Jumat, 19 Desember 2008

Casino Las Vegas and Its Worst Slot Machines

This article is written by Steve K Smith. Visit his site at http://2las.com/2008/12/10/how-to-beat-a-slot-machine/. I divide the article into several postings.

Casino slot machines are really the backbone of any gambling operation. Slots were first added in casinos as a way to entertain wives and girlfriends as their men gambled at the table games or bet on horse races. Soon after slot machines started taking up more and more floor space and the one armed bandits had hijacked much of the gaming revenue. Casino operators realized they had discovered the perfect cash machine that worked 24 hours a day for free.

Minggu, 14 Desember 2008

Where Does the Jackpot Money Come From?

Usually the jackpots in a casino are at least one or two thousand dollars and often much more. Sometimes the casino or cardroom just puts up the money for the jackpot as a promotion. But many establishments take an extra dollar per hand to fund the jackpot on top of the usual house drop (per hand fee) collected for providing the poker game.

If you are truly interested in winning at poker, then you should dislike paying an extra dollar per hand Although a bad beat jackpot may seem like a fun thing. The chances of winning the jackpot in a casino are very low, and the extra fee from the casino or cardroom will just cut into your winnings.

You should always take the often overlooked issue of the house drop into account if you want to get serious about taking your poker game into the profit zone. Although a casino or cardroom needs to collect money for offering poker games, you certainly want to get the best value possible. The house drop, especially one with the extra burden of a bad beat jackpot fee, can sometimes make it impossible to do better than break even. This is one reason why the no-limit variety of poker, which tends to have larger pots, has taken off in popularity. The larger pots when compared to the few dollars collected for the house drop allow good poker players to earn a profit with their skills instead of spinning their wheels.

Rabu, 10 Desember 2008

Winning a Bad Beat Jackpot in a Casino

When the prize money is won by a casino player, it provides a windfall for every casino player at the table. Although the percentages applied to divide the jackpot among the casino players vary depending on the establishment, a typical example cuts the money 50 percent, 30 percent and 20 percent. Half of the money goes to the person who lost with his or her bad beat hand. This largest portion is meant to console the casino player for the amazingly unlucky loss. Then 30 percent goes to the actual winner of the hand, and the remaining 20 percent of the jackpot is divvied evenly among the other casino players at the table. You can imagine how festive the hitting of a bad beat jackpot is for the casino players at the table where it happens. This is why the jackpots are used as marketing devices by most poker venues.

Jumat, 05 Desember 2008

Casino Players The Jackpot Rules

When a casino or cardroom includes a bad beat jackpot with its poker games, each individual establishment decides the type of poker hand that serves as the threshold of the bad beat. For example, a common threshold is a full house consisting of three Aces and any other pair of cards. This hand is referred to as Aces-full. With an Aces full threshold, a bad beat that qualifies for the jackpot happens when a player with Aces-full loses to a higher hand, like Four-of-kind. Any losing hands higher than Aces-full also qualify because they exceed the minimum threshold.

Under these circumstances, a bad beat that would not qualify for the jackpot is a full house made up of three Kings and another pair because the good hand that lost did not meet the jackpot criteria. It is important to remember that this threshold varies from casino to casino. The house hosting the poker game can set its threshold at whatever it wants.

The next crucial rule that must be met by the casino player to win the jackpot is that the two players involved in the bad beat must use both of their hole cards to make their poker hands. In a game like Texas Hold'em casino players receive two hole cards face-down at the beginning of the hand. These are the cards that must be part of the final poker hands. If a casino player makes his or her hand from just the face-up cards on the board or only uses one hole card, then the hand does not meet the jackpot criteria. So, be sure to get clarification on this rule where you play because use of hole cards is a widespread rule.

Selasa, 02 Desember 2008

The Poker And The Casino

Casinos and cardrooms often promote their poker games by offering bad beat jackpots. Casinos give specific criteria need to be met by players before a bad beat jackpot is awarded, so be sure to know the rules where you are playing before getting excited about a possible jackpot win in a casino.

The meaning of bad beat.
When you come to a casino, you may find the words bad beats. Bad beats occur in poker games all the time. It is a basic concept in which a player with a really good hand has the extraordinarily bad luck to lose to a player who happened to have an even better hand at the same time. Casino players and poker jargon label this awful loss a bad beat.