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Gaming & Destinations Readers’ Choice Awards Revealed!

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Gaming and Destinations Magazine is your number one resource for all that is gaming. Each year, we receive feedback from thousands of gaming enthusiasts letting us know their top picks for everything from rooms and suites to pools and golf courses.

We are excited to publish the results as part of our annual Readers’ Choice Awards and are excited to officially reveal the winners for all to see!

Congratulations to all of the winning properties on a job well done! These awards show that your hard work to satisfy your customers is unprecedented and noticed by all!

 

This year, we received over 20,000 votes from gamers throughout the country casting their votes in various categories divided into a Southern and a Midwest region.

We hope the results will help our readers and audience plan their next gambling adventure with confidence knowing that these premium properties are the best in the business!

Special thanks to everyone who took the time to vote…enjoy the awards!

 

CLICK HERE for the Southern Award Winners

 

CLICK HERE for the Midwest Award Winners

 

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Blackjack Strategy: Numbers Don’t Lie

BlackjackPicI’m a firm believer that if know some of the more important statistics about the game of blackjack, it can help you better understand the fundamentals of winning blackjack strategies.
However, I also understand that most folks find statistics boring; therefore, I prepared the following fun quiz, which I hope you will find entertaining as well as informative.

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Triple Crown Track Comparisons: Finding the Bias

P22_ChurchillOver the last 15 years, the post-time favorite has won the Preakness nine times. That’s a winning percentage of 60 percent.

When it comes to Triple Crowns, I have been trackside for every near-miss over the last two decades. From Silver Charm in 1997 to California Chrome in 2014, and the seven others that fell between. Like many who follow the Sport of Kings closely, there was a piece of me that thought it would never happen again. Then, on June 6, 2015, an equine named American Pharoah blazed across Belmont Park’s sandy straightaway, straight into history. At long last, the wait was finally over. After a 37 year drought, Thoroughbred racing finally had its twelfth Triple Crown Champion.

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Destination Spotlight: Hot Action in Arkansas

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Racing and Gaming are on the fast track in The Land of Opportunity

The first national river, the first European settlement on the Lower Mississippi, the biggest oxbow lake in America, the only public mine where you can dig for diamonds and keep what you find … Arkansas is known for a lot of things, and increasingly, it’s known for year-round racing and gaming action.

Arkansas has two great racing and gaming venues – Southland Park Gaming and Racing in West Memphis and Oaklawn Racing and Gaming in Hot Springs. Both facilities have recently undergone multi-million dollar renovations that are thrilling high rollers and everyday folks looking to have some serious Natural State fun.

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Big Changes at the Beau Rivage & Gold Strike

BeauPic1_HighLimitAreaThere are a lot of great gambling options in Mississippi ranging from the Delta Region in Tunica to the comforts of the Gulf Coast and the beaches of Biloxi. Since Hurricane Katrina rocked the Coast in 2005, the area continues to recover bigger and better than ever with record casino revenues. In Tunica, they have seen better days when it comes to revenues, but the area continues to offer great gambling experiences. Two sure bet properties in Mississippi that are receiving many accolades are the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, and the Gold Strike in Tunica, both are owned by MGM Resorts and both are leaders in their respective markets. While each offers its own unique style and character, they both deliver great customer service, premium dining options, the ongoing quest to appeal to customer desires, and of course, great gambling.

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Caddyshack : Big Screen Slot Sensation

Slot players have long been able to count on games from WMS Gaming and Bally Technologies for fun, innovative ways to play.

From WMS, we’ve seen great iconic brands like Monopoly, Jackpot Party, Reel ’Em In and the Wizard of Oz. Bally has given us Blazing 7s, Hot Shot Progressives, Michael Jackson and the recent Wonder Woman.

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Rising Star Casino Resort Shines Bright – Property Profile

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Sitting on the banks of the Ohio River in Rising Sun, Indiana, is the premium gaming property Rising Star Casino Resort, a full-service resort destination. With more fun, more excitement and more entertainment, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Rising Star Casino offers 294 plush and comfortable rooms. Hotel guests can lay back, relax and enjoy well appointed rooms and in-room amenities such as flat screen televisions, upgraded, luxurious linens, gas fireplaces, colorful decor and more. Other guest amenities include a whirlpool spa, an indoor pool, a steam sauna and fitness room. You owe it to yourself to visit this friendly resort!

Of course Rising Star Casino is known for thrilling casino action but that’s not all! While on property, guests can experience all that Rising Star has to offer along with an excellent staff who might even call you by first name. The property has 1,000 of the most popular slot machines plus a wide variety of your favorite table games. With bigger table limits, you’ll want to Let It Ride on any of our great Rising Star Table Games.

Rising Star Casino is also home to headliner entertainment. The Grand Theatre hosts many entertainers including Chicago, Huey Lewis and the News, the Beach Boys, and Three Dog Night. For more fun and entertainment Friday & Saturday, guests can also enjoy FREE live entertainment in the Pavilion and on Friday and Saturday evenings, enjoy a frosty mug in Big Vic’s Pub while listening to some of the tri-state’s most popular bands.

The golf course at Rising Star is Southern Indiana’s only Scottish links-style course.

If you have the opportunity to play a round on The Links, Southeastern Indiana’s only Scottish-links-style golf course, it is must! The course features gently rolling bent grass fairways and greens nestled among traditional long waste bunkers, winding lakes and heather rough, with many holes boasting panoramic views of the Ohio River Valley. You can play the tees most appropriate to your game: 5,000 yards from the front or over 6,800 yards from the tips. Ask any player … The Links at Rising Star Casino is a golfer’s playground.

And if that’s not enough, indulge in one or more of Rising Star Casino’s fabulous dining options including Wellington’s Steakhouse or the River View Buffet. Whether you are in the mood for a gourmet steak set in the warm elegance of a fine dining setting while enjoying the finest choice cuts of tender beef or freshest ocean seafood, or prefer the open, bountiful buffet, or even a quick bite at Queen City Market … the tremendous variety and quality of selections will have your taste buds begging for more!

Comfortable rooms offer great views & amenities.

So, what is keeping you from visiting this property? Rising Star Casio Resort is the perfect getaway for anyone. And especially for those who live in Louisville, Indianapolis or Cincinnati areas … you are within driving distance of the perfect weekend getaway!

 

 

 

 

 

For reservations visit RisingStarCasino.com or call 1-800-472-6311.

Best Bets in the Casino

Not all casino games are created equal. Some give you a better shot to win than others. Some part you from your money faster than the rest.

Your guide to the best opportunities vs. the bankroll eaters is the house edge. You have a chance to win in a short session on any game, but you get more bang for your buck when the average percentage that the house keeps is smaller.

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Scandal! Pete Rose, the Black Sox and more of sports’ shames

Reds Stadium - CopyPoor Pete Rose. For awhile, it looked as though 2015 might be the year when finally—FINALLY—MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred would pardon the equal parts famous and infamous Cincinnati Red and restore him in the good graces of the League and clear a path to the Hall of Fame.
But weeks of waiting for a decision turned to months, and at least at the time of this writing, when the aroma of Thanksgiving feasts are heralding the advent of Advent and the beginning of the end of the year—no smoke has come from Manfred’s chimney to clue the world in on his thinking.
That’s the thing about sports. Where there is opportunity for heroics, there is temptation for cutting the corner, noodling the numbers, doing the dope. And while fans will tsk-tsk about the players and teams who make the mess, that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy reading about them. So while we continue to stand-by for word on Mr. Rose, here is a deeper look at his troubles and recaps of more of sporting morasses.

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Property Profile: IP Casino Resort & Spa – Biloxi, Miss.

IP building exterior - pic 2_Biloxi is booming! One property that seems to always bring their A-game on the Gulf is IP Casino Resort and Spa, a AAA Four Diamond-awarded resort located on the Back Bay in Biloxi, Miss. You can’t miss the towering 32-story hotel tower when coming across the I-110 bridge. Featuring a roof top pool with cabanas and cocktail services, a spa with all of your favorite treatments and services, top tier dining, including thirty-two, a restaurant on the 32nd floor of the hotel tower, IP has branded itself as a premium Biloxi gaming destination that appeals to the guests from the entire region.

Upon entering the massive lobby, you will notice the Chill Ultra Lounge, a contemporary place to relax and enjoy the sounds of some of the Coast’s best local artists. Get there early on the weekends, as it tends to get crowded and seating is a premium, but the cocktails are always perfect. The stage is elevated behind the bar, making the band visible from anywhere in the lounge. Opening at 5 p.m. daily, Chill opens at 5 p.m. daily with a happy hour that lasts till 8 p.m. Every Thursday features Ladies Night, with free drinks for ladies from 9 p.m. until midnight. Chill Ultra Lounge is the perfect place to go with friends for a night on the town.

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Midwest Roadside Distractions: What they are and where you’ll find them!

The World’s Largest! The Biggest! The Tallest! The Smallest! Nothing says America like a good superlative, and nothing helped paint the idyllic image of travel-by-car in mid-century U S of A as much as the roadside attraction did.
Equal parts museum piece, carnival sideshow and schlock, these tawdry excuses to pull off the highway for a little respite from the dotted white lines showcase some of the best and worst of what our country has to offer: For every mammoth monument to the legendary folk heroes of yore (Paul Bunyan) there is macabre marker of our dark side (Who WOULDN’T want to see the Bonnie and Clyde death car?).

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Strip Teasers: Penn & Teller Join 9 More of Our Vegas Faves

Penn & Teller 2015 for interiorAs the casino industry changes to focus ever more on accommodations and entertainment, the importance of high-quality, broadly appealing acts has never been greater. Mention Las Vegas to most people, for example, and close behind hastily drawn mental images of slot floors and blackjack tables are the modern and historic acts that have helped draw visitors to the desert ever since Benjamin (he hated to be called Bugsy) Siegel opened the Flamingo Casino in 1946.

Even then, star power was perceived as key to success: Entertainers included Rose Marie and Jimmy Durante as entertainment, with guests including Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Cesar Romero, Judy Garland, Joan Crawford and others.

Nowadays, a successful act in Las Vegas can be rightly be called the pinnacle of success. You might be able to make it anywhere if you can make it New York, but when you make it everywhere else, that’s when you get the honor of your name in bright neon lights on the Strip.

That’s why the entertainment industry was abuzz last week during G2E, the annual convention of the American Gaming Association. For the third time, they named a Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year. For 2015, it was Penn and Teller.

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Make Hollywood Casino Home for the Holidays

Hollywood insideMake the season bright and step into the spotlight for your shot at fame and fortune at the place where unrivaled gaming action meets award-winning dining: Hollywood Casino Tunica. Then put a bow on your visit with a stay in our luxurious hotel or full-service RV Park.

Put a little something extra under the tree this year when you win big on our 54,000-square-foot casino floor, featuring over 1,100 of the newest big-hitting slots, more than 30 world-class table games, and the hottest dedicated poker room around.

Once you’ve had all the winning you can handle, take a break and take in some holiday cheer at any of our incredible restaurants, including the award-winning Fairbanks Steakhouse. Here, you can indulge in mouthwatering steaks, succulent seafood and desserts that would make the Sugar Plum Fairy blush. Or pile up your plate with holiday favorites at Epic Buffet. There’s something for every taste at Hollywood.

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Property Profile: MGM Grand Detroit

MGMGrandDetroit - webThe city of Detroit is known for many things. Motown music, auto manufacturers and the Detroit Lions and Tigers seem to come to mind first. But the city has also grown into a hot spot for first-class casino action. One property that continues to excel across several fronts, from spas and suites to dining and nightlife, is MGM Grand Detroit.

Located in the heart of downtown, the resort-style facility is home to nearly 4,000 slots and video poker machines, almost 100 table games, 400 hotel rooms and suites, three signature restaurants, a live entertainment lounge, a luxurious spa and more. When it comes to a great gaming getaway, this is certainly a stop to have at the top of your list.

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Henry Tamburin Publishes Ultimate Guide to Blackjack

Blackjack insideGaming and Destination’s contributing writer Henry Tamburin, Ph.D., in partnership with 888casino, has written an extensive and comprehensive introduction to the casino game of blackjack.

The online “Ultimate Guide to Blackjack” consists of 18 chapters containing authoritative strategies, tips, and skills for both novice and experienced players, written in an informal and practical tone. It begins with the history of blackjack and then incrementally introduces topics that give the reader the knowledge to play blackjack skillfully.

The guide consists of short paragraphs with bullet points to catch the reader’s attention. Facts and figures stated in words and numbers are also illustrated to make it easier for the reader to comprehend the information. Color-coded strategy charts, chapter objectives, takeaways, and a “test yourself” quiz, make for an enjoyable learning experience. To ensure that the guide was technically and stylistically accurate, each chapter was reviewed and edited by Blackjack Hall of Famer Don Schlesinger. You can read the “Ultimate Guide to Blackjack” at: http://blog.888casino.com/casino-guides/blackjack. (Note: This site has no links to online gambling.)