Timothy Bauer, at the Washoe County Library Reno Periodicals Dept., e-mailed me the following after reading my column last week.
Stevey Tyler hit the three royals at Scolari's Food and Drug on Lakeside Court. He hit three-$4000 royal flushes on separate video poker machines. This event happened on Sunday afternoon Sep 5, 1993. The Nevada Gaming Control Board investigators closed the machines for an inspection Monday morning, but found no evidence of tampering.
Thank you, Timothy for settling all but one facet of last weeks column, that being, the clipping doesn't specify if Mr. Tyler hit the improbable: three consecutive royal flushes. Possibly Mr. Tyler can drop me a line with the particulars.
The smart play, Larry, is to always hit your 16 against a dealer showing a seven, and here's why.
When dealt a 16 against an upcard of a seven, you have two logical plays: hit or stand. Simulating these playing conditions with millions of hands on a computer will illustrate that you will win approximately 34% when you hit and only 27% of the time if you stand.
Nevertheless, though hitting gains you roughly 7%, the dealer is still most likely going to beat you. All we are recommending is minimizing your losses by hitting versus standing.
Neither, Zack, as both of the wagers mentioned are sucker bets, each commanding the same 9.1% casino advantage.
You can only get the best of craps by making bets that have a low house edge, for instance, a pass line wager or placing the 6 or 8, increase you bet size as you win consecutive wagers, and learn to pocket your winnings, the toughest part of the three.
Betting a Hardway 6 or 8 or the Big 6 or 8 are excellent wagers for throwing your hard-earned money away.
of the week: "Psychologically, the one element of the game
that keeps the slot devotee tied to the machine is the possibility,
no matter how remote, of hitting the jackpot. The promise of the monster,
life affirming win, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the philosopher's
stone that can cure all their ills, pay off all their debts, and smooth
the path of life forever, and ever, and ever." -Gambling For