June 13, 2016
Video poker is not a game of mystery. It wears its odds on its sleeve – or its pay table.
Still, the inner workings of the game mystify many players, and my email often includes questions about video poker basics. Some points are raised over and over again.
Let’s explore the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about video poker.
March 3, 2016
Last year I wrote an article predicting what 2015 would hold for the world of online gambling. Some of these predictions approached reality, while others were perhaps a tad too optimistic. Let’s revisit and analyze my predictions from 2015 and see what’s in store for online gambling in 2016.
February 12, 2015
It’s actually not that easy to get banned from casinos. For us common folk, it usually takes something drastic. It should even more difficult for a celebrity to get banned from a casino but it doesn’t seem like that’s the exactly case. Improper actions can be covered up and paid for with publicity earned by simply having said celebrity on the property.
With that in mind, a celebrity has to do something pretty outlandish to be banned from a casino. Let’s take a look how these five celebrities went from being VIP to 86ed.
February 6, 2015
This is a brief glimpse into the serendipitous lives and times of the MIT Blackjack Team, one of the most enduring legends of contemporary gambling.
This group of geniuses met when they were studying at the most prestigious universities in the United States, including Harvard, Columbia and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). They were math whizzes and, judging by the story that unfolded after their legendary collaboration, it seemed that their favorite sport was risk-taking. Together they formed the MIT Blackjack Team and their story was immortalized in the 2008 movie 21.
January 29, 2015
Abba’s hit “The Winner Takes it All” was sung by Meryl Streep in a 2008 film called Mamma Mia!. The title: seemingly about gambling. The song: truthfully about divorce.
“Poker Face” was done by Lady Gaga and hit #10 on Billboard’s top 100. The title: seemingly about poker. Song: truthfully about bisexuality.
“The Jack’ was written by ACDC’s lead singer Bon Scott about a “houseful of ladies” the band lived with on tour once in 1976. Title: seemingly about gambling. Song: truthfully about venereal disease.
These aren’t songs about getting nothing for something. Yes, you can play the odds with a lot of things but real gambling means hitting the casinos and poker and Texas Hold ‘em.
Here, in no particular order, are some relatively unknown facts about gambling songs that are really about gambling. No metaphors.