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18 June 2016From Eric,StickmanI gamble solely in Las Vegas four or more times a year. I am a top-tier player at one of the major casino chains in Las Vegas. I gamble only at casinos in this chain, but I do gamble both on and off the Strip at this casino chain.I play craps (where I set the dice), blackjack and video poker (mostly Bonus Poker) for points to achieve my tier score rating.I have NOT seen a 9/6 Jacks or Better in years...read more
17 June 2016Dear Mark: If a card counter has an advantage over the casino, wouldn’t it be to their advantage to have more hands per hour via a continuous shuffler? Travis C.You’ve read it here before, Travis, and you’ll read it again: Speed kills in a casino environment...read more
16 June 2016From time to time, readers have asked about betting opposites, and I’ve written about why it doesn’t work.Betting red while partner bets black in roulette doesn’t work because you both lose on the zeroes. Betting pass while a partner bets don’t pass in craps doesn’t work because when the pass player loses with a 12 on the comeout, the don’t player doesn’t win...read more
15 June 2016Despite fear from a chief opponent who said it would create the "next generation of zombies," a bill to regulate and legalize online poker in New York scored a huge victory on Tuesday, passing a Senate vote by a convincing 53-5 margin.The bill, sponsored by Sen...read more
15 June 2016Question: On May 18, 2016, I won $4,715 on a nickel machine. My players card was inserted. After my winnings were building up, I noticed the words ABANDON CARD on the screen, then the screen went back to showing points. When the attendant came to my machine, I asked what ABANDON CARD meant...read more
14 June 2016OK, enough with my being a conservative, highly intelligent advocate of sound gambling principles and proper casino decorum. Enough, I say!So many of my readers have written me letters saying, “Frank, enough with being a conservative, highly intelligent advocate of sound gambling principles and proper casino decorum.” They then add, “Why don’t you go nuts once in a while? Why not let it all hang out? Go ape, Frank, go ape, my man! Your ideas lead to gambling constipation...read more
13 June 2016A conversation with Norman Spivock is equal parts adventurous, inspiring and comedic. The 92-year-old Santa Rosa, California native – who doesn't sound or look nearly his age – is chock full of evocative stories, colorful anecdotes and profound life lessons — and he's not afraid to share them with you in great detail.In fact, 20 minutes into our interview that was supposed to be about his participation in this year's World Series of Poker at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, we hadn't even scratched the surface of his poker "career." When told how amazing his life has been, Spivock scoffed."Listen, when you're 92 years old you can have a lot of dry spells," he said...read more
13 June 2016PLAINVILLE, MA – On Wednesday, June 8, at 5 a.m., the Massachusetts Gaming Commission launched its long-awaited PlayMyWay budget management program at Plainridge Park Casino.The program itself is quite simple: It allows players to set a budget, and then provides popup notifications when they are approaching or have exceeded their spending limit...read more
12 June 2016QUESTION: We just returned from a two-week casino vacation. One morning, quite early, there was quite a stir, we were told just about every bank of video poker machines was paying out massively, on hand pays.There were guys sitting around just waiting to be paid out...read more
11 June 2016Over the years there have been numerous movies made with a gambling theme. Many have become classics and are as popular today as they were when first released. Some of the stories are pure fiction while others have some bases of true events in the past...read more