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  • Blackjack Strategy when Playing Head to Head with Dealer

    By John Grochowski on Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Blackjack House Edges

    There are blackjack decisions that are cut-and-dried, and then there are those that are closer calls. One of the closer calls comes when you have 13 and the dealer’s face up card is a 2. Basic strategy tells us the best play is to stand and not take a chance on busting, but the difference isn’t large.

  • Back-to-Back Royals in Video Poker

    By John Grochowski on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Video Poker Royal Flush

    Some of my favorite tales from readers are those of back-to-back jackpots – or at least jackpots within a few plays of each other.  They don’t happen very often. A 1 in 40,000 chance of drawing a royal flush in video poker translates to a 1 in 160 million chance of back-to-back royals. But given enough trials, anything that can happen eventually will, and there are plenty of trials in casinos.

  • Celebrating Retirement With Flare In Tunica, Mississippi

    By Travel Tunica on Monday, April 17, 2017

    Pools in Tunica

    Angie, my longtime friend, and I were celebrating our recent retirement with a Creedence Clearwater Revisited concert at Gold Strike—one of the eight casinos in Tunica, Mississippi. We may be a pair of little old ladies in training, but we know how to have fun. Starting with the drive.

     

  • Slot Reels and the Frequency of Winning Symbols

    By John Grochowski on Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Slot Reels Winning Symbols

    Not all slot reels are created equal, regardless of whether you’re playing video slots or games with mechanical reels. Video slots were on the mind of a reader recently who asked if all five reels have to bet the same.

  • How to Use Odds in Craps

    By John Grochowski on Monday, April 10, 2017

    Craps Don't Pass Bar Bet Tunica

    When players get serious about craps, they soon learn that the free odds have no house edge. You must make a pass or come bet at the full house edge in order to bet the odds after a point is established, but then the odds bet is paid at true odds.

  • 10 Photos We Loved In March

    By Lisa Konupka on Wednesday, April 05, 2017

    We love seeing everyones photos from their trips to Tunica. Here are our top 10 for the month of March. 
  • Three Reel Slots Still Have Their Day

    By John Grochowski on Monday, March 27, 2017

    3 Reel Slots

    Casinos have a wide variety of game, and anyone who wants to gamble can find something that suits their playing personality.

    That includes three-reel slots with mechanical reels. Over the last 20 years, they’ve been displaced by video slots as the most popular casino games, but three-reel slots still have their adherents.

  • Why Should You Follow Basic Strategy in Blackjack?

    By John Grochowski on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Blackjack Tunica Gaming Strategy

    Last month I relayed comments from a blackjack player who had trouble convincing himself to follow the basic strategy play of doubling down on 11 when the dealer had a 10 face up.

    That brought messages from other readers who had their own moments of queasiness over basic strategy.

  • Why Do You Sometimes Win on the Ante and Not the Bet in Poker?

    By John Grochowski on Monday, March 13, 2017

    Ante Bet Poker

    Many modern table games include two stage betting, with an ante and a bet. Players with strong hands then must wait to see if the dealer has a qualifying hand. If the dealer’s hand isn’t good enough, you win only on the ante and the bet is returned to you.

  • Old-School Frogger Lives in Video Slots

    By John Grochowski on Friday, March 10, 2017

    Frogger Slots

    In a new wave of video slots with skill-based bonuses, we can expect to see some based on old-school arcade games in an attempt to appeal to multiple generations.

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