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Breeders’ Cup: The Best Returns to the West


The best of the thoroughbred racing industry will return to the West Coast once again on November 4-5 for two of the biggest racing days of the year – the Breeders’ Cup.


The 32nd annual Breeders’ Cup will be contested at Santa Anita Park for the eighth time, but this extravaganza is expected to be a little different from those in the past. It’s the first with the American Pharoah effect in full force.



Types of Casino Gamblers & The Things They Say

When it comes to gamblers, you will notice a lot of different eclectic personalities and behaviors. You will see everything from superstitious rituals to over zealous excitement with visions of guaranteed jackpots. Whatever category you find yourself in, or your favorite gambling buddies, we feel that most fall in to one of three categories. Check them out and see which you align with the most.


Casino Comps: Knowing the Numbers

Interests of casinos and players don’t always precisely align when it comes to comps. Naturally enough, as players we’ll take whatever we can get. Cash back, free play, room and meal comps, shows, golf – bring it on!

Casinos want to make sure their money is being spent productively. The purpose of comps is to reinforce player loyalty and provide an incentive for players to return. Ideally, from a casino standpoint, the biggest comps will go to the players who add the most to the casino’s bottom line. Determining who those players are has become more scientific over the years.


Casino Cocktails: Flavors from Fantastic Bartenders

When it comes to cocktails, just about anything goes. Whether you are in the mood for a classic drink like a Manhattan or a Gin and Tonic, or want something more evolved like a Margarita or Whiskey Sour, it is likely that you will find what you are looking for at your favorite casino.

We are excited to highlight some of our favorite cocktails from casinos around the country, and the friendly smiles that might be serving them!


G&D’s Annual Casino Dining Guide – Apps, Entrees and Desserts

Here we are again with some of our favorite apps, entree’s and desserts at casinos around the region in our Annual Casino Dining Guide. We hope you get a chance to taste them for your selves! Bon Appetit!


Wind Creek Casinos Offer Alabama Excellence

WindCreekAtmore_Pool_Overall_WebWind Creek Casinos—three first-class operations—have established a wide footprint across Alabama under the guiding ownership of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. The Poarch Band is the only federally recognized tribe of Native Americans in Alabama.

The Wind Creek properties encompass casino-hotels in Atmore, Wetumpka and Montgomery, but each property is unique with strong appeal for its visitors.



Whiskey Rose Lights the Night at IP Casino Resort & Spa

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Biloxi’s night life just got jump started with IP Casino Resort & Spa’s newest weekend destination hotspot, Whiskey Rose.

After a successful trial run earlier this year, Whiskey Rose is back to offer a modern country entertainment experience featuring nightly live country music, and DJs, for those in search for what they like to call “Legendary Country.”

“We want every guest at IP to have the best experience possible,” said General Manager and Vice President of IP Casino Resort Spa Duncan McKenzie. “We currently have a concert venue, Studio A, and a nightclub, Chill Ultra Lounge. Now, we are excited to welcome back our country dancehall, Whiskey Rose.”


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.


Do You Play Slots? Aficionado’s Need to Apply

P40_SlotPic - CopyAre you a slot aficionado? If so, you need to continue reading this column…it could be worth $500 to you!

Let’s start by understanding what the word ‘aficionado’ actually means. The definition per the highly acclaimed Merriam-Webster Dictionary is ‘a person who likes, knows about, and appreciates a usually fervently pursued interest or activity.” A person can be a movie aficionado, a food aficionado or even a wine aficionado. One of my favorite magazines is called Cigar Aficionado published for cigar enthusiasts. And, if you are reading this magazine, you are probably a casino aficionado.


Gaming & Destinations Readers’ Choice Awards Revealed!


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.


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.


Destination Spotlight: Hot Action in Arkansas


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.


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.


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.