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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 […]

Proceed With Caution

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 […]

Q&A With A Master

  Blackjack Legend Don Schlesinger on His Ultimate Blackjack Strategy Cards   In our October edition of Casino Player, we ran an interesting and informative article, “Master Class: Learning The Basic Blackjack Strategy,” by Don Schlesinger. Don is the leading authority when it comes to the game of blackjack. He is a gaming mathematician, author, […]

Master Class

Learning the Basic Blackjack Strategy By Don Schlesinger   For any serious blackjack player, learning the basic strategy of play (BS) is the first essential step on the road to becoming an accomplished player. And, over my long blackjack career, I have encountered dozens of players who profess to “know” basic strategy perfectly. It usually takes […]

PROCEED WITH CAUTION

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 […]

FIVE EASY PIECES

A newbie’s guide to table games By Frank Scoblete   Many new casino players approach the casino experience with a dash, dab or cartload of anxiety, while brand-new players can be frozen with terror. Newbies have fears: How are these games played? How do I get chips? How do I bet? Will other players yell […]

LESSONS LEARNED

Readers share their casino mistakes to learn by By John Grochowski   Everybody is a beginner sometime. We’re not hard-wired with the ins and outs of casino games. We learn. While we’re learning, we make mistakes. Lots of them. Some are more embarrassing than others, but mistakes are part of learning. Readers have shared these […]

Blackjack Etiquette

TEN RULES AND RITUALS TO PLAY LIKE THE PROS   Sometimes you’ll find yourself playing alongside people who have no idea what they’re doing or make boneheaded decisions, such as splitting 10s. Resist the urge to groan. If it bothers you, either move to another table or remind yourself that the skill levels of your […]

TABLE ACTION

The pros and cons of our favorite table games By Frank Scoblete   It is important for those of you who play casino games to under- stand the pro aspects of the games you enjoy playing (or wish to enjoy playing) as well as the con aspects. I have not delineated the carnival games as […]

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