Casino Hosts – Who, What, When and Do You Need One?


Do you need a Casino host?  Do you know what a casino host does?

Let’s revisit a previous post about casino hosts.

A Casino Host:

  • delivers services to players at their casino who will become loyal patrons to the establishment
  • tries to fulfill any reasonable requests their clients might have,
  • has the power to issue complimentary services ranging from complimentary meals, beverages, and show tickets right up to full accommodation in a hotel casino
  • develops a relationship with every level of gambler

That last one is the tricky part. If you are spending a qualifying amount of money and time, it’s good to have a host. If you feel you deserve one, ask a slot floor person who is the host on duty and speak to them. Be cordial, polite and expect some customer service. It is their job. There is no minimum level of play necessary just to talk to a casino host. However, unless you plan to direct a fair amount of play towards the casino that they work at, there’s not likely to be a lot they can do for you. You should feel free to ask to speak to a host and they will politely tell you if they think they can be of service to you. Continue reading

Foxwoods $1 Blackjack & Ticket-Redemption Machines Beware


Foxwoods – The Wonder Of It All

He’s a little post concerning a couple of things at Foxwoods.  You need to know about these things so you won’t be surprised, or have it dampen your success trip.

$1 Blackjack – I was so excited to know Foxwoods offered $1 Blackjack tables.  th (25)What a great way to pass the time, at a low cost.  Shoe is cut early (just past half), but BJ pay 3:2 (normal BJ payoff) and you can double on any two cards.  Not bad…..but then I found out one thing they don’t tell you in their advertisement.

It’s a commissioned game!  In other words, you must pay 25-cents to play any hand, every hand.  Some might say that’s not bad, but think that quarter is 25% off your dollar bet, increasing the house advantage.  And if you’re playing$3-$5 per hand, it still adds to the minimal house advantage even with perfect basic strategy.  Now, I don’t play perfect, but close.  $20 lasted 10 minutes.

thWhy the commission?  Probably because it costs the casino money just to put a dealer at the $1 minimum table.  And for those of you who actually tip the dealer – well, think how much the tips add up to on a $1 table.  That’s why $5 tables are becoming so rare – it costs the casinos money.  (Even though it’s good business for all the right reasons!)


Redemption Machines- Ticket In! Money out!

Redemption Machines – If you play slots, video keno, video poker, or anything that you would end up with a TITO ticket (Ticket In, Ticket Out) with change, you need to go to the cashier.  The Ticket Redemption machines at Foxwoods have been converted to cash only – and they don’t round up.  So all of your change will be kept.  Let’s say you want to redeem your ticket of $23.85 at a Redemption machine – you get $23, but not the $.85 cents.  If you want it all, you must go to the cashier.

Thanks for playing!

That’s all for now.



Kentucky Derby Preview & Celebrations

(Note: For a Betting Primer to help you for the Kentucky Derby Betting, here is your “Horse Betting Primer.”)

Kentuck Derby at Churchill Downs

Kentuck Derby at Churchill Downs

The big event is almost here – a little more than a week away.  On May 7th, Churchill Downs becomes the site of the world’s most famous thoroughbred event.

Kentucky Derby 2016The Kentucky Derby is much more than a horse race.  To compare it to any other fantastic sporting event would lessen its history, its traditions.

Its traditions, for example, have over a century of history and pageantry.  The Garland of Roses, first established as part of the Derby celebration when they were presented to all the ladies attending a fashionable Louisville Derby party.  The famous Twin Spires, the finishing touches to the Grandstand in 1895.

In the world of sports, there is not a more moving moment than when the horses step onto the track for the Kentucky Derby post parade and the band strikes up “My Old Kentucky Home.”  And let’s not forget the hats, the festival of two days, the mint julep. Click on this link about your best derby hats from Kirby Adams of the Courier-Journal:  Nothing quite as fabulous as a good Derby hat

By the way, ticket prices for May 7th range from general admission infield for $67 to $1500! So maybe you want to have your own party.

Or, as in past years, New England’s casinos are planning their own Derby events. And in past years, only Oxford, Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun had Derby Celebrations. Quite odd to me, since Penn National’s presence in New England is two racinos!

Here is a list to get out there and have some Derby Fun:

MAINE – Oxford Casino

Oxford Casino, Maine

Oxford Casino, Maine

The Second Annual Derby Dash, Saturday, May 7, 2016 / Noon – 6:00pm

Pick your favorite pony in the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby and you could win a share of the Derby Dash prize pool.  The prize pool will start at $10,000 Free Slot Play and we will add $10 Free Slot Play every time someone enters.

Derby T-Shirt Giveaway – Saturday, May 7, 2016
Beginning at 8:00am

Be one of the first 500 Oxford Rewards Club members to visit a promotional kiosk and you will receive a voucher for a FREE Derby T-shirt!

CONNECTICUT – Foxwoods Resort Casino

Foxwoods Resort Casino

Foxwoods Resort Casino

Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Ballroom

Doors open at 10:00am.  Free Admission to watch the races, starting at 10:30.  With a $50 wager, it includes a free Kentucky Derby Glass and free Kentucky Derby Buffet coupon & mint julep with $50 wager.  Large screen TV’s, 15 betting windows, and a Kentucky Derby Hat contest.

And in the Racebook,  reserved seating includes program and Kentucky Derby Hat.  Call Foxwoods for more information.  Wagering starts May 6th.

CONNECTICUT – Mohegan Sun Resort Casino

MoSun SignMohegan Sun Resort Casino – Kentucky Derby at Convention Center And Uncas Ballroom

Watch history in the making on Saturday, May 7th, live from the comforts of the Uncas Ballroom. Get in close to all the action on 9 large race screens, 30 betting terminals and 1,000 seats.  Meet and mingle with Mike “Mut” Mutnansky, talk show host for WEEI Sports Radio, Mike Vesce, writer and workout analyst for DRF and Anthony “Big A” Stabile, host of Xpressbet Radio on HRRN.  Make a $25 wager and receive a commemorative Mohegan Sun Derby 2016 t-shirt while supplies last and with a $50 wager, receive a pass to the Derby Festival Buffet!  Advance wagering in the Race Book is available on Friday, May 6th. Make a $50 advance wager on the Kentucky Derby and receive a souvenir cap! Windows open at 11:00am.

That’s all for now.   AANNNDDDD THEY’RRE OFF!