7 GAMBLING TIPS for RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING (With Help From “Cool Catsino Cats.”)

Just about everyone gambles in one form or another in their day to day lives.  Some gambling involves money, but many of us gamble in our every day activities, such as accelerating through that yellow light, or driving 20 MPH over the speed limit.  Each has its own degree of risk and consequences.

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Professional gamblers who have been able to gamble for a living and not fall into the dark side of addiction, know the importance of knowing how they personally react to the rush of winning and the down side of losing. Professionals also are able to detach a lot of the emotion – after all, to the pro, it’s a business.  For the recreational gambler, it can be difficult keep those fiery endorphins stable.

For today, I have some simple tips to help being a responsible gambler.  While many have a fun, exciting gambling experience without them, take a look at the following tips so you can enjoy gambling without putting yourself at risk for problem gambling.

Our “Cool NETG Gambling Cats” will help add to our suggestions.


  1. Have the right attitude – gamble for fun and entertainment.  Cat playing pokerIf you are considering playing poker, video poker, blackjack (probably the only casino games you could make a living in), be well-practiced, well-funded, and strategically perfect – that’s all!  Otherwise, keep it as a leisurely activity.
  2. Set a limit on how much money and time you can afford to spend gambling. Try not to change this limit while you play.  If so, it must the next bankroll negatively or put off your next gambling trip.Credit card Cat
  3. Leave any extra cash at home, and think twice about taking your bank and credit cards with you. When you run out of money, don’t borrow from family, friends or others so you can keep gambling.
  4. Don’t gamble for comps.  Gambling for comps is a rabbit hole that will swallow up extra money you didn’t expect to spend.  Comps will accumulate.  Check rewards clubs for the best deals, and compare to the best games, or an experience you prefer.  Then, just let it happen.
  5. Plan for sessions by bankroll increments, not by time. Have a clear plan on what you will do if you spend all that money sooner than expected.  Eat, walk, people watch?  Something to lengthen the time between sessions.  Or, there’s another option – go home.cat at poker
  6. Know your reason for gambling and how much it costs to play per hour on the games you enjoy.  While you win sometimes, you also lose, so it is important to know the average cost per hour. Click HERE for your free chance to calculate your own cost of play, provided by the Addiction Foundation of Manitoba.Cat playing soccer
  7. Balance gambling with other leisure activities.Gambling shouldn’t be the only activity you do in your spare time.  Other activities can blur into other casino events, such as culinary interest, music performance, and sports.

Finally, if you gamble on a regular basis, keep track of the money you spend. Most people would never think to keep track.  It’s no fun to track your gambling, and lets face it, most of us are just TOO lazy.  Statistics don’t lie. Print out the NETG Gambling Log 3 to keep track – it will help you to keep a realistic record of your gambling expenses. Remember, a simple log is not to be used if you claim gambling losses for your taxes.  A much more specific log of your gambling is needed.  

We hope this helps.


Slot Machine Quiz – True or False

Can You Take the Slot Machine Truth Quiz and score 100?

I’m read that slots are not going to be prevalent as much in the next few years.  Millennials’ money is being sought, casinos are reducing the importance of their “bottom line,” and casinos are looking to offer more amenities, less gambling.  So, before the technology changes so much that this quiz is obsolete, let’s see if you would know about those one-arm bandits…….take the quiz below.  True or false!

1. A cold machine is due to pay a jackpot soon.

2. Machines that pay better are put near the doors of casinos.

3. The odds change when the casino expects a large crowd

4. Penny slots are your best deal

5. Slot Machines are fixed to beat the player

6. There are ways to beat slot machines

7. Always cover all the lines – bet max lines.

8. If I leave the machine, and it hits a jackpot, I would have hit it if I had stayed

9. Casinos can change the payoff % with a flip of the switch or a technician opening it up briefly, doing whatever they do.

10. There is no link between the card reader and the RNG in the slot machine.

————————-The Answers————————-

1. False – depending on your definition of soon. If you are going to sit and play for the next month non-stop, you’d probably see some good hits.

Is This What Gambling In Massachusetts Casinos Going to Make Us Feel Like?

A psychological term known as the gambler’s fallacy pertains to this perception. The previous outcome has no impact on the next slot pull – it has no memory of previous games. The truth is, a cold machine is just a machine that hasn’t paid for a while, that’s all.

2 . False –  Once upon a time a machine or two was placed near a casino entrance that paid better (a long time ago.). However, today there is no need to entice you in to play like the old days, machines with higher payback % are strewn around the casino.

Row of one armed bandit slot machines in casino brightly lit

Modern casinos don’t put easy machines near doors or at the end of a row of slots. If they did, why would anyone play the tough slots? Want a higher paying slot, try bumping up in denomination – and even then, it’s a sure thing.

3. False – Nope it’s not done.  Do you know why?  They don’t have to. The casino edge is all around you – why pay more people extra to do all that when they’ll make money just leaving them alone? In fact, aside from frowns of the Gaming Control Board and the time to make all the changes, the crowds on weekends aren’t worth the effort – it’s busy most days at modern casinos.

4. False – Actually, the term penny slots is manufacturer magic.  penny_slotsIf you play, you know that there is a lowest bet on most “penny slots.” The latest don’t even give you a chance to play a penny under their certain limit.  Aristocrat has .25, .40 as their lowest bet. Under that, you just have to cash out!

But back to the question.  Even though you may be betting small, the sad truth is that overall, penny slots have the highest casino edge per spin of all slots. And, since the per-spin amount is higher than other slots, the total hourly cost of playing them is often higher than other machines.

5. True – of course! It’s called Casino Advantage. senior-playing-slots It’s not true that they are fixed to cheat – but of course they are fixed to win. The machines are designed to have a sizable house edge and the more you play, the more you spend.

6. False – unless you mean physically hitting the machine, which will probably draw some undesirable attention. No book, article or system is ever going to teach you how to win at the slots. There are smarter ways to manage your bankroll when playing slots, such as knowing the individual machine’s rules, or watching for random bonus machines getting close to being hit.  But even then, it’s just trying to play smarter, a sure-fire method to win.  Please, don’t waste you money or effort. The simple truth is that slot machines are a gamble – pure and simple. Enjoy them at your own risk – and simply as entertainment!

7. True – if you want to have the best way to maximize your bankroll and give yourself the greatest advantage at the luck of the RNG.  That doesn’t mean max bet, just max lines.th (50)  Some machines, such as “Quick Hit” and their many variations should be played with max bet – it’s like playing video poker on one credit.  It you don’t want to give yourself a chance for the better payoff, then that’s your decision.  Whatever floats your boat.  But, always MAX LINES.

8. FalseWheel of Fortunethat machine doesn’t know who is pushing the button or pulling the lever.
The random action of paying out does not depend on the amount of spins that have previously occurred – or the temperature of the coins or bill you put in, or the time between plays. It is the exact moment that the reels are spun that determines the outcome of the spin.

9. False. The slot machines have a computer chip in them that determines the pay back percentage. These are preset at the factory. In order for a casino to change the pay back, they would have to change the chip. th (49)In most jurisdictions there is paper work that has to be filled and submitted to the Casino Control Commission for each machine if the chip is changed. It is time consuming and the chips are very expensive. For this reason, it is more economical to decide on the pay back percentages before purchasing the machines and having the factory ship them with the proper chip.

10. True – There IS no link between the card reader and the RNG.mrrewards-927x282 By not using your player’s card you are denying yourself valuable comps and sometimes cash back from the casino.

How’d cha do?  The only good score is 100 – 10 out of 10.  If you got any wrong, look it up and learn to accept the science and technology involved.  It might make your experience, and your bankroll, better knowing the truth.


Cousin Vito’s Casino Podcast

There’s a new Gambling podcast on the horizon and it’s taking the casino airwaves by storm.  It’s “Cousin Vito’s Casino Podcast.”

What’s so special about this podcast compared to all the others?  His passion!  Vito wants you to share in his experience of learning everything there is to learn about gambling, casinos, Vegas, ……. the works.

His purpose, starting with episode 1, is all about maximizing the experience for the recreational gambler.  Now, I have been listening to some of the best gambling podcasts for years.  (Check friends of NETimeGambling for examples!)  I have never heard someone learn so quickly how to entertain and bring it to his audience in such a short period of time.  Vito is intent on bringing the recreational gambler good information, and also engaging the listener with every episode.

I feel lucky to be a listener from episode #1. He reminds me of your best Italian East Coast gambling friend who sincerely wants you to have a good time.  Not stuffy, not “full of himself,” just the kind of fun guy you wouldn’t mind meeting at your local casino to play some craps.

And he’s a New England native – Connecticut raised.

While Vito himself is quite a character, it wouldn’t be a great podcast without great content.  Here’s some of the fantastic guests he has had already on his podcast: (their expertise is included)

  • The Wizard of Odds – Michael Shackelford (Gambling statistics & strategy extraordinaire)

    Mike Shackelford of The Wizard of Odds

    Mike Shackelford of The Wizard of Odds

  • Richard Munchkin of “Gambling With an Edge” (Advantage Players, Blackjack)
  • The Annoyed Pit Boss (Stories from the casino Pit)
  • Greg “Fossilman” Raymer (Poker)
  • Mark DeVol of “You Can Bet On That” (Craps)

That’s just a few of the many great guests Vito has interviewed. With 41 episodes, the spread of important gambling topics has been no short of amazing.

New episodes come out every Thursday. How do you follow Cousin Vito?  Easy.  

Subscribe first, then you’ll have his podcast delivered free to you every week.  More?  here’s from his website:

Call the show!

1(747) CASINO-1 or 1(747) 227-4661

Email the show! – CousinVito@Gmail.com

Tweet the show! @vitoscasino

As he always ends his podcast, Cousin Vito wants to help you “make luck happen!”

Check him out.



NETimeGambling Weekly Review 5/7/17

“Weekly Posts You Missed”.  

As you open the paper, check your email, and relax with your cup of “Joe,”  add NETimeGambling to your Sunday morning ritual.  Every Sunday I will include recent posts, spiced up with pics, humor or thoughts for the day – oh, my!

First, our pic of the week – features Bangor, Maine – home to Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway.

The Academy of Country Music has nominated Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion as the Venue of the Year.  Concerts of the best country performers will be held all summer – and it’s only a walk away from Hollywood Bangor Hotel Casino.


Monday, 5/1 – 13 Essential Gambling Websites

Mark Gruetze of the Tribune-Review, or Trib-Live, recently posted an article about websites for Gambling fans.  It’s a great list………


Kentucky Derby for the Beginner

Kentucky Derby 2017 – Renovations & Betting Tips

Kentucky Derby Celebrations – New England Casinos



eBaum's World  from eBaum’s World





Gamblers & Superstitions – If We Could Only Understand the RNG


RNG = Random Number Generator

Sometimes, I have got to share my experiences – more cathartic for me than anything.  But may we all learn something while I rant…….

Last weekend I visited Mohegan Sun, played though the morning until it got was just too busy.  Here’s a few experiences that morning that need yet another mention:

1) Lady to my left playing Buffalo Stampede next to me keeps taking rewards card out of machine, then in, then out…..you get the idea.  At one point she had it out for a good 5 minutes.  I asked why.  She replied, “Whenever I take it out I get the bonus.”  To which, I said, “You realize of course that the rewards card and RNG that runs the machine are two separate systems.”  She says “Yes, I guess.  But it just feels that it makes a difference.”  ok – and I just kept playing.

Unfortunately, all the time she played without the card, she was denying herself 2X points and tier points – a hefty promo for Mohegan Sun.

2) Man to my right playing Buffalo Stampede is slapping the machine buttons like it’s a wack-o-mole game.  He’s unhappy.  I get a random bonus, but not much of a return.  He barks toward me that the machine is programmed to do that – “I’ve lost $600 already on this machine.  I would know.”  The fact is, the more interesting bells and whistles on a slot machine, the more volatile it becomes.  So, since he spoke first, I just reminded him that “it’s just a random bonus separate from the randomness of the RNG, so the machine doesn’t connect the two events on purpose.”  Unhappy with my non-emotional, scientific approach, he lost the rest of his money in the slot quickly, and left in a huff.

Moral of the story – It’s a machine! There’s nothing personal about it.  The machine has no brain, no emotional attachment to who’s playing it and no spiritual karma to rub and coerce out it.


Enough said.

That’s all for now


Casinos and People Watching on a Saturday Night – “Oh the Humanity!”

I don’t usually go to the casino on a Saturday night – too many people, too many freaks! But, we had a show to see, so we took our chances and went to Mohegan Sun. The real entertainment ended up being the crowd of people on an extremely busy Saturday night.

Remember the bar scene in the first Star Wars movie (Episode IV) and the infinitely different cast of characters in that lounge?  Well, it’s wasn’t completely the same inside Mohegan Sun, but….

Star Wars Bar Scene

PEOPLE WATCHING – it’s what you can do when you’re not gambling, or just walking around, or even taking a break and sitting down for a while.  PEOPLE WATCHING – try it, you won’t believe what you will see.  (careful, this might seem judgmental – and it is.  But when a person goes out in public, there are some areas that are just odd or downright funny.)

Here’s a few of our memories of the night and some conclusions from those recollections – some of which are unfortunately burned in my brain for eternity:


This, I am sad to say, must be true.  I believe there must be a lack of mirror availability – maybe even on the verge of mirror extinction! After what I witnessed Saturday night, people can’t be buying mirrors.  Are they too expensive?  Are they illegal?  Can you only find them on the black market?  After what I witnessed Saturday night, I am convinced they must be a rare commodity, indeed.


This must be a cult club, or something.  I think it goes hand-in-hand with the disappearance of mirrors. I always wondered why females – young and older – would wear clothing that seems to be uncomfortable, tight, short and uncomplimentary – making the person wearing it completely self-conscious and, well, UNCOMFORTABLE!  Then, I got it – stronger arms.  Women wear these styles for the physical benefits.  No, not those physical benefits (get your mind out of the gutter, this is a family blog). Physical as in building those biceps and triceps with the constant pulling up the top, pulling down the bottom.  Ingenious.  My wife thought of the cult’s new name – we will from this day forward refer to these ladies as “the Tuggers.”  One question still remains – at what length (or lack there of) does the dress actually turn into a shirt?


Here is the story of a perfectly dressed couple, (like, ready for opera dressed, or something really classy,). As they are standing line to order, the dapper gentleman yells back at his lovely wife saying, “hurry and get that table” referring the self-serve seating area. The establishment they are in line for? – Soup Man in the Food Court.


“I won, I won!” (scream, scream, scream).  Either it’s:

  1. Somebody freaking out over getting five cherries in a row on a penny slot – with a 25-cent bet (ah, newbies), or
  2. Someone really winning a large jackpot and letting everyone know – including those who may compromise that person’s safety later in the night (not very smart.)

A reminder – if you win big, don’t televise it.  Ask for an escort when you go to your car, or use the safe in your room. OH,  SECURITY!


The restroom is a new millennial lounge area, or so it was this Saturday night. I walk in, and three young guys, all with drinks, just hanging out talking guy stuff – in the restroom.  Not at the urinals, not washing their hands, just leaning against the wall, one sitting on the sink, drinking and chillin’.  This could be an anti-cult (or other halves) to the TUGGERS.


Seriously…the guy was so drunk he missed the seat at the VP bar, fell forward, and hit his head on the bar. Luckily, the bar & video poker machine were spared damage – not so sure if the man knew what hit him.

We left, just shaking our heads and smiling……. Oh, the Humanity!


That’s all for now.




3 Casino Facts for the Recreational Gambler – Acceptance Is The Key

When players talk about their gambling experiences, so many times I have to laugh at the things they say. Aside from the nonsensical myths and mathematical proven superstitions that permeate the gambler-sphere, three things seem to be heard the most”

1) Casinos signs exclaiming “millions of dollars paid out!”  – The implication is that players at “XYZ” Casino will be winners.  Look at what has been paid out! (as the numbers keep scrolling higher). How could you not choose XYZ casino to play at?

Just once, I’d like to see another sign next to it showing the money being made by the casino’s games in real time – guess would show a higher number?

2) People who say they rarely lose. LOL! There seems to be so many of these people that I’m surprised casinos are still in business.  Usually I hear it from a third party – “My wife never loses at slots – it’s uncanny.”  “My brother-in-law told me his cousin’s sister always wins at blackjack.”

I refuse to believe it.  Sure, there are lucky sessions, and lucky people, but even playing a $5 slot machine at an approximate house advantage of 95% is going to end up biting you in the butt in the long run.  And if you are an Advantage Player playing blackjack and winning, well, FYI – surveillance is getting better and better.  The few truly good pros (AP’s) are eventually found out, blacklisted, forced to grinding it out at smaller casinos all over the country, or eventually made to retire as authors, presenters or podcast experts.  The fact is it is getting more difficult to win – lower VP pay tables, confusing bonus slots with higher volatility, and new table games without knowledge of correct strategies all lead to a road to ruin.  So how can there be so many winners?

3) The final gambler babble I hear  is both laughable and yet serious. It concerns those people who are so unhappy that they never win – and yet they continue to play – unhappily.

Much revolves around how many gamblers love to whine and complain.  But gambling addiction is a huge concern if the whining turns into more playing beyond one’s means and bankroll. Remember, March is Gambling Addiction Awareness month.  Do your loved-ones a favor and help them to see if they are a “whiner” or an “addict.”

So, what are we to do?

Mark Maremont and Alexandra Berzon at the Wall Street Journal analyzed new data that shows that on any given day, the chances of emerging a winner aren’t too bad—the gamblers won money on 30% of the days they wagered. But continuing to gamble is a bad bet. Just 11% of players ended up in the black over the full period, and most of those pocketed less than $150.

This particular study, they said, used 4,222 casino customers of different levels of play. It showed that just 2.8%—or 119 big losers—provided half of the casino’s take, and 10.7% provided 80% of the take. Such revenue concentration long has been quietly acknowledged in the casino industry because it does show that the casino industry takes advantage of high-end addictive gamblers. But that’s a topic for another time.

The fact is, if you want to leave a winner, you need to leave after you win. Sounds obvious? Yes! But, although gamblers know the house has an edge, the average person doesn’t understand that casino games are nibbling machines, and the more nibbles you have, the bigger your losses.

“Acceptance is the key to all my problems today.”  Some of you might recognize that quote.  It’s true in many forms, and for many of the day’s activities – including your visit to the casino.  So the recreational gambler should accept the following:

1) The Casino Industry is in the business of making money. I should expect to leave a winner 20% of the time or less.

2) My bankroll is determined before I go and is what I play with – more than that I can’t afford.

3) Gambling is recreation. Recreation should bring joy, but only if you accept the basic realities of the casino’s take. If Gambling doesn’t make you happy – find another recreational activity.  Life’s too short – and TOO expensive!

That’s all for now.


Casino Annoyances – Slots, VP, Table Games and More

Spending time at the casino can be so much fun…..if it wasn’t for those annoying humans and machines that you have to interact with.

So, you’re at your favorite casino, playing your favorite machine or table game. Then something annoying happens…..you are immediately taken from Casino solace and recreational fun to gambling annoyance….the dreaded casino pet peeve.

What’s your pet peeve when visiting the casino?  I’d love to hear about about it from you. Follow us and comment on Twitter and Facebook. Here are some of my pet-peeves. Let’s see if these sound familiar:

Slot Machines


  • A person sits at the machine next to you. He/she constantly puts their players card in, and pulls it out – like it has anything to do with the outcome. I guess they are trying to fool the machine. These people should have read my blog on the Random Number Generator?
  • The person who sits at the slot machine and has to hit all the buttons before the pull (hitting the button). Are they composing, or soothing the machine with a lullaby? Again, RNG people, RNG!!
  • Slot machines that congratulate you for winning a small amount in the bonus – like a whole $8 while you’re betting $1.25 a whack. I’d rather have it say “better luck next time!” or “lucky you, you’re only $200 down, now.”
  • Ashes on the machine buttons. Smokers, c’mon – consider the players after you, please!
  • Players who smack the crap out of the buttons – I mean, don’t these people suffer stress fractures or something?

The solitary play of a video poker player.


  • The person who slaps the buttons so hard, you swear that he/she will break the machine before they break their hand. It’s like they are beating the machine into submission.
  • Sticky buttons on VP machines at bars.  It would be great if there was something that would cover the buttons.
  • The number of times that 4th Ace doesn’t appear in DDB.
  • VP machines placed in the casino when the lighting produces a glare so bad that you can’t even read the cards unless you constantly move back and forth.


  • Listen, if your are playing $25 at a $5 Blackjack table, don’t get upset when someone doesn’t play perfect strategy. Where else are they going to learn for real? Play with the serious players at the $25 table. Besides, studies have shown mistakes in basic strategy by newbies usually even out the table’s play with bad plays that actually help the players. (Look it up!)
  • Dealers who don’t thank players for a tip. Tapping the chip does not count as a proper “thank you.”
  • High table minimums, no lower options.
  • The dealer shuffles, the players await their first hand of the shoe – and dealer has blackjack!


  • Walking behind someone who suddenly decides to stop cold in their tracks in the middle of the aisle without any regard to the 10 people behind them who now have to quickly react to or run into the inconsiderate person. Is it too hard to just walk to the side before coming to a complete stop?
  • The cocktail waitress comes around and asks you if you would like a drink… then you don’t see her for 15-20 until she comes by and asks you if you want a drink… you order again and then 15-20 minutes she comes by again and still hasn’t brought you a drink and asks you again if you want something. Etc, etc, etc….
  • When the space between machines is filled with half-empty drink glasses, full ashtrays, and other trash.  People ca be such slobs.
  • People who scream and shout and jump up and down when they hit almost any kind of win, and lots of times it’s a small win on a slot machine that doesn’t even return their bet back. I figure they do it because they’ve never been to a casino before and they’ve seen people do it on TV or in movies and so they think that’s how they are supposed to act in a casino.
  • And finally, though I love New England casinos, I hate the fact that Las Vegas is SO FAR AWAY! Those 7 hour flights are a royal pain. Of course, higher resort fees, new parking fees, worse VP than Mohegan Sun, time share hawkers, porn slappers , freaks on every corner….. like I said, I love New England.

That’s all for now.


Gambling Humor To Lighten Your Holiday Mood

With all the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season, here is some humor to lighten the stress. th

A Man Wins the Lottery rushes into his house and yells to his wife, “Martha, pack up your things. I just won the state lottery!”
Martha replies, “Shall I pack for warm weather or cold?”
The man responds, “I don’t care. Just so long as you’re out of the house by noon!”

Why didn’t the elephant like to play cards in the jungle? Because there were too many cheetahs.


Wife 1 – “My husband’s going to a casino in central Asia.”
Wife 2 – “Tibet?”
Wife 1 – “Of course, why else would he go!”

How do you get a professional poker player off your front porch?  Pay him for the pizza.

img_0155A blackjack dealer and a player with a thirteen count in his hand were arguing about whether or not it was appropriate to tip the blackjack dealer.  The BJ player said, “When I get bad cards, it’s not the blackjack dealer’s fault. Accordingly, when I get good cards, the blackjack dealer obviously had nothing to do with it so, why should I tip him?”  The blackjack dealer said, “When you eat out do you tip the waiter?” … “Yes” replied the player.  “Well then, he serves you food at dinner; I’m serving you cards at blackjack, so you should tip me.”  “Okay, but, the waiter gives me what I ask for. So I’ll take an eight!”

Last night I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died. – Comedian Steven Wright

There’s the touching story of the young man who said to his girlfriend, “I bet you wouldn’t marry me.” The story goes that she not only called his bet but she raised him five!

thDid you hear about the new 3 million dollar State Lottery? The winner gets 3 dollars a year for a million years.

The best bet for a player to make is what is called a “Mind Bet” You stand behind the game watch the action and attempt to predict the winner. You never bet any real money you only bet in your mind. Last week a friend of mine lost his mind three times.

(From “Cheers”) SAM:”What’ll you have, Normie?” NORM:”Well, I’m in a gambling mood, Sammy. I’ll take a glass of whatever comes out of that tap.” SAM:”Looks like beer, Norm.” NORM:”Call me Mister Lucky.”

Dog Poker – A man walks into a bar and notices a poker game at the far table. Upon taking a closer look he sees a dog sitting at the table. This peaks his curiousity and he walks closer and sees cards and chips in front of the dog. Then the next hand is dealt and cards are dealt to the dog. Then the dog acts in turn with all the other players, calling, raising, discarding, everything the other human players were doing. However none of the other players seemed to pay any mind to the fact that they were playing with a dog, they just treated him like any other player. Finally the man could not longer hold his tongue so between hands he quietly said to one of the players, “I can’t believe that dog is playing poker, he must be the smartest dog in the world!”  The player smiled and said, “He isn’t that smart, every time he gets a good hand he wags his tail.”img_0156

And finally – Q: How do you get a sweet little 80-year-old lady to swear?
A: Get another sweet little 80-year-old lady to yell BINGO!

As the craziness of the season continues, we at NETG hope the preparations for your Holiday Celebrations go as planned.


“The Twelve Days of Christmas” For the Casino Gambler

12-daysHere’s one of my favorite posts. You all know about the song.  Here’s my attempt to be creative with the 12 days of Christmas – Casino Style!

I’m just listing the last verse – you can put the rest together

On the last day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:

12 of 12 in Kenoth

11 Hosts Attendingdownload (6)

10 Times Odds in Crapsdowntown6

Natural 9 in BaccaratNatural 9 in Baccarat

8 Busts by the Dealer10857-eisxpozzgc

7 on the Pass Linedownload (9)

6 Royal Flushes

5  – –Nights  – in  – VegasLas Vegas Sign

4 Deuces Dealtth

3 Comped Nightsth

2 Free Buffets


and a

Jackpot on my Fa-vo-rite Slot.images

Happy Holidays

N.E.Time Gambling

Casino Gambling Challenge – How Much Slang Do You Really Know

7525251_origSo, you say you’re a knowledgeable gambler?  Well, I have found 20 slang words used in the casino by players, dealers, and pit bosses – some simple, some rather esoteric. Let’s see what you know.  I dare you to take this challenge and comment to us at NETime Gambling on how well you did.

imageAnswers Tomorrow at 1:00pm, EST.  I made it easy – matching!  But, there are more answers than questions, so make sure you check all possible answers A-Z.

Note – it’s easier to take the Challenge on a tablet, or at the website NE Time.com.

_____1. an Ante         A. a bet in poker placed before player sees any of his cards.

_____2.an Arm          B. a player who is skillful in throwing the dice 

_____3.The Blind      C. casino lingo for 10 dollar bet.

_____4.a Buck            D. a forgotten table bet originally wagered by the player.

_____5.a Copy            E.to be broke or totally out of money

_____6.Down to the Felt     F.a Video Lottery Terminal

_____7.Grease           G.losing player

_____8.a Mechanic   H.a bribe

_____9.Barber Pole   I. a bet required to start at hand in card games.

_____10.a Bug              J.refers to a $100 bet

_____11.Cracking the Nut   K. a slang word for a dealer who cheats

_____12. a Fish             L. a drunk player.    

_____13.a George         M.sign above roulette table showing previous wins

_____14. Martingale    N. a net profit after all gambling expenses deducted.

_____15. a Pidgeon       O. more than one denomination/color in a stack of chips

_____16.a Railbird        P. the Joker card.

_____17.Spinner           Q. term for a winning session

_____18.a Tom              R. a generous tipper to table dealers 

_____19.a Skin or Skoon     S. an observer who hangs around a gaming table

_____20.a Ploppy         T. a player who is not knowledgeable about the games.

U. a wagering system where the player doubles up after every loss.

V. irritating player who has high expectations for casino comps and benefits while not deserved.        

W.a non-tipper.        X.a single dollar.        

Y. means a player and a banker have a similar two-card or  five-card hand especially in Pai Gow poker.

Z. a newer player who is not practicing sound strategy nor making correct decisions, however is not above coaching other players about what they should do







Gambling & Selective Memory


Heading out of the casino after another bad night of losses, a gambler tells his friend: “My wife has got the worst memory I’ve ever seen,” to which the friend responds: “Forgets your winnings, does she?”

It’s true, patrons either forget the winnings and concentrate on another loosing session, or they selectively remember “I won $100,” which is true – but at the end of the session they forget that the end result of the visit was a total loss of $400!

On one of Cousin Vito’s Casino Podcast, Vito’s guest @AnnoyedPitBoss, whom you can follow on Twitter, told a story about a frustrated regular.  While working in the pit, he was approached by this player.  The the patron asked him “Does anyone ever win in this casino?”  @AnnoyedPitBoss replied, “yes, but they don’t always end up bring it home!”

We tend to remember what we are looking for, not necessarily what has all passed in our gambling experience. Why should we…..we there to have a good time, and with so many distractions, most of us could never keep track of everything.

The famous "near miss" on a slot machine.

The famous “near miss” on a slot machine.

Selective Memory – a path of denial that many casino patrons follow.  Have you heard these before:

  • “Every time the bonus symbol comes up on the first two reels, (slots) I NEVER get the bonus.”
  • “EVERY TIME I need a card for a four-of-a-kind, I ALWAYS get the same card I discarded, just in another suit!”
  • “I get 20 (BJ) and the dealer comes up with 21”
  • “EVERY TIME I need a point (craps) with that shooter, we seven-out”

Oh, the things we choose to remember.  Of course, these selective memories play a part in creating certain superstitions and behaviors, or do one’s superstitions open up road to selective memory?  Yes and yes!

Selective memoryBe careful with your selective memory and take time to realize it plays a part in your gambling decisions – rational or not.

That’s all for now