Golden Gate Casino – New $1 Chip

The one and only Gregg Fisher (world record holder for the largest collection of $1 casino chips) has been taking the opportunity to build on his record breaking collection. This time by visiting the Golden Gate Casino in downtown Las Vegas, as the venue has a new $1 chip.

Golden Gate Casino - New $1 Chip

Keep an eye out for another update from Gregg in a week or so, as he’ll be putting his Guinness world record holding collection of display at the Casino Chip & Gaming Tokens Collectors Club (ccgtcc) annual convention at South Point Hotel/Casino, Las Vegas from 17th – 19th June.

Game of Thrones Powerstacks Slots by Slingshot/Microgaming

Game of Thrones Powerstacks Slots by Slingshot/Microgaming Game of Thrones Powerstacks is exclusively designed for Microgaming by Slingshot Studios, and with their valuable input, I might add. The slot is a Slingshot Studios creation and features a 5×4 grid and 40 paylines. It is a slot game that comes via the Power Stacks network with several jackpots available.

Game of Thrones is a branded slot. Many of the characters from the series are on the reels; it launches in August 2021 with a variety of RTP configurations where the most generous has a theoretical return value of 96.20%, very high volatility. The maximum win in this superb slot is 25000x the stake. Microgaming has have been here before with their other releases, Game of Thrones 243, along with a 15 payline version

Game of Thrones Powerstacks Symbols

The low pay symbols are the four great house emblems Greyjoy, Stark, Lannister and Targaryen, worth between 2 to 2.5 x the bet for a line of five. The higher paying symbols are the five key figures from the drama Tormund Giantsbane, the Night King, Sansa, Dany and Jon Snow, who pay out between 5 to 7.5x for five on a line. The games logo is the Wild and can pay out as much as 25x for five of a kind.

Game of Thrones Powerstacks Features

Let’s start with the Power Stacks indicator. It’s visible on the left-hand side and randomly displays symbols. The displayed symbol is Super Stacked for the current spin, with Stacks added to all 5 reels. All symbols bar the Wild and Scatter can be Power Stacked.

There are Special Coin symbols, and when 6 or more land, they trigger the Link&Win Feature. Triggering symbols get locked in place, and all the other symbols get removed from the board. Three spins commence where new coins reset the counter while locking into position as well. The feature ends when the spins run out or the Valyrian prize gets won.

The special coins represent 4 Jackpots, and they are the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Valyrian. They are worth 20x, 100x, 500x, and 2500x the bet, respectively.

Head back to Westeros and take on the fight for the Kingdom in Game of Thrones Powerstacks by Slingshot in partnership with Microgaming.

Casino Games – Keno

Casino Games - Keno The word ‘keno’ is an Americanism, in fact, a corruption of the French word ‘quine’, meaning ‘group of five’, but the game originated, as ‘ baige piao’, or ‘white pigeon ticket’, in China at least 2,000 years ago. Essentially, like bingo, or lotto, keno is a lottery played as a game and, as such, offers a house edge of 20% or 30% in many cases.

Keno is played with a ticket – either a physical, paper ticket or a virtual, electronic version on a video touchscreen – bearing the numbers 1 to 80, arranged in an 8 x10 grid pattern. In traditional keno, a.k.a. ‘spot keno’, players choose between 1 and 20 numbers, or ‘spots’, typically between 1 and 15, and are paid according to the numbers of spots they ‘catch’. ‘Catching a spot’ simply means matching one of their numbers to one of the 20 winning numbers drawn, at random, in each single game of keno. Historically, for legislative purposes, keno was known as ‘race horse keno’ and each single game is still known as a ‘race’. Keno payout odds vary from casino to casino but, in Las Vegas, if a player marks, say, 15 spots, they can expect to receive $10 for catching seven, $30 for catching eight, $100 for catching nine, and so on, all the way up to $50,000 for catching all 15, for a $1 bet.

Movies – The Hustler

Movies - The Hustler ‘The Hustler’ is 1961 drama film, produced by 20th Century Fox, directed by Robert Rossen and starring Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie and George C. Scott, each of whom received an Academy Award nomination. ‘The Hustler’ tells the story of ‘Fast’ Eddie Felson, a cocksure, but highly skilful pool player, who establishes a reputation as he travels the country with his manager, Charlie Burns (Myron McCormick) but, nonetheless, harbours the ambition of beating the best player in the country, Minnesota Fats (Gleason).

Shot on location, entirely in New York City, ‘The Hustler’ devotes roughly one-third of its 134-minute running time to two pool matches between Felson and Fats. In his first encounter with Fats, after 25 hours, despite drinking a whole bottle of JTS Brown bourbon, from the bottle, Felson is $18,000 ahead, but it loses it all by refusing to stop playing until the ‘Fat Man’ says the game is over. Dubbed a ‘born loser’ by Bert Gordon (Scott), a cold, vicious gambler and stakehorse, Felson accepts an offer to be taught how to play ‘major league’ pool; his ‘education’ involves, at one occasion, having his thumbs broken for flaunting his talents to a less hustler.

Nevertheless, the path inevitably leads him back to a rematch with Minnesota Fats and, in the final showdown between the two, a focused and sober Felson stakes his whole $3,000 bankroll on a single game. Felson wins that game and many more, so many, in fact, that as the hands of the clock reach six o’clock Fats concedes defeat. Felson launches into an emotional criticism of Gordon, which effectively costs him his future as a big-time pool player, but he and Fats part on gracious terms.