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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:Despite the heat, a July night on the Las Vegas Strip provides plenty of scenic views and entertainment options...read more
19 July 2016A few weeks ago I did my first Casino Safari listing of the various animals and insects some casino players remind me of. Here are more.Bonobo: These “almost chimps” love sex and have it whenever they can. They end arguments with sex; disgruntlement with sex; and the female bonobo is a rapacious sexual creature that requires heavy loads of sex...read more
17 July 2016QUESTION: Can you tell me something about the slots? It takes more money to play dollar slots than penny slots, even though dollar slots pay a higher percentage, right? How much more? If my husband and I are going to the casino for an afternoon, how much money do we need?ANSWER: That depends on your goals, self-discipline and whether you’re willing to walk away early if you reach a loss limit...read more
16 July 2016Most players don’t get rated when they play because they either don’t know how to do it or assume it isn’t worthwhile; however, it’s a mistake if you don’t get rated. I’ll explain why shortly, show you how easy it is to get rated, and give you tips on how to boost your ratings.The reason you want to get rated when you play blackjack is to take advantage of casino perks that will come your way...read more
15 July 2016LAS VEGAS -- If you read our "Top 10 Reasons Every Poker Fan Should Attend a World Series of Poker" article earlier this week, we interrupt this column with an important announcement. We've added a No. 11: Make sure you're inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino when the WSOP Main Event money bubble bursts.Now, having been a passionate sports fan my entire life, I've experienced plenty of tense moments in front of my TV or sitting at a stadium somewhere, nervously watching a game come down to its final moments, with either pure ecstasy or downright dejection hitting me depending on the outcome...read more
15 July 2016Dear 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
15 July 2016LAS 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
14 July 2016LAS 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
14 July 2016LAS 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