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Jun

28

2018

Stories from the Casino Floor: Learning 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: TED: I had a few false starts. It seemed like something I wanted to try, but every time I'd go to a table and watch a few rolls, I'd realize I didn't know how you won or how you lost. I'd put my money back in my pocket and look for something else to do. Finally,…

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: TED: I had a few false…

Jun

19

2018

Should I Hit on 16 in Blackjack?

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. That's a bad play whenever the dealer shows a 7 or higher, but it's not that rare. What made this latest player really unusual is that his phobia for hitting 16 extended to soft 16 -- hands such as Ace-5 or Ace-3-2 where the Ace is counted as 11. "At least I'm still in the game," he said when other players tried to show him the light. "Let the dealer take a chance…

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. That's a bad play whenever the dealer shows a 7 or higher, but it's not that rare. What made this latest player really…

Jun

08

2018

What Would Happen if We Changed the Rules?

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. The craps player asked, "You can take down most craps bets if you have to leave, but not pass or come. I'm told that's because of the house edge. What would you have to change to let players take down the bets?" The reason pass/come players must leave bets in action until there is a decision…

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. The craps player asked, "You can…

Jun

07

2018

Tunica Airport Launches New Service

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. To celebrate the new service, Ashley Air and Travel is offering an introductory $599 annual travel membership. This will allow passengers unlimited travel on all routes served by Ashley Air for $39 each way (plus taxes and fees). “Our partnership with Ashley Air and Travel will enhance our areas tourism industry by opening up our world-class gaming and entertainment…

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. To celebrate the new service, Ashley Air and Travel…

Jun

05

2018

Activating the Bonus in Wheel Poker Deluxe

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. Recently, a player asked me about the game Wheel Poker Deluxe, which requires an extra five coins per hand to activate a wheel-spinning bonus. Without a bonus feature, Triple Play carries a maximum bet of 15 coins, or five per hand.…

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…