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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.
It’s a fact that the 10s, faces and aces are the most powerful cards for blackjack players. Knowing when there are an abundance of them during the middle game of a 6-deck shoe can be advantageous for players.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The new generation of touch screen table games making an impact on casino floors worldwide may never completely replace traditional felt tables, chips and dealers, but it has become a viable alternative.
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.
With all of casino destinations from which to choose in the Greater Chicago area gaming market, it's always wise to go "shopping" once in a while to check out the differences in house rules and determine which establishments offer the best deals to match your style of play. Today's survey co…
One of the most popular table games used to be Caribbean Stud Poker. The lure of a progressive jackpot for a dealt royal flush kept the tables packed. The game is still available at some properties, so if you ever decide to sit down and play here are some factors to keep in mind:
When it comes to choosing playing slots or video poker, it really is no contest. Video poker wins hands down. Why?
Are casino outings for gambling or entertainment? The casino industry's spin is entertainment, which in a broad sense is credible when you factor in dining, recreation, shopping and shows.
Given the built-in house advantage that casinos wield over all of the games they offer, there is very little chance for gamblers to show a profit over an extended period of time.
This columnist should be last in line to send up caution flags about playing multi-line penny video slots.
Walk into any casino in the country today and you'll find a gaming floor that's dominated by slots that bear little resemblance to the machines that were there two decades ago.
Have you ever watched a craps game during a casino outing and wished you knew how to play? The game can appear very intimidating and the layout can look very complicated, factors which prevent many people from getting up enough nerve to step up to the table and get into the game.
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.
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