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First Mobile Tablet Slot Gaming Introduced at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

 

Fair Ground Race Course & Slots – New Orleans, LA

 

It’s official! The first Take ‘N Play mobile slot tablets have been unveiled at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans. The racetrack is the first slots facility in the world to take advantage of the 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. Developed by slot leader, Scientific Games, the convenience of the system is a big draw for customers.

 

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Take ‘n Play Players area at Fair Grounds

 

“Fair Grounds is well-known for its continual effort in bringing new and exciting slot products to our guests,” said Tim Bryant, president of Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots. “In partnering with Scientific Games to bring the all new industry-changing Bally – Take ‘n Play video slots to New Orleans, we are proud to be the first in the world to bring the flexibility of remote tablet live slot gaming to our guests. We also want to thank the Louisiana State Police – Gaming Division for being extremely responsive, as we worked through the approval process for this new technology.”

 

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Fair Grounds Race Course Slot Floor

 

Offering Take ‘n Play on a slot floor is simple from a casino operator’s point of view. It easily integrates with existing video slot devices, requires no modification to accounting or player-tracking systems, and can run on any supplier’s casino or slot management system.

 

Player security measures activate during remote play. When Take ‘n Play is triggered and the player walks away from the casino floor with their game on the tablet, the engaged slot machine screen changes to a monochrome display, showing a message alerting other players that the game is being played remotely and buttons are disabled. Credit and win meters are blurred so patrons cannot see how much money is being wagered by the player using Take ‘n Play.

 

“Take ‘n Play enhances a player’s experience and enables them to enjoy the game the way they want, where they want, on the convenience of a mobile device,” said Greg Colella, Scientific Games Vice President of Product Marketing. “This slot experience is completely new to players, and we are proud to offer it at Fair Grounds first.”

 

About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated content for worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive markets. The Company’s portfolio includes gaming machines, game content and systems; table games products and utilities; instant and draw-based lottery games; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and interactive content and services. For more information, please visit www.scientificgames.com.

Harrah’s Cherokee Hosts WSOP with a $1,000,000+ Prize Pool – Aug. 9-11

HCCR ResortEXT - WebThe 12th season of the WSOP Circuit wraps up under TV’s bright lights with the 2016 WSOP Global Casino Championship—an official WSOP gold bracelet event—with a share of $1,000,000+ in prize money on the line from August 9–11 once again at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in North Carolina.

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Do You Play Slots? Aficionado’s Need to Apply

P40_SlotPic - CopyAre you a slot aficionado? If so, you need to continue reading this column…it could be worth $500 to you!

Let’s start by understanding what the word ‘aficionado’ actually means. The definition per the highly acclaimed Merriam-Webster Dictionary is ‘a person who likes, knows about, and appreciates a usually fervently pursued interest or activity.” A person can be a movie aficionado, a food aficionado or even a wine aficionado. One of my favorite magazines is called Cigar Aficionado published for cigar enthusiasts. And, if you are reading this magazine, you are probably a casino aficionado.

According to reliable sources, approximately seventy percent of casino gamers enjoy playing slot machines and slot revenue for casinos accounts for nearly the same percentage. Just take a look around the next casino you visit and notice the amount of floor space dedicated to the machines. You will find machines with the basic three reels, machines with amazing graphics and touch screens and even machines dedicated to popular movies, television shows, game shows and board games. Two of the most popular slot machines in history are Monopoly and Wheel of Fortune.

When it comes to designing and manufacturing these machines, slot developers turn to aficionado’s like you to give them feedback on what you like, and don’t like, before they go into full scale production.

So, are you a slot aficionado? If so, your time has come to voice your opinion, and get rewarded for it too! One of the largest slot manufacturers in the world, IGT, is looking for your input about everything from colors and sounds to design and reward levels, and is giving away great prizes to join their Player Advisory Team. Plus, you will get the first look at some of their games that are currently in production!

 

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What’s in it for you? A lot! Go to PlayerAdvisoryTeam.com today to join the conversation and you will be eligible for 1 of 75 $200 cash prizes as well as the grand prize of the Ultimate Casino Getaway that includes three nights at the casino of your choice, food and $500 of spending money!

Good luck and be sure to join the Player Advisory Team today!

 

 

Blackjack Strategy: Numbers Don’t Lie

BlackjackPicI’m a firm believer that if know some of the more important statistics about the game of blackjack, it can help you better understand the fundamentals of winning blackjack strategies.
However, I also understand that most folks find statistics boring; therefore, I prepared the following fun quiz, which I hope you will find entertaining as well as informative.

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$1 Million TournEvent of Champions is Ready to Roll

Everi TOC 1On its own, a slot tournament is an incomparable experience, wonderfully capturing the excitement and anticipation that the casino environment can create for people. But when you take that slot tournament, structure it as a national competition, invite participation among properties and players across the nation, and hang up a $1 million championship prize, you have the ingredients for a “can’t miss” thrill of a lifetime. That’s what makes the TournEvent of Champions® 2016, coming soon to a casino near you, so special.

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Banking on Side Bets in Blackjack

To encourage more players to visit the blackjack tables and also to improve their margins, many casinos have added side bets.

These innocent-sounding gambles usually require a rather small wager (typically a dollar) and generally return better than the customary even-money blackjack payoffs.

It’s a competitive market for side bets. Each year at Global Gaming Expo, the casino industry’s premier trade show (Global Gaming Expo), you will find a countless number of enthusiastic vendors pitching their side bets to casino officials.The reality, however, is many of them never make it to the casino floor, and the few that do die quickly because of lack of player interest.

 

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Craps: True Truth’s and System’s

CrapsQuestion: What do the following sayings have in common?

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
“Better late than never.”
“High fences make good neighbors.”
“Always play the Pass
Come and take full odds.”

Answer: They are all true.

Playing the Pass/Come with odds, although even the mathematically best overall strategy cannot guarantee that you will win at craps in the long run, such advice can only guarantee that you’ll lose the least amount in the long run based on your total amount wagered.

So, the above are “true truths.”

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Playing the Ponies: Much-About Post Position

Any time a turf player opens up the Daily Racing Form to handicap a Thoroughbred horserace, they are bombarded with well, an infinite amount of pertinent tidbits. From Beyer Speed Figures to pedigrees, the list goes on and on, yet that portion of data known as “post position(s)” (or which numeric gate said racers will break from) more often than not also factors into the decision making process. There are many things to consider when playing the ponies.

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Caddyshack : Big Screen Slot Sensation

Slot players have long been able to count on games from WMS Gaming and Bally Technologies for fun, innovative ways to play.

From WMS, we’ve seen great iconic brands like Monopoly, Jackpot Party, Reel ’Em In and the Wizard of Oz. Bally has given us Blazing 7s, Hot Shot Progressives, Michael Jackson and the recent Wonder Woman.

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Blackjack : The Martingale Misconception

Blackjack coverMany players try to use the famous Martingale betting system to beat the game of blackjack. Recently, with the help of Blackjack Hall of Famer Don Schlesinger (author of “Blackjack Attack: Playing the Pros’ Way”), we analyzed the Martingale betting system and this is what we came up with.

The way the Martingale works is you double your bet after every loss until you finally win, at which point you will be ahead by one betting unit. For example, suppose you wager $10 and the results of the next three hands are loss, loss, and win (L-L-W). Using the Martingale system, you lost $10 on the first hand, $20 on the second hand, and won $40 on the third hand. You wind up with a net win of $10, which is the goal of the progression, to win an amount equal to your starting wager.

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Craps: Back to the Basics

Craps is one of the more intense and therefore more fun games in a casino. But it’s also among the more difficult to understand. With this column, I’m beginning a series on the basics of Craps to perhaps help even more people learn how to roll the dice.

 

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To begin, it helps to understand the roles of the casino personnel attending the game. There are usually three dealers working the game and a box person who supervises. One dealer, called the stickman, stands on the side of the table with the players. He has a long stick that he uses to move the dice. He gives the dice to the shooter, takes the dice to the middle of the table between rolls and announces the payoffs of the winning bets in the middle of the table.

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Q&A with Jonathon Kinchen: Horseplayer Eligible for $2 Million Bonus

KinchenJonathon Kinchen, a 33-year-old University of Texas graduate in real estate in Austin, is gunning for a record $2.8 million payday for a horseplayer if he wins the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship Presented by Racetrack Television Network and Treasure Island Las Vegas, set to kick off Thursday at Treasure Island. As winner of the season-long NHC Tour, Kinchen is now eligible for a $2 million bonus if he also wins the NHC finale, which carries an $800,000 first-place prize.

He will have the maximum two of more than 600 entries for the Jan. 28-30 championship.

As a rookie last year, Kinchen finished seventh and 11th in the championship, which Daily Racing Form contests editor Peter Fornatale called “one of the most impressive feats in the history of the event.”

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Craps Tips: Q & A with the Pro

Learn top Craps tips from the best with these Q & A’s from your fellow gamers!

FROM MARK: My first bet is $220 inside. After three hits I make a $15 come and go down with full 75 odds.  I play at a casino where I can go 5x odds.  Am I better off just pressing to $75 or continue to make the come bets? I have read from some writers that the Pass Line and Come bets are not really that good; that the casino is tricking people to make those bets. I’d also like to know about systems that call for betting those bets that come in with high house edges in order to balance out expectations based on probability. What say you?

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Sports Odds: The Future Is Now

Sports odds are determined by a variety of factors. Ultimately, the goal by the sportsbook is to have the same amount wagered on both side so they can collect their 10% vig. By predicting the outcomes of sporting events far in advance of the actual outcome, it is hard to predict what side will be the favorite and  you will find that sometimes the favorites get far higher odds than closer to the event.

Below are the future odds for the 2016 Masters, Kentucky Derby, NBA Championship and World Series. Take it for what its worth…write down your pick now and see if you would have cashed in if you played it right at your favorite Vegas Sportsbook!

 

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Henry Tamburin Publishes Ultimate Guide to Blackjack

Blackjack insideGaming and Destination’s contributing writer Henry Tamburin, Ph.D., in partnership with 888casino, has written an extensive and comprehensive introduction to the casino game of blackjack.

The online “Ultimate Guide to Blackjack” consists of 18 chapters containing authoritative strategies, tips, and skills for both novice and experienced players, written in an informal and practical tone. It begins with the history of blackjack and then incrementally introduces topics that give the reader the knowledge to play blackjack skillfully.

The guide consists of short paragraphs with bullet points to catch the reader’s attention. Facts and figures stated in words and numbers are also illustrated to make it easier for the reader to comprehend the information. Color-coded strategy charts, chapter objectives, takeaways, and a “test yourself” quiz, make for an enjoyable learning experience. To ensure that the guide was technically and stylistically accurate, each chapter was reviewed and edited by Blackjack Hall of Famer Don Schlesinger. You can read the “Ultimate Guide to Blackjack” at: http://blog.888casino.com/casino-guides/blackjack. (Note: This site has no links to online gambling.)