|About the Book|
Casinos of Michigan began life as a casino guidebook and evolved into a celebration of a fast-growing pastime enjoyed by millions of Michiganders. Tribal gaming began in Michigan in the mid-1980s. The state will have 26 casinos by late 2011.MoreCasinos of Michigan began life as a casino guidebook and evolved into a celebration of a fast-growing pastime enjoyed by millions of Michiganders. Tribal gaming began in Michigan in the mid-1980s. The state will have 26 casinos by late 2011. Detroit is the fifth-largest casino market in America. Casinos of Michigan is for everyone who enjoys visiting casinos, traveling Michigan and, especially, playing slot machines. Readers can use the book to plan trips and to become smarter players. A sample from Chapter 38:Never stick with a cold machine because you think it is due to hit.Never leave a hot machine because you think it is played out.Do not flee a machine after a big score. Spend another $10 or $20 before confirming it is on a downswing.If a player abandons a machine after a jackpot or major pay-out, jump on it.Do not bank your winnings in a machine. Cash out and start another run.Leave on your first inclination to leave.Steven Hepker has been a professional writer for 30 years, much of the time as a deadline crime reporter. He grew up on a dairy farm and was co-captain of the Hudson High School Tigers football team that won a national record 72 consecutive wins. Hepker graduated from Hillsdale College, where he later taught journalism. He won three dozen state and national awards from 1980 to 2009 at four daily newspapers in Michigan and Pennsylvania. His first casino visit was in 1984 at age 28, in Atlantic City. Hepker and his wife, Sandy, have four children and three grandsons. They live on a farm near Hudson, an hour from the nearest casino. Hepker raises or harvests much of his familys food, farms about 110 acres of grain and hay, and is a freelance writer. He has published about 15,000 by-lined stories since the late 1970s. Casinos of Michigan is his first book.