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TERROR AT THE TABLES

Bad moments caused by bad players By Frank Scoblete   Most table games, most times, run smoothly and players have little to complain about except maybe some bad luck. The casino experience for most players for most times is a pleasant one and when good luck hits them, well, it can be a great time. […]

THE HORROR OF SLOTS

Slot jackpots can bring out the worst in people By Frank Scoblete   When it comes to slot play you will occasionally hear a winner scream out loud his or her joy at seeing the money roll in. More often than not you won’t hear anything as many slot players can actually be the silent […]

WHAT’S SO FASCINATING?

The odds are against the player. So why do we gamble? By Frank Scoblete   When I tell people that I enjoy casino gambling there are two general reactions, one good, one not so good. First let’s start with the negative; those people who look at you as some type of dimwitted sucker for enjoying […]

The more you play, the more you risk

LONGER OR SHORTER By Frank Scoblete   One of the opening scenes of the 1995 movie Casino has Robert De Niro as Sam “Ace” Rothstein explaining how the casino makes money. A mega-high roller has just won millions from his casino and Rothstein and company want to get that money back. So, Rothstein arranges for the […]

THE HOME RUN OF SLOTS

Go for the big score or the steady wins By Frank Scoblete   I love baseball. I am a New York Yankees fan (do not boo me!) ever since I met Joe DiMaggio in 1953 shortly after he retired. It was my first time at Yankee Stadium. I was six years old and I was […]

THOSE UPS AND DOWNS

Protect your bankroll like a pro By Frank Scoblete   You are a $10 blackjack player and you buy in for $300 and go about your business trying to beat the house. You know the computer derived basic strategy and you use it exclusively. You do not have an edge over the game but it […]

GORE, GOLD AND GREED

Everything from zombies to worthless cash By Frank Scoblete   Manufacturers of slot machines can sometimes go off the deep end. They can be all wet in their approach to what kinds of machines players actually want to play. Some of you might not know this, but a slot machine that I have seen in […]

THAT TILTED TIME

Losing control in the casino can cost you big By Frank Scoblete   Please note: Going on tilt can have various meanings but generally it means losing control of some type. Could mean betting for too long; bet- ting much too much; or just acting foolishly. It can happen to the best of players and […]

THE INNER GAMBLER

The angels and demons of slot play By Frank Scoblete   They hover in, over and around those machines, airy beings floating their powerful ideas into your mind. They are the good voices and the bad voices; the ones telling you to play, play, and play some more; and the ones that tell you to […]

BITS AND PIECES

30 years of gambling and casino writing By Frank Scoblete   I am now in my 30th year of casino writing and in my 31st year of casino playing. Those are long periods of time. So much good – and some bad – have happened to me in that time. I have met people I […]

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