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  • How to Calculate House Edge in Roulette

    By Travel Tunica on Thursday, July 28, 2016

    Roulette Betting Tunica
    A couple of months ago, I walked through the arithmetic for the house advantage on the pass line in craps.  It’s quite a lengthy calculation with a number of factors, but enough readers followed along that it brought a few questions. 
  • Motorcycling Down The Blues Highway In Tunica, Mississppi

    By Travel Tunica on Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    Motorcycle_Blues
    When my husband, Frankie, and I heard that there was a new Grammy Museum just two hours south of our home in Memphis, it was the perfect reminder of a trip we had been wanting to take for so long—a cruise down the Blues Highway on our motorcycles, but first we had to make a stop at the Gateway to the Blues Museum and Visitors Center in Tunica.
  • When to Take Bets Down in Craps

    By John Grochowski on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    Craps Gaming Tunica

    Craps players have dozens of options with all the different combinations to play. On many multi-roll bets, they also have the option of taking the bet down before a decision is reached.

  • To Spin or Not to Spin After a Hand-Paid Jackpot

    By John Grochowski on Monday, July 11, 2016

    Slots Pull

    When you do win a hand-paid jackpot, many casinos ask you to play once more, so the winning combination no longer shows on the reels or screen. One big winner recently asked what happens if you refuse to spin again. Can the casino refuse to pay you? 

  • Does Basic Strategy Apply to the Third Card in Blackjack?

    By John Grochowski on Wednesday, July 06, 2016

    Blackjack 3 card play

    Sometimes, things are so ingrained in experienced casino players that we forget newcomers haven’t yet learned all the ins and outs. Not long ago, I received email from a blackjack player who is working on learning basic strategy.

  • When Asking for Advice Gets Annoying

    By John Grochowski on Wednesday, June 29, 2016

    Gaming Blog Gambling Advice

    I may have mentioned before, I don’t offer advice while playing. If someone asks me, I’ll answer, but I’m not one to routinely weigh in on decisions that belong to others. But what do you do if someone is asking for advice on EVERY hand? 

  • Max Bets in Video Slots

    By John Grochowski on Monday, June 20, 2016

    Gaming Blog Max Bets

    One of the many differences between video slots and three-reel slots with mechanical reels is that three-reel games almost always have an incentive in the pay table to bet maximum coins. On three-reel games, a max-coins bet brings a disproportionate jump in the top jackpot, so betting the max brings a higher payback percentage than betting less.

  • Does Winning with a Royal Flush in Video Poker Depend on Denomination?

    By John Grochowski on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

    Gaming Blog Video Poker
    I’ve been playing video poker for more than 25 years, and I’ve had royal flushes on penny, nickel, quarter, dollar and $2 games. 
  • Do Three-Reel Slot Machines Tease Jackpots More Often?

    By John Grochowski on Tuesday, June 07, 2016

    Gaming Blog 3 Reel Slots

    One reader wrote to me recently with a question that could only come from a three-reel player. “I’ve noticed that the big-paying symbols are off the line a lot more than they’re on the line,” he wrote. “Is that intentional? Are the games programmed to tease players to thinking they’re close to a jackpot?

  • Playing a System at Roulette Never Wins

    By John Grochowski on Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Roulette Wheel Spinning

    Roulette has so many possible bets, players always are exploring ways to combine them in the hopes they’ll hit on a way to beat the house.


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