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Online gaming sites would take months to set up

By Mark Gruetze
Even though a bill to allow online casino gaming in Pennsylvania is suddenly moving forward, players are months away from placing Internet bets legally. The ...

Player’s Advantage: Casinos should follow same no-smoking rule as other businesses

By Mark Gruetze
The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Board has an opportunity to take a stand on behalf of casino players and employees in West Virginia and beyond. On Nov. 10, the board is scheduled to consider a proposal to expand the county’s ban ...

Online gambling can be good for Pa., but put players first

By Mark Gruetze
Unfortunately, Pennsylvanians have seen this game play out before. State lawmakers, desperate to stave off financial  problems, look at ways to raise money without angering taxpayers too much. Leaders of both parties dig in. Big ideas with far-reaching impact gain ...

Whether pope or player, know best time to double down

By Mark Gruetze
Pope Francis, President Obama and Donald Trump are masters of the double-down, at least according to media reports. Writing about the visit to America by the leader of more than a billion Catholics, a Reuters blog advised him to “double ...

Skill-based slots signal big changes for casinos, players

By Mark Gruetze
Slot machine rules  approved this month in Nevada could set the stage for games that revolutionize casino gambling throughout the United States. The Nevada Gaming ...

Gamblers should remember their manners, experts say

By Mark Gruetze
Jacquelyn Flesner has a modest goal: to encourage kindness and increase civility locally and throughout the world, one person at a time. A certified etiquette ...

Slot payouts getting tighter across U.S., study confirms

By Mark Gruetze 9:12 p.m.
Slot players who complain about the machines getting tighter have new evidence to go along with their gut feelings and losing sessions. An analysis of slot payouts in 15 states documents a steady increase since 1996 in the overall hold ...

Mountaineer smoking pavilion gives gamblers a choice

By Mark Gruetze
Signs of Mountaineer Casino’s big change are all around. Smokers perch on benches outside the main entrance, indulging their habit. A notice on the door declares the Chester, W.Va., casino a “smoke free facility.” Near the main floor, a sign ...

McCandless poker pro builds career from mom’s advice, life lessons

By Mark Gruetze
At 26, Chad Power is living his dream. The 2007 North Allegheny High School graduate is fresh off a $262,574 payday at the World Series ...

Card game invented locally makes Pennsylvania casino debut

By Mark Gruetze
Adam Stoller of McCandless made sure he had the best seat for the debut. A half-hour before the boxes of cards were opened or $34,000 ...

High tax could scuttle online gaming in Pa., CEO says

By Mark Gruetze
Pennsylvania could become a leader in online gambling, but a high tax rate could kill the idea before players can place a bet, say two ...

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