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  • Do My Choices Matter in Pick 'Em Bonus Rounds?

    By John Grochowski on Monday, October 15, 2018

    Jackpot Party Slots Bonus

    I've often told slot machine players that when they play pick'em bonus rounds, their choices make a real difference.

  • Should I Double Down on 11 in Blackjack?

    By John Grochowski on Tuesday, October 9, 2018

    Blackjack Cards Double Down

    Blackjack basic strategy includes a number of decisions that can give a player second and third thoughts. One of those comes when you have a two-card 11 and the dealer has a 10-value card face up. Basic strategy calls for you to double down -- you make a second bet equal to your first, then get just one more card on the draw. That second bet against a strong dealer card is what gives players pause. 

  • Sports Betting and Parlays

    By John Grochowski on Thursday, August 30, 2018

    Sports Betting Parlays Tunica

    There are times sports bettors think they've zeroed in on multiple winners and are tempted to bet parlays -- betting multiple teams, with all required to win for the bettor to collect.

    The temptation is in the payoffs. Let's use parlays on point-spread bets as an example.

  • Sports Betting and House Edge

    By John Grochowski on Wednesday, August 22, 2018

    Sports Betting and House Edge Tunica

    In a previous entry discussing the point spread, over/under and money line wagers at sports books, I mentioned that the house typically charges an extra 10 percent on point-spread and over/under bets. To win $10, you must bet $11.

    Bettors are sometimes misled into thinking that gives the house a 10 percent edge, which would be very high casino standards.

    Actually, the house edge is 4.55 percent. Here's how it works:

  • Sports Betting on Baseball

    By John Grochowski on Monday, August 20, 2018

    Sports Betting Baseball 101 Tunica

    When sports bettors turn to baseball, point spreads, or a "run line," are available just as they are in football or basketball. If the Reds are playing the Cardinals in St. Louis, with the Reds listed at +1.5, then Cardinals bettors need them to win by two runs or more, while Reds bettors win if Cincinnati wins the game or loses by only one run.

    More commonly, though, baseball bettors focus on the money line. The run line isn't as popular as point spreads in football and basketball.

  • Sports Betting 101

    By John Grochowski on Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    Sports Betting 101 Tunica

    The legalization of sports betting no doubt will bring throngs of new players who need to know the ropes before they bet.

    Old hands who have wagered in Nevada or online already know the basics, but for those finding a new betting experience in Mississippi, here are a few of the basic ways to bet.

     
  • Stories from the Casino Floor: Soft Hands in Blackjack

    By John Grochowski on Monday, July 30, 2018

    Blackjack House Edges

    About a month ago, I told of being at a table with a blackjack player who insisted on standing on all 16s, including the soft ones, no matter what the dealer had.

    In a common six-deck game in which the dealer hits soft 17, basic strategy for soft 16 is to double down if the dealer's up card is 4, 5 or 6, and to hit if the dealer has anything else. Never stand on soft 16.

    My experience drew responses from others who have encountered players who have trouble with soft hands. Let's share a couple of their tales.

  • New Slots: Heat Em Up Power Wheel

    By John Grochowski on Monday, July 16, 2018

    Heat Em Up Power Wheel Slots

    Incredible Technologies is always trying something new on its slot machines, and right now a lot of the excitement revolves around its Power Wheel games.

    One of the latest is Heat 'Em Up Power Wheel, involving a big wheel display for bonuses. A five-reel video slot, each reel three symbols deep, Heat Em Up has a classic look with 7s, bars, bells and cherries among the symbols.

  • Should You Play the Ultimate X Feature?

    By John Grochowski on Tuesday, July 3, 2018

    Tunica Gaming Blog Ultimate X Poker

    Among the many video poker games IGT produces that offer bonus multipliers in exchange for an extra bet, the most popular appears to be Ultimate X.

    That's especially true among low-denomination players, who love the Ultimate X option when playing nickel multiple-hand games. And it seems there's an incentive for playing more hands.

  • Stories from the Casino Floor: Learning Craps

    By John Grochowski on Thursday, June 28, 2018

    Craps

    Readers have shown me repeatedly over the years that one good story deserves another. And last month, after I shared a couple of tales of how craps players learned the game my inbox brought a flurry from other players.

    Let's share a couple more:

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