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  • Video Poker Strategy: Partial Flushes

    By John Grochowski on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    Video Poker Gaming Tunica

    Video poker decisions frequently come down to choosing between two viable options. Players who want to get the most out of the games learn early that a low pair is more valuable than a single high card, to use one commonly occurring example. Recently, a reader wrote to ask about the situation with partial flushes.

  • Stories from the Casino Floor: Mississippi Stud Newbie

    By John Grochowski on Tuesday, April 10, 2018

    Mississippi Stud Poker Strategy

    Players frequently tell me stories about big wins, ask questions about how the games work, or to point out unusual things they see in casinos. In the case of a reader named Melinda, she just wanted to share how nice people had been at her table, and how that helped her win at Mississippi Stud.

  • Are Side Bets Worth It?

    By John Grochowski on Wednesday, March 28, 2018

    Lucky Ladies Side Bets

    Casinos often use side bets on table games -- especially blackjack -- to spice up the games and draw a little extra action from players.

    The house edge on side bets almost always is higher than on the main game. That led a reader to write and ask, "Is there ever a time to make a side bet like 21 + 3 or Lucky Ladies at blackjack, the Dragon Bonus bet at baccarat or the Prime bet in Three Card Poker? [If the house edge is higher], why not just play the regular game and skip the side bet?"

  • Gaming Odds Explained: 30 To 1 vs. 31 For 1

    By John Grochowski on Thursday, March 22, 2018

    Gaming Odds Explained

    A craps player wrote to me recently to say he'd found an automated game that looked like it had better odds than he found at table games.

  • New Slots Featuring Pop Culture Icons

    By John Grochowski on Monday, March 12, 2018

    New Slots The Voice and WonderWoman

    Pop culture themes from movies, TV, music and games have long been part of the fun of playing the slots. Let's check out a few of the new themes we'll be playing in the coming year. 

  • Monopoly Hot Shot Mashup

    By John Grochowski on Tuesday, March 06, 2018

    Monopoly Hot Shot Slots

    Ever since Scientific Games acquired WMS Gaming in 2013 and Bally Technologies in 2014, it's been inevitable that we would see WMS-Bally mashups in new slot machines.

    Monopoly Hot Shot, on its way for 2018, combines long-standing successes from both companies. 

  • Switching Strategy in Blackjack

    By John Grochowski on Tuesday, February 27, 2018

    Blackjack Blue Table

    Basic strategy players know there's a best average play for every hand in blackjack. That's what you'll find in strategy charts online and in books.

  • Video Poker: Low Pairs vs High Cards

    By John Grochowski on Monday, February 26, 2018

    Double Double Bonus Poker

    One of the most important strategy tips for video poker players to remember is that low pairs are almost always more valuable than high cards. You win more hands when you hold a Jack or higher, but have larger average payoffs and win more money when you hold low pairs instead.

    A reader asked recently if that also applies to having two high cards in the hand.

  • Slot Stories from the Floor

    By John Grochowski on Thursday, February 15, 2018

    Monopoly Slots Board

    Slot players love to share their stories when they win, and readers have contributed a couple of recent tales from their early days of playing.

  • Festivals, Festivals and More Festivals

    By Travel Tunica on Tuesday, February 06, 2018

    Tunica Festivals Bridging the Blues
    Whether it’s classic cars, bicycle rides, crawfish or live blues performed on a train depot stage, this year’s festival line-up in Tunica has something for everyone.

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