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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

New Ohio racino increases options for area’s slot lovers

By Mark Gruetze
Slot fans will have a new target this week, when Mahoning Valley Race Course opens its 850 machines for play near Youngstown, Ohio. With the debut of Ohio’s seventh racino at noon Sept. 17, about 17,800 machines are competing for …

‘Can’t lose’ lottery ploy works better as a dream than a bet

By Mark Gruetze
George Koyro of Apollo knows he’ll have an errand to run when wife Shirley gets an itch in her left hand. Soon, they’re on their way to buy lottery tickets — usually scratch-offs, sometimes the number drawings such as Cash …

W.Va. smoking ban a strong precedent, advocates say

By Mark Gruetze
The decision to ban smoking at Mountaineer Casino and other public areas in Hancock County, W.Va., sets an example for making the air safer for everyone, anti-smoking advocates say. But the ban, effective in July 2015, will carry a high …

First-time player runs into trouble at World Series of Poker

By Mark Gruetze
Richard Rigney says he had never played poker before he signed up for the $10,000-per-seat Main Event at this year’s World Series of Poker in …

Arrest over ‘lucky number’ talk rattles casino dealers

By Mark Gruetze
Criminal charges against a former Meadows Casino roulette dealer could have ominous implications for dealers throughout Pennsylvania, say co-workers and one of his supervisors. “This …

Player’s Advantage: ‘Progression’ betting strategy won’t increase profits

By Mark Gruetze
Before I leave for a casino vacation, a buddy usually slips me $20 for a special blackjack bet. His instructions are specific: • Bet it …

Players Advantage: ‘Most wanted’ casino cheater used old tricks, police say

By Mark Gruetze
A fugitive cheat did himself in by providing his real name and address when joining a players club at a Pennsylvania casino, authorities say. Jubreal …

Lesson of the nonexistent ‘hot machine’ still rings true

By Mark Gruetze
The young woman working the entrance of the Downtown Las Vegas slots parlor beckoned earnestly. My wife and I, on one of our early trips …

Proposal would snuff out smoking at Mountaineer Casino

By Mark Gruetze
The Health Board in Hancock County, home to Mountaineer Casino, has an opportunity to set an example for Pennsylvania and other areas that allow smoking in casinos. The board last week proposed a sweeping overhaul of the county’s 1999 rules …

Players take a spin on not-yet-released slot machines

By Mark Gruetze
Joyce Phillis of Cranberry knows what she wants in a slot machine. “I like interaction, where you have to pick something to get extra money,” …

Online gambling triggers big change in Internet, CEO says

By Mark Gruetze
Online gambling might do more than generate tax money and let people play from their living rooms. “This industry is forcing a massive change in …

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