Aspects of Playing For Complimentary Gifts (Comps) From Casinos – Enhancing Player Expected Value

Casinos compete for gambler’s time and money by compensating them with complimentary gifts (comps). These comps involve free drinks, meals, free or reduced rate rooms, show tickets and extend to RFB (all costs for room,food,and beverage), airfare reimbursement or flyback certificates, and Super Bowl tickets. Comp programs are inherently designed to build customer loyalty and to foster return visits with the patron’s wallets and/or purses in hand. Customers do not have to be high-rollers to receive these incentives; many low-midlevel gamblers can and do receive a surprising amount of freebies and discounts. This is particularly relevant presently in part due to the current state of our general economy; in Las Vegas, visitor counts and gambling bankrolls have dipped significantly and this has increased comp offers from gaming properties in their attempt to encourage gamblers to enter their doors. On a recent (late October,2008) nine day stay in Vegas, my wife and I didn’t have to pay for a single night’s stay (all comped rooms) and we are absolutely not upper crust gamblers. Our gambling efforts involve blackjack at 10 – 25 dollar minimum bet tables and penny or nickel denomination slots and video poker with bets ranging from 40 cents to $ 2.00 per spin.

Comp awards are generally determined by average bet x hours played x bets per hour x expected house edge x % casino comp return to players (generally ranges 25 – 40% of expected win by the casino). For example, let’s assume you play a decent blackjack game (player favorable rule set and you play accurate basic strategy) and your average bet is 10 dollars per hand. If you play an “average ” 6-deck shoe game you can expect to see 60 – 80 hands per hour if the table involves 3 or 4 other players. Many casinos use 60 hands per hour and a house edge of 2% when figuring their expected dollar returns from players and resultant comp calculations. Most casinos will return approximately 40% of their expected win back to a player in the form of comps. For the above game, let’s assume you play 5 hours (hopefully at more than one table); a reasonable comp calculation would be $10 (average bet) X 5 (hours played) X 60 (hands/hr.) X .02 (house edge) X .40 (proportionate casino return to players). This means cumulatively you wagered approximately $ 3000.00 (surprised?) X .02 = $60.00 X .40 = $24.00 in earned comps.

A key tip to remember about comps while in Las Vegas or elsewhere…ASK for them..in a courteous manner. At some Vegas properties, you might be required to wager $15 or $25 per hand to even get rated for table game comps. Some off-strip Las Vegas casinos are more liberal with their meal comps than many of the Strip locales; on several different trips I’ve played for 2-3 hours at the Orleans with a 10 -20 dollar average bet and have never had a problem obtaining buffet comps for two when asked for appropriately. There is a huge variation in comp programs between casinos and corporate gaming entities. Players should determine where they like to play and avail themselves of comp program specifics at a given locale. Don’t be surprised if a player’s club representative / host is vague about precisely how they calculate earned comps; awarded comps can vary with season and any factor that increases patronage (weekends vs weekday, holidays, major events / conventions). Low to midlevel players will find it more difficult to get comped during these high traffic situations at times. It’s suggested that gamblers familiarize themselves with a slots / table games host that they are comfortable with; generally speaking, it’s a good idea to solicit a host of the opposite gender. Communicating with a host can lead to real dollar value for future visits (minimize losses / enhance winnings); part of a host’s job is to enhance the player’s experience while gambling. At many properties, pit bosses can award meal comps. Key elements for playing an enhanced-value comp game are to gamble within your prescribed bankroll, playing games with lower house advantage, know the property comp program, and ASK. On the other hand, “chasing” comps (ie playing too long just to obtain a meal) can lead to increased overall gambling losses, particularly if you’re losing hand after hand, dice roll after dice roll, or slot pull after slot pull. Common sense applies.

Blackjack is an excellent game to acquire comps due to generally lower house odds when compared to all other casino games provided players select games with player-favorable rules and learn accurate basic strategy for the specific game played. If a player avails themselves of these conditions and employs tactics that decrease the speed of the game (fewer hands played per hour), they have employed some basic tactics to enhance their comp accrual. Factors that can slow down a game include playing at crowded tables, talking with other players regularly while the game is in progress, extending decision times on hand plays, and taking frequent bathroom breaks or cell phone call breaks. Another tactic to enhance comp accrual at blackjack involves increased bet levels when pit bosses and / or table hosts are observing specific play; these should enhance your table play ratings and accrued comp levels. Bet levels can be reduced if desired when one is not being scrutinized by casino staff members.

Slot / video poker (VP) play tracking for comps requires that players have their player’s club cards inserted and inserted properly to accumulate points; always determine that this is the case and periodically check during sessions at a given machine. Video poker generally offers higher payback return percentages vs slot machines but comps for VP play are generally less for the same wagers / time played as compared to slots. It’s a standard casino tradeoff mechanism. If you find a casino that you like to play in, you enjoy the slots, and you have ample time, I believe it’s possible to identify some particular machines that exhibit a higher payback percentage than others (we know this is fact; the key is in identifying them). Generally speaking, the higher denomination machines have higher payback percentages (ie $1 slots vs penny machines); your ability to play these will depend on your bankroll and a money management scheme that involves common sense. There are wide variations in payback percentages even among penny slots; observation, common sense, and a willingness to play these games can lead to identifying some of the better paying machines. The key is to not get soaked for a huge loss expecting that next pull..and the next one..to result in a big payout. Regarding slot machines, we suggest a stop-loss approach. We always stop playing a given machine if we’ve reached 40 – 50% of the original buy-in amount (ie $20 -25 dollars credit remaining following a $50.00 original buy-in). Admittedly, the average slot machine will drain your bankroll but if players can identify the higher payback machines (by observation and actual play) these are reasonable alternatives for accumulating comps. Video poker with solid paytables (minimally 9/6 Jacks Or Better or Double Bonus; this paytable means the machine offers a 9 for 1 payout on a full house and 6 for 1 on a flush) is an excellent means to accrue comps (albeit slower relative to most slot machines at the same wager levels). It’s important to realize that the key factor is identifying the machines with greater payback percentages (ie “full-pay” machines or those with close to 100% payback over time, though individual sessions can and do still result in losses, of course).

While seeking out individual casinos to play any game, always seek out player’s club promotions (eg point multiplier days, blackjack enhancements) and use gambling coupons (blackjack match play and first -card ace coupons); use of these will enhance player expectation through increased returns / minimized losses while playing the comp game. The current economic climate in Las Vegas specifically, though generally down, is conducive to comp offer acquisition.

Good cards…

Chuck60 @ Frugally Vegas

Mobile Casino Games – Part One

Nowadays hardly anybody will be surprised at online games. But the technology forges ahead, now you can play not only at home, but almost in any point of the world. I am talking about mobile casino games. Everybody has a mobile phone (smartphone, PDA, Palmtop Computers), the coverage is increasing, so the possibilities for playing are impressive. Let us have a look what mobile casinos and mobile poker rooms offer us.

Mobile casinos entered the market of mobile games earlier, therefore, there is much more variety here now. Mobile casino games are offered by gambling technology specialists Spin3 (a company that is associated with major casino games software provider “Microgaming”), as well as “Play Tech”. So far only a limited number of online casinos with the software of these companies offer mobile casino games, but their number is gradually growing. There are a number of mobile casinos with their proprietary software affiliated to large online gaming companies, as well as independent mobile casinos. It should be stated at once that it is better to play in mobile casinos, which are represented by famous and well known online casinos: it is more reputable, more convenient, more depositing and winning withdrawal options, reliable customer support etc.

Starting to play mobile casino games a player has to open an account in a corresponding online casino. Sometimes it is possible to do it through a mobile phone, but it is more convenient to do it through a computer, the internet and mobile account are the same as a rule. The majority of deposit methods, in particular, all the electronic payment systems, will also work only through a computer client, though, the player can make a deposit from a card directly by means of a mobile phone. Downloading your favourite casino games on a mobile it is also convenient to have a computer at hand – complete a special registration form on the casino web site, enter your phone number, select a country and a game and receive an SMS- message on your phone with the direct link for downloading.

Again, in principle, it is possible to open a WAP version of the casino using the mobile and download games directly from there, but it is less convenient. In contrast to an online casino where you can download the whole package of games, games are downloaded here one by one, and the choice is not so wide, approximately ten games: black jack, baccarat, roulette, video poker, keno and various slots. The games are not very big, about 200-300 Kb. It is not difficult to guess that there are certain requirements for your mobile phone. As a matter of fact the majority of contemporary phones meet the mobile casinos requirements. On the sites of mobile casinos it is possible to check whether they will work on your phone.

The game is downloaded, you have a login and a password, the money is on the account and you can start playing. I will only make a remark that for safety purposes in contrast to online casino in mobile phones it is impossible to record the password, therefore, if you lose a phone, casino money will not be lost.

Royal Flush Skill Stop Slot Machine Review

When you go to the casino are you a slot-player who thinks getting that Royal Flush and how to Win at Slot Machines are the only things that matter? If you are, you have to check out the Royal Flush Skill Stop Slot Machine. These Slot Machines For Sale offer the excitement of the big casino right in your own home. Each of these Casino Slot Machines come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty, which includes every part on your slot machine except the light bulbs. You’ll get 200 tokens with your Royal Flush Skill Stop Slot Machine and if that’s not enough, you can get more; up to 500 if desired.

On every Video Slot Machine, custom labels are displayed so YOU control the power and volume settings. What is a Skill Stop machine? They feature “skill stop” reels where you control when to stop them – a big advantage to regular slot play and an invitation for your friends to beat you!

The filed and sanded cabinets on these machines are exquisite with a lush finish, chrome extras, and high-quality paint. Some designs of the Royal Flush Skill Stop Slot Machine offer interactive video screens for even more in depth play.

These machines of beauty easily fit into your game room or any area of your home. At 32 inches tall, 18 inches wide, 12 inches deep, and only 85 pounds, they are easy to move to any area of your home or rearrange in any room. They are so convenient – get two!

Why get two? Each Royal Flush Skill Stop Slot machine’s reels vary giving you the opportunity to own two machines with very different reels of skill and fun. Just as the big casinos do, you can bet from one to three coins with three being the maximum bet. You and your friends and family will have hours of fun and you don’t need fill up your car with expensive gas to get big casino fun! Don’t put your grandparents on that bus that takes them to a casino, instead have them over for pizza, beer, and fun with your very own Royal Flush Skill Stop Slot Machine.

Other features on this slot-play machine include a security key, reset switch, and optional skill level differentials. The easy to read operating manual discusses every feature and operation on your Slot Machines Game and if you still need help, the manual offers a toll-free number for a customer service representative who can answer all your questions. The Royal Flush Skill Stop Slot Machine operates in any 110-volt outlet and comes fully assembled.

An asset to your home, this Antique Slot Machine is as close as you will ever come to the feel of a big casino without being there. Bursting with sound and lights, you’ll feel the “gamer” inside you emerge and you’ll be the envy of all of your friends. Invite your friends over for a challenge and see who possesses the best skill by controlling the reels to get that Royal Flush. Hurry, we know you must have your very own Royal Flush Skill Stop Slot Machine today!

His First Real Poker Game

Perry had been playing poker for years with his buddies. It started in college. Their weekly home games involved some pretty crazy versions of Poker. Games with names like Casino, Fiery Cross, 2-2-1, Pineapple, and “Deuces, Jacks, Man with the Ax, but a Pair of Natural 7’s Wins the Pot” were just some of the unique games they played. Oh sure, they would play “Texas Hold ‘Em.” But Hold ‘Em was one of the purer games that they played, and only occasionally. Perry was used to playing “Dealer’s Choice” (as the “deal” passes to the left of the previous dealer, the new dealer decides what game will be dealt with the new hand).

Now in his mid-20’s, it was a unique experience for him when he went to a real Poker room for the first time to play in a real Poker game. He chose to play “Hold ‘Em.” It would be strange for him to play the same game, hand after hand. But he looked forward to seeing what it was like to play poker in the largest Poker Room in the world.

When he walked in the door and entered the Main Room, he was not prepared for what he would see. The room was huge, and he had never seen so many poker tables in his life. Watching tournaments on TV don’t really give the viewer a true feel of what a big Poker Room looks like.

There were several different games to choose from in the Poker room: Hold ‘Em, 7 Card Stud, and Omaha. Perry decided ahead of time that he wanted to play Hold ‘Em. Once he was in the Casino, he had to decide whether to play a limit game or a no-limit game. Then there was the choice of what stakes to play. Perry didn’t feel that he was ready for a no-limit game, so he decided on the $2-$4 limit Hold ‘Em game.

He searched around the large room trying to figure out how to find the $2-$4 game. This particular Poker Club is a loud place. Public announcements are being made, calling players to available seats from several locations throughout the room. There are cocktail waitresses, food servers, and porters running up & down the aisles taking care of the customers. There are even Massage Therapists giving “Chair Massages” to players as they are playing their hands. It was a lot of sensory stimulation for this guy on his first visit.

Perry noticed that there were men & women dressed in tuxedos (called Floor People) scattered throughout the room. He decided to ask one of them to point out the $2-$4 Hold ‘Em tables. When they found Perry a seat, his heart began to beat faster with excitement. They sat him in seat #9, directly to the dealer’s right. Perry pulled $50 from his wallet, and the dealer exchanged his cash for 50 $1 chips. These were the first professional Poker Chips that Perry had ever held in his hands. His excitement continued.

He was playing at a full table. The Big Blind was one position to his right, which meant that Perry was the first to act. He looked at his two cards which were a 7 of hearts and a Deuce of Spades. Everyone will agree that a 7/Deuce off-suit is the worst Hold ‘Em hand one can be dealt (perhaps Perry should have seen this as an omen). He folded his hand. But he watched intently as the rest of the hand progressed.

Playing a game of Poker at a table full of strangers is definitely different than playing with a table full of one’s buddies.

As the game continued, Perry began to relax, and was able to focus on his cards. Unfortunately for him, the river card always seemed to be a hand killer for him. So many times he thought he had the winning hand, and then the river card would hit the table, and he just knew that someone else made their straight or their flush, and his 2 pair would not be able to stand up. And so often, he was right.

Besides learning about Poker at this Poker Club, Perry also had to learn from whom to order a beverage to pay the least amount of money. Perry decided to stay sober at his first professional experience, so he was ordering Pepsi. When a Porter came by, and Perry ordered a Pepsi, he was charged $1. Later, when the cocktail waitress offered him a drink, the Pepsi cost $1.75. And when a food server was delivering a meal to one of the people at his table, he ordered another Pepsi, which cost him 50 cents. Live and learn. My suggestion is to always order from the food server, so you can throw them a buck, and they get a 50 cent tip out of it.

When his money ran out, Perry decided not to re-buy. He was done for the night. This was a smart move for his first Casino Poker experience. He then walked around the room and watched other games of varying stakes. He saw pots of hundreds of dollars being won. He thought how he could never play in those higher stake games. When he walked out of the Casino, he was tired and his mind was spinning.

Perry was fascinated by his real Poker experience. He was able to see Poker in a completely different light. He still participates in his weekly game with friends. But now there is talk at his table about several of his buddies getting together and going to the Poker Club to see what it’s all about. So next week at the buddy game, there should be some very interesting dialog about their professional experiences.

It’s important to remember to change up one’s style of play when one makes a switch from a private game with friends to a Casino game with strangers.

Baccarat – A Casino Card Game With III Phases and a Bit of History

Before I explain this Baccarat game that dates back to the 15th Century, let’s review a brief bit of history. Americans got their first real glimpse of this casino game during the 1962 James Bond movie, Dr. No, when Bond, played by Sean Connery, was winning in a Monte Carlo casino. The game was Chemin de fer.

Phase I – Chemin de fer

In this original version Players wagered among themselves and won or lost with their own money. A dealer shoe rotated around the table counterclockwise after each hand. Players could decline the bank and pass the shoe to the next player. A 5% commission for winning bank hands paid to the house was to cover the casino overhead.

Phase II – Punto Banco

Punto Banco, meaning Player, Banker, was introduced in Nevada from Cuba in the late 1950’s, where it was very popular until Castro closed he mob run casinos. The main difference from the French version is that the house banks the game. A tie bet was added to increase the house edge, and the 5% commission to the house for a winning bank bet remains in place. Eventually the name baccarat, Italian for zero, was coined. Today baccarat is played in high limit rooms throughout the world where millions are won and lost each day.

Phase III – Mini-Baccarat

Eventually gaming establishments saw profit potential with Baccarat however they had to make it attractive to the average player. Hence, a new version was born, Mini-Baccarat.The rules for this game are exactly the same as Punto Banco except one house dealer controls he game for up to seven players. Table minimums are as low as $5 or $10. Numerous optional side bets have been added to increase the house edge.

How to Play Baccarat

The objective of baccarat is for the player to come as close to the number 9 as possible. Aces count as one, 2’s – 9’s are face value and 10’s – K’s count as zero.

Regardless of the number of players, the dealer only deals two hands from a six or eight deck shoe. Prior to the deal players must first place one bet on either the bank hand, player hand, or tie. Croupiers pass the shoe so players have the option in turn to deal the cards. In Mini-Baccarat, the shoe remains in place and the dealer controls all the action.

When a hand is totaled, it cannot exceed 9. If the two cards total more than 9, the first digit is dropped. The second digit becomes the total. Ex: 7,8=15. (the 1 is dropped) total = 5.

Baccarat requires no skill to play. All the player needs to do is place one bet before the deal. The dealer examines both hands to determine if a third and final card should be drawn. The determination is made according to a fixed set of game rules. Here they are:

Game Rules for Player Bet

The player position always draws on a 0, 1, and 2,3,4,5, unless the banker has a natural 8 or 9. Player always stands on 6,7,8, and 9. When the play bet has a natural 8 or 9, the game is over.

Game Rules for Banker Bet

The banker position always draws on a 0, 1, and 2 unless the player has a natural 8 or 9. The banker always stands on 7,8, and 9. When a banker has a natural 8 or 9, the game is over.

Strategy

No playing strategy is required. Always bet the bank which has the lowest house edge at 1.06%, even with the 5% commission owed to the house. A player bet has a house edge of 1.24% while the tie bet that pays 8 to 1 has a whopping house edge of 14%!. This bet is not recommended. A number of optional side bets at the mini tables have house edges from 2 to 13%. These are not recommended.

Good luck!

Texas Holdem Bonus: No Poker Face? No Problem – Just Beat the Casino Dealer to Win This Table Game

There are poker rooms galore in most major casinos worldwide. Perhaps you’ve seen the action during your visit(s),but had reservations about playing the game of choice for most poker players, Texas Holdem, for fear of intimidation from seasoned players. If so, you should try the table game called Texas Holdem Bonus. If you can’t hold a poker face, no problem. The objective is to beat the casino dealer, just as you would in Blackjack and most other table games.

How Texas Holdem Bonus is Played

  • One single 52 card is used. All players must first make an Ante wager. An optional Bonus bet if chosen must also be made at this time.
  • All players and the dealer receive two face down hole cards. Players must decide to either Fold or make an additional bet to see the Flop, which is a bet to see the next three community cards, which can be used by all players to complete their best five card poker hand. The flop bet must be twice the ante amount.
  • After the flop, players may either check(make no bet bu remain in the hand), of make a Turn bet, which is a bet to see the fourth community card. The turn bet must be equal to the ante. The players may check again or make a bet equal to the ante to see the fifth and final River card.

Players and dealer then play heads up to make their best five-card hand using the hole cards and the community cards.The best poker hand wins.

If the house dealer wins, the player loses all wagers except the bonus bet if made. If the player wins, he flop, turn, and river bets pay even money. For the player to get paid on the ante bet s/he must have at least a flush or higher. (Some casinos pay for a straight or higher.) Otherwise the bet pushes.

If bet, the bonus payout is based on the players two hole cards and will be paid even if s/he loses the original hand.

Bonus Bet Pay Table

Bonus pay tables do vary between jurisdictions. Here is a common one:

Player Cards Payout

  • Player/Dealer A, A- 1,000/1 (Not offered everywhere)
  • A, A- 30/1
  • A, K, suited 25/1
  • A, Q, or A, J, suited-. 20/1
  • A, K, unsuited- 15/1
  • KK, QQ, JJ- 10/1
  • A,Q, or A, J, unsuited- 5/1
  • 2,2 through 10,10- 3/1 (Not offered everywhere)

Recommended Strategy

Players should fold an unsuited 2/3 through 2/7. Otherwise bet the flop.

Be aware that you will need a decent stake to buy in. If you play at a $5 minimum table and you bet all positions, flop, turn, and river, including the bonus, one hand will cost you $30.

The house edge is about 2% but jumps to 8% when the optional bonus bet is made.

Good Luck!

Online Poker Rooms

Poker has now started dominating the online gaming industry, offering round-the-clock poker tournaments. All that is required for online poker is a computer with Internet connection. An online poker room is actually a company that allows players to use its software to participate in the poker game. Online poker rooms generally make profit by incurring a percent of money from most of the played pot, known as rake. In real, rakes range between 5 and 20%. But, online poker rooms charge only 5% as rake, since the overhead expenses are low.

Before selecting an online poker room, it is vital to check whether its connections are protected by a reliable Internet security firm. Another requirement for online poker room is a license from a trusted gaming commission. The next is to check whether the poker room offers unique features like multi-table features, personalization features, and operating system compatibility. Player traffic also plays an important role in online poker rooms. The larger the traffic, the more games you can participate in and the more players you may win or lose against.

In addition, the level of bonuses and promotions of online poker rooms must be checked for. But, beware of scams involved in it. For instance, some online poker rooms advertise to offer huge bonuses. Sometimes, it may not be a scam. However, it is always advisable to play in respectable poker rooms, offering reasonable bonuses. Other important factors to be considered for selecting an online poker room are financial stability, accessible customer service, and ease of competitions. Player reviews are regarded as one of the best sources to compare various online poker rooms and choose an appropriate online poker room.

Online poker rooms include poker rooms of large online poker networks and independent poker rooms. A poker room belonging to online poker networks is called a skin. Some of the top names in poker networks with online poker rooms are The Cryptological Network, iGlobal Media, Prima Poker, and The Tribeca network. Among the significant independent poker rooms are Poker Champs, Pacific Poker, and Paradise Poker.

The Old West Petticoat Dealer "Madame Mustache"

Eleanore Dumont, known as “Madame Mustache in the frontier gambling saloons, was truly one of the historical phenomenons of that era. As a young petticoat dealer, she became a “super star” dealing twenty-one on the gambler’s gypsy circuit that roamed throughout the West.

There is debate about Dumont’s birthplace; some say that she was a French born immigrant named Simone Jules while others say she was born in New Orleans around 1829. What is known is that a Madame Simone Jules rolled into San Francisco’s Bella Union Saloon and Gambling Hall in the spring of 1850, took over a roulette table, and created a major sensation. Forty-niners, hungry for a mere glimpse of a beautiful woman were staggered by the young Frenchwoman with creamy alabaster skin, shinning black eyes, a flirtatious smile, and long dark tresses that fell to her shoulders. Within a few days men were standing in line to lose their gold dust to the demure mademoiselle that on very close inspection showed a thin line of downy hair on her upper lip.

The Bella union was packed night and day with players eager to see or play against the marvelous Madame Jules. Not to be outdone the other gambling halls quickly imported French women to preside over their roulette wheels. Over the next few years, women croupiers or dealers became the headliners for most of the gambling operations throughout Portsmouth Square. Then as suddenly as she had appeared Madame Jules disappeared from the scene and her name was not mentioned again in any records or newspaper reports.

Several years later in 1854, a stagecoach rolled onto the dusty streets of Nevada City, California, and a well-rounded young woman emerged. Dressed in fine Parisian clothes and expensive jewels, the whole city was set on its ear by the mysterious raven-haired French woman that descended from the coach. She was small and dainty, with doe-like eyes, a mane of curly dark hair, and just a slight hint of diaphanous down on her upper lip. She said her name was Madame Eleanore Dumont and offered nothing about her past – an inscrutable woman of mystery.

Satisfied with her transformation to Madame Dumont the gambling vixen rented a place in the center of town and hung up a sign naming her establishment, the “Vingt-Et-Un” (French for “twenty-one”). Citizens all over town received invitations to visit Broad Street and enjoy a game with Madame Dumont. Though there were over a dozen gambling halls in Nevada City, the Vingt-Et-Un was the undisputed queen of the sporting crowd. Twenty-one was Dumont’s game of choice and she was a master at the game, sweetly expressing regret as she raked in her winnings. When she closed up her table, she would order bottles of champagne to treat the losers, leading most miners to say that they “would rather lose to the Madame than win from somebody else.”

Miners and townsfolk flocked to the establishment, drawn both by the attraction of winning money and the charisma and wit of the French hostess. Decorum was strictly enforced, customers could not engage in brawling or using vulgar language; strangely enough, the rough crowd of miners found it impossible to resist the polite requests of the tantalizing owner. In a very short time, she moved her operation to larger quarters where she added faro, chuck-a-luck, roulette tables, and a staff of dealers. She called her new gambling hall the Dumont Palace and hired a Nevada City gambler named Dave Tobin to be her manager-partner.

Then over the next two years, the money rolled in on a daily basis, so much so that Tobin, who had moved in with Dumont at the National Hotel, wanted to take control of the operation. When he tried to make his move Dumont flew into a rage – just because they shared a bed did not make him the boss of the outfit. She gave him an ultimatum; if he did not like the arrangement then “get the hell out.” He certainly did not like the setup so after a final settlement he slipped out of Nevada City and headed back east.

When the gold in Nevada City eventually ran dry, Eleanore sold her operation and began a tour of the other mining camps of northern California. She opened her game in the Yuba River settlements of Bullard’s Bar, Downieville, and Sierra City; then moved on to mining camps on the Feather River and later the Klamath. In 1857 she dealt twenty-one in George Foster’s City Hotel in Columbia for more than a year before she moved on to Virginia City where she managed a swanky joint that boasted furnishings valued at over $30,000. It was during these series of California mining camps that she added the “extras” to her table operations – a visit to her boudoir requiring a “room charge.”

Dumont left for the gold strikes in Idaho and Montana in the early 1860s and by the end of her tour, she was approaching her thirtieth birthday. The passing years had not been kind to her; the long nights of cards and debauchery began to take its toll, and her once-legendary appearance slowly started to fade. Looking jaded and spent, she lost her hour-glass figure and what was years before only a faint hint of fuzz on her upper lip, had begun to darken – earning her the sobriquet-Madame Mustache.

At Bannack, she teamed up with man by the name of McHarney in a two-story gambling saloon that featured upstairs cribs for quick trysts with the young dancehall girls that worked the saloon below. They had the operation up and going for only a short time before her partner was shot to pieces in a gun battle with another gambler named MacFarlane. What to do? Never missing a beat Dumont had the bloody corpse dragged away, fresh sawdust scattered on the floor, and the saloon swung back into action as if nothing had ever happened. Then she hustled down to the jail to post a one thousand dollar bail for MacFarlane, who in less than an hour after the killing agreed to be her new partner. Yes sir, the Frenchwoman never missed an enterprising opportunity.

Coming out of Bannack, Dumont headed to Fort Benton, a hustling-bustling supply point for the Montana goldfields. Here she duplicated her previous operation that featured booze, beauties, and betting. However, the luster was gone from her earlier emporiums where elegance and decorum was paramount. She was reduced to operating in a low-rent dive. Steamboat captain, Louis Rosche described Dumont’s gambling saloon:

“The inside of the gambling house was worse looking even than the outside. The bar and the gaming rooms were housed in one big downstairs room. A rickety set of stairs led up to a second-floor balcony where I saw doors leading to about a dozen smaller rooms. The place was foggy with smoke and smelled of sweating, unwashed bodies and cheap whiskey. The floor was filthy… Faintly from one of the upstairs rooms I could hear the gibberish of a drunken man and the high, shrill laughter of a woman who was quite sober.”

Dumont bounced from one location to another until she decided it was time to retire from the gambling life so she bought a cattle ranch in California and for a short time tried to make a go of it in honest work. Quickly realizing she had no idea how to run a ranch she hooked up with a smooth-talking man named Jack McKnight who claimed to be a savvy cattle buyer. Handsome and well-dressed, McKnight promised her he could take care of everything and they tied the knot. With the ink barely dry on their marriage certificate McKnight did just that – he took everything she had and absconded.

Forced to return to the only thing she knew how to do Dumont hit the mining camps and eventually landed in Deadwood in the fall of 1876. She dealt twenty-one in various saloons and was observed by John F. Finerty, a journalist for the Chicago Times. In an article, he wrote: “She had a once-handsome face, which crime had hardened into an expression of cruelty. Her eyes glittered like that of a rattlesnake and she raked in the gold dust or chips with hands whose long white fingers, sharp at the ends, reminded me of a harp’s talons.”

Reduced to barely eking by as a dealer in low-class gambling dens, Dumont finally drifted into Bodie, California, in 1879. By this point, she was usually drinking heavily and finding it much harder to compete against professional sharps that sat at her twenty-one table. On the night of September 7, at the Magnolia saloon, she borrowed $300 to bank her table against two blacklegs. Try as she might she just did not have it in her; she was 49, penniless, befuddled by a whiskey soaked brain, and finally as she turned the last card she was completely out of luck. Gathering all the dignity she could muster she pushed her chair away from the table and stood up, “Gentlemen, the game is yours.”

The next morning they found her dead lying beside an empty bottle of morphine. Among the personal items found on her body was a letter that she had written. Along with directions for the disposition of her effects, the letter stated, “she was tired of life.” The Sacramento Union summed up her entire life with these few lines: “Bodie: September 8. A woman named Eleanore Dumont was found dead today about one mile out of town, having committed suicide. She was well-known throughout the mining camps.”

Online Casinos – A Smarter Way to Make Huge Fortunes

Online casinos, also known as virtual casinos or internet casinos, are online versions of traditional (“brick and mortar”) casinos. Online casinos enable gamblers to play and wager on casino games through the Internet. Online casinos can be divided into three groups based on their interface:

Web-based casinos are websites where users may play casino games without downloading software to the local computer.Download-based casinos are the ones which require the download of the software client in order to play and wager on the casino games offered. Live casinos allow web players to interact with games played in a real world casino environment. Online players can see, hear, and interact with live dealers at tables in casino studios worldwide.

The games offered at online casinos include Baccart (online card game), Blackjack (also known as twenty-one or Pontoon), Craps (previously known as crabs is a casino dice game), Roulette (a casino and gambling game named after the French word meaning “small wheel”), slot machine or Poker machine or fruit machine (a certain type of casino game which has coin-operated machines with three or more reels, which spin when a lever on the side of the machine is pulled) and Video poker (a casino game based on five-card draw poker played on a computerized console which is a similar size to a slot machine).

Depositing cash in an online betting hall is easy. Many betting room brands accept money deposits using a charge card. You can make a deposit by electronic transfer. Check out paying money into gaming room user account with sending a personal check is also an option with most gaming halls. Several internet gambling hall brands accept Prepaid ATM, either for a payment or extraction method or both.

If the term seems appealing to those who wish to enter the tempting world of online gambling, but want to know what are the benefits under its hat, here is a list of possible benefits of online casinos over traditional ones.

You receive a complimentary wagering hall website program for your computer.

Most betting room website brands will allow you to gamble for enjoyment for however long you choose.

You do not have to tip anybody.

Most online gaming hall brands provide new as well as current participant complimentary money incentives.

You may play from your home or the office – providing you`re entitled to do so, naturally.

Online gambling room betting regulations are often more beneficial on the internet than in real gambling halls – chances on wagering hall website are simply more beatable on line than off line.

Online casino websites offer the users newcomer free cash casino incentives, comps point clubs, recurring monthly complimentary cash casino bonuses, voucher codes promoting special offers, top prize drawings etc.

So, now you don’t need to dream of Las Vegas to enjoy the thrill of playing at a casino. The enticing world of Online Casinos is at your fingertip. Just click your mouse and enter a casino enjoying the comforts of you home.

Pachinko Machines: How to Rediscover Vintage Fun

Pachinko machines are a common fixture in Japan, with hundreds of parlors filled with millions of players. Pachinko machines in Japan are like slot machines in the United States, with people sitting for hours playing every day. However, in the United States most people today have never heard of one.

It is common for a family home to have a game room, and there are a few staples that you will find there. A pool table, a dartboard, maybe a coke machine or even a restored pinball machine or arcade game. Neon signs are popular, as are the old vintage jukeboxes. But somehow, everyone seems to have forgotten the most popular game in Japan, the game of Pachinko.

They might be forgiven, because after all, these machines were invented in Japan, built in Japan, sold in Japan, and Pachinko is most assuredly a Japanese phenomenon. But in the late 1970’s, several importers began distributing used machines in the USA. Literally millions of these lightly restored Pachinko machines were sold through national chains such as Sears and Woolworth, and many more were sold through private Pachinko chains such as Pachinko Palace. for almost 5 years the were nearly ubiquitous.

Today these colorful and interesting Pachinko machines bought by our parents have been forgotten, and have fallen into disrepair. They sit in dark attics, damp basements, dusty garages, and collapsing barns. Sometimes they get discovered, and these weird-looking machines get dragged out and sold at yard sales, Craigslist, even eBay. The machines that come out of these tombs are pale shadows of what they once were. The bright and colorful playfields are permanently water-stained, faded, and cracked. The plastic parts are dried-out and chipping. The chrome is rusted, and the once brilliant nails are black with tarnish. It is no wonder that few consider placing one into a gameroom. To those who have actually seen a Pachinko machine, they just look like old piles of junk.

But there is a small but growing number of hobbyists who are rediscovering the forgotten game of Pachinko. They hunt the flea markets, the estate sales, the yard sales, and even eBay, searching and searching for a Pachinko machine that can be restored. They rescue these relics and spend upwards of a hundred hours and sometimes upwards of a thousand dollars to restore them. Some are like archeologists, learning about the forgotten history of Pachinko machines, identifying the year of manufacture, or the model, or sometimes just figuring out what company manufactured it. Information is scarce, and rumors and guesses and theories are everywhere. Some have devoted themselves to making reproduction Pachinko machine parts, such as playfields or stickers. Some specialize in restoring Pachinko machines for clients, and others restore them and sell them to collectors. There are no blueprints to go by, or any real instructions. They all learn by experience with nothing to guide them but a desire for perfection and a will to make them beautiful again.

The Pachinko phenomenon may have swept right past the United States, but today it is taking hold like never before. When fully restored, the dazzling machines become a center-piece in a family game-room, a conversation piece that will entertain your guests like no other. But like any other purchase, it is buyer beware.

If you want to find a Pachinko machine for your gameroom, steer clear of eBay. Most of the Pachinko machines for sale there may be fairly cheap, but few even have enough of the original parts to make it work again. Most are badly rusted, with dry-rotted wood, and almost always they will have faded and water-stained playfields. These playfields cannot be repaired, the entire machine must be completely disassembled to replace it. This process can take several weeks even for a restoration expert.

Occasionally some machines are placed for sale on eBay that are mildly restored, they are cleaned and polished, and then repaired to a functional state. They tend to offer machines that have playfields that are not “too” bad, with only minor yellowing, fading, and water-stains. The vast majority of these machines are just fine for a gameroom, they are common machines in reasonable shape, but they will cost a great deal more than ones that people drag out of their basements.

The high-end Pachinko machines are hard to find. The best restorations take so much time that those who produce them can only sell twenty or so per year, and there are only a handful of people out there who do it. Most only restore for customers, only a few sell machines directly once completed. If you get your hands on one of these restorations you are buying an heirloom, but unfortunately you will have to pay for it, and your choices will be severely limited. The older 1950’s machines might be worth thousands even in an unrestored state, and older machines trade hands so rarely that trying to fix a price on one is an act of futility.

So keep your eyes peeled the next time you pass by that garage sale or that flea market booth. That weird looking stand-up pinball game may just be a rare 1950’s Pachinko machine, and be worth thousands of dollars. It may be a pile of junk, or it might just be the thing you need to add that extra bit of flair to your gameroom. give the Japanese game of Pachinko a look. You never know, you may get bit by the Pachinko bug and fill your gameroom with a dozen!