John G Brokopp
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.
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.
Have you ever seen a player smile when a blackjack dealer gets 21? I know that I never have.
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.
We all know what we're up against when we play the slots:
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.
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.
Majestic Star Casinos in Gary have always been very proactive in bringing big money poker tournament action for everyday players to the Chicago area.
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.
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.
The only information that is revealed about slot machines is derived from the monthly reports published by state gaming commissions.
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.
It is crucial for basic strategy blackjack players to ascend to the next plateau if they are committed to being as successful as possible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It seems unfortunate to me that a majority of the marketing energy generated by casinos is geared toward slot machines. New varieties of multi-coin, multi-line video games are constantly being introduced and heavily advertised while table game marketing and promotion is virtually non-existent.
I think it's rather strange that slot machines, more than any other game in casinos, including video poker, often bring out the worst in gamblers.
Have you ever wondered why slot machine jackpots are the only casino winnings for which players are held accountable for federal and state taxes, while big scores made by table games players go undocumented?
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