Indiana was the sixth state to legalize riverboat gambling, and ita law allows for eleven riverboats-five on Lake Michigan, one on Patoka Lake, and five along the Ohio River. The boats are required to cruise, and there are no bet or loss limits imposed on gamblers.

By late 1996, four casinos were in operation and five more licenses had been issued. When the first Lake Michigan boats opened in june 1996, it was discovered that if the boats cruised the lake they would be in violation of the Johnson Act, a federal law which prohibits the transportation of gambling machines in territorial waters of the U.S. Because of this problem the Lake Michigan boats have not been cruising and have been conducting dockside gaming sessions. These sessions have the same time limits as the cruises, and once a session begins the doors to the casino are closed and no one is allowed to enter until boarding begins for the next session. You are, however, permitted to leave at any time during a dockside session.

Most cruises are for one to two hours, with boarding allowed one half hour before cruise time and immediate gambling allowed. Upon returning you have an additional half hour to gamble before the next boarding begins. Reservations are often required on weekends and holidays, so call ahead.

All casinos offer table games and electronic machines, and the minimum age to gamble is twenty-one.

For more information on Indiana tourism and a free "Travel Pack, "call 800-289-6646.

Expected Value in Poker Terms
Winning odds are a little harder to figure on the spot than payoff odds because thev involve probability calculations over the course of the hand. Many of these are too complicated to do in your head. The good news is that void usually don't have to. First of all, excessive precision in these calculations is not required and is usually not possible. Even more importantly, in practice, your winning odds in a poker hand are based on either (1) the chance that an initially strong hand will end up being best or (2) the chance that a potential strong hand, usually a straight or flush, gets completed, based on the number of cards remaining in the deck that complete it (this is called being on a drain, and the cards that make your draw are called otit.s or both). If your hand is strong enough to fall into the former category, you know that you have a positive expectation \without doing any math. If you are on a draw, your decision to go for it or fold will pivot on how your winning odds compare to your pot odds. But most draws in poker are of standard types, allowing you to memorize the winning odds for each draw in advance. All you have to do is recognize what type of draw ,-on have and compare its winning odds from memory to your pot odds on the table.
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