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Road to million begins at Hollywood Joliet

In the event you haven’t been fortunate enough to win a seven-figure jackpot in either the Indiana or Illinois state lotteries, perhaps the reels will spin your way in the Marquee Millionaire Slot Tournament which begins Saturday at Hollywood Casino Joliet.

October 16, 2014 1:00 am

Smart money management essential to success

When it comes to playing the slots, there really is no strategy. No matter what you do, you are subject to lose over the long run in a direct proportion to how long, how often, and how much you play.

October 09, 2014 1:00 am

No big deal grasping poker room play

Live, hand-dealt poker in a casino poker room remains an intimidating frontier for a majority of players. Sitting down to venture your bankroll against strangers possessing various degrees of poker playing skill can be scary. You are forced to make a lot of decisions, and not necessarily cut…

October 02, 2014 1:00 am

There's just no outsmarting casino games

The American Gaming Association ( published an interesting pamphlet a number of years ago titled "The House Advantage – A Guide to Understanding the Odds".

September 25, 2014 1:00 am

Looking ahead to Poker's showcase event

The high profile Main Event of the 45th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP), held earlier this year at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, was the fifth largest in the history of the competition.

September 18, 2014 1:00 am Related


Chasing bonus rounds leads to diminishing returns

If you’re a slot player, you must know how easy it is to fall into the trap of playing a slot machine longer than you had intended.

September 04, 2014 1:00 am

Local poker star shines in Amerstar's big tournament

The final hand of the Main Event at the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) stop at Ameristar East Chicago on Aug. 18 boiled down to the luck of the draw as it usually does when all the chips are in the middle of the table.

August 28, 2014 1:00 am Related


Majestic Star hosts another successful tournament

Last March when the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) made its local debut at the Majestic Star Casinos in Gary, Ken Baime took home the top prize of $77,681, but it was the third place finisher in the field of 301 players, Brian Zimcosky, who put up a spirited battle.

August 21, 2014 1:00 am Related


Ameristar hosts Heartland Poker Tour

Ameristar East Chicago is celebrating the grand opening of its new live poker room in grand style by hosting one of the Heartland Poker Tour’s biggest events of the year.

August 14, 2014 1:00 am

Call your own shots with casino promotions

Casino destinations bank on cash drawings and merchandise promotions of one sort or another to drive in business. They can be a powerful lure for players to plan a casino outing they hadn’t really intended to make on a day or at a time they normally wouldn’t even think about gambling.

August 07, 2014 1:00 am
Birthday bash in Horseshoe's poker room

Birthday bash in Horseshoe's poker room

Horseshoe Casino Hammond is celebrating the anniversary of the grand opening of its $500 million casino and entertainment complex with a party that’s guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of poker players.

July 31, 2014 1:00 am

Penny slots dominate Illinois casino landscape

The Illinois Gaming Board’s latest monthly report, covering May 2014 financial statistics at the state’s 10 riverboat locations, reveals penny slots are king in the Land of Lincoln.

July 24, 2014 1:00 am

Quarter slots stand the test of time

Before the penny slot revolution captured the imagination (not to mention bankrolls) of average recreational gaming enthusiasts, quarter slots were the games of choice for a majority of players.

July 17, 2014 1:00 am
Betting the 'Don't' at craps has its advantages

Betting the 'Don't' at craps has its advantages

Have you ever seen a player smile when a blackjack dealer gets 21? I know that I never have.

July 10, 2014 1:00 am

Some Blackjack shopping tips

Because blackjack is the only casino table game in which skill can play an important role, casinos have done everything they possibly can through the years to re-tool the game in an attempt to neutralize any edge studious players can acquire.

June 26, 2014 1:00 am

Questions enquiring slot players want to know

Is it possible for computer programs to control the speed of each reel on a slot machine?

June 12, 2014 2:00 am
Belmont stakes puts 'horsepower' in gambling spotlight

Belmont stakes puts 'horsepower' in gambling spotlight

The Belmont Stakes puts thoroughbred horse racing in the gambling spotlight once again this Saturday when California Chrome bids to become the first 3-year-old since Affirmed in 1978 to win the Triple Crown.

June 05, 2014 2:00 am
Classic win propels 'Fast Eddie' to Poker World Series

Classic win propels 'Fast Eddie' to Poker World Series

Edward “Fast Eddie” Ochana, who proved early on that he has what it takes to be a star in the competitive world of professional poker, won’t have to worry about coming up with the $10,000 entry fee for a seat in the Main Event at this year’s World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

May 29, 2014 2:00 am

Slot Players: Don't forget about the tables

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.

May 22, 2014 2:00 am

Proper etiquette applies if you play craps

Craps, more than any other casino game, is filled with superstition. There are certain things you must do before you step up to the table to play to avoid having that beginner’s spotlight shining brightly upon you.

May 15, 2014 2:00 am
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