Why Bingo Is A Secret Casino Jackpot | Forbes

My latest for Forbes.com is a look into the revival of bingo in Las Vegas:

Bingo’s not the newest game in town, but in the hyper-competitive Downtown Las Vegas market, one casino is using it to appeal to both traditional and younger players. While casinos often lose money at the game itself, its passionate players make it a jackpot for some casinos.

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Interesting that, as casinos and manufacturers invest more in “skill games” to try to woo new generations of player, this old standby seems to be doing well.

So perhaps the key is to “go back to the bingo halls.”

The Languages of Gaming | Vegas Seven

In this week’s Vegas Seven, I take a look at what the addition of a bilingual game at a North Las Vegas casino means:

The Lucky Club’s move speaks to the growing presence of Spanish-speaking players in and around Las Vegas. And it’s not without precedent. In 2010, Buffalo Bill’s casino in Primm started offering bilingual blackjack, with dealers speaking to players in both English and Spanish. Combined with Spanish-language concerts, the game was an attempt to counter the inroads that California’s tribal casinos have made into the drive-up Southern California market. To all appearances, the move was successful—Buffalo Bill’s Latino offerings continue to draw.

via The Languages of Gaming | Vegas Seven

Simply put, if you have money and want to gamble it, casinos will find a way to accommodate you.

World’s Biggest Bingo Hall

In the early 1980s, bingo halls on tribal lands throughout the United States exploded. These bingo halls generally did not follow state rules on maximum jackpots, so they were incredibly popular. They formed the foundation for today’s tribal gaming industry.

In 1984, the Otoe Missouria Indians opened what they billed as the world’s biggest bingo hall, the 6,000-seat Red Rock Bingo Palace in north-central Oklahoma.

You can learn more about tribal government gaming and the development of casinos on Indian reservations  in Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling

Go here to read an excerpt from the book, or learn where to buy your copy.

In the early 1980s, bingo halls on tribal lands throughout the United States exploded. These bingo halls generally did not follow state rules on maximum jackpots, so they were incredibly popular. They formed the foundation for today’s tribal gaming industry.

In 1984, the Otoe Missouria Indians opened what they billed as the world’s biggest bingo hall, the 6,000-seat Red Rock Bingo Palace in north-central Oklahoma.

You can learn more about tribal government gaming and the development of casinos on Indian reservations  in Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling

Go here to read an excerpt from the book, or learn where to buy your copy.