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BAD ADVANTAGE PLAY

The pitfalls and perils By Frank Scoblete   In the world of casino playing, there are good players and there are bad players. The good players use the lowest house edge bets at the games they play and keep their betting in an easily handled way with no horrors of worrying about losing their houses, […]

EXPLORING COMMON PITFALLS

Unveiling the Top 10 Mistakes Players Make at the Blackjack Table By Al O’Grady   To be perfectly blunt, there are so many mistakes that players make I cannot list them all in the space provided for me. So, this is the first of three articles on the subject. As a blackjack dealer for a […]

DECK DIALOGUE

To tip or not to tip the dealer By Al O’Grady   Let’s assume for a second that you are having a winning session at the blackjack table. Do you tip the dealer? If so, how much? If not, why not? This is a very contentious issue, and everyone has his or her own opinion. […]

15 Tips for Novice Blackjack Players

A better understanding of the basics can mean a world of difference By Henry Tamburin   In the world of blackjack, knowledge is power, especially for novices eager to try their hand at the tables. Reprinted from the October 2014 edition of Casino Player magazine, the timeless wisdom shared here serves as a vital compass […]

BLACKJACKED

How blackjack changed the course of one man’s life By Frank Scoblete   Say “hi” to Professor Symington D. Delray, a blackjack player for several years. Professor Delray used to work for a wellknown university in New Jersey, just outside New York City, until his retirement in 2018—weeks before the pandemic shut many of us […]

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 […]

BLACKJACK REIGNS SUPREME

Getting the edge with card counting By Frank Scoblete   If casino table-game players are the judge of the games, then unquestionably blackjack is the number-one table game in the casinos. By far! Starting in 1962–1963 a revolution hit the casinos, the arrival of a way to beat the game of blackjack. You have Edward […]

A Table Player’s Guide to Etiquette

Don’t be intimidated by the rituals of the felt   It can be intimidating, sitting elbow-to-elbow with a bunch of strangers, their egos and personalities radiating across the felt. Meanwhile, you’re staring across at a dealer who is handling money, chips and cards, and he’s asking you to make decisions. Hit or stand? Play or […]

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 […]

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