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21 October 2017
I was enjoying myself playing and winning at blackjack when a young lady took a seat next to me. It was obvious after a few hands that she didn't have a clue as to how to play the game so she boldly asked the young dealer for "advice" on how to play her hands...read more

### Big craps rolls and big house edges

19 October 2017
QUESTION: I was just at a craps table where the shooter just never rolled sevens. He made his points, and he didn't even roll sevens on the comeouts.There had to be 20 rolls in a row without a 7. It was uncanny. What are the odds of a streak like that?ANSWER: On any given roll, the odds are 5 in 6 that the roll will be something other than 7, so there's an 83% chance that any given roll will be a non-7.For streaks, the chances are calculated by multiplying 5/6 by itself as many times as there are rolls.For a two-roll streak, you'd square 5/6, giving you 25/36...read more

### Ask the Slot Expert: Why does this losing combination appear so frequently?

18 October 2017
Question: Many times, and I mean many, the same losing result will appear on the reels. This one seems to pop up often. I'll get single bar - Double Diamond - single bar, just missing a nice payout. If not the diamond in the middle, then another symbol surrounded by the single bars at each end. Since we agree that the results are random, seeing this result again and again would suggest that I hit the spin button at exactly the same time I have done so in the past...read more

### The bad times of slot play

17 October 2017
We are at the end of the year – well, three months from the end – and I’ve wanted to take a look at the tales told by our fellow slot players about their good, bad and in-between experiences on those infernal machines.So, let’s start with the bad first; then hit the in-between in November and end the year in December with the good...read more

### Optimal blackjack play

15 October 2017
In my close to 30 years of playing blackjack, it's seemed to me that other players are getting better, with a greater percentage playing basic strategy,That isn't to say the guesswork players have disappeared. Numbers may be reduced, but some remain, and some of their plays are ...read more

### How video poker machines work

14 October 2017
Stickman,I have been meaning to ask this question for a long time. When playing video poker, are the draw cards stacked behind the discarded cards or are they the next cards to be dealt? For example, I am dealt K, K, K, 4 and 7. I discard the 4 and the 7...read more

### Those hidden house edges

12 October 2017
QUESTION: Can you tell me if Bally's Roulette game (upright slot) is a true game of chance with the bouncing ball, or if the machine is being controlled or set based on betting patterns?ANSWER: It is a true game of chance with results determined by a random number generator...read more

### Ask the Slot Expert: Are there rules for minimum paybacks for the slots in Indian casinos?

11 October 2017
A few weeks ago a reader asked for a recommendation for a video poker app for iOS. Being a Windows/Android guy, I was of no help. A reader who uses Apple products mentioned VP Pocket, which has a tutorial feature. He also mentioned that you have to be careful that apps work with your version of iOS. Question: I was wondering who, if anybody, regulates the offshore online casinos that bombard me with e-mails...read more

### Darkside of the moon

10 October 2017
Only the astronauts have seen the dark side of the moon, which is the side that always faces away from us and cannot be seen from our earthly vantage point. For the rest of us, the dark side of the moon seems a mysterious, perhaps even hostile and forebidding place...read more