Q. What do you think of a system where you stick with the hot numbers in roulette? My friend likes to look at the boards at the tables where they post the last 18 numbers. If one appears three or more times, that’s what she bets.
Q. What can you tell me about Triple Trouble video poker, the one with the devils that multiply your wins? What strategy adjustments do you have to make? I really like the game, but I want to get the most out of it.
Q. On a recent Mediterranean cruise, along with the usual bad pay schedules for video poker, I encountered a variant of bonus poker new to me. Two pairs paid only 1, but a flush paid 8 and a full house paid 10 (40 and 50 with full coin). Other pays were at the usual 8-5 level.
Q. Please explain something to me about “choose your volatility” slot machines. You’ve written about them before, and from what I understand you can choose how often you win. What does that actually mean as far as the overall payback? Are you better off choosing high or low volatility?
Q. In Illinois or Las Vegas, is it legal for slot machine programmers to vary the odds that a machine will allow a player to reach the bonus round depending on how many credits per line they play?
Q. I can understand your warnings to blackjack players not to play when blackjacks pay 6-5 instead of 3-2. You don’t want to settle for less than the usual payoff. But what about a single-deck game? I had always heard single-deck was the best game. If blackjacks pay 6-5 but you’re playing with one deck, isn’t that a good tradeoff for players?
Q. Why does counting cards help a blackjack player? Does it help them to know what’s coming next?
Q. Betting the don’t in craps, is there ever a time when it’s smarter not to lay the odds? I heard 6 and 8 are shooter’s numbers and that I should back off on those points.
Q. If video keno numbers are generated by random number generators, why do some casinos believe they can get away with markedly substandard pay tables? Some slot technicians allege that low payout keno machines are somehow programmed to hit more often, a claim which (if true) means that RNGs are irrelevant or subject to programming.
Q. Can you explain why the payoff for a straight flush is less than the payoff for four aces, when in poker the straight flush beats the four aces? Regardless of whether the machine is Bonus Poker, Double Bonus Poker, etc, the amount for the straight flush is always the same, even though those machines offer additional payouts with other fours of a kind.
Q. Didn’t there used to be more companies making video poker games? Is IGT’s control of the market the reason pay tables are going down?
Q. If the casino makes a higher percentage on slot machines rather than on blackjack, then how come when we get coupon books they always give coupons that can only be used for blackjack but not for the slots as well?
Q. What’s the worst bet on the tables? I’m thinking roulette, but my brother says some of the newer games are probably worse. What do you think?
Q. You say that with a strategy that’s not difficult to learn, I should get a 99.5 percent return on 9-6 Jacks or Better quarter machines, at $1.25 per hand. You are saying that for the $110,000 I bet last year, I should have got a return of $109,450, a loss of only $550. Last year I lost almost $5,000, a return of 55 percent.
Q. I regularly go to three casinos. Two of them have started to do some interesting things with comps. One has designated certain slot machines so you get 2x, 3x or 4x points every day. They’re not big themed games or anything, just regular video slots. Is it worth playing for the extra points, or do these games pay less?
Q. Can you settle something once and for all? My brother and I have argued for years over which casino game is best for players. I say it’s blackjack, he says it’s craps. We’re not talking about counting cards or being good enough to make money all the time. We’re talking about guys who know basic strategy in blackjack, who know the best bets at craps and are willing to stick to them.
Q. I’ve read several times that dollar slots pay more than quarters, and quarters more than nickels, and so on. My question is, why? And, if that’s the case, shouldn’t we all be playing dollar machines?
Q. My husband and I just starting going to the casino once a month or so. My question is, why aren’t there more roulette tables in casinos? We think it’s fun, and it seems like it gives you as good a chance to win as anything, especially when you bet on red or black. One’s going to win and one’s going to lose, so that’s pretty even, right?
Q. I read in the news about that roulette wheel that hit number 19 seven times in a row. What are the odds, and how much would you have won if you’d bet it and just let your winnings ride for all seven.
Q. I have a question about slots strategy. I went to the casino last night and got back a chunk of my recent losses. A little background: I’m very old-fashioned and only play the max (75 cents) on mechanical machines. There’s too much going on with most video machines, and I have no idea how I won or how I lost.
Q. I have just recently started playing video poker. I have one question that I can’t find the answer to. When I am playing regular slots and I hit a generous payout I usually move to another machine. I know that slots are really just luck of the draw and use RNGs, but I have yet to see two large payouts in a row.
Q. When I play video poker, why do I only get half the slot club points as when I play the slots? I’m betting just as much money — more, since I bet five quarters at a time on a video poker game, but only three at a time on a (three-reel) slot machine. But I get a point for every $4 I bet on a slot machine, but it takes $8 to get a point on video poker. Can you explain why? Am I better off just playing the slots?
Q. The other day I was playing double joker’s wild on a video poker machine and was dealt a natural royal flush. Would you by any chance know the odds of being dealt a natural royal flush from a 54-card deck?
Q. Why aren’t there more sports books? When I started playing in casinos, Nevada and New Jersey were the only places to go. I always went to Las Vegas and got used to the sports books being there. Now there are casinos everywhere, and I mostly stay home in Louisiana, but there are no books. Do you know why books don’t expand along with the casinos?
Q. My dad is a lifelong craps player. He likes to wait till the shooter rolls a 6 or 8 on the comeout, then bet on pass plus odds. He says that's better than placing 6 or 8. Is it?
Every slot player has a favorite game, one to seek out on each casino trip. Sometimes it’s because the theme is particularly engaging, or because a bonus event is especially fun.
Q. My dad retired to Vegas and every time I visit him (two or three times a year) we play hours and hours of video poker. We almost always play Double Double Bonus. We play single play, Triple Play or Five Play.
Q. I saw a craps game with cards. It used two cards instead of a dice roll .You played just like at a craps table with 10 times odds. It had the same craps layout. What do you think of this game? What are the odds?
Q. I’ve been playing the slots for 40 years and have played in 96 casinos, by my count. I have a question that I’ve never been able to get a response to, even from IGT.
Q. You always mention the payback percentage for dollar slots is better than the 50- or 25-cent slots. How about in a multi-play slot machine where you can choose $1, 50 cents or 25 cents? Does the payback change as you change the denomination, or are you getting a lower payback for dollars because you can play the smaller denominations also?
Q. I have read and understand what you have said about the random number generator. However, I vacationed many times in Mesquite, Nev. The most recent was in January. I have played in the keno tournaments before, and the prize for winning first place was $325 in “Keno Bucks” (that you can only spend by purchasing more Keno tickets).