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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

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

Blackjack strategy can be a numbers game

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.

October 18, 2013 12:00 am

Pay no attention to get rich quick scams

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.

October 04, 2013 12:00 am

Think about revitalizing table games

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.

September 20, 2013 12:00 am

Casino Scene: Slot machines fertile ground for player arguments

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.

September 20, 2013 12:00 am

Casino Scene: Casino winnings and accountability

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?

September 13, 2013 12:00 am

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: One important rule for casino visitors

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.

August 30, 2013 12:00 am

Casino Scene: Company develops twist on Baccarat

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.

August 16, 2013 12:00 am

Misinformation about slot machines abounds

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.

August 09, 2013 12:00 am

Casino Scene: Touch screen table gaming makes impact

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.

August 02, 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

What to look for in a good craps game

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…

July 19, 2013 12:00 am

Casino Scene: Caribbean stud poker a blast from the past

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:

July 12, 2013 12:00 am

Player's Club benefits can vary from game to game

When it comes to choosing playing slots or video poker, it really is no contest. Video poker wins hands down. Why?

July 05, 2013 12:00 am

Putting casino entertainment into perspective

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.

June 21, 2013 12:00 am

Casino Scene: Give those slots a fight

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.

June 14, 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

Casino Scene: Casino floors reflect real world technology

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.

May 31, 2013 12:00 am

Understanding the game of craps

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.

May 24, 2013 12:00 am

Casino Scene: Knowledge is power when you gamble

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.

May 17, 2013 12:00 am

Derby-themed slot slow out of the gate

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.

April 26, 2013 12:00 am

Millions to one odds can be beaten

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.

April 12, 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

Protecting your bankroll means staying alert

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:

March 29, 2013 12:00 am

Casino Scene: Casinos take slot machine disclaimer seriously

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”.

March 22, 2013 12:00 am

Casino Scene: Conservative play can backfire

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.

March 08, 2013 12:00 am

Casino Scene: Triple Play revolutionized video poker

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.

March 01, 2013 12:00 am

Casino Scene: Restaurants trump gambling in Las Vegas

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.

February 22, 2013 12:00 am

Casinos adapt to economic climate

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.

February 15, 2013 12:00 am

Playing baccarat isn't as complicated as it looks

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.

February 08, 2013 12:00 am

Racetrack casinos in Illinois long overdue

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.

January 31, 2013 12:00 am

Wild video poker ride worth taking again

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.

January 25, 2013 12:00 am

Casino Scene: Volatile video poker games come with a price

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.

January 18, 2013 12:00 am

Casino Scene: Huge jackpot chances big lure for tribal casinos

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.

January 11, 2013 12:00 am

Casino Scene: Casino promotions are in the eye of the beholder

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.

January 04, 2013 12:00 am

Can wear and tear create a roulette wheel bias?

The roulette wheel has long been the subject of rumor regarding its integrity.

December 28, 2012 12:00 am

Tribal gaming doesn't go unregulated

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?

December 21, 2012 12:00 am

Taking a chance by any other name still gambling

Apparently "acceptable gambling" is in the eye of the beholder.

December 14, 2012 12:00 am

Casino Scene: Holiday recipe for casino players

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.

December 07, 2012 12:00 am

Letting it ride at the casino

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…

November 30, 2012 12:00 am

Casino Scene: Major decision on this video poker hand

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.

November 23, 2012 12:00 am

Market dynamics dictate casino business strategies

 Las Vegas is much more than the "Gambling Capital of the World." The city is really two gambling worlds in one.

November 16, 2012 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
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