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18 September 2014Like thousands of college students in the early 2000s, Zach Elwood got caught up in the poker boom. He mostly played with friends at first, then, while living in Albuquerque, started playing $10/$20 limit games at the casino.He loved the famous scene in Rounders, where Mike McDermott (played by Matt Damon) reads all the players' hands in the judges' game...read more
18 September 2014Streaks happen. You don’t know when they’re coming, and you don’t know when they’re going to end. They can be good, bad or indifferent for your bankroll. But streaks are a part of normal probablility.From time to time, I hear from players who have been on unusual streaks...read more
17 September 2014I read with interest your early September column about video poker dealing being changed from five cards with five "shadow" cards behind them -- and you got the card behind whichever card you threw away. I am wondering if you left out one iteration of dealing before IGT (and others) got to th...read more
16 September 2014FROM MAC I: Re: The Don't Come BoxIs one able to make place bets per the "don't come box" at craps?I know the best place bets are the numbers 6 and 8 when playing the Come Box and that the player must bet $6 to win $5, the house edge being 1.5 percent.I assume that one can make a "don't come place ...read more
Articles by Dan Podheiser
15 September 2014Monmouth Park is going all-in on the future of sports betting in New Jersey.The Garden State race track has invested more than $1 million in renovating its facilities to open the state's first sportsbook. Monmouth has partnered with William Hill, which operates several sportsbooks in Nevada...read more
14 September 2014QUESTION: I know you collect stories about unusual things that happen in casinos, and I have a couple for you. They’re a little embarrassing, since they’re about my own mistakes, but at least they’ve taught me to pay attention. So here goes.I usually play dollar video poker but occasionally I go into the high limit area and play one coin on a $5 machine...read more
13 September 2014Casinos need to focus on exceptional casino customer service if they want to survive. Yes, I said survive.Recently, I watched an entire hour on a major cable news channel devoted exclusively to “Internet gambling.” I also recently read that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts needs to rethink its budget because it is not receiving anticipated casino revenue...read more
11 September 2014If you play slots, you’ve probably seen statistics comparing slot machine paybacks at different casinos. Many state gaming boards release such statistics to the public each month. For example, New Jersey reports are posted at http://www.nj.gov/lps/ge/mgrtaxreturns.html and Nevada at http://www.nj.gov/lps/ge/mgrtaxreturns.html.Some states release statistics for each casino...read more