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24 July 2014Everybody makes mistakes. Mostly they aren’t too serious, whether it’s forgetting to set the oven timer for the frozen pizza or leaving the inevitable typo for my good editors to fix.The same goes for mistakes at the casino. Most don’t cost you much – you lose one bet and move on...read more
23 July 2014When the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel announced last week that it was launching an online poker room that would take real-money play from California residents, shockwaves rolled through the online gaming industry.California is online poker’s “whale.” With a population of more than 38.3 million, the state has almost as many people the Netherlands, Belgium and Greece combined...read more
23 July 2014My rebuttal to a statement that slots always hit on the last spin in last week's column generated a number of responses. Excerpts from some of them follow in this week's column. I like to read your column, but I also disagree with some of the things you report. Like the person who said that ma...read more
22 July 2014FROM UNMEN: One of the things you should have included in your “Don’t, Don’t” article is this: “You should not stand in back of someone playing a slot machine and act so impatiently to get the machine. Don’t bug the player.”FRANK RESPONDS: Absolutely!FROM JACQUELINE: I just read one of your articles and can relate to losing and winning...read more
21 July 2014In case you haven't heard, there's a new poker show in town. If you haven't had a chance to tune in to Poker Night in America yet, I highly encourage it.At the beginning of the first episode, host Chris Hanson promised that the show wouldn't be a typical poker show, and in the first eight episodes, the show has made good on that promise...read more
20 July 2014QUESTION: I’ve liked the video slots for a long time now. I noticed right away when that one with the fishing lures (Reel ’Em In) came out on nickels that it gave me a little something back a lot more often than I got on the reel slots. I could keep going and going, where on the reels if I didn’t hit something good I’d sometimes lose my money really fast.With the penny games now, that seems to have changed...read more
19 July 2014Follow casino players will love you when they win after you helped them. They will love you even more as they win hand after hand based on your advice. However, when they loss, even one hand, even after five wins, they will sometimes turn on you.“Your suggestion made me lose” will be their comment.It doesn’t matter that you helped them numerous times before; they will only remember the one that lost...read more
18 July 2014Dear Mark: I love your column in the Biloxi Sun Herald. It is the number one reason I get the paper. Keep up the great work. Anyway, I was curious, when you hit a mega-jackpot, are you paid the full amount all at once, or does it come in yearly installments...read more
17 July 2014When I started going to casinos in the 1980s, I played a little of everything – blackjack, roulette, video poker, slots, some early attempts at craps and a game that’s rarely seen today called red dog.Keno? A little bit over breakfast. Nearly every casino in Las Vegas had keno runners then...read more
16 July 2014Slot machines do hit on the last spin. And I hit most jackpots when I drop my bet from three quarters to one quarter. This is a fact. I've been gambling for thirty years and have seen this happen to me and other people too often. Please explain this fact...read more