Howard Hughes and the Silver Slipper

Another of Las Vegas’ most iconic signs belonged to the Silver Slipper Gambling Hall. Originally opened in 1950 on the Last Frontier property, it was named the Golden Slipper because the Silver Slipper name was already taken, but shortly after they opened, the Silver Slipper folded and the name moved to its new home on the Las Vegas Strip. The Silver Slipper was never a big casino, but due to its central Strip location and proximity to the Last Frontier, it was very popular with families and offered the best 49-cent breakfast buffet in town.

I find it interesting from a marketing perspective that most of the Strip hotels used desert or pioneer themes for their casinos: Hacienda, Sands, Aladdin, Dunes, Frontier, Sahara, Desert Inn, Stardust, El Rancho Vegas, and the Bonanza. A few hotels even referenced their Cuban and South Florida roots: Flamingo, Tropicana, and the Riviera.

Considering that hotels and casinos on the Strip didn’t begin sprouting up until the late 1940’s with the El Rancho Vegas and Bugsy Siegel’s Flamingo, it’s interesting that they all chose to stay within a particular set of themes, but then again the mafia has never been known for their creativity or risk taking, unless said risk-taking involves a new and improved style of murder or extortion. I guess they were less concerned about design awards and more interested in the skim.

Riding the wake of the sale of his Trans World Airways for $546,549,171, Howard Hughes came to Las Vegas with an eye on the future and a boatload of cash, but Hughes wasn’t convinced Las Vegas was where he wanted to set up shop. After two years of bouncing back and forth between the East Coast and Las Vegas, and some careful study of Las Vegas’ financial potential, Hughes decided to stay and moved into the two top floors of the Desert Inn with the resolve to reshape the Las Vegas landscape. Why? Who knows, but Howard Hughes found sufficient intrigue to keep him an active participant in Sin City’s growth and with a billion dollar bankroll, he was an instant force. In fact, his name was so big, the Nevada Gaming Commission all but rolled over when it came time to review his application to own a casino. Something that took most potential owners months and years to complete, with Howard Hughes, the ink was dry before his aides left the hearing.

So what’s the Silver Slipper got to do with Howard Hughes? It seems fair to say that when Hughes’ moved to Las Vegas, his apparent bi-polar behavior and companion paranoia was well established. Hughes moved into the Desert Inn with the express agreement he would stay no longer than 2 months. This arrangement was fine with the ownership, but the penthouse suites on the top two floors were earmarked for the hotel’s stable of high-rollers that came to play over the Christmas holidays, and Hughes’ staff who were all Mormons, non-gamblers, non-drinkers, and they just weren’t spending money at the casino or bar. Hughes was asked to leave and when push came to shove, Hughes wrote a check for $13.2 million, assumed ownership of the Desert Inn, and launched a spending spree unlike anything Las Vegas had ever seen.

But Hughes wasn’t satisfied and as his neurosis and paranoia grew. Memories of the McCarthy anti-communist hearing also began to weigh on his psyche. This was amplified by the fact that his suite faced the Silver Slipper Gambling Hall across the street and the rotating slipper rotating on the Strip marquee would reflect light into his room. It not only get him up at night, he got the notion that hidden in the toe of the shoe were cameras with the sole intent of photographing the Desert Inn, his suite, and the hotel entrance all in an effort to chronicle his comings and goings. So incensed by the sign, Howard Hughes sent a telegram to his chief aide, “I want you to buy that place, that damn sign is driving me crazy, it goes round and round and round.” On April 30, 1968, Howard Hughes bought the Silver Slipper Gambling Hall for $5,360,000 million, and rumor has it that his first edict was to stop the rotating Silver Slipper and fill it with concrete. Surveillance cameras or not, Howard Hughes would finally get a good night’s sleep. Maybe.

The Hughes Corporation owned the Silver Slipper until June of 1988 when it was purchased by Margaret Elardi who owned the Frontier Hotel and Casino next door. The Silver Slipper was demolished shortly thereafter with plans to expand the Frontier, but a union strike and tough economic times put an end to that.

Today, the iconic Silver Slipper sits perched above Las Vegas Boulevard at the Neon Museum just north of downtown Las Vegas. The slipper is available to see 24/7, but the museum is only open by appointment only. Go to their website for more information about their tours and costs. For anyone who revels in the nostalgia of “Old Vegas,” a trip to the museum is well worth the trip.

Howard Hughes moved to Las Vegas on November 24, 1966 and died on April 5, 1976 at the age of 70. His impact on Las Vegas in the 60’s and 70’s is monumental and came at a time when mafia interests were waning and corporate Wall Street interest was on the rise. We’ll look into this fascinating time in Las Vegas’ history in future posts.

Online Casino – Look Out For the Advantages

With the emergence of the online casino, people do not have to fly or drive to a faraway casino to play their favored games. Changing times and new innovations resulted in the growth and popularity of the internet casinos these days. Considering the present scenario, the online casino has developed as the most entertaining and enticing means to check out a number of popular casino games under one roof.

Gone are those days when you had to plan for a holiday or vacation to travel to a location like New Jersey or Las Vegas popular for offering the excitement of real casinos. However, it is obvious that while planning a holiday, you had to put aside your official commitments. It is more likely that traveling frequently leaving behind all your assignments may not be possible always.

The introduction of the internet casino or more popularly the online casino eliminates a lot of hassles for the gamers making it much more easy for them to reach out their favorite game at any time and at any place. Additionally, you do not require to travel all the way to any brick and mortar casino to play your casino game. Having a computer with internet connectivity can put an end to all these problems.

Casino online gives you access to a lot of gambling sites on the internet. If you’re 21 (the considered legal age of gambling) then you are ready to start with the online casino games. You should know that playing at any online casino site brings about a lot of advantages for the players.

Having a look on the major advantages of the online casinos will help you to know why this means of gambling has grown so popular. Why is it the most preferred option for most casino players worldwide? Well, in the following lines you will come across the most common advantages that online gambling brings you forward. These include

Playing at your convenience:

One of the main features of casino online that makes most gaming lovers to turn to gambling online is that the internet forms to be the most convenient medium these days. The online casino forms to be an essential way allowing more and more players to gamble with ease from their own residence. Till you’re connected to the internet, you can play your favored casino games 24×7. You just have to enter a site and get started with your chosen casino games.

Promotion and bonuses

The online gambling bonuses prove to be the most attractive options to select playing online. You will never be finding these kinds of options in any brick and mortar casino. Presently, you are offered a range of bonuses like deposit match bonus, sign up bonus or welcome bonus, no deposit bonus ad cash back bonus. These promotions can be a great way to attract more and more new players and hold on to the existing players as well. With bonuses, the players can easily increase the bankroll as they have much more cash in hand to bet.

More choice of casinos

With the internet casinos, you will get a choice of more casinos at a time. You can even switch over to one site to another as it depends solely on your wish.

Convenient and easy withdrawal and deposit options:

Online casinos brings you a lot of banking options to make your selection. Many online casino sites accept Master and Visa credit cards for both withdrawal and deposit purposes. Other popular options available include wire transfer, NeTeller, myCitadel, Moneybookers, Entropay and others.

Wisconsin Casinos, The Top Three

I have been gambling in Wisconsin since I was 16 years old! I snuck in for two years straight. After legally gambling at the age of 18 for a few months they moved the age limit up to 21. So I was forced to sneak in for a few more years. I only played blackjack. I hate slots and it would be my luck to hit a jackpot and not be able to claim it because I was under age. So, since the age of 16 I have played at nearly every casino in Wisconsin. I am a diehard gambler and many times when I was just 16 I would drive 2 hrs to Ho Chunk casino. All the time at risk of not getting in as I was only 16!

So lets start with my favorite and move down.

1. Oneida Bingo and Casino in Greenbay WI.

Oneida is like Las Vegas in Wisconsin. Well not quite, but they do have nearly all the games Vegas offers. Blackjack, Craps, Let it Ride, Roulette, Caribbean Stud, Bingo, POKER! And a sports book. Poker and the Sports book are just down the road at their Mason St casino and you can take a shuttle back and forth. Oneida is one of the only casinos in Wisconsin to offer all of these games.

2. Potowotomi Bingo and Casino

The “Pot” has Blackjack and Craps, Let it Ride, Roulette and POKER. They are however always packed. Located near downtown Milwaukee and being a newer casino they are always busy. It can be difficult to get on a table. They do have a nice little poker room. They also have some great food at the “Firepit” sporstbar and grill.

3. HoChunk Bingo and Casino in Wisconsin Dells

“The Chunk” was great for a while. At one time they had the first poker room in Wisconsin. And they had a variety of games for a while. When it came time to pay Uncle Sam they decided it wasn’t worth it. So they lost the poker room and variety of table games. Now they just have Blackjack, Slots and Bingo. It is a great casino to visit when vacationing in the Dells, but if driving from Milwaukee I would choose the 2-hour drive to Oneida over “The Chunk”.

Enjoy

Travel To Singapore – The Strict Entry Requirements To The Casinos

With the launch of the two integrated resorts in Singapore, this has opened up a flood gate of tourists visiting this wonderful city-state. In Singapore context, what is known as the integrated resorts is another meaning for a resort and casino complex.

The two resorts that have successfully obtained the licenses required to run a casino in Singapore are the Marina Bay Sands Resorts and Casino, run by the Sands Company which is headquartered in the United States, and Resorts World, run by Genting Group which is headquartered in Malaysia. Regardless of which integrated resort you visit, if you intend to visit the casino, you must abide to the strict rules in place. Here is a quick guide to the entry requirements to the casinos in Singapore.

Age Requirement

The minimum age requirement to enter the casino is 21 years of age. Anyone below that age is not allowed to enter.

Documents Requirement

For all visitors who are neither Singapore citizens nor holding any permanent residence status in Singapore, the only requirement is to bring their passports as a form of identification to prove that they are purely tourists from overseas and that they meet the minimum age requirements to enter the gambling areas. There is no levy fee for these types of visitors. If you qualify as this type of visitor, then you can simply line up in the foreign visitor’s lane while entering the gaming areas.

For visitors who are Singapore citizens or holding permanent residence status, they must present either their passports or national identification card, and also pay the mandatory 100S$ (Singapore dollar) levy fee. Please note that the levy fee only allows you to enter the casino for 24 hours from the time and date you paid the fee. After the 24 hours is up, then your current levy will expire and should you wish to stay longer, then you will need to pay the levy fee a second time in order to enter the casino for another 24 hours. To enter the gambling center as a Singaporean or permanent resident, you will need to line up in the lanes designated as “Singaporean citizen/ PR holder” to enter the gaming area.

Dress Code

For both integrated resorts at Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World, the dress code to enter the gaming areas is smart casual. Shorts, singlets, and “flip flop” slippers are not permitted. The security guard will check to ensure you meet the dress code before allowing you to enter.

By taking note of these entry requirements to the casinos of both integrated resorts in Singapore, it will help to ensure that you can enter the casinos as smoothly as possible.

Professional Gambling – How to Become a Professional Blackjack Player

Unfortunately, playing blackjack as a profession is not as easy as it sounds, but it is possible. Gambling is unique in that there will be days when you do everything right and work very hard, but yet you come home with less money than when you left for work. So think long and hard before you decide this is the right profession for you.Here is a list of 10 things you need to do to become a professional Blackjack player: 1. Get your hands on every piece of information available on Blackjack. Get books, go to websites, message forums, etc. Read, Read, Read, and Read some more. Have a firm understanding of how the game is played, basic blackjack strategy, and card counting.2. Raise a Gambling Bankroll. One of the key indicators of a gambler’s rate of success is their bankroll. The more money, usually the greater chance of success.3. Memorize basic strategy. You must have basic strategy memorized perfectly. You cannot make a basic strategy mistake while playing.4. Use computer simulations and tutorials. Use these simulations to perfect basic strategy and make sure you are not making any mistakes. You will use these simulations later when you are learning to count cards as well.4. Once you have memorized basic strategy decide which card counting system you are going to implement. I recommend starting with a basic high-low level one count. You are going to perfect the system until you can play at game speed error free. Use computer software and simulations to help you once again.5. Scout for the best casinos. There are certain casinos that offer the most advantageous blackjack rules. Go to the message forums, online sites, etc. to find the casinos that have the best rules for blackjack. Also, you will be looking for dealers that have a high deck penetration rate. Once you’ve narrowed them down, visit them in person to make sure your research is correct.6. Chart and document all of your play. Even when using simulations track your progress.7. Make adjustments as necessary. You will make mistakes, but the key is to recognize those mistakes and correct them.8. Manage your bankroll. Based on your success or lack there of, you will have to closely monitor your bankroll and make betting level adjustments as needed.9. Find a mentor or advice from other professional gamblers. Gambling is a unique profession in a lot of ways, so no one can know what you are going through better than another professional gambler.10. Keep learning. Things in the world of gambling are constantly changing. It’s not a profession where you learn a few things and you’re done. Situations change and if you do not stay on top of those changing situations you will be left behind.These 10 guidelines will give you a general outline of what it takes to become a professional blackjack gambler. I almost forgot #11. Get a good psychologist. Losing streaks can be brutal.

Tips on How to Avoid Disappointments in Online Gambling

Gambling is a big part of human civilization. Up to now, the basic principles of betting has not changed significantly. A player will essentially wager money or anything of value on something that he thinks will be the outcome of a particular match or event. The person wins if the results that he has betted on indeed come into fruition. The winning gambler earns more money and can even double the original amount that he wagered. But because of the risky nature of gambling, countless players have experienced disappointments and many have even ruined their lives by betting more than what they own. Here are some tips on how you can avoid the bitter pill of gambling.First off, always remember that gambling means taking risks for one to gain something of value. If you really want to end up as the ultimate winner in your gaming hobby, you need to minimize your exposure to risks. That is, you should not wager money that is more than the amount that you need to get by. Also, never make bets that are not backed by some form of intelligent research. Tips from your barber or the taxi driver may sound interesting, but without concrete statistics, such tips can turn into huge losses and disappointment.Second, never assume that you will win in gambling. Sure, you would need a lot of positive thinking, but expecting that you will win big money can result in a huge letdown in case the result of the wager is not in your favor. As the saying goes, do not count your chicks before they are hatched. This adage would seem very much true when taken in the context of gambling. If you always expect to win or recover your previous losses, there is a big chance that you will gamble senselessly and put your money on the table without limits.Finally, always think of gambling as a way to have fun. Do not make a living out of it. Otherwise, you will not be able to tell when to keep your hands in your pocket and to stop risking your money. If you consider your betting as your main source of income, you will always be pressured to win back whatever amount of money you have lost on wagering. Before you know it, you will be among those who have become so desperate to win such that they would even risk their life’s savings or their real properties.

Strategize Your Moves to Win Gambling Online Bonus

I’ve just finished reading way too many articles about how to win a gambling online bonus and other fool proof ways to win at casinos. I’ve had enough with roulette computers that beat roulette wheels. I feel a need to get in my two cents in. My two cents are pessimistic. That being said, I do know how you can tilt the odds in your favour. It’s just not that glamorous. It’s like cutting out coupons in the newspaper before you buy your groceries.Quality online gambling casinos like new customers. It’s a bit of an obvious statement, but a good place to start nonetheless. Quality online gambling casinos are wrestling with the marketing problem. Faced with many similar casinos, how can one create a unique value proposition for customers? How can they make their casino the best? There are several possible means. Casinos can compete on:- Payout ratio (one casino pays out 98% of the money it takes in)- Quality of the software- Give you a gambling online bonus when you sign up.The main problem with the first marketing effort is that it reinforces the notion that you’re taking money from the players. This might not be the fact that you want to emphasize in your online casino marketing efforts.The problem with the second is that the best and highest quality software and resulting quality online gambling experience can’t be experienced until after the customer downloads the software. This strategy doesn’t help get new customers. The first two strategies don’t help you get new customers; they just help keep the ones you already have. The last strategy is the online equivalent to the $5 lobster dinner at Vegas. It’s just a loss leader – plain and simple.Combined with search engine optimization and affiliate programs, the third strategy seems to be the strategy of choice. The proposal works like this. Sign up, deposit $50 and we’ll give you $50. The only catch for this gambling online bonus that you need to gamble a bit before you take the gambling online bonus money out.Many quality online gambling casinos offer a gambling online bonus of 10%, 20%, or 25%. It might be better to look for individual free money for every $25 you deposit. If the quality online gambling casino gives you a free $50 for every $50 you put in, this works out to a 100% bonus. One place offered $100 for a $25 deposit. This is a whopping 400% bonus! Not bad.So is there a catch? Not really, as long as you don’t end up losing more than the bonus. A little self discipline.So, how do you hustle the quality online gambling casino?A Blackjack player that knows some basic strategy has a disadvantage of around .5%. This means that for every $100 that you wager, you should get $99.50 back. I think that this is actually pretty good. For one hours worth of entertainment, you should be down at most a buck or two. If you’re lucky, you might win a bit.Quality online gambling casinos usually want you to make $50 worth of bets before you take the money out. Normally, you’ll end up with $40 to $60 to take out (assuming you deposited $25 and the casino kicked in $25 as well). It’s cool is you suck at Black don’t sweat it just play Baccarat or Craps. In Baccarat, bet player or banker. In Craps, bet pass or don’t pass. These strategies give you about a 1% disadvantage. Make all your bets the table minimum. Keeping you bets at the minimum diversifies the risk over more hands and increases the chance that you will end up with between $45 and $55 worth of cash. Now just have fun and make $50 worth of bets. In general, it’s a good rule of thumb to deposit more than the minimum amount for the gambling online bonus. This is just to avoid suspicion. After you’re done, take most of your money out. If you leave a bit in, the casino might give you the same sort of gambling online bonus and you can make more money this way.That’s it! The be proven way I’ve found to provide a beating to a one armed bandit.