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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
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


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




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
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