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23 May 2015Casinos today have a plethora of video poker machines. They come in denominations ranging from a penny to – and beyond – $100. There are scores of variations ranging from the basic Jacks or Better through bonus games through wild card games such as deuces wild and joker’s wild...read more
22 May 2015Dear Mark: I read with interest your most recent explanation about the $0.80 payout of slot machines when I win. It made some sense; however, what happens to most of us personally? For example, I go into the casino with $100 earmarked to spend...read more
20 May 2015A few weeks ago I reported that the IRS is considering lowering the W-2G threshold on slot winnings from $1200 to $600. The IRS has a legitimate rationale for lowering the threshold -- $600 is the threshold for sweepstakes and lotteries. Bringing the two tresholds in line eliminates some confusion...read more
19 May 2015FROM MATT (First E-mail): I ordered your book "Casino Craps: Shoot to Win" and found it entertaining and informative. I did have some comments to make but first I want you to know a little about me.I am 70 years young and about 30 years ago I started frequenting Resorts International and the other casinos in Atlantic City...read more
18 May 2015The countdown to the 2015 World Series of Poker is down to single digits. The WSOP gets underway next week, and poker players, media and fans are chomping at the bit to return to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino to start the read more
17 May 2015Winning is always a good feeling. Winning when you think you’ve made a very costly mistake – well, there’s a large dose of relief that goes with any extra cash.A reader recently sent me a story about a big win he’d witnessed that falls firmly in the extraordinary category.“An older woman is play was playing a Ten Play Poker slant top quarter machine behind me,” he wrote...read more
16 May 2015It’s time gaming properties face the hard truth that casino reviews at social media sites are having a significant impact on their reputation and their marketing efforts. In fact, I would classify this as a sea change. And the damage is already being done.In an era in which sites such as Facebook...read more
15 May 2015Dear Mark: I enjoyed your May 1, 2015 column on "low roller" time-killing bets (keno in particular). It brought back memories. I only dabbled with keno when I exceeded my gambling budget for the day, and I'm certainly not an expert.However, it seems that you should have mentioned that keno odds vary between casinos, and expected payout will also vary according to how many numbers one chooses...read more
14 May 2015Betting progressions are nothing new at blackjack. Ever since the game was devised, players have been trying to hit on a magic formula for when to increase their bets.Truth be told, there is no magic formula. Without a card counter’s knowledge of deck composition, raising and lowering your bets can’t dent the house edge.Nevertheless, players try, and a virtual friend of mine recently came across a betting scheme he’d never seen...read more