Penny Chenery: The Queen of the Sport of Kings

Secretariat became a national celebrity when he won the Triple Crown in 1973.

The horse racing superstar captured the Kentucky Derby and then rolled in the Preakness Stakes before turning in a dazzling performance in the Belmont Stakes, winning by an astounding 31 lengths.

The colt known as “Big Red” became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years – setting records in all three legs – and ran himself onto the cover of Sports Illustrated, Time and Newsweek magazines.

Howie Mandel & More Top Comedians Return to Aces of Comedy

As any poker player can tell you, there are few things more satisfying than having a pair of pocket aces.  While it’s not a guaranteed win, you wouldn’t trade those cards for anything, and you can be fairly confident that you’ll be happy with the end result. The Mirage in Las Vegas has taken this concept to a unique conclusion, namely its “Aces of Comedy” series at the Terry Fator Theatre.

As the name implies, the idea is to bring in a collection of unbeatable comedians; high-caliber, crowd-pleasing, can’t-miss talent. For audiences who may be hesitant to take a chance on an unknown comedian, worried about sitting through yet another uninspired series of jokes about airline food or the differences between…

North Star Casino Resort Shines Bright with New Leadership

(Bowler, Wisconsin) Known as the “Midwest’s Friendliest Casino,” North Star Mohican Casino Resort is a premier destination nestled in the breathtaking North Woods of Wisconsin. Located within an hour of Green Bay and minutes north of Hwy 29, North Star offers gaming enthusiasts everything they could imagine, and more.

The property is a sure bet when it comes to choosing your next gaming adventure.

Casino Q&A with John G. : Get the Answers that Help You Win!

As a game that allows players to exercise their skill along with having a strong element of chance, blackjack has more subtleties than most casino games. It also leaves plenty of room for question and comment. Let’s try to answer a few questions and relay a few comments submitted by readers.

Q. Weird thing at blackjack the other night. Some guy wanted to double down on blackjack when the dealer had a 6. The dealer told him it was against house rules to double on blackjacks. It became this whole big thing. The pit supervisor came over and told the guy sorry, they don’t allow it.The dealer busted, the player complained some more, but I told him we didn’t know if the dealer would have busted if the player had taken a card for his double. Just for discussion, how bad is doubling with blackjack vs. 6? Does it make a difference if blackjacks pay 3-2 or 6-5?

Property Profile: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City

Since opening in August 2014, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City has welcomed over 5.3 million guests through its doors, making it a premier entertainment destination. Gamers and entertainment seekers alike have flocked to the property for over a decade for the best in gaming and luxurious accommodations. Serving as one of Midwest Gaming’s Preferred Properties, and the recipient of Best Overall Property in our recent Readers’ Choice Awards, we are excited to give our readers an insider’s look at what makes Hard Rock a definite destination property to add to your Summer and Fall travel calendar.

Blackjack: Avoid 6:5 Tables

There’s a cancer growing in the game of blackjack, namely, those abominable blackjack games that only pay 6:5 for a blackjack. If players don’t do something about it, 6:5 payoff games may become the new blackjack standard. However, you can help get rid of this game once and for all, and I’ll show you how in a moment. Historically a blackjack hand has always paid 3:2. That means if you bet $10, you will be paid $15 (a 3:2 payoff). (This assumes, of course, that the dealer doesn’t have a blackjack on the same hand.) When a casino decides to pay only 6:5 for a player blackjack, it increases the house edge by almost 1.4 percent (no, that’s not a typo).

2017 NFL Season Preview: Are You Ready For Some Football?

With the NFL season right around the corner, it feels like the night before Christmas. How have your favorite teams improved their rosters since last season? Are there key match-ups that you can’t wait for? We are excited to unveil our 2017 NFL Preview outlining some of the rookies we are excited about, veterans and trades, must see match-ups and a few fantasy finds we think you’ll like. So gear up and get ready … because we’re ready for some football!

Kenny Rogers: The Gambler’s Last Deal

There’s always a certain amount of skepticism one has when an entertainer announces his or her retirement. Certain groups and individuals have been on their “Final World Tour!” for 20 years running, and such announcements are often seen as marketing ploys designed to fill seats. So while it was disheartening to hear that performing legend Kenny Rogers was getting ready to retire, and embarking on his final tour, “The Gambler’s Last Deal”, it was refreshing to hear that unlike so many others in show business, he really meant it.

He has certainly made the most of his amazing career.

Restaurant Review: Coast Seafood & Brew at Beau Rivage – Biloxi, Mississippi

Biloxi, Mississippi is one of the fastest growing destinations in the country offering visitors all of the essentials for a great getaway. Miles of white sandy beaches, nearly a dozen great casinos and several historic sites, including Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis’ home when he died, you can’t go wrong with frequent visits. Biloxi is also known for exceptional restaurants showcasing everything from casual beach front fare to authentic French and Italian cuisine, and of course, seafood!

On a recent visit to Biloxi, Southern Gaming had the opportunity to check out Coast Seafood & Brew at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, the latest and greatest seafood restaurant to …

Triple Crown Triumph: Skill or Chance?

Is horse racing a game of skill or a game of chance? Maybe it’s both. To reach the greatest heights in racing, you not only need great skill, but also a bevy of factors to properly align.

In 2015, American Pharoah proved himself early, overcoming troubled starts and bad weather, while taking down the competition time and time again. After his win in the Kentucky Derby (gr. 1), it was clear this was a special horse that could make his own luck.