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.
in Poker Terms
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.