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18 November 2015I love your column and straight talk on the technology and psychology of slot play and slot players, respectively. I recently starting playing the "88 Fortunes" machine and have gone into the progressive bonus frequently. I noticed that once my progressive prize is determined by selecting gold coins and matching three progressive symbols, the display does not show what symbols are under the unselected coins...read more
17 November 2015Less than 24 hours after a judge denied temporary restraining orders filed by two major daily fantasy sports (DFS) operators seeking to block cease-and-desist orders, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman unleashed a preliminary injunction against DraftKings and FanDuel in state Supreme Court on Tuesday morning, prompting two different responses from the companies."The Attorney General seeks a preliminary injunction prohibiting DraftKings and FanDuel from continuing to operate an illegal sports gambling business in New York," Schneiderman's office wrote in court papers filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan.The injunction claims that FanDuel and DraftKings' argument that DFS is not gambling "fails for two clear reasons.""First, this view overlooks the explicit prohibition against wagering on future contingent events, a statutory test that requires no judgment of the relative importance of skill and chance—they are irrelevant to the question."Second, the key factor establishing a game of skill is not the presence of skill, but the absence of a material element of chance...read more
17 November 2015A blackjack card counter has specific things he looks for in games before he plays them (or hopefully before he plays them). These things will allow him to get a decent edge over the house. A decent edge may mean 1 to 2%; more than that is truly hard to achieve.A card counter wants games with deep cuts...read more
16 November 2015It's been almost a full week since Joe McKeehen was crowned the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event champion. We've had enough time to digest everything and reflect on what we witnessed during a six-day stay in Las Vegas at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.So, as we close the books on another WSOP Main Event, here are 10 questions and answers from what was an anticlimactic – yet still compelling – final table.Joe McKeehen may not be the most media-friendly poker player, but that shouldn't take away from his status as the new WSOP Main Event champ...read more
15 November 2015QUESTION: I've never seen you mention that you have to pay taxes on any royal flush over $1,200. If you do file a long (federal tax) form, you have to get a printout where you have gambled and deduct your winnings from your loses. When you go on a cruise with a foreign line, you don't have to sign a tax form, because they are not registered in the U.S.When I was on (American-owned) Carnival one time, I won a royal flush on a progressive machine, and won about $1,400...read more
14 November 2015When playing blackjack, you might have heard other players say, "You should always play the hand that the dealer has a 10 card in the hole." The reason for that statement is that the 10s make up almost one-third of the entire deck.So then the comment is made: “What are the chances the dealer does have a 10?" The answer is, “It’s a pretty good chance he does have the 10.” It’s a tough play to hit those 15 and 16s when looking at the dealer's high up card up card of a 7, 8, 9 or 10, but you have to do it.The only way to avoid that tough decision is to become a card counter...read more
13 November 2015Dear Mark: I have asked around, but nobody can give me a direct answer. If you get a taxable jackpot, will an expired driver's license be sufficient as an ID? Mary P.Whenever someone wins $1,200 or more, an ID is required for tax purposes because Uncle Sam claims a piece of the action...read more
12 November 2015I had four really good picks in Week 9. The rest of my team was utter garbage.My Derek Carr-Amari Cooper stack was great. Jeremy Langford had a monster game in Matt Forte's absence, and Odell Beckham had another run-of-the-mill 20-plus point performance.And then there was the other side of the coin...read more
12 November 2015One of the goals of slot machine designers is to get you involved in the game, to make the game entertaining so you’ll stay in your seat even when the wins aren’t coming. “Interactivity” has been a buzzword in the industry ever since the dawn of video bonusing slots, and getting you to be an active participant is something the slotmakers strive to achieve.In its new TMZ slot that was on display this fall at the annual Global Gaming Expo at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, International Game Technology doesn’t just want to make you an active participant...read more
11 November 2015LAS VEGAS -- Pascale Elsair stood and watched adoringly as her newfound-celebrity boyfriend Neil Blumenfield signed autographs and posed for pictures with poker fans from all over the world.Blumenfield had just been eliminated in third place of the World Series of Poker Main Event at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, behind runner-up Josh Beckley and eventual champ Joe McKeehen, but not before becoming a bit of a folk hero over the last few days...read more