Yes or no, would video poker on a machine be considered a true "draw"
poker game? Larry L.
Elitists of table poker would say, NO WAY. But look at it this way,
Larry: video poker is one player against a machine that displays the
player's cards as graphic images on a screen; the player still has
to place a stake, is dealt five cards from a standard 52-card deck,
and has an opportunity to discard any number of unwanted cards, and
to "draw" an equal number of replacement cards from the
Many I have debated
in the past have dissected the word "draw" to suit their
argument, yet in both table draw poker and video draw poker, there
is a second round of cards during the hand where you are allowed to
discard some of your cards, and draw more cards with the hope of improving
As for me, a connoisseur
of any kind of poker, I swallow yes, demi-glace with the finest Traverse
City dried cherries, red wine and shallots. If it looks, walks and
quacks like duck, it must be a duck, even if your opponent is a cybernetic
one-armed bandit and not a big mouth mortal who happens to have bad
I was approached by a casino security guard and asked to leave the
casino (in Nevada) because he thought I was walking through the casino
looking for coins left unattended in the trays of slot machines. Is
that illegal to do? Ralph G.
Even though Nevada
is called the "Silver State," Ralph, you're not allowed
to Sunday-walk the joint silver mining. The practice of treasure hunting
for orphan coins, credits on a slot machine, or even coins on the
floor is illegal.
Gamblers who forget
(there's a lesson here) their stored credits or loose coins in the
tray are effectively donating them to the casino. Such goodies are
not considered coinage for those with keen eyes circumnavigating the
casino floor to rescue someone else's poor left-behind moolah.
I hope you don't mind me asking what could very well be a stupid question,
but what do you mean by an "up card" when you have answered
a few different blackjack questions in the past? By the way, I don't
play the game. Jack L.
How's that old
saying go, Jack, "the only stupid question, is the one not asked."
Gambling questions of any kind are no exception, at least here, that
is. Anyhow, an up card is the face-up card the dealer deals himself
at the opening of a hand of blackjack.
Dealers deal their
own opening hands with one card face-up and one card face-down. The
card dealt face-up is the dealer's "up" card, and the card
that is dealt face-down is said to be the dealer's "hole card."
of the Week: I've often thought, if I got really hungry for a
good milk shake, how much would I pay for one? People will pay a hundred
dollars for a bottle of wine; to me that's not worth it. But I'm not
going to say it is foolish or wrong to spend that kind of money, if
that's what you want. So if a guy wants to bet twenty or thirty thousand
dollars in a poker game, that is his privilege. -- Jack Binion