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Web Site Gives Gaming Info New Dimension

28 May 2003

There are many useful destinations on the Internet that gamblers and recreational casino gaming fans can go to for information, but there was no single resource for up-to-date briefings on the status of slot machine jackpot data, giveaways, and promotions at casinos nationwide until www.bestjackpots.com came along.

Since its debut in October of last year, bestjackpots has recruited more than 1,300 casino destinations across the country to contribute information to the site. The list grows bigger every day. Check it out and you'll discover that there's already major representation from casinos in the Chicago area.

The site is the brainchild of two table games supervisors at the Greektown Casino in Detroit, Michigan, Daniel Brautman and Steve Johnston. They, along with several other investors, have pooled their resources and their talent to develop what they consider to be the future in the best consumer-oriented gambling data available on the Internet.

"We invested nearly three years into the development and implementation of the site," said Brautman, who serves as president of the company. "We conceptualized what we wanted to do, then made every effort to make it the best we possibly could. It is our belief that the amount of information that's available and the ease with which visitors can navigate the site justify the work that was put into it."

In addition to listing the top in-house slot jackpots, bestjackpots lists the promotions, giveaways, and entertainment venues as well as an archive of past slot jackpot winners at casinos in every gaming jurisdiction in the United States. Visitors to the site can search the site with ease, clicking on the region, casino name, entertainment, or tournament in which they are interested. Gaming information is categorized by slot denomination as well as live poker and Caribbean Stud progressives.

"We update the information that's available on the site on a daily basis," Brautman said. "Every effort is made to ensure the information is accurate and up-to-date. Many times the casinos themselves will not keep the information on their own sites as timely as possible. We do our own checking around to make sure it's correct."

Bestjackpots has the makings of becoming the "go-to" site for serious gamblers who are planning trips to Las Vegas or other hubs of gaming around the country. Knowing where the best slot jackpots are and getting an indication of the frequency at which they are hit can make a big difference in where you decide to play when your options are numerous.

"One of the important aspects to the site is in the area of Caribbean Stud Poker, one of the most popular table games," Brautman observed. "The size of the progressive jackpot makes a huge difference on the value of playing the game. The amount of the jackpot can vary greatly from casino to casino. Why play the game at a casino with a smaller progressive when you can play at a neighboring establishment that has a much bigger one? Bestjackpots is your one-stop Internet source for this information."

With the proliferation of giveaways and promotions at casinos, bestjackpots can be invaluable for recreational casino gambling fans when it comes to picking and choosing places to play. It's a convenient way to obtain an incredible amount of pertinent gambling updates.

CASINO NEWS: The Hollywood Casino in Aurora recently added Three Card Poker to its table game mix. The slot inventory has been upgraded, too, with the arrival of 64 new multi-denomination slots and some new varieties of the popular nickel video slots.

Multi-denomination gives slot players the choice of playing $1, $2, $5, or $10 games on the same machine. There are also some new twenty-five cent units.

Hollywood Aurora's new nickel games include Tabasco, Price Check, Elvira, Chicken Dales, Sphinx II, Happy Hippo, Fortune Forever, Diamond Destiny, Dynamite, and Canyon Rose, some of which are also available in quarters.

John G. Brokopp

John G. Brokopp's gaming column appears in Chicago Sun Times (Chicago, Illinois), The Times (Northwest Indiana), The Quad City Times (Davenport, Iowa), The Courier News (Elgin, Illinois), The Gazette (Southwest Suburban Chicago) and Senior Wire (Denver, CO). He's also a regular contributor to The Colorado Gambler, Midwest Gaming & Travel, Casino Player and Strictly Slots. John possesses 28 years of experience as a professional handicapper, publicist, freelance writer, and casino gaming correspondent. He is also the author of two very popular books, The Insider’s Guide to Internet Gambling and Thrifty Gambling.

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John G. Brokopp
John G. Brokopp's gaming column appears in Chicago Sun Times (Chicago, Illinois), The Times (Northwest Indiana), The Quad City Times (Davenport, Iowa), The Courier News (Elgin, Illinois), The Gazette (Southwest Suburban Chicago) and Senior Wire (Denver, CO). He's also a regular contributor to The Colorado Gambler, Midwest Gaming & Travel, Casino Player and Strictly Slots. John possesses 28 years of experience as a professional handicapper, publicist, freelance writer, and casino gaming correspondent. He is also the author of two very popular books, The Insider’s Guide to Internet Gambling and Thrifty Gambling.

Books by John G. Brokopp:

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