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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

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 ...

Overlooked IRS plan would help gamblers, tax pro says

By Mark Gruetze
While the casino world focuses on fighting an IRS idea to track slot jackpots starting at $600, a little-noticed companion proposal would benefit gamblers, a ...

Dealers handle more than cards at jammed WSOP

By Mark Gruetze
Bob Macurak of Forest Hills remembers his clammy palms as he dealt to poker luminaries such as Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Joe Hachem. Jonathan ...

Players need to challenge IRS targeting of slot jackpots

By Mark Gruetze
Jerry Faychak wonders whether he’s already seen the best days of casino gambling — and whether the IRS soon will make things worse for players and casinos alike. An Internal Revenue Service idea to require reporting of slot jackpots of ...

Advantage-play pinball aims to change casino gambling

By Mark Gruetze
Aaron Hightower envisions a new frontier for casino gambling. He aims to provide a dramatically different machine game that appeals not only to casual gamblers ...

Gamblers evenly split on allowing smoking in casinos

By Mark Gruetze
Leni Landsky and Jackie Minkel both enjoy video poker and frequent casino trips. Their common interests end with the question of whether smoking should be allowed in casinos. Landsky, 69, of suburban Cleveland, a smoker for more than 50 years, ...

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 ...

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