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Indeed, the number can be lucky

Is there a number in the casino any more important than 7? Certainly not at a craps table. Even if you’re playing one of those dreaded slot machines, you’re frequently rooting for 7s.

We all know that three of them across the center line (at least for the older mechanical machines) usually means a big payout.

While blackjack doesn’t care much for a single 7, three 7s make a pretty good hand. Seven has been pretty good for me too. I’ve been writing for GamingToday for seven years.

I remember when I found out that GamingToday had been occasionally running my dad’s old articles. A friend sent a copy to my mother, who sent it to me – just about the time I was thinking about following in my father’s footsteps.

What timing! I sent an e-mail to the editors of GamingToday and asked if they were interested in some new video poker articles, along with perhaps a smattering of table game articles. It had been 5½ years since my father died and no doubt some new experts had appeared, so I didn’t know how much interest there would be. Thankfully, I got a response that said they would love to add my column to their paper.

I started writing my column bi-weekly and after several months, as GamingToday launched SlotsToday, I became a weekly columnist. I’ve written over 300 articles for GamingToday and probably around 400 in total. I’m guessing most of my English teachers and many of my high school friends would laugh pretty hard to know that I have a weekly newspaper column. I was mostly math and computer science oriented back then – I probably still am!

It has been a pleasure to continue the crusade to break the slot habit. There are weeks, however, when I wonder to what extent the message is getting out there. I don’t really know how many people read my column every week. Then I get an e-mail or a letter from a reader who thanks me for my column or tells me how much they’ve learned from a particular column and I know that I’ve helped at least a few see the light.

I’m guessing that for every reader who writes there are many more who would like to and for whatever reason don’t and even more who don’t feel a need to write, but do in fact, read and learn from my columns.


I try very hard to respond to any e-mails or letters I get. If you have written to me and I didn’t respond, I apologize. We did have an e-mail glitch for a while so it is possible I never got it. If, however, you have a question you want to ask me or would like me to cover a particular topic, please feel free to drop me a line at [email protected].

It is very gratifying to know that my weekly column is being read and helping people learn to play smarter. I’d like to thank you all for allowing me to write every week. It truly has been a lucky seven years for me and I hope that there will be 7-7-7 more (I figure 21 more years takes me to my mid 60s at which point I might call it a career; but I’ll decide that in 2030 or so).

In the meantime, I’ll keep doing my best to convince you all to break the slot habit and help you play better video poker. I’ll throw in some lessons on table games for good measure because one size doesn’t always fit all. Being that I spend most of my time helping to invent table games, I know that there will be no shortage of columns for me to write!


About the Author

Elliot Frome

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.

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