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Episode # 93 Once in a Lifetime

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Once in a Lifetime 

Show Notes:

A. Last Pandemic 1917-1918. Will the one in 2020 be the last one in your lifetime?

b. Last “Boomer” Presidential Runs

c. Las Vegas long term future no longer about Boomers who are now outnumbered by      younger generations

d. SW Airlines giving 2 years to use cancelled tickets without a charge to customer

e. Cancelled complimentary hotel stays returned to customer after several months

f. Craps Hop Bet the Hardways on the Come out Roll  (These Most Unlikely Results Will Never Happen Again to Coach Fav)

g. Professional Sports with No Fans in Stadiums

h. High Schools, open, closed, long distance learning, brick and mortar attendance?

i.  Government sending us money

j. Restaurant rules putting nearly all restaurants in jeopardy of not surviving

H. Even so, two new casinos are coming to Pennsylvania. One of them, at the Westmoreland County Site, is to open around Thanksgiving of this year. They are being built by the Maryland-based Cordish Gaming Group, which runs MARYLAND LIVE, a very large casino in Maryland. Coach Fav gives the details of slots and tables at their new casino in Westmoreland County, about 30 minutes from the Casinos USA Studio. 

Casinos USA mission is to continue to seek. LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. We still are the magic place where EVERYDAY IS SATURDAY!

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Episode # 92 Another Kind of One Nighter

Show Notes, July 23, 2020

Parts I and III:  If anyone is hesitant to vacation in Las Vegas or Atlantic City because they do not want to fly, ride busses, walk within large crowds, or stand in long lines because of fear of Covid, then this podcast suggests trying a short stay at a small casino cluster within a few hour drive from your home, if possible. 

Jane and Coach Fav offer a number short stay plans that they have enjoyed, and they encourage the listeners to play travel agent and create a couple of casino resort short stay scenarios for themselves.  Janie asks our listeners to share their ideas with all of us by calling the voicemail of the podcast at 1-724-519-4556 (24/7) and giving your plans at casinos close to you where large crowds or waiting in lines would not be expected. The casinos you choose would be no more than 6 hours from your home.

Here are “Short Stay Gems” we love: 

Pennsylvania — Lady Luck Casino at Nemacolin Resort: 724-329-7500

Pennsylvania — The Meadows Racetrack and Casino: 877-824-5050

Pennsylvania — Hyatt Meadows Hotel: 724-222-777

Iowa — Ameristar Casino Hotel Council Bluffs — 712-328-8888

Iowa — Harrah’s Council Bluffs — 712-329-6000

West Virginia — Wheeling Island Hotel Casino and Racetrack — 304-232-5050

West Virginia — Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races — 304-725-7001

Michigan — Four Winds New Buffalo

Indiana — Four Winds South Bend (Slots Only Tables Games Coming) 866-494-6371

Indiana — Blue Chip Casino & Hotel — 219-879-7711

Indiana — Hollywood Casino & Hotel Lawrenceburg — 812-539-8000

Indiana — Belterra Casino Resort — 812-427-7777

Indiana — Rising Star Casino Resort — 812-438-1234

Maryland – MGM National Harbor — 301-749-7500

Maryland — Maryland Live — 443-842-7000

Maryland — Rocky Gap Casino Resort — 301-784-8400

Part II:  Coach Fav recounts a $825 winning day at the Craps Table at a recent casino visit.

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Episode # 91 Themed Casinos or Not?

Part I:    Winning and Losing

a. There is a lot of luck often when it comes to winning and losing and Mark Clark of South Rockwood, Michigan must be a candidate for one of the “luckiest” gamblers of all time. (from CNN) — When most can’t manage to get a $20 return on a scratch off, one Michigan man walked away with $4 million … TWICE!! “You don’t think you’ll win millions once, and you definitely never think it would happen twice,” said Mark Clark, of South Rockwood, Michigan, after his latest win this month.

Three years ago, Mark delivered fuel to a gas station in Hudson, Michigan. He bought an instant game lottery ticket and scratched off the bar code. The ticket said to see the clerk — and so he did. As Mark and the cashier were talking, the cashier scratched the rest of the ticket and then looked at Mark with a shocked look on his face and said: ‘Mark, you just won $4 million!.” 

So last month again Clark bought an instant game ticket — and again, he won. Again, it was $4 million. “I scratched the ticket off in the store with a coin my dad gave me about 10 years ago,” he said, according to a Michigan Lottery release. “We lost him about a year ago after some health struggles, and I can’t help but think maybe that lucky coin helped me win this.”

b. Another experience in winning and losing occurred during an argument between two people who were in love with one another. They decided to calm down and take a car ride and take things over in a more reasonable way. Yes, this second story involves a Roanoke woman who wins $177,777 on a “scratcher” ticket because of a fight with her boyfriend.  Read for details. This info came off of ABC local newscast.  Most argument don’t end so happily.

Part II:     3-2-1 Craps Segment. 

Coach Fav explains how placing the 6 and 8 from the Don’t Pass Line has given him 7 straight wins since returning to the craps tables since they have opened in June.  His 3-2-1 Craps strategy for pass line players who are low rollers has surpasses 170,000 views on YouTube on Jeremy Elerick’s Color Up Channel.  Just type in 3-2-1-craps to find it.

Part III:    Themed Casinos or Not?

Janie and Coach Fav go into an extended conversation discussing the many “Themed Casinos” that they have enjoyed. Yet they agree that the themed casino format is ending.

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Episode # 90 Everything Sparkles

Part 1  The Hyatt

Welcome to our 90th podcast on this June 25 afternoon.  Janie and Coach Fav discusses the experience of staying at the Hyatt Meadows, a hotel attached to the Meadows Casino by a 4th floor skybridge.  Hyatt looks to iconic medical organizations to keep their hotel free of Covid 19.  “Everything Sparkles,” says Janie.  The hotel had to make other changes due to the threat of Covid 19 contagion, but all the changes seemed reasonable and made one feel safe.  

Part 2 The Meadows Casino

Janie also explains that the Meadows insists that all patrons wear masks as does many of their employees.  The ones that do not wear masks but rather wear full face shields. Janie points out that hearing impaired individuals cannot read lips through a mask; however, they can read through a face shield.  This is something that I never thought about.  Janie points to many safety regulations in place and that she felt safe playing there. 

Part 3  Winning and Losing

Coach Fav enjoyed seeing a young man win $10,000 on a LINKS slot machine.  That positive experience was being at a craps table near a rather sore loser who went through about $4,000 in less than 90 minutes. 

Part 4  3-2-1 Craps Segment

Coach Fav explains one of his usual approaches to craps that he enjoys and is one that low rollers can enjoy and appreciate.

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Episode # 89 Now It’s Beer Through a Straw!

June 11, 2020 – Start of Casinos USA’s 9th Season.

Part I: Coach Fav reviews the events of the reopening the Meadows Casino in Washington, Pennsylvania on June 9 which was the first legal day for casinos to reopen in PA. The Meadows served comp beers to players, but one was required to drink beer through a straw or not at all.  He also explains his plan to play craps from the Don’t Pass, which is not his favorite way to play craps.  He adds many other of his views on the recent events of our time.

Part II: Keno Nick from Connellsville, Pennsylvania calls in to highlight his story of the day that he shared with Coach Fav at the Meadows reopening.  Nick played Keno slots for 6 hours and you may be surprised to learn of his outcomes.

Part III: Janie adds to the commentary in discussing how casinos are going to be a bit different from the way that they were and her own fears and hesitation about returning to any events where large numbers of people will gather.  She passed on the opening but has some regrets that she did not join Coach Fav at the Meadows.

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Episode # 88 Million Dollar Scratch Off Winner

Casinos USA Podcasts Show Notes:

Part I: Charity Stivason (age 48)  wins a Million Dollars on a Pennsylvania Lottery Ticket just three blocks from the home of Casinos USA Podcasts. It’s a heartwarming story.

Part II: Biggest loses at a craps table that our listeners have witnessed are told. How about the  $50,000 loss (reported by Chris) at the Foxwood Tribal Casino in Connecticut is shocking. Lesson here is simply “Never Fight a Streak.” If you do, you may pay big. A couple of other loss reports are also told.

The danger of having an overly competitive personality in gambling  is considered. 

Part III: Fox 5 Las Vegas interview with the manager of the iconic Charleston Lodge restaurant is presented and the hardships of the pandemic shutdown and reopening requirements are considered. The safety of the patrons and putting the new guidelines in place is  the first priority as restaurants adjust to the new normal. 

Part IV: Casinos USA suggests that all of us must proceed with caution, but proceed we must.  Will packed Vegas Nightclubs and Pool Parties be gone in the post pandemic Las Vegas? 


Part V; Did you turn to online betting during the casino shutdowns? If you want to talk about it call our voicemail at 1-724-519-4556. Callers have up to 5 minutes to tell their Casino stories. 

Part VI: Our popular “Surprise News” segment closes today’s podcast.

Thanks for listening. We have completed 8 seasons of 11 episodes each. Our podcasts will return in early June. Be safe. Hope to see all of you in a casino resort soon.

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Episode # 87 Who Do You Trust?

Commentary: In this age of misinformation, exactly who do you trust. I have read that the opening of the country is premature. I have also read that Stanford University medical doctors explain that staying closed is exactly what we should not be doing.  In doing so, we are only setting ourselves up for a severe resurgence in the fall.  Open up now and an immunity will develop in the population protecting us against a severe resurgence in the fall of the year.  So who do you trust? 

3 Callers respond to this question: Would you go to Vegas on May 15 if your flight and room were comped by the casino?   

New Nevada Casino Regulations

Tables Games limited to three gamblers at a time, Roulette to 4 players at a time, an 6 players to a Craps Table. Well, if craps tables are putting a stickman, a bowman, and two dealers at a table, and only 6 gamblers at a time are permitted to play, then I fear that table limits will be at the $25 minimum.  How else would a table of three be profitable for a casino if they are staffing the table with four employees.  Will casinos offer tub tables staffed with one or maybe two dealers for low rollers or will bubble craps machines and the like now be the refuge for lower limit craps players?  Who do you trust? 

I used to ask that question when I read or viewed get rich gambling strategies that guaranteed success. I asked that question because I immediacy did not trust what videos were saying or what gambling authors were writing. Now I am asking the question Who Do You Trust with the daily newscasts and the daily newspapers.  The age of certainty seems to have evaporated. Scientist disagree, doctors disagree, differing economic forecasts can be found on either side. And asking the questions about casinos in general or Las Vegas specifically – What will the casinos be like when they reopen it’s the same. Who do you trust with the truth? Increasingly, I have concluded that I can trust no one.  We have to open and find out. Governors change their mind everyday and then spin it. I expect that state gaming regulations across the country will change the same way.  Who Do You Trust, I ask. My answer is no one. Because no one knows what will come. Let’s see how things are upon openings in all areas and let’s anticipate that changes to openings will occur quickly and in some cases almost immediately.  

Janie on Keys to Evaluating the NFL Draft

1.  Did your team the best players available when it was their turn to choose?  

2. Did your team’s pick help improve an area of weakness that is obvious. For example, picking the best lineman available because the area of need was a lineman.

3. If your team did this consistently throughout the draft, they deserve a high grade.

These teams are my A’s

The Bengals and The Ravens. I would give the Steelers a B plus. I love their first pick of Chase Claypool. So think it over and evaluate your own team. Were you shocked as I was about how many times the mock draft of Mel Kifer did not work, over 20 times Mel missed. So this shows that even an expert does not always get things right.  I hope your team did get it right.

Craps Talk: Laying odds on the Don’t Pass line explained by Coach Fav. Also in this session Coach Fav reviews the Power Pressing Charts of Color-up Club by Jeremy Elerick.

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Episode # 86 Wynn’s Reopening Strategy

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Show Notes:

Part 1: Wynn  Resorts lays out reopening strategy using Thermal cameras, worker and customer masks among tools to be used. Wynn Resorts Ltd. CEO, Matt Maddox, hopes to see the Strip “slowly begin” to reopen in the next month, according to an updated health and sanitation plan published Sunday morning. Once that happens, Wynn’s Las Vegas resorts will look much different under new guidelines, with the use of thermal cameras to steer away people with high temperatures, altered layouts to ensure social distancing and masks worn by all employees.  “Nevada will likely be one of the hardest-hit states in the nation and suffer very high unemployment,” CEO Matt Maddox said in the statement. “It is imperative to flatten this curve so we can re-emerge in a safe, sustainable way.”

Part 2: Online casino table and slot play not as much fun as being inside of a real casino.  Online gambling right now is all that the casinos and the gamblers have.  10 cent video poker? Why not.

Part 3: The most romantic Las Vegas love story that you will ever hear.

Part 4: Craps Segment: Coach Fav’s transition to the Don’t Pass Line and Hybrid Play all began when a casino raised the table limits from $5 to $15. He explains how it happened.

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Episode # 85 Think 98.5%

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Show Notes: Stay Safe and Strong against the pandemic that we are facing head on. When we do get the all clear, here are some important principles to embrace that may maximize your casino enjoyment: Don’t play with scared money, Don’t use your government relief money to gamble, Be responsible, Resorts offer more than just gambling. Quit when you are ahead, Celebrate when you win, and when you lose, don’t be a sore loser  

Trip report from a Blackjack player from Pittsburgh (Josh)  who was visiting in Vegas with his wife the last weekend before the state of Nevada ordered all casinos to shutdown. This is a powerful, intense, and interesting phone call.

In a shortened Craps Talk segment, Coach Fav admits that he makes a hop bet on the come-out roll when he is shooting by placing $2 on the hard ten hopping. Remember that “Hop the Hard 10” is a one roll bet, but it pays 30 to 1. A $2.00 bet wins $60. It’s a fun bet that doesn’t do much damage, but it pays enough to be enjoyable. I hit it back to back on Veterans Day 2019 at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.

Finally, Coach Fav recalls that his father was born during the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1917 and 1918. So America has faced demon pandemic before.  America always comes back. So until we meet again, thanks for listening and stay safe everyone. April 9, 2020

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Episode # 84 After It’s Gone

Episode # 84 is based on suppositions made by several callers to Casinos USA and Coach Fav and Janie regarding how Las Vegas Casino Resorts might be like once the terrible Coronavirus has gone and they reopen to the public.  

Also reviewed in a more factual manner is the steps the Nevada gaming companies have taken with protecting their own employees and the credits that their own customers have accumulated in rewards programs. Also noted is the food that the casinos gave to the Las Vegas food banks and other charities. 

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