A shuffle through the Gaming mailbag:

Q. I went back and read about 3x, 4x, 5x odds in craps, and how they make the payoffs easy. Is easy really the point, though? What if I wanted to make a 3x odds bets on a point of 5 or 9? Would they refuse your money?

A. The dealers wouldnâ€™t refuse your money, but they might urge a different bet, to the point of helping you size it correctly.

Ease of payment is one issue. If you bet \$5 on pass, then bet \$15 in odds on 4 or 10, with a 2-1 payoff, it brings a return of \$30. Returns also are \$30 if you bet \$20 on odds on 5 or 9 at 3-2 odds or \$25 on 6 or 8 at 6-5 odds.

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But easy, same-size payoffs arenâ€™t the only issue. Possibility of payment in fractions is another.

If you bet \$5 on pass and make a 3x odds bet for \$15 with a point of 5 or 9, the 3-2 odds would lead to \$22.50 in winnings. Some casinos have \$2.50 chips and can make that payoff, but many canâ€™t, and few stock tables with coins or 50-cent chips.

Should a player refuse to budge and insist on a \$15 odds bet on 5 or 9, the casino can round down and pay \$22 instead of \$22.50 to avoid the half-dollar issue.

I once saw something similar from a player who insisted on playing single odds without variation. He was a \$5 bettor and added \$5 in odds on any number. When he won on 5 or 9, he was paid \$7 instead of \$7.50.

You donâ€™t want less than true odds payoffs on your free odds. Size the bets so they can be paid in whole dollars.

Q. Iâ€™ve been playing a lot of nickel video poker on the games with multipliers. I was playing a Triple Play Bonus Poker on Hot Roll, got an 4 on a dice roll, then got four Aces on the deal, with no draw.

Aces are worth 400, which on nickels is \$20. with the dice multiplying by four, that was \$80, and I got it three times for a total of \$240.

That got me thinking. What about a royal flush? A nickel royal is worth \$200, so if I got 4 on the dice, theyâ€™d be \$800 apiece. If I got them three times, thatâ€™s \$2,400.

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Would that mean Iâ€™d get a tax form? Is the meaningful figure here the \$800 on each royal, or the \$2,400 for all three?

A. Yes, you would have to sign an IRS form W-2G before the casino could pay you. The total payoff you get after any one push of the deal button counts toward the \$1,200 threshold at which the form is required.

When youâ€™re playing video poker with multipliers and/or multiple hands, there are extra routes to an IRS-level jackpot. A nickel royal will reach tax form level with any multiplier of 6x or more. Even without a multiplier, if youâ€™re playing Ten Play, Fifty Play or Hundred Play, six or more royals could take you to \$1,200-plus.

I once watched as a friend was dealt four Jacks in Super Double Bonus Poker on a quarter Ten Play machine, no multiplier. Each set of quads was worth 600 coins, and the total pay was \$1,500 once heâ€™d signed the form.

With multipliers, even medium-pay hands like full houses and flushes with enough hands and multipliers can bring tax forms.

But the short answer is that any total payoff of \$1,200 or more will bring a tax form, even if the component payoffs are smaller.