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Articles by Mark  Pilarski
Articles by Mark Pilarski

Deal Me In: Fast play doesn't change payback rates

15 July 2016
Dear Mark: I was sitting next to a lady in a casino who was playing at a speed that I had never witnessed in the 30 years that I have been going to the casino. When she finally stopped to catch her breath, I had to ask her, “Does it help?” She said the faster she played, the higher the return on the machine...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

WSOP bracelet-hunting with poker icons Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu

15 July 2016
LAS VEGAS -- The last thing Phil Hellmuth looked like he wanted to do was sit down at a poker table.Less than 30 minutes earlier, The Poker Brat was agonizingly eliminated from the World Series of Poker Main Event after experiencing one of his classic meltdowns that have been caught so many times by ESPN cameras and helped earned him his nickname...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

WSOP tournament director delivers daily energy to the Rio

14 July 2016
LAS VEGAS -- It's 5 p.m. at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Instead of grabbing his car keys and heading home, Jack Effel is in line at the Starbucks just down the hall from the Pavilion Ballroom, where the World Series of Poker is cruising along for a 43rd consecutive day...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Former WSOP champ Annette Obrestad has a new perspective on life as a poker pro

14 July 2016
LAS VEGAS -- The prevailing mood at a tournament as prestigious as the World Series of Poker Main Event is one of anxiety and apprehension. Walk the floor and you can sense the urgency and feel the tension, particularly as things move closer and closer toward that all-important money bubble.Annette Obrestad, however, isn't one of those players living and dying with every hand...read more
 
Articles by John  Grochowski
Articles by John Grochowski

Electronic betting

14 July 2016
Automated or semi-automated renditions of table games have been with us for a couple of decades, and have met with mixed success.The games have been widely accepted in some international markets, but in the U.S., there has been more resistance...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Around the WSOP: November Nine concept continues to help create 'brotherhood' among players

13 July 2016
LAS VEGAS -- Other than poker, Neil Blumenfield has very little in common with the eight other players who made it to the World Series of Poker Main Event final table last year."We're different people," said the 62-year-old from San Francisco, who ended up taking third place and cashing in for $3.4 million last November...read more
 
Articles by John  Robison
Articles by John Robison

Ask the Slot Expert: Don't casino regulations give all players an equal chance to win?

13 July 2016
Last week we looked at whether a traditional, reel-spinning slot machine player would have gotten the same result if he had started the spin by pressing the Bet Max button instead of pressing the Bet 1 button and the Spin button. To recap the answer, the RNG generates hundreds of numbers each second...read more
 
Articles by Frank  Scoblete
Articles by Frank Scoblete

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

12 July 2016
Playing slots can seem as if you are in a Sergio Leone spaghetti western. You remember those films, mostly starring the young Clint Eastwood before anyone knew what a tremendously talented film maker he would become.Those movies had a great, mysterious hero (played by Eastwood), totally nasty villains (the best of which was Eli Wallach) and at last, finally, thank the stars, the good guy won in the end after much struggle and the death of most of the cast and the extras.Let’s talk the good.You go to your favorite slot machine, put in $100, and start playing...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Around the WSOP: Ivey returns, McKeehen surprises to kick off Main Event Day 1C

11 July 2016
LAS VEGAS -- The start of the largest single-day field in World Series of Poker Main Event history was highlighted by the appearance of two of the game’s most enigmatic players: Phil Ivey and Joe McKeehen.For McKeehen, who has been here all summer and is once again running hot, the story wasn't his presence at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for Main Event Day 1C, but what he had to say...read more
 
Articles by Gary  Trask
Articles by Gary Trask

Top 10 reasons every poker fan should attend the WSOP

11 July 2016
LAS VEGAS -- The registration line at the World Series of Poker snaked out of the cage area and spilled into the hallways of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on Sunday morning. There were people of all ages, genders, ethnicities and backgrounds...read more

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