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Gaming – Bad Beat Jackpots – they do happen

Gaming – Bad Beat Jackpots –  they do happen

Many players refer to Bad Beat Jackpots as “Urban Legends” or point out, “They always happen to someone else.” Don’t you believe it – as Bill Murray yells in the movie Scrooged, “It can happen to you.” They can be life-changing / $100,000 or more on a single hand. It’s always fun to watch the […]

Gaming – A look at Pai Gow Poker

Gaming – A look at Pai Gow Poker

Breaking away from the slots is a difficult transition for a majority of casino players, but a very necessary one if you wish to enjoy the total casino experience and attempt to derive the most bang for your gambling dollar. We’ve already explored the opportunities that await table games neophytes at the roulette wheel. Today […]

Gaming – Tournament Tales: Ups & Downs

Gaming – Tournament Tales: Ups & Downs

Having spent more time than I would have wished at work, I wandered down to the local Pokertorium last Sunday for some tournament action. An hour prior I sat outside in the mountain sun enjoying the view as I came up with a plan* for the coming fracas. What that was I hesitate to mention, […]

Gaming – Should you bet on the Field at craps?

Gaming – Should you bet on the Field at craps?

One-roll bets at craps are resolved whenever the dice are thrown. Because the game is fast-paced, wagers of this type may induce steep bankroll climbs and falls during runs of good and bad luck, respectively. Usually, however, wins and loses occur in roughly the theoretical proportions, and frequent decisions in a given time period means […]

Gaming – Why the Hi-Lo and Old School methods fail

Gaming – Why the Hi-Lo and Old School methods fail

Three big mistakes perpetuated by the Old School blackjack writers and players: That the Hi-Lo card counting system (which counts 2s-6s as +1 each as they hit the table and 10s and Aces as -1 each as they hit the table) is close to perfect in analyzing the cards. (The MIT teams of the early […]

Full House — Thinking About Poker: Being the ‘new guy’

Full House — Thinking About Poker: Being the ‘new guy’

Humans are creatures of habit and poker players are no exception: We gravitate to a favorite place and after a time, become known to others and them to us. Thus, we have a goodly percentage of the table “made” (that is, we have a reasonable idea how certain people play) by the time we sit […]

Real Deal – Feds say full tilt poker a global Ponzi scheme

Real Deal – Feds say full tilt poker a global Ponzi scheme

David Caruso of The Associated Press reported last week that full tilt poker, blocked from operating in the U.S. last spring on “Black Friday” as part of an online gambling crackdown, was “not a legitimate poker company, but a global Ponzi scheme,” federal prosecutors said. The popular website illegally raided player accounts to fund operations […]

Playing it Smart —Do your chances of winning get better if you keep playing?

Playing it Smart —Do your chances of winning get better if you keep playing?

Casinos have an edge or advantage over players because bets are structured with offsets between payoffs and odds that must be overcome to win. With $10 on the nine at craps, for instance, solid citizens are paid $14 when the dice show a nine and lose $10 when a seven pops. Other outcomes get no […]

Cutting Edge Blackjack: There are just too many blackjack topics to cover

Cutting Edge Blackjack: There are just too many blackjack topics to cover

I’ve been writing columns about blackjack for more than nine years and I’m always surprised, myself, at how many new topics I find to discuss, even after having written 469 prior columns. It shows you how rich the game is, when seen from a state-of-the-art perspective. But now, looking back, I also realize how many […]

Smart Play — A look at Pai Gow Poker

Smart Play — A look at Pai Gow Poker

Breaking away from the slots is a difficult transition for a majority of casino players, but a very necessary one if you wish to enjoy the total casino experience and attempt to derive the most bang for your gambling dollar. We’ve already explored the opportunities that await table games neophytes at the roulette wheel. Today […]