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My experience as a casino dealer in St. Louis

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 9:18 am

I dealt blackjack and craps in the worst casino in St. Louis. It was in a rundown riverboat called the Admiral, located in a not particularly vibrant and less than bustling area on the St. Louis riverfront. This was back when Missouri still had $500 loss limits and our casino closed every morning. But even in the worst casino, in probably one of the worst gambling markets in America, it

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    Posted on September 22, 2014 at 9:17 am

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  • Rice domestic assault case continues national discussion

    Posted on September 15, 2014 at 9:22 am

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    Posted on September 15, 2014 at 9:21 am

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  • There’s a troll that lives in Lincoln County

    Posted on September 8, 2014 at 9:54 am

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    Posted on September 8, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Have you heard through the years that when famous people die, it will not be just one but usually comes in three. Well, there was Robin Williams…then Lauren Bacall. Now last week, fans of Joan Rivers mourn her passing after complications from outpatient surgery. Each left their indelible marks in the entertainment industry. What I don’t want to see happen is the same pattern carried out and see ISIS ‘behead’

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  • It’s not just a game, it’s to help with research

    Posted on September 2, 2014 at 9:31 am

    It seems like the last two months have been full of people taking on challenges…specifically the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In order to raise money for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” a challenge was started via social media to either dump a bucket of ice water on your head, donate money to ALS, or do both. ALS, according to the ALS Association website, is

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