The Golden Age of video poker is over. When I started going to casinos regularly in the late 1990s, 9/6 Jacks machines were plentiful even on the Las Vegas strip and a dollar through a video poker machine counted the same as a dollar through a slot machine. Today good video poker paytables are getting harder to find and most slot clubs require more play from video poker players than slot players to earn the same reward. (We really can’t complain, though, when the long-term paybacks on video poker are much higher than those on the slots.)
The state Department of Justice argued in federal court that the game PokerPro is a Class III card game and therefore prohibited under the terms of the tribe’s gaming compact. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb agreed and Thursday ordered the Ho-Chunk to end the game within 30 days of any possible appeal.
Many retirees see gambling as a way to pass time, while others say it helps them, at least momentarily, to forget the grief, losses and other challenges that come as part of the aging process.