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  • 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:

  • Fourth Of July Fireworks And Fun In Tunica

    By Lisa Konupka on Tuesday, June 26, 2018

    Tunica Fireworks Schedule 2017
    Spending the 4th of July weekend in Tunica this year will get you in the patriotic spirit, but it's not the 4th of July without seeing the beauty of red, white, and blue in the sky. Here is where you can watch the fireworks in Tunica.
  • 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 8, 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 7, 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.

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