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In the event you haven’t been fortunate enough to win a seven-figure jackpot in either the Indiana or Illinois state lotteries, perhaps the reels will spin your way in the Marquee Millionaire Slot Tournament which begins Saturday at Hollywood Casino Joliet.
When it comes to playing the slots, there really is no strategy. No matter what you do, you are subject to lose over the long run in a direct proportion to how long, how often, and how much you 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…
The American Gaming Association (americangaming.org) published an interesting pamphlet a number of years ago titled "The House Advantage – A Guide to Understanding the Odds".
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.
Being labeled as a "card counter" gives a blackjack player a bad reputation among casino owners and operators.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Even what you think would be elementary slot machine information that casino goers who wish to be informed are entitled to know is extremely difficult to find.
Is it possible for computer programs to control the speed of each reel on a slot machine?
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.
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.
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.
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.
POKER TOURNAMENT MANIA RETURNS TO HORSESHOE
This question from a reader is compelling evidence that slot players are eager to know basic information about the gamers they play:
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.
Some slot machines come and go, others go on and on. So it is with the “Who Wants to Be a Binionaire” progressives at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond.
Video poker has been described by some groups that oppose gambling as being addictive. It derives this reputation because it is marketed as a game of chance that incorporates an element of skill.
When you play video poker, the result you obtain after making a bet and initiating a play is a random event that determines whether you have won or lost.
Video poker has a legion of enthusiasts simply because there’s an element of strategy to the game. It is as close to playing with a real deck of cards as a computer program will allow.
Have you ever thought of blackjack in terms of football? It can indeed be both an offensive and a defensive game. You’re on offense when you double down on 11 against a dealer’s 6. For the player, it’s first and goal in an attempt to capitalize on a favorable situation. You go on defense whe…
There probably isn’t a blackjack player around who looks forward to being dealt a 16. It’s a hand that is so uneasy to stand and so tempting to hit. Draw a card and only an ace through five will help you. Anything else and you bust.
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.
There’s much more to slot machines than meets the eye. Even referring to the sophisticated electronic gaming devices that have evolved over the last quarter of a century as “slot machines” is akin to calling a refrigerator an ice box.
When the poker craze was in full swing a decade ago, the game was an unlikely component of mainstream entertainment world wide. Its popularity was fueled by innovations which made it a perfect fit for television, the most significant of which were mini table top cameras that revealed player’…
One definition of sport as a noun is “an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc”.
The one best bet any gambler can make in a casino is taking Free Odds at the craps table.
Two days after Penn State University suffered its most lopsided gridiron defeat in 114 years, a Nittany Lion from another arena of competition made his alma mater proud with a record-setting performance at Horseshoe Casino Hammond.
Not too many casino-goers pay attention to the manufacturers of the slot machines they play. IGT, Bally, WMS, and Konami are just some of the companies that make the games, but if you’re a player all you really care is enjoying the way a game plays and how much money you can win.
Hopes for a World Series in Chicago this year were snuffed out early in the season by the Cubs and White Sox, but Horseshoe Casino came through in the clutch with a “world series” of its own that makes Hammond the center of attention in professional poker this weekend.
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