Category: Casino

Tips on Handling Your Casino Money

Each casino possesses one cage, which has rows like those found in the banks, where the casino cashier is located. It is at the casino cage where you can set up a credit line if required.

On the same note, there are numerous changing booths located strategically across the casino if you need to change and are not anywhere near the cage. The booths do not handle chips and generally they would be found in the areas with machines. You can also ask the ever ready attendants found in the casino floor to assist you with change. You would always see a change casino attendant pushing a cart roaming across the floor.

If you wish to play, you will find slot attendants in the centre of a carousel of machines and always ask for their assistance such as which machine you can use to play. Since they are ever present in the casino, they will advice you accordingly on which machines are best since they know the loose ones. The slot attendants are always spotted holding the buckets that hold up all your coins.

You ought to know of the color coding schemes of the casino's chips. For instance, $5 chips is red in color, $25 chips feature color green, $100 chips feature the black color, $500 chips feature the color purple and $1000 chips feature color yellow. However, there is no definite color for the $1 chips as they vary. The important thing to know is that almost all casinos follow the same color scheme, but they never accept or exchange chips from each other.

Of equal importance to know is that slot machines, together with the Nickel and quarter machines do take the US denominations of bills and coins respectively while playing. The only place you can get change is either at the cages or on the change booths as the attendants will never accept to give you change.

A lot of people don't know but it is possible to play cash on the table if it is for a single quick bet or two. For instance, you can place two dollars on the table of a $2 Blackjack table for the minimum bet on either hand. However, you cannot do it for a long time, but you are expected to be able to play two or three hands. Therefore, there is a high chance of you making a last minute bet, even if you are on your way out the door.

Where Do Casinos Keep Their Money?

As a regular writer of articles that discuss casinos, I am sometimes asked, "Where do casinos keep their money?" While all casinos are different, they all go through the same steps to keep their money as secure as possible.

Disclaimer:

Never discuss this topic inside of a casino. If you start talking about the casino's vault, or procedures for securing money, you open yourself up for becoming a focus of security and could be called off the gaming floor for questioning.

All of the major casinos in the world use some kind of high-security vault in which to secure their money. In all cases, these vaults are well-protected areas that would put some high-security government complexes to shame.

Sometimes you will notice that all of the cashier cages in a casino are located in a circle in the middle of a casino. In some cases, the vault is either located in the middle of these cashier cages, or they are located underground directly under the cages.

There are many casinos that will place their vaults underground, just like in Ocean's 13. It has been proved that vaults are much easier to secure the further it is from the action going on around the gaming floor. Some casinos might have vaults that are multiple levels below the gaming floor.

There have been temporary cases in which casinos have taken the money out of the vaults to movie somewhere else. This information is usually kept only to a few individuals, and will take years to ever make way to the general public.

There have been a few instances in which the money from casino vaults have been moved to secured rooms inside of the hotel attached to the casino. This is usually done only for a night or two while updates are being made to the security system of the casino vault. Patrons in the hotel have no clue that there are million of dollars in the next room (along with a group of heavily-armed guards).

When Howard Hughes was in his isolation inside of his Las Vegas hotel, at least once, he had all of the money from the casino vault transferred to his room. He never gave the reason for this transfer, and according the accountants, all of the money was accounted for once it was sent back to the casino vault.

During high-profile professional poker tournaments, some of the money from the casino vault will make way up to the room where the tournament is held. It is tradition to have the winner's total take from the tournament represented in person by stacks and stacks of real money. Even though this money is out in the open, it is still well protected.

The casino vaults in the world are some of the most impervious locations to be found anywhere. The casinos were not built buy people that were not able to keep their money secure. The casinos were built by those that realize that their main asset is the money held in the casino vault.

How to Get Your Money Back from the Casino

It was supposed to be a fun and refreshing weekend get away in Reno, Atlantic City or Vegas. You liked the room rates, restaurants and great service in the hotel. You took $1,000 for the trip – just to blow it gambling – of course, cash, so you wouldn’t be charged by casino ATM fees. So how come now that you came back home on Monday you realized that you actually owe another $1,000 to the casino? You think, “Well, at least I have plenty of comps,” but when you call to see if you have enough for a free night at the hotel, they say you have enough comps, but maybe for a burger at the coffee shop. You throw the phone in the wall and think, “Where did I go wrong”?

The answer is really simple. You took cash, but you also took the whole wallet, including checkbook, credit and debit cards. Just your ID and a voided check is enough to open a credit line at the casino. Something a Casino Host always tries to convince you to do,as he often gets commission out of the credit line used to gamble. The first important message to you – if you don’t want to spend any extra money, the only things that you should bring to the casino are your ID and cash. Do not take any credit or debit cards, neither your checkbook. You can use a cash deposit for check in, instead of swiping the credit card.

If you play slots, tracking your card is pretty simple. Just stick it in the proper slot in the machine and you’re all set. If you’re playing more than one machine, make sure to put all your player cards in each of them. If you have only one with you at the moment, call a slot attendant.He’ll take your ID, and bring you two new ones, so you can be tracked properly.

When you play tables the case is more complicated. Once I had a guest, that was betting anything between 25 and 400 dollars within 4 hours of play. Depending on different casino systems for play on a Black Jack table he should get 50 to 100 dollars in comp money. He didn’t. What happened was, his little pit tracking card,where the pitboss enters time and betting was never entered into the system. My advice – if the casino is modern and either uses swiping system, when you swipe the player’s card as you sit down at the table or the money you play is being tracked by electronic chips you have nothing to worry about. Otherwise make sure every new pitboss sees your action, as they check on you approximately every 15 minutes. Then,afterwards, check your balance on the card, to see if play was registered. If the casino has the policy of hidden balance, and they can’t tell you exactly how many comps you have, they still are able to tell you, what play and on what game was registered.

Here comes last,but the most important tip. Always use your player’s card! Nobody will believe you that you spent 5,000 dollars, but just forgot to put your card in. It might be true, but what proof of that you have? You cannot demand any comp money, as it’s simply because of your laziness, that your money was lost, and it wasn’t registered by the casino player’s system. Of course there are exceptions to that. If you are under influence of alcohol, just make sure your casino host sees you, and sees how much and within what time you are gambling. Simply because of his testimony the casino might put some play on your card, even though you forgot to put it in. It doesn’t apply to everyone, as not every player has a casino host. Only a valuable for the casino gambler will have one. So if you lost $100 within 30 minutes, and you forgot to put the card in, just forget it. You probably wouldn’t get many comps anyway (maybe few dollars). Just remember to use it next time.

How to have good time in the casino? Here’s my advice for both – losers and winners:

1) Gamble wisely. Bring cash, only within the amount you can afford to lose

2) Do not expect winning. Those magnificent places were not built on winners

3) Do not overuse alcohol, as your common sense tends to disappear, and you can wake up with more trouble than just a hangover

4) Use your player’s card – only this way you can get back some of the money you lost by eating and staying at the hotel for free.

Remember to enjoy your visit at the casino, because that is exactly what gambling should be – just fun.

Best Indian Gaming Casinos in the Upper Midwest

Living in the Upper Midwest, close to both the Minnesota and Wisconsin borders, we have access to a number of Indian owned and operated casinos. These casinos offer Las Vegas style gaming in the Upper Midwest. I like going to casinos and with many of them within an hour or less drive of home, I must say we frequent them often. Here is a list of 5 of my favorite casinos and what they have to offer.

  1.  Grand Casino Hinckley: This casino is about 20 miles east of Mora, where I live, so it's the one we visit the most often. Located off of I-35, about 60 miles north of the Twin Cites on Lady Luck Drive in Hinckley, it's a hit in the area for Las Vegas style gaming. The casino has 4 hotels on the premises, 5 restaurants including a fine dining establishment, 3 lounge areas with entertainment nightly at the Silver Sevens, an outdoor amphitheater where you can enjoy live concerts in the warm weather seasons of Mn., as well as 2,200 seat convention center where you can enjoy a number of different entertainment venues throughout the year. The Grand Casino Hinckley gambling options include over 2,400 slot machines, a number of table games, pull tabs and a bingo hall. Other on the premises services include the Grand National Golf Course,a spa, gift shop, arcade for the younger set, pet kennel, RV Park and more. The Grand Rewards Players Club offers players the opportunity to earn points that can be redeemed for cash or services at The Grand Casino. Grand Casino Hinckley is owned and operated by the Ojibwe Indian tribe.
  2.  Grand Casino Mille Lacs: I call this the sister casino to Grand Casino Hinckley. It's located right off Hwy.169 near Onamia,Mn., close to beautiful Mille Lacs Lake. It has a hotel on the premises and also owns Eddy's Lac Mille Lacs Resort, for off the premises accommodations. It's also owned by the Ojibwe tribe and is very similar to Grand Casino Hinckley in the services it offers, but is smaller in size.
  3.  Black Bear Casino: Located on I-35, about 2 hours north of the Twin Cities, or about 1/2 hour south of Duluth, this casino is just off the 235 exit to Carlton. It was totally renovated a couple of years ago, and has all the latest state of the art equipment, featuring 2000 of the newest slots, live bingo, blackjack and poker. There's live music and other entertainment at Cobalt Cabaret and coming soon the Otter Creek Event Center will feature recording artists as well as other special events. Dining options include the Sage Deli, Seven Fires Steakhouse and the buffet at the bear. An 18 hole championship par 72-golf course set in the beautiful woodlands of Northern, Mn. and the new modern 12 story hotel are all part of awaits you at The Black Bear Casino, which is owned and operated by Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
  4.  St. Croix Casino, Turtle Lake: Over the border and into Wisconsin, you'll find Turtle Lake Casino that sits just off Hwy. 8 and 63 in Turtle Lake Casino. A new gaming system is being installed with promotional kiosks and easier access to TLC accounts. Lots of new slots have also overtaken the large Casino floor. Poker, blackjack, and craps are also some of the games that are available. St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake will be turning 19 in May and 8 days of celebrations will be taking place to help celebrate the anniversary. St. Croix Turtle Lake Hotel is located just about a block from the casino and has 3 floors of rooms for guest. The casino has a dining room and also features a large buffet for your dining pleasure. The casino is owned and operated by the St. Croix Chippewa Tribe of Wisconsin.
  5.  St Croix Casino, Danbury: Less then a year ago, a brand new casino was built in Danbury, Wisconsin replacing the old Danbury casino. A sister casino to Turtle Lake Casino, it has many of the same features with lots of new games, entertainment, dining and hotel accommodations. New Country Sundays are coming to St. Croix Casino, Danbury with live country music from 2 P.M. to 6 P.M. in the West Winds Lounge. Lots of other new entertainment venues are being planned for. St. Croix Casino, Danbury is located off Hwy. 48 in the little town of Danbury, Wisconsin, about 25 miles east of Grand Casino Hinckley.

Beginner's Guide to Casino Gaming

Casino gaming can be an exciting and fun experience that can be full of surprises. You can get lucky and hit a big jackpot, pick the right number, get dealt the right hand, or have the dice roll in your favor. But the reality is that the odds for any game in a casino, is in the house's favor. However, there are ways to improve your chances leaving a winner. This guide gives the inexperienced player some tips, information, and basic advice that could make a difference.

  1.  Before you head out, familiarize yourself with the games
    If you have never played any games of chance, or you have limited knowledge of the rules, there are many resources available to get yourself educated. In most cases, the casino itself has a list of all games they offer, and an explanation of how to play the games on their website. Another resource, and perhaps the best, is a casino based phone app or a PC game. There are thousands available and most apps are free. Don't be nervous if you forget once you get to the casino. The dealers know every rule, will help you, and explain as you go if you don't understand.
  2. Best and worst games odds in a casino
    This list is a general guideline of which games give the player more of a mathematical chance against the casino, and which ones give less of a chance. Here are some of the most popular games.
    Best player odds
    1. Video Poker. There are several variations of this game. The basic Jacks or Better version is usually the best odds of all games.
    2. Craps. A tricky game to learn with various betting options. But very good odds of winning.
    3. Black Jack. A game that a player has more control over and skill is more involved. There are thousands of sites online that cover basic strategy. Very easy to find and the highest probability of winning of all the card games.
    4. Roulette. A game of pure chance, with no skill involved. A very decent probability of winning.
    5. Baccarat. Fairly easy game to learn. Another high probability of winning.
    Worst player odds
    1. Keno. Easy to play. The worst odds for a player to win.
    2. The Money Wheel. The easiest game to play. Almost worse odds than Keno.
    3. Slot machine. Easily the most popular games in the casino. It's kind of in the middle. Not even close to the bad odds of the previous two. However, not great odds. There are so many different kinds of slot games, and the odds vary.
  3.  Strategy and limits
    Start out with a set limit before starting a new game. If you start winning and make a moderate amount, or hit a big bet, take some of the winnings and put it in your pocket. It's a simple, yet effective way to help stretch your bankroll, and gives you a better chance leaving a winner. It can be very easy to get caught up in the excitement, and lose it all back, rapidly. On the other hand, However, if you lose the set amount you started with for that game, move on to a new game and try again. Here's an example:
    You sit down at Black Jack with a limit of $100 that you set for yourself at that table. After a few winning hands you have doubled your money. In this case, take the $100 you won and put it away, keeping the original $100 on the table. If at any point you lose that, get up and try your luck at another game. If you stick to your limits, your odds are better. If you happen to win a extremely big bet or slots jackpot, the best advice is, take the money and run. Odds are almost certain you will not top that win, and you will give some back if you stay. Play smart.
  4.  Keep in mind
    Everything discussed here are ways to improve your chances. There is no full proof way to beat the casino every time you go. Luck plays a huge roll in each and every bet. Don't kid yourself. The odds are against you, and no matter what, the house wins the majority of the time.The most important thing is to have fun with it. It's not a career, or a sound financial investment. However, it can be fun, and there's always a chance, that you could walk away a big winner.

Casino Gaming and the Native American

The final book of the semester was one that helped tie in all the aspects of native life that I have learned about so far. Mrs. Darian Smith does a nice job of tying together the past with the laws and developments of Native Americans today. The book consists of six sections, plus an introduction and an appendix. We progress though a history of racism and look at all aspects of the white culture and its view on the "native problem". I felt that this book was an important ethnographic look at a people who have been suppressed throughout the history of the continent, and even at the role that their own views affect their lifestyles. The author helps the reader along with quotations and excerpts from other books, as well as an appendix that looks at questions that might arise about casino gaming. How does this fit into the class? I feel that through this book discussion, I will bring forth the points in each section that are the most prominent, and then tie them together in the conclusion. Smith does a great job of displaying this for us, and I feel that she should be commended for her insightful research.

Native Americans have faced adversity at every turn throughout the last 400 years of their history. Ever since Columbus landed here in 1492, there have been problems stemming from the white confrontations with the Natives. Part of this adversity is faced even today with the enduring racism that exists in a lot of contexts. These myths about natives are prevalent and should be looked at, as they lead directly to the majority of anti-casino ideals. The myth that the Indian is a dying race of a primitive, warlike people is exemplified by early 20th century films in Hollywood. Towards the end of the century, however, the films turned the tables, depicting the natives as a helpless people who are inevitably destined to become "extinct". This, on some levels, is a truth. When the early settlers came over from Europe, they brought with them a string of diseases that ravaged the native population. The population dropped dramatically, thus leaving the Europeans with a somewhat racist view of the "Indian problem". Some people, however, had a positive outlook on the noble Indian. In 1511, Las Casas, noted that he felt that the Indian was an actual human being, not an animal to be caged and treated badly. These views were quelled by the onslaught of colonization to follow. The United States was a new country in the early 1800's and began to spread its wings westward. With this spread across the nation came the newest problem for the Indian: reservations. The colonial power of the U.S soon began to round up the Indian and put them in groups, thus educating and civilizing them. The idea that by placing Indian children in boarding schools was meant to civilize, but in actuality it just de-cultured them. Social Darwinism was a huge topic of the day, leading many to feel that Indians were meant to become extinct, and that they were the "white mans burden". These ideals led on to the traveling Wild West shows, where Indians such as Black Elk traveled across the world being Indian. This just led to the subjection of the Native Americans to more and more racism. These were the days that led up to the casino gaming and its problems in today's world.

The problem with the Native American and the law is a complicated one, as it incorporates many different aspects of the government. Law is fundamentally of the majority, not of the minority, which leaves the Indian off with little help. In countries such as Australia, the idea that the Aborigine is non human, helped fight the cause for the colonization of the continent by the British in the last few centuries. This is horribly biased and made the law allow the social inequity to be based on racial and ethnic discrimination. The problems that arose with the casino gaming was based mostly on the question, " Whose interests are at stake in legal reform and legislative change surrounding Indian gaming, and what are the specific interests involved?". The first step for the Indians came when the lands owned by the Indians were allowed to be held in a sovereign fashion. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 helped to place these groups in reservation type lands. The next act to follow was the big step for the suppression of the Indian. The General Allotment Act of 1887, which separated reservations for the Indian, was one of the final steps that the government took to solve the "problem".

Commonly known as the Dawes Act, the cultural community values of the Indian were being broken up. Although they got shoddy land, they at least had some vestige of respect and belonging. The Indian Reorganization act of 1936 was known as the New Deal for Indians and helped to reverse some of the problems caused by the Dawes Act. It helped create a tribal government on the reservations that helped to alleviate some of the strife. This is where the casino gaming problem comes into play. If the government gave the Indians land for their own governing, why can't they do what they want on it? This was no more evident than in the state of California, where rancherias were set up in order to break up the governments of the reservations. Indians were again seen as savages who could not keep themselves in line, or keep their own land. Samuel Morton came out with a study that claimed Native Americans had smaller brains; therefore they were inferior to the white race. This helped nobody but the whites who wanted the Indian land. The only shred of help came when the American Indian Movement formed in the 1960's and 70's. AIM members helped to unite the Indian population of America for one cause, thus making some headway in the long fight for freedom. Although the history is sometimes complicated, it is necessary to look at the problems that arise with the gaming industry for the Indian reservations.

Politicians and some members of the public feel that it an Indian reservation gains the ability to have gaming, then there will be unlimited range of lawlessness involved. There is no way this is true, as there is no tangible connection between both sides. In fact, it may help to alleviate these crime problems, as it would bring money to the reservation legal system. Because North Americans spend nearly 70 billion dollars on gaming every year compared to the 22 million in other entertainment, there is a huge market for casino gaming to tap into. The largest number of casinos have stayed in the deserts of Nevada for the pat 30 years, but are beginning to spread elsewhere. Indian gaming only currently makes up seventeen percent of the gaming industry, and cannot by any margin be considered the majority of gaming. Because of the fact that Americans no longer see gambling as a negative moral splurge, more and more Americans spend their money each year at the gaming tables. In the 1800's, however, the missionaries of the churches of the U.S. spread the idea that gambling was a heathen activity amongst the Indian people, who actively gambled. As this reversed, the Indian bingo hall opened up and became big on the reservation. These establishments were commonly skuzzy and not very reputable, and this is what is changing today. This is when the IGRA, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act was formed to regulate the gaming halls of many reservations. Although this helped, it also conceded some of the sovereignty to the government.

The next big step in Native American gaming came with the passing of preposition 1A in California. The proposition advocated the use of Las Vegas style gambling on reservation land. Although those who had stake in the industry put up a huge advertising blitz, the pro 1A side won out by a 63 percent margin. This was a huge win for the cause, as it allowed the reservations to have casinos. Unfortunatly this was a double sided dagger, as it also caused a lot of bitterness between reservations with and those without casino operations. It also caused an increase in tribal roster, as people came out of the woodwork to get a piece of the action. Nevertheless, the industry provided a huge economic relief for the impoverished Indian, who up till the time, were the poorest minority in America. It allowed for the money to flow into reservation projects such as museums and school. It let artifacts be bought back that were once a huge part of the history of their people. It also allowed reservations to pool some money for those who had no casino on their land, in what is known as the Reservation Trust Fund. The casino was now known as the "New Buffalo", referring to the staple of life for the Plains Indian. Many people believe that the New Buffalo is the single hope for a better life for the Native Americans. This has led to some angry people on the other side of the fence, who feel that the government should not be giving the Native Americans special treatment unlike the other minorities. How can they be considered minorities if they were here first?

The example for the hardships faced by casino Indians takes place on the Chumash reservation in Santa Barbara California. The area that is affected by the casino project is a upper class, white community who are into wine and nice cars compared to the more middle class casino gaming. When the Chumash were fighting for their gaming rights the most damage came from inside their own reservation. Those who lost tribal recognition from the government felt cheated and betrayed and took it out on those who had been granted federal recognition. This did not help however, as the casino plans were laid, and the wheels were put in motion. There were big plans for a hotel, parking garage and various restaurants. This was what caused the most strife from the community, as many local businessmen felt threatened by the future of the casino. The Not in My Back Yard feeling spread through the community, and many people outwardly were against the Indian casino. There were some people who felt positive towards the reservation, like those who believed it was actually helping to provide money for the poorer Indians. Some however were the exact opposite, feeling that the reservation was losing its Indian-ness, and its affinity for the land. The old racial views came out again, calling the natives too stupid to run a casino, and too ignorant to see what problems it was causing. The truth of the matter is that the people who hold these beliefs are the ignorant ones. They don't understand the problems that exist on the reservation and the fact that the casino is not a horrible thing.

The Native Americans are the most highly regulated people in the country, but for what reason? They were the sole possessors of the land before the Whiteman came, and now they are at the mercy of them. The fear that a power plant or a toxic waste dump could be placed on a reservation is outlandish, as the government would NEVER allow this to happen. And I feel that the tribal government would never want this to happen. A lot of the fears held by dissenters are on a truly ignorant level and totally unfounded. People feel that "rich Indians are not real Indians", but this is only a progression of the racist ideals promulgated in the first few centuries of the country's existence. With the rise of non stereotypical Indians, a lot of people feel that everything they felt about the Indian will change. This scares many people who may actually be less well off than the stereotypically poor Indian. The fact is that the wealthy casino owners do not hoard their money, but they spread it around the tribe and surrounding community. Many jobs arise from the creation of casinos, including those in the creation and up keep of the casino. The fact that non-Indian companies are involved with the creation of the casino does not take anything away from the reservation; it only adds more money into the economy. And by adding more money to the communities, it is adding a better living standard for their own tribe. This is a breath of fresh air for other indigenous groups around the world. With the steps taken by the Native Americans in the last few decades, who knows where other minority groups in their own countries, will go?

This book was a great look into the sometimes confusing history of Native Americans and the U.S. government. Although I feel that there could be an entire class taught on the intricacies of the first few chapters, it added a certain element to the book that set up the reader for what was to come. I enjoyed looking at a somewhat unbiased approach to the problem, although I feel that Mrs. Darian Smith was a little bit slanted at times. Her research was impeccable, and she quoted many other sources. The content is short and concise, and there is no extra garbage thrown in, like in so many other publications. The steps taken by the Native Americans towards gaining a more sovereign government system was laid out beautifully by the author, and I feel she should be commended for the ability to put it on the mainstream.

Reasons to Join a Casino's Email List

I recently got an email from a friend that read:

Since you go to Las Vegas all the time, and write so many articles about it, could you please write one about casino emailing lists? I am constantly getting requests when I go gambling to get put on the casino’s emailing list.

I have to say that there are many benefits in being placed on a casino’s emailing list. There is a reason why a person who travels to La Vegas on a regular basis, like myself, is on almost every Las Vegas casino emailing list possible.

First off, casinos will regularly send out special deals to those patrons that are on the casino’s emailing lists. I would go as far as to say that the email deals that I am offered from some of the Las Vegas casinos are better than any that I would find anywhere else. While this is not the norm, it is a regular occurrence.

Sometimes, those of us that are on casino emailing lists are privy to coupons that are not available anywhere else online yet. I would say that out of every three coupons I am emailed that are valid during the time that I am in Las Vegas are used on my trip.

Since I am on so many of the casino’s emailing lists, I am often emailed announcements about acts that are scheduled in the far future at different Las Vegas hotels. I have regularly found that these emails list acts weeks before they are listed on many of the major Las Vegas sites around the Internet. Knowing about such events as early as possible is a nice benefit of being on a casino’s emailing list.

There are some of the Las Vegas hotels that will offer you discounts on their amenities, or some of their services for free, if you are listed on the casino’s emailing list. I have a friend that received a free message in one of the Las Vegas spas simply for being on the casino’s emailing list. This is another point that is not the norm, but can happen.

If you have a chance of being placed on a casino’s emailing list, make sure that you take advantage of the opportunity. Being placed on the casino’s emailing list could end up saving you money and time in the future. Isn’t that all we ever hope for (outside of winning big)?

Make Money at Ho-Chunk Casino in Baraboo, Wisconsin

Wisconsin is a state that is full of many exciting things to do and see. One of my favorite spots to go to in Wisconsin is the Wisconsin Dells/Baraboo area. Here you will find endless fun for the whole family. Whenever we go to Baraboo, we stay at the Ho-Chunk Casino for some gambling excitement!

Ho chunk Casino is located at s3214 Highway 12 in Baraboo off of Interstate 94. Just look for exit 12 and it will take you directly there. It is a great spot to stay at because you are really close to all of the craziness of Wisconsin Dells.

Ho Chunk is a very large Casino that has a nice hotel attached to it. The hotel offers its guests 315 rooms. The rooms include a mini refrigerator, microwave, hair dryer, coffee maker, cable TV, and free wireless internet. All rooms also have their own private balcony where you can relax at and enjoy the beautiful scenery below. You can also upgrade yourself to a suite room if you want that offers a fireplace and a stocked wet bar.

As you walk into the Casino's entrance, there is a large fountain that is complete with animals like bear, eagles, and fish, all fake of course, a tall rock waterfall, trees, sounds of birds and other wild life and a beautiful light blue sky scene above with white fluffy clouds. It is very peaceful to look at and listen to.

There are escalators that take you up to the second floor that are located right in the middle of the amazing scene. This is where all of the hotel's great restaurants are located at.

We usually eat at the Copper Oak Steakhouse. It is a very elegant style restaurant that has no dress code. All of the meals are cooked over an open flamed grill. It makes the food taste so much better! That is why it is hard to pass on this place when we visit here.

In here, they serve everything from steaks to shrimp to Lobster to Salmon. The price range is anywhere from $10 and up. But I am telling you, it is well worth the price. Make sure to order a side of their whipped sweet potatoes. They are out of this world!

The Copper Oak restaurant also offers a wine list that has a variety of wines from all over the world. Their martini list is also amazing. You can sit back, relax and enjoy one of their great martinis as you listen to the sounds of the automatic piano playing classical music in the background.

If you would rather eat some place else that is a little more casual, you can go to the Sunrise Café. Here they serve great breakfasts and lunches. Or you can head over to the Wo-Zha-Wa Sports Bar. Their burgers here are simply mouthwatering. You can also order chicken wings, pizzas, great salads and much more in a fun filled sports themed restaurant. If buffets are more of your cup of tea you can head over to the Stand Rock Buffet for a variety of International and American food that will fill up your stomach!

At Ho-Chunk, your kids can have as much fun as you do. They have a supervised entertainment facility that offers hourly child care services. They take children any where from 6 weeks to 12 years old.

The rooms inside are all separated by the different age groups. They have a tiny tot room, a techno quest adventure and arcade, a karaoke star stage, an indoor playground, a Barbie doll community, and a quiet zone to relax at. So no matter what age your child is, they are sure to find something to entertain themselves with in here.

The hotel also has an amazing workout area that surrounds a huge indoor walking track. The Aquatic Center offers a 25 meter lap pool, a whirlpool, and a wading pool. You can feel safe hanging out in here with your kids because there is a lifeguard on duty at all times. It is a really cool area!

The casino has many different conference rooms and ballrooms for their guests to rent. Whether it is for business or pleasure, they will take good care of you. The rooms can fit anywhere from 50 people to 2000 people. What better place to have a wedding at or a business meeting! Your guests are sure to have a fun time!

Then when you are ready to have some real fun, adults 21 years and older can head over to the casino and try their luck. The casino is very large and offers different price ranges and games types for all gamblers. The casino has over 2,400 slot machines that start from a penny and go up. From Wheel of Fortune to Press Your Luck to Double Diamond, they offer it all. Many of their penny and nickel machines have fun bonus games that can keep you playing for a long time!

If slot machines aren't for you, you can play at one of their many blackjacks tables that start at $2 per bet and go up. They also have a smoke free poker room where you can join in a game of Texas Hold Em, 7 Card Stud, Omaha Hi-lo. Or you can go over to the 600 player Bingo hall and try your luck there. The casino also offers video poker, craps, and off track betting.

So whether your trip is for business, pleasure or a little bit of both, Ho-Chunk Casino has it all for you! The 24 hour fun hot spot will be sure you have you coming back for more. So next time you are in the area of Baraboo, make sure you try your luck at Ho-Chunk Casino! Hopefully, you will walk out with more money than you walked in with.

Treehouse Arcade at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut

The Foxwoods Resort and Casino is a world class place featuring a huge bingo hall, multiple restaurants and the popular Fox Theatre featuring shows like Price is Right and Howie Mandel appear there. For the crowd that is under 21, Foxwoods offers a great arcade called the Treehouse.

The Treehouse is located right near the Fox Theatre is actually two stories filled with multiple arcades. As you enter, you will notice that the first floor is devoted to ticket games. There is ski-ball, light stopping, and a roulette style game that can become the closest thing to gambling for the younger crowd.

The concept of the game is simple. There is a spinning wheel with a ball that also goes around. There are various sized spaces with colors associated with the size of the space. Using one token as your bet, you choose the color that you think the ball will land, and the great the odds for each ball, the more tickets you will win. The game is constantly going so watch a couple of spins and see what the trends are before making your choice.

Another popular game on the first floor is their big screen trivia game. There are four seats with big button buzzers and you can play from one player to four players. There is a wide variety of categories, and if you have a lot of players this have a game show feel to it and be a lot of fun.

Upstairs are a lot of classic games and arcades that do not dispense tickets. One of the first ones that you can see upon walking up the stairs is the WWE Royal Rumble. This multiple screen supports up to four players and features WWE superstars like The Rock, Big Show, and Stone Cold Steve Austin. It is a fast paced and fun game that requires you to throw your opponent out of the ring, just like a WWE Royal Rumble. This is one of the best WWE arcade games and provides a lot of fun.

Next to the WWE Royal Rumble game are a lot of different fighting games like Tekkin, Mortal Kombat, and Ultimate Fighter. All of these are multiplayer too, but you can always challenge the computer to go through the whole game.

Up against the back wall are multiple pin ball machines. These machines range from newer things like The Simpsons to regular machines with no pop culture or entertainment themes to them.

Like most other arcades, there are many prizes you can redeem with your tickets. From candy to toys, and bigger things like DVDs and board games, the Treehouse Arcade offers a lot of fun for all ages.

Movie Review: "Casino" Starring Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci

Casino was released in 1995 and left it's viewers stunned. The movie is based upon money, power, greediness, lies, and murder all over a casino empire. These young men come up in the Vegas business and the lifestyle immediately takes over.

Some say that Casino is one of the most underrated films in criminal movie history. The entire script of this movie is great and the acting is better than great. Joe Pesci is the ruthless but nonetheless humorous "sidekick" of Robert DeNiro's, and I must say, these two have always made the dynamic duo. Their chemistry in the movie is absolutely superb.

Sharon Stone in this movie plays DeNiro's greedy girlfriend, who then becomes his wife. DeNiro must be able to trust this woman with his life, but unfortunately, they face many trials and tribulations throughout their marriage that turns into something more than what DeNiro would have liked it to have been.

The movie is narrated by Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci which definitely makes it much easier to follow. This movie is absolutely, positively well worth a watch. It's a mesmerizing movie.

However, on the other hand (and in someone else's opinion, not my own), some say that the movie ends up seeming like it's dragging on, becoming somewhat boring and predictable. They say that because it likes action in some scenes that this is what makes it one notch below the movie "Good Fellas".

I must disagree. I'd say that Casino is going to be a classic, despite what anyone else thinks.