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Answer to the stand or hit 16 vs. dealers' 7

posted on February 21, 2017 by

Winning Strategies | Playing blackjack you’re dealt a 16 looking into a Dealer 7. What do you do and why? I’ve watched a lot of players with this hand and it is almost fun to see it. Sure, there are some blackjack counters who spend a few seconds thinking about it, thinking about the count and working out what to do in this situation.

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Skill-based gaming growing thanks in large part to Graboyes

posted on February 21, 2017 by

Dye-ing to Know | It’s been 3½ months since Blaine Graboyes’ skill-based, video-game gambling machines hit the casino floors in Atlantic City. Within a few more months, Graboyes expects to be in casinos here in Nevada.

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Relationships on both sides of poker

posted on February 21, 2017 by

Poker Scene | My husband Robert Turner and I recently did a radio interview together on High Roller Radio to discuss my latest article on Phyllis Caro. Robert was asked about how hard relationships were for poker players, and his answer was essentially saying I don’t listen to his advice.

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Trust us you don't want just your fair share of poker hands

posted on February 21, 2017 by

Poker by George | How often have you wished for yourself: “If only I could get my fair share!” That’s the amount of something one is due relative to what other people are receiving. Equal treatment. It’s only fair. Let’s examine this on a theoretical basis.

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Luck vs skill debate in poker may go on forever

posted on February 21, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | Apparently, we will never end the luck-versus-skill controversy at the poker table. The other day at the casino, a player seated beside me complained that poker was just a matter of luck. Staring at me, he emphatically stated, “You need to have good luck to be a winner.”

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Dealer's advantage should not deter you

posted on February 14, 2017 by

Winning Strategies | This past week, I was having a conversation about Four Card Poker with a colleague when one of us remarked how the average Dealer Hand will outrank the average Player Hand.

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Phyllis Caro helped stop dealer abuse

posted on February 14, 2017 by

Poker Scene | Last week I wrote about how Phyllis Caro got her start in poker and how she ended up working with her husband at the time, Mike Caro, and founder of the Bicycle Club, George Hardie, to clean up poker in California.

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Tony Dunst best example of roller-coaster poker life

posted on February 14, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | A recent feature article in an industry magazine discussed the “up-and-down ride that has been the poker career of Tony Dunst.” So much so that at one point, he almost gave up on the game.

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Caro was casino poker excellence

posted on February 07, 2017 by

Poker Scene | In the poker world, the name Caro represents integrity in poker. But before Phyllis Caro became the well-respected casino executive she is known as today, she worked her way up the ranks starting as a dealer.

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Swipe, Match and Win at Boyd Casinos; South Point' Super Progressive Cash Bonus

posted on February 07, 2017 by

Reel Deals | Swipe, Match and Win all month long at California, Fremont, Gold Coast, Main Street Station, The Orleans, Sam’s Town and Suncoast. Earn five points on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., then swipe your B Connected card for the chance to win up to one million points, free slot play, dining offers and more.

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Nevada poker rooms generated $117 million in revenue in 2016

posted on February 04, 2017 by

Nevada poker rooms generated $117 million in revenue in 2016. Nevada is home to 73 card rooms, the majority in Las Vegas and Reno.

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Contention developing over bill to legalize electronic bingo in Arizona

posted on February 03, 2017 by

In Arizona some contention has developed over State Sen. Sonny Borrelli’s bill to legalize electronic bingo. The Arizona Legislature, during this executive session, is to consider the bill, in a move reportedly causing concerns for the Arizona Gaming Commission.

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Establishing model for true professional poker player

posted on January 31, 2017 by

Beyond the Numbers | There are several types of serious poker players and others who would like to be considered professional players. For this article, I define professional poker players as those who support their lifestyle by playing poker.

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UK's Gambling Industry in Numbers 1999 - 2015

posted on January 31, 2017 by

Let's take a look at what the numbers are saying about the state of the gambling industry – both online and land-based – in the United Kingdom.

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The evolution of the slot machine

posted on January 31, 2017 by

The first ever slot was designed by an engineer called Charles Fey. The handsome jackpot for getting the three bells on the winning line was just 50c – admittedly a more appealing prize in the late 19th century than it would be today.

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Ways to handle hot/cold streak in the casino

posted on January 31, 2017 by

Winning Strategies | Through the years, a number of betting schemes have been created that are supposed to increase the chances of winning by the player. To the best of my knowledge not a single one of them has ever been shown to actually work.

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Okahara loves the life at The Orleans poker room

posted on January 31, 2017 by

Poker Profiles | The Orleans poker room is one of the largest in Las Vegas catering to both locals and tourists. I interviewed Garrett Okahara, the poker room manager at Orleans for some background information and what makes his room so popular for poker players.

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Advantages can be exploited by using image

posted on January 31, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | Every poker player displays an image – a mental picture of the kind of player he is that other players assign to him based on how he has been playing his hands. Is he tight, loose, aggressive, or passive – or a combination of these? Or, perhaps he is deceptive – often bluffs or slow-plays or check-raises.

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Plaza redesigns its Royal Rewards slot program

posted on January 31, 2017 by

Slot Club Spotlight | The Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas has redesigned its Royal Rewards players club cards and restructured its tiers.

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Play over 700 games at the Online Casino in Canada

posted on January 26, 2017 by

As winter sets in across the Dominion, we have a friendly challenge for Canadians: let’s see how many of the games at the online casino in Canada you can play until the snow and ice finally melt!

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