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Whenever you go on a casino gambling venture, you should bring along more than money. You should arm yourself with the proper know-how, self-control, and the ability to play the games intelligently. If you don't do it, the casinos are not going to do it for you.
In spite of the fact casinos and race tracks are related through gambling, slot machine manufacturers have been unsuccessful in developing a game that incorporates the excitement of horse racing.
A number of years ago a 25-year-old software programmer from Los Angeles lined up the Megabucks jackpot symbols on a machine in the Excalibur Casino & Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip and won a world record slot jackpot of $39,713,982.25.
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.
During a recent gambling outing I received a little casino "wake-up" call that I'd like to share with you. Here's what happened:
Every slot player is aware of the little sticker that’s on every slot and video poker machine in every casino in the country: “Machine malfunction voids all pays and plays”.
Being a fiscal conservative when it comes to playing casino games has always served me well, but there are rare occasions when it can backfire.
When the game of Triple Play Draw Poker was introduced, it took the casino industry by storm to such an extent that people who have never played video poker before find themselves attracted to them.
People will always go to casinos primarily to gamble, but the opportunity to enjoy a fine dining experience or take in a show plays a prominent role as well.
They're never going to hold a "tag day" for casinos, even in today's battered economy. Even though the revenues are down for many properties across the country, it doesn't mean they're not making money. They're just making less than they did when times were good.
The popularity of baccarat, especially at casino destinations in Northwest Indiana, attracts the attention of gamblers who aren't familiar with the game but still have a desire to play.
There has been much heated debate revolving around the topic of gaming expansion in Illinois in recent years. The only decision reached thus far was to bring video gaming to restaurants, bars and lounges in the state.
Bob Dancer, one of the world's foremost authorities on video poker, is not only a teacher. He practices quite efficiently what he preaches. One of his first books, "Million Dollar Video Poker," is a fascinating personal account of how he parlayed his drive and skill to beat the game.
Choosing to play video poker during a casino outing is not as easy as it may seem. There's a wide variety of games from which to choose, some of which are better than others in respect to long-term payback based on expert play.
One huge advantage tribal casinos have over state-regulated casinos in the Chicago-area market is the availability of wide-area progressive slot machines capable of awarding jackpots in the hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars.
The majority of Chicago area casino-goers are members of casino player's clubs, which means every month their mailboxes are probably filled with marketing letters and postcards announcing special promotions.
The roulette wheel has long been the subject of rumor regarding its integrity.
Everyone is aware of the strict guidelines and operating procedures to which state-regulated casinos are held. But who sets the standards and controls for Native American properties?
Apparently "acceptable gambling" is in the eye of the beholder.
Sometimes you can open a cookbook, follow the instructions for a recipe to the letter, and still have things turn out less than perfect. In order to achieve the desired result, everything has to go just right.
Let It Ride is a poker hybrid that’s played at a blackjack-style table. There’s one thing for certain: The game has staying power on casino floors nationwide. Ever since its introduction to America’s gambling repertoire many years ago, it thrives as a game people seek for a refreshing altern…
A good friend of mine who lives in Las Vegas usually heads for the craps table when he gets the itch to gamble. It's really the only casino game he takes seriously.
Las Vegas is much more than the "Gambling Capital of the World." The city is really two gambling worlds in one.
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!
The classic board game of Monopoly has sold more than 200 million copies worldwide during its 77-year history.
Here are some points to remember when playing craps.
A number of years ago a software glitch in some WMS slot machine products that allowed players to cheat the machines created huge waves in the gaming industry.
I have always been a skeptic about what is known in casino circles as "dice control." This expression refers to the theory that it is possible for craps players to alter the random probability of the numerical combination of rolls of the dice.
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.
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.
Blackjack is unique among casino games in that the odds fluctuate with every deal. Depending upon which cards have been dealt and which remain, the advantage which the house wields over players changes constantly. At times it's greater, at other times less, sometimes even tipping toward play…
Slot players everywhere are aware of the little sticker that’s on every slot and video poker machine in every casino in the country: “Machine malfunction voids all plays.”
Average casino players should break away from restricting their play to the slot machines and learn how to play table games. Craps, for example, looks complicated and intimidating to the beginner. The true fact of the matter is the game can be simple to learn and easy to play if you just tak…
The men and women who deal casino games are among the most scrutinized work force in the country. Their every move is captured by "eye-in-the-sky" security cameras, and they are constantly being monitored by supervisory floor personnel.
No casino table game has undergone as many changes through the years as blackjack. What was once perceived by casinos as a game of chance took on a whole new perspective back in 1962 when Edward O. Thorp, a professor of mathematics at the University of California at Irvine, published Beat th…
I would venture an opinion that a majority of casino goers look upon gaming as more of a recreational activity than an art or a science.
It's a well known fact in gambling circles that blackjack players who adhere to the principles of basic strategy can keep the house advantage on the game to under two percent, making it one of the best games to play. Then how does one account for the fact that "hold" (casino win) on blackjac…
Every once in a while I receive an inquiry from a reader regarding the game of Pai Gow Poker.
Slot machine play on a video screen using interactive technology and multi-line/multi-coin capabilities was only a dream at one time. Today it’s not only a reality, video slots have taken over casino floors nationwide.
Behavior detection has become a primary component of security protocol, but long before the science was applied to potential terrorists it was practiced by participants in the world of poker.
The built–in house advantage that casinos wield over all the games they offer is relentless, a virtual guarantee to wear down every gambler's bankroll over the long haul.
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.
Even what you think would be elementary and essential information about slot machines that casino goers who wish to be informed are entitled to know is extremely difficult to find.
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Got your casino gambling thinking caps on? Take this casino gaming quiz. Here we go:
Have you ever pondered what really separates informed casual players from students of the game of blackjack? The answer is keeping mental track of the cards that have been played in order to make more informed playing decisions, both strategically and financially.
Every sport has a championship showdown. In baseball it's the World Series, in football it's the Super Bowl, in hockey it's the Stanley Cup. What are the common denominators among them? Answer: All are team sports and there is a winner every year.
Useful information about slot machines is hard to come by. Here are a few bits of information you should know:
Have you ever wondered about the technology behind video poker games and if the games we play are truly random?
After months of talk speculating about the possibility of introducing slot machines to Illinois' horse racing tracks, will this ever become a reality?
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