Articles By Dennis J Occhino

The Good, the Bad, and the Not So Ugly Casino Bets

Published: Thursday 12th of September 2019 / Category: Casino Gambling

So many games, so little time. One has to ponder this thought when walking through a casino nowadays. Suddenly you're amidst thousands of diverse video slot and poker machines enticing you to take a little spin. Table games are no exception. Traditional blackjack has evolved into many variants, and some of them can accelerate your cash gift to the house. Craps hasn't changed much, but it has some wagers that you shouldn't waste your hard earned money on.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation From the Crime Lab to the Slot Floor

Published: Thursday 12th of September 2019 / Category: Casino Gambling

If you were a fan of CBS's top rated TV show CSI, you were among a global audience of millions who regularly watched the crime lab team use state of the art forensic technology to solve grisly murders. The series was so successful since its commencement in October 2000 that two spin off shows soon followed, CSI New York, and CSI Miami. In 2012 CSI was given the International Audience Award as the most watched show in the world. The show had a remarkable 15 year run.

Taxes on Your Gambling Winnings - You Owe Uncle Sam a Piece No Matter How Much You Won

Published: Thursday 12th of September 2019 / Category: Casino Gambling

Gambling taxes on your winnings are not exempt. If you are a U.S. citizen you owe Uncle Sam a share, regardless if won here or abroad. The IRS considers all gambling winnings taxable income, even if it's an amount that does not get reported to the IRS by the payer, like that $20 win on a scratch off ticket, or a lucky $250 when your numbers hit, even a $1,000 jackpot on your favorite slot machine. Sadly, gambling taxes are due.

Time to Place Your Bets - Even on Some Weird Wagers

Published: Thursday 12th of September 2019 / Category: Casino Gambling

Now that the Supreme Court overturned the ban on sports betting, many states that have casinos are opting to legalize wagering on sporting events. For many years the state of Nevada was the only location where one could bet on sports. Most of the betting took place in Las Vegas. When Proposition Bets were offered, Gamblers jumped on the Prop bandwagon. Included were some very Weird Wagers! It's now possible that some Uncanny bets might spread to other jurisdictions.

Omaha Poker: Here's Where You Get Four Hole Cards Instead of Two

Published: Thursday 12th of September 2019 / Category: Casino Gambling

In this poker game you have the luxury of receiving four hole cards instead of the usual two as in Texas Holdem. But beware that four is not always better than two, because you can only use two of the four cards to compete your final five card hand after the community cards are dealt. For example, you may have been dealt two pair, three, or even four of a kind but when the hand is over, you are left with only a pair in the hole. Also, four suited cards would have to be broken up to two.

High Five Poker: The Casino Table Game Where the Joker Is Wild

Published: Thursday 12th of September 2019 / Category: Casino Gambling

There is swarm of poker games in the casino pits nowadays. Among them is High Five Poker. The objective is to have a better five card hand than the dealer. If you ever played Pai Gow Poker you'll find some similarities in that it uses a 53 card deck, where the 53rd card is a Joker. This lone semi-wild card can be used to complete a Straight, Flush, Straight Flush, or Royal Flush; otherwise it can be used as an Ace.

Three Card Poker: More Playing Options But Beware of the House Edge

Published: Thursday 12th of September 2019 / Category: Casino Gambling

Three Card Poker was first introduced as a casino table game in the 1990's. Since its inception, it has become one of the most popular games. Almost every casino offering table games offers Three Card Poker. Today there are more than 1,400 tables worldwide. Since the game has exploded in popularity, a number of variants to the game have been introduced. These alternates and side bets carry a larger house edge than the original game, but if you care to indulge, here the Four Games: Face up Ultimate Three Card Poker, Three Card Poker Progressive, 6 Card Bonus, The $Million Dollar Option.

Blackjack Side Bets Are Bad Bets - Avoided Them While Playing

Published: Thursday 12th of September 2019 / Category: Casino Gambling

Optional bonus or side bets, once rare at a basic blackjack table game are becoming more and more widespread these days. The rational is simple because they carry a huge house edge. Anywhere from 3% to 20% compared to a miniscule 0.5% edge when playing straight up blackjack using correct basic strategy. The bigger the edge, the more money the casino makes. The side bets do have an upside for the player in that all winning bonus wagers will pay out even if the player loses the original hand. The large payouts are tempting but continual play on these options may deplete your bankroll sooner rather than later.

Riverboat Roulette - New Spins on an Ancient Table Game

Published: Thursday 12th of September 2019 / Category: Casino Gambling

The origin of roulette is a mystery but historians give the French credit for having invented it in the 1700's. The table game basics have not changed in over 200 years. There are some modern versions such as Rapid Roulette, Electronic Roulette, and Video Roulette, where players wager with virtual chips on a touch screen complete with a virtual felt layout, but the fundamental bets and payouts are the same as those the French nobles gambled on long ago. Most tables today still utilize a croupier (dealer), a wheel, the felt betting layout and chips, as does the Riverboat version.

Mini-Baccarat Side Bets Are Tempting, But It's a Bad Bet For Players

Published: Thursday 12th of September 2019 / Category: Casino Gambling

The casino table game of Baccarat has been around since the 15th Century. The mini-version, introduced in this 21st century, has one house dealer at a blackjack like table that replaces the tuxedo clad croupiers found in high limit rooms. The game accommodates average players. Accompanying the mini-version are the optional Side Bets which have attractive payouts but beware, they carry a huge house edge that benefit the casinos.