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No spin: GT career second to none

Sep 2, 2008 7:02 PM

Winning Strategies by Elliot Frome | This week marks five years since I began writing for GamingToday. Including vacation weeks and the first several months when I was writing only every other week, that means around 225 articles that Iíve written for this fine publication.

Iíve actually only had one other job for more than five years. I donít want to give you the impression that I move around a lot. Iíve only had three jobs in my professional life. The first lasted four years, the second was for 12 and now my Ďsecond careerí as a gaming analyst for the past five.

This doesnít include any unofficial advisory work I did for my father back in the early days.

I canít believe how fast these five years have gone by. I loved my prior jobs, but I know I always looked forward to the day when I would retire. Given I was fresh out of college, this probably was not a good thing. Doing what I do now, I can see doing it until I simply canít anymore.

I love working on bringing new games to the casino. Having done the work for Ultimate Texas Holdíem and knowing that it has been such a tremendous success is a great feeling. Writing my articles is also a lot of fun. Some weeks I know exactly what Iím going to write about and some I sit at the computer for an hour before a good topic hits me.

But, I must be doing something right if Iím still writing for GamingToday after five years!

Iím not really sure exactly how many years my father, Lenny Frome, wrote for GamingToday. I think it was nine or 10 years, so I guess it is safe to say that Iím roughly at the halfway point. Well, that was the halfway point of his time writing, which regrettably was cut very short with his passing. Given I started when I was about 25 years younger, Iíll be able to look back in 10 or 15 years and realize that Iím still more of a rookie than an old-timer.

The cool part about writing, I have to admit, is getting a Ďfaní letter or e-mail. Iím never really sure that Iím getting my message across to my readers. But, every once in a while besides the basic questions, I get a more detailed letter about how someone gave up the slot habit in favor of video poker.

Recently, Iíve even been corresponding with one reader who is exclusively a race book player. He read my columns in GT in between races and was curious to learn more about those video poker machines just outside the Hiltonís book.

Last I heard, he hadnít added video poker to his repertoire, but has been going about the process of learning how to play, which is a critical first step. In this case, Iím not suggesting that he give up the horses. Rather, if heís going to add something as a filler, then video poker should be considered.

It is very gratifying to know that Iím making a difference. Okay, Iím not exactly promoting peace on earth or curing cancer, so I wonít expect the Nobel Prize committee to give me a call. But, Iím happy to set my sights a bit lower and know that Iím helping my fellow players by teaching the best ways to play table games and video poker.

Oh yeah, and to give up the slot habit!

So, I guess what Iím really saying is that Iíd like to thank all of you, my loyal readers on this, my fifth anniversary at GT. Iíd also like to thank this newspaper for giving me the opportunity, not only every week, but especially five years ago when I was just getting started.

Thereís nothing like getting to do what you love for a living. I hope everyone had a great Labor Day and a great summer!