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Southern Gaming’s Oaks Eve Celebrity Derby Party – Tickets on Sale Now



Southern Gaming’s Oaks Eve Celebrity Derby Bash on Thursday, May 5 is the ultimate kick-off to Derby weekend. Join Hall of Fame Coach Denny Crum, poker pro Robert Williamson III and other celebrities and athletes as we celebrate the most exciting two-minutes in sports.

Serving as the official welcome party for the  Unbridled Eve Gala, you won’t want to miss this star-studded event.

6:00 – 9:00 – VIP Welcome Reception – $50 – Enjoy Live Music from Turley Richards, a premium open bar featuring the world’s best bourbons and spirits, Kentucky inspired appetizers and an Oaks-Derby race preview by Southern Gaming Magazine’s Top Handicappers. (Discounts available for groups of 4 or more)

9:00 – Midnight – Derby Bash Party Continues – $25 – Keep the party going with the sounds of DJ Ryan Coxx and friends as we celebrate the kick-off of the Derby weekend! (Discounts available for groups of 4 or more)

Limited tickets available…don’t miss out!

Proceeds benefit The Denny Crum Scholarship Foundation to provide college scholarships to those that demonstrate leadership, community service and academic achievement.



The Olmsted at the Masonic Homes
3701 Frankfort Avenue – Louisville, KY 40206


VIP Welcome Reception tickets are $50 each and Party Only Tickets (For after 9:00) are $25.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets today!

Tickets will also be available for purchase at the entrance of the event.


Proceeds from the event will benefit The Denny Crum Scholarship Foundation.

WHO WILL BE THERE? Past celebrities to attend Southern Gaming Oaks Eve Derby Party are: 

  • Denny Crum – Event Host & Hall of Fame Basketball Coach
  • Robert Williamson, III – Event Host & Poker Champion
  • Phil Hellmuth Jr. (Poker Pro)
  • Jane Seymour (Actress)
  • Jennifer Tilly (Actress)
  • Ron White (Comedian)
  • William Fichtner (Actor)
  • Warren Moon (NFL Star)
  • Nora Roberts (Best selling author)
  • Robby Albarado (Future Hall of Fame & Derby Jockey)
  • Oscar Nunez (Actor)
  • Vicki Gunvalson (Reality TV Star)
  • Don Most (Actor)
  • Bob Guiney (Actor)
  • Mike Mills (R.E.M. bass player)
  • Troy Hansen (Indy Car Driver)
  • Darrell Griffith (NBA Professional and UofL Star from 1980 Championship team)
  • Troy Hanson (Professional Racecar Driver)
  • Luke Hancock (Former UofL basketball star)
  • Mario Urrutia (NFL Player and former UofL football Star)
  • Cheech Marin (Actor)
  • Ruben Studdard (American Idol)
  • Kris Allen (American Idol)
  • Bob Guiney (TV Personality – Bachelor)
  • Diego Klattenhoff (actor – The Blacklist)
  • Claire Foriani (Actress – Meet Joe Black)
  • Scooter McCray (1980 UofL National Championship Team Member)
  • Wiley Brown (1980 UofL National Championship Team Member)
  • Jerry Eaves (1980 UofL National Championship Team Member)
  • Tony Branch (1980 UofL National Championship Team Member)
  • Greg Deuser (1980 UofL National Championship Team Member)
  • Roger Burkman (1980 UofL National Championship Team Member)
  • Jerry Jones (Asst. Coach for 1980 UofL National Championship Team)
  • Jerry May (Trainer for 1980 UofL National Championship Team)
  • …and more!


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DerbyFirstTurn_CourtesyofChurchillDowns, Inc.LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2016) – The Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horseracing’s most prestigious international events, has today announced that it will return to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky in 2018. As part of the company’s ongoing strategy to maintain a three- year out host site plan, Breeders’ Cup will work closely with Churchill Downs and the local Louisville community to drive excitement and anticipation for the event over the next few years.

One of the world’s most iconic and recognized tracks, Churchill Downs last hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in 2011. The return to Louisville reflects the Breeders’ Cup commitment to bring the event to the country’s best racetracks and to combine the sport’s best racing with best-in-class dining, hospitality and entertainment.


Golf Packages Unveiled at Island Resort & Casino

(HARRIS, Michigan) – The award-winning Sweetgrass Golf Club at Island Resort & Casino has announced they are offering their popular “Perfect Foursome” Package again for the 2016 golf season. The premium golf escape, located in the scenic Upper Peninsula of Michigan, is 75 minutes north of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Sweetgrass continues to impress both golfers and gamers alike with a challenging, well-manicured course, paired with a premium resort-style gaming experience.


Playing the Ponies: Much-About Post Position

Any time a turf player opens up the Daily Racing Form to handicap a Thoroughbred horserace, they are bombarded with well, an infinite amount of pertinent tidbits. From Beyer Speed Figures to pedigrees, the list goes on and on, yet that portion of data known as “post position(s)” (or which numeric gate said racers will break from) more often than not also factors into the decision making process. There are many things to consider when playing the ponies.


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.


Blackjack : The Martingale Misconception

Blackjack coverMany players try to use the famous Martingale betting system to beat the game of blackjack. Recently, with the help of Blackjack Hall of Famer Don Schlesinger (author of “Blackjack Attack: Playing the Pros’ Way”), we analyzed the Martingale betting system and this is what we came up with.

The way the Martingale works is you double your bet after every loss until you finally win, at which point you will be ahead by one betting unit. For example, suppose you wager $10 and the results of the next three hands are loss, loss, and win (L-L-W). Using the Martingale system, you lost $10 on the first hand, $20 on the second hand, and won $40 on the third hand. You wind up with a net win of $10, which is the goal of the progression, to win an amount equal to your starting wager.


Heartland Poker Tour Champ Wins $83,732 at Belterra Casino Resort

HPT_BelterraWinnerSameer Al-Dbhani defeated a field of 383 entrants at Belterra Casino Resort this weekend to win his first Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Title and $83,732. The lab technician from Frankfort, Kentucky was overcome with emotion during his on-camera interview after the victory. His wife was quick to lighten the mood when asked how she felt about her husband’s accomplishment.

“I’m happy,” she said. “I’m ready to shop!”

Al-Dbhani came into the Final Table Monday holding nearly twice as many chips as his closest competitor and never looked back. The last player standing in his way was Robert Geith from Indianapolis. Geith, a business owner, went all-in with a bluff on the last hand of the tournament. Unfortunately for him, Al-Dbhani had top pair and quickly called. Geith took home $51,699 for second place.

Loss Prevention Manager Frank Covich became the third-place finisher when his king-seven fell to Geith’s ace-king. The Murfreesboro, Tennessee native earned $34,406 for his weekend’s worth of work.

Jacob Moore was able to satellite into the HPT Main Event at Belterra for just $260. Though he’s a poker dealer by trade, Moore’s career earnings at the start of the day were $0. He added $23,847 to that total by finishing in fourth place. “It’s a life-changing amount of money for me,” said the Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky man.

One player familiar with playing under the bright lights of an HPT televised event was Mike Comisso. Comisso finished eighth at an HPT event last month in Colorado. The poker player from Dublin, Ohio was able to improve on that finish this time around, making it to fifth place before he was sent to the rail. That was good for a score of $18,022.

Carmel, Indiana’s Gary Breslauer had one of the smaller stacks at the table when play began. The retired dentist was able to stave off elimination long enough to climb the pay ladder a few spots. In the end, Covich knocked him out of the tournament in sixth place. Breslauer collected $14,017.

Mike “K-9” Sites was active early and often at the televised Final Table. Eventually, the wholesaler from Broadway, Virginia was forced to make a move on a dry flop with ace-queen. His all-in was quickly called by Al-Dbhani’s pocket jacks. Neither an ace nor a queen came on the turn or river and Sites was sent home in seventh place with $11,651.

The first two players knocked out Monday were Robert Kuhn and Keven Stammen. Stammen, a pro poker player from Ohio, earned $9,648 when he exited in eighth place. Kuhn was the first to be knocked out when his king-ten failed to beat Geith’s pocket jacks. He finished in ninth place for $8,155.

Next up for HPT is a return trip to Ameristar Kansas City. The series is scheduled for April 8-18. Full details for all upcoming HPT tour stops are available at

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.


Craps: Back to the Basics

Craps is one of the more intense and therefore more fun games in a casino. But it’s also among the more difficult to understand. With this column, I’m beginning a series on the basics of Craps to perhaps help even more people learn how to roll the dice.


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To begin, it helps to understand the roles of the casino personnel attending the game. There are usually three dealers working the game and a box person who supervises. One dealer, called the stickman, stands on the side of the table with the players. He has a long stick that he uses to move the dice. He gives the dice to the shooter, takes the dice to the middle of the table between rolls and announces the payoffs of the winning bets in the middle of the table.


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.


World Class Poker Returns to Belterra Casino Resort March 10



hptThe popular television show Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) is returning to Belterra Casino Resort in March for a 12-day poker series that will culminate with an $1,100 (buy-in) nationally televised Main Event. Players can can get in on the action for as little as $60 in preliminary events and satellites, and compete against some of the best players from around the region.


This will mark the fourth time Belterra has hosted an HPT series. In the first three visits more than $1.1 million dollars in prize money was awarded to participating poker players.


“We are always eager to welcome our friends from HPT to Belterra, for not only their exciting poker action, but also to offer the complete resort experience to our guests,” said Sue Ascanio, Vice President & General Manager of Belterra Casino Resort. “What we love most about HPT is the feeling that anything can happen, anyone can win life-changing money.”


A number of high-profile players and celebrities are expected to participate in the event, including reality TV star Vanessa Rousso, who first made a name for herself as a professional poker player. She has earned more than $3.5 million dollars during her career and recently appeared on the reality TV show Big Brother, where she went on to finish in third place.


The HPT series at Belterra will kick off March 10 with a $300 Monster Stack tournament. This opening event has a $75k guarantee and consistently draws more than 500 entrants in similar markets. The HPT schedule at Belterra offers a variety of events each day of the series. There will also be a large spread of cash games running in the nearby poker room. For a full schedule and more information, visit


The highlight of the series will be the nationally televised Main Event. The first of three flights for that tournament will begin Thursday, March 17. The buy-in for the Main Event is $1,100. Those interested can parlay their way into the Main Event through $260 qualifiers.


Poker enthusiasts interested in honing their skills and taking a shot at poker fame and fortune at Belterra can find all of the details for the March 10-21 series at


Belterra Casino Resort is located on the Ohio River, a short drive away from Cincinnati, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky. The property features seven dining options, including the popular 19 Steak & Seafood and Stadium Sports Bar & Grill plus a Tom Fazio golf course and an award-winning spa. The newly renovated 608-room hotel at Belterra is offering special rates to players coming in for the HPT series. To book a room for as low as $69 per night, visit and use code HPTPNK.


Founded in 2005, HPT is built on a grass-roots philosophy of “Real People, Unreal Money”.  HPT is currently filming Season XII and is available in over 110 million homes throughout the United States each week, in addition to widespread distribution throughout Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. For more information and a schedule of upcoming events, visit

Treasure Island Resort & Casino Opens The Lagoon and Wave Spa Water park

Lagoon_LazyRiverRed Wing, MN — (February 9, 2016) Treasure Island Resort & Casino unveiled The Lagoon and Wave Spa Water park, spa and fitness center today with much anticipation. The water park, called The Lagoon, is 40,000 square feet of fun and relaxation. It was a $19 million dollar project that began in May 2015. It is also the second largest of its kind among the 18 Native American Casinos in Minnesota.

The Lagoon features a 320’ long lazy river with rapids, a water fall and an island in the middle of the pool that has benches and lounge chairs. There is 119,000 gallons of water between all four pools and a state-of-the-art eco green filtration system that utilizes natural Sphagnum Moss as a pre-filter water conditioner that is much healthier for swimmers.

The two body slides loop around and are 276’ in length and a zero depth plunge pool that is 80’ long with water features and a toucan slide for kids.


Barefoot BarThere is an adult only pool and two hot tubs, one inside and one outside. The Barefoot Bar is the only swim up bar in Minnesota with tables and seats in the pool.

There is 14,000’ of outdoor terrace space with three outdoor areas that can be rented for private parties or events. When the weather is nice, there are two 12’ retractable glass panels that can be opened up during the warmer summer months. Custom fire pits on the terrace add to the outdoor experience.

“The Lagoon water park and Wave Spa are key elements in the continued growth of Treasure Island. These new amenities will truly round out the resort aspect of what we offer our guests and will position us to be the favorite Midwest vacation destination,” said Shelley Buck, Tribal Council President.

Relaxation RoomThe upscale Wave Spa is a full service salon and spa that offers hair services, manicures/pedicures, facials, waxing, make-up and nail services. Guests can choose from a variety of massages and spa packages will be offered as half or full day experiences.|

The relaxation room has a wall fire feature, lounge chairs and can accommodate up to 12 people. Catering is available for special spa events.

The fitness center has the latest technology in bikes, elliptical and treadmill equipment.

“This is the third major project we have completed in the past year,” said Eddie Lynn, General Manager of Treasure Island. “Last February we opened Tado Steakhouse and we renovated and totally transformed Tradewinds Buffet during the summer. The Lagoon water park and Wave Spa will offer a whole new level of fun and entertainment at Treasure Island, giving our guests even more reasons to visit.”

Shelley Buck noted the economic impact this project had in the region. “We have hired more than 30 new team members, with payroll and benefit value of over $500,000 annually. Treasure Island now employs more than 1,500 people. There was also more than 80 new construction jobs created during this project. It is important to our Tribe and Treasure Island to be a destination of choice in Southern Minnesota, bringing in more visitors and tourists to the area. This benefits all of the neighboring businesses in the area.”


RSP Architects in Minneapolis provided architectural design services. Their creative innovation resulted in an amazing tropical water park and spa. Knutson Construction was the design-builder on the water park and spa. RSP Architects and Knutson have been the partners of choice on several other major projects at Treasure Island including the addition in 2008 of the Island Event Center and second hotel tower, bowling center, Tado Steakhouse, Tradewinds Buffet renovation and Parlay Lounge. Other key partners include Global Enterprises, Harty Mechanical, Hunt Electric, Winona Heating and Ventilating and USAquatics.


The Prairie Island Indian Community owns and operates Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Mount Frontenac golf course and the Dakota Station. For more information visit


Treasure Island Resort & Casino is the only casino resort in southern Minnesota located on the Mississippi River.

Treasure Island offers guests some of the best gaming, accommodations, food service and nationally known entertainment in the casino industry. Treasure Island’s Caribbean themed facility features over 2,200 slots, 46 table games, an 8-table poker room and a 500-seat high stakes bingo hall. Casino guests can relax in Treasure Island’s luxurious 493-room hotel and take in a show in the 3,000-seat Island Event and Convention Center. Additional guest amenities include a 137-slip marina, 95-site RV-park, a 100-passenger cruise yacht and Island Xtreme Bowl, a 24 lane bowling center, arcade and lounge. Visit


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.


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?).