benjamin eckstein rummy romp

Benjamin Eckstein’s Rummy Romp


You probably remember playing seven-card or 10-card rummy with your grandparents (at least I do), but three-card rummy online is an entirely different animal. And a LOAD of FUN!

Basically, it’s a variation of poker with a standard deck of 52 cards. The object is to get lower points than the dealer. Simple, right? Yes and no. Just get a handle on the card values before you start. Since you’re looking to go lower than the dealer, the BEST card would be an ace, which is worth ZERO points. Three of a kind is also a 0, with suited two- and three-card runs also zero points. The 2-10 cards are face value and the king, queen and jack are all 10 points. RUMMY, BABY!!!


You’ve probably seen surveys and polls about everything from Elon Musk asking Twitter users to vote on him, to what toothpaste is the best. Saw that Snoop Dogg is doing his own poll about who should run Twitter, and I’m down with Doggy Dogg! Back to the Vegas stuff.

So, the famous line “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” does NOT always stay in Vegas.

Apparently, 84 percent of people who hit Sin City kept it a secret, and 13 percent did not. That might be true, but I’m calling an audible and saying, UH UH! You know that when you get back home, wherever that is, you cannot wait to SPILL!

In this one particular survey, almost half (48%) admitted that their secret has something to do with sex. SHOCKER! Actually, eight percent said they slept with a stranger. One person admitted she tried to get married to her now ex-boyfriend, but because they couldn’t find a chapel with availability, it didn’t happen. Another said they witnessed a friend throw a wallet full of money at a dancer. And if you’re thinking of getting married at one of the chapels here in Vegas, understand that almost one-third of those Vegas marriages go BUST.

If you wanna hear any of my stories, like the DEAD GUY UNDER THE BED at a famous Strip hotel in my cousin’s room, yell when you’re in Vegas and I’ll SPILL!!!


Got the bowling shoes back on and gonna take a look at the Boca Raton Bowl between Toledo and Liberty. Of course we did the requisite research on and they told me that “there’s no guesswork or gambling when you work with RoofClaim – we have a stellar reputation, a rock-solid process and an industry-leading guarantee.” OK, but the NO gambling part might be a PROBLEM for me!

Back to the field, and we’re gonna show some love to the Rockets from Ohio who have won seven of the last 10. The Flames from Lynchburg, Virginia limp into Boca on a three-game losing streak. They have also lost their head coach, Hugh Freeze, to Auburn, and have NINE players OPTING OUT!

Make sure you check on the status of Toledo QB Dequan Finn, who had an ankle issue last month. He looked solid in the MAC championship game win over Ohio U, and should be ready to roll after almost three weeks off. The Rockets opened -1.5 and have jumped up to -3.5, so while we like ’em, it’s not gonna be HOLY Toledo, just a Toledo tickle!

Benjamin Eckstein is a nationally syndicated sportswriter/oddsmaker. His column, America’s Line, with the Ecks & Bacon appetizer, has run in the New York Daily News and over 100 other papers since 1988. You can follow him online at He is beloved by most, when he picks winners, and detested by others, when he picks the occasional loser. If you wanna piece of Eck, hit his email...

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