Guide for the “Stay at Home” Gambler Part 1

In my recliner (Binbin), playing casino games staying at home
In my recliner (Binbin), playing casino games on my iPad

In these days of heightened anxiety over the coronavirus, I still like to experience casino gambling, but only if i can still sit in my recliner. That’s the reason for today’s post Guide for the “Stay at Home” Gambler Part 1. There are options at our digital fingertips. And your New England Casinos have had free play online casinos for fun available for years.  Here they are, including other options as well. This is not a “how to” for real online gambling, with real money exchanged. This is about fun sites that are free, with additional things like credits that can be bought.  Our second part – Tips for the “Stay at Home” Gambler Part 2 will investigate social casinos and online casino gambling.

The Wizard of Odds

Michael Shackelford, the creator of the Wizard of Odds
Michael Shackleford, the creator of the Wizard of Odds

Players should look no further than the Wizard of Odds. This website has been the King of everything gambling. Players of all casino games will gain some understanding at Michael Shackleford’s site. Odds & strategies are provided for hundreds of games, as well as a free practice tutor. Gambling videos and articles are available as well. Mr. Shackleford has many fabulous tutorials on YouTube as well.

You could spend weeks on trying to digest the information on this website and his YouTube videos.  The American Casinos Guide, by Scott Bourie, includes an entire series on YouTube as well. His website,  has plenty of great “how to” stuff as well.

Speaking of video, I’m sure you’ve heard of YouTube. You can watch slot bonuses, follow tutorials by some of the best gamblers of the past 30 years, and watch previous poker tournaments. Watching other people play slots and hitting amazing bonuses are all over YouTube. Brian Christopher Slots  seems to be the favorite site, although, this kind of YouTube entertainment has grown immensely.

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Guide for the “Stay at Home” Gambler – Video Poker

While we wait for conditions to improve, we can practice – yes, that’s right practice. If you are a Video Poker player, buy a Gold membership or PRO at Not only will you actually learn the best strategy for playing any video poker game, you can test your knowledge as well. The VP Pro membership actually covers Ultimate X and Quick Quads strategy.  It also has Keno games, tons of VP games, and daily contests. Another great VP tutor is Video Poker for Winners  It has many of the same features and both can be used on your mobile phone.

Home Casino Gambling Guide – Apps to Enjoy Your Favorite Slot

Cashman Casino App is Free and a great home gambling optionIn case you just want to play your favorite games, there are many apps for your devices that include games you would play in your brick and mortar casino. All of these are free to download, and the ability to purchase credits. Guide for the “Stay at Home” Gambler Part 1 points to the following apps:

  • Jackpot Party, Monopoly Slots, published by Scientific Games (for example, Lock It Link, Zeus, Heidi’s Bier Haus)
  • Cashman & Heart of Vegas, published by Aristocrat Gaming (Buffalo, LightningLink, Dragon Link, More Chili, Wonder 4)
  • Double Down Slots, published by IGT (Double Diamond, Quick Hit Slots, published by Scientific Games (Quick Hit Ultra, Quick Hit Platinum)
  • Gold Fish Casino Slots, published by Phantom EFX (assorted IGT & SG games).

Other well liked casino apps for fun include:  Slotomania,  Caesars Slots and PartyCasino.  There are many more. You may find casinos featuring Ainsworth Gaming, Konami or Everi in the Casino’s social gaming sites.  My suggestion is look, download, try and take it from there.

Table Game Apps

Here are a few apps for table game players that we’d like to suggest. One is Riverboat Gambler, which hosts Blackjack, Mississippi Stud, Three Card Poker, Pai Gow Poker – basically 28 games, new and old,  you would see in the casino. Tutors are not available, but game explanations are there for every game. My favorite craps app is “Aw Craps!” I like the interface and it teaches bets and odds. But, there are many other Craps apps out there to try. There are many BlackJack apps, but the best tutors reviewed are BlackJack Trainer HD Free and BC Blackjack. All these suggested apps are free and most of these can be downloaded from Apple store or Google depending on whatever your OS is.

It’s been a long time now since our casinos have been closed. Many of you are probably getting “pret-ty ant-sy.” Patience my friends, patience.  In the mean time, there is enough for you recliner gamblers like myself to keep you occupied.

10 Podcasts – Something for Everyone

I love to listen to podcasts. Meditation podcasts are great to decrease that anxiety many of us share these days. Informative podcasts such as BrainStuff (Your Daily Serving of Smart) is fabulous for answering all sorts of questions in less than five minutes.

But, as far as gambling/casino podcasts go, my two favorites are You Can Bet on That & The Bettor Life.   Both are very entertaining, 5 star podcasts working through a gamut of gambling topics. Each have knowledgeable hosts with insightful guests that are fun and informative. These and the following list are great for the “podcast binge.” Haven’t listened to them?  Start at episode #1 and begin the journey.

Matter of fact, there are eight more great podcasts out there, each with a particular slant or interest, I would suggest. In no particular order, and listing their most popular topics, try:

Please note, some may contain “salty language” signified with an exclamation point (!).  By the way, a few have had yours truly as a guest at least once, signified by a dollar sign ($).

The Draw

I do understand the “agida” many of us are have dealing with in a whole new world right now.  But, just think of the money you’re saving. If you are smart, you are putting away monthly bankroll money for that big play when casinos open. In any case, I hope this Guide for the “Stay at Home” Gambler Part 1 has given you an outlet for some of your pent-up gambling enthusiasm. Part 2 will be dealing with online gaming – social casinos made available by Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, MGM, Hollywood Bangor & Plainridge (same company) and Twin River/Tiverton. I will also cover a little information concerning online casinos.

Until then, my friends, stay healthy and safe. Patience my friends, patience.





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