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Spicing up my Featured Game duties

31 December 2013

One of my duties as Associate Editor at Casino City is to write weekly reviews of online slot machines, which appear in our Online Casino City Times and Casino City Times newsletters.

While it is interesting to see some of the new games online casinos are offering on their sites, playing online slot machines – in "free play" mode, no less – is not exactly my cup of tea.

Each week, I play a new slot until I reach the game's bonus round. I do this for two reasons: to be able to see firsthand what the bonus is like so I can write about it, and to be able to take a screenshot of the game to use in the newsletters.

Sometimes, I reach the bonus round in a matter of 10 or 15 minutes. Other times, it can take up to a few hours. That's just the nature of playing slots. And when there's no money on the line, it can be somewhat of a tedious task.

So I've decided to spice up the process. Starting with the Featured Game that will appear in the Jan. 3 edition of the Online Casino City Times (and the Jan. 6 edition of the Casino City Times), I will track and report my wins and losses on every game I play.

The idea is simple: each week, I will play the game as I normally play it, stopping once I reach the bonus round. I will bet $1 per payline, meaning a 20-line game will have me betting $20 per spin. (I'll bet $9 per spin on a nine-line game, and so forth.) I'll keep all my results in an Excel spreadsheet and share them with readers every month and in bigger reports every quarter and at the end of the year.

Hopefully, Casino City readers will find this interesting. Personally, I'm excited to see if I can actually turn a profit at the end of the year.
Spicing up my Featured Game duties is republished from Online.CasinoCity.com.
Dan Podheiser

Dan Podheiser has covered the gambling industry since 2013, but he has been an avid poker player for more than a decade, starting when he was just 14 years old. When he turned 18, he played online poker regularly on U.S.-friendly sites until Black Friday in April 2011.

Since graduating from Emerson College with a degree in journalism in 2010, Dan has worked as the sports editor for a chain of newspapers in Northwest Connecticut and served a year as an Americorps*VISTA, writing and researching grant proposals for a Boston-based charity.

Originally from South Jersey, where he still visits occasionally to see his family (and play on the state's regulated online poker sites), Dan lives in Brighton, Mass. with his wife and dog.
Dan Podheiser
Dan Podheiser has covered the gambling industry since 2013, but he has been an avid poker player for more than a decade, starting when he was just 14 years old. When he turned 18, he played online poker regularly on U.S.-friendly sites until Black Friday in April 2011.

Since graduating from Emerson College with a degree in journalism in 2010, Dan has worked as the sports editor for a chain of newspapers in Northwest Connecticut and served a year as an Americorps*VISTA, writing and researching grant proposals for a Boston-based charity.

Originally from South Jersey, where he still visits occasionally to see his family (and play on the state's regulated online poker sites), Dan lives in Brighton, Mass. with his wife and dog.