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  • Should I Hit on 16 in Blackjack?

    By John Grochowski on Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    Blackjack 20 Hand Win Tunica

    Many blackjack players have quirks where they deviate from basic strategy. I recently shared a table at one who would not sit at 16 under any circumstances.

  • What Would Happen if We Changed the Rules?

    By John Grochowski on Friday, June 08, 2018

    Casino Odds Gaming Blog Tunica

    My mailbag -- or email box or social media messages -- occasionally brings inquiries and theories about changes to the games we play.

    Two of those arrived in the last few months, one was from a craps player, the other from a blackjack aficionado.

  • Tunica Airport Launches New Service

    By Travel Tunica on Thursday, June 07, 2018

    The Tunica Airport is bringing back regular scheduled air service to the Tunica destination. The new partnership with Ashley Air and Travel will provide service to the four new markets of Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and St. Pete/Tampa beginning July 1, 2018.
  • Activating the Bonus in Wheel Poker Deluxe

    By John Grochowski on Tuesday, June 05, 2018

    Wheel Poker Deluxe Tunica Blog

    Video poker areas in casinos liven their mix with bonus games that can multiply your winnings when triggered by certain winning hands.

    These games usually are variations on Triple Play, Five Play and Ten Play Poker, where you play three, five or 10 hands at once. And all such games require an extra bet to activate the bonus feature.

    Is it worthwhile to activate the bonus, or does it reduce your payback percentage?

  • What Brings You Good Luck in the Casino?

    By John Grochowski on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

    Gambling Lucky Charms

    In April, I was playing video poker and noticed that anytime the woman next to me had three of a kind on an initial deal, she'd pause, stand up, take a deep breath, then sit and make her draw.

    I finally mentioned it, and she said, "I guess it's superstition. I know it doesn't really help, but somehow it feels right to me if I have a chance at four of a kind or a royal."

    I followed up with a group of slot players. Most said they have no superstitions, but a few have things that make them feel luckier.

  • Should You Try Your Hand at Craps?

    By John Grochowski on Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Craps Table Dice

    Games work for casinos only if customers will actually play them. A game that seems too complicated or that intimidates players won't do its job of encouraging wagering.

    Craps has a reputation of being difficult for newcomers to learn yet is the second most popular table game behind blackjack. Everybody who plays was a beginner at one time. I asked some craps players how they learned.

  • Cool Down This Summer In Tunica, Mississippi

    By Travel Tunica on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    Pools in Tunica
    On a hot streak at the casino and need to cool off? We have put together a list of our casino hotel pools. Book your room and find your own private oasis at one of our casino resort pools. 
  • Pair Plus Option in 3 Card Poker

    By John Grochowski on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    Three Card Poker

    I've mentioned there are several optional pay tables at Pair Plus in Three Card Poker. One reader asked "Why isn't the pay table standard?"

  • Mississippi Stud House Edge and Risk Odds Explained

    By John Grochowski on Tuesday, May 08, 2018

    Mississippi Stud Poker

    Players who try to sort good bets from the bad sometimes find difficulty with new games that involve more than one round of betting.

    Those games have two figure that could fairly be categorized as house edges. A reader recently pointed out that wizardofodds.com lists a house edge of 4.91 percent for Mississippi Stud Poker, but also an element of risk of 1.37 percent.

  • Latest in Egyptian and East Asian Themes

    By John Grochowski on Monday, April 30, 2018

    Slot Themes Egyptian and East Asian

    Slot machines with ancient Egyptian themes or East Asian imagery have long resonated with slot players. Incredible Technologies puts its own spin on both in new games we'll be playing in 2018.

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