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  • Betting on 7 vs 6 or 8 in Craps

    By John Grochowski on Monday, November 20, 2017

    Craps Dice 7

    Newcomers to craps sometimes are confused by the details. It can take a while to sort out the ins and outs of a game with so many different ways to bet. One such novice player asked me why the one-roll bet on any 7 is said to be such a weak play.

  • When Should You Surrender in Blackjack?

    By John Grochowski on Thursday, November 16, 2017

    Blackjack Surrender

    One challenge facing blackjack players is that the rules aren't precisely the same in one casino as another, or even sometimes at one table as opposed to another in the same casino.

    There are a number of optional rules, including late surrender, which after the dealer checks to see if he has blackjack, allows you to give up half your bet instead of playing it beyond your first two cards.

  • Take Refuge on Thanksgiving Day, Escape to Tunica

    By Travel Tunica on Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    Every year, as Thanksgiving Day approaches, I begin to savor the thought of loads of food. However, my dreams of turkey and pecan pies are quickly disturbed by visions of my nieces and nephews running through the house screaming, my father’s suggestions that he worked harder for a living “back in the day,” my sister’s emotional outbursts about not being mom’s favorite, and my grandma’s incessant requests for me to sing her favorite song, “Islands in the Stream” (I am no Kenny Rogers).
  • Reel Power Gives You 243 Ways to Win

    By John Grochowski on Wednesday, November 08, 2017

    Reel Power 243 Ways to Win

    After 20 years of multiline video slots in casinos, I find most players don't even look to see the shapes of the paylines anymore.

    When there were five lines or nine lines, everyone wanted to check to see how the lines ran and how their winning symbols lined up. With 30, 40 lines or more, most players today just accept their total winnings and move on. The 243-ways-to-win slots with no traditional paylines are another matter. 

  • Getting Wild in Stacked Reel Slot Machines

    By John Grochowski on Tuesday, October 24, 2017

    Wild Stacked Slots

    One of the tools slot machine designers use to keep the games fun and interesting is the stacked reel, where a number of consecutive symbols are the same.

    Things can really get interesting when the stacked symbols are wild, matching any other symbols to help form winning combinations.

  • An Unusual Ace Hand in Blackjack

    By John Grochowski on Monday, October 16, 2017

    Ace and Casino Chips

    Even gaming events that you're unlikely ever to see happen can be fun to talk about, and there are enough "what ifs" that conversation about them can be endless.

    One that a player brought up recently involves blackjack. There are four Aces in each deck, so in a six-deck game there are 64 Aces.

  • Winning Early vs Winning Late

    By John Grochowski on Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    Woman Winning Slots

    When you go on a casino overnight trip, especially one that's going to last two or three days, would you rather get a big win early in the trip or late? Early, and all the pressure's off your budget. You can play to your heart's content. Late, and you're sure of bringing the big bucks home.

  • Don't Make These Blackjack Mistakes

    By John Grochowski on Thursday, October 05, 2017

    Blackjack 10 Value Cards Blogs Tunica

    When I learned blackjack basic strategy about 30 years ago, the plays others made were real eye-openers to me.

    Players today are better than they once were. I don't see anywhere near as many mistakes at the table. But I do still see some doozies. Here are a few I've seen in the last few months, at six-deck games in which the dealer hits soft 17.

  • Motorcycling Down The Blues Highway In Tunica, Mississppi

    By Travel Tunica on Friday, September 29, 2017

    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.
  • How Do You Win More Than You Lose in Roulette?

    By John Grochowski on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

    Roulette Betting Tunica

    There are so many possibilities in roulette, it’s easy to design a system that wins more often than it loses.  Problem is, when the losses come, they’re much larger than the wins and wipe out any profit – and then some.

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