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HOW THE CASINOS MAKE YOUR MONEY

Their goal is simple – to make YOUR money their money By Frank Scoblete   Casinos are a business, just like the businesses in your community and those throughout the world. Their goal is simple, and that goal is this—to make your money their money. They sell a product, gambling on games where they have […]

Peer Pressure at Any Age

Even casinos come with tough decisions By Frank Scoblete   My neighbor’s son is now 17. When he was really young, in the single digits, he was a delightful kid. He had a great sense of humor and he really seemed to enjoy life. Now his face always looks bored. When he is with adults, […]

BLACKJACK SHOCKERS

Long shots happen more than you think   Let’s say you walk up to a blackjack table, lay down $700, bet $100 per hand, and lose seven consecutive decisions. Is that unusual? What about losing eight decisions out of ten? How often does that happen? Let’s say you’re dealt two ruby-red kings. Nice hand, right? […]

Food For Thought

Gaming ingredients for smart blackjack play By Frank Scoblete   Take any food package or jar of food and you will invariably see on the back or side of it a list of the ingredients that food contains. This is obviously an attempt to help you decide whether to eat that particular food. I check […]

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 […]

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