My First Gambling Influence Was My Mom

I have heard many stories of how podcasters and their guests started gambling. Some remember times when family members led them to card games, sports betting, and other forms of gambling. In many examples, parents and grandparents bonded with future gamblers through these games. As for me, one influence was my mom and the many card games, such as pitch and hearts, that we would play with my many uncles. But my fondest card games came from a round, plastic board game called Michigan Rummy.

It was a pretty simple game, and we used pennies – yes pennies, which made it sort if serious, like kiddie gambling. The pennies that we used were kept in a “Chock Full of Nuts” coffee can. There was no need to bring your own bankroll when you twelve years old.

My mom loved Michigan Rummy because it was more of a family game than gambling. But she loved a little slot play and especially looked for that low ante bingo game, whether at a church or sometimes even at Foxwoods.

Michigan Rummy is a cool game. The many names of this card game — Chicago, Saratoga, Newmarket, Stops, Boodle, and others — show its far-reaching appeal. Though played with cards and chips, (or pennies) Michigan doesn’t involve betting. Each player, as many as eight in a game, starts with the same amount of chips or pennies. By sequencing through each suit, eventually players get to take the amount in each corresponding ante they get, such as the 10 of hearts, or 8,9,10 in the same suit. The dealer ante is 2X, but an extra hand is available for the dealer if his is not to his liking.

I thank and credit my Mom for my interest in board games, greyhound racing, slots, video poker and all of the other games I play…..including Monopoly and Parcheesi. I love playing games.

My Mom passed away a month ago, and I am giving the eulogy next week at our family’s service. I can only imagine she’s organizing a Michigan Rummy game as you read this, or starting a bingo game since she had her own bingo set. I’m sure she’s the life of the party, it’s all good.

Now, where are those pennies…….

Love you, Mom

Binbin

Dice Control in Craps – the Monday Link

Every Monday – The Monday Link

Craps Players, BEWARE! Today’s Monday Link could be considered controversial by die-hard craps players BELieving in “dice control.”

Dice control in casino craps is a controversial theory where proponents claim that individuals can learn to carefully toss the dice so as to influence the outcome. A small but dedicated community of dice shooters claim proof of dice influencing in casino conditions. Many within the advantage gambling community still doubt if dice control can overcome the house advantage on craps. The concept of “controlled shooting” goes beyond simply “setting the dice” prior to shooting. It purports to involve limiting the rotational characteristics of the dice. The theory is that if the dice are properly gripped and tossed at the correct angle they will land just before the back wall of the craps table, then gently touch the wall, greatly increasing the probability of their remaining on the same axis. If executed properly and consistently this technique would be able to change the game’s long-term odds from the house’s favor to the player’s favor.

However, an article from John Nelson in participation with the website CrapsPit.org believes differently and rather intensely.  See what you think…….

“Dice Control Scam – Don’t Fall For It!”

by John Nelson

 

 

 

Connecticut Tribal Casinos “By The Numbers”

the state that started Las Vegas Style Gambling In New England –

Connecticut

Who knew thirty years ago the 2nd and 3rd largest casinos (based on casino space) in the western hemisphere would rise out of the woods in southeastern Connecticut.

Foxwoods started it all with a Bingo hall.

Tribal gaming began in 1986 with the opening of a high-stakes bingo parlor on the Mashantucket Pequot reservation, after a court ruled that state bingo regulations did not apply on the tribe’s sovereign land. The operation expanded to include table games in 1992, and slot machines in 1993.The Mohegan Tribe, having gained federal recognition in 1992, opened its casino in 1996.

Before that, horse racing and off-track betting had been legalized in 1971, and Jai alai and dog racing were added the following year. I still remember visiting Hartford Jai Alai and Plainfield Dog Track, which was only 10 minutes away from me at the time – the beginning of my gambling days.

Foxwoods Resort Casino

The numbers of these two casinos are staggering.  But these days of competition from all directions has promoted changes since their best days. Less slots, more table games and more emphasis on non-gambling activities continue to be the norm these days, and CT’s tribal casinos are no exception.

Mohegan Sun Resort Casino

Mohegan Sun Resort Casino, Uncasville, CT

 

Foxwoods Resort Casino Mohegan Sun Resort Casino
Hotel FW HOTEL
MS Hotel
Location
Mashantucket, CT
Uncasville, CT
# of Hotels 4 2
Hotel Rooms 2266 Rooms, Suites & Villas 1600 Rooms & Suites
Hotel Amenities 3 pool areas, 2 Spas, Gyms 2 pool areas, 2 Spas, Gyms
Gambling FW Gambling MS Gambling
Legal Gambling Age 21 21
Casino Size 323,376 sq/ft.            5 Casinos 300,000+ sq/ft.          3 Casinos
Smoke-Free Gaming Designated on Casino Floor Designated on Casino Floor
Total # of Slots & VP 4800 5000
Comped Alcoholic Drink? Comped Drinks until 2:00AM Comped Drinks until 2:00AM
Table Games Over 300 Tables – includes Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribean Stud, Roulette, Three Card Poker, Craps, Crazy 4 Poker, Spanish 21, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, ‘Money’ Wheel, Ultimate Texas Hold’Em, Mississippi Stud, Stadium Gaming Over 300 Tables – includes Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribean Stud, Roulette, Three Card Poker, Craps, Crazy 4 Poker, Spanish 21, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, ‘Money’ Wheel, Ultimate Texas Hold’Em, Mississippi Stud, stadium gaming
Poker Room 147 Tables 42 Tables
Racebook 200 seats, Simulcast Wagering, GH, HR, JA 200+ seats, Simulcast Wagering, GH, HR, JA
Rewards Club FOXWOODS REWARDS 4 Levels – No affiliation to other casinos. / Tier Status is biannual MOMENTUM –           5 Levels. Affiliated with Resorts (AC) & Mohegan Sun Poconos (PA) / Tier Status is biannual
VIP Lounges 2 3 + 1 for Soar Only
Dining FW Dining MS Dining
Food Options 6 Fine Dining; 9 Casual; 18 Quick/Chain options 4 Fine Dining; 12 Casual; 14 Quick/Chain options
Buffet Yes Yes
Bars Nine Ten
Entertainment FW Entertainment MS Entertainment
Venues 5 Large Event Venues; 6 Live/DJ Club/Lounge Venues 2 Large Event Venues; 9 Live/DJ Club/Lounge Venues
Convention/ Meeting Space 150,000 sq/ft Conference/Meeting Space Over 275,000 sq/ft Conference/Meeting Space
Other Entertainment Options 4 Thrill Rides; Luxury Bowling Lanes; PGA designed Golf Course, Top Golf; TreeHouse Arcade; Mashantucket Pequot Museum Research Center PGA designed Golf Course; 2 pool areas; Kids Quest; WNBA Basketball; NLL Lacrosse; Golf Course; Game On Entertainment Center
Retail 21 Retail Stores + Tanger Outlets (over 80 Stores) 34 Retail Stores
Owner Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Mohegan Tribal Authority
PARKING 24/7 Free Parking – 4 Garages 24/7 Free Parking – 3 Garages
Hours of 24/7 24/7
Operation