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    Vegas Stakes - Super Nintendo
    Version 1.1
    December 5, 2000
    inkhands@yahoo.com
    
    
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       Table of Contents
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     1. Introduction
     2. Version History
     3. Controls
     4. Tips
     5. Getting Started
     6. Game Rules
     7. Casinos
     8. Random Encounters 
     9. Credits
    10. Copyright
    
    
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    1. Introduction
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    Vegas Stakes was released in 1992 and it's my all time favorite
    gambling game. It features five casinos, five types of gambling
    games, and a goal to obtain 10 million dollars. It features non
    linear play, because you are free to ramble through four of the
    casinos at the outset. They have different minimums and different
    maximum totals. You can only access the final casino after you reach
    high roller status of 100 thousand dollars. This is the casino with no
    limit. You can wager as much as you want, except in the slots game. 
    
    One of the most interesting aspects of the game is the random 
    encounters that happen. While you are playing some people will
    come up to you. They will either cost you money or give you money. You
    never really know which one for sure it's going to be on some of them, 
    and I've tried to point all of them. 
    
    
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    2. Version History
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    Version 1.0 - The first version of the document. It
    basically covers the controls and rules of the game. I also
    provided some tips for each of the games and an outline
    of the random encounters that occur in this game. (Dec. 2, 2000)
    
    Version 1.1 - Fixed typos that I made in the first
    version. 
    
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    3. Controls
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    Vegas Stakes can be played using either the standard Super Nintendo
    controller or the Super Nes Mouse. This mouse usually came packaged 
    with Mario Paint. If you have a mouse that might make betting a little 
    easier in some of the games, such as roulette and craps. However, the 
    game is quite easy to control using the regular controller. 
    
    Standard controller instructions:
    
    Start button - Starts the game.
    Select button - Consult with companion which allows you to check the 
    rules of the current game. This also allows you to get advice
    from your companion. You can also use this to quit the current game.
    Control Pad - Select wager position. Change highlighted choice. Left 
    and right on the control pad allows you to move around 
    your money and up and down allows you to raise or lower the amounts. 
    A button - Places wager and confirms choice.
    B button - This allows you to remove your wager.
    X button - Ends wagering. 
    L and R buttons - Check game rules and wager information.
    
    Note: The Y button is not used in this game. 
    
    
    Super Nes Mouse instructions:
    
    Left mouse button: Places wager, confirms choice. Use the mouse 
    to move the cursor, then click this button to confirm. When 
    wagering, move the cursor and double click. If you are 
    selecting from a menu and do not move the cursor to select a 
    different option, the default choice will be entered when you 
    click the button. 
    
    Right mouse button: Removes wager. Just position the cursor 
    over the current wager and click this button to remove it. 
    
    
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    4. Tips
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    This is just some general advice I want to give about the 
    games that might be helpful as you play. I will try to add more 
    as I think of them, but for now this is all the tips I could think of. 
    Keep in mind these are all merely suggestions. You don't have
    to try any or all of them. They are just simple strategies I have 
    used while playing the game over the years. 
    
    BLACKJACK
    
    - While playing Blackjack, keep in mind the dealer has to stand 
    if his total score is over 17. Also, keep in mind that going over 21 
    will bust you or your opponent. The most popular value in the 
    deck is 10 points. If you have 12-16 points and you are thinking 
    of hitting again, check the dealer's hand first. Always assume the
    card face down is a 10 value card. If the dealer has a 5 face up, 
    and he does in fact have a 10 face down, he will have to hit. 
    There's a chance he might get a 6 or less and not bust. However, 
    there's also a good chance he will hit a 10, which will bust the
    dealer. So, essentially even if you have 13 or 14, and you are 
    torn on whether to hit or stand. Just stand if the up card in your 
    dealer's hand is 6 or less. 
    
    - You have the opportunity to buy insurance if it looks as though 
    the dealer has blackjack. I suggest that you don't waste the money 
    to buy insurance. If it's blackjack all you get is a push. If it's not 
    blackjack, you've lost the money on buying it. More often than 
    not when I was asked to buy insurance it would not be Blackjack 
    anyway.
    
    - I suggest you don't bet the same thing over and over 
    while playing Blackjack. I suggest that you set up values 
    on your wagers. If you win, lower your wager, as you most
     likely will not win two times in a row. If you lose, I suggest you 
    lower your wager a little as well. Keep it that level, but then raise
    it to double of your initial wager after two or three turns. For 
    example, wager 100 dollars initially. Then wager 50 if you win 
    or lose on the next turn. Lower it to 25 on the next turn. Then 
    raise it to 200 on the fourth turn. Keep it there two turns at least. 
    This is really just a suggestion however, so don't follow it 
    exactly. I just feel it's better to play with different wager 
    amounts, than to keep wagering the same amount over 
    and over.
    
    - You have the ability to split and double down. These 
    usually don't pay off for me well at all. I suggest when 
    given the opportunity to do these, that you let them
     pass for the most part. Splitting will usually mess up 
    a good hand. A majority of the time you will push 
    on one hand and win on the other one. That's at 
    best usually. The double down pays off more 
    frequently however. Only split occasionally. Double
    down twice as often though, as it does pay off.
    
    POKER
    
    - Keep in mind while playing poker that Johnny 
    bluffs nearly all the time. You may bet the maximum 
    bet and he may call you or even raise, but that does 
    not mean he has a great hand. You can look at 
    their facial expressions to see how happy or sad 
    they look. Johnny looks happy nearly all the time, 
    but a majority of the time he is bluffing. A minor 
    note is that Richard folds very early almost every hand. 
    
    - In the Laurel Palace you can put all your money on 
    every game except the slots. During poker I always 
    put all my money on the first hand. If I win, I get 
    the entire total amount of money at that table on
    only the first hand. They have all tapped out. If I 
    lose, it clears everybody from the table but only 
    one opponent. Sometimes it's easier to win against 
    just one opponent then four other opponents. 
    This probably isn't exactly an incredibly intelligent 
    strategy, but it works for me quite often. If I keep 
    repeating it, I will eventually win all the money at the 
    table very quickly.
    
    - It's quite obvious to fold on the last card at least 
    if someone has more in their showing cards than 
    you have overall. If you have no set, but one of
    your opponents has a set showing, and there are 
    no more cards to be dealt, then it's very wise to ahead 
    and fold. I don't fold often in the poker game. Watch 
    the other players. If they are the type that usually 
    doesn't bluff and yet they are bidding a lot of money, 
    but you know you have a bad hand, then fold early. 
    Don't fold until you have at least 5 cards. You can't 
    decide how good your hand is going to be until 
    that point. Also, don't wager often based on 
    what you might have.  You don't have a straight
    yet, but you think you might, that's not a good 
    reason to risk a lot of money, especially if you 
    are nearly broke.
    
    ROULETTE
    
    - This is a roulette strategy. At the end of
    the roulette table is the boxes 0 and 00. No
    matter what else you bet on, try to put some
    amount of money on those two numbers. You
    can put money on both of them separately or you 
    can place one single bet. This type of wager is 
    known as a number split bet. Just move the cursor to
    the line that connects the 0 and 00 boxes. Place a 
    bet there. Don't put an extremely high amount of 
    money on it, as a good majority of the time you won't
    hit anything here. I suggest put the minimum amount 
    there only. If you do win though, expect a decent 
    payoff. This also insures that you won't completely 
    lose everything you wagered. At least you will break even.
    
    - This is another roulette strategy. There are five 
    basic types of wagers you can make. If you 
    wanted to make a wager on all of them it might 
    be a good idea. For example you put money that 
    the number will be either red or black. You can 
    wager that it will be even or odd. You can also 
    wager whether the  number will be between 1 
    and 18 or 18 to 36. You have 50/50 odds on 
    all three of these. The other two has something 
    to do with the position of the winning number. 
    Either it will be in one row of numbers out of three 
    or it will be in one set of boxes out of three sets. 
    You have lesser odds on these types of bets. 
    However, a lot of times I would play this game 
    and wager on all 5 types. For example, I would 
    bet that it would be black, odd, between 18 and 36, 
    in the second row of numbers, and the third boxed 
    set of numbers. This is merely a suggestion. 
    It didn't always work, but it's a more risky 
    strategy than just betting that it will be red or 
    black and taking it or leaving it. 
    
    SLOTS
    
    - In slots bet on all 5 options every time you can. 
    Never let yourself dip too much below how much 
    money you entered the slots game with. If you win 
    10,000 dollars you might odd to leave that machine 
    and go play something else. Otherwise, never let 
    yourself lose more than half of your winnings. 
    Try not to leave the slots with anything under 
    half of what you entered it with. 
    
    CRAPS
    
    - Craps is very complicated. A lot of the bets clear 
    after one roll of the dice, however a few of them 
    stay until a 7 is rolled or another combination of
    the number is rolled. I suggest you bet on all four
    of these bets, known as Hardway bets. This is a 
    good way to win a lot of money and play it very 
    safe at craps. For example, they are double threes, 
    eights, twos, and fives. They only clear after a 7 is
    rolled, or let's say a 10 is rolled using a 4 and a 6 on 
    the dice. These hardway bets are probably your 
    best way to win money during craps. 
    
    GENERAL TIPS
    
    - If you are under 500 dollars it's best to start 
    over unless you really want a challenge. Playing 
    at the Hideaway is very tedious and doesn't pay 
    off well at all. You get 1000 dollars to start with 
    and it's better to just start over, than to fight a losing battle. 
    
    - Yes you can cheat once you get to the Laurel Palace. I 
    don't prefer to do this, but it's an easy way to get to 10 
    million. Simply save when you have over 100,000 dollars. 
    Go to a 50/50 bet, such as in roulette or even Blackjack. 
    Bet it all and reset if you lose. If you win save and repeat. 
    This gets you to 10 million and the end of the game much 
    faster, but it also takes the challenge out of the game.
    
    
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    3. Getting Started
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    The title screen will appear. You can then select either mode 
    you choose between Vegas Adventure and Multiplayer
    mode. Once you save a game the Continue option will 
    appear. You begin with $1000 and you check into the 
    Golden Paradise casino. You register your name in the
    lobby and then go up to your room to call one
    of four friends. You can also save at this point. 
    
    The friends are not optional. You have to take
    one of them with you. If you plan on playing poker 
    take Isabelle with you. Richard isn't good for advice at all, 
    because he's too afraid of risks. Cliff is in the middle
    on everything in terms of advice giving. Maria is fairly 
    nondescript. All in all it doesn't much matter which one 
    you choose. From this point you can go to 
    one of the other 3 available casinos (Laurel Palace doesn't 
    open until you reach high roller status) or stay inside 
    Golden Paradise and play there. 
    
    If you select Multiplayer you won't encounter 
    the random people during the game. It's for
    one to four players, but you can not play 
    poker in this mode. Other people can see 
    your cards, thus making poker a pointless
    option indeed. 
    
    There are four save slots. Exit a game and 
    go back to your room at the Golden Paradise 
    to save the game. It's a wise choice to save 
    frequently in this game.
    
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    4. Game Rules
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    SLOTS
    
    Insert coins by pressing A up to five times. The 
    sixth press will automatically spin the wheels. If 
    you wish to play less than 5 coins, press the X 
    button to enter your wagering. Or if you are using
     the mouse click the Left Mouse Button hit it for 
    the desire amount of wagering, move it to the handle 
    and press the Left Mouse Button again to spin the 
    wheels.
    
    BLACKJACK
    
    This game is fairly easy to describe in terms of the
    rules. Two cards are dealt to you and to the dealer.
    One card if face up and one is face down. You can
    see your own cards, but you won't be able to see
    the card that is face down that the dealer has. The 
    dealer will hit if it's anything under 16. He has to stand
    on anything that's 17. The goal is to get to 21 without
    going over. If you tie, you earn a push. This will
    cause you to break even. You will neither win nor
    lose money under this circumstance. A Blackjack
    occurs when you receive 21 in only two cards. This
    requires one Ace and a 10 card of some sort, either
    a face card or just a regular 10. Insurance is available
    for you to buy if you think the dealer has 21. 
    
    POKER
    
    The type of poker used in this game is 7 card
    stud. Two cards will be dealt to you and each of
    your opponents face down. One card will also be
    dealt face up. An opening wager is made. You have
    the opportunity to then raise or fold. A card will be
    dealt face up again, you can wager, raise or fold. Two
    more times the process repeats. The final card is 
    dealt face down and the final wagers are made. Standard
    poker hands apply here. You can earn pairs, two pairs,
    three of a kind, four of a kind, full house, straight, 
    flush,  and straight flush are the hands.
    
    Pair - Two cards of the same rank
    Two pair - Two matching sets of cards
    Three of a kind - Obviously three cards of the same rank.
    Straight - Five cards in order of rank, but not of the same
    suit. 
    Flush - Five cards of the same suit.
    Full House - Three of a kind and a pair combination.
    Four of a Kind - Four cards of the same rank
    Straight Flush - Five cards of the same suit in consecutive
    order of rank.
    
    ROULETTE
    
    Spin the wheel and wager where the ball will land when the
    wheel stops. The wagers are based on the color of the number, 
    the number, it's position on the table, if it's even or odd, and high
    or low. 
    
    There are different types of bets - 
    
    Payoff is 1-1 in each of these four types of bets:
    Even or Odd - Bet if the number will be even or odd.
    High or Low - Bet if the number is between 1 and 18 or 19 and 36.
    
    Payoff is 2-1 in these two types of bets:
    Dozen Bet - Table is split up into three sections, each
    containing 12 numbers. Bet which dozen the winning 
    number will appear in.
    Column Bet - The board is also divided into three columns.
    Bet on which column the winning number  will appear in.
    
    Six-number Bet - Bet on six numbers at once. Payoff is 5-1
    Five number Bet - Bet on five at once. Payoff is 6-1
    Square bet - Four numbers at once. Payoff is 8-1
    Street Bet - Three numbers at once. Payoff is 11-1
    Number Split - Two numbers on one bet. Payoff is 17-1
    Straight Up - Simply bet on a single number. Payoff is 35-1.
    
    
    CRAPS
    
    The most complex of all the games in this game. Two dice
    are rolled and you have to bet based on what number it will 
    be. However, it's much more complicated than that, because
    there are many different types of bets. There is the table
    that you roll the dice on and there are different areas of this
    table, which therefore presents you with different types of
    bets. This is a brief explanation of the types of bets:
    
    Pass Line - The first roll of the dice is called the come out roll. You
    can't bet on the pass line until that roll has been made. If the roll
    is a 7 or 11, you win. If it's a 2, 3, or 12 you lose. Anything else
    becomes the point. If the point is repeated you win. If a 7 is
    thrown before the point is made, you lose.
    
    Don't Pass Line - You place this one before the come out roll. If
    a 7 or 11 is thrown, you lose. You win if it's 2 or 3. 12 is a tie. The
    wager remains and if the point repeats, you lose. If a 7 is thrown
    before the point is made, you win. 
    
    Come - Make this only after the Pass Line point has been made. 
    
    Don't Come - Also made after the Pass Line point has been 
    established. 
    
    Free Odds - Make this one after you make a Pass, Don't Pass,
    Come, or Don't Come wager. 
    
    Field Wager - This is a one roll wager which can be made any time. If
    the next roll is 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12 you win.
    
    Buy Wagers - Make it any time. You can bet that a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or
    10 will appear before a 7. 
    
    Lay Wager - Opposite of buy wager. 
    
    Hardway Wager - Four hardway wagers in this game. Each of them
    is is a wager that double 2's, 3's, 4's or 5's will appear before another
    combination making up that number or a 7 appears.
    
    One Roll Wagers:
    
    Any Seven - If the next roll is a 7, you win.
    Any Craps - If the next roll is 2, 3, or 12, you win.
    Craps 2 - If the next roll is 2, you win.
    Craps 3 - If the next roll is 3,  you win.
    Craps 12 - If the next roll is a 12, you win.
    Eleven - If the next roll is an 11, you win.
    Horn Wager - If the next roll is 2, 3, 11, or 12, you win. 
    The amount of this wager must be divisible by four.
    Horn High - Split five ways. 
    
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    7. Casinos
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    Hideaway - Cheap casino. You're better off to avoid this one. You can usually
    only earn a few dollars at a time here.
    
    Golden Paradise - This is a very good place to start if you want to play it safe.
    The bets here are in the fairly low range though once you get some money 
    saved up.
    
    Buffalo Head - A western themed casino. It's about average. It's a good way
    to lose all of your money fast if you don't have much thought.
    
    2020 - The futuristic one. Go here just before you have made your way to high
    roller status. 
    
    Laurel Palace - Fancy casino. The land of no limits. You can only make it here
    once you have earned high roller status - 100,000 dollars. If you lose your high
    roller status, meaning you dip below that figure, you can't access this place 
    anymore. You will be kicked back to your room at the Golden Paradise. You have
    to earn high roller status again to make your way back into this casino. The only
    game that has an actual limit is the slots, but everything else, you can place all
    of your money on one bet if you wanted to. Bet as little or as much as you like
    here. 
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    7. Random Encounters
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    - While playing the slots a woman that works in the casino
    will come up to you and she will ask to check the machine.
    You can let her or tell her to go away. If you let her, she will
    thank you for letting her do her job. and she will give you
    money. The money is in the form of credits and the amount
    is based on the machine you are playing on. My advice is
    to always say yes to her. She always gives money if you 
    let her. 
    
    - Some one will ask you to take them to the emergency room.
    They will either repay you later, or they will take half of your money.
    The odds are about 50/50 on this. I recommend you do it if you
    have recently saved or you don't have a lot of money and you don't
    mind losing half of it. The payoff usually isn't too much if you do
    say yes.
    
    - Some one will come up to you and ask you to give them 100 dollars
    for an emergency operation. You can say yes and they will either come
    back later and give you 200 dollars. Or they will just keep your money
    and the policeman will tell you to be on the look out for this sort of
    crooks lurking in the casino. This is also about 50/50. It's only 100 dollars
    to lose, but then again, the payoff will only be an extra 100 if it's not a crook.
    
    - Someone will try to sell you a watch. Always buy this. It only costs a small
    amount of money and you will always profit from it. Buy it and later someone
    will come up to you and ask to buy it. 
    
    - Someone will ask you to buy their diamond. They recently had it appraised
    for 5000 dollars. You can then offer them a certain amount of money and 
    negotiate with them. However, no matter how much I played this game, this
    is always a fake. No matter what price you get it for, someone will come up
    to you later and tell you it's a fake diamond. Do not purchase this, no matter
    what the price is. Besides at best I only managed to get it for around 1300 
    dollars. That was even a waste of money though.
    
    - Whoever you chose to accompany you to the casino will find a wallet. This
    wallet will have 1000 dollars in it. You are then given the option of keeping it
    or turning it in at the main office. Now if you keep it, it's an automatic 1000 
    dollars. If you turn it in, whoever the wallet belonged to will come to you. He
    will thank you. However, he will say he placed all of it on roulette, usually. He
    will either have lost on roulette, therefore you get nothing. Or he will have won 
    and he will give you half of the winnings. 
    
    - The person that accompanied you will offer to place some money on the game.
    You can either agree or say no. This one is only a 1000 dollar bet. You will either
    lose, or profit 500 dollars. This one isn't a big deal either way and usually it's just
    best to say no to him or her and let that person make their own wager. 
    
    - Someone will want you to join them in their oil drilling business. You can give
    them a set amount of money, or you can raise it. This is 50/50. Sometimes the oil
    will hit water, which means you lose the money. If you do strike oil, you only
    double whatever money you invested in the venture. I always avoided this one
    and usually said no.
    
    - Someone will offer to sell you their lottery ticket. It costs 500 dollars and the
    payoff is 10,000 dollars. Usually it's a loss. Ninety percent of when I played the
    game it was loss. However, sometimes it's a winner, but not frequently. I always
    say no here, but if I have a lot of money I'll say yes just in case. However, 10,000
    isn't much if you are already in the Laurel Palace anyway. 
    
    - Someone will ask you if they can hang out with you a while. You can say yes or no.
    If you already have a lot of money accumulated, say no, because sometimes they will
    stay a while, and leave. It will say "You felt a bump as the loser passed you." You'll
    check your pockets and either everything will be okay, or they took half of your money.
    If you say yes, they'll stay with you a little while and then leave. When they come 
    back they might give you a little money in thanks for helping them out and giving 
    them tips, by letting them hang out with you. 
    
    - Someone will ask you if you remember them. Always say yes. They will give you 
    money. 
    
    - Somebody will ask you to let them wipe off your shirt. You can say yes or no here. 
    Saying no will give you one more chance and they will say they are insulted. You can
    either apologize or say no again. If you say no again they leave. If you say  yes the 
    first time, they will either take half of your money and leave. However, if you say no the
    first time and then say yes, they will either take half of your money or give you a lottery
    ticket. This lottery ticket is always a winner and it's usually worth around 70,000 dollars.
    So, if you don't mind taking the chance  - say no and then apologize. You'll get a lottery
    ticket out of it sometimes. 
    
    
    
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    9. Credits
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    - Myself, for playing the game and typing this up
    - The game, the makers of the game, and Nintendo
    - Anybody that ever encouraged me to write
    - Anyone that reads this
    - The game's manual where I got some of the information
    on the controls,  the rules of the games, and some of the 
    getting started section.  
    
    
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    10. Copyright
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    Email me first if you want to use this document. 
    
    
    Copyright 2000 
    inkhands@yahoo.com