J.W. Paine

J.W. Paine has written for television, magazines, and newspapers for years. He is also a published novelist (under the name “Tom Elliott”). His novel The Dwelling was nominated for a Best First Novel award with the Horror Writers of America.

A veteran of everything from horse ranching in Colorado to covering commercial fishing conventions in Costa Rica, Paine’s experience with gambling comes from a lifetime of poker, blackjack, and slots. If he didn’t coin the expression “poker lessons are always expensive”, he’s certainly worn the edges off it.

Paine currently lives in Las Vegas, which he considers to be the “One True Happiest Place on Earth.”

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Best Horse Racing Bets for Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Published on April 20, 2021

It’s looking like dry and fast tracks at all three of the racecourses I’m covering for Tuesday: Parx, Indiana Grand, and Turf Paradise — which incidentally also promises a firm turf run for the single grass race I assessed. Before I move on to...

How to Enjoy the 2021 Kentucky Derby at Home
Published on April 18, 2021

Nothing says everything is back to normal like the Kentucky Derby. Well, it should say that, but this year Churchill Downs is waffling about how many people will be allowed to watch the Kentucky Derby right there at the racetrack as God intended. So,...

2021 Kentucky Derby to Be a Purely Domestic Affair
Published on April 16, 2021

The thirty-five qualifying races called the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby are in the history books. Top-scoring horses and their connections are making their final preparations for that all-important first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs. While top thoroughbreds from stables across the...

Does the Music in Casinos Make Players Risk More?
Published on April 3, 2021

Back in 2014, a group of Norwegian psychosocial scientists (yes, that is an actual job title, at least in Norway) decided to find out whether background music in casinos affected gamblers, and if so, how, exactly.  They first designed a computer card gambling game to be played by test subjects while each was wearing...

BIA Clears Way for Third Casino in North Carolina
Published on March 30, 2021

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) recently okayed a revenue-sharing agreement between North Carolina and the Catawba Indian Nation, one of the last hurdles between the tribe and its long-held goal to build a casino in North Carolina. The Catawba Indian Nation is a...

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas Opens for Business as the Newest Casino in Town
Published on March 25, 2021

Is there a better way to thumb your nose at the pandemic than opening new resort-casinos? Las Vegas doesn’t think so. As Virgin Hotels Las Vegas opens for business as the newest casino in town, I take a look at what it as to...

Chicago to Propose a Casino Resort in the City
Published on March 24, 2021

Legislation passed back in 2019 is finally going to make all of Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot’s dreams come true. In just a couple of weeks, Chicago is going to issue an RFP (Request for Proposals) for a downtown IR (Integrated Resort) that will include...

Reports of a Trump Casino in Florida – How Realistic Is the Possibility?
Published on March 19, 2021

According to the thinnest of rumors, the Trump family is dead-set on turning one of its Florida hotel resorts into a casino. Today, probably before you’ve finished your coffee. According to an article in the Washington Post  Wednesday, Eric Trump – Donald Trump’s son...

Did Detroit Just Kill Retail Casinos?
Published on March 18, 2021

Despite a multitude of problems, the city of Detroit, Michigan just saw the first full month of online gambling generate nearly as much tax revenue for the former metropolis as its three brick-and-mortar casinos produced in a month pre-pandemic. That’s right: Online gambling, which...

Las Vegas Starts Down the Rocky Road to Recovery
Published on March 17, 2021

If you could pick one city to represent the odd mixture of farce and tragedy that is the COVID-19 pandemic and its ever-changing rules of engagement, you could not find a more worthy candidate than Las Vegas. Of course, the city of Vegas isn’t...

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