Casino Restrictions

Restrictions on the type and rules of games and devices are tied to the ability of the government to effectively monitor play to prevent cheating and skimming, and to ensure proper accounting.

Control over the games and devices is easier, is less expensive, and requires fewer staff if fewer types of games are permitted, and the rules are set by statute or regulation.

A good example is the apprehension of persons who cheat at blackjack. A card maker can alter the backs of cards, and figure out the value of the dealer’s hole card in this game.

Knowledge of the hole card assumes the gambler of an advantage over the casino. Blackjack cheaters are so skillful that a novice can be told that a deck contains a marked card and be unable to identify the markings, while the card cheat can read the marking from across a room.

Another method of cheating is called ‘card crimping’. This is when someone actually deforms a card sometimes by bending a corner to make the card value readable to the crimper from the back and face of the card.

Other cheats will hold out one card from a discarded hand, and substitute it for another card during play.

Suppose, the gambler can hold out a jack from a discarded hand. If the dealer deals him a three down and a face card, the cheat can switch the three for the face card.

All of these methods of cheating can be minimized by requiring that all cards be dealt to gamblers face up, and prohibiting the gamblers from touching the cards.

Like other industries, the gaming industry is evolving— the casinos of today are significantly different from those of twenty years ago.

Catwalks in the ceilings from which security could look down to observe play have been replaced by sophisticated pan-tilt and zoom video cameras. In place of old mechanical slot machines are new microprocessor-controlled machines with 256,000 color monitors.

Most casinos now have coin changers, and some are even cashless. Gambler-tracking systems give the new casino operator immediate information on a gambler’s play.

Even some games have changed. Video poker has replaced the reel slot machine as the game of choice among slot gamblers in many casinos.

Table games, such as pai gow poker, red dog, and others, are new, and variations of existing games such as gambler’s choice 21, double-down stud, and …

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Casino Leaves Players Behind

Golden Palace, a leading online casino company, known for its zany publicity stunts and shocking purchases, is officially closing its virtual doors to its US fans and online casino players. Because of the recent legislation which passed in the US recently, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act has taken another online casinos casualty. Online gambling companies are turning their backs on their US patrons out of fear that they will break the law by offering their services to American online gamblers.

It is quite a shock to online casino players and fans that have been loyal to Golden Palace. With so many contests, and its ever famous Museum of Oddities, this online casino was always a destination for many online casino fans and headline-seeking people all over the world. This news will definitely hurt many online casino fans who have loved Golden Palace for so long. It will especially affect those who participated in the various advertising stunts the company sponsored.

Casino affiliates have been informed that Golden Palace online casino players will be transferred to Golden Casino. Golden Palace is neither a partner nor is it an affiliate with this online casino. However, many see this as an attempt to use brand recognition to send online casino players to a site which seems very similar, until players use the software. The exact date when US players will be locked out of Golden Palace has yet to be released.…

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Casino Gambling on Ballot

Gambling opponents are ready for a long, hard fight.

The Legislature fired the first shot on Wednesday, voting 31-16 to put a casino gambling constitutional amendment on the Nov. 2 ballot. It needed at least 30 votes to pass.

“They just fed us to the lions, honey,” said Pat Loontjer, director of anti-gambling group Gambling With the Good Life. “It’s a very sad day for the state of Nebraska.”

Loontjer said she was ready to educate Nebraskans about what she believes are the negative effects of gambling. One lawmaker, Sen. Lowen Kruse of Omaha, returned a pledge to the group saying he would do anything he could in the effort to defeat expanded gambling on the ballot, Loontjer said.

The Legislature’s plan would allow for two casinos anywhere in the state. Where those would be would be worked out later, but many expect at least one to be in Omaha. Slot machines would not be allowed anywhere outside the casinos.

It also would allow the state’s four American Indian tribes to contract with the state.…

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Ohio Cracks Down On Illegal Games Of Chance

The Attorney General Jim Petro wants to remind the people and the law enforcement officials in the locales that operators and players of the “skill-based amusement machines” or more commonly known as “Skill Games” may be disobeying the rule of law which states that if these gaming machines might be gambling equipment like the Slot Machines which are a forbidden on the Ohio Revise Code as “Scheme of Chance”. A scheme of Chance is defined in the laws of the state of Ohio as “a slot machine or other scheme in which a player gives importance for the chance to win a prize but does not include a skill based gaming machine. Using a gambling device is also against the state laws for liquor permit holders.

Attorney General Jim Petro’s have assisted the Ohio Department of Public Safety win a state liquor control commission ruling back in April 2006 that the amusement machines, appropriately named “Tic Tac Fruit” which are operated by a Fraternal Order of Eagles that are lodge in Pomeroy were in fact considered as electronic video gambling machines. The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2171, which carries a liquor permit holder, has appealed the commission’s ruling to the Franklin County Common Pleas Court, where it is still being heard. The Public Safety department, which is considered a statutory client of the Attorney General. They are the department that is responsible for investigating violations of the states liquor and rules. With the help of an expert testimony, Both Attorney General Jim Petro and the Public Safety Department successfully defended that the whole outcome of the play on the ‘Tic Tac Fruit’ gaming machines including the how much you could win and the losses, was determined by luck rather than the players own skill and the whole machine was made to guarantee a return of the profit to the operator regardless the level of the player’s skills regarding games of chance.

But the difference, under the state law, a gaming machine is not illegal if it really brings out the player’s skill in winning the game and if the player has a bigger part in the whole game and the outcome will not only be determined by pure chance and the outcome is not controlled bty rhe player who do not have any active participation in the game. Both the Attorney General and the public safety department also won …

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Guam Signature Campaign on Final Day

The signature campaign reaches its final batch today, if the requisite number of signatures reaches 5,000 that will allow it to be included in this year’s General Election in Guam. Not only is the proposal to make slot machines legal but also to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21.

In 2002, a group of prominent local businessman introduced a proposition to legalize casino gambling, but it didn’t reach the ballot on time and it was included on the 2004 General Election ballot then.

Residents engaged in island wide debates over other the many benefits and harms of legalized gambling. Students protests, media buzz and awareness campaigns spurred.

The supporters of casinos said that it is much needed for the economy with so many benefit. In the end, the casino gambling proposition failed by a margin of more than 7,800 votes during the general election.

Unlike the proposition made in 2004, the slot machine gambling initiative does not aim to legalize any type of gambling other than slot machines. The initiative explicitly identifies “pari-mutuel racing facilities,” a type of gambling associated with dog racing.

With an August 3rd deadline to submit signatures; the public knows that there is little time left for the public to debate about slot gambling issues now. However, residents are asking for better guidelines so they would understand exactly what it is that they are looking at.

Resident, Bertha Duenas said that the often-used argument that gambling will benefit the island’s economy doe not apply to Guam because their economic declines should be attributed to poor fiscal management in the government.…

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Gives Approval

One of California’s richest tribes plans to open a third casino in the Palm Springs area, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is planning to announce a deal Tuesday, August 8. An expected deal is to close between Schwarzenegger and the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians that would permit the tribe to open with up to 5,000 Slot Machines.

Currently the tribe has an authorized 2,000 slot machines in its two casinos. Last year, they were the governor’s antagonists.

Nancy Conrad, Agua Caliente’s press secretary said, “The tribe would not be signing a deal tomorrow if we weren’t happy with this. I think it is a good deal on several different fronts.”

Under Administration officials’ conditions, they should not be identified, noting that the deal remains unsigned. But there is an agreement said the tribe’s representative.

Having spent $17 million on state campaigns since 2004, Agua is among the most politically active tribes in the nation. By signing a deal with Agua, Schwarzenegger ensures that the band will not spend any of its millions to unseat him in the November election.

Under the new arrangement, Agua will increase its payment to the state for its slot machines by several million dollars annually, from current $11.9 million to an increase of $23.4 million.…

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Former School Worker Wins $2 Million

On March 14, 2007, Marguerit Pittman, a former school district worker from the Pemberton Township, won a total of $2.4 million while playing the Wheel of Fortune slot machine at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa.

Ms. Pittman just needed $0.05 to play at the machines. She first visited the Borgata casino last April and returned at least once a month. Just last month she experienced some luck at the casino slots and used the voucher she won from her previous trip.

Pittman had around $800 at one point, yet she continued to lose. But her luck changed around 2:30 a.m. when she changed her seat. She recalls that she decided to change her seat to see if she could change her luck and she did on the very next pull. Pittman said that the machine started flashing the message “call the attendant” and at first she was scared, but that emotion quickly switched to happiness when Pittman called the attendants. They came to the machine and verified that she had won the jackpot!

62 year-old Pittman retired from her clerical job at the Pemberton School District almost 3 years ago. She currently lives in Brown Mills, New Jersey. She plans to take a vacation with her husband and give some money to her children and grandchildren. According to Pittman, her awesome win still hasn’t sunk in. She said that she believed her good fortune when she actually saw the money. Pittman added that her family is really happy about her win.…

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Ex-Pittsburgh Councilman Sala Udin

On April 3, 2007, Ex-Pittsburgh City Councilman, Sala Udin, announced to state legislators that the official slot machines license supplier does not have any power because the legislation change of the law in the middle of the slots game.

Sala Udin, Head of Gaming Ventures LLC, commented that the state should pay back the $25,000 to his company and thousands of dollars to the other suppliers because the state legislature removed the main requirement that the casinos should buy their own machines from licensed suppliers.

The expenses that the company incurred included state fees, as well as legal and start-up expenses. Udin said that they have followed all the rules. But last year, the gambling reform law passed by the legislation reduced the value of their supplier’s license.

The slots law of 2004 will require the casinos to acquire their machines through the supplier and not from the manufacturers. Groups in favor of the law said that it will help create jobs in Pennsylvania.

However, with the change in the laws last year, the legislature decided to remove the middle man, saying that many them were politically connected and that the added cost was unnecessary. The slot suppliers said that they have a license to provide the casinos which they can acquire without their help.

Don DeCarbo, President of Parkside Gaming Inc. in New Castle, asked why a manufacturer would utilize a supplier when they can discuss business directly with the casinos?

According to Susan Hensel, Director of Licensing for the Gaming Control Board, there are about 16 companies who have a supplier license. The legislators seemed supportive of paying the companies back the $25,000 licensing cost, but will not do so until they talk to the 10 other businesses with supplier licenses.

Sala Udin commented that he knows about 5 companies that have spent about $800,000. He said that these expenses will continue to grow as most of the suppliers come out. Udin stated that they are thinking of any legal possibilities that they can use.

Rep. Will Gabig, a Republican from Carlisle, commented that the companies should shoulder some of the cost, like the lawyers’ fees. He said that there is no guarantee in these matters so the companies should not expect much.…

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Ultimate Roulette System

Samuel Blankson, the developer of the Ultimate Roulette System, has released a trial version of his reknowned Roulette Gambling software.

The trial version of Ultimate Roulette System was not available in the gambling market before because the previous owner tried to restrict the circulation of Ultimate Roulette System.

Ultimate Roulette System will allow roulette players the chance to win at roulette on a daily basis. They can earn income, invest their money and have a guaranteed return of income by playing roulette and using the Ultimate Roulette System.

However due to the demand from the gambling world, the Ultimate Roulette System and the Super Ultimate Roulette System are now also available for trial versions.

The trial versions offer one quarter of the complete retail versions. And though on the trial version, some of the features are disabled, the roulette player can still experience how the Ultimate Roulette System and the Super Roulette System really works.

The URS uses a single dozen bet while the Super URS uses a double dozen bet. Both systems are well tested and they really give accurate results as they use a stake list and automatic stake management system.

Using the system the players can generate income on a daily basis that can range from ten percent to one hundred percent winnings.…

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Roulette Winnings in June Drop

The Gaming Control Board announced that the gaming revenues for the month of June have dropped.

The roulette wins in Las Vegas casinos had a drop of nineteen percent while statewide roulette dropped by more than fourteen percent.

Despite the roulette decline, the board announced that the roulette wins statewide were more than twenty three million dollars to which over seventeen million dollars was from the Las Vegas casinos.

Gov. Kenny Guinn said that the decrease in roulette wins and other casino games are blamed on increasing gas prices.

Frank Streshley of the Nevada State Gaming Board Control said that he had not discussed it with the casinos in the rural areas but according to him the Las Vegas casinos are still strong and positive about the industry.

According to the figures, baccarat is the only game that has soared with twenty two percent or an equivalent of more than forty one million dollars.

Aside from the Roulette Games, the slot wins have dropped to a seven percent low on the Strip while craps had a thirty three percent decline statewide and a forty one percent decrease on the Strip.

Meanwhile, blackjack had over eighteen percent decline statewide and a twenty six percent drop on the Strip.…

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