A shuffle through the Gaming mailbag:
Casino players know well the ups and downs of wagering, with more downs than ups for most of us. But it’s the ups that are most memorable, like those relayed via email by readers Betty and Pearl.
Just about a year ago, I answered a reader’s question about strategy adjustments for cruise-ship blackjack in which the dealer takes no hole card, waits until all player decisions to take a second card and more.
I received an email recently from Mark, a video poker player who just found this column recently, but who said he’s been skimming an online archive to see what he’d missed.
Q. I was wondering about craps tables and free odds. Most of the casinos near me have 3x, 4x, 5x odds. That seems to be standard around here. When I travel, I’ve seen 5x, 10x, sometimes 100x odds.
Caesars Atlantic City is betting that spectators will pay to see professional and amateur Gears of War 4 video game players face off in the inaugural Gears Pro Circuit Atlantic City Open Friday to Sunday, March 31 to April 2.
Pharaoh’s Secret Temple has replaced most of the Danger Arena Video Game Gambling Machines (VGM) in the Wild Wild West Casino at Bally’s Atlantic City, Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort and Tropicana Atlantic City. (Two of the Danger Arena games remain at each of these four locations.)
There are a lot of ingredients that go into the success of a slot machine. A great theme to entice players to try the game is a start, and attractive graphics, animation and sound help, too.
Q. It used to be my wife and I shared slot club accounts. Now the casinos want us to have separate accounts. Sometimes, when we want to build up her account, I use one of her cards. Sometimes she uses one of mine. One thing worries me. What if I win a jackpot while using her card? Can they r…
Video blackjack games come in all shapes and sizes. There are single-player games, usually part of the package on multigame machines such as IGT’s Game King; there are multiplier consoles; and some games pay 3-2 on blackjacks, while others pay only even money.
When earlier this year Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa became the last Atlantic City property to charge a resort fee, little did anyone expect that every other casino would increase their fees. And, now, after less than a year, Borgata already has raised its fee.
Fans of CNBC’s “Billion Dollar Buyer” now can play a show-themed version of Double Jackpot Triple Blazing 7s exclusively at Golden Nugget Atlantic City.
Unless you want to travel to McCarren International Airport in Las Vegas, Golden Nugget Atlantic City is the only other place in the world right now where you can play Baywatch 3D.
During the past year many Atlantic City casinos have opened new nightlife venues and casual food outlets, completed extensive room renovations, and introduced skill-based gaming along with innovations in online gaming.
Q. At Mississippi Stud the other night, one man obviously was playing for the first time. He caught on fast enough, but a player next to him was helping him along.
Q. Tell me something about slot machine odds and bonuses. I was playing for a while, and it seemed like the bonus wasn’t happening very often. I spotted a guy with a name tag that said slot supervisor, and asked him how often a bonus was supposed to come up. He said no set time, but he thoug…
Among the many considerations that go into designing a new table game is whether it looks both intriguing and easy enough that players will give it a try. There’s no point in offering a game that scares players off.
Slot machines have long been thought of as an inexpensive way to play. A table games player is looking at minimum bets of $5 and up, and at some premium casinos at busy times it’s tough to find an open spot even at a $25 minimum blackjack table.
Q. I just left a blackjack table where it seemed like nobody could win with a 20. One hand, three of us had 20s and the dealer had a blackjack. Three times within five hands I was dealt 20s. On one, the dealer also had a 20, and on the other two she pulled 21s. Other players were having that…
Readers send me A LOT of stories of their casino experiences — tales of their first trips to Las Vegas or Atlantic City, big wins, things that impressed or depressed them and even times when they couldn’t win for losing.
Blackjack players come in a wide range of skill levels, from those playing a guessing game and hitting or standing by feel and instinct to basic strategy players to card counters — with several stops in between.
Q. You answered a question about playing one coin on $1 video poker instead of five coins on a quarter game. What about slot machines? Dollar slots have higher paybacks than quarter games or penny games, right? Should I play one coin on a dollar game instead of three quarters or, say, 80 pennies?
Q. You don’t seem to write much about Let It Ride, but could you answer a question? Once I look at my first three cards, I can either pull back one bet or let it ride. I was in a situation where I had 2-3-4 of clubs, and I let it ride, but then after the first common card was a 9 of hearts, …
Q. I’ve been playing a lot of Super Times Pay lately, usually for quarters on Five Play. Do you know, is there any change in the odds of drawing a royal flush in regular games, on Super Times hands without the multiplier, and on Super Times with the multiplier?
Q. Your article on different Deuces Wild payoffs reminded me of something I’ve wanted to ask. You say that in non-wild card games, percentages usually are adjusted by changing the pay tables on full houses and flushes. But there are lots of other changes, especially the four of a kinds. Doub…
Q. I live in an area where there are eight casinos within about a 45-minute drive. They’re scattered in different directions, so there’s no casino hopping. You pick one and that’s where you go for the day.
Even though sports betting isn’t legal in New Jersey, soon you’ll be able to guess at which teams will win each week during the 2016 football season to earn cash and free play at three Atlantic City casinos.
Once again, greeting and salutations. And it’s like the Four Tops’ “It’s the Same Old Song” – it never really ends. Every year I seem to say it as we get close to the end of another season at Memories in Margate. Yes, it is still the same old song. And the memories will linger on.