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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 🏈

pic posted Thursday, July 21st, 2022 04:15 pm GMT -5

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

quoted Monday, July 18th, 2022 10:26 pm GMT -5

NO BEARS

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The weather seems extra weird

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Where is everybody? Rode 5+ miles before I saw a single other person not in a car or truck

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, July 16th, 2022 05:19 pm GMT -5

Babe Ruth ball debut night

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The latest version of the @SaintDinette fried chicken is the perfect @StPaulSaints pre-game treat 🐔 ⚾️

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, July 15th, 2022 05:47 pm GMT -5

Haven’t been to Red Rocks in ten years – I think 2023 is the year to go back 🎶

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, July 14th, 2022 10:42 pm GMT -5

Nature is pretty good at design and engineering

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, July 14th, 2022 02:40 pm GMT -5

This one was creepy

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Audobon’s Aerial Flip

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It’s like a mini Lebanon Hills

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All Bulldogs.

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Password PSA: I apparently hadn’t updated my AppleID password since April 30, 2014

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, July 13th, 2022 09:05 am GMT -5

I love this pic of @grayter1 on the TPT website – the Emmy, Prince tambourine and Cane’s stuffy are 💯

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, July 12th, 2022 05:01 pm GMT -5

That was a quick cloudburst 🌈

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Some days are diamonds, some days are rocks. Some doors are open, some roads are blocked…

- Walls

quoted Monday, July 11th, 2022 06:38 pm GMT -5

Beautiful day at Keller

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Riding the south metro MRT

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What an incredible smell you’ve discovered – dead mayflies on the Rock Island Swing Bridge

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, July 10th, 2022 07:08 pm GMT -5

Solid tech, 2/2: Apple Maps gave me accurate directions around a ramp closure today (and a realtime accident report)

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, July 9th, 2022 11:01 pm GMT -5

Solid tech, 1/2: my 18-year-old Nikon D70 (which I haven’t used in almost 4 years), fires right up

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, July 9th, 2022 10:58 pm GMT -5

Nino time with Armon 🎰

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Really liking the new/old Neil Young album Toast – now streaming on Apple Music

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, July 8th, 2022 04:23 pm GMT -5

Walks in the park 💯

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Tried a new one

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Botanist’s Borough

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Discovered some great single track about a mile from our new house 🚴

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, July 7th, 2022 04:30 pm GMT -5

Love at first sight

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The regular season opening homestand of Rangers, Kings, Avalanche and Canucks will be a fun week of hockey 🏒

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, July 6th, 2022 11:51 pm GMT -5

Finally made it happen

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Thistles of Dwan

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Still one of my favorites

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After reading about “Kyber post-quantum TLS now supported in AWS KMS,” I think it’s time to step away from the computer for a bit

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, July 5th, 2022 04:44 pm GMT -5

Damn you, Murphy’s Law – flat tire at the farthest point in my ride

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, July 4th, 2022 05:41 pm GMT -5

Sandwich perfection in Highland Park

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, July 4th, 2022 12:17 pm GMT -5

A walk in the park with MK

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The sky is leaking at Target Field

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You know he got that look

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More old West Saint Paul history

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Finally got to watch this – London outdoor venues are really something

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, July 2nd, 2022 03:00 pm GMT -5

OK, so I didn’t imagine this, but was the McDonaldland tram real too?

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, July 2nd, 2022 02:22 pm GMT -5

Rosy Road

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Never was the kind to do as I was told. Gonna ride like the wind before I get old…

- Christopher Cross

quoted Saturday, July 2nd, 2022 09:36 am GMT -5

Picture-perfect night at CHS Field

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The 70s were awesome

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, July 1st, 2022 04:47 pm GMT -5

Hello, Toad

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The Frosted Footpath

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2021 Tekne Award in the house – thanks, John!

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, June 30th, 2022 08:59 pm GMT -5

Wake up to what’s possible

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Old dog, new tricks

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, June 29th, 2022 07:35 am GMT -5

30 years in Northfield

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A very special house guest

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Pixel Point

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Exciting to have Centro (and burgers!) moving into the old Menchie’s spot in Highland Park

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, June 27th, 2022 08:22 am GMT -5

Congrats to Colorado 🥅

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Nice day for a walk

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Jack’s Birthday Flip

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Umm…I have questions

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, June 25th, 2022 03:37 pm GMT -5

Move streak 800 ✅

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