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3 February 2016Question: If a slot machine has a bonus round, does the bonus round have to pay something? Answer: I wish that were true, but there's no requirement that a bonus round has to pay anything. It's incredibly disappointing to finally get to the rare bonus round on a machine and then not win anything during the round. I occasionally play some Bally machines that have variations of Blazing 7s games as their bonus rounds...read more
2 February 2016The New York state Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee advanced an online poker bill this morning during a hearing that lasted a swift three minutes and 55 seconds and addressed six different bills.In a 9-0 vote that was taken before the proceedings began via the live stream, Sen...read more
2 February 2016I think just about everyone reading this column knows the basic story of the werewolf, the half-man/half-beast monster that terrorizes villages, towns and cities when the full moon rises. A werewolf cannot control this inner beast and when the silvery moon bathes him, well, blood is spilled, flesh is shredded, terror reigns; in short, all hell breaks loose.The werewolf can only be killed by a silver bullet, and most werewolves do in fact meet this doom...read more
1 February 2016The frenzy has become an annual tradition at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.The week before the Super Bowl, the crack staff at the resort's SuperBook officially releases its highly anticipated portfolio of 400 or so proposition bets...read more
1 February 2016On Sunday, the Carolina Panthers will try to complete one of the most successful seasons in NFL history against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. The game features an exciting young quarterback in Carolina's Cam Newton, taking on living legend Peyton Manning, who may be playing the last game of his NFL career.Of course, fans in Carolina and Denver will be cheering for their team, while millions more will tune in to the game to watch the action, the commercials and the halftime show.There will also be millions of people watching because they've got something on the line...read more
31 January 2016QUESTION: Do stacked symbols, especially the really long stacks, make it easier or harder to win on slot machines?ANSWER: Stacked symbols are a tool used by game designers to create the possibility of large, multiple-payline wins. You might even get stacks of the same symbol on every reel, covering every space on the screen...read more
30 January 2016I often use the term expected value (or EV) when I’m writing about the best video poker playing strategies. Even though EV is foreign to most players, smart players know what that term means and how it is determined.EV is a mathematically precise term that represents the average return that you can expect when holding a group of cards in a hand...read more
29 January 2016Touching on a wide range of topics — particularly starting times, payout structures and the colossal undertaking of managing The Colossus for a second year — two of the most recognizable and central faces of the World Series of Poker took to Twitch on Thursday afternoon to conduct a WSOP Town Hall Meeting.Senior Vice President/Executive Director Ty Stewart and Tournament Director Jack Effel hosted the event, which lasted just over an hour and drew around 250 viewers...read more
29 January 2016Dear Mark: What are your thoughts on having a “generalized” house rules list for home poker play? I play with a friendly group, but at times, it can get testy over rules everyone should already know in advance. For instance, a disagreement ensued once over how many raises are allowed per betting round...read more
28 January 2016The California State Assembly became the first legislative body in the nation to approve a bill to regulate daily fantasy sports (DFS) on Wednesday, and it did so with a flourish.Three weeks after the Internet Fantasy Sports Game Protection Act (AB 1437) passed through a committee hearing by a resounding 18-1 margin, the bill needed 54 votes to move onto the state Senate...read more