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The house doesn’t always win By Frank Scoblete   [Please note: I wrote this and gave it to a few acquaintances and they all thought I was advocating the idiot stuff in this column. I wasn’t. I’m not. Andre is not me. He is wrong about just about everything when it comes to slot machines […]


Can you determine what slot payout percentages are on any given machine? By Frank Scoblete   The lament among some slot players, many other casino players and most gaming writers is the fact that slot machines do not tell you what their percentage returns are except in cases where an area of machines has signs […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


As a group, slot players are really the most important players in the house By Frank Scoblete   Slot machines are simple, really; I mean really, really simple. More money goes in them than comes out of them. That’s it, really—a very simple game. Now, yes, very smart people have developed these machines (which used […]

Go Up or Go Down?

Don’t expect to go from rags to riches in one or two sessions By Frank Scoblete   You’ve taken a bit of a hammering at your favorite table game or games. It’s been a really tough session or day and/or night and/or trip. You’ve lost a significant amount of the money you brought for this […]


Tips to maneuver yourself into a possibly better position to maybe experience some positive results By Frank Scoblete   We have all been there. Yes, we have. Nothing is going right. You try this machine, that machine. You try machines that were hot for other players and they turn ice cold for you. You try […]


Why do you lose after a big win in a casino? By Frank Scoblete   She loves playing the slot machines, and she and her girlfriend Wendy would go to the casinos once a month for a weekend stay. They played, they took in the shows and they had delicious meals. They are not rich […]

Enough’s Enough

When it’s time to call it a night By Frank Scoblete   There is a time to quit; to call it a night or day or morning. Things have gone to the point where you cannot afford to lose another cent and you won’t because you are ready to say, “Enough’s enough.” Every casino player […]

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