Author Steven Hepker Bets Gaming Fans Will Enjoy New Release on Michigan Casinos

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This new book released by Dog Ear Publishing provides not only a resource to plan trips for those who enjoy visiting casinos but tips to become smarter players. The former newspaper reporter approaches casinos with his driving force – curiosity – talking to dozens of casino workers and gamblers, and learning the odds for games like blackjack, penny slots and craps.

Dog Ear Publishing releases "Casinos of MIchigan" by Steven Hepker.

Casinos of Michigan celebrates the gaming hobby, especially slot machines, focusing on the thrill of the chase and not tribal politics, laws and social issues.

Michigan will have 26 casinos by late 2011, continuing a tradition of gambling since tribal gaming began in the state in the mid-1980s. This new book provides not only a resource to plan trips for those who enjoy visiting casinos but tips to become smarter players. The former newspaper reporter approaches casinos with his driving force – curiosity – talking to dozens of casino workers and gamblers, and learning the odds for games like blackjack, penny slots and craps.

Casinos of Michigan celebrates the gaming hobby, especially slot machines, focusing on the thrill of the chase and not tribal politics, laws and social issues. Over the course of the four-year project, the author visited casinos all over the state. The book offers a snapshot of each casino, its history, architecture, accommodations, food, overall personality and gambling experience, as well as tips to make the visit more fun – not necessarily more profitable.

The book tackles the topic in geographic areas, listing casinos in the Upper Peninsula, Lower Peninsula and Detroit. The final section is devoted to tips on playing better, such as joining the players’ club to build points and rewards quickly; even average gamblers can earn food and free or reduced room rates or concert tickets. Simple keys to becoming a happier gambler include setting daily limits on wins and losses, only gambling with money that can be lost, and being realistic about the odds of winning big.

Author Steven Hepker lives on a farm near Hudson, Mich., an hour from the nearest casino. He first visited a casino at age 28 in Atlantic City. Hepker, now a freelance writer, has been writing professionally for 30 years, mostly as a crime reporter. He won three dozen state and national awards from 1980 to 2009 while working at four daily newspapers in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Casinos of Michigan is his first book.

“Casinos of Michigan” retails for $14.95 and can be ordered at casinosofmichigan.com;
toll-free 888-770-2227;
or P.O. Box 248, Hudson, MI 49247.

The book also is available through Dog Ear Publishing
at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere

The author can be contacted at 517-320-0011 or by e-mail at shepker66(at)gmail(doT)com.

CASINOS OF MICHIGAN
Steven Hepker

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-145750-403-7                        208 pages                         $14.95 U.S.

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