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King Of Hustlers

Sep 13, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Pete Rose is what baseball is all about. But because he bet money on his own team, he was banned from being named to baseball's Hall of Fame. That is wrong and should be...

The Last Pony Ride

Sep 10, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
It was time to leave home. Time to grow up and take my last pony ride on a star-lit night along a river in western Pennsylvania. Sutersville, PA. is a scenic little town of...

Casino Trend Report: Table Games Are Out, Machines Are In

Sep 04, 2021   |  
Things move fast in the online casino gaming industry!  Sometimes it seems that if you turn your attention away for a few days (or even hours), you return to a sector that...

Challenger On The Premises

Aug 30, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
It has happened to me and it will happen to you. You will run into an adversary. Be prepared for the war of your life. Excuse me, you're being accosted. There is another man...

The Runaway Slot Machine

Aug 17, 2021   |  
What do you do when a slot machine goes crazy and pays you off every time you pull the handle? Why, you collect the money and run. Just after you cross the Arizona-Nevada...

Searching For Good Poker

Aug 13, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Poker players are facing road blocks in their quest for a good poker game. They're out there, but sometimes you have to search for them. One of my favorite Willie Nelson songs...

Tips To Win A Poker Tournament

Aug 09, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
It's relatively easy to win a poker tournament in your home town. Just play aggressive, play smart, watch your chips and stick to the basics. I have spent a relaxing couple of...

Casinos, Illusions And Gambling

Aug 02, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
If a man tells you black is white and white is black, better believe it. There are illusionists in this world who can create reality out of just about anything. Life is made up...

Audie Was A Giant Killer

Jul 26, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
He was a World War 2 hero and a gentleman who loved women. And if Audie Murphy caught you disrespecting a girl, you had better watch out. He was dangerous. "It isn't the size...

Jackrabbits And Horses

Jul 20, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
When you are in cowboy country, the people make their own fun. And one day in Clovis, N.M., a rancher put together a jackrabbit hunt and poker tournament. The call came just...

The Miracle Worker

Jul 13, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Woody Allen is a genius when it comes to making movies. He has millions of fans around the world and nearly as many enemies. Here is his story. The day I concluded...

Drinking At The Witch's Brew

Jun 15, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
When you work as a freelance magazine writer, you can get yourself in all sorts of trouble. I was living in Phoenix, AZ. some years ago, between jobs, when I picked up a copy of...

Famous People I Never Met

Jun 07, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Who are some of the people you would have loved to have met in life? As a journalist, I have met many, but my list is still longer than my memories. There is one great perk...

Man With The Golden Arm

Jun 02, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Nelson Algren was born to write, to drink and to fight for lost causes. He wrote books about drug addicts and alcoholics and was a member of the Communist Party. Nelson...

Gold Nuggets In Burro Flats

May 31, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
When you're a poker player and adventurer, you meet some interesting people. Al Blackman was one of them. Hope he and Rover are still making their rounds. Just south of Hoover...

Casino Owners Should Upgrade Poker

May 26, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
This is a perfect time for casino owners to upgrade poker and let it grow into the 21st century and beyond. And that means expanding it beyond Texas Holdem. Poker is doing well...

Lovely In Black

May 24, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
My late father did many wonderful things for me. But the greatest gift he ever gave me was introducing me to a beautiful flight attendant named Grace Shaw. The call came at 4...

Watch Out For The Gunslingers

May 19, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Poker players are getting meaner, more aggressive and more offensive. As poker popularity spreads, the behavior of some of the players getting obscene. It's time to stop...

Star Light, Star Bright

May 17, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Who would you like to see star in a film about poker? Who would be the director and what would the film plot be about? Poker is a universal game and all of us are gamblers. If...

A Dangerous Poker Player

May 17, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
If you develop a reputation in a casino, let it be a dangerous reputation. You don't want you to be called the calling station. It is dangerous to leave a poker player alone...

A Christmas Jail

May 10, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
It was three days before Christmas. I was 12 and my two younger brothers, Dennis and John, also known as Legs, were 11 and 10. Our parents had left us along while they visited my...

Poker Is Coming Back

May 05, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
(Good news for my poker playing buddies around America and the world. It is slow process but poker is on the road to returning to normal). I know a lot of my poker playing...

The Mango Tree

Apr 28, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Dreams die hard. I have this dream about St. Kitts in the Eastern Caribbean. Yes, it will take money to complete, but the results could be spectacular. I have a...

Above The Hurricanes

Apr 26, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
I just discovered a piece of paradise. It's a tropical island where you can pan for gold, frolic along a white sand beach with bikini-clad beauties, and play poker to your...

Planned Insanity

Apr 22, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
LouFabig was a former race car driver from Germany who enjoyed laying out carrallies. He talked me into entering one that went from Phoenix to Las Vegas. I was working as a...

On The Road Again

Apr 22, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Watch out for new friends. If they have bad habits, they can pass them on and you never know what kind of trouble you can get yourself into. Somebody once said that travel...

Bull in a China Closet

Mar 07, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Sometimes you just have to let the animal out of you. Don't think. Just use your animal instinct and react to the other players. The results may pleasantly surprise you. Don't...

The Way of the West

Jan 30, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
(Gamblers sometimes get into trouble because of their wild ways. I have known some pretty wild gamblers in my time and their stories aren't pretty.) Sometimes I wish I had been...

Flight of the Eagle

Jan 30, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
(In the days of the early West, the Indians and wagon train members didn't just fight. They spent some of their time on the trail doing fun things.) The wagon train was long...

Blood, Gore and Politics

Oct 28, 2020   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Benny Binion, get off that cloud and show these casino execs how a gambling casino should be operated. And, yes, I amtalking about putting the players' interests first. One...

Don't Talk To A Dummy

Jun 26, 2020   |   Geno Lawrenzi
I just drove across America, a distance of over 1,500 miles from Pittsburgh, PA. to Clovis, N.M., and I can assure you some changes are being made in the way our nation conducts...

Organs In The Desert

Jun 18, 2020   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Monument Valley is a vast amphitheater of spectacular spires and red rocks about 200 miles north of Phoenix. John Ford discovered it and made it his church. I don't...

Route 66 Blues

Jun 16, 2020   |   Geno Lawrenzi
(The year was 1960. I was an aspiring journalist and writer living in Phoenix, AZ. And two creative television producers came up with a new TV series called "Route 66.") Two...

Louie's Dream House

Jun 11, 2020   |  
(His name was Louie and he was a cop. He worked on a police department in a small town in New Mexico, and he cheerfully admitted his department was prejudiced.) As a newspaper...

The Blue Highway

Jun 11, 2020   |   Geno Lawrenzi
All roads lead to Las Vegas. At least that is the way it seems to me any time I join Willie Nelson in singing "On the Road Again." There are many different ways to arrive at a...

Bingo Guide - How to play Bingo

Jul 21, 2018   |  
HOW TO PLAY BINGO Playing Bingo online is actually very simple, and once you get the hang of it, it can be a whole lot fun, not to mention very exciting! In the game of Bingo a...

The World of Backgammon - Introduction to Gammon

Jul 17, 2018   |  
Backgammon, the two-player board game, played for fun and money all over the world is now gaining significant popularity in the gambling community. Gamblers who might enjoy...

How to Play Roulette

Jul 14, 2018   |  
If you like games of chance, then you will love playing Roulette. Roulette is basically a spinning wheel that uses a ball to choose a number and if you are lucky you will make...

How to Play Pontoon

Jul 14, 2018   |  
Pontoon is a card game that was made popular in the UK and is now making its way to the U.S. It is a variant of the American game Blackjack and was originally based on the French...

How to Play Casino War

Jul 14, 2018   |  
Although slots and video games can be fun, playing card games allows you to get the edge over the house by learning just a basic strategies. If you are looking to take a break...

How to Play Blackjack Switch

Jul 14, 2018   |  
Blackjack Switch is an exciting variation on one of the most popular games in a casino, Blackjack. The blackjack table and rules are the same with only a few minor changes. With...

How to Play Blackjack

Jul 14, 2018   |  
Blackjack is by far one of the most popular casino card games because it allows knowledgeable players a chance to earn winnings much easier than a game of chance would allow. With...

How to Play Baccarat

Jul 14, 2018   |  
Baccarat is a casino game that was originally brought over from Italy and France in the late 1400’s. Part of the appeal of Baccarat is its simplicity. You have a choice to...

History of Roulette

Jul 13, 2018   |  
History of American Roulette & European Roulette Roulette is a casino and gambling game, and its name has been derived from a French word that means 'small wheel'. Here is an...

Maryland Scratch Games

Jul 13, 2018   |  
Maryland Instant Scratch Games Instant Scratch Games are where the fun is. They are exciting to play and even more thrilling to win. All you do is scratch and win. In Maryland...

Maryland Keno

Jul 13, 2018   |  
Maryland Keno is drawing more players daily because it's so easy and so much fun. Players can automatically win as much as one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000). Maryland Keno...

How To Play Three Card Poker

Jul 13, 2018   |  
Three card poker is a casino table game that is played against the dealer. It is played with a single deck and has two bets you can make on one hand. Since you can choose between...

How To Play Texas Holdem Bonus Poker

Jul 13, 2018   |  
Texas Holdem Bonus Poker is the casino's version of the classic poker game. Traditionally played against one or more other players, in the casino version, it is always played...

How to Play Texas Hold'em

Jul 13, 2018   |  
Texas Holdem has become the most popular form of poker played in casinos today. In this article you will find just an overview on how to play Texas Hold em, basic Texas Hold em...

How to Play Razz Poker

Jul 13, 2018   |  
Razz poker is a form of stud poker that is played ace to five low, meaning that it is played for a low hand rather than a high hand. Players are dealt 7 cards and must make the...

How To Play Pai Gow Poker

Jul 13, 2018   |  
Although there are a lot of other poker variants that originated outside of the US, there is only one that comes from China. It is called Pai Gow and is a fast-paced and fun...

How to Play Omaha Poker

Jul 13, 2018   |  
It goes without saying that Texas Hold ‘em is one of the most popular poker games in the world. There are a wide variety of other poker games though that can also be played...

How To Play Omaha 8 or Better

Jul 13, 2018   |  
This is a unique variation on Omaha poker. You will hear it called Omaha Hi/Lo, Omaha 08 or by its more popular title Omaha 8 or Better. If you know how to play Omaha poker then...

How To Play Let It Ride Poker

Jul 13, 2018   |  
Let It Ride poker is a fun casino poker game and the only one that will let you take back bets if you do not like your cards. Interestingly, this game was invented by Shuffle...

How to Play H.O.S.E. Poker

Jul 13, 2018   |  
H.O.S.E poker is a mixed poker game of four different variants of poker. All variants are played throughout the course of a game or tournament changing between variants during...

How to Play H.O.R.S.E

Jul 13, 2018   |  
Poker is a game that people get together and play all across the United States and Europe. There are many forms of poker, but mostly people love to get together and gamble with...

How To Play Five Card Draw

Jul 13, 2018   |  
5 Card Draw is the oldest form of true poker games, played notoriously throughout the ‘Old West’. Just about every poker variant in existence was derived from the game...

How to Play Caribbean Stud

Jul 13, 2018   |  
If you get tired of playing traditional poker games against other players, then maybe you should try your luck against the dealer. Caribbean poker is a casino card game that lets...

How To Play Badugi

Jul 13, 2018   |  
Badugi Poker is also known as Asian Poker. With this form of poker, you have to have the lowest Badugi. Originated in Korea, Badugi is played like Triple draw where the focus is...

How to Play 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo

Jul 13, 2018   |  
7 Card Stud Hi/Lo is an immensely popular variant of the original 7 Card Stud poker game, where there can actually be two winners splitting the pot – the Highest ranking...

How to Play 7 Card Stud

Jul 13, 2018   |  
7 Card Stud dates back to the days of the old west, often played by pioneers and outlaws in back alley bars and trading posts along the western trail of North America. 7 Card Stud...

How To Play 2-7 Triple Draw

Jul 13, 2018   |  
Since 2-7 Triple Draw starts out just like 2-7 Single Draw. The difference is an obvious one; in this variant you get three draws to get the lowest hand instead of one. 2-7...

How To Play 2-7 Single Draw

Jul 13, 2018   |  
In 2-7 single draw also known as lowball poker, you are dealt five cards face down, before placing your bets. The key difference between this lowball poker variant is that the Ace...