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John G Brokopp

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…

28 minutes ago

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

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

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
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

Beefing up basic strategy at blackjack

It is crucial for basic strategy blackjack players to ascend to the next plateau if they are committed to being as successful as possible.

December 26, 2013 12:00 am

Strategy to avoid beguiling ways of penny slots

Penny video slot machines may in fact reign as the biggest money makers in casinos around the country, but does that necessarily mean players must surrender to their beguiling ways? I think not.

December 19, 2013 12:00 am

Intriguing 'then and now' slot machine facts

The dramatic evolution of slot machines extends beyond technological advancements. Today’s computer-driven games are also masters at manipulating the people who play them, thanks to the ingenuity of the researchers, mathematicians, and marketing specialists who develop them.

December 12, 2013 12:00 am

Know when to cash out when playing slots

Sound money management is an ongoing issue for recreational gaming enthusiasts. It revolves not only around the amount of money you gamble and the loss limits that individual gamblers establish for themselves, but also the amount of money you win and what you decide to keep.

October 11, 2013 12:00 am

Pay no attention to get rich quick scams

Fact: There will always be people trying to scam money out of people who are trying to win money. It just seems some folks who are looking for guarantees to win "money for nothing" are easy targets for scam artists who prey upon their gullibility.

October 04, 2013 12:00 am
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