02/2/15

A Brief Silver Lining

stock-exchange-screenIt is no secret that the economic climate can have a major impact on the revenues for gaming in virtually every area of the world. Generally, the more additional money people have at their disposal, the greater the revenues for casinos and online gaming organizations. Considering these trends, many analysts are speculating as to whether or not the recent decline in gas prices will translate into better numbers for the gaming industry. It is not just gas lower gas prices that are increasing the potential for wagering as well. Consumer confidence all over the world has been growing as once turbulent markets begin to stabilize.

Losers Becoming Winners

Many regional markets that are being watched in regard to this concern have already started to provide positive data points. In many areas, the gaming industries that have been showing steady declines are already back up by five percent or more. This data is being compared to figures that indicate that average gas prices have already fallen by an estimated two dollars per gallon. Casino owners have also taken note of the recent changes. They cite an increase in consumer spending and greater regularity and enthusiasm in occasional, low-end players.

The Forces Driving the Action

According to many economic analysts such as those employed by the Morgan Stanley research teams, 2015 has the potential to be a consumer-driven year that will be the strongest on record since 2006. Among the variables in favor of strong economic conditions are increased liquidity, a rise in the market value of homes, and increases in most industry wages. While casinos and other forms of wagering can count on the trend for some additional profits over the next year, analysts warn that upswings such as this do not indicate endless, additional resources. Instead, it is much more likely that the growth will be short-lived, indicating a broader upturn in economic prosperity that will take place over decades.

01/5/15

Krupa Hits $4K Slot Jackpot

Lady Luck was certainly on her side as Polish-born Joanna Krupa hit a $4,000 jackpot on a slot machine at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Florida.

Joanna Krupa

Joanna KrupaJoanna Krupa is a 35-year-old former model and current actress. She has been a lingerie model for Frederick’s of Hollywood, appeared twice on the cover of Playboy and participated on Dancing with the Stars with partner Derek Hough, who had been a champion on the show previously. In 2012, she was added as a cast member to the reality television show The Real Housewives of Miami.

Celebrity Gambler

Krupa is a casual gambler by any metric, but she has garnered attention for her enjoyment of the pastime simply due to the sheer amount of attention she receives regardless of what she does. The model-actress is very active in social media, and she often engages with her audience by chronicling her various adventures, and on numerous occasions, those activities have involved gambling.

Hard Rock

This was the case with her visit to Hard Rock. Fans followed along on Facebook and Twitter and even cheered her on as she sat down at the blackjack tables, but didn’t have any luck. Most such jaunts ended that way. She would win a little here, win a little there, but at the end of the night walk away losing more than she had earned.

Hitting the Jackpot

This night was different. After a series of losing hands against a live blackjack dealer, she moved over to the electronic machines and bounced around between several different slot machines and video poker machines. After a series of unlucky spins, she hits a $4,000 single-line jackpot and came out on top for a change. It is unclear from the photos she posted, however, which machine yielded the payday.

12/8/14

Casinos and Notorious Celebrities

Celebrities and their antics are mostly harmless. However, at times these antics might not prove to be good for their reputation. There are countless tales of celebrities – mostly from the field of entertainment and sports – who have been kicked out of casinos due to their behaviour. Here are a few notable ones.

  • Ben Affleck

Ben AffleckBen’s name comes up on top when casino antics or gossip are mentioned. May be because the incidents with him happened in 2014 and are fresh in people’s mind. It is now well known that he loves the game of blackjack. He himself mentioned that he took his time to learn the strategies of the casino game. However, it ended up costing him dearly when a casino in Las Vegas banned him for life early this year. The reason given was his card counting during the plays.

However, it wasn’t the first and last time that he was shown the casino doors. Later in June, Affleck was asked to leave a casino in Ontario for the same card counting reasons. It’s bad for casinos to lose a celebrity client and also for the ace actor and director who is an expert in blackjack.

  • Lil’ Wayne

Lil’ WayneLil’ Wayne has the reputation of being a nice guy and is much-respected in the music industry. However, he got a bad reputation for his drinking problem, which got him into trouble on more than one occasion. It is said that it was his drinking that caused him to misbehave in a casino in Vegas from where he has been banned for life. He continues to play at casinos around the US as he loves craps and poker.Allen Iverson

  • Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson is a famous sports star who is loved for his talent on the basketball court. However, he has not been as courteous off court, especially at some casinos in Detroit from where he was asked to leave. The reason cited was his uncouth behaviour. It was said at the time that he was rude to his blackjack dealer, the servers and other players.