Roulette ... the very name conjures up images of a tuxedoed James Bond, Monte Carlo and beautiful women drinking champagne beneath opulent crystal chandeliers.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of my standard warnings to players is to never overbet your bankroll. If you bet too large a percentage of your budget for the day's entertainment on each bet, the usual result is that you'll be heading home early, or worse, digging for extra funds.
Years ago, I wrote that in the future, the majority of successful poker players would be young, online-educated players who had accumulated significantly more hand experience than players from previous generations, who had spent their days at the slow-moving live tables.
Q. Tell me about the free odds in craps. I've read that you shouldn't raise your pass line bet above the minimum until you're betting the maximum on free odds? Why is that? Do the free odds increase how often you win?