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John G. Brokopp

Call your own shots with casino promotions

Casino destinations bank on cash drawings and merchandise promotions of one sort or another to drive in business. They can be a powerful lure for players to plan a casino outing they hadn’t really intended to make on a day or at a time they normally wouldn’t even think about gambling.

August 07, 2014 1:00 am
Birthday bash in Horseshoe's poker room

Birthday bash in Horseshoe's poker room

Horseshoe Casino Hammond is celebrating the anniversary of the grand opening of its $500 million casino and entertainment complex with a party that’s guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of poker players.

July 31, 2014 1:00 am

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

Strategy pays off at both slots and roulette

All games should be played using the best strategies to help you come out a winner. This is especially true for casino games because of the fact your hard-earned money is at stake.

July 03, 2014 12:00 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


May 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos




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 Related


Casino Scene: A casino's way of getting to know you

Just how much do the casinos know about you? If you're a slot player and you use a player's club card, it's a cinch they know quite a bit.

September 06, 2013 12:00 am

Casino Scene: Slot machine twist to video poker

Speaking generally about the games of preference for casino gamblers, there are three categories of players: Those who prefer slots, those who prefer tables, and those who prefer video poker.

July 26, 2013 12:00 am

Love those penny slots

This columnist should be last in line to send up caution flags about playing multi-line penny video slots.

June 07, 2013 12:00 am

This lawsuit had plenty of food for thought

A good number of years ago a woman filed a $10 million class-action lawsuit against Detroit casinos claiming the bonus spin feature on Wheel of Fortune slot machines is programmed to pay off an abundance of lower awards.

April 05, 2013 12:00 am

Casino Scene: Casino outing makes for a great date night

Have you ever taken that special someone on a casino date? It certainly could be an exciting way to spend some time together. After all, not too many years ago the only way to experience Las Vegas style action was Las Vegas itself!

November 09, 2012 12:00 am

Monopoly slots continue to appeal to players

The classic board game of Monopoly has sold more than 200 million copies worldwide during its 77-year history.

November 02, 2012 12:00 am

Game of craps requires attention to manners

Here are some points to remember when playing craps.

October 26, 2012 12:00 am

Sound advice for slot players

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.

September 21, 2012 12:00 am

CASINO SCENE: Video slots win players' favor

Casino floors both in the Chicago-area and in gambling jurisdictions nationwide are dominated by video slots that feature multi-line, multi-coin games with bonus features and interactive capabilities that give gamblers a playing experience the old generation of machines just can’t match.

June 15, 2012 12:00 am
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