The Slot Mathemagician Presents: More Math for Progressive Payouts

Last month we examined progressive jackpots to see how they affect real money slot machines’ theoretical hold and your casino in general. We saw that the amount contributed to a progressive jackpot must come from somewhere — either from the hold amount, the theoretical payout or a combination of both. In order to convert an …

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Increased Slot Floor Revenue from the Ortiz Standard

Ortiz Gaming has created the next evolutionary step in the slot floor with the Ortiz Standard. Using a complex combination of our proprietary unbendable math and hold models, an often-imitated game configuration, denomination control, a series of time-inchair methodologies, and a revenue-expanding buy-a-pay extra bonus ball feature, the Ortiz Standard not only increases win-per-unit but …

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Lessons for Casinos from the Brief History of Online Poker

Online poker is preparing for another seismic shift, this time from impending regulation in the United States. Once regulated, brick-and-mortar casinos will naturally begin to evaluate the business opportunity of starting, acquiring or managing their own online poker room. However, casino management would be wise to first sift through online poker’s history to glean valuable …

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IGT’s Wheel of Fortune Slot Pays Three Seven-Figure Jackpots in Four Weeks

The classic TV game show Wheel of Fortune has only minted three millionaires in 44 years, but the Wheel of Fortune slot machine recently paid out three seven-figure jackpots in the span of just four weeks. Designed by slot machine manufacturer International Game Technology (IGT), the Wheel of Fortune slot machine first hit casino floors …

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Steelman Partners Announces the Creation of Several New Companies

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Steelman Partners proudly announces the addition of new corporate entities to their portfolio of companies. Steelman Partners LLP is an established and respected company that provides entertainment architecture and master planning services to an international client base. Their new ownership group includes Paul Steelman, CEO and Ethan Nelson, President. The Steelman Partners ownership …

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The World’s Greatest Casino Cheat

Richard Marcus is the world’s greatest casino cheat. Richard Marcus could hurt your casino, but Richard Marcus wants to help you. Casino Rankings recently had the chance to speak with Richard Marcus, the man considered the greatest cheater in the history of legalized gaming. He has since retired and has a new career on the other …

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Aristocrat—VGT: Anatomy of a Merger

The new Easy Money Class II WAP marks the first fruit of collaboration between VGT and Aristocrat since the Australian company closed on its VGT acquisition last October. In the midst of megamergers involving the world’s biggest slot makers and lottery companies, Aristocrat Leisure Ltd. last year cut a deal worth nearly $1.3 billion to …

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Card-Marking Strategies Cheaters Deploy to Gain Edge on Table Game Play

Editor’s Note: In the third part of Bill Zender’s series on The Future of Marking Cards on Casino Games, he discusses some of the common casino games in which players touch the playing cards and the card-marking strategies cheaters use to gain unfair advantage. Cheaters mark cards to gain card information that gives them an …

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Michigan Casino Resort Refining Hospitality Customer Srevice with Kai Hotel

Acres 4.0 is debuting its Kai Hotel product at the Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Mich. The resort, owned and operated by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, already uses Kai to improve customer service on its casino floor.Guests already come to the picturesque Little River Casino Resort in northern Michigan to enjoy …

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Oaklawn Racing and Gaming: HBG’s Casino Expansion Design Hints of Horseracing Heritage

Hot Springs, Ark., is a lakefront resort town with a long and infamous history in the world of gaming. Once a haven for the rich and famous, the secluded town, located just southwest of Little Rock, became known as The Spa City—America’s First Resort, due to the area’s natural thermal spring waters long thought to …

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