Casino Gambling: What's Hot Now: paigow

Casino Gambling: What's Hot Now
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Nov 17th 2012, 11:14

The traditional Asian game of Pai Gow is played with tiles that look like dominos. To make it easier to understand an American version was introduced using standard playing cards and the ranking of hands were fashioned after poker hands. Thus the new game of Pai Gow Poker was developed.

Pai Gow Poker is played with a standard 52-card deck and one joker. The joker can be used as an ace or a wild card to complete a straight, a flush or straight flush only. The game is played on a blackjack-size table with up to six players and a banker. The players are playing against the banker. In most cases the casino acts as the banker although players can chose to bank the game if they wish to. This would require having enough money to cover all of the other player’s bets. The casino collects a five- percent commission on all winning bets.

To start the game, the players make their bets according to the table minimum. The dealer shuffles the cards and deals out seven stacks containing seven cards. This is done no matter how many players there are. The Banker shakes a cup containing three dice to determine who gets the first hand.

The player looks at their seven cards and sets them into a two-card hand and a five-card hand. There is a place marked on the table to place your hands. The two-card hand is placed in front and the five-card hand is placed behind it. If both of your hands beat the Banker’s two hands you win. If one of your hands beats the Bankers and one loses it is a push and there are no winners. If either of your hands has the exact same value as the Banker’s hand it is a tie, which is called a copy and the Banker wins. If the Banker’s two hands beats both of your hands you lose.

When you are setting your hands, your five-card hand must be a higher value than your two-card hand. If you make a mistake and the two-card hand is higher it is a “foul” and you lose automatically. When the casino acts as the Banker the dealers must set their hands according to certain rules, which is called the “House Way.” If you are unsure of how to set your and you can ask the dealer to set it the “House Way.” This will keep you from making a mistake.

Pai Gow is a slower paced game. There are many pushes. The Banker has a slight edge because it wins the copies (Ties).

Pai Gow Strategy:

Back = 5 card hand
Front = 2 card hand

NO PAIR: Use the highest card in the back and second and third highest in front
ONE PAIR: Place pair in back, highest other two cards in front.

Big Pair is Jack thru Ace: Place small pair in front.
Big Pair is 7’s thru 10’s: Place both pairs in back if you can put Ace in front.
Big Pair is 2’s thru 6’s: Place both pairs in back if you can put King in front; otherwise split.

THREE PAIR: Place big pair in front.

Aces: Place an Ace and next highest card in front.
Kings and Below: Place three of a kind in back; two highest cards in front.

TWO SETS (3 0f a kind): Place pair from higher set in front.

With No Pair:
Place two highest cards in front that leave a complete hand in back.
With One Pair: Place two highest cards possible (pair or no pair) in front that leave a complete hand in back.
With Two Pair: Use two pair strategy.
With Three of a Kind: Place complete hand in back, pair in front.

FULL HOUSE: Put pair in front and three of a kind in back.

Jacks thru Aces: Always split and put one pair in front and one in back.
7’s thru 10’s: Place four of a kind in back if you can put Ace or King in front; otherwise split.
6’s or Below: Never split as long as you can put a card higher than the 4 of a kind in front.
With a Pair: Play four of a kind in back; pair in front.
With Three of a Kind: Put highest pair in front; full house in back.

FIVE ACES: Place pair of Aces in front.

That is the basic strategy for the game. When if doubt just ask the dealer to set your cards the House Way.

Until Next time remember:
Luck comes and goes.....Knowledge Stays Forever.

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Casino Gambling: What's Hot Now: penny

Casino Gambling: What's Hot Now
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“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

Those immortal lines were spoken by Juliet in Shakespeare’s classic play Romeo and Juliet. While there may be truth in those lines when we are talking about flowers, it is not necessarily the truth when applied to slot machines. The name “Penny Slot” might be best described by the expression, “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.” Names can be deceiving and finding the right name for a product can be the difference between its success and failure. Part of this is due to the fact that we tend associate mental images or feelings to words that we hear.

Penny Slots â€" The Newest Innovation
I am often asked about the latest innovations hitting the casino floors and lately I have been telling people that the hottest trend in the gaming industry has been the introduction of the “Penny Slot Machines.” The reaction to this statement is always the same; Laughter.

The reason for this reaction is that the penny is the lowest denomination of currency in our country. People can’t even name a product that can be purchased for a penny anymore. As a society we have gotten used to hearing about big sums of money. We have become somewhat desensitized to hearing about large sums of money. In this day and age when million dollar slot machine jackpots are commonplace and winners of Poker tournaments become instant millionaires, it’s hard to think of the penny as having much value. But the slot makers and casinos have discovered how valuable pennies can really be. In fact they have found that pennies really equal profits.

When we hear about penny slot machines the first thing that comes to mind is the image of sitting down and inserting a few copper” Abe Lincolns” into the machine and spinning the wheel in hopes of winning a dollar or two. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Not Really a Penny Game
The new slot machines are multi-line machines that can accept many coins per line. Over the last few years the Slot Machine makers have been adding more lines to their games. They have also increased the number of coins that can be played on each line. This innovation was due primarily to the introduction of the “coinless machines” with bill acceptor and ticket out payoffs. This did away with the need to have a hopper filled with actual coins. A few years ago we saw a resurgence of the nickel slots as the number of coins that could be played on the machines increased. The new games could take so many coins per spin that it became cost prohibitive for many players to play maximum coins at the quarter level so the denomination of coins dropped down to a nickel. As the popularity of the nickel games increased the slot makers wanted to make games that would take even more coins per spin. Some of these games again became too expensive for the average player to play maximum coins even at the nickel level. The next logical step was to drop the denomination down again to the penny.

The reason I call the penny slot machines a “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing is the fact that the cost of playing maximum coins per spin on the new penny slot games can far exceed playing maximum coins in an old 3 coin dollar machine. I saw one slot machine at the gaming show that had a maximum bet of 1,600 coins. That’s $16 a spin. While this is not the average game many of them have 20 lines that can take up to 50 cons per line which would be $10 a spin.

Penny Megabucks
A while back IGT announced that it was introducing a penny version of its popular Megabucks game. Now the player could win millions with just a few pennies. That may sound good until you investigate further. To win the progressive jackpot on the standard dollar Megabucks machine you must be playing the maximum three coins per spin which equals $3. To win the progressive jackpot on the penny Megabucks game you must be playing the maximum 300 coins per spin which equals $3. Now who’s kidding who?

Play With Caution
If you want to play the penny slot machines you should approach them with caution. Don’t just automatically hit the maximum spin button or you might be in for an unpleasant surprise. Read the help screen and find out how many coins it takes to have a bet on all the lines. Then decide how many coins/credits you want to risk per spin. You may choose to start with 2 or3 on each line.

These new machines have a higher hit frequency even though you might win back less than your initial wager on a spin. If you get ahead you can increase the number of coins you play per line. If you are losing you can go back to a single coin per line.

These new penny slot machines can be fun to play. Just remember even a penny has value. The casinos know this and you should too and even though they are called penny slots you can still win or lose big dollars.

Until next time, remember:
"Luck comes and goes...Knowledge Stays Forever."

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Casino Gambling: What's Hot Now: slottourny

Casino Gambling: What's Hot Now
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Luck plays the biggest part in winning a slot tournament however speed and concentration are the two most important "skills" you will need.

Since you must play all your credits within a certain time period you must play fast enough to use all of them. Each winning spin will increase your total score. Any unused credits are lost and you will be at a disadvantage because you did not take as many spins as your opponents. To help increase your speed, keep your fingers on the spin button and lightly tap it. You don't need to pound the spin button. By leaving your fingers on it you will save a few split seconds that you would have lost by taking your hand off the button.

You will need to concentrate when you are playing in the tournament. Before you start you want to look at the pay table of the machine. When the machine is adding winning credits to your score it will not spin until all the credits have been tallied. If you a big win it will take a few seconds to do this. You can take a quick breath but you must be prepared to start tapping as soon as this is done. Don't be distracted or spend time celebrating if you have a big hit. I was playing in a tournament and a young lady sitting next to me kept jumping up and hollering each time she had a big win. After the time was up she had only played about half her credits.

Some players get bored or tired while they are playing in a tournament causing them to slow down. This has been downfall of many players who suddenly find that time has run out and they still have unused credits on their machines. Many new players remark that the twenty minutes seemed like an hour when they were playing. Make sure you are alert and well rested before entering a tournament. If you are not at your best your score could suffer.

Curiosity can also effect the outcome of your score. It is human nature to want to know how you are doing compared to the other players. I see many tournament players looking around trying to see the score of the other players. The time to find out is after your session not while you are playing. Just keep your mind on your own score and concentrate on using all your credits.

As you play in more tournaments you will find that your speed increases and you will have time left on your meter after you play your credits. Until you reach this point it is advisable not to bring your soda, coffee or water to the machine with you. You don't want to waste precious time sipping on a drink.

The simple Slot Tournament strategy is to play fast, stay focused and have fun. Besides being fun, many slot tournaments can be a good value.

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Casino Gambling: What's Hot Now: slotmyth

Casino Gambling: What's Hot Now
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The dictionary defines the following:
Myth: A popular belief that has grown around something. A traditional story to explain a practice, belief or natural phenomenon.
Misconception: Something interpreted incorrectly.

Both of these words are interchangeable when discussing the beliefs some people have about slot machines. Most people don't understand the inner working of the slots so it is easy to explain a loss or a win with some false logic. Like any other "wives tales" these are passed from person to person until they become gospel. Most of these myths and misconceptions are harmless but they can add to your frustration and take away some of the enjoyment from your casino visit. Let’s take a look at a few of the most popular myths and the truth behind them.

No other segment of the gaming industry has benefited more from the technology revolution than the slot machine. Once considered the ugly stepdaughter, placed on the gaming floor to appease the spouses of table players, the slot machine has been transformed into the fairy Princess of the gaming world. With her she has brought a dowry of riches no one would have imagined for the casino and a few lucky players as well. Twenty years ago the slot machine accounted for 30 percent of the casinos profits. Today it accounts for about 70 percent. Computer technology makes it possible to offer life-changing jackpots big enough to turn a pauper into a King.

This new technology also brings with it many myths and misconceptions as players try to unravel the mysteries of the modern computerized slot machine. Here are a few of the myths surrounding the slot machine.

Someone hit a jackpot on the machine you just left, you would have gotten that jackpot if you kept playing.
False. The slot machines have a computer chip inside that runs the Random Number Generator (RNG). The RNG is continuously cycling through numbers even when the machine is not being played. These numbers correspond to the stops on the wheel that display the winning or losing symbols that you see when the reels stop. When you hit the spin button or pull the handle, the RNG picks the combination at that given microsecond. If you had stayed at the machine, it is highly unlikely that you would have stopped the RNG at the exact nano-second to display that same combination of numbers. In the time it takes to talk with a friend or sip your drink the RNG has cycled through thousands of combinations.

You can tell the odds of winning by counting the symbols on each wheel.
No. The RNG generates a number for each spin. The number corresponds to the symbols on the Reel. There can be hundreds of Virtual stops on each wheel even though you only see a few symbols. For example you may see 20 symbols on each wheel of a three-reel machine. You figure 20 x 20 x 20 = 8,000 combinations and your chance of hitting the jackpot is 1 in 8000. In reality the computer chip may program 256 stops for each wheel which makes the odds 256 x 256 x 256 =16,777,216 combinations. Being able to generate millions of combinations is the reason that slots can offer large paybacks.

Casinos can loosen or tighten the slot machines with the flip of a switch.
False. The slot machines have a computer chip in them that determines the pay back percentage. These are preset at the factory. In order for a casino to change the pay back, they would have to change the chip. In most jurisdictions there is paper work that has to be filled and submitted to the Casino Control Commission for each machine if the chip is changed. It is time consuming and the chips are very expensive. For this reason, it is more economical to decide on the pay back percentages before purchasing the machines and having the factory ship them with the proper chip.

A machine that has not been paying is due to hit.
False. There is no way to determine if a machine is due to hit. Each spin is a random occurrence and has no bearing on what has happened previously. Don't ever play more than you should because of this myth. It will be devastating to your bankroll if you do.

The temperature of the coins played will affect the way a machine pays.
False. The machine is not affected by temperature. It doesn't matter if you play hot, cold, old or new coins. The coin slot is a mechanical device and has no feeling. There is one potential danger with this myth. I once saw a fellow burn his fingers while trying to heat up a coin with a lighter.

If you use your slot club card the machine will pay back less.
False. In my opinion, this is the most damaging myth of them all. There is no link between the card reader and the RNG. By not using you player's card you are denying yourself valuable comps and sometimes cash back from the casino.

Until next time, remember:
"Luck comes and goes...Knowledge Stays Forever."

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