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Last week, Borgata in Atlantic City announced it will host New Jersey's first physical, skill-based gambling competition. The contest will be a basketball free-throw shooting contest for money that will take place March 21.
The competition will be the first of many non-traditional, skill-based gambling contests Borgata plans to offer. The contest is debuting in New Jersey as part of a program called "New Jersey First" started by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. The goal is to offer new gambling options before other states so something like this hasnít been legalized by Nevada... yet.
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Is Flamingo launching an intensive top-to-bottom overhaul which will bring more room updates? Or, is what's happening around the center Strip hotel-casino meant to update, but not overdo? The big picture over at Flamingo is still unknown, but one thing's certain -- this dirty bird is molting.
Yesterday, the resort's Tropical Breeze Cafe marked its last day of service while the Paradise Garden Buffet scaled back hours last month to just 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Now, VegasChatter fan Jeff C. brings us our latest report on Flamingo, complete with images captured this past weekend.
To beginners, all video poker games are the same. They look the same, so they must be the same. Right? Wrong. Video poker players know this to be far from the truth. There are different types of video poker games, different variations, different payouts, different odds, different strategies, games with different volatility and more. A video poker player doesn't just sit willy nilly down and play any ol' game. Here are some factors that go into choosing the right machine:
Returns and Odds: Video poker returns and odds you see posted online are based on perfect play. Anything less than perfect play will affect the expected returns for the worse. Even though it's rare there are still video poker games with positive returns. You can find where they are in Las Vegas†on vpFREE2.com. Iím okay playing with a small house advantage and I try to stick with 9/6 Jacks or Better which returns 99.54% with perfect play.
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Two movies headed to a theater near you will focus on casinos and illegal sports betting.
Based in Las Vegas, Wild Card is about a down-on-his-luck degenerate gambler played by Jason Statham. The movie (trailer below) looks like your typical Jason Statham movie set in and around casinos. Besides gambling and typical Statham ass-kicking expect to see lots of Vegas in the background.
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Dice control in craps is the theory you can influence the outcome through your throw. Controlling dice is no easy task since not all craps tables and rolls are exactly the same. The bounce in the felt on tables can be different even in the same casino. Likewise, the back wall of craps tables may offer a different bounce by their pyramid placement. Dice control goes beyond simply setting the dice in a certain manner. It's the entire process of rolling the dice.
In theory, dice must be rolled at the exact same velocity and angle every time while hitting the same spot on the back wall to achieve the same result over and over. It would take a lot of practice to come up with the muscle memory to roll the dice exactly the same all the time.
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Casino party pits arenít for everyone. These parts of the casino are often marked with scantily clad go-go dancers and dealers, even louder music and less-friendly blackjack payouts. There are people that enjoy the atmosphere and donít mind playing a game that pays 6:5 as long as theyíre having a good time.
One of our go-to resources for casino gaming information, Michael Shackleford (a.k.a. Wizard of Odds), recently interviewed Angela Wyman, a former party pit dealer, who revealed some interesting information about what itís like. The interview (embedded below is 15 minutes long, but here are some highlights†if you donít have the time to devote to it.
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Thereís been a slow shift in gaming over the past 20 years. And, much of it really started to stand out this year. Both casino floors and gaming companies have consolidated to, theoretically, create greater efficiencies. Aristocrat Technologies purchased Video Gaming Technology, Scientific Games merged with Bally Technologies, IGT was purchased by G-Tech and Multimedia Games was snapped up by Global Cash. You may be familiar with some of these names and not others.†Mergers and acquisitions like this often create a more homogenized product for the customer by creating less competition.†For the time being, these businesses are just streamlining activities.
After these manufacturers debuted their newest games at†G2E this year, it doesnít seem as though the industry can get any less creative than it already is. Letís just take another†TV show, musician or movie from 20-30 years ago and slap their name on a machine. Hopefully, this lack of creativity is just temporary.
Megabucks slot machines are as close to having a lottery as the state of Nevada has. The allure of playing Megabucks is to be the lucky winner of a jackpot thatís always north of $10 million. The most recent hit was less than a month ago for $14 million at Rampart Casino. The largest we could find on record was for over $33 mil at Terribleís in Sparks, NV back in 2009.
Those big jackpots are pretty sweet, but the odds of hitting are 1 in 49,836,032. Returns for Megabucks can legally be set to about 75%, but history tells us thatís not typically the case. Overall, casinos return about 88% of money played in Megabucks to players when you include jackpots hit. This is just slightly less than returns for penny slots, if youíre curious.
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One of the oldest poker rooms on the Las Vegas Strip is about to be dealt a new hand.
The poker room at The Mirage will reportedly close for renovations January 24, with a tentative reopening date set as May 15. When the new room emerges it will be noticeably smaller in size, clocking in at 12 tables, down from the 19 that are currently in use. The new room will be located in the same general area that it currently sits, however the elevated portion that is usually reserved for high-limit games will be removed. The casinoís main cage is also being relocated to an area that sits inside of the current poker roomís footprint. A source inside the poker room reports that all dealers will be laid off during the roughly four months of renovations and will then be rehired based on seniority.
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Last year at the Global Gaming Expo†(G2E), we saw the introduction of crazy huge gaming cabinets. The sheer size of these games was impressive. The games came equipped with equally large chairs, which may have been made for one person but could comfortably fit two. These chairs have become so popular that weíre now seeing them paired with slot machines closer to the size of traditional machines.
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If you like to roll them bones, youíre better off frequenting some Vegas casinos than others.
Thatís because only a handful offer the best pass line odds bets at the craps table Ė one of the rare instances where youíre playing even with the house. In a land where high rises are built on the backs of tourists with a jones for gambling, thatís one bet weíre happy to take.