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30 June 2016Do you remember the first game you ever played in a casino?I’m a little fuzzy on the details. Marcy and I played slots and video poker together, and I played blackjack on my own, but I couldn’t say for sure whether it was the slots or video poker I played first.Some readers have more detailed memories of their first time, and a few shared their stories:LAMONT: First time, I went straight to the poker room...read more
29 June 2016The Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved an all-encompassing gambling bill on Tuesday that would authorize online casino games and poker, allow slot machines at off-track betting parlors and airports, and regulate daily fantasy sports.The bill — HB 2150 — passed the House by a 114-85 vote...read more
29 June 2016Question: My friend is an addict that must be at our local casino two or three times a week. She maintains that management, sitting in their offices, can turn off slots so they won't pay off anything until they decide to turn them back on...read more
28 June 2016I’ve observed casino players over the years, and suddenly it hit me right between the eyes. I noticed something really peculiar about some players, and that is (please do not take this the wrong way): Many resemble certain animals and insects, having characteristics that, well, characterize those animals and insects...read more
27 June 2016Last week's British vote to withdraw from the European Union, commonly known as "Brexit," was an economic bombshell, distressing global financial markets and trade industries.It also sent tremors through the world of bookmaking. First off, a record-breaking amount of money for a political event was wagered on the outcome...read more
27 June 2016Somewhere around New Year's resolutions-making time, I decided that one of my projects for 2016 would be to start playing poker. It's difficult to properly edit poker content without a good grasp of the game, so this project is definitely for serious career development reasons and not at all becaus...read more
26 June 2016QUESTION: Do you think average blackjack players are improving? It seems to me that I see fewer really terrible players than I used to. There are some, of course, but more seem to play a reasonable approximation of basic strategy, even if they miss some plays.ANSWER: Yes, I do think blackjack playe...read more
25 June 2016Donald Schlesinger, in his excellent book Blackjack Attack: Playing the Pros’ Way, shows what it costs a player in dollars and cents when he deviates from the basic playing strategy. You’ll be surprised to learn which playing errors are the costliest.The definition of basic strategy is this: It is ...read more
24 June 2016Dear Mark: In last week’s column, you mentioned that it was impossible to count cards on a continuous shuffle machine. Can you instead count cards on a video blackjack machine since, one) single-deck games are a preferred choice to count cards on, and two) there is no one standing over you to bother your play or ask you to leave the game? Jim G...read more
23 June 2016It's been nearly a decade in the making, but an online poker bill in California is finally heading to a full Assembly for a possible vote after passing through the California Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.Assemblymember Adam Gray (...read more