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.
Wheel of Fortune slot machines have been with us for 20 years now. The most popular games in slot machine history, Wheel of Fortune machines have commanded space on casino floors in countless variations on video and in the original three-reel format.
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.
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.
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.
Now you can play some of your favorite table games – with live dealers – right from your laptop or smartphone (assuming you’re in New Jersey).
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is now part of the same MGM “family” of resorts as the Bellagio, Aria, Mirage and others in Las Vegas, the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Miss., and, later this year, MGM National Harbor, across the river from Washington, D.C., in Oxon Hill, Md. MGM also has resorts in…
Once again, greeting and salutations. And what a time to be not only in Jersey but in Philadelphia when thousands of people from across the country are experiencing the good things – the music, the restaurants, the venues, the entertainment, and the people – that the visitors to the Democrat…
Q. I used to like it when every casino had a fun book and you could get a little slot play and some match play at the tables, some food discounts, free popcorn or a hot dog — it was fun hunting for the best bargains for a low roller!
Tales of casino bachelor parties have come rolling into my mailbox ever since the days when my prime contact with readers came through snail mail.
Q. Do you think average blackjack players are improving? It seems to me that I see fewer really terrible players than I used to. There are some, of course, but more seem to play a reasonable approximation of basic strategy, even if they miss some plays.
Once again, greeting and salutations. And no doubt about it. The Fourth may have come and gone, but for the partying people this has got to be the best summer of them all.
I see hundreds of new slot machines every year, and test at least a few dozen of them. Occasionally, there’s something that piques my curiosity beyond game play. So I look it up, and add to my collection of trivia:
Q. Do automatic shufflers change the house edge on blackjack? My father-in-law always wants to see the cards shuffled by hand. Does it really make a difference?