RSSCasino Scene By John Brokopp
Gaming and casino expert, John Brokopp has advice on beating the odds and how to play the game each week.
There’s much more to slot machines than meets the eye. Even referring to the sophisticated electronic gaming devices that have evolved over the last quarter of a century as “slot machines” is akin to calling a refrigerator an ice box.
They are by far the casino industry’s biggest money maker, which in fact makes slots the most convenient means by which people who gamble are relieved of their cash. At the same time the machines are also responsible for paying off the biggest wins and even life-changing jackpots. It just doesn’t figure.
Think about it: There is no strategy to learn, no rules to play by, no other players to intimidate you. One-on-one with machines that were called “one-arm bandits” before technology and computer programs made them marvels of the modern era.
When the poker craze was in full swing a decade ago, the game was an unlikely component of mainstream entertainment world wide. Its popularity was fueled by innovations which made it a perfect fit for television, the most significant of which were mini table top cameras that revealed player’s hands to the viewing audience.
Although its widespread pop culture presence has waned in recent years, poker remains the most high profile form of gambling. The annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas has been embraced by sports fans as a spectacle worthy of hours of coverage on ESPN throughout the year.
In the wake of the recent World Series of Poker Circuit Event held at the Horseshoe, big time professional poker has returned to the Chicago area at Majestic Star Casino. The Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) is currently hosting a tournament at the Gary property that will continue through Dec. 8.
One definition of sport as a noun is “an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc”.
Given the fact a sport requires skill OR physical prowess, can anyone deny that poker deserves a rightful place among the activities included in the “etc.” portion of the definition?
The recent World Series of Poker Final Table in Las Vegas exemplified the combination of skill, strategy, and patience that is required of people who play the game successfully.
The one best bet any gambler can make in a casino is taking Free Odds at the craps table.
The odds are free because the house takes no edge. Payoffs are made at true mathematical odds. It doesn’t happen anywhere else.
In order to take advantage of the odds bet, you must have a Line bet on the table, either on the Pass or the Don't Pass (or on the Come or Don't Come).
Two days after Penn State University suffered its most lopsided gridiron defeat in 114 years, a Nittany Lion from another arena of competition made his alma mater proud with a record-setting performance at Horseshoe Casino Hammond.
James Dorrance, a 27-year-old Penn State grad, topped the biggest Main Event field in World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit history at The Shoe on Oct. 28. The victory was worth $418,526 to the Hersey, PA native who traveled to Indiana because of the $2 million guarantee the tournament boasted.
He and the 1,716 other players who competed in the Main Event got a lot more than they had bargained for. The tournament ended up with a prize pool of $2,575,500 which was shared by 189 players.
Not too many casino-goers pay attention to the manufacturers of the slot machines they play. IGT, Bally, WMS, and Konami are just some of the companies that make the games, but if you’re a player all you really care is enjoying the way a game plays and how much money you can win.
Chances are that if you visit casinos with any regularity you’ll know the name Aristocrat. The games the company makes have been staples on casino floors nationwide for well over a decade now. In recent years, Aristocrat’s Buffalo and Timber Wolf are two of the most popular slots in the world.
You can expect even more from Aristocrat now that the legendary game developer Joe Kaminkow is on board as Senior Vice President of Game Development, an appointment he accepted earlier this year.
Hopes for a World Series in Chicago this year were snuffed out early in the season by the Cubs and White Sox, but Horseshoe Casino came through in the clutch with a “world series” of its own that makes Hammond the center of attention in professional poker this weekend.
Horseshoe is playing host to the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit Tour, a 12-day spectacular that began on October 17 and will continue through the weekend, headlined on Monday (Oct. 28) by the $2 million No-Limit Hold’em Main Event Final Table.
The event is attracting thousands of participants from around the globe. The slate of events even includes opportunities for casual local players.
It’s a fact that the 10s, faces and aces are the most powerful cards for blackjack players. Knowing when there are an abundance of them during the middle game of a 6-deck shoe can be advantageous for players.
Today, allow me to present an alternative simplified method of keeping track. This time our concentration will be focused on the cards that as a collective group constitute a powerhouse for the dealer: the four, five and six value cards.
It has been mathematically established that the fours, fives and sixes create big hands for the dealer, who must adhere to rigid rules of play. Dealers MUST hit two-card totals of 14, 15 and 16. Today's target cards can therefore allow the dealer to draw to unbeatable hands.
Sound money management is an ongoing issue for recreational gaming enthusiasts. It revolves not only around the amount of money you gamble and the loss limits that individual gamblers establish for themselves, but also the amount of money you win and what you decide to keep.
Building up playing credits on slot and video poker machines carries seeds of destruction for players who wish to employ smart money management. When you are playing with electronically metered credits instead of cold, hard cash or even metal tokens, it is easy for the money you’ve won to lose its value.
That’s why it is extremely important to be aware of exactly how much money you have in the machine in credits. The predominance of low-denomination slot games makes keeping track of exactly what we’ve won kind of difficult. If you’re like me, sometimes you have to take pause and figure out what those credits really add up to in money.
Fact: There will always be people trying to scam money out of people who are trying to win money. It just seems some folks who are looking for guarantees to win "money for nothing" are easy targets for scam artists who prey upon their gullibility.
The casino gambling industry is loaded with people seeking to make money off "pie in the sky" gamblers. Gambling creates the perfect climate for taking advantage of people who believe that "inside info" not only exists but is for sale.
Perhaps you've been the recipient of a letter trying to sell you a "get rich quick" gambling system for a relatively reasonable price. They're pretty much all the same: The offer of a guaranteed, sure-fire way to beat the casinos out of their money or your money back.
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