7 Minute Miles

The neighborhood Punch

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New landscaping flowers

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Meet me in the middle of the night, let me hear you say everything’s alright. Sneak on out beneath the stars and run…

- Romeo’s Tune

quoted Thursday, August 11th, 2022 04:32 pm GMT -5

Only 3 states had no sports betting bills introduced this year (TX, ID & UT); now legal in 36 states

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, August 11th, 2022 11:23 am GMT -5

Fun evening in Saint Paul ⚽️

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Caution, 0.5 ahead

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Just a perfect Minnesota summer evening for the MLS All-Star Game ⚽️

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, August 10th, 2022 06:32 pm GMT -5

Kid two patio garden

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The Minnehaha breakfast classic

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Off to a strong start

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If you know, you know

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Mystic Lake florists 💯

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RIP Olivia Newton-John, 1948-2022

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I ❤️ our new park

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Don’t know if Mike Judge writes all of the Beavis lines, but there is something special about that character

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, August 8th, 2022 08:14 am GMT -5

Tasty raptor feet

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Twingo Blackout!

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Mother Nature Watering Service

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Amber Abode

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Friday at Clifton Hollow

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Big hitter, the Lama

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, August 4th, 2022 07:57 pm GMT -5

Imperio Contra Ataca

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Don’t know about this .5 business

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Second random major ever

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Very warm and windy lunch ride through “So St Paul” 🚴

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022 02:45 pm GMT -5

Nickel Orchid Addendum

story posted Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022 10:57 pm GMT -5

Headed up to Grand Casino Hinckley today to test a theory about Black Orchid – that the top Orchid Progressive has the same odds on a nickel bet as it does on any other bet (see my recent long-form post on the Orchid here). On our last stop at Hinckley, there was still one machine with an unusually large top progressive on a nickel bet: a little more than $10,000. Unfortunately, someone beat me to it and that machine reset down to $500 (same as the yellow progressive).

Grand Casino is one of the only properties I know of that has tried to educate guests on volatility. They used to place stickers on the machines with a 1, 2 or 3 so you could tell how the game played. I don’t think they use those any longer, but Black Orchid was always marked a three for high volatility. After my multi-hour session playing nickels, I have to say that playing only one line boosts the volatility through the roof. I think I might’ve had a stretch of 100 or more losing spins before winning anything. Probably not the experience most players are looking for in a slot machine.

Of course the flip side of that is that when you do win, it’s usually for higher multipliers. The closest I came to getting a normal progressive was four cats, which paid $20 (400x win). Also had four jacks once, but that only pays $2.50 (50x). Very few three of a kind wins, although I did get three black orchids once. One of my free spin sessions re-triggered multiple times, for a total of 60 spins (total win: $3.00). Based on play today, I’d say that the frequency of black orchid symbols is the same as other bet levels. All of the other progressives hit much more often with the 40, 80 and 99 cent bets, however.

One last note, nickel orchid is probably not driving the level of play that the marketing department wants from their promotions. The August flier I received offered $5 of free play for every 20 points earned during the day (valid up to three times). I’m only first tier with their players club (“Preferred”) and am not sure how much play is required per point (the Grand Rewards page doesn’t really say). I think I played nickels for almost three hours and earned around 12 points. I prefer to be a low roller in general, but will enjoy going back to “regular” orchid at Mystic Lake next week…

Happy Tastes Good in Hinckley

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Hello, August

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Dog days of summer

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The amount of sunlight that strikes the earth’s surface in an hour and a half is enough to handle the entire world’s energy consumption for a full year…

- U.S. Department of Energy

quoted Monday, August 1st, 2022 10:41 am GMT -5

Wait, Grimace originally had four arms?

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, August 1st, 2022 07:49 am GMT -5

She was not amused

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Picture doesn’t do it justice

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Not a major, but still fun

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Shout out to the Cannon gardeners

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Cheese fries and lemon cake

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The Great Midwest RibFest @mysticlake remains one of my favorite summer outings – so good 🐷

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, July 30th, 2022 12:31 pm GMT -5

The trend for the day?

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Nook curds are the best curds

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Reunion weekend golf

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Happy Beyoncé Day

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Cloudy down by the river ☁️

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After reading some nuclear incident reports and watching a SANS/AWS security webinar, I think it’s time to go outside for a bit

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, July 28th, 2022 01:58 pm GMT -5

More awesome nature designs

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Are you a good bee or a bad bee?

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Discovered some trails in Woodbury with no cars and no houses 🚴

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, July 26th, 2022 07:24 pm GMT -5

Long drive to del Prado’s new Macanda, but sunset on that patio had serious Hawaii vibes

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, July 25th, 2022 10:27 pm GMT -5

What a crazy finish at the 3M

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My first Market Favorite of 2022 @StPaulMarket

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, July 24th, 2022 10:02 am GMT -5

Hello there, Major

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The Dark Sky radar faked me out – completely soaked halfway through a 19 mile ride up and down the MRT

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, July 23rd, 2022 04:16 pm GMT -5

Reeeeeed Robin

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Artistic Avenues

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The hot chicken sandwich at noa

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The best part of downtown is you

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So interesting – Red Lake Nation College opening campus across from @usbankstadium

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, July 22nd, 2022 03:15 pm GMT -5

Nice lunch with Cheryl 🏈

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Acorn City

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Pizza as you like it…🍕

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Worth the wait ⛳️

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The many faces of Black Orchid

story posted Tuesday, July 19th, 2022 02:12 pm GMT -5

Slot machines are fascinating to me – there are literally thousands of different games available in casinos around the world (and online). There are games with licensed pop culture content, brands cultivated by companies like Aristocrat and IGT, infinite varieties of video poker and keno – heck, even YouTube slot celebrity Brian Cristopher has his own branded slot machine now. These games form the revenue foundation for most casinos, but they can be complex to analyze when you throw in multiple denominations, bet levels, volatility and progressive jackpots.

One game that touches on all of these variables, Black Orchid from IGT, also happens to be one of my personal favorites. Introduced around 2013, it spawned two alternate themes based on the same math and gameplay model (Silk Seduction and Vintage Love) and can still be found in a few Minnesota casinos (Mystic Lake has two, Grand Casino has a bunch in both of their locations, Black Bear had three and Fortune Bay used to have one before the pandemic, but it has not returned). I last saw Silk Seduction at Bellagio (since removed) and there used to be Vintage Love games at both Hinckley and Treasure Island (also removed).

Black Orchid appeals to me because of the high volatility gameplay, tropical soundtrack, dimensional graphics (glowbugs!) and the affordable bet levels. Of course the biggest reason is probably that the Orchid is the only game that I’ve won hand-pay jackpots: $3,992.54 in October 2016 and $3,247.79 in May 2017. These both happened on 40-cent bets at Mystic Lake, which resulted in returns of 9,981x and 8,119x. Let’s take a deeper dive into the complexities of this classic casino game.

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RIP Claes Oldenburg, 1929-2022

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Long before I met you darlin. Lord, I thought I had it all. I could have my lunch in London. And my dinner in St. Paul…

- Glory of True Love

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NO BEARS

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The weather seems extra weird

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