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Casino Scene: Casino outing makes for a great date night

2012-11-09T00:00:00Z Casino Scene: Casino outing makes for a great date nightJohn G. Brokopp Times Correspondent
November 09, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Have you ever taken that special someone on a casino date? It certainly could be an exciting way to spend some time together. After all, not too many years ago the only way to experience Las Vegas style action was Las Vegas itself!

Today there are 10 locations in the Chicago-area from which to choose. In order to keep the fun in your casino outing, however, it's important to stick to a budget. After all, you don't want to risk losing so much money that you'll have to scrap plans for that romantic dinner and dancing afterwards.

With that in mind, today, let's formulate a "game plan" for a weekend date to a casino. The plan is probably geared more toward couples who are infrequent visitors to casinos, but it certainly could apply as a special occasion adventure for recreational gaming enthusiasts.

The purpose is to prevent you from going into the casino haphazardly, blowing all your money in the slots, and in less than half an hour discovering you have spent more than you could really afford to lose.

Let's get started. You're a team, right? Attack the casino with a combined bankroll of $75. Too little, you say? Or, perhaps, too much? It all depends upon how you look at it. On this date it's an investment in fun and action for the two of you. Sure you could lose it, but you budgeted the money for that purpose. Who knows? Maybe you'll win enough to pay for that special dinner and more.

Even though the bright lights of the slot machines may beckon you when you first step on board, don't fall prey to the temptation. The first place to go will be the craps table, perhaps the single most exciting and fast-paced game on the floor. Buy in for $25 at a $5 table and proceed to make a couple of place bets on the 6 and/or the 8 at $6 apiece. For a little added excitement, bet a dollar "hardway" or two on the 4, 6, 8, or 10.

With a little bit of luck, the shooter will be hot and you'll collect $7 every time a six or an eight is rolled. A hard eight or hard six will pay you $9 for a dollar. If you get on a little roll, you may "press" a bet or two. At worst you'll be out $25. If you do turn a profit, make sure you walk away with some of it and put it toward your evening out.

After your craps table experience, you will probably enjoy the slower pace of the roulette wheel. Once again, buy in for $25 at a $5 table. Your first bets should be on the 2-1 propositions--the columns and/or the "dozens". If you hit a couple of those, you may feel like playing some of your lucky numbers "straight up" and go for a 35-1 payoff. (Hey guys! Bet a 17, 007's favorite number, watch it hit, and feel like James Bond.)

If Lady Luck was on your side at the craps table, the roulette wheel, or both, you have your original bankroll intact and then some. If you're down to your last $25, you still have a shot to make it grow. In any event, your last stop on this adventure will be to the slot machines, but ONLY with $25.

You have some options available to you here. You may want to pick out a $5 slot and take five pulls in a quest for a lucky hit for a tidy sum. Your best bet will probably be to pick out a quarter slot, or maybe even a multi-line penny game. Run the money through. If you hit for $80 or more, take the money and run. There's your dinner!

The opinions expressed are solely the writer's. Reach him at John Brokopp's Beat the Odds tips air Sundays at 8:20 a.m., 2:50 p.m. and 10:42 p.m. on WBBM Newsradio 780.

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