November 13, 2007

All About: Pai Gow Poker

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So you've been wandering past the tables time and again. You see those weird dominoes, and you hear the excitement of a cluster of folks leaned close at the table. You stop to watch, but you just have NO idea what on earth is happening. Yep, you're wondering, what in the hell is Pai Gow Poker?

Read on to find out just what Pai Gow Poker is, and get the low down on why its such a fun game to play!

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October 31, 2007

How To Play Craps

For those out there who have played craps, you know the magic and wonder of this game of thrill and chance. Some of you, however, have not yet had the guts to take the plunge and get in on a game. We understand. Craps can be rather intimidating. There are many kinds of bets, there's lots of money flying around, and there are weird unspoken taboos. But fear not! Your confusion can be cut through, thanks to a helpful (and free) series on YouTube teaching you how to play.

And if you want more help, check out our All About Craps article. It has plenty of resources you can use including books, and casinos to try the game out at.

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October 30, 2007

The Wizard And The Gambler's Fallacy


You know who you are. Yeah you. You are that guy who decides that just because the roulette has landed on red the last 200 times, black must be due. Well sir, you are wrong. Just plain wrong. And we here at Casino Snob have had enough of your logic. You know what else? We're not alone! The Wizard of Odds, that wise and powerful master of all things gaming-odds related, has also weighed in on your antics. Please do us all a favor, and heed his words:

I disagree with you when you said that if a roulette ball has landed on red 20 times in a row it is equally likely to land in red as black on the next spin.

This kind of comment never comes with any kind of mathematical reasoning or evidence behind it. Little metallic balls do not have a memory and can not defy the laws of physics by jumping in one color or the other. If you don't believe me please read any introductory book on probability. I don't have time to tutor the entire world on this one person at a time.

The probability of red winning 20 times in a row in roulette is (18/38)20 = 1 in 3,091,874. Thus, if red has already hit the last 19 spins the odds are that the next spin will almost certainly be black because of the long shot against 20 reds.

First, the odds of 19 reds in a row and then a black are the same as 20 reds in a row. The past does not matter. The probability of red after 19 reds is 18/38.

Still don't get it? Fine. Go take yourself a course in Combinatorics, then.. email the wizard, and perhaps he will grace you with some insight.

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October 18, 2007

Haloween Skull Dice


If you are looking for some fun Halloween spice to add to your gambling night, you can scare up some fun with these skull dice from

Yes, we're shameless for using the word 'scare' like that, but hey.. you should know that about us by now.

And if you need something to do with those scary new dice.. head over to Wikipedia for a list of great games to try!

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October 9, 2007

Deuce on the Deal Video Poker Odds


The Wizard of Odds is far and away the master of all gambling odds related information. We turn to him first for the stats on each and every game we frequent at our favorite casinos. Continuing that sterling reputation of giving you the facts you need, here's the low-down on Deuce on the Deal video poker.

Here's a snip:

Deuce on the Deal is a video poker game by Bally I noticed at the Suncoast in Las Vegas on September 30, 2007. The rules are the same as normal video poker, except the player has the option to pay five extra coins to guarantee getting at least one deuce. The way this is programmed is random hands will be dealt behind the scenes, until one is found containing at least one deuce.

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September 25, 2007

Can't Get to A Casino? Rent One To Come To You!


Have you ever just yearned to host that fantastic casino-themed get together, or corporate event, but you couldn't get the group to the casino? Well, now you have nothing to fear, Interactive Entertainment Concepts has the answer, rent-a-casino. You can rent just about everything you may need, including some Las Vegas Showgirls. Sadly, they aren't listing prices on their site, but we're sure for the folks who need to bring the casino to the party, IEC is the answer.

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September 13, 2007

Marvel Super Hero Games Are Coming!


We are always loving it when new games are developed around crazy licenses. Its kind of surprising it took this long to see super hero-themed games. Marvel is a great license to kick it off, with a vast array of heroes and situations to choose from. We can see it now... Spider Man Sic Bo, Ride the Wolverine Wave, Hulk Hold'Em!!!

Forbes has the skinny:

CryptoLogic Ltd said it has gained the exclusive rights to develop the first-ever internet casino games based on popular Marvel super heroes Spider-Man and The Fantastic Four.

Under the agreement, made through the internet gaming software developer's WagerLogic Ltd unit, CryptoLogic (nasdaq: CRYP - news - people ) will remain the sole developer of internet casino games based on the Marvel characters through 2010.

The games based on these characters are scheduled to launch in December 2007, the company added.

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August 31, 2007

Fat Tan Odds From the Wizard Himself

We've not yet been to Macau, and we have never even heard of Fat Tan, but it sounds like a fascinating game. And who else would we turn to but the Wizard of Odds, to give us the low down on a brand new game to us.

Here's the skinny, right from the Wizard:

Fan-Tan is a game I noticed at the larger casinos in Macau in August 2007. The game uses a pile of white buttons, a cup, and a wand. The game is played on a table about the size of a large craps table. The middle is the dealer's territory, which is covered by a clear plastic dome. On either side of the table are betting areas where up to about ten players on each side may play comfortably, or more unconfortably, which is sometimes the case. The betting portions of the table are plastic. After the outcome is determined all winning bets will be illuminated, the same way as in Sic Bo.

Play starts with the dealer placing a cup over some of the buttons, in my experiece an average of about 60 of them. Then players will place bets among many to choose from. Next, the dealer will remove the cup and use the wand to count off the buttons underneath in groups of four, until zero to three remain. All bets will win or lose accordng to this remainder of the number of buttons divided by four. Wins are based on fair odds, but on only 95% of the bet amount. It is important to note that the 5% commission is deducted before applying the fair odds. This is unlike buying or laying odds in craps, where the win is determined based on the full bet, and then the commission applied, which favors the player. Following are the bets available. All wins are on a "to one" basis, adjusting for the commission.

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August 20, 2007

Are You Ready for Some Football?


Well, the time has come again, its that glorious time of year for cookouts, cool breezes, and of course, football. The pre-season is well underway and now is the time to get in on a Fantasy Football league.

I know what you're thinking, *but I don't know anything about football!*. Not a problem, today's online tools make it so easy, even a monkey can join a league and participate. The best part is, most of these tools are free! Still not sure? Here are some guides to help you out:

A Fantastic Guide for Fantasy Football Newbs on Squidoo.

We really enjoy'd this "Mental Defective's Guide to Fantasy Football"

All About How Fantasy Football Works

ESPN Fantasy Football Guide

So get on it! Sign up to or create a Fantasy League today, while there is still time!

ESPN Fantasy Football
Yahoo Fantasy Football

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August 15, 2007

Five in One Ash Coffee Table Gaming Station


Sometimes you want to have a sweet home gaming station, but you either don't have the room, or you don't want to have all of that stuff lying around your place all the time. And for those times, here is a nice looking five in one ash coffee table gaming station from

Here's the site's blurb:

Where can you go to play Black Jack, Roulette, Craps, Chess or Checkers all in one place? Las Vegas? Reno? Atlantic City? Monaco?

How about your own living room?

Yes, with this 5 in 1 Casino Gaming Coffee Table, you can play all those games complete in one table. By day, the Casino Gaming Table is a stylish coffee table. But by night (or any other time of day you fancy a gamble), it's your very own casino in the corner! It easily converts in seconds from coffee table to gaming table; just remove the tabletop, and all you need is there. Use it to play Roulette, Blackjack, Chess, Checkers and Craps.

As well as being a top quality gaming set, this table is practical too. You probably haven't got a spare gambling room. That's why this is such a good idea. When you're not using it to play your favorite casino game, you can just use it as a very classy coffee table. The ash finish of this table will blend in with any surroundings, and it won't take up the whole room.

On the flip side of the table lid is a Black jack layout, same as the pros use. Integrated in the table is a removable wooden insert with a roulette layout on one side and a printed chess board on the other, suitable for checkers too. Take off the insert and set inside the table is a craps layout complete with felt-covered sides to protect the table's finish from even the most zealous of dice throwers. All layouts are covered by casino-style green felt. And found on the outer rim of the table and also on the blackjack side of the table top, you can find grooved chip holders, just another feature of this versatile table.

There is even a concealed accessory box, to place your other playing pieces when not in use. The box is also wood construction and felt lined.

* Includes: chips, chip holder, cards, dice, roulette wheel, chess pieces, checkers, and all accessories needed.
* Game and assembly instructions included.
* Some assembly required.
* Measurements: Width 22", Height 21.25", Length 48.43"
* Weight: 79.5 lbs.

They have a list price of $379.99 and to us, that sounds like a steal. Check it out at

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