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      Playing the free chips, looking for the Big Hit, Fame, Fortune, Adoring woman fawning at My feet... That is the Dream...

      Reality has a completely different view. Looking down at my feet I find only my dog, who while female and fawning, has the ulterior motive of wanting food/toy/walk or belly rub. Fortune and fame are subjective and the Big Hit is still pending.

      I will be adding to this blog about my various experiences at the casino's, the ups and downs, some of my "strategies" for making it to that elusive "playthrough" and generally trying to keep it informative (and sometimes amusing).

      A caution. Occasionally I will be Chipping at "Rogue" casinos and I will be quick to let everyone Know in advance that this is the case. In a Rogue casino I have NO intention of depositing. NO intention of requesting a cashout. And NO qualms about hitting it as hard as I can.

      Why even play there then you may ask? Or why not just play in free mode if I just want to watch the reels turn? For answer lets take a quick glance at "free" play versus "pay" play.

      Many of us have sat down at a Free play section where they start you with 1000 or more credits and popped the bets up to 5, 10, or higher for the bets and spun away. Hit a good cycle and see that balance climb to 20 thousand or more giving you a false sense that the game "rocks".

      When you head in to the pay section, plop down your cash you find the same machine is super tight, sucks down your cash in a heartbeat leaving you thinking 'what a scam". It doesn't matter that you are betting a tenth of what you were in the free play section... What matters is that there is no 20 Thousand dollar balance staring back at you. Face it... the pay section is different than the free section... bringing me roundabout back to Free chipping at Rogues.

      With a free chip you have a set amount as a bank, lets say $25.00. The Playthrough is $1,250.00 and the "reward" is the $50.00 max cashout. It is simply put, at a Rogue, a video game. Developing a betting strategy, game selection and the spin of the wheels will win or lose the game. BUT it is not a complete time waster as the strategies and betting habits you create to win the "video game" here work when you are playing the same way at a reputable casino for your own cash.

      You can expect more of such ramblings from me in future posts here, some casino reviews from chips I play, experiences as I do a few deposits and attempt to claim my winnings... even trips to our local riverboat Casino Altazar here in Evansville on the Ohio River.

      Grab a seat beside me (smoking is allowed, pretty woman are encouraged) and enjoy watching the wheels spin.
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      Hi Jimbo,

      I walk up, see a fine man sitting at the machine........a bevy of beauties surround him. I ask myself..........what does he have that these woman want? Free chips baby free chips!!! I fight for a seat next to him........to  no avail. I take a cigarette out of my purse....lean over his shoulder and whisper....got a lite?

      Dream a little dream with me......

      Lips
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      Last week, as some of you may have read, I discovered Blackjack Tournaments at Club USA. I entered a free tournament they held on the 4th of July and had a really good time playing at it... helps the enjoyment that I took first place and won $180 of course.

      Now usually I am a slot-a-holic when it comes to casinos and I know full well the house advantage in blackjack But that is what makes these tourneys unique. You are not playing against the house... you are playing head to head with other players for a single goal. to have the most chips left in your till at the end of ten hands.

      It is an elimination style tourney with 5 rounds of ten hands each. You start the round with 2000 in chips.Chips from one round do not roll over to the next round (a factor I was unaware of at first, explaining my aggressive start and win), instead you start each new round of ten hands at an even 2000.

      Strategy and luck now come into play as the hands progress, minimum bet is 100, max is 1000 and starting bet rotates from player to player. First starter determined by high card at beginning of play.

      I am addicted.

      I have since found that the tourneys are available at Club World, Slots Oasis and oddly enough VIP lounge. I am sure there are other's that use the software as well and will find them in due course.

      The tourney I won had a 500 pot and it was split by all six players making it to the final round with first place taking the lions share (Roar) but also pays out in "Victory points) which can be used to enter additional tourneys.

      Anyway you look at it, $180 dollars from a free entry is sweet, albeit I fed it all back into the casino after discussing any restrictions on the winnings with live chat who kindly pointed out that I have used two free chips in a row at their casino without a deposit. Live chat was unsure how the blackjack winnings would be viewed as they come from a third party provider but was sending my account in for review.

      I have not been locked out of the account, nor recieved a slap on the wrist email yet so looks Like I am in the clear. I really should mend my tarnished past... right after I try this next chip.
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      Oh Jim, this is priceless...


      I too am a slotoholic of course, but that's so funny hwo you write.

      I take it you're "Job/Career" is in one of those fields or near?

      Thanks for the chuckle!
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      Jimb, i am awaiting your next blog please.. I need my bedtime story,
      my eyes are like this  after all the chip chasing i've been doing..
      Please, oh please tell us more 
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      I'm also addicted to BJ tournament.  I play it daily now and play slots only when I'm in losing mode of bj tournament.  What is your bj tourney nick, btw?  say hello when u see me at the same table, my nick is taaadaaahhh1,2,3,4,5,6,7, lol.  I had 7 nicks at 7 diff casinos, lol.
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      Hey TAAADAAA, My Blackjack screen name is ultra topsecret, but I will share it with You...
      Jimbeaux, Jimbeaux1, and Jimbeaux 2... Original huh

      As for Imagination in need of a bed time story... lets see...

      We have a riverboat casino here in Evansville, Casino Altazar. Now I realize what a shock this will be to some of you but I like to play slots as my main vice. A couple weeks back I was out and about and found myself walking into the casino here with about $40 in cash. My plan was just to spin the reals for a little bit, nothing marathon with a small bankroll.

      Now I typically play down on the bottom deck at this casino where the penny machines are less crowded and they have this five real flaming sevens machine that sometimes really likes me. To get there I have to walk through a bank of dollar machines, the last machine in the row being one of those 12x Diamond  machines. As I walked by I got a wild hair, stuck one of my two twenties into the machine with the mantra "5 Spins at Max, 5 Spins at max"running through my head (Max is 2 coins). I hit the button once and hit 12x Double Bars for $480 on the first spin. Faster than Zuga can ban a spammer I cashed that baby out grinning ear to ear.

      Now even though this aint Vegas or Atlantic city, the casino is pretty modern, giving out a printed chit for winnings that can be turned in either at the Cashier or at one of the Cash machines. I decided to cash in the chit to play with my now swollen bankroll and weaved my way across the room, through the table games to get to the machine.
      Once cashed in and pockets flushed I turned to complete my aborted trip to My favorite machine... But...

      I also have a weakness for Let it ride (Ever since a memorable night playing two seats and hitting both halves of a Full house Aces and 3's and 3's and aces) and there sitting in front of me is the Let it Ride table. Now this particular game also has a progressive attached to it for a buck a hand and what the heck... 1 seat still open. I sat down, laid 100 on the table for chips and anted in for $30. Got a 10,K,A off suit decided to let it ride and dealer flipped the 10... then an ace for two pair. Nice.

      Next hand I added another 5 to each stack, 45 on the table... and got a pair of Tens natural... No Brainer... Another win.

      Banter is back and forth I mention I am in till the first losing hand. I drop another 5 on each stack in the ante, three $20 bets on the table... Girl dealing smiling and commenting that she will try to keep me at the table long enough to finish my drink at least... and deals me a 10,J,Q of Diamonds. Can you feel My Heart pounding as I waived the fold and saw her flip the Ace of diamonds? I watch, holding My breath as she flips the other hole card... K... Of clubs. With the progressive buck I watched her slide 5 black chips and another 4  20 dollar chips for that hand for a 580 dollar win. With the previous two hands as well as the slot win I was sittin with a thousand dollars all of My first 2 dollar spin of the machine.

      I stuck another 5 on the antes to bring the total to $25 x 3... $75 dollars on the table.
      A pair of jacks... No Brainer.

      Left it at 75... a pair of nines and a Jack. Well I am Up pretty good, if it hits the triple I am golden if it doesnt I can still pull back 25 so I let it ride... A jack...

      OK.. I know this cant go on to much longer and sure enough pit boss taps the sweet girl giving me all the money and sends her for a break. New Dealer (A guy, there goes My ability to charm the dealer). I slip the young lady laeving a $50 chip for beinfg so good to me and tell the new guy I hope he is as nice to me as she was. I left the 75 on the table while he counted out the chips and ran the cards through the shuffler.
      He looked up at everyone, wished us luck... and threw me three 6's... Natural...

      It is a good thing bluffing is not required for this game cause I was nearly jumping up and down and the guy on the side of Me was laughing and already congratulating me as I let it ride. I didn't pay too much attention to the 8 he flipped... but when he flipped the second 8 giving Me a full house... The entire table was cheering.
      Pit Boss came over and watched the dealer count out 2,625.00 for the hand then another 1,800.00 for my Progressive share...

      I Sat and stared at this pile of chips... 6 hands, 6 wins and over $5,000 in my pocket.
      I asked for a rack and said... I think I have had enough... And dropped the bet down to table minimum (10 x 3). A 3, 7, Q... I pulled back 10... he flipped an 8...I pulled back the other 10... He flipped a K...I grinned, stood up and said... thats My cue.

      I never did make it to my slot machine... I beelined straight for the door.


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      Magnificent Jimb.. Absolutely incredible.. this story goes into legend
      will be told to sons, daughters, aunts and uncles, grandchildren...

      *Yawns*.. great.. storrr.... reeee
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      A Day on the river.

      As some of you know, I am married. Been so for the past 25 years or so. Now my gambling has not always been a call for Joy from my Dear loved One, in fact it has often been a bone of contention. I have learned to face the fact that My Lovely Wench does not have a Gamblers souls, and will never understand how one can sit and watch reels spin round and round for hours on end, nor understand the rush when that third bonus symbol pops up in all it’s Potential Promise.

      We have talked here on the board about the hazards of bringing someone with you to the casino, but this is exactly what I did today, bringing my wife. We started with lunch at the Casino Altazar’s steakhouse and after two or three drinks I stopped at the ATM and withdrew $200. I gave her $100 and kept the other for my own stake. The final kicker in getting her to come play was telling her we could smoke inside in the air conditioning. As we boarded I pointed out the Video Poker section (one of the few games she really enjoys) as well as the penny Video Slots. I went with hider to the bar where we ordered a
      round of drinks and we both slipped a twenty into the video poker machine.

      Now the machines at the bar are the multi game type, she hit the deuces wild while I hit my new addiction, Keno (all your fault Soda). While waiting on the drinks and putting up with some good natured ribbing from her I selected 8 numbers and watched her play. Within minutes she was down $10 but I knew better than suggesting she try another game. That was when my machine started making noises and I looked down to see a 7 out of 8 hit on a .25 bet. $175, and I have only been here 5 minutes. I cashed out, slipped another 20 in and drank with the wife a bit more before pointing over to the slots, indicating where I would be.

      Sure enough when I checked on her about 30 minutes later she was on her last 20 and asked how I had done. I showed her three more tickets on top of the $175, one for 75, one for 60 and one for 50. I grinned and held up the last twenty from my original 100and suggested she play with me for a bit. (Yes I then ducked). Being a sweet guy I handed her the 50 dollar chit and we headed down for some more spinning. This went on the rest of the day. I would pull back my original 100 and take what winnings I had over and split it with her until time was getting on towards 4:30. We have a cat with diabetes who has to have a shot at 6:30 so a finite timeframe was left. I had my original hundred again plus an additional 80. I gave her 40 and took the other 40 and chose a machine. I played the first 20 for a little over a half hour, up and down but could not get it doubled before finally losing it only to turn and see her standing, ready to go.

      I told her last 20 and we would leave, then moved to a .05 cent progressive machine and stuck the last twenty into the machine with her hovering over me. 9 lines at  a nickel a line, I spun, nothing but did point out to her the bonus feature. I bumped up  to 2 coins per line, then 3 then 5… and hit the bonus for 15 free spins. I have to admit I was chortling a bit as it paid me back about $40 on the free spins, but at a look from my Loved One I said I will make it fast. I slapped max bet… 25 coins per line… and hit the bonus… again… back to back spins. The reels spun and as I explained how the bonus could retrigger… it did. We sat there watching the credits climb over 10000… 12000… 15000 before the wheels finally stopped spinning. I could see her trying to do the math in her head for the 18875 “credits” I had just won on somewhere near 60 free spins as I hit the Cashout button. I stood, turned and gave her a kiss and said… ok… now we can go…
      I do have to admit holding the 943.75 slip out towards her while grinning ear to ear…

      The big question… How have I survived 25 years without her choking me to death in my sleep?

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      Damn Jim..Just...Damn you have a knack with writing.
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      Great story Jimb!
      Love reading them, your success is acheived through..
      SHARING of/in PATIENCE, and the money lol.. thats the KEY!

      Keno used to be my favorite game, i've won a heck of alot of money
      picking those numbers, 8 numbers is my game, hit head on
      8 of 8 many times 2500.00, 7 of 8 pays 400.00.. we used to call them
      Bloop Bloop Machines, because of the sound they made when the numbers come up.. now we call them other names
      Congrats on your winnings, Both you and your wife are lucky to have one another and i'm sure you each know that!

      Lookin forward for MORE blogs.. and keep chasing the chips!

      (modified for this: YES Jimb is an excellent writer.. look into that Jimb!)
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      Glad you folks are enjoying my musings.
      Grin
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      Great stuff Jim!!!! Can I hire you to write my Bingo Blogs????? hehe
      Keep 'em coming!!!!!!

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      I have been watching a lot of back and forth questions and comments on different deposit methods so thought I would do some field testing of my own. My first attempt was using a $50 visa gift card purchased through CVS. Package information stated good wherever Visa accepted... but found after purchasing, in small print on the inside terms and conditions that it is only usable in the US. Needless to say I was unable to find a single casino that accepted the card.

      Lesson 1: Verify the card is universal and not restricted.
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      Ok On with the testing.

      Purchased a Reloadable Visa card from Walmart. The use the Green Dot type cards and have multiple reload centers world wide. The card cost $3.00 and covered the first  upload of funds (I put $100 on mine), and they charge an additional $3.00 each time you reload the card. In addition there is a $3.00 a month service charge for the card.
      just a note, the temporary card you purchased is not reloadable. Once you activate and register your card a permanent card is shipped to your home in roughly 10 days that is fully reloadable but you cannot add additional money to the temporary one.

      I activated the card through their online website which took less than 5 minutes to do and confirm then went to Casino Titan and had a deposit confirmed less than a minute later. I had an outstanding 200% bonus deposit that I claimed through live chat with a 25X bonus + Deposit playthrough requirement with no Max cashout restriction, so on my $50 deposit I was matched with an additional $100 for a $150 bankroll to throw at the $3,750.00 playthrough.

      A word of caution with Casino Titan. All bonuses are Slots only. Progressive games are NOT allowed. (discovered after checking with live chat after some spins on the Aztec Millions game. Live chat checked with the manager and informed me that I could continue to play, but to stick with the "local" slots.

      This actually makes some sort of sense, "local slots" are those run and funded solely by Casino Titan where the progressive pot is shared by numerous casinos. By restricting your play to "Local" machines they not only keep the bonus moneys in house, they also do not risk running afoul with other casinos terms and conditions on the Jackpot games.

      I played for about 2 hours without any major wins, but without any major losses either keepin my balance between 175-250  the whole time. I was betting conservativly at 1-1.50 a spin when, on a wild hair I suddenly bumped up to $5 for a spin on the Hillbillies slot and hit the bonus.
      Then re triggered it.
      Twice
      Payout was only $250 for the bonus but that had me up to 500.

      And 2 spins later hit the bonus again.
      on a retrigger I had 4 hound dogs with 2 doublers for 400 and finished the round up by another 500 for an even 1000 in the bank... that playthrough was looking promising.

      Over the next few hours I was able to hit a few more bonuses keeping my balance between 600-900 the whole time  till I finally cleared the playthrough. On checking with Live chat I was good to go for either a cashout of the 600 I had showing or I could now play any game I chose without restrictions or limitations.

      I played  a bit with the progressives without to much luck, then tried my hand at "let it ride" table game where I broke even. Looking at the 450 I had remaining I decided to toss a few numbers onto keno.

      Now I have been playing Keno with free chips for about 2 weeks and I have a 5 number pattern, an 8 number pattern , a 10 number pattern and a 12 number one.
      The 5 # one pays me most often, at least for recovering my bet, the 8 number one I have hit for 7 numbers occasionally but i tossed out the 12 numbers just on a whim, betting $1 for 10 turns.

      Third drop I hit 8 out of 12 for 250.
      drops six and seven i hit 7 out of 12 for 40 each
      Drop 10 I hit 8 out of 12 for another 250.

      Looks like I will be playing at Titan for  a little longer this week.

      I have a $1000 bankroll sitting on the books that is free and clear without any restrictions. I am putting together the fax back forms for a withdrawal and just had my new Ewalletxpress account activated and verified. For now though I am enjoying the play and will probably cashout on the next big win or when the balance drops to 500, whichever comes first.

      In the mean time I am playing a few of the blackjack tourneys, spinning a few reels... Having fun.

      Hope everybody else is doing the same.

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