Sep

29

2017

# Motorcycling Down The Blues Highway In Tunica, Mississppi

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. We fell in love with the blues more than two decades ago when we moved to Memphis. But until our son left for college, we’d never had the time to make the…

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…

Sep

27

2017

# How Do You Win More Than You Lose in Roulette?

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. One simple method in American roulette with both 0 and 00 is to bet \$1 each on 20 single numbers. Any winner pays 35-1. So you risk \$20 and if any of your numbers hits, you have \$36, since you keep your \$1 wager along with the winnings. That’s a profit of \$16 per win and you’ll average 20…

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. One simple method in American roulette with both 0…

Sep

20

2017

# Turning a football tradition into a memorable weekend in Tunica, Mississippi

“It’s the perfect spot for a boy’s weekend,” my wife said. I gave her a sidelong look. She tried to prove her point: “Steakhouses, casinos, cigars…” Here’s the thing: I’m something of a city guy, while Sue is a through-and-through country gal. And it seemed to me she was trying to turn my annual football reunion—which is, yes, a boy’s weekend, though these days we bring our wives along—into her dream countryside escape.  I have just a few days a year with my old college crew—one long weekend back in Memphis. Sue was suggesting not just a pre-game detour, but…

“It’s the perfect spot for a boy’s weekend,” my wife said. I gave her a sidelong look. She tried to prove her point: “Steakhouses, casinos, cigars…” Here’s the thing: I’m something of a city guy, while Sue is a through-and-through country gal. And it seemed to me she was trying…

Sep

20

2017

# Winning the Most Hands Does Not Always Win the Most Money

A play that will win the most hands isn’t always the play that will win the most money. That’s a point I’ve made often with even-money in blackjack. Those who take even money when they have blackjack and the dealer has an Ace will win more hands, but over time those who play out the hand to go for the 3-2 pay on blackjacks will win more money. I was asked recently if there are other games where it’s better to make plays to win less often because they win more money. Video poker immediately came to mind. One example…

A play that will win the most hands isn’t always the play that will win the most money. That’s a point I’ve made often with even-money in blackjack. Those who take even money when they have blackjack and the dealer has an Ace will win more hands, but over time…

Sep

12

2017

# Is There an Advantage to Playing Two Machines at Once?

When I first started to play in casinos, I used to see many slot players taking two or more machines at a time. I even saw a woman playing an entire row, starting the reels spinning on each machine, not waiting to see the results until she returned to each machine in her rotation. I don’t see that as much on floors now dominated by video slots. Nonetheless, a reader asked me if there was any advantage to playing two machines at once. “I don’t just mean slots,” she said. ‘I mean video poker and video keno, too. My game…

When I first started to play in casinos, I used to see many slot players taking two or more machines at a time. I even saw a woman playing an entire row, starting the reels spinning on each machine, not waiting to see the results until she returned to each…

Sep

05

2017

# Mississippi Stud Poker Straight Strategy

In any game where strategy makes a difference, there are fine points and there are players who struggle with small differences. One such game is Mississippi Stud Poker, in which players must ante to start, then may raise by betting one to three times their ante after seeing their first two cards, again after seeing the first of three community cards and a third time after the second community card is exposed. The object is to make a five-card hand of a pair of 6s or better, with payoffs ranging from a push with a pair of 6s through 10s…

In any game where strategy makes a difference, there are fine points and there are players who struggle with small differences. One such game is Mississippi Stud Poker, in which players must ante to start, then may raise by betting one to three times their ante after seeing their first…