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Rules & Strategy

General Gambling Tips

Whether it’s your first time in the casino or your thousandth, it’s never a bad idea to brush up on the basics. General Gambling Tips

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MANNERS, PLEASE

Players often violate those unwritten rules. Stop it! By Frank Scoblete   When I was a kid and the adult …

IN A CANDY SHOP

Casinos are for adults, like candy is for children By Frank Scoblete Carol, close your eyes.” “Mommy, what is it?” …

HELPFUL HINTS

Having a better time at the tables By John Grochowski   All players have their own approaches to casino visits. …

PLAYING IT SAFE

As casinos reopen across the country, new safety guidelines are changing the way we gamble The past few months have …

DEAR AMERICAN GAMBLER

How to enjoy responsible gambling when you’re being responsible and staying home. By Roger Gros   YOU LOVE GOING TO …

JUST RUN AWAY

Sometimes you just have to leave the casino before it’s too late By Frank Scoblete   There are times to …

WHY ONLINE GAMBLING?

You enjoy gambling in a casino, but what could be the draw of gambling on your device? By Patrick Roberts …

CASINO FANTASY

Escaping reality can be a costly mistake   If you are an average gambler on a multiple day trip to …

BRINGING CUSTOMERS BACK

What should players expect to receive from casinos By John Grochowski   There is no one standard for casinos in …

DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE

When a “winning system” sounds too good to be true, odds are it is.   Some self-proclaimed casino experts will …

AN ACE UP THE SLEEVE

Mike Sexton discusses cheating in poker By Sean Chaffin   No one wants to play with a cheater and the …

TERROR AT THE TABLES

Bad moments caused by bad players By Frank Scoblete   Most table games, most times, run smoothly and players have …

CASH GRAB

A Look at 10 Real Casino Criminals, Cheats, and Counterfeiters By Sean Chaffin   Robberies, cheats, counterfeiting, and even murder. …

WHAT’S SO FASCINATING?

The odds are against the player. So why do we gamble? By Frank Scoblete   When I tell people that …

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 …

THAT TILTED TIME

Losing control in the casino can cost you big By Frank Scoblete   Please note: Going on tilt can have …

BITS AND PIECES

30 years of gambling and casino writing By Frank Scoblete   I am now in my 30th year of casino …

RITUALS AND SUPERSTITION

What some players do to try and gain an edge By John Grochowski   I’m not superstitious, and I rarely …

BACK TO THE BEGINNING

Best advice from longtime players By John Grochowski   When table players are first learning their games, they often receive …

WINNING & LOSING IN THE LONG RUN

How Much Do Payback Percentages Really Matter?   How many players nowadays feel that they’re winning fewer jackpots. They blame …

HOT AND COLD

Are hot – or cold – tables a myth? It depends who you ask. By John Grochowski   In blackjack, …

ON A HOT STREAK

Being on the plus side of volatility By John Grochowski One fundamental difference between slot players and video poker players …

AWKWARD MOMENTS

Red-faced players remember those times of discomfort By John Grochowski Everybody makes mistakes, and at the gaming tables that means …

TABLE EVOLUTION

The rise of electronic games brings something new to the table By John Grochowski When you think of table games, …

GREAT COMEBACKS

Even tough starts can end with a big win By Frank Scoblete   What’s one of the worst ways to …

DEALING WITH DEALERS

Losing can bring out the worst in people By Frank Scoblete   I wouldn’t want to be a dealer. No …

SERVICE AT ITS BEST

Small touches can make some very big impressions By John Grochowski   A couple of years ago at Global Gaming …

WHEN DO YOU QUIT?

Most players say they’ll leave when they’re ahead. But how much is enough? By Frank Scoblete   Many gambling writers …

WE GET LETTERS

Answering a few great questions from readers By Frank Scoblete   FROM DEBBIE AND DAVE: The following are three different …

BLACKJACK ETIQUETTE

10 rules and rituals to play like the pros   Blackjack, also known as twenty one, is one of the …

THE BEST OF THE BEST CASINOS

There’s more to the casino than gaming By Frank Scoblete   This is not a review of casinos. I am …

TABLES 101

A crash-course on playing smart at the tables   Every type of game in the casino has a different house …

IN AND OUT OF THE FLOW

Heaven, hell and everything in between By Frank Scoblete   When I was an athlete there were games where near …

SHIFTING GEARS

Favorite games come and go By John Grochowski   All casino players have their favorite games, but those favorites aren’t …

THE GREAT 38

Learn the Answers To Gaming’s Most Frequently Asked Questions! By Frank Scoblete   I love giving talks to my fellow …

BURIED TREASURE

Look beyond the lure of instant riches By Frank Scoblete   She sits at the machine figuring this is why …

JUST CURIOUS

Players share their burning casino questions By John Grochowski   One thing I’ve learned in long years of listening to …

COMING FROM BEHIND

Sometimes even the worst losing days can turn in an instant By Frank Scoblete   There have been great team …

SAME OR DIFFERENT?

When it comes to gambling, do you stay put or shop around? By Frank Scoblete   Here is a question …

GREAT GAMBLES & SUCKER BETS

The 10 best and worst wagers you can make at the casino By Frank Scoblete   This should be a …

THE UNTRUTH AND TRUTH OF TABLE GAMES

Believing Myths About Table Games Can Cost You Big By Frank Scoblete   There are more myths and misconceptions about …

THE FIVE-TOOL CASINO PLAYER

Five traits that make players tough competitors By Frank Scoblete   In baseball there is an elite category called the …

TIPS ON TIPPING

Casinos employ a lot of staff to keep things running smoothly for guests. Here’s who to tip -and how much. …

KEEPING THE RHYTHM

Escaping reality can be a costly mistake By Jerry “Stickman” Stich   If you are an average gambler on a …

THE ELECTRONIC AGE

Automated table games versus live dealers By John Grochowski   Without doubt, traditional table games with live dealers, real cards …

THE NUMBERS GAME

Know your strategy and betting amount By Jim Feist   We are bombarded with choices about numbers every day. How …

COMING IN 2017

New table games unveiled at the Global Gaming Expo By John Grochowski   When casino industry execs, managers and suppliers …

YOU’RE BEING WATCHED

Don’t play any hand – play the right hand By Jim Feist One of the biggest mistakes sports bettors make …

MY NEW CASINO LAWS

Follow these 13 simple rules or else By Frank Scoblete I am done with the regular way casinos do things …

BEWARE OF BETTING SYSTEMS

No matter how good it may look—no betting system will beat the math of the game By Jerry Stich They …

THE VALUE OF ADVICE

Sometimes other players can’t keep their opinion to themselves John Grochowski   Some players like to give advice at the …

To Streak Or Not To Streak

Is it time to jump on the bandwagon, or are you too late? By John Grochowski   The odds on …

Direct Access

New casino websites let players check points, get special offers and more By H. Scot Krause   Several casinos have …

THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH

The best strategies combined with money management can extend your play time By Frank Scoblete There is a written acknowledgement …

INNOVATIVE TABLES

A new crop of table games is coming in 2016 By John Grochowski   When casino suppliers show off their …

BLENDING IDEAS

Mergers bring exciting new games to the casino floor By John Grochowski   It was the first day of Global …

Magical Days

Those rare moments when everything goes right By John Grochowski   Everyone has ups and downs in the casino—often in …

Les Miserables

Take the bad with the good – and quit your complaining By Frank Scoblete   Here she comes! Here she …

Five Easy Pieces

A newbie’s guide to table games By Frank Scoblete   Many new casino players approach the casino experience with a …

The Great 38

Learn the answers to gaming’s most frequently asked questions! By Frank Scoblete   I love giving talks to my fellow …

Get An Edge

When opportunity knocks, answer the door By John Grochowski   Sometimes a day at the tables is all about taking …

FADED GLORY

Casinos come and go, but the stories remain forever By John Grochowski   In my time as a player, I’ve …

DINNER AT EIGHT

Avoid becoming a casino zombie By Frank Scoblete   Sometime in the mid-1990’s my wife the Beautiful AP and I …

Small Tips, BIG Picture

The little things count for fun in the casinos By John Grochowski   When you play in casinos, chances are …

The Werewolf

Breaking the “curse” of the casino By Frank Scoblete   I think just about everyone reading this column knows the …

Know the Numbers

When to raise… and how much! By Jim Feist By understanding the correct size bets, you will be able to …

The World’s WEIRDEST WAGERS

Whether for pride or money, gamblers do some pretty bizarre things.   History is replete with tales of man’s inability …

E-Table Evolution

The rise of electronic games brings something new to the table BY JOHN GROCHOWSKI   When you think of table …

The “Oops!” Factor

The best assumption is that you can make no assumptions By John Grochowski   Ever have an “oops!” casino moment, …

Don’t Try This At Home

Online gambling is real, folks. By J. Phillip Vogel   Something few people realize from the “wild west” days on …

What Will Get You Kicked Out of a Casino?

Five tips to avoid the long walk of shame by Basil Nestor   It can happen to anyone, even film …

Online and Random

How does the RNG work when you’re playing slots online? By Frank Legato   I can’t count the times I’ve …

The Future of Tables Gamines

Faster games and higher stakes are on the horizon By Basil Nestor   Chart imitates life. And it also predicts …

The 3D’s: Desperation, Dwindling Revenue and Discipline

Control Your Emotion and Your Money By Jim Feist In sports, poker and gaming, everyone is anxious to know the …

Slow Down!

Breakneck speed will eat up your bankroll By H. Scot Krause   My tip this month is to slow down!  …

What Do YOU Play?

Table games versus slot machines By Frank Scoblete   Here is a simple question: Which players have more fun, table …

Designed to be Random

How can slots be random if… ? By John Grochowski   It’s hardly news to informed slot players that the …

What Is Cheating?

Drawing the line between aggressive and illegal by Basil Nestor   I was at a house party a few years …

New Year’s Resolutions

Tips for playing  smarter, and winning more often, in 2013 By Bill Burton   This year, you could make a …

What Are the Odds?

Surprising stats & percentages By Frank Scoblete   Gamblers have a natural fascination with odds. Sometimes the odds discourage us …

Very Bad Manners

Identifying the most irritating, obnoxious and annoying players in the casino By Bill Burton   I’m usually a very sociable …

Get Your Facts Straight

The truth behind popular gambling myths By Frank Scoblete   I like to think of these “wrong facts” as Ploppy …

Multi-Card Video Keno

Learn this game and take your shot at multiple jackpots by David Stratton   When Four Card Keno was introduced …

Different Strokes For Different Folks In The Casino

What’s your style in the casino? By Frank Scoblete Casino gamblers have their own styles, too. In fact, every table …

Getting In The Games

The difference between “passive” and “active” games, and what they reveal about you By Frank Scoblete   Is an introspective …

No Luck Necessary

Why casinos don’t need Lady Luck in their corner By Frank Scoblete   Just about all slot players have had …

Tips on Tipping

How gratuities work in the casino, and why a little generosity can go a long way By Rob Wiser   …

Planning Ahead – Casino Sessions

Preparing yourself to enjoy your casino sessions in 2012 By Bill Burton “Live each day as if it were your …

Video Poker Resolutions

Tips to make 2012 your best-ever year at the casinos   If 2011 was a good video poker year for …

Covering Every Angle

Vegas handicapping seminar reveals timeless tips and new, high-tech tactics By Buzz Daly   In the technological wonderland that envelops …

Lessons From the Full Tilt Fiasco – Gambling Tips

Gambling needs regulation to survive and thrive By Basil Nestor   There are lessons we can learn from Full Tilt’s …

Limiting Beliefs of Players

10 common “mythtakes” that players make at table games By Frank Scoblete On any given hand, and on any given …

Are You Going Overboard on casino?

10 Signs you may be gambling too much in Casino by Frank Scoblete   Drinking, eating, running and gambling all …

Ten Tempting Reasons to Play Tables than Slots

Live games give you an edge the Slots machines can’t match By Basil Nestor     Slots or table games? …

The Insider in Blackjack

The true story of a casino dealer who’s seen it all in Las Vegas–and has money-making tips to share with …

Smarter Gambling In 2011 – Slot Games

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The Cheat Sheet

5 Clues That You May Be Getting Cheated by Basil Nestor Remember that the dealer does not necessarily know what …

After The Jackpot Slot Games

The dream of every slot player—winning a life-changing jackpot—can turn into a financial nightmare if you don’t manage your money …

Sound Advice – Casino Gambling

Some choice excerpts from my book 1,000 Best Casino Gambling Secrets By Bill Burton   The chance of hitting a …

A Table Player’s Guide to Etiquette

Don’t be intimidated by the rituals of the felt By Basil Nestor   The best way to feel comfortable is …

Cash Is King – Casino

Why using credit cards in a casino is a losing proposition By Bill Burton     In the casino, the …

Dirty Little Secrets of Casino

Things the casino don’t want you to know   Why do casinos split tournament prizes into half cash and half …

Practice Makes Perfect in Table Games

An effective (and cheap!) way to hone your table game skills at home   When a computer “dealer” nukes your …

Trend Spotting in Casino

Is it wise to base your betting decisions on “qualifying events?”   Are such events truly an indicator that the …

The Value of Value – Casino

Will casinos learn from the recession?   Why, on earth, would a casino risk its loyal customers by lowering payback …

Running Bad for 20,000 Hands in Gambling

Five tactics to help you survive and thrive when the gambling gods abandon you by Basil Nestor   So what …

A Whole New Way To Play – Electronic Games

Electronic games bring new ideas to the table, along with bonuses that appeal to all players By John Grochowski   …

The Excitement Factor – Casino

Is there a formula for determining the “funnest” game in the casino? By Frank Scoblete The game that has the …

Casino “Codes”

The unwritten rules that respectful gamblers must keep in mind By Frank Scoblete   If someone is playing a machine, …

Playing For Keeps in Casino

The legalities and ethics of sticky casino situations The Situation: The dealer overpays you or makes a major blunder in …

10 Simple and Effective Gambling Tips

Principles to remember the next time you’re in the casino By John Marchel   “Knowing just a few simple things …

The Psychology of Slots

Tactics that casinos use to keep you playing by Basil Nestor   Are you playing the slots or are they playing …

Analyzing Common Benefit Choices in Casino

There are a number of factors to consider by Jeffrey Compton   Almost anyone who ever plays in a casino …

Your Own Worst Enemy in Casino

Learn to have some self-control before hitting the casino by Bill Burton   Pop singer Pink wrote a song titled …

A Champagne Christmas in Casino

Learning to watch your step by Bob Dancer   One of the casinos Shirley and I play at is the …

New Year — New Goals

Play smarter and have more fun doing it by Bill Burton   Wow! Another year flies by and now as …

Play Longer With Less Risk

Taking a sensible, educated approach can pay dividends by Carol Costa   Gambling presents a certain amount of risk. That …

How Long Is The Long Run? Part 1

Surprisingly, the length of time has little to do with it by John Robison   Video poker experts frequently talk …

Planning Your Casino Vacation Online

Websites worth visiting before booking your next trip By J. Phillip Vogel   Arranging a casino-based vacation can be as …

Best Payout Percentages

Player Resources Casinos offering payouts percentages reviewed by a major independent accounting firm are included in the table. Payout percentages …

Playing with Style

Good etiquette is an important part of a winning strategy by Basil Nestor   “Bond. James Bond.”Agent 007 was playing …

Finding Beatable Games in Casino

Not easy, but they are there by Henry Tamburin It amazes me that most casino players believe their fate in …

One Night of Action in Casino

The best games to play when you have one night in a casino by Basil Nestor   Overheard recently in …

First Timers feature – Gambling Guide

A Sin City gambling guide for beginners and pros by Basil Nestor Planning a trip to the Neon Oasis? You’re in …

Thinking About the Game, What are the Odds?

You can win more when you correctly measure the chances for success by Basil Nestor I am reading my e-mail …

The Science of Winning

Revealing the secrets of cards, dice and wheels by Basil Nestor Why do coins flip the way they do? Why …

Rules & Strategy – General Gambling Tips

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The Blame Game

Responsibility for Losses: The House Edge, or You? by Frank Scoblete   My wife, the beautiful A.P., and I walk …

The Big Swing

The Big Swing by Basil Nestor When players hear the word “volatility,” they often picture a drunk guy who is …

Playing for Fun vs. Profit in Casino

Strategies for balancing the pleasures of the game by Basil Nestor This is a fact. You have a better chance …

Predicting The Unpredictable in Gambling

The faulty logic of believing in gambling streaks It’s simultaneously fun and somewhat scary to watch the emotional way in …

Don’t Believe The Hype in Blackjack

Debunking silly superstitions that can harm your play By Frank Scoblete   It’s easy to blame a novice blackjack player …

There’s a “Drooling Elmer” In Every Casino

Remembering the players I wish I could forget By Frank Scoblete “Nice people try to ignore Drooling Elmer (or just …

Gamble Online – Casino Gambling

Online Casino Gambling There are well over 1000 online casinos active on the Internet today. With so many options, deciding …

Gamble Online – Getting Started

Becoming an Online Gambler There’s a lot more to online gambling than casino games. Anyone who has followed the Worlds …

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