes of players vary wildly, and there has to be something for everyone. ... (read more)
 

Automatic Shufflers

5 December 2021
QUESTION: I like playing the table games such as Three Card Poker, Let It Ride and the newer game High Card Flush. All use automatic shufflers. What goes on inside the shuffler? How are the cards shuffled? Can the machine be manipulated to give an edge to the casino? ANSWER: The exact process differs ... (read more)
 

More Roulette Systems

28 November 2021
One of the constants of roulette is that it's easy to design combination bets that win more often than they lose, but impossible to alter the house edge. Eventually, every system brings large losses that overcome multiple small wins. The house maintains its advantage. Several weeks ago, I relayed a reader's question about a system called "3-2," which combines colors and columns. ... (read more)
 

Big Money, Little Money

21 November 2021
QUESTION: On our last casino trip, it was impossible to find a $5 table. What we did notice was that most of the tables at $10-plus were empty. I found this at my preferred casino. So I checked the table at least daily for a week and rarely saw more than one person at the tables, often none. In contrast, at the only casino we found with $5 tables, the tables were packed. ... (read more)
 

Surprises Can Be Good!

14 November 2021
QUESTION: I've never been lucky on progressive slots, so I've mostly avoided them. I've been a three-reel player since the '90s and I've never won a progressive. For the last 10 years or so, I've gone to casinos with my daughter and she likes the video. I play some video, too, just to be with her. In October, the strangest thing happened. ... (read more)
 

Why Draw Poker?

7 November 2021
QUESTION: Why do you think draw poker is used for video poker? If you play live poker, they're all stud games like Hold'em, Omaha, Razz and seven-card stud. Wouldn't it make sense that the most popular games in poker rooms would be the most popular in video poker, too? ANSWER: The short answer is that five-card draw games dominate video poker because they are popular. ... (read more)
 

The 3/2 Roulette System

31 October 2021
Roulette players love systems play. That shows up in my inbox, where I see half a dozen or more systems from readers each year. I try to send a consistent message: If a system causes you to raise wagers outside your comfort zone, it increases losses and should be avoided. If the system just involves betting ... (read more)
 

The Baccarat Situation

17 October 2021
House edges in baccarat are among the lowest in common casino games. Yet baccarat remains a secondary or tertiary game for most players, if they play at all. Perhaps it's because you have no decisions to make on whether to draw cards. Players like to feel they're in control. There's not even an extra-bet decision to make, as in Three Card Poker and Mississippi Stud. ... (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:

The Craps Answer Book

> More Books By John Grochowski