Elliot Frome’s roots run deep into gaming theory and analysis. His father, Lenny, was a pioneer in developing video poker strategy in the 1980s and is credited with raising its popularity to dizzying heights. Elliot is a second generation gaming author and analyst with nearly 20 years of programming experience.
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.view
Winning Strategies | This past week, when we met, we covered a variety of video poker fallacies. The first was that video poker machines always seem to start hot and then they get very cold. It is as if they are programmed to sucker you in. Well, this one is half fallacy.view
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.”view
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.view
Winning Strategies | Recently, I had an exchange with a game inventor while we were tweaking his game. The topic came up about the relatively common betting structure of Ante/Play, used in many games such as Three Card and Four Card Poker.view