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October 1, 2007
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|October 1, 2007|
|When a machine has a bonus round, how is the outcome determined? If I understand how slots work, a random number generator is cycling at all times until you hit the spin button. The numbers are selected and the
stopping of the reels is solely for the player's entertainment. Is the bonus-round outcome pre-determined as well?
By Arnold M. KnightlyThe Las Vegas Hilton has quietly undergone $100 million of upgrades and renovations since a private equity
partnership bought the property in 2004. The latest upgrades, scheduled to be unveiled the first week of October, are 221 Resort Club rooms and a new Resort Club lounge in the north tower.
|From high-rollers to shoppers, Macau is quickly transforming itself from a seedy gambling outpost into a Vegas-like destination.
Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment last week became the first major casino operators to announce they would seek a gaming license in Kansas. Both companies are bidding on a single gaming license that would place a casino in Wyandotte County near Kansas City.
As Las Vegas resorts embark on their biggest building boom, attracting more overseas visitors -- who stay longer and spend more in Sin City than American tourists -- is critical if Southern Nevada hotels want to maintain occupancy rates near 90 percent.
The gambling industry lost a dependable ally last week when Rep. Jerry Weller, R-Ill., announced he would not seek
re-election in 2008. Weller, 50, is stepping down after seven terms amid a growing controversy regarding land dealings in Nicaragua.
|If the wacky Osbourne family doesn't get your head spinning fast enough, you can create your own Frankenstein or sneak into a dragon's lair this month with the release of Belle Rock Entertainment's three brand-new online video slots - The Osbournes, Franken Cash and Dragon's Loot.
Foxwoods Resort Casino announced last week that a larger area of the Rainmaker slot casino is now smoke free. As a result, guests will no longer have to walk through smoking casino areas to reach non-smoking sections.
In this week's edition, a Canadian woman finds some magic on the slots while bingo helps a British man find some financial security.
The Philippines is getting 700 new slot machines. The new slots will be installed in Manila casinos by Elixir Gaming Technologies in 2008.
|More than 340 players shared last week in UltimateBet's first Bad Beat Jackpot. The $112,885.50 jackpot popped when PeterGunzzz lost with four jacks to shaggy82's straight flush in a hand of Texas Hold'em.
Starting this week, deposits and withdrawals at CelebPoker will only be processed in Euros. Poker tables within the software will still offer a variety of currencies.
Citywest Hotel has been tabbed to host next year's €3 Million Guaranteed Irish Open Main Event, which will take place on Easter Weekend.
Did You Know?
With 3,000 rooms, a 550,000-square-foot casino, 1 million square feet of retail and a 1.2 million-square-foot convention
center, the Venetian Macau is the second-largest building in the world. -- Las Vegas Sun
English Harbour Casino's What's Your Sign is a five-reel 12-line online slot that features Zodiac signs and a chance to activate a special bonus round.> More What's Your Sign Details
A Gambler's Movie Collection The Sting
One of the best "big con" movies of all time. Henry Gondoff (Paul Newman) and Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) run a magnificent scam on Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw) to avenge the death of a friend. This movie so much fun you'll want to watch it again.
> Purchase this DVD for your collection
Top-10 Las Vegas collectibles
- Gambling chip
- Casino playing cards
- Hotel room soap/shampoo
- Show tickets
- Fake purses
- Key chains
- Nightclub bracelets
- Tournament entry slips