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28 July 2016When I play table games, I don’t start with any scouting mission. I don’t look for tables where players have been winning, nor do I stop to watch a few hands of card games, dice rolls at craps or spins of the roulette wheels.I just look for empty space at the game I want to play at the minimum bet ...read more
27 July 2016Question: I just read your article about earning points on your slot club and disagree with the way points are earned. While it certainly is true for Caesars properties, I am not sure about all the others. The Borgota in AC is jointly owned by MGM and Boyd (soon to change because MGM is buying out Boyd in the third quarter of 2016)...read more
25 July 2016LAS VEGAS – It's 103 degrees in Las Vegas, and the mere thought of any kind of outdoor activity on this steamy summer afternoon would rightfully be considered both demented and dangerous.Yet there I was, inside my climate-controlled bay at the new Topgolf Las Vegas, hitting ball after ball, barely breaking a sweat...read more
25 July 2016If you're feeling like the world has been taken over by selfies and selfie sticks, a trip to Las Vegas certainly won't lessen that sentiment.Throughout Las Vegas at nearly any time of the day, you can't go too far without running into someone or a group of people gathering in front of a popular spot and smiling into their iPhones...read more
24 July 2016QUESTION: I read an article about a slot machine that said, “The manufacturer says the side bet also causes the bonus features to occur more frequently.”Now, if the RNG throws out random numbers, which I would assume correspond to the bonus symbols (or whatever type of bonus triggers there may be),...read more
23 July 2016Gambling is the wagering of money or something of value on an event with an uncertain outcome with the primary intent of winning additional money and/or material goods.Gambling thus requires three elements be present: consideration, chance and prize...read more
22 July 2016Dear Mark: Why do casinos have jackpots on their video poker machines that pay $1,199? That seems like an odd jackpot number. Trish H.Think, Trish, of a $1,199 jackpot as the Lords of Chance doing you a favor.A blast from the past typically on video poker machines, that $1,199 bonanza is $1 shy from you getting a mandatory tax form...read more
20 July 2016Comment: You, Mr. Robison, are a smart man capable of rational thought and have an exceptional ability to explain all the ins and outs of slot machines and how they work. You explain that there is absolutely no way to manipulate a slot machine to influence the outcome of a spin...read more
19 July 2016LAS VEGAS – Ten random thoughts, observations and takeaways after spending a week in Las Vegas covering the World Series of Poker Main Event, while attempting to rehydrate and readjust to life without watching 10 hours of poker a day: