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Blackjack might be dethroning baccarat in Vegas gaming revenue

Blackjack might be dethroning baccarat in Vegas gaming revenue

posted on April 04, 2017 by

The Analyst | The common analysis of Nevada’s 4.48% decrease in gaming revenue was mostly attributable to February of 2016 having 29 days in it verses February of 2017 having 28 days. However, the real story seems to be the continuing erosion of baccarat play compared to continuing growth in blackjack and roulette.

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Might not want to argue with the math guy on right casino moves

Might not want to argue with the math guy on right casino moves

posted on March 28, 2017 by

Winning Strategies | This past week, I spoke to an acquaintance who is a regular video poker player here in Las Vegas. He wanted to know why, despite playing games that claim to pay over 100%,  he rarely won. There is a fairly obvious answer to that.

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Hi-Lo hand decisions are important to success

Hi-Lo hand decisions are important to success

posted on March 28, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | What is a Hi-Lo hand? After reading about them in George “The Engineer” Epstein’s book, I asked him about such hands. I found his explanation fascinating. So now, you relax and be prepared for an amazing journey into the realm of Hi-Lo hands when playing Texas hold’em.

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$2K set at Cannery for Whirl in Winning Drawings

$2K set at Cannery for Whirl in Winning Drawings

posted on March 21, 2017 by

Reel Deals | Whirl into Winnings Drawings take place at Cannery and Eastside Cannery this month. Get entries by earning 100 points in the same day through Saturday, March 25 at 7 p.m.

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Lucky Dragon Hotel Casino unveils new promotions

Lucky Dragon Hotel Casino unveils new promotions

posted on March 10, 2017 by

Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino is Las Vegas’ first casino resort designed from the ground up to create an authentic Asian cultural and gaming experience.

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Don’t get cute playing blackjack

Don’t get cute playing blackjack

posted on March 07, 2017 by

Winning Strategies | I received an email asking how come I never talk about Surrender in blackjack. In 15 years of writing for GamingToday I don’t think I did write about surrender or even insurance. So, this week, I’m going to talk about both.

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Answer to the stand or hit 16 vs. dealers' 7

Answer to the stand or hit 16 vs. dealers' 7

posted on February 21, 2017 by

Winning Strategies | Playing blackjack you’re dealt a 16 looking into a Dealer 7. What do you do and why? I’ve watched a lot of players with this hand and it is almost fun to see it. Sure, there are some blackjack counters who spend a few seconds thinking about it, thinking about the count and working out what to do in this situation.

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Ways to handle hot/cold streak in the casino

Ways to handle hot/cold streak in the casino

posted on January 31, 2017 by

Winning Strategies | Through the years, a number of betting schemes have been created that are supposed to increase the chances of winning by the player. To the best of my knowledge not a single one of them has ever been shown to actually work.

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Extensive expansion of gambling is moving forward in Florida Senate

Extensive expansion of gambling is moving forward in Florida Senate

posted on January 26, 2017 by

Legislation that may mean an extensive expansion of gambling in Florida is moving forward in the Florida Senate. A Senate committee approved a measure that would legalize fantasy sports and allow the Seminole Tribe of Florida to offer craps and roulette at its casinos.

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Former dealer sentenced to two years probation

Former dealer sentenced to two years probation

posted on January 06, 2017 by

A former dealer has been sentenced to two years probation for conspiring to help gamblers bilk the Mohegan Sun Pocono in Pennsylvania out of more than $17,000 in a rigged Pai gow game.

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Favorite 15 skills for limit hold'em poker

Favorite 15 skills for limit hold'em poker

posted on January 03, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | Skill – expertise – is essential to winning at the poker table. There are many aspects of skill. Working with my poker mentor, George “The Engineer” Epstein, here are our favorite 15 skill forms for limit hold’em:

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Stensrud's influence in his words

Stensrud's influence in his words

posted on November 29, 2016 by

Beyond the Numbers | If anyone deserves to be in the Poker Industry Hall of Fame, it’s Jerry Stensrud. During his 25-year tenure at Commerce Casino, Stensrud helped develop Commerce Casino into the largest poker room in the world, a distinction it still holds today.

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Decline in popularity of 'table games' subject of industry conference

Decline in popularity of 'table games' subject of industry conference

posted on November 18, 2016 by

The decline in the popularity of so called “table games” in the gambling world is the subject of an industry conference that concluded Wednesday at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.

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South Point unleashes new gaming promotions for November

South Point unleashes new gaming promotions for November

posted on October 28, 2016 by

Featuring more than 2,100 guestrooms, South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa overlooks the famous Las Vegas Strip and the serenity of the surrounding mountainscape.

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Remaining odds and ends for table games at G2E

Remaining odds and ends for table games at G2E

posted on October 18, 2016 by

Winning Strategies | I’ve spent the last few weeks covering the table games I saw at the recent Global Gaming Expo here in Las Vegas. This week I’m going to cover the remaining games.

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A new member at the G2E table in AGS

A new member at the G2E table in AGS

posted on October 11, 2016 by

Winning Strategies | The table game landscape has changed quite a bit in the past few years. I don’t know where in the rank they fall, but they had the second largest table game display at the Global Gaming Expo two weeks ago. This week, I’ll give a brief review of the games of AGS.

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Golden Nugget Las Vegas spices up October with many deals

Golden Nugget Las Vegas spices up October with many deals

posted on October 11, 2016 by

The Golden Nugget Las Vegas is the most luxurious resort on the Fremont Street Experience, and consistently receives critical acclaim for exceeding customer expectations. 

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South Point lands a touchdown with football season promotions

South Point lands a touchdown with football season promotions

posted on October 11, 2016 by

South Point Hotel lands another touchdown with its latest football season promotions, ranging from food and beverage to gaming. In addition, South Point Sports Book, recognized as one of Las Vegas’ top sports books, features 24-hour sports betting windows and more than seven parlay card options.

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New GM/VP Nelson brings years of Asian casino experience to Palace Station

New GM/VP Nelson brings years of Asian casino experience to Palace Station

posted on September 20, 2016 by

Dye-ing to Know | The billboards near Chinatown send out the Palace Station message in Chinese: “We’re here for you.” In Scott Nelson’s case, it could read: “I’m back.”

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Table games inventors should take these tips to G2E

Table games inventors should take these tips to G2E

posted on September 13, 2016 by

Winning Strategies | Roger Snow is vice president for Scientific Games and heads up their table games division. I’ve worked with Roger for more than a decade and together we’ve invented countless successful table games and sidebets.

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