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Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

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 more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Covid restrictions coming back to Las Vegas?

21 July 2021
Last week I wrote that the script of the nightly Covid update on the local news has changed. Before reopening on June 1, the reporters introduced the update by saying that the statistics (7-day average of new cases, positivity rate) were declining and were the lowest numbers seen all more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Make a Killing: Slots or Table Games?

20 July 2021
The greatest fantasy of casino players (and lottery players) is to make a killing. To tear to shreds the casino’s house edge and come home with wheelbarrows of money. “Look everyone, I killed ‘em. All that money is now mine!”Most players never get to say more
Articles by Tadas  Peckaitis
Articles by Tadas Peckaitis

Top 10 under-the-radar poker controversies of the last decade

19 July 2021
Phil Hellmuth got serious flak for speaking out of turn. Poker is an inherently exhilarating game with a lot of ups and downs. Those who play it are often headstrong, resilient and temperamental. Naturally, when you put hundreds, sometimes thousands, of such players in the same room, tensions can run high.Making matters more intense, if you promise these same players high-stakes, multi-million dollar prizes, incidents and controversies are bound to more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

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 trip to Las Vegas, Marcy and I were walking the slot aisles in a casino near the north end of the Strip when a couple toting plastic buckets filled with quarters came rushing up to us. Big grins were on their enthusiastic faces and the woman pointed and shouted, "You have to play that machine!" Joining in the moment, the man said, "We have to go to the airport now, but we've been playing for three more
Articles by Royal  Flushes
Articles by Royal Flushes

Doing It Right: Slots, Video Poker and Mini-Baccarat

17 July 2021
ABBY: In a past article, we discussed the fantasy of letting it all hang out when playing. Neither of us can do that because we feel doing so is a waste of money.CINDY: But how do we go about playing the games we like? We are traditional players so we only put a few dollars here and there in slot machines and video more
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Casino City’s Friday Five: World Series of Poker and jackpots edition

16 July 2021
The 2021 World Series of Poker Online events continue on but those aren’t the only headlines for the WSOP this week. Before we go into more details on that, we also have several jackpot winners at Treasure Island in Las Vegas, a new casino opening and another major mega-dollars merge and acquisition from the gambling space.Let’s begin with some lucky more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

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.But that's not what more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Predetermination and slot machines

14 July 2021
Question: I don't get it. You are very knowledgeable when it comes to gambling and that's why your "page" is so successful and so many, like me, look forward to receiving your weekly newsletter. However, you seem to spend a lot -- I mean a lot -- of time addressing how the slot machines work. This is a waste of more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Slot Revolution

13 July 2021
In a former column I discussed the evolution of the slot machine over an approximately 130 year period beginning in 1890-91 with the Sittman and Pitt mechanical device which ruled the bar scene for a few years to be replaced by Charles Fey’s true slot machine, the Liberty Bell, in about 1893.Other unscrupulous manufacturers imitated Fey’s machine and some even had the gall to call their machines the Liberty more

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