September 15, 2006

Casino Cocktail Friday -- Video Poker, and The Ace of Spades


You may not realize that there is a drink called the Ace of Spades. And if you Do realize its there, then you may be too guilty to oder it. But fear not. While you're sulking away in the corner of the casino at that video poker machine, you can order anything you want! You dont have to be afraid of who will see you! And you can enjoy a game that has a reasonable rate of return when playing a good strategy. So snuggle up to the bar, or the table, and hopefully you'll get nothing but the Ace of Spades.

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September 14, 2006

Sometimes You Wonder, Is it Worth It?

It looks as tho Bally's has gone a bit too far in trying to prosecute some guy who they thought had cheated the casino out of sixty-five cents. The "former gambler" was found innocent, and now hes countersuiing to the tune of $5.1 million . We konw why hes a "former gambler", because hes already gambling in the courts!

The case of the 65-cent slot cheat has turned into a megabucks lawsuit.

Seven weeks after he was found not guilty of cheating at slots, a former gambler has amended his civil suit against Bally's Atlantic City to add a charge of malicious prosecution and raise the damages he is seeking from $500,000 to $5.1 million.

Calvin Maultsby, 61, has been waging a legal battle against Bally's ever since he was arrested at the former Claridge Casino Hotel on Sept. 22, 2003, for allegedly cheating a 5-cent slot machine out of $9.75.

Nearly three years after the arrest, the case finally went to trial in Atlantic City Municipal Court. A judge found Maultsby not guilty on July 26 of charges he had manipulated the slot machine by “fast feeding” coins into it to make it pay out a bigger jackpot.

With an air of sarcasm, Maultsby began referring to himself as the “65-cent slot cheat” because 13 nickels were confiscated from him by State Police and given to the casino during his arrest. The 65 cents represented the overpayment when the slot machine was cashed out.

Article via Press of Atlantic City.

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September 10, 2006

Best Cards Ever... "Hands" Down


We here at the Casino Snob take our home gaming very seriously. We want nothing more than to replicate in as much as we can, that awesome experience of gaming in our favorite casinos. And while we're still working on that giant replica of the Colosseum, we do hold a mean poker game.

To begin with, we insist on a sturdy, but soft poker top. Then we pass out weighty plastic-clay-composite chips. Then finally we play with only the best playing cards around. Kem.

Now a REAL casino, likely does not use Kem cards. They have a seemingly endless supply of packs of cards that come all sealed and ready to go. But unlike a real casino, we dont take a rake when we play, so we need cards that will last us for more than one night of hard betting and Cheetos fingers. So we discover Kem cards.

Kem cards are made of cellulose and plastic. They are slippery, and they are absolutely crap for magic tricks. What they are amazing at however, is lasting through YEARS of poker playing. And when we say years, we mean YEARS. We have been using 2 decks of Kem cards for over five years now, and they still play like we just took them out of the pack. For at least 2 years of that time, we had weekly poker nights. Believe us, these cards will last you a VERY VERY long time.

Some are shocked by the $20-$25 price tag. But trust us, at about $3-$5 a pop on a standard deck, you will find these cards will pay for themselves in no time.

Kems at -- Its where we got ours.
Official Kem Website -- Learn more about the product at the official site. -- You can even get Custom Kems!

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September 8, 2006

Casino Cocktail Friday -- Cosmopolitan Bones


Time flies when you're living the life of Jack Colton. Time also flies when you're rolling the bones in one of the most popular games in a casino, craps. Before you realize it, you're flush with chips, you've made a table rich, and you're feeling parched. The cocktail waitress strolls by, and asks you if you'd like a drink. First, you ask for a water, because you know you need to stay hydrated when you're on a roll, but before you blow your table cred by ordering a Budweiser, remember that you are IT. You are the one who is running this table. You are the intelligent, amazing person who knows how to play the table right, and you're going to show everyone else there that those bones better not move until you bust out. You make the right call, and ask for a cosmopolitan. Just like the name implies, you're sophisticated, you're intelligent, and tonight, you're the one in charge.

Lady, or Gentleman, read on to find out why the cosmo is the right cocktail to order when you're at the craps table.

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September 4, 2006

All About Blackjack


Blackjack may be one of the most popular casino games around. It originated in France in the 1700s, and amazingly this simple yet fun game is vigorously played today, over 300 years later! The odds may have changed some, and there was certainly no mega-casino back in those days, but the thrill and fun of blackjack has remained the same all these years.

If you have a hankering to find out more about Blackjack, or if you want some pointers into the blackjack world at large, then come on in, and we'll show you all about one of casino gaming's most enduring and popular games.

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September 1, 2006

Casino Cocktail Friday -- Of Roulettes and Gimlettes


Welcome to September! Ahh yes.. cool clean air, and cool clean drinks. Today we salute the Gimlet. So simple, and so classic, and its paired with another classic, the Roulette wheel. What visit to the casino is complete without a quick stop at the Roulette table? None we say! You show up, you watch a round or two... and then you bet on your lucky number, or on black, or if you're feeling really crazy, on double 0.

Much like like the roulette wheel has its two main colors, so the gimlet has its two main ingredients, Gin and Lime Juice. And for once betting on green seems like a good idea, because the lime in a gimlet is what gives it its delicious flavor. Read on to find out a little more of today's pairing.

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August 31, 2006

August Wrap-Up

Well another month has gone by, and its time to look back at August on the Casino Snob.

In the casino entertainment world we took a closer look at Cirque du Soleil and their odd blend of wonder and performance. We also let folks in on the hilarious and amazing duo of Penn & Teller, and how they can catch them perform in Vegas

In the Casino and Gaming section, we took some time to check out Baccarat, that high-brow game thats so simple even a secret agent can play it while on duty. We also spent some time with the Ponies at Rockingham Park. We even "touched down" on the sports bet scene when you have the inkling to bet on the NFL.

Texas Hold'em Took some of our attention, as we looked at a bunch of books that promised to help you win at the tables. And while technically It was back in July, we can't help but mention our post on craps, mainly because we just love the game that much.

In the Cuisine area, we kicked off Casino Cocktail Friday in style. Thats one series we just KNOW we are going to enjoy posting on for ages to come :)

All the while, the news ever flows onward, we did our best to give you the highlights of the Casino world. A look back at the gulf coast a year after Katrina, the talk about the largest casino in the world, and of course the current debate of the legality of Online Gaming.

Yes-sir-ee its been a good month here at Casino Snob, and we're glad to have you here with us! We hope you enjoyed you're summer, and now we're looking forward to Fall, and to all the casino-y goodness that awaits us!

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August 25, 2006

Casino Cocktail Friday -- Martinis and Baccarat

Shaken, Not Stirred

We've already taken a look at Baccarat this week, and so it only makes sense to have Casino Cocktail Friday at the Baccarat table. A very sophisticated combination of liquors, the Martini has been associated with class and style for decades. Whats more, these days you can get martinis of all shapes and sizes, and in a variety of flavors undreamt of in years past.

Baccarat also is a game of class. It has long been the favorite of the rich and famous, as well as a certain secret agent. The beauty of Baccarat is its simplicity. You have just three bets to choose from, and those who play know that really the only bet is to bet with the house, as it reduces the houses edge to a very small amount.

Read on to find out why we think the martini at the Baccarat table is a winning combination.

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August 23, 2006

All about Baccarat


So, you think of yourself as a secret agent, or perhaps just a fancy socialite? Or perhaps you are looking for a game you can play when you don't want to think too hard, but don't want to give the casino your checkbook either. Well dear friends, the answer to your gaming prayers is Baccarat, and while James Bond couldnt be here, the Casino Snob will tell you all you ever needed to know about it.

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August 19, 2006

Discoveries in Black Jack: Strategies and Mathematics

0595391648.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_V51908911_.jpgWe found this rather interesting book that mixes computer simulation, mathematics - and yes of course BLACKJACK.

This book is about computer simulation, experiments, and theoretical approaches to unify various strategies in black jack. The computer simulation uses the simple strategy that a player must stay when the number of low cards is two or more. Otherwise, when the number is exactly one then the player must hit. Contrary to the author’s expectations, the simple strategy did give consistent positive results for the player.

At Discoveries in Black Jack: Strategies and Mathematics

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