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Random or Not

Nothing in the universe is perfectly random, but slots are as random as humans can program a computer to be By Frank Scoblete   There are several problems with randomness. The first, and most obvious, is that randomness is often mistaken for non-randomness. This you see at gambling games of all types. A roulette game […]

Best Strategies For Slots

Even with slots, a little strategy goes a long way By Frank Scoblete   Even though the house has an edge on just about every slot machine and video poker game (with some few, hard-to-find exceptions), player s can still play a tough game against the casino if such players use intelligent strategies when deciding […]

Royal Time

Should we expect a royal every 100 hours of play, every 48, or somewhere in between? By John Grochowski   After more than 30 years of playing video poker, every royal flush still gives me a jolt. My hands don’t shake while an attendant is counting out my $100 bills, as they did when I […]

Moving On Up

Incredible Technologies is turning heads on slot floors with its Prism VXP moving cabinet and a collection of strong games By Frank Legato In casinos around the country, players have been stopping in their tracks at the sight of a slot machine that’s like nothing else out there. You may have seen it. Maybe through […]

Slots and Themes

Twenty years ago, slot themes from popular culture exploded. Few remain By Frank Legato When slot machines experienced their first real explosion in popularity in the 1980s, there were no familiar themes to the games. The vast majority of games back then were three-reel, single-line mechanical reel-spinners. Some of them had unique titles, but nothing […]

Don’t Believe the Hype

When a “winning system” sounds too good to be true, odds are it is By John Grochowski   Some self-proclaimed casino experts will tell you about “betting systems” that will give you an advantage over the house. One of the most infamous systems is the Martingale, which has been around for many years—and has wound […]

Trickster Moves

Cheating scandals rock high-stakes poker world By Sean Chaffin The summer brings plenty of news in the poker world with the World Series of Poker getting underway as well as numerous tournaments around Las Vegas. That includes some nice events geared toward women and some other major events in the works. Here’s a look at […]

Blackjack or Bust

Blackjack players share some oddities by John Grochowski   Given enough trials in blackjack, any hand that can be dealt eventually will. Of course, some hands are a lot more likely than others. The truly rare ones stick in our minds and we tell other players about them. For this month’s “Table Talk,” blackjack players […]

Blowing It

Do betting systems really work? By Frank Scoblete   I doubt many casino players can honestly say that they have never made a mistake in their playing careers. I know I can’t. In one of my first visits to the casinos, I played the Martingale at roulette. This was in the old Sands casino in […]

WSOP Unveils 2022 Schedule

The World Series of Poker is less than two months away and organizers recently released the complete schedule for this summer’s event. The series runs from May 31 to July 20 with 88 events, with buy-ins ranging from $400 to $250,000. Per CDC and state guidelines, masks and proof of vaccine won’t be required throughout […]

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