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21 July 2014In case you haven't heard, there's a new poker show in town. If you haven't had a chance to tune in to Poker Night in America yet, I highly encourage it.At the beginning of the first episode, host Chris Hanson promised that the show wouldn't be a typical poker show, and in the first eight episodes, the show has made good on that promise...read more
20 July 2014QUESTION: I’ve liked the video slots for a long time now. I noticed right away when that one with the fishing lures (Reel ’Em In) came out on nickels that it gave me a little something back a lot more often than I got on the reel slots. I could keep going and going, where on the reels if I didn’t hit something good I’d sometimes lose my money really fast.With the penny games now, that seems to have changed...read more
19 July 2014Follow casino players will love you when they win after you helped them. They will love you even more as they win hand after hand based on your advice. However, when they loss, even one hand, even after five wins, they will sometimes turn on you.“Your suggestion made me lose” will be their comment.It doesn’t matter that you helped them numerous times before; they will only remember the one that lost...read more
18 July 2014Dear Mark: I love your column in the Biloxi Sun Herald. It is the number one reason I get the paper. Keep up the great work. Anyway, I was curious, when you hit a mega-jackpot, are you paid the full amount all at once, or does it come in yearly installments...read more
17 July 2014When I started going to casinos in the 1980s, I played a little of everything – blackjack, roulette, video poker, slots, some early attempts at craps and a game that’s rarely seen today called red dog.Keno? A little bit over breakfast. Nearly every casino in Las Vegas had keno runners then...read more
16 July 2014Slot machines do hit on the last spin. And I hit most jackpots when I drop my bet from three quarters to one quarter. This is a fact. I've been gambling for thirty years and have seen this happen to me and other people too often. Please explain this fact...read more
15 July 2014LAS VEGAS -- Mark Newhouse is defying the odds.Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Stu Ungar and Johnny Chan have all won back-to-back World Series of Poker Main Event championships. Dan Harrington made consecutive Main Event final tables in 2003 and 2004...read more
15 July 2014LAS VEGAS -- The 2014 November Nine is set, and a familiar face is back chasing the gold bracelet.Mark Newhouse made his second straight World Series of Poker Main Event final table Monday night. In 2013, Newhouse entered the final table eighth in chips and finished in ninth place for $733,224.But this time around, the Los Angeles pro is one of the favorites to win the $10 million first-place prize...read more
15 July 2014I am going to preach in this column. I figure after 25 years of writing, I deserve a day on the soapbox.I think if casino dealers, hosts and other employees are excellent; if they give professional, courteous and friendly service; if the dealers make you enjoy playing at their tables, or going to their hotels, if they give outstanding personal service, then you should write letters of commendation for them...read more
14 July 2014LAS VEGAS -- Day 6 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event ended Sunday night with 27 players still vying for the bracelet and $10 million first-place prize.The 27 remaining players will reconvene Monday at noon PT and play down to the final nine...read more