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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 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 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 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 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 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 more
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Triple Double Bonus strategy is not impossible to learn

7 November 2018
Question: Triple Double Bonus strategy is not impossible to learn. The exception is 9/7, which is uncommon these days. Here you have the strategy of Double Bonus with the additional plays with aces, 2s, 3s and 4s. This is one of few games in which you keep a kicker due to the high payoffs for the four kickers and ace and four aces and more
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

Playing it safe is good

6 November 2018
If given a choice between a high house-edge bet that brings in a large amount of money should it win or a low house-edge bet that brings in a comparative trickle, which choice would you make?Take the craps bet of Yo-Eleven, which is a single-roll bet that the next number will be an more
Articles by Tadas  Peckaitis
Articles by Tadas Peckaitis

Top 10 attributes of a great poker room

5 November 2018
Finding a place to play live poker can be quite challenging, depending on where you live. Many people are restricted to playing online, simply because there isn't a land-based poker room anywhere near them. Some are luckier than others in that regard and have a poker room or two within a reasonable distance.But the mere existence of a poker room isn't always enough to provide players with what they really want and more
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Tough video poker decision

4 November 2018
In early October I found myself at a 9/6 Double Double Bonus poker machine, with a man and woman occupying the two games to my right.He seemed to be the more experienced player, and he was giving advice on how to play her hands. It was loud enough that I couldn't ignore it, though I avoid giving my own two cents in such situations.When she had two pairs, jacks on top of 9s, he told her to keep the Jacks and toss the 9s."The worst you can do is finish with the pair of jacks," he more
Articles by Jerry  Stickman
Articles by Jerry Stickman

Figuring the best video poker games

3 November 2018
One of the reasons for the popularity of video poker is they generally have a higher payback – sometimes even more than 100% for a skilled player – than slot machines. And more importantly, a knowledgeable player can tell the payback of the game by looking at the pay table that is displayed right on the more

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