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In cash games, map out a money strategy

Q: Scott, As a regular no-limit hold 'em cash-game player, I have a pretty good grounding in pot odds and make a lot of my plays based on this knowledge. Some of the friends I play with in home games, however, are less astute. When I figure them for a draw and make a bet that offers them incorrect pot odds, they often call where more experienced players would fold. How do I stop players like this from drawing out on me without putting my whole stack on the line and running the risk of them catching a monster? - Brett J.

In cash games, map out a money strategy

Q: Scott, As a regular no-limit hold 'em cash-game player, I have a pretty good grounding in pot odds and make a lot of my plays based on this knowledge. Some of the friends I play with in home games, however, are less astute. When I figure them for a draw and make a bet that offers them incorrect pot odds, they often call where more experienced players would fold. How do I stop players like this from drawing out on me without putting my whole stack on the line and running the risk of them catching a monster? - Brett J.

Resorts embraces Margaritaville theme on casino floor, too

Although on a much smaller level, not since Bally's Atlantic City opened Wild Wild West in 1997 has a casino so fully embraced a theme as Resorts Casino Hotel. Its Margaritaville Casino - or, more accurately, slot parlor - features 160 slot machines set amidst stylized palm branches and other tropical flourishes.

Resorts embraces Margaritaville theme on casino floor, too

Although on a much smaller level, not since Bally's Atlantic City opened Wild Wild West in 1997 has a casino so fully embraced a theme as Resorts Casino Hotel. Its Margaritaville Casino - or, more accurately, slot parlor - features 160 slot machines set amidst stylized palm branches and other tropical flourishes.

Mr. AC Casino: Roulette, a game for many or just for one

Roulette ... the very name conjures up images of a tuxedoed James Bond, Monte Carlo and beautiful women drinking champagne beneath opulent crystal chandeliers.

Poker Pros: Playing tournaments with a $250,000 buy-in could be worth it, if you can fund it

The notion of a poker tournament with a $100,000 buy-in was, for many years, entirely absurd. But there were two such events within the first month of 2012, in addition to a tournament with a $250,000 buy-in. Granted, those events feature a pretty slim collection of ultra-rich enthusiasts mixed with ultra-talented players who either have the money or can sell off percentages to come up with it.

Gaming Guru: Do not trust luck in collecting casino chips, buy a good guide

Maybe you go to casinos to go jackpot chasing at the slots. Maybe you go to test your skill at blackjack or poker.

Casino Answer Man: Odds in futures betting are just like any casino game

Q. Can you explain sports futures bets to me? For example, when you bet on who's going to win the NL pennant before the season. My brother told me these are sucker bets, but I don't really understand how the house makes its money.

Casino Answer Man: Continues shufflers in blackjack could mean trouble for your wallet

Q. I was looking online at the Wizard of Odds site (wizardodfodds.com), and found a page that says that continuous shufflers actually lower the house edge in blackjack. You've recommended playing in hand-shuffled games or in games with non-continuous shuffling machines and not playing with continuous shufflers.

Poker Pros: Put yourself in other bettors' shoes after blind bets

Q. Scott, can you please help me through a situation that has been troubling me lately? I live in Vegas and play $2 to $5 no-limit hold 'em. I'm a winning player and predominantly happy with the decisions that I make at the table. My confidence is good, but in sticky spots like this I could use a bit more polishing:

Gaming Guru: Video poker strategies change depending on the game

Every video poker game has its own expert strategy. If you want the most out of Double Bonus Poker, you won't play exactly the same strategy as Jacks or Better, and you'll need to adjust to something a little different for Double Double Bonus Poker.

Poker Pros: Working against a player who goes all in

Although my bid to reach the final table of the WPT Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic ended late on Day Four, my roommate and frequent poker mentor - despite being four years my junior - Andrew "Luckychewy" Lichtenberger made the final table third in chips and in excellent position to take his first major title.

Mr. AC Casino: Bonuses mount in Breakfast at Tiffany's slots

If you like interactive bonuses, bonuses within bonuses and "extra surprises," have I got a game for you!Based on the 1961 film with Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly and George Peppard as Paul Varjak, the Breakfast at Tiffany's slot machines at Golden Nugget Atlantic City, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and Revel even feature the Academy Award-winning "Moon River" as background music, as well as clips from the movie.

Gaming Guru: Why doubling up your bet after a loss could be trouble down the line

The Martingale betting system, in which players double their bets after losses, has a strange hold on a segment of roulette players. I've been warning against the system since I started writing regularly about gambling in 1994, and others exposed the system as a bankroll-eater long before I joined the fray.

Casino Answer Man: Tipping your dealer doesn't have to be complicated

Q. I was playing Three Card Poker and was winning pretty good and wanted to tip the dealer. I put down an ante bet for the dealer and had a pair of sixes, so I went to raise both my bet and the dealer's bet. The dealer told me I was not allowed to raise on the dealer's bet.

Casino Answer Man: Why casinos like penny slot players best

Q. My wife and her girlfriend play at the same casino. The girlfriend plays strictly 2-cent slots while my wife plays about 80 percent 2-cent slots and 20 percent dollar slots. This year my wife earned about 40,000 base points and her girlfriend earned just over 11,000 base points. The girlfriend plays once a week, my wife plays approximately three times per week.

Poker Pros: How to play smart with pocket aces

One of the questions I'm asked most frequently is how to play pocket aces. Many people are actually uncomfortable when they are dealt pocket aces, and losing with them doesn't help. Unfortunately, being dealt aces isn't a guarantee of a winning hand, but there are some ways to maximize winnings with the strongest preflop hand.

Gaming Guru: Take advantage of casino coupons in travel guides

As a casino value seeker both by inclination and by bankroll, I look forward each year to the new edition of the American Casino Guide and the member's rewards booklet from the Las Vegas Advisor.

Mr. AC Casino: Clue-themed slot machine lands at Caesars' four hotels

If you're not playing at a Total Rewards casino in Atlantic City (Bally's, Caesars, Harrah's or Showboat) you don't have a Clue ... slot machine, that is. For the next 45 days, these four casinos have an "ex-Clue-sive" with this new WMS group play.

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