The Players Lounge

Welcome to The Players Lounge! This is the first section to check for breaking news on new games and new casinos. It's your place to learn about the development behind new titles, where you're likely to find the new games debut, and when your favorite operators plan to launch a new site. Players, operators, and regulators share some common interests in the online gambling sphere and this is another place those interests can overlap. But it is the players' lounge and the focus is on your interests.

Whether it's a new gamification model or promotional features built into games, new tech to make your gameplay more enjoyable, or where you might find your favorite lottery tickets available at an online casino, you'll find it here. You'll also find the latest progressive slots winners and relaunches of old favorite titles.

While most of the subject matter is online-oriented, we'll also let you know if land-based casinos are planning to go online, or if your local regulator plans to change the minimum gambling age. If it's something players need or want to know, you'll find it here.

Toilets don’t flush themselves

Dear Mark: It seems everywhere you go in the casino one is expected to tip. You seem to encourage it, stating in a column, "Consider it a contribution to Lady Luck." I would like to think of myself as generous;...

Buyer beware

Dear Mark: I have heard, although not seen, that certain casinos offer different commissions on a 4 and 10 buy bet. Of three casinos near where I live, they all offer a buy bet with a 5% commission. Was I misin...

Doing dice the easy way

Dear Mark: I would like to learn how to play dice. What is the best way? Dave K. Craps with confidence, Dave, commences by reading a decent book on the game. For the dice apprentice, Henry Tamburin’s Craps: ...

Player cries foul, but was it?

Dear Mark: I would like to know how you would have handled this blackjack scenario. I made my biggest bet of the evening ($100), and the dealer proceeded to deal two cards to each player on the table. Before th...

Killing Time and Keno Odds

Time-killing bet causes confusion Dear Mark: I enjoyed your 5/1/15 column on "low roller" time-killing bets (Keno in particular). It brought back memories. I only dabbled with keno when I exceeded my gamb...