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When gambling think loss rate, not payback

When gambling think loss rate, not payback

posted on August 20, 2013 by

Winning Strategies | Most table games have a payback between 97% and 99.5%. Video Poker can range from about 95% to 101%. Slot machines probably range from about 85% up to 95%. Sidebets, quite frankly, are all over the place.

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My gambling strategy: Have fun, be smart

My gambling strategy: Have fun, be smart

posted on August 20, 2013 by

Smart & Fun Gambling | I’m concerned with one of two things when I walk into a casino – having fun and playing smart. I’ve tried to learn the correct strategy to gain a few percentage points here and there but that’s about all I’m going to get.

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Pigskin and poker event at The Golden Nugget

Pigskin and poker event at The Golden Nugget

posted on August 20, 2013 by

Poker Deals | The Golden Nugget Las Vegas Pigskin & Poker Party weekend will pair football and fun poker tournaments September 7-8 in the Grand Event Center.

 

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Knowing when to protect your hand in poker

Knowing when to protect your hand in poker

posted on August 20, 2013 by

Poker by George | We focus here on hands that are likely the best at this point in the hand, but there are two or more unseen cards in the deck that could render them a costly second-best. 

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Fact, theory, superstition at the poker table

Fact, theory, superstition at the poker table

posted on August 20, 2013 by

Heavenly Poker | Recently, I wrote a column about superstitions at the poker table. Two of these were about playing at a particular seat and at a particular table in your local casino. 

 

 

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When gambling at casinos be aware of chasing bets

When gambling at casinos be aware of chasing bets

posted on July 30, 2013 by

Smart and Fun Gambling | When you spend a lot of time in casinos gambling, you are reminded of what to avoid. That happened to me recently when I chased a keno jackpot that was just a few dollars from hitting. I was reminded not to chase bets.

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Would casinos disclose all key statistics about each game?

Would casinos disclose all key statistics about each game?

posted on July 30, 2013 by

Winning Strategies | My college roommate posted a question to one of my old columns on my blog (gambatria.blogspot.com) wondering if I thought the casinos would ever have to disclose all the key statistics about each game.

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Tips before taking on Las Vegas craps tournaments

Tips before taking on Las Vegas craps tournaments

posted on July 23, 2013 by

Smart and Fun Gambling | Craps tournaments in Las Vegas are popular among casino gamblers because craps has almost zero house advantage for the casino.

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Blackjack, Roulette, and Craps have mechanisms

Blackjack, Roulette, and Craps have mechanisms

posted on July 23, 2013 by

Winning Strategies | Blackjack, Roulette, Craps and every table game has a mechanism game inventors use to create a house edge when playing at the casino.

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Know what gambling is available for your vacation

Know what gambling is available for your vacation

posted on July 16, 2013 by

Smart and Fun Gambling | Whether I’m vacationing in Las Vegas, Atlantic City or anywhere in between I always like to know what gambling is available before choosing a casino-hotel.

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Slot results playing with our minds

Slot results playing with our minds

posted on July 16, 2013 by

Winning Strategies | A new study was released this week that says the bells and whistles used on slot machines make the player feel like he is winning even when he isn’t. 

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In Pai Gow Poker and Baccarat methods for defeating house

In Pai Gow Poker and Baccarat methods for defeating house

posted on July 09, 2013 by

Winning Strategies | In the games of Pai Gow Poker and Baccarat, certain wagers pay a 5% commission when they win. Another way of looking at this is that the player is paid 19-to-20 for a winning wager, which I think is more accurate.

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Finding good blackjack at 3:2 harder and costlier

Finding good blackjack at 3:2 harder and costlier

posted on July 09, 2013 by

Smart & Fun Gambling | Smart gaming on the Vegas Strip is becoming more difficult and more expensive. The over abundance of blackjack games that pay 6:5 is no longer being exaggerated. 

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Entertainment for me is better ‘21’

Entertainment for me is better ‘21’

posted on July 02, 2013 by

Smart & Fun Gambling | The difference in a blackjack game that pays 3:2 compared to one at 6:5 is about 1.5%. When blackjack pays 6:5 the casino has a 3x greater advantage on the player. No gambler likes that.

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Big rewards at Plaza and Las Vegas Club in Nevada

Big rewards at Plaza and Las Vegas Club in Nevada

posted on July 02, 2013 by

Real Deals | As of July 1, PlayLV Gaming, LLC, which owns and operates the Plaza Hotel & Casino and the Las Vegas Club Hotel & Casino, has launched their new Players Club program, Royal Rewards.

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Odds and probability are not the same thing

Odds and probability are not the same thing

posted on June 18, 2013 by

Smart & Fun Gambling | A slightly more in depth example for casino gaming comes from roulette. A bet on a single number in double-zero roulette has a probability of 1/38, so to break even you would have to be paid 37 to 1.

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It’s ‘Riviera Hotel Wednesdays’ on the Las Vegas Strip

It’s ‘Riviera Hotel Wednesdays’ on the Las Vegas Strip

posted on June 18, 2013 by

Real Deals | Riviera Casino & Hotel is enhancing weekday casino play for June and July. The property is hosting free weekly slot tournaments on Wednesdays where participants will compete for $3,000 in cash and free slot play.

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Casino games start at Twin River Casino

Casino games start at Twin River Casino

posted on June 16, 2013 by

Twin River has hosted its very first casino gambling after voters approved blackjack, roulette and other Las Vegas-style games for the northern Rhode Island casino.

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Three Card Poker has better house advantage

Three Card Poker has better house advantage

posted on June 11, 2013 by

Smart & Fun Gambling | Three Card Poker actually has a larger house advantage than Let It Ride but sitting at the table is almost always fun. There’s enough ways to win to keep the player involved and the reaction of players is almost always positive.

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Bonus bets (or side bets) are never a friend to players

Bonus bets (or side bets) are never a friend to players

posted on June 04, 2013 by

Smart & Fun Gambling | Bonus bets (or side bets) are never your friend. No matter how big the jackpot or returns are with side bets, they rarely pay out anywhere near actual odds. That said, these side bets can be a fun way to spend some singles.

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