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…

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…

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.

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!

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.

Q. Please explain to me once more why it is so horrible to split 10s when the dealer has a bust card like a 6.

Q. Playing blackjack, another player was really getting on my nerves. He kept hitting 12s. I know you guys say it’s right to hit 12 when the dealer shows a 2 or 3, but this guy hit 12 when the dealer had a 4. Not every time, just sometimes. I couldn’t believe it. Can’t players do anything to…

Q. My buddy and I were playing craps, and a guy across the table looked at his watch and said he had to leave. He was playing don’t pass, and they just took his bets down for him and gave him his money. When I’m playing pass, they won’t let me take my bets down. OK, the odds I can take down,…

Q. My buddy and I were playing craps, and a guy across the table looked at his watch and said he had to leave. He was playing don’t pass, and they just took his bets down for him and gave him his money. When I’m playing pass, they won’t let me take my bets down. OK, the odds I can take down,…

Q. We just returned from a two-week casino vacation. One morning, there was quite a stir, as we were told just about every bank of video poker machines was paying out massively, on hand pays.

Q. I’ve noticed that the big-paying symbols are off the line a lot more than they’re on the line. Is that intentional? Are the games programmed to tease players to thinking they’re close to a jackpot?

Q. I was wondering if there is a list of which machine has a higher payout. I looked at New York Gaming commission and couldn't find my answer. I was looking for the percentages or odds of the games at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino. Do they have to post it somewhere? I sent a private Facebook …

Q. I’ve wanted to have a go at counting cards, but I want to do it without spending any money. I play low limits and I want to give myself a fighting chance, but I’m not going to make a career out of this.

Q. For one of your columns about things other players do, I once saw a person buy in at a craps table for $10,000 — all in $20 bills. It was just me and another player in Atlantic City, at the Golden Nugget. The new guy wanted the table for himself and a $50 minimum bet.

Q. My wife and I were talking the other day about all of the bonuses on slot machines, and the ones we really like. She’s a big fan of Goldfish, and all the different bonuses you get. I think Jackpot Party is just classic, picking all those gift boxes. Sometimes you get hot on your picks and…

Q. My dad and took a trip to a casino that had both 8-5 Bonus Poker and 8-5 ACES Bonus Poker, so naturally I played the ACES version. I noticed that there were as many people playing BP as ACES. Why? Is there a reason to avoid the ACES?

Q. In one of your articles you wrote about “deadly days.” You're so right, there are days, no matter what we play, we don't win a quarter. And the more we lose the more we put into those machines until every dollar is gone. We're just unable to stop playing on those days! Why and how does th…

Q. You answered a question a few weeks ago about shipboard casinos, and I had to laugh. The player mentioned blackjack table limits being raised from $5 to $6. That’s something I’ve only seen on cruise ships, and not even often there. When’s the last time you saw a $6 table at a casino on la…

Q. Please explain about the video poker games with the bonuses on Aces. You get 400 coins on the Aces in Bonus Poker, 800 in Double Bonus, 2,000 in Double Double Bonus and 4,000 in Triple Double Bonus.

Q. Do you know how the Oaklawn Park slot machines compare to those in Tunica or nearby Indian casinos as far as the minimum required slot payouts? This casino is in Hot Springs, Ark., and is connected to the Oaklawn Park racetrack. The casino compares in size to many Indian casinos as well a…

Q. Why there are differences between when the blackjack dealer must hit on soft 17 vs stay on soft 17? I know you'd have to be more aggressive when it's hit on soft 17, but I'm not sure about the logic for those three plays that are different. Why hit on soft 19 against a dealer 6, double on…

Q. Is there anything you can tell us about the court case over Mississippi Stud Poker? Two men in Ill., were charged with felonies when one could see the flop card and signaled it to the other.

Q. I have been working to put together a strategy for 8-5 Double Double Bonus progressive video poker, and I came across a column in which you stated, “There are dozens of turning points, and they’re different on each game and pay table. I know of no guide that already has done the number cr…

Q. I met the slot director at the casino near us, and we were talking about different games. He said one of them was a “gambling game,” and before I could ask him what he meant, he was called away. So I’m asking you: Aren’t they all gambling games? They’ll all take your money.