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Best Bets II

There are some excellent bets in the casinos, though even the best bets have house edges By Frank Scoblete   There are good bets in the casino. There are bad bets in the casino. And there are plenty of so-so bets in the casino. There are good games in the casino that have some of […]

Video Poker Wasteland

Atlantic City used to offer great choices for the video poker player. No more. By Frank Legato   A few weeks ago, I stayed at the Tropicana Atlantic City. I love the Trop, now owned by Caesars Entertainment, because of the Quarter dining and retail attraction. After dinner at Carmine’s in the Quarter, my wife […]


Gaming Arts kicks off the summer season with Thor’s Thunder on the Vert-X Grand cabinet By Frank Legato   When visiting the slot floor, players certainly can expect to see games from famous slot suppliers like IGT and Aristocrat. Lately, though, we’ve seen major hits from a company that’s only been in the slot business […]


The mesmerism of slots By Frank Scoblete   It was April 2 in the mid-1990s (or thereabouts) and this was at Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, near the jingling Treasure Island slot machines, and she came up to my wife the Beautiful AP and me and asked, “Do you know what day this is?” “It’s […]


There are some excellent bets in the casinos, though even the best bets have house edges By Frank Scoblete   Take your pick, my friends. Casinos are good places to play games. Casinos are the worst places to play games. There are some excellent bets in the casinos. There are some horrible bets in the […]


A look at video blackjack By John Grochowski   In most state gaming commission revenue reports, wagering totals and payouts are listed for electronic gaming devices. The category isn’t “slot machines,” and that’s deliberate. In the information they release to the public, casinos and regulators do not differentiate among slot machines and other electronic games […]


Video poker moments, questions and back-to-back pays By John Grochowski   Video poker players often come away from the games with tales to tell, and sometimes with questions to ask. The ol’ email box frequently brings some of each. Let’s share a few, along with some comments.     KIT I have a back-to-back wins […]


Holding the low-card kicker in Double Double Bonus Poker By John Grochowski   It’s always tempting to go for the big jackpot, and often in video poker that’s just what we do. We’ll break up a flush, straight or high pair for a one-card draw to a royal flush, tossing away smaller payoffs for a […]


It’s due, Isn’t it? By Frank Scoblete   On the excellent “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, famous scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson told an interesting story about a bunch of physicists who went to Vegas for a conference when their hotel lost their reservations. Oh, my word! Instead of being out in the cold (or the […]

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