I am sure this has been asked before but why? I can understand if you play pennies and hit big jackpot, but if you playing dollars it does not seem fair? It seems to me it is about time to raise the amount you need for getting a w-2. but to what? Does the IRS set the amount for the w-2? I know the IRS ALWAYS WANTS AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE from EVERYBODY! Is it set by the casinos? I just do not know so I am asking. Since it is a new year lets get a new number. It will probably never happen but I can always dream.