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House advantages vary by casino game

House advantages vary by casino game

posted on March 10, 2015 by

Winning Strategies | I received a rather strange question this past week. He wanted to know if doubling down in blackjack is an advantage for the Player or the Casino. House advantages vary greatly in games, but there are some commonalities.

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Math has no detours in the casino

Math has no detours in the casino

posted on March 03, 2015 by

Winning Strategies | ​There are many aspects to our lives to which people apply the notion of the importance of having a strategy. Very few of us actually use them for all aspects of our lives.

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Forget bluffing in the Casino

Forget bluffing in the Casino

posted on January 13, 2015 by

Winning Strategies | Every single casino game is built solely on math. You are either playing against a paytable or against the Dealer.

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Analyzing casino games seems a lot like walking a tightrope

Analyzing casino games seems a lot like walking a tightrope

posted on November 11, 2014 by

Winning Strategies | I might cause a casino to lose a lot of money if I allow a game to hit the floor with a Player advantage. After more than 10 years in the industry, I’ve never done it, but I have heard cases where it did happen due to a math mistake.

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G2E 2014 brought Australian blackjack to the table

G2E 2014 brought Australian blackjack to the table

posted on October 21, 2014 by

Pokin' Around | One final bit of unfinished business from the recent Global Gaming Expo involves a blackjack table game called Lucky 13s.

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Sequential Royal can give you triple pay

Sequential Royal can give you triple pay

posted on October 21, 2014 by

Winning Strategies | When you consider any five cards can appear in 240 unique sequences and they are willing to pay you 3x if you get either one of two of them, the offer is a bit less generous than it sounds. 

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Bally Technologies makes big push for table games at G2E

Bally Technologies makes big push for table games at G2E

posted on October 07, 2014 by

Winning Strategies | It should be little surprise the largest display of new table games at the Las Vegas G2E belonged to Bally Technologies, which bought Shuffle Entertainment this past year.

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Win Cards has a strategy to win over young gamblers

Win Cards has a strategy to win over young gamblers

posted on September 30, 2014 by

The base of older players has not been replenished by younger people, and the pool of table games players has been reduced. What can be done to reverse the downward spiral of live table games?

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Math of probabilities in table games similar to sports

Math of probabilities in table games similar to sports

posted on August 28, 2014 by

Winning Strategies | There is really nothing that stops a slot company from taking a proven machine and merely changing the theme leaving all of the math elements the same.

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Time has changed how blackjack is played

Time has changed how blackjack is played

posted on August 19, 2014 by

Winning Strategies | The problem with blackjack is it is essentially an even money game. Yeah, you get to double down and split every so often, but those wagers still pay even money. 

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Making sure your strategy works in blackjack or video poker

Making sure your strategy works in blackjack or video poker

posted on August 05, 2014 by

Winning Strategies | If you’re strong at math, you might be able to figure out some of the strategies on your own. Ironically, blackjack scenarios can be relatively easy compared to video poker strategies.

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Baccarat has good odds with little strategy

Baccarat has good odds with little strategy

posted on July 08, 2014 by

Winning Strategies | My column a few weeks ago about commission-free Baccarat and commission-free Pai Gow Poker prompted a reader to send me an e-mail asking for advice on how to improve his play at baccarat.

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'Payback' most important number in casino games

'Payback' most important number in casino games

posted on July 01, 2014 by

Winning Strategies | Casinos care about house advantage which is really the same as payback, but looked at from the other side. 

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Progressive side bet math can be the most confusing

Progressive side bet math can be the most confusing

posted on June 17, 2014 by

Winning Strategies |  Five basic areas of gaming math – side bets, progressive side bets, simple games, blackjack games and poker games. I’ve found the area that confuses most people is progressive side bet math.

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Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker share one commonality

Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker share one commonality

posted on June 10, 2014 by

Winning Strategies | There is one interesting commonality between Baccarat and Pai Gow Poker, which is why I mention them today. They both have a commission when the player wins.

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There is one side bet, House Money, that breaks the mold

There is one side bet, House Money, that breaks the mold

posted on June 03, 2014 by

Winning Strategies | There is one side bet, which in my opinion, breaks the mold from the rest and as such offers a much higher payback – usually in the high 90 percent. It is called House Money. 

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Free Bet Blackjack changes concept about 22

Free Bet Blackjack changes concept about 22

posted on May 20, 2014 by

Winning Strategies | The game is owned by Bally Technologies and invented by Geoff Hall, who also gave us Blackjack Switch. Geoff’s key patent covers the concept of the dealer pushing on a 22. 

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In Ultimate Texas Hold'em, you play against dealer

In Ultimate Texas Hold'em, you play against dealer

posted on May 13, 2014 by

Winning Strategies | Last week, I alluded to the notion players play Ultimate Texas Hold’em more timidly than they should. While a portion of this is probably based in the relatively complex strategy of the game...

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Ultimate Texas Hold'em has unique betting structure

Ultimate Texas Hold'em has unique betting structure

posted on May 06, 2014 by

Winning Strategies | In a game where the player has the option to double down, we need to look at net win and not expected value. We lower our win frequency, but we still do so because in the end we win more money.

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It is not all about expected value in some table games

It is not all about expected value in some table games

posted on April 29, 2014 by

Winning Strategies | What I’m about to write might sound like blasphemy to those of you who have been reading my column for years. But, here goes – it is not all about expected value. There, I said it. But an explanation has to go with it.

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