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John Brokopp

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

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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

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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

Blackjack strategy can be a numbers game

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.

October 18, 2013 12:00 am

Tribal gaming doesn't go unregulated

Everyone is aware of the strict guidelines and operating procedures to which state-regulated casinos are held. But who sets the standards and controls for Native American properties?

December 21, 2012 12:00 am

Casino Scene: Major decision on this video poker hand

A good friend of mine who lives in Las Vegas usually heads for the craps table when he gets the itch to gamble. It's really the only casino game he takes seriously.

November 23, 2012 12:00 am

Market dynamics dictate casino business strategies

 Las Vegas is much more than the "Gambling Capital of the World." The city is really two gambling worlds in one.

November 16, 2012 12:00 am

CASINO SCENE: Card counting isn't that complicated

Blackjack is unique among casino games in that the odds fluctuate with every deal. Depending upon which cards have been dealt and which remain, the advantage which the house wields over players changes constantly. At times it's greater, at other times less, sometimes even tipping toward play…

September 14, 2012 12:00 am

CASINO SCENE: A philosophical take on gambling

I would venture an opinion that a majority of casino goers look upon gaming as more of a recreational activity than an art or a science.

December 16, 2011 12:00 am

Be prepared to lose when you gamble

Losing your money during a session of casino gambling can be maddening, especially when you didn't even get a run for your hard earned bucks.

February 05, 2011 1:25 am

Get ready for new level of slot entertainment

A peek into the future of slot play was revealed during last week's Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas.

December 03, 2010 12:00 am
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