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Slot Players: Don't forget about the tables

2014-05-22T02:00:00Z Slot Players: Don't forget about the tablesJohn G. Brokopp jbrokopp1@gmail.com nwitimes.com
May 22, 2014 2:00 am  • 

Visit any casino in Northwest Indiana or the Chicago-area and the evidence is clear: Slot machines, both the traditional reel variety and the new wave of multi-line video games, dominate the gaming inventory.

Slot machines are the "cash cows" of the casino industry. All of the marketing energy, direct mail solicitations, and product research and development revolve around them.

Since state-sanctioned casino gambling came to the Midwest, table games have dwindled noticeably while slot inventories continue to grow. It's a no-brainer for the casino owners and operators. People love the lure of chasing jackpots, even though the odds of catching a big one can be in the hundreds of thousands to one or higher against you.

Only blackjack requires skill to play correctly and reduce the house edge as low as possible. All table games have a built-in house advantage that guarantees a profit from players as a collective group.

The difference between the revenues generated by slots as opposed to table games is sheer volume. So much more money is wagered on the slots more frequently and at such a greater pace that they are bound to be the main bread winners.

The entertainment value and interactive features of video slot machines are truly remarkable. They're fun to play, but they have an addictive quality to them that requires players to be on guard when it comes to fully enjoying their recreational casino outings.

In order to protect yourself against slot fever, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the table game options available at the casinos. Table games are played at a much more comfortable pace, giving both you and your money a rest. Learning to play them can enhance your casino experience so that you don't become a slave to the slots.

The actual mathematical advantage that the casinos enjoy at the table games is much lower than the revenues they generate. Reckless and uneducated play contributes to this fact.

For example, many people who sit down at a blackjack table really don't know how to play the game correctly. Many people who play craps spend inordinate amounts of money on the bets that pack that highest house edge. Casinos thrive on such players.

Playing the tables is completely different than playing the slots. At the tables you interact with other people. The important thing is not to be intimidated. Take the time to learn them and to play correctly and you'll be a well-rounded, informed gambler who will be able to be the master of your own gambling destiny.

BONUS ROUND-UP:

AMERISTAR: It’s not too early to start thinking about the return of the Heartland Poker Tour to the property August 7 through 18. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for recreational poker enthusiasts to test their card playing mettle under tournament conditions for a price that is easy to handle. Visit www.hptpoker.com for a complete rundown on registration and the tournament schedule

BLUE CHIP: The property’s Penny Lane has become one of the hottest spots on the casino floor. Next Monday and Wednesday (May 26 & May 28) play the specially marked games for a chance to win free slot play, B Connected credits, and other prizes. The Penny Lane slots have mini-bonus games built into the regular games. Double your opportunity hit a bonus on Penny Lane from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the promotion days.

FOUR WINDS: Drive home from the casino in style this Sunday (May 25) in one of two Chevy Corvettes that will be given away in the $130,000 Corvette Cruisin’ Event. There will also be $30,000 in cash up for grabs. Hourly drawings begin at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) and continue until 10:00 p.m. The first Corvette will be given away at 4:00 p.m. and the second one given away at 10:00 p.m. Visit the W Club for complete information.

MAJESTIC STAR: Get ready for the Summer Daze Poker Challenge June 18 – 22 in the poker room aboard the Majestic Star II. The six events that are scheduled feature buy-ins ranging from $100 to $300. The headliners will held on the weekend with a No Limit Hold’em set for Saturday (June 21) at 7:00 p.m. and another one on Sunday (June 22) at 10:00 a.m. Visit the poker room for complete tournament details.

HOLLYWOOD JOLIET: If you’re looking to give your dad a bonus on Father’s Day, stop by Club Hollywood in the casino on Sunday (May 25) or Monday (May 26) from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. for the Portillo’s gift card giveaway. The promotion is open to all Marquee Rewards card holders.

The opinions expressed are solely the writer's. Reach him at jgbrokopp1@gmail.com

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