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Average Vegas video poker machine payback 97% August 27, 2013 by Elliot Frome

Winning Strategies | When it comes to gambling, the numbers can be manipulated just as much, if not more so. If I had to take a guess, I’d say the average video poker machine in Las Vegas probably has a payback of 97%.

Use caution with Las Vegas casinos' Players’ cards August 27, 2013 by Marc Meltzer

Smart & Fun Gambling | I try to stay away from talking much about casino Players Clubs for a few reasons. First, they’re all different so what works to gain an advantage with one players club may not work with another. 

Boulder Station celebrates 19th anniversary Saturday August 20, 2013 by H. Scot Krause

Real Deals | Boulder Station will celebrate its 19th anniversary Saturday with free cupcakes and champagne for all guests from 4-7 p.m. on the casino floor.

When gambling think loss rate, not payback August 20, 2013 by Elliot Frome

Winning Strategies | Most table games have a payback between 97% and 99.5%. Video Poker can range from about 95% to 101%. Slot machines probably range from about 85% up to 95%. Sidebets, quite frankly, are all over the place.

My gambling strategy: Have fun, be smart August 20, 2013 by Marc Meltzer

Smart & Fun Gambling | I’m concerned with one of two things when I walk into a casino – having fun and playing smart. I’ve tried to learn the correct strategy to gain a few percentage points here and there but that’s about all I’m going to get.

Caving in to an urge and playing Caveman Keno August 20, 2013 by Mark Mayer

Pokin' Around | Sometimes I get the urge to go out and play. It’s not in my best interest. That would be to stick with betting sports. There I know I have a chance – like last weekend putting bets on Cleveland, Buffalo and Seattle in NFL – 3 for 3 easy winners.

The critical hand is Four of a Kind in a Jacks or Better game August 13, 2013 by Elliot Frome

Winning Strategies | When we look at the paying hands of video poker, most of the payback comes from the bottom three hands. Jacks or Better gives us about 21-22% of our payback. Two Pair gives us 26%, and Three of a Kind gives us another 20-21%.

Wheel of Fortune winner at Riviera Casino & Hotel August 11, 2013 by Staff & Wire Reports

Lucky woman from Delaware wins more than $937,000 on Progressive Wheel of Fortune slot machine at the Riviera Casino & Hotel.

M Resort closes poker room to make room for slots August 07, 2013 by Staff & Wire Reports

A Las Vegas-area casino has become the latest to fold its hand on poker. The M Resort in Henderson says it is renovating its poker room into a slot machine tournament area.

Anything can happen in poker, but don't expect it August 06, 2013 by Elliot Frome

Winning Strategies | Essentially, at any point, the least likely event might occur, but that doesn’t mean you should start expecting it. Video Poker helps to prove this point continually. 

When gambling at casinos be aware of chasing bets July 30, 2013 by Marc Meltzer

Smart and Fun Gambling | When you spend a lot of time in casinos gambling, you are reminded of what to avoid. That happened to me recently when I chased a keno jackpot that was just a few dollars from hitting. I was reminded not to chase bets.

Siberian Storm one of most popular slots in Vegas July 30, 2013 by David Newstead

Siberian Storm is one of the most popular International Game Technology (IGT) slots to feature in the casino halls of Las Vegas. We take a closer look at the evolution of the game, its theme and game mechanism, to see if we can unlock its secrets.

Youngstown Racino to open in 2014 will reduce slots July 29, 2013 by Staff & Wire Reports

Owners of a $125 million horse racetrack and video slot racino near Youngstown are scaling back the number of gambling machines that will go into the facility. Penn National Gaming said that it will open with 1,000 slots instead of 1,500.

Wheel of Fortune jackpot hits big for Miss. casinos July 22, 2013 by Ray Poirier

The downgrade of IGT came on the heels of a report from Mississippi where casino customers were singing the praises of the company’s progressive machine, “Wheel of Fortune.”

A game plan for keno tournaments July 16, 2013 by Pesach Kremen

There are several casino tournaments in Las Vegas every year. Many feel as if they are just giving away $500 with no realistic chance to win or place. In reality, this need not be the case.

Slot results playing with our minds July 16, 2013 by Elliot Frome

Winning Strategies | A new study was released this week that says the bells and whistles used on slot machines make the player feel like he is winning even when he isn’t. 

We’ll walk like an Egyptian for Cleopatra slot machines July 09, 2013 by David Newstead

When it comes to casino slot machines, they don’t come much bigger than IGT’s Cleopatra, a game that’s based on one of the most famous queens of all time. In this article we take a look at the mechanics of this popular casino game.

Big rewards at Plaza and Las Vegas Club in Nevada July 02, 2013 by H. Scot Krause

Real Deals | As of July 1, PlayLV Gaming, LLC, which owns and operates the Plaza Hotel & Casino and the Las Vegas Club Hotel & Casino, has launched their new Players Club program, Royal Rewards.

Slots of love for machines and how they came to be June 25, 2013 by David Newstead

We take a look at some of the history behind the innovations and the innovators who have brought the phenomenon of slot machines to the Las Vegas gambling audience.

My video poker analysis program and how it works June 18, 2013 by Elliot Frome

Winning Strategies | So, what does a video poker analysis program do with the 32 possible ways the hand can be played? To put it simply, it plays all 32 of them and figures out the final hand for EVERY possible draw for each one of them.

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Top 5 upcoming poker tournament destinations

Top 5 upcoming poker tournament destinations

They always say work hard, play harder. This principle is really fun when applied to poker tournament destination vacations. There is nothing like going to an exotic location and enjoying a new adventure with the prospect of also potentially winning millions of dollars. With that in mind, here are my top five upcoming poker tournament destination work and play vacations for you to consider.


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