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Dan Ippolito

As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and he writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports.

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Casino City’s Friday Five: Tips, winners and more edition

21 Apr 2023

By Dan Ippolito
What if I told you that you could walk into a Las Vegas Strip casino and end up walking out with over $1 million in your pocket? That is basically everyone’s hope when they enter a casino, but it doesn’t happen often. However, it did happen to a gambler at Flamingo Las Vegas earlier this week. Before we get into those details, we also have news about an Atlantic City property celebrating its 45th anniversary, online casino BitStarz has added a new feature, Las Vegas tourism hit record amounts in spending, and our own Jarrod LeBlanc has some tips for new blackjack players.

Let’s start off with a new online casino feature:

5. BitStarz adds new casino feature
Registered BitStarz players now have a Piggy Bank that will be displayed on every page of the casino. The more a player bets, the bigger their Piggy Bank cash balance will get.

As they bet, players will be awarded hammers at random intervals. Some may just crack the bank, some may completely smash it open, and others may not work at all. Players won’t know until they try.

If a player cracks open their Piggy Bank, they will be able to claim their cash. The Piggy Bank will then be reset and the cash amount will start growing again. This cycle can be repeated endlessly.

4. Another millionaire crowned in Las Vegas
Early Tuesday morning at Flamingo Las Vegas, a Caesars Rewards member joined the millionaire club.

The person hit the mega progressive jackpot for $1,333,121 on Pai Gow Poker with a winning hand of a seven-card straight flush of diamonds.

3. Las Vegas tourism spending sets new record
A new report from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority revealed that the total economic output related to visitor spending reached a record $79.3 billion in 2022, a 24.7% increase from the previous record set in 2019.

Despite 2022’s 38.8 million visitation tally falling 3.7 million visitors short of the 2019 visitation total, overall spending increased dramatically due to a 33.4 percent rise in per-trip visitor spending compared with 2019.

The annual Economic Impact of Southern Nevada’s Tourism Industry report outlines economic impacts associated with the region’s tourism industry and convention travel, including visitor spending on rooms, dining, shopping, sports, local transportation and other activities and amenities.

2. 10 blackjack tips for beginners
Whether you are new to the casino or new to the game of blackjack, knowing the game and how to play it correctly to put yourself in the best position to win is always key. Below are just a few of LeBlanc’s tips to know before you sit down at the table.

Listen to the streaks
When blackjack players go on their own type of run at the casino tables, it’s a hypnotic feeling for sure. All of a sudden, you feel like Ben Campbell in the movie 21 and there’s nothing that can stop you. That is until the forces of the universe swing the luck to the house and in the blink of an eye you feel like you couldn’t get a 21, let alone a decent hand in a million years. Whether you’re on a movie set in your mind or feeling like you’re the only one with bad luck in the casino, you need to listen to that little voice in your head that tells you when to walk away and when to run.

Setting limits
A blackjack player only needs to keep track of one gauge when they walk into a casino, and that’s their bank account. You need to know before you choose a table am I going to feel comfortable with the limit at this table? More importantly, if you’re dealt a solid hand that you want to double down on or split, do I feel comfortable raising my bet? Whether you’ve been playing forever or you’re a newbie, you need to set a limit in your mind so you don’t run into trouble down the road.

Learn basic strategy
Anyone can sit down at a table in a casino, but then what? In order to increase your odds, you need to know what to do as soon as your two cards flip and the dealer opens one of their cards. Do you stand? Do you hit? The best way to answer those questions is to find yourself a basic strategy manual or card, find trusted casino gurus to read (hint, hint), and watch others play in a casino.

1. Resorts Casino Hotel to celebrate 45th anniversary
Resorts Casino Hotel, the first casino hotel in Atlantic City, will celebrate its 45th anniversary on Memorial Day Weekend. Festivities are set to begin on Friday, 26 May, as Kelsey Grammer and Mayor Marty Small Sr. host the Annual Opening of the Sea Ceremony.

On Saturday, 27 May, guests are invited to head down to the Margaritaville Lobby and get a free pull on the very first slot machine that went live in Atlantic City in 1978 from Resorts Casino Hotel. Should they hit a top combination on two consecutive draws, players can win a prize of $10,000 but either way, all guests will be walking away with a commemorative gift.

Resorts Casino Hotel continues the celebration of its 45 years of winnings on Sunday with $100,000 in prizes, including a grand cash prize of $45,000. There will be 45 winners of $1,000 in Bonus Play, with four winners announced every 30 minutes from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. At 9 p.m., five winners will receive $1,000 in Bonus Play, and another four winners will earn $2,500 at 9:30 p.m. Lastly, at 10 p.m., one lucky winner will be awarded $45,000.
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