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Playing it your way

26 November 2017

By John Grochowski

Some players know exactly what they want to play before their first casino visit. I know people who have practiced blackjack at home and wouldn't think of playing anything else.

For others, favorite games are an evolving thing. I asked a few readers who have written to me in the past about their favorites and how they chose them.

Jodie: I play a mix, but the game I usually go to first is Three Card Poker.

I started on slots. Most people do, don't they? After a while, I wanted to try new things.

Friends kept telling me the odds were better on the tables, so I tried to play blackjack. I HATED it! I was trying to learn, and every time I made a mistake, people got mad at me.

Three Card Poker was another matter. It was FRIENDLY. The game was easy, and if I made a mistake of when to play and when to fold, people tried to help me but they didn't get mad. Nobody told me I was costing them money.

Now I start at Three Card Poker, then mix in a little slots and video poker, and maybe try a little roulette. It's fun and low-stress, which blackjack WASN'T.

Bob: You've called me "Blackjack Bob," and blackjack is what I've played for 20 years or more. But before that, I was a craps player.

I was never in the service, but some of my best friends are ex-Army and Marines. They played craps and taught me how to play.

The first time I went to a casino, that was the game I knew and was comfortable with, so that's what I played. In fact, that was my game for four or five years.

But really, blackjack more suits my personality. I'm sociable enough, but it's more of a laid-back sociable. I like to think about what I'm doing. Craps is more high-energy than I am. Heck, as I get older, craps is A LOT more high-energy than I am. Let me sit back over a drink while I decide what to do with my cards.

Katy: I'm one of those who made the slots-to-video poker transition. Slots are fun, and I've had some nice jackpots, but let's face it, they do drain your money a little at a time.

One of the other women in my little breakfast group told me you win more often at video poker, so I decided to try it. She was right. You still lose more often than you win, but I feel a lot more like I have a chance every time I play.

I also found I like making the decisions and playing the cards. So now it's video poker for me.

Sig: My first time in a casino was with my wife, and we were just going to ease into things together.

We played slots. We played video poker. We gave roulette a try.

All the while, the big cheers were coming from the craps table. I had to see what that was all about. I watched for about five minutes, then took the plunge.

I didn't know what I was doing. I had no idea how pass worked. But I kept hearing this one guy put down money and say "six and eight," so I put down money and said "six and eight."

That's all I did for the next half hour or so, and it worked pretty well. So I'm a craps player. I know more about it now, but I don't play anything else.

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John Grochowski
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John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field. Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago.

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