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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.



Parlez Vous Parlay?

           This past week, I received a most intriguing request from a reader.  He asked me to review 'again' the true odds associated with parlay cards.  I found the 'again' quite amusing as to the best of my knowledge this is not a topic I have ever evenly remotely covered.  At first, I couldn't even figure what I would write about.  Then, after giving it more thought, I realized that there might be some math information that parlay players would like to think about.  I apologize that I'm waiting until after the football season to present this information.

Training Day

           I write about a variety of different games in my weekly column.  When I first started writing it was almost exclusively about video poker.  I followed in my father's footsteps and essentially continued his column from a new vantage point.  As my work in the industry took me more into table games, I've devoted a larger percent of my columns to those very same games.  It is an interesting mix.  I realize, however, that a relatively small number of Players out there have a tendency to cross over with their play.  Generally speaking, there are Slot Players, Video Poker players and Table Game Players.  Then there are those just starting out who probably haven't decided yet which one they are.

Master of Your Strategy

             Gambling strategies come in all forms.  For most table games, it is usually a set of rules in English.  For Three Card Poker, it is a single simple sentence - Play with Q-6-4 or better.  Four Card Poker strategy is a bit more complex, but can also be simplified to Betting 3x when your hand is of a certain rank, Folding when it is below a certain rank and Betting 1x for everything in between.  A game like Ultimate Texas Hold'em has far more complex strategy, but again, it comes down to betting based on the strength of the hand.