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Ask the Wizard #136
The following tables show the number of hands/tosses per hour in blackjack, craps, and roulette. The source of the tables is Casino Operations Management by Jim Kilby.
Hands per Hour in Blackjack
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Rolls per Hour in Craps
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In craps 29.6% of total rolls are come out rolls, on average.
Spins per Hour in Roulette
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I have thought about that many times but always shoot down the idea because it would be very high maintenance to keep it up to date. I do know they have full pay 1/4/6/30/40 pay table on the Pairplus in Three Card Poker at the Pioneer in Laughlin. At least they did when I was last there a few months ago. As far as I know every casino in Vegas follows the stingier 1/3/6/30/40 pay table.
I don’t want to blow the answer for those who want to solve it for themselves. For the answer and solution visit my other web site mathproblems.info, problem 189.
The probability for any given hand is (combin(4,2)/combin(52,2))*(1/combin(50,2)) = 1/270725. So, the probability of this happening twice in a row is 1 in 270,7252 = 1 in 73,292,025,625.
Randy from North Kingstown
If you mean a 5-card royal and any two other cards the probability is 4*combin(47,2)/combin(52,7) = 4,324/ 133,784,560 = 1 in 30,940.
Blake Haas from Thousand Oaks
Yes. I can just imagine the follow up question to be why I recommend taking the odds if doing so doesn’t help to win more. What I suggest is betting less on the pass so that your need for action is mostly met by a full odds bet. For example if you are comfortable betting about $90 per bet, and the casino allows 5x odds, then I would drop the pass line bet to $15 and bet $75 on the odds. That will lower the overall house edge from 1.414% to 0.326%.
For family living the nicest areas are indeed Henderson and Summerlin. Personally I live in a master planned community called Peccole Ranch, which borders Summerlin. In my opinion the west side, where I live, is better because:
- It has an Orange County, California, look and feel to while much of Henderson looks like it was made from a cookie cutter.
- The west side is higher in elevation and thus cooler in summer.
- Henderson suffers from the noise of landing airplanes.
- The west side is right next to the mountains, which offer outstanding hiking and climbing.
- The future growth of the west side seems to be better planned.
If you ask someone from Henderson they will claim Henderson has less traffic, but there are two sides to that issue, and I think the west side is better in that area too. I’m sure I will hear from somebody from Henderson over this, and am happy to print a rebuttal in the future, because I believe in presenting both sides.
The worst parts of Vegas are around downtown, gradually getting better as you move further away. For something in the middle there is lots of growth on the south side of town along the I-15 and the north side along the U.S. 95.
Jeannine from Elgin
No. It would still be a live hand.
Bruce from Auburn, Washington
Yes. As I recall it was a great intellectual city in Africa that had a magnificent library. However the library was burned down and not much remains of the once great city. Here’s more information about Timbuktu from MrDowling.com.
Ashlee from Hartford
I’m not big on jealousy. It should be okay for either of you to be friendly with the opposite sex. Even light flirting can be okay if it just in fun and goes no further than that. If you don’t have trust in a relationship then it is bound to fail. My advice is to put your relationship to the test and allow flirting on both sides. If that causes the end of it then it wasn’t meant to be in the first place.