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Mark Gruetze has been a recreational gambler for more than 30 years, focusing on blackjack, video poker and poker. He is administrative editor of the Tribune-Review. Mark Gruetze can be reached via e-mail or at 412-320-7838

Presque Isle Downs, Mountaineer adapt in battle over smoking rules

By Mark Gruetze
Two regional casinos are taking extra steps to welcome nonsmokers. Gamblers will notice changes at Presque Isle Downs in Erie and Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort in Chester, W.Va., both owned by Eldorado Resorts Inc. A $5.1 million renovation at ...

Players deserve better gambling value, consultant says

By Mark Gruetze
Casinos are taking money from gamblers faster than ever and need to change tactics as competition increases, a veteran gaming consultant says. That might range ...

Players, casinos pan IRS idea to track more slot payouts

By Mark Gruetze
Jim and Joyce Matthews of Fayette County have been fortunate enough to win slot jackpots of $1,200 or more — large enough to require casino employees to complete an IRS form W2-G documenting the payout before handing over the cash. ...

Push to legalize online gambling in Pa. picks up steam

By Mark Gruetze
The idea of legal online gambling in Pennsylvania seems to be gaining momentum. In February, an international research firm predicted the state would be a focal point for Internet-gambling supporters. Less than a week before Gov. Tom Wolfe proposed numerous tax ...

Win in unshuffled-card case a loss for industry, experts say

By Mark Gruetze
A court ruling that players must give back more than $1 million they won at a game where the casino dealt unshuffled cards is a bad precedent for the industry, says two experts in casino management. A New Jersey judge ...

Sage advice: The smarter you play, the luckier you get

By Mark Gruetze
Talk about dumb luck. During a casino vacation several years ago, I sat dejectedly at a slot machine, waiting for my wife. It had been a miserable day and a worse trip. I repeatedly played blackjack when I was tired ...

What should you say to a blackjack player who splits 10s?

By Mark Gruetze
David was at his wit’s end. He was having a good time playing blackjack at a $10 table when an onlooker talked his way into a seat. Another man had been playing two hands, and the onlooker persuaded him to ...

Lawsuit: Casinos cuffed player, confiscated his chips

By Mark Gruetze
Ross Miller knows his way around casinos. He’s gambled throughout the country and, by his account, has evolved into a skilled card counter and advantage player. That has forced him to learn his way around the court system, as well. Miller, ...

Fore! Local pair’s golf-theme card game may hit casinos

By Mark Gruetze
Casino workers Ben Kowalski and Jeremiah LeClerc think they have the cure for gamblers looking for something other than blackjack and poker-based table games. The ...

Roulette dealer’s ‘lucky number’ talk is legal, DA rules

By Mark Gruetze
It’s not a crime for a roulette dealer to tell customers he’ll try to hit their lucky number, a Western Pennsylvania prosecutor says. Washington County ...

‘Go for broke’ strategy can work with ‘loss rebate’ offer

By Mark Gruetze
Most of the time, betting more than normal and being prepared to lose all your money quickly aren’t part of the strategy for a fun gambling trip. But that is the way to take advantage of a “loss rebate” offer, ...

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