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Road to million begins at Hollywood Joliet

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.

October 16, 2014 1:00 am

Smart money management essential to success

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.

October 09, 2014 1:00 am

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…

October 02, 2014 1:00 am

There's just no outsmarting casino games

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".

September 25, 2014 1:00 am

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

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Method to change the way you play blackjack

Being labeled as a "card counter" gives a blackjack player a bad reputation among casino owners and operators.

September 11, 2014 1:00 am

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

Local poker star shines in Amerstar's big tournament

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.

August 28, 2014 1:00 am Related

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Majestic Star hosts another successful tournament

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.

August 21, 2014 1:00 am Related

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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

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

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

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

Some Blackjack shopping tips

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.

June 26, 2014 1:00 am
The impact of slot machine economics

The impact of slot machine economics

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.

June 19, 2014 1:00 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

POKER TOURNAMENT MANIA RETURNS TO HORSESHOE

May 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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

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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
Casino Scene: 'Binionaire' slots a red hot tradition

Casino Scene: 'Binionaire' slots a red hot tradition

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.

March 06, 2014 6:36 pm
Casino Scene: Food for thought about penny slots

Casino Scene: Food for thought about penny slots

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.

February 27, 2014 6:36 pm
Casino Scene: Random thoughts about video poker

Casino Scene: Random thoughts about video poker

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.

February 20, 2014 6:36 pm
Casino Scene: Video poker site is hands down the best

Casino Scene: Video poker site is hands down the best

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.

February 13, 2014 6:36 pm
Casino Scene: 'Have you ever'? situations for gamblers

Casino Scene: 'Have you ever'? situations for gamblers

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…

February 06, 2014 6:36 pm Photos

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Casino Scene: At Blackjack, there's nothing sweet about 16

Casino Scene: At Blackjack, there's nothing sweet about 16

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.

January 30, 2014 6:36 pm
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
Casino Scene: Winning at slots (or not)

Casino Scene: Winning at slots (or not)

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.

December 05, 2013 6:10 pm Photos

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Casino Scene: The poker beat goes on at Majestic Star

Casino Scene: The poker beat goes on at Majestic Star

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’…

November 28, 2013 6:10 pm Photos

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Casino Scene: The psychological warfare of poker

Casino Scene: The psychological warfare of poker

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”.

November 21, 2013 6:10 pm

Casino Scene

The one best bet any gambler can make in a casino is taking Free Odds at the craps table.

November 14, 2013 2:28 pm
Casino Scene

Casino Scene

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.

November 07, 2013 2:28 pm

Casino Scene

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.

October 31, 2013 2:28 pm
Casino Scene

Casino Scene

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.

October 24, 2013 7:59 pm
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