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John G Brokopp

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

Think about revitalizing table games

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.

September 20, 2013 12:00 am

Casino Scene: Slot machines fertile ground for player arguments

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.

September 20, 2013 12:00 am

Casino Scene: Casino winnings and accountability

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?

September 13, 2013 12:00 am

Casino Scene: One important rule for casino visitors

Have you ever fallen into the trap of playing a slot machine longer than you had intended? In all likelihood, it happened because you were waiting for "just one more bonus round" on one of the video games that have taken over casino floors nationwide.

August 30, 2013 12:00 am

Empirical knowledge and gambling

There's a school of philosophy known as "empiricism". The dictionary defines empiricism thusly: Experimental method; search for knowledge by observation and experiment; a disregarding of scientific methods and relying solely on experience.

August 23, 2013 12:00 am

Casino Scene: Company develops twist on Baccarat

Even if you're a regular casino player, baccarat is an easy game to ignore simply because it does not have the high profile presence on casino floors as games like blackjack, craps and roulette.

August 16, 2013 12:00 am

Misinformation about slot machines abounds

The majority of people who play slots know very little about the operation of the machines, the computer programs that drive them, and the economics of the games.

August 09, 2013 12:00 am
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