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Do casinos really place their best paying slot machines at the ends of aisles? Are some machines set to pay out more than others? Can you tell when a machine is ready to hit?

 

According to Steve Bourie, author of “American Casino Guide – 2001 edition” ($14.95 at bookstores and participating AAA offices, or call 800-741-1596) and a former executive in the gambling industry for more than 25 years, the answers are no, yes and no.

 

“There’s no such thing as a machine that’s ready to hit,” says Bourie who conducted extensive interviews with casino slot managers and state Ligaz11 gaming regulators in Nevada and New Jersey. “Everything is controlled by a computer chip which is programmed to pay back a set percentage of the money it takes in and the odds remain constant on every pull of the handle. It’s all luck,”

 

Bourie’s “American Casino Guide” has been published annually since 1992 and is the #1 bestselling book in the U.S. on the subject of casino gambling. Bourie writes gaming articles for numerous travel and gaming magazines and also maintains a website at www.americancasinoguide.com with a directory of all U.S. casinos; information on casino travel specials, promotional contests and giveaways; a casino discussion board; how-to-play tips; and links to hundreds of gambling-related sites.

 

The current 2001 edition of the “American Casino Guide” gives detailed information on more than 600 casinos in 33 states. It includes comprehensive stories on how to play all casino games, strategy charts for blackjack and video poker, slot machines payback statistics for each state and stories on how to take advantage of casino promotions and slot clubs. The book also comes with 81 coupons providing more than $1,000 in savings at various casinos and travel companies. Also included are informative maps …


Draw Poker

To begin, two players at the table make a small bet, or blind wager, before receiving any cards. Each player seated in the game takes a turn at placing such a wager.

Players first receive five cards dealt face down. Players pick up the cards and look at them and then decide if they wish to stay in the game. If so, a bet must now be placed.

Once all bets are called the first round of betting is complete.

Players may now choose to exchange with the dealer any number of cards from their hand. This is known as ‘the draw’.

Once the draw is complete a second round of betting takes place.

If all bets are called there is a showdown.

The winner is the player with the highest ranking hand.

If only one player remains (ie. no showdown) they will win the pot without having to expose their cards.

Seven-Card Stud

Seven-Card Stud is easy for beginners to learn, yet challenging enough to hold the interest of seasoned players. In Seven-Card Stud, each player receives two cards face down and one card face up. The player with the low card opens the betting. Each player in turn must call, raise, or fold. On all subsequent rounds, the player with the best hand open the betting.

Each player is then dealt 3 cards face up with a betting round following each card.

The last card dealt to each remaining player is face down with the final betting round following.

Players remaining in the hand will then show their hands and the winning poker hand will be awarded the pot. Suits are not used in determining the winning hand, and tied hands will split the pot.

Seven-Card Stud High/Low Split

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