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What is Gambatria?


It is a combination of Gambling and Gematria, which is a system whereby numerical values are assigned to letters and/or words. Gematria usually provides two meanings – the ‘revealed’ form which is the straight numerical equivalent of the word and the ‘mystical’ form generally associated with Kaballah (the mystical branch of Judaism that so engrossed Madonna!) This applies to gambling too. Parts of the math are quickly and easily revealed like the payback. Then there are the parts like the strategy and what to expect that take on a more ‘mystical’ flavor.


Elliot Frome


The company was founded by Lenny Frome, who revolutionized the casino by developing the first analyses and strategies for video poker. He also had a hand in developing many of the table games you see on the casino floor. Working hand in hand with inventors by refining the math and strategy, Lenny assisted in the creation of Three Card Poker, Let It Ride, Spanish 21 and Caribbean Stud Poker.

Since 1998 when Lenny passed away, the company has been run by his son, Elliot Frome. Elliot has made his own marks in the industry by helping to launch Ultimate Texas Hold’em Poker, Mississippi Stud, House Money, Boston 7 Stud, Six Card Pai Gow and Imperial Pai Gow.



Mom, Where Do Royals Come From?

            In last week's column I discussed Four of a Kinds and the probabilities of drawing one from a Pair vs. drawing one from Trips.  It's interesting stuff, but not necessarily overly useful.  We very rarely throw away a Pair to go for Quads.  If you have a 4-Card Flush, a 3-Card Royal or the rare - J-Q-K-A you would do so.  But not a lot of thought needs to go into playing Pairs.

            This week's topic comes courtesy of my own experiences this past summer.  My son was visiting from the East Coast for a couple of weeks.  This means some time spent on a video poker machine, in between shooting pool, bowling and some movies.  I had one of those frustrating nights that could've been so much better "if only".  I like to play Double Double Bonus Poker if I'm out playing for a short period of time.  In all honesty, it's not the best play, but if you're looking for a quick significant profit, Double Double offers this opportunity.  But, you have to get Four of a Kinds and preferably Quad A's, 2's, 3's or 4's.  If you get really lucky, you'll pull the right kicker and have a big payout!

Dumb "Luck"

           This past week, a friend sent me an e-mail along with a link to an article about a woman who has been seemingly making a habit of winning large prizes in scratch off lotteries.  I tend to be very skeptical of these types of articles.   The internet isn't always the best place to find credible information.  Some of you might recall a column I wrote several months ago about how one writer noted that a disproportionate number of winning multi-state lottery tickets were being sold in one state.  This 'analysis' didn't take into account the total number of tickets sold.  It shouldn't be much of a surprise if more winning tickets were sold in Pennsylvania vs. Rhode Island given that many more tickets are presumably sold in Pennsylvania.