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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
The Poker Tournament Mania returns to Horseshoe

The Poker Tournament Mania returns to Horseshoe

POKER TOURNAMENT MANIA RETURNS TO HORSESHOE

May 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Are all machines in a progressive created equal?

Are all machines in a progressive created equal?

This question from a reader is compelling evidence that slot players are eager to know basic information about the gamers they play:

May 01, 2014 12:00 am
Casino Scene: Straight slot talk from gaming industry giant

Casino Scene: Straight slot talk from gaming industry giant

Seeking practical information about playing slot machines can be a very frustrating pursuit. It seems as far as the gaming industry is concerned, the less people know about the machines and how they really work, the better.

April 24, 2014 12:00 am

Casino Scene: Are slot bonus rounds really a bonus?

We all know what we're up against when we play the slots:

April 17, 2014 12:00 am

Recreational Gambling Requires Proper Mindset

People have different reasons for making visits to a casino part of their entertainment regimen. The one incentive common among them is the hope of winning money.

April 10, 2014 12:00 am

Life Changing Jackpots Continue at Four Winds

One big advantage that tribal casinos have over state-regulated properties in the Chicago-area market is the presence of wide-area progressive slot machines that are capable of awarding jackpots in the hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars.

April 03, 2014 12:00 am

Majestic Star casinos deal a winning hand

Majestic Star Casinos in Gary have always been very proactive in bringing big money poker tournament action for everyday players to the Chicago area.

March 20, 2014 12:00 am

Progressives: Let the slot player beware

When you walk into a casino, generally one of the first sights that will catch your eye is the brilliantly lighted display of a bank of progressive slot machines.

March 13, 2014 12:00 am
Diverse slot floors make NWI special

Diverse slot floors make NWI special

Last week’s column was devoted to the latest monthly gaming report released by the Illinois Gaming Board and how the financial statistics revealed about the slot machines at the properties in the Chicago area impact decisions players can make about where to play.

January 23, 2014 12:00 am

The 'reel' truth about monthly slot reports

The only information that is revealed about slot machines is derived from the monthly reports published by state gaming commissions.

January 16, 2014 12:00 am
Take charge of your gambling at the craps table

Take charge of your gambling at the craps table

Have you ever thought of a casino in terms of a stock exchange or commodities market? Sure, it’s a stretch, but similarities are there.

January 02, 2014 12:00 am
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