TRIBUTE TO THE ORIGINAL FOUNDER OF VID-POKER.COM – SKIP HUGHES

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Video Poker Expert skip hughes

Skip Hughes was inducted into the Video Poker Hall of Fame in 2006. He was incredibly important to recreational and advantage VP players alike – actually more important to the latter. As an expert video poker player. Skip’s writings are more oriented toward the recreational rather than professional player. Here are a few things we are grateful for that had a direct connection to Skip’s work:

  • He was the founder of the VPMail Video Poker Mailing List which pioneered internet communication among members of the video poker community.
  • He producing strategy cards for players in 1997.
  • He later released “Frugal Strategy Cards” in cooperation with Jean Scott and Jim Wolf designed for recreational players who aim to win. They were the easiest to read, learn and to use at that time.
  • Hughes coined the phrase “Not-So-Ugly” deuces video deuces to differentiate it from full pay deuces. Full-pay deuces pays back 100.76 percent with perfect play strategy, while the ugly versions only pay back 98.91 percent and less.
  • He published a monthly magazine, named “Video Poker Player,” together with John Kelly, which was delivered via e-mail as a subscription. VPP included information on where the best machines were found, and dedicated sections to Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
  • He developed the early video poker forums and communities.

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Skip Hughes passed away in March, 2010 and many of his innovations have influenced video poker players for over twenty years. As a follower of many VP Hall-of-Famers, I am grateful for the legacy of Skip Hughes. Our beginning of a Video Poker week is dedicated to Skip Hughes  I hope you enjoy our Monday Link from Vid-Poker.com :

Tribute to the original founder of vid-poker.com – Skip Hughes

Let’s Make a Casino Travelogue

There was a time when your choices to visit a casino were Nevada and Atlantic City. Forty years later, many Americans have access to gambling venues within 60 miles or less.

So, the phrase “So many casinos, so little time” has never been as true as the present. In New England, we have eight casinos all within a six hour radius.

“So many casinos, so little time.” California, Washington State, Deadwood,  Biloxi, Florida, Maryland, Oklahoma …… just a few of the many casinos across the country.

NETimeGambling is wondering about your casino quests. Add the names of the casinos that would fit, “in your opinion.”  It can include any American Casino, or even any outside the country. Then we will post all the answers giving you a casino travelogue.

The largest casino in the USA is Windstar

Easiest way would be through our Facebook account NETimeGambling.com

Only ten questions. I’m very curious to hear from all of you.

  1. CASINO I HATE IS:
  2. CASINO I THINK IS OVERRATED:
  3. CASINO I THINK IS UNDERRATED:
  4. CASINO I LOVE IS:
  5. CASINO I COULD VISIT REPEATEDLY:
  6. CASINO AREA I STILL WANT VISIT:
  7. CASINO I THINK HAS THE MOST APPEALING INTERIOR:
  8. CASINO I THINK HAS THE MOST APPEALING EXTERIOR:
  9. CASINO I FEEL IS MY GUILTY PLEASURE:
  10. CASINO AREA I SHOULD HAVE VISITED BY NOW BUT HAVEN’T:

I’ll start. My answers would be 1. Slots of Fun, Las Vegas; 2. MGM Grand, Las Vegas; 3. Main St. Station, Las Vegas; 4. Mohegan Sun, CT;  5. Red Rock Resort, Summerlain, NV;  6. Biloxi, MS; 7. Bellagio, Las Vegas; 8. Ocean Casino Resort, AC ; 9. Ellis Island, Las Vegas; 10. Windstar (largest US casino), OK.

What are your opinions?  Inquiring minds want to know!

Binbin

5 Craziest Gambling Bets

We’ve had a lot of serious news to report and comment on lately.  It’s made me a little crazy.

Speaking of crazy, today let’s take a break and look at some of the craziest bets ever made. I’m not talking about taking insurance on a Blackjack hand, I mean seemingly insane.

Here are some of the craziest bets ever made – but I’m sure there are a lot more and a lot crazier!

1) Ashton Griffin, laid out 3:1 odds on himself of being able to run 70 miles on a treadmill in 24 hours, meaning if he’d lost, he would have paid out 3x the bet. By some miracle, he pulled this off, won $300K, and avoided having to shell out $900K and finished the 70 miles with 45 minutes to spare!

2) It’s almost impossible to decide which of legendary gambler Archie Karas’ bets was the craziest. The man came to Vegas with $50 in his wallet and grew that stake to a staggering $17 million over the course of three years. Whether he was playing pool or poker, Karas’ three-year streak is widely regarded as the most insane in Las Vegas history. By the end, after being banned from the poker tables at most casinos, Karas was just taking $100,000 bets on single dice rolls. And yet, just a year after that, he’d lost it all the same way he earned it.

3) Man Who Got Breast Implants on a Bet – This one, of course, is almost mythic by now, but we couldn’t not include the craziest bet ever made, bar none. Magician and high-stakes gambler Brian Zembic bet in 1996 that he would get breast implants and keep them in for a year for $100K wager. The craziest part of this story is that Zembic apparently became so enamored with his “additions,” he never had them removed.

4) Some people come to Vegas to find a mythic transformation, to leave behind everything of their old life and be born again in the fires of chance. Ashley Revell sold everything he owned, emptied his bank account and put every penny he had—$135,000—on red. One spin of the wheel later and he’d doubled his money. He gave a $600 tip to a dealer and walked out of the casino a rich man.

5) In Vegas, people will bet on just about anything. 1979 saw a great example, as El Cortez owner Jackie Gaughan decided to start taking bets on where space station Skylab’s wreckage would fall to Earth when it re-entered the planet’s atmosphere. Jackie laid odds on everything from New York City to the El Cortez itself (which paid out 10,000 to 1), but the final resting place of the downed satellite ended up in Australia.

What are some of your craziest bets? Send us a comment @NETimeGambling.com .

Binbin