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Publisher’s Column — Christmas time in the gaming towns

Publisher’s Column — Christmas time in the gaming towns

Good memories from single deck blackjack By Robert Sweeney The Christmas lights are up in our gaming towns and they look great. There is something very Christmas like in these old mining towns. The early day miners really enjoyed the holidays and they would have dances, dinners, and they even built an opera house in […]

Humor — The dos and don’ts of Christmas letters

Humor — The dos and don’ts of Christmas letters

There are two things that make me feel like a boring person. Actually, there are more than two, but the ones that come to mind this time of year are writing a Christmas letter and reading everyone else’s. When I read all those newsy holiday letters, I think the writers must have had more days […]

Car Review — 2011 Jetta SEL: ‘Great, for the price of good’

Car Review — 2011 Jetta SEL: ‘Great, for the price of good’

By H. Throttle Volkswagen is such a famous brand; many of us have owned or driven the “bug.” Hitler was responsible for the “people’s car” back in the early days of his Nazi regime.  He wanted a car for the public to own and drive much like the concept of Henry Ford who invented the […]

Poker Talk — The floor person’s discretion

Poker Talk — The floor person’s discretion

While playing in a wild $30 – $60 game in the Ameristar Poker Room last week I was involved in a hand where the floor man’s judgment made the difference between winning or losing a $1,200 pot. I was getting ready to leave and called a $30 bet with a 7S – 8S in early […]

SmartPlay — More useful information for casino goers

SmartPlay — More useful information for casino goers

The built-in house advantage that casinos wield over all the games they offer is relentless, a virtual guarantee to wear down every gambler’s bankroll over the long haul. But did you know the speed at which people play the games has a direct impact on how hard the house edge will hit them? Because you […]

Playing it Smart — How different are your strongest and weakest blackjack starting hands?

Playing it Smart — How different are your strongest and weakest blackjack starting hands?

The strongest playable blackjack hand is 20 versus eight-up. Ignoring rounds in which the dealer has a blackjack, your expectation by standing with this combination is to win an average of 79.1 cents per dollar bet. Many players would assume a 20 to be their best total but would suppose it would be most favorable […]

The Real Deal — Annual Bests Updates

The Real Deal — Annual Bests Updates

Following is an early update on who is leading in several catagories for the past years “Annual Bests.” Experience – Doyle Brunson/Tom Dwan (who has gotten years worth of experience by playing many games at once on the Internet. Wisdom – Chris Ferguson Poker Face – Grinder

Culinary Capers — Cook with healthy olive oil for great taste

Culinary Capers — Cook with healthy olive oil for great taste

By Margaret Malsam Olive oil is the king of vegetable oils. Professional chefs around the world have long depended upon olive oil as an important part of their cuisine. From ancient times to the present day, olive oil has been considered nature’s liquid gold. In ancient Greece, athletes ritually rubbed it all over their body. […]

Cutting Edge Blackjack — Nov. 13 Denver seminar was an eye opener

Cutting Edge Blackjack — Nov. 13 Denver seminar was an eye opener

My Nov. 13 blackjack seminar in Denver was wonderful and I’m sorry if you missed it. I will share a few insights I got from the reactions of those who attended to illustrate the many misconceptions the old school writers have placed in the heads of too many players. First of all, the concept that […]

Full House — Thinking About Poker: Odds ‘n’ Ends

Full House — Thinking About Poker: Odds ‘n’ Ends

Over the last few months these articles have addressed the play of those who have no regards for the odds of making a hand. They go in with just a whim and a prayer, hoping their miracle card will come and justify their faith in the poker gods, validate their (horrible) style of play and […]

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