Some of us still haven’t returned to the casino. Or maybe we visited once or twice since they closed in March. Nevertheless, going back to your local casino requires some planning. So before you get in the car, take a deep breathe and read over our 10 Tips for Your Casino Return
Before You Get In the Car
1. Study and Practice Before Your Casino Return
Libraries and bookstores have oodles of casino and gambling books that will guide you. I know many of you were honing your skills when the casinos were closed. The internet has plenty of practice tools for the casino games of your choice. However, your first stop must be the Wizard of Odds website.
2. Treat Your Casino Return as Entertainment
Nothing takes away the fun factor more quickly than losing the money you need for life’s essentials. Your casino return should be enjoyable and fun. So, make your gambling bankroll last. Divide it into segments, i.e., before lunch/after lunch.
3. Plan to play Big and Visit Less Often
We know it’s been a long time since you visited. But a short casino return will damage your ADT. You’ve been saving for four months with no wagering. Take 2-3X the usual bankroll and plan to stay awhile. Consequently, wait longer between visits.
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4. Bring a Few Extra Rewards Cards
You know where your old cards have been since the pandemic. Untouched by no human hands, except yours! If you have plenty of extra cards, bring a bunch. If you lose one or forget it in the machine, you have more, and you won’t have to get another one.
5. Before Your Casino Return, Go to the Casino’s Website
You need to check their Covid-19 protocols. Mask, No Mask? Plexiglass, No, Plexiglass? Also, find out what food options you may have. You may find restaurants still not open or have selective hours of operation. Click HERE for all of New England Casinos.
In addition, you may want to visit Facebook Communities. For our New England Casinos, check out New England Casinos (Casino Biz, Gambling and Recreational Insights), TravelZork, Art in The Game The MGM Springfield Private Community, Everything Foxwoods*Mohegan Sun*MGM Springfield*Twin River*Tiverton*Encore, and Everything Encore Boston Harbor.
6. Bring ALL the Things You May Need
- No matter how you feel about masks, bring the one that is most comfortable for you. Bring an extra, or ask the casino staff to provide you with one.
- Rub your eyes often? Some people are wearing glasses that fit over their regular glasses that fit tight.
- Seeing that you’re driving to it, pack a lunch for a lunch break. When you take your break, have a smoke, chill with some music.
- Bring your lucky whatever
- Bring hand sanitizer, to be sure. And wipes to clean your machine.
- Be sure to bring a good attitude and lots of patience.
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7. If it’s not busy, take a walk around.
Find the time of day or week you’re most comfortable with. As for me, I prefer early morning whether I’m in New England, Atlantic City, or Las Vegas.
8. Use your Players Card – with One Exception
This allows the casino to track your play and thus know how much to reward you with comps, even though comps may be slow in coming after opening. One exception – if you are expecting a limited time to visit, play a little, and don’t use your card. Save it for Big Play Days.
9. Remind Yourself to Slow Down Your Play
You may be very excited – so excited you can’t stand it! Take a deep breath, check your smartphone, send some texts, and take a pic or two for your “friends.” Extend your visit by taking breaks. Enjoy finally being back where you belong.
10. Be Aware of Others – Respect Social Distancing
10 Tips for Your Casino Return ends with your interaction with other players. You may be comfortable with returning, but others may not. Be respectful that others will need their space and be very anxious during these “unprecedented” times. Remember that seniors are more susceptible to COVID-19. And don’t be that guy that complains about the politics of it all or how your liberty is being restricted. At this crazy time in our lives, maybe consideration and kindness could start in the casino.
Binbin and NETimeGambling.com
Robin T. Aubin (AKA Binbin at NETimeGambling) has been a guest on Cousin Vito’s Casino Podcast, The Bettor Life Podcast, The Art in the Game Podcast featuring all that is Springfield, Massachusetts. as well as ZorkCast with Michael Trager. As the founder of NETimeGambling.com, he has tried to provide a resource for recreational gamblers featuring New England’s expanding casino market events, gambling promotions, and entertainment. As a professional musician for over 50 years, he has performed in some of New England’s best venues, namely Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den, Foxwoods’ Atrium Lounge, and Twin River’s Lighthouse Bar & Lounge.
The goal of NETimeGambling is to provide a service and resource for any recreational gambler visiting New England’s expanding casino market and interested in gambling tips, news, advice, and the latest in events, gambling promotions, and entertainment.
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