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Dealt three of the kind might be the most frustrating hand

Dealt three of the kind might be the most frustrating hand

posted on June 27, 2017 by

Winning Strategies | Of all the relatively common hands in video poker, I find Three of a Kind at the top of the list of frustrating ones. This might seem a little odd.

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El Cortez Hotel & Casino June 2017 Promotions and Events

El Cortez Hotel & Casino June 2017 Promotions and Events

posted on May 31, 2017 by

El Cortez Hotel & Casino is the longest continuously operating hotel-casino in Las Vegas and celebrates its 75th year of operation this year.

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Answer for new casino games likely right in front of us

Answer for new casino games likely right in front of us

posted on May 30, 2017 by

Winning Strategies | Over the years, I’ve often written about the progression of table game inventions. Generally speaking, there has not been a massive leap forward at any point. 

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It's ok to wait for another table when you see too many sharks

It's ok to wait for another table when you see too many sharks

posted on May 23, 2017 by

Poker by George | You are a regular/frequent player at a local casino or cardroom. After playing there two or three times a week for several years, you become somewhat familiar with the “regulars” who also play there quite often.

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Experience doesn't equal a good player in the casino

Experience doesn't equal a good player in the casino

posted on May 02, 2017 by

Winning Strategies | Last week’s column was about the “average” video poker player. Quite frankly, the column was for myself as well. I need to remind myself while average is not really a bad thing for most things, in the case of gambling, it can be really, really bad.

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Wild Child started with bingo and became a big fan of poker

Wild Child started with bingo and became a big fan of poker

posted on April 18, 2017 by

Poker Scene | I meet the most interesting people at the poker table. I was playing in a No-Limit Hold’em tournament at Hollywood Park Casino a couple of weeks ago when I had the pleasure of sitting next to Jennifer Ring Morgen.

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A need for expert strategy to avoid pitfalls of gambling

A need for expert strategy to avoid pitfalls of gambling

posted on April 18, 2017 by

Winning Strategies | Several days ago, I caught up with an old friend here in town. As we were discussing a variety of people we knew, a “condition” was mentioned with at least a couple of them – “gambling problem.”

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El Capitan brings an old Vegas feel but has plenty of new slots

El Capitan brings an old Vegas feel but has plenty of new slots

posted on April 18, 2017 by

Slot Club Spotlight | Northern Star Casinos own and operate five casino properties in Northern Nevada. Their casinos and lodging properties capture a relaxed, comfortable charm while offering the newest games, innovative promotions, aggressive cash back, comps and friendly service.

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Questions and answers on those Dead Chips

Questions and answers on those Dead Chips

posted on April 11, 2017 by

The Analyst | Perhaps reflective of the increased competition for Baccarat, I received an unexpected number of phone calls and emails regarding a recent article that broadly explained a marketing program known under a variety of names such as Dead Chips.

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Play-Check scenario comes down to math

Play-Check scenario comes down to math

posted on April 11, 2017 by

Winning Strategies | There are cases where the choice is between making a wager and checking – or simply not making a bet and continuing. This type of wager is rarer than the other. But, there are a number of games that feature it and it is very important to understand the differences between them. The math behind them dictates very different strategies.

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Over 300 craps players have held the dice for an hour or more at California

Over 300 craps players have held the dice for an hour or more at California

posted on April 11, 2017 by

One Mann's Opinion | Guido Metzger, director of Boyd Gaming's downtown Las Vegas properties, vividly recalls the night of May 28, 1989. It’s the date Stanley Fugitake held the dice for an astounding three hours and six minutes at the California Hotel Casino.

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South Dakota blackjack dealers face 25 years in theft charge

South Dakota blackjack dealers face 25 years in theft charge

posted on April 11, 2017 by

Two blackjack dealers in South Dakota are among four people accused in a scheme to steal money from a state casino. Federal authorities say the dealers, their pit boss and a customer colluded to steal about $10,000 from the Dakota Sioux Casino.

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The river is a volatile part of poker

The river is a volatile part of poker

posted on April 11, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | As you know, in Texas hold’em, after two hole cards are dealt face-down to each player, five cards are dealt face-up. The last card dealt is called the “river.” When an opponent catches a river card that gives him the hand that beats yours, you have been “rivered.”

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Blackjack might be dethroning baccarat in Vegas gaming revenue

Blackjack might be dethroning baccarat in Vegas gaming revenue

posted on April 04, 2017 by

The Analyst | The common analysis of Nevada’s 4.48% decrease in gaming revenue was mostly attributable to February of 2016 having 29 days in it verses February of 2017 having 28 days. However, the real story seems to be the continuing erosion of baccarat play compared to continuing growth in blackjack and roulette.

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Hi-Lo hand decisions are important to success

Hi-Lo hand decisions are important to success

posted on March 28, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | What is a Hi-Lo hand? After reading about them in George “The Engineer” Epstein’s book, I asked him about such hands. I found his explanation fascinating. So now, you relax and be prepared for an amazing journey into the realm of Hi-Lo hands when playing Texas hold’em.

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Might not want to argue with the math guy on right casino moves

Might not want to argue with the math guy on right casino moves

posted on March 28, 2017 by

Winning Strategies | This past week, I spoke to an acquaintance who is a regular video poker player here in Las Vegas. He wanted to know why, despite playing games that claim to pay over 100%,  he rarely won. There is a fairly obvious answer to that.

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$2K set at Cannery for Whirl in Winning Drawings

$2K set at Cannery for Whirl in Winning Drawings

posted on March 21, 2017 by

Reel Deals | Whirl into Winnings Drawings take place at Cannery and Eastside Cannery this month. Get entries by earning 100 points in the same day through Saturday, March 25 at 7 p.m.

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Lucky Dragon Hotel Casino unveils new promotions

Lucky Dragon Hotel Casino unveils new promotions

posted on March 10, 2017 by

Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino is Las Vegas’ first casino resort designed from the ground up to create an authentic Asian cultural and gaming experience.

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Don’t get cute playing blackjack

Don’t get cute playing blackjack

posted on March 07, 2017 by

Winning Strategies | I received an email asking how come I never talk about Surrender in blackjack. In 15 years of writing for GamingToday I don’t think I did write about surrender or even insurance. So, this week, I’m going to talk about both.

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

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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