I believe that knowledge is a valuable asset if you want to excel at most things. That includes all sports, bridge, chess, science, math and a long list of myriad topics, including gambling. The gaming industry, however, is unlike most others in that certain topics are off limits and will never see the light of day. For example, the highest level of device technologists is called a bench tech (most manufacturers have around ten levels) and you will never ever see one on any casino floor or even on site. I spoke to a bench tech once due to unusual circumstances and he told me that they take their secrets to the grave. So, when a level one or two technician tells you which machine to play or how they work you should take it with a grain of salt. But there are many branches of gambling facts that are not just accurate but potentially profitable. The tough part is shining a light on legitimate facts so you can differentiate between the sunshine and the fairy tales.
Not too long ago I was heading for my favorite bank of video poker (VP) machines when my friend asked why I didn’t play “real poker” in the card room. This, of course, wasn’t the first time a nose was subtly turned up regarding the felt game’s “superiority” to step-daughter, video poker. I honestly feel no need to get defensive about VP, but must say they are very different games and neither one is entitled to #special bragging rights.
As a game that allows players to exercise their skill along with having a strong element of chance, blackjack has more subtleties than most casino games. It also leaves plenty of room for question and comment. Let’s try to answer a few questions and relay a few comments submitted by readers.
When we sit down to play a slot machine, our task is simple: Make a bet, spin the reels and the machine takes care of the rest. Except in rare instances, there are no strategies to learn or skills to master. The flip side is that while we can’t affect the outcome in any predictable way, nor tell from the outside which games are the highest-paying, there are things we do know about slots and the casinos that operate them to get the most out of a day on the machines. Here are 10 things every slot player should know.
Not too long ago the monster of all slot machine malfunctions occurred at the Resorts World Casino in Jamaica, Queens. A lady, thinking she won almost $43 million, returned the next day to learn she was getting a steak dinner instead. What went wrong? In this case, it really was a malfunction since the top prize on the display glass was $6,500, even though the machine flashed $42,949,672.76 and the woman was smart enough to take a selfie. The casino grossly mishandled the situation by not just offering her the top prize of $6,500 rather than enduring a far greater loss in bad publicity. Here are some tips for what you should do if your slot machine malfunctions.
Life is about getting something for something or “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours”, aka quid pro quo. That’s an axiom well-understood in the gaming industry. When it comes to Video Poker, be sure to make sure you know what you are getting out of a game.
Here are some tips to keep in mind regarding what’s in it for you when determining the casinos that get your VP (video poker) business.
It’s official! The first Take ‘N Play mobile slot tablets have been unveiled atÂ Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans. The racetrack is the first slots facility in the world to take advantage ofÂ theÂ technology to enable casino patrons to transfer their live slot play to a tablet provided by the property for seamless play in designated spaces, such as outdoor patios in smoke-free gaming markets.
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The $1 Million TournEvent of Champions Slot Tournament is the biggest Slot Tournament in the world. Participants qualify by playing in in various casinos throughout the country and advance on to the championship event on September 28th at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas where they can cash in for the big pay day.
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Caddyshack is arguably one of the most popular golf comedies in history. The cast of Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase and others combine to offer viewers a look into the country club golf world and appropriately deliver parody after parody referencing everything from bets on the course to caddy swim day in the pool. Slot manufacturer has harnessed the magic of the movie and brought into a Slot Sensation and a favorite in casinos nationwide. You will find humor, movei clips and hopefully a jackpot in this latest and greatest game from Scientific Games. Check it out!