Diamond Jo Worth and MN Nice

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    Howdy. Been away for a couple of weeks. My grandsons AAA baseball team (coached by my oldest boy) was invited to two MN State Championships. The first weekend was in Rochester, southern MN the second weekend was in Brainerd, northern MN (near Lake Mille Lac). The team was eliminated on Sunday in Rochester and Saturday night in Brainerd.

    Diamond Jo Worth casino is located about an hour and 15 minutes from Rochester, just across the MN/IA border on I35. They have 3 live Craps tables (2 $5 min and 1 $10). I watched the $5 dollar games for awhile before buying in for $100. There was a dice setter who was doing a good job hitting the 4/10 at least twice a session. I adopted a pass line strategy as follows: Bet $5 and if the point is 4 or 10 then I add a 2x Odds bet and ride it out. If the point is 6 or 8 then I add 2x Odds to the PL bet and Place $6 on the opposite number. I was doing alright, up about $25 when everything went to Hell.

    Three big spenders joined the game, throwing about $500 on the table and then betting the pass line, exotic bets, place bets , come bets whatever. Some of these bets included an automatic dealer tip, so the crew was bending over backwards to sort the bets out. It was taking 15-20 minutes to get the bets resolved, new bets made and the dice ready to roll. By the time the dice moved around the table, I was down $30. I took my $70 and went to the Roulette wheel.

    MN has several Indian casinos, one near Brainerd called Grand Casino Mille Lac, another south of Minneapolis called Mystic Lake. No live or Bubble Craps in MN; however Mystic does have Roulette, 6 or 67machines in fact. I now know why. They must've bought these machines at a Rummage sale. There were no statistics available. And to make it worse, the minimum bet was $1. No Roulette in Brainerd. I ended up playin 5c Spin Poker and Dueces Wild.

    Bottom line, I am back home and getting ready to head to the neighborhood casino where they have an IB Roulette machine which has 25c bets and a $1 minimum (4 25c bets). Sunday I will be at Twin Arrows playing IB Bubble Craps.

    There is no place like home.
     
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    Just on update on the local action. Last Wednesday and Friday I played Roulette at Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde, AZ. About 45 minutes south of Flagstaff on I-17. Overall down $50 bucks. Just to be clear. The 25c bets are only available if you make bets on the numbers (including Zero and Double Zero). I usually bet a combination of dozens (2:1) and a 1:1 bet (Even or Odd, Black or Red, Low or High). These bets are a minimum $1 each. I usually throw in a 25c bet on the Green Split (0, 00 and 2) for a total bet of $2.25.

    As Bill Cosby would say, I told you that story to tell you this one.

    Last Friday we discovered our water heater was leaking and can't be fixed, needs to be replaced. Our regular service can't come until Wednesday. Tough to go 5 days in AZ without a shower. Checked with the wife and she still had room comps at Twin Arrows, Flagstaff. Got a room and shower for free (won't have to go to the truck stop) and was looking forward to 2 days of bubble craps.

    Walk into the casino and made a beeline to the IB Craps machine. It wasn't working. Was told by management that it would take 2 days to get vendor support. Bummer. I had $55 in Free Play vouchers. They have the same IB Roulette as Cliff Castle. I decide to give it try.

    No stats, other than hot/cold numbers, but it was $1 Minimum and it only cost 25c to play the outside bets (2:1, 1:1). I smell a new strategy. I played something I call Deuces Wild (I made it up). In essence 25c on the First 12 (2:1) which includes the 2, 25c on the middle column which starts with the 2 and ends with the 35 (2:1), 25c on Low which includes the 2 (1:1), 25c on Black which includes the 2 and 25c on the Green Split for a total of (drum roll) $1.25. I would sometimes alternate the Low with Even. Over 2 days I was up $44 (which includes the Free Play).

    This Wednesday it's back to Cliff Castle (Senior Day). I can't (won't) use the above strategy because it would cost $4.25 per spin. I am planning a derivative I call the Splits. In essence $1 on Red Splits, $1.25 on Black Splits and 25c on the Green Split for $2.50 a spin.

    Friday I will be in Phoenix overnight. Will hopefully get my Craps fix at Gila River and Harrahs.
     
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