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Top 5 Craziest Casino Myths

Myths can be part of what makes life fun. After all, they spice up what could otherwise be a boring day or trip. However, they should not get in the way of your decision-making process. To that end, let’s dive into the top five craziest casino myths.

1. Counting Cards Will Land You in Jail

This myth — that counting cards is illegal and can even put you behind bars — is perhaps the most widely believed one. After all, it has elements that make sense. There’s the perception that casinos don’t want to give players any advantage, and counting cards is a big ol’ benefit.
However, a myth is all it is. Really! Of course, casinos don’t love it when players count cards. Even the best California casinos will use up to eight decks in blackjack to minimize the odds of card counting. They might also use automatic shuffling machines. It’s possible you could get banned from a casino or its table games if you count cards, but you will never be arrested.

2. Roulette Wheels Are Remote Controlled

This myth purports that roulette wheels are remote controlled and stop where the payouts are small. However, roulette spins are purely random, and casinos regularly check their wheels for bias. A casino found to have tampered with its wheels would be in big trouble, indeed.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Casinos

If you’ve never been to a casino (or even if you’ve been to several), there are a few things you may wonder. For example, what are the best casino games? How do you win at slots? And practically speaking, do you have to dress up? Here’s a look at some FAQs.

Do I need to dress up to go to a Casino?

Most likely not. Movies often show men in tuxedos and women clad in gowns as they gamble at high-end casinos. That’s the movies. In reality, most casinos want to appeal to a wide spectrum of folks. Go to one of the top casinos near San Diego and you’ll see many people wearing jeans and T-shirts or slacks and a sweater. Shorts, too. Casinos don’t want to make people jump through hoops or to make a visit stressful. In fact, some casinos also function as travel stops, offering gas and good dining. Travelers, including truckers, may take only 30 minutes or an hour to relax and gamble, and as everyone knows, it’s a rare person who travels in black tie.
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5 Fun to Know Facts About Casinos

Spending time playing games at a casino is a wonderful way to spend some time and relax. The colorful games, action and sounds have an element of fun and excitement. Add in some of the other activities that you will find at Golden Acorn Casino, and you are sure to have a great time!
Many people who head out to casinos like to have some fast gambling facts that they can tell their friends about these gambling meccas. If you fall into this category, here are five casino facts and helpful gambling tips that you might enjoy:

1. Quick History of Slots

Charles August Fey invented the slot machine in 1895. He worked from the basement of his home to create his invention. His machines were placed in saloons and were wildly popular. He opened a slot factory in San Francisco in 1896. That site is a California historical landmark now.
Slot machines are now one of the most popular attractions in casinos. In some places, you will find slot machines in restaurants, bars and other establishments. These machines are easy to customize, so they can be set to accept a host of denominations, from penny slots on up to high dollar amounts. Continue reading…

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Tips to Win Big at Golden Acorn Slot Machines

Slot machines are a great introduction to the excitement of casino gambling. At Golden Acorn Casino, we have 750 of the most exciting slot machines near San Diego, offering our guests hundreds of chances to win big. Whether you want to take it slow and cautious with a penny machine or go all out with $1 or $5 bets, we guarantee you’ll find a game that catches your eye.

Come see why we’re one of the top casinos east of San Diego!

Hundreds of Ways to Play and Win

Casino slot games have come a long way since the days of one-armed bandits and winning fruit combinations. At Golden Acorn Casino, we have hundreds of state-of-the-art slot machines to dazzle you while you play, including Sphinx 3D, a new frontier in slot gaming that utilizes the latest in 3D technology without the need for special 3D glasses. In addition to graphics that jump off the screen, our slot machines feature elaborate animation and rousing music to engage your senses—especially the telltale “Cha Ching” of a winning jackpot!

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How to Choose the Right Casino Game for You

How do you narrow down your choices? With 100’s of machines to choose from? Here’s a quick guide:

Risk taker? Try slots or video poker

It’s no secret that casino games with the highest payouts are usually the riskiest. If you love living on the edge and playing on the edge, high stakes slots and progressive slots offer huge jackpots. Video Poker also offers the potential for big wins, and you can even practice at home before hitting the casino with Golden Acorn Casino’s online Double Down Casino.

Competitive at heart? Try poker or blackjack

Do you love the thrill of pitting your strengths and skills against others? If you’re more interested in beating other players than beating the house, check out casino blackjack, especially tournaments. After all, you could have the weakest hand at the table still win the game by reading other players and playing your cards right.

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Top 10 Casino Lingo Terms to Know

You’ve got to “know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em.” And if you don’t know what these and other casino terms mean, then you’re going to miss out on a great time.

To help acquaint you to the lingo, here are 10 words and phrases to know before you head into the Golden Acorn Casino near San Diego.

Betting Limit

This is the minimum and maximum bet that is set by the casino. It often varies depending on the game being played.

Coat Tail

This is slang for using the same betting strategy that a winning player is using. The hope is that by “riding their coat tail” you can win as well.

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Beat the Game: Black Jack Tips

Dozens of books and movies have been made about the ins and outs of black jack. While black jack is mostly a game of chance, the fact that there are a finite number of possible hands means statistics and strategy come into play. There’s hardly enough room to delve into all of the details in one blog, but there are a few tried-and-true rules that are worth remembering.

When to Stand

Getting overzealous is a surefire way to lose the hand at any casino near San Diego. Any time your hard hand is a 17 or greater, stay where you are. The pool of available cards that will keep you under 21 is small. The same is true of any soft hand from 19 to 21.

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Seven Good Luck Gambling Rituals from Around the World

Throughout the world and throughout the centuries, good luck rituals have existed in many different forms in virtually every society. They have pervaded ancient history and continue to exist in today’s modern culture.

Before you visit Golden Acorn Casino, check out these seven gambling rituals for yourself. Maybe one will provide you with some good luck!

  1. Your Lucky Socks: Many people believe that a specific item of clothing lends them luck whenever they wear it. Whether it’s lucky socks or a special tie, if you have won wearing that item before, you may just win again!
  2. Charms: Another common trend is carrying a lucky charm that is believed to carry a spell or positive energies with it. While the charm itself varies by culture, we frequently see rabbit’s feet, four-leaf clovers, crosses and more in the United States.

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Are Casino Luck Spells Really a Thing?

If you are getting ready to pay a visit to Golden Acorn Casino to try your hand at the slots, you may be looking for ways to increase your luck.

While the science behind it may be lacking, many people believe that good luck spells help improve their chances when gambling. You can even pay to have a luck spell placed on you prior to your trip.

Removing Negative Energies

Whether you believe in spells or not, there is some logic behind removing negative energies from your life before you hit the table games. Not only will removing negative energy help you enjoy more of your trip, many people believe that it can also help you increase your positive focus and draw more good luck toward you.

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Top 5 Tips for Casino Beginners

Did you know over a quarter of Americans visit a casino at least once a year? According to the American Gaming Association, that number will only grow as more tribal casinos open across the US and legalized gambling expands beyond Las Vegas. It’s easy to see why. Unlike most other entertainment and nightlife options, casinos offer that glimmer of hope of winning big. And even if the night ends without a jackpot, the thrill of possibility adds a measure of excitement you just won’t find elsewhere.

For those who have never been to a casino before, venturing out for the first time may seem a little bit intimidating. But don’t worry. There’s no fuss here at Golden Acorn Casino in San Diego. All we want to do is help you take your fun up a notch or two.

Still concerned about the whole new-to-the-casino thing? Ok, we hear you. Take a look below at our top tips for casino beginners. They should put you at ease and get you ready to ramp up the fun-factor in your life.

Tip #1: Learn the rules

Gambling is by definition a risk, but there’s no sense in worsening your odds by not understanding the rules of the games you play. Slot machines and bingo are pretty self-explanatory, but if you have your eye on a table game like Blackjack or Poker, be sure to read up on rules and strategies before you go, or try out some free online games for practice. And if you blank on the rules once you’re already at the table, don’t worry—dealers will typically help out and offer generalized advice, so don’t be afraid to ask.

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