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Articles by John  Marchel

A little baccarat strategy

17 November 2018
The game of baccarat can trace its origins back to the latter part of the 1400s during the reign of Charles VIII, King of France. It became very popular in French in the 1830s and is still extremely popular in European and South American casinos today.It’s the simplest table game in the casino to learn and play...read more
 
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Casino City’s Friday Five: DraftKings edition

16 November 2018
Sports betting continues to make headlines in the U.S., with several sportsbooks opening, including another in New Jersey. Also making our Friday Five are two jackpot winners, an Atlantic City resort expansion and Penn National Gaming acquiring a casino.5...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

What's with straight flushes?

15 November 2018
QUESTION: The straight flush payoffs in video poker really bother me. They are so rare. Shouldn’t you be rewarded for getting something that rare? They pay less than four of a kind in a lot of games.What would they have to do to make a straight flush pay maybe 1,000 coins instead of 250? Make it pay a quarter of a royal, and more than the 800 on four aces in Double Bonus or four aces without the kicker in Double Double Bonus.ANSWER: Whenever I receive questions about four of a kinds paying as much or more than straight flushes, I explain that the goal of the game designer isn’t necessarily to reflect the true odds of the game...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Why do casinos replace popular slot machines?

14 November 2018
Question: Why do popular slots that receive consistent play over the years disappear from the casino floor? When they disappear, the replacements tend to not be popular, have low frequency of play, and disappear quite quickly — in my observation...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Making money

13 November 2018
I used to do a lot of consulting for casinos and casino companies, and at times such consulting dealt with slot machine companies (by the way, I was a player-friendly consultant!).I remember the first time I met some slot honchos and one of the lead guys asked me, “What is the purpose of the slot machine?”It was not a hard question to answer...read more
 
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Top 10 reasons to visit Las Vegas this winter

12 November 2018
Winter is approaching quickly, but that doesn’t mean a trip to Las Vegas needs to be held off until the spring. There are still plenty of activities and offers for guests to enjoy in Sin City in the next few months.10. Polar Express 4-DStarting 1 December, guests can enjoy the 15-minute version of The Polar Express at Madame Tussauds at The Venetian Las Vegas...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

New game: 31 Classic

11 November 2018
From time to time, table games inventors ask if I’ll take a look at their games, whether just to add my input or for a little publicity. I can’t get to every game – if I did, this column would be strictly a new games report.One that caught my eye recently is 31 Classic, which has had a good run at the Muckleshoot Casino in Washington state...read more
 
Articles by Eric   Rosenthal
Articles by Eric  Rosenthal

When everyone has elite status

10 November 2018
During the last few months, new casinos opening up have offered tier match and even tier upgrades around the country. In the Northeast alone, we have seen Ocean Resort, Hard Rock Atlantic City and MGM Springfield open with very generous programs...read more
 
Articles by Dan  Ippolito
Articles by Dan Ippolito

Wynn Las Vegas shuts down lagoon project, will restore golf course

9 November 2018
The lagoon was supposed to be built on the golf course site behind Encore and Wynn. (photo by Wynn Las Vegas)Put away the swim trunks and grab the golf clubs.Wynn Las Vegas announced on Wednesday, during an earnings conference call, that it is no longer going to build the extravagant lagoon theme park it had been planning for a couple of years, and instead will restore the 18-hole Wynn Golf Club.In early 2016, Steve Wynn, who was CEO of Wynn Resorts at the time, and Wynn Las Vegas announced it would build Paradise Park, which would include a 400,000 square-foot convention center along with a 38-acre lagoon with three hotel towers...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Who owns branded slot machines?

8 November 2018
QUESTION: When a slot machine is made by two different manufacturers, how does that work? There were Elvis slots by IGT and the Elvis slots by WMS. There were a couple of different Price Is Right slots, and I'm sure there have been others.What happens? Does one manufacturer have to pay the other one? Can they both make the games at the same time?ANSWER: What happens is that the original license with the intellectual property owner has expired, and that owner then has the right to license the theme out again.IGT had Price Is Right slots in the early 1990s under a license from the owners of the TV game show...read more

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