During days of heightened anxiety about the pandemic, I posted Fun Options for the Stay-at-Home Gambler. Since most casinos closed for a while, lots of folks had to find options to enjoy casino gambling from their recliner. At that time, legal iGaming, real gambling with real money online, was still not an opportunity in New England. (Let’s not consider the illegal “O” word = off-shore).

With things almost completely back to normal, these options are viable ways to enjoy playing any game for free = at home or away.

Please Note: This is not a “how-to” for real online gambling, with real money exchanged.

Gambling For Free is a resource of fun sites and/or instructional sites to enjoy and even get some guided practice in for the real experience. Most of these sites are free, but buying extra credits to play is always available. A few of the sites below require a subscription for higher-level practice of game strategy.

Are You a “Stay at Home” Gambler?

You Must Visit “The Wizard of Odds”

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Michael Shackleford, the creator of the Wizard of Odds

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

The American Casinos Guide, by Scott Bourie, also includes an entire series on YouTube. His website, AmericanCasinoGuide.com, also has plenty of great “how-to” stuff and covers every state’s legal gaming.

Try watching slot bonuses. Watching other people play slots and hitting amazing bonuses is all over YouTube. This kind of YouTube entertainment has grown immensely. Our Rhode Island and Slot correspondent, Miguel, Brian Christopher Slots, NG Slot, and Lady Luck HQ as favorite sites to start with.


While we wait for conditions to improve, we can practice – yes, that’s the proper practice. If you are a Video Poker player, buy a Gold membership or PRO at VideoPoker.com. Not only will you learn the best strategy for playing any video poker game, but you can also test your knowledge. The VP Pro membership covers Ultimate X and Quick Quads strategy. It also has Keno games, tons of video poker games, keno games, and contests.

Home Casino Gambling Guide – Apps to Enjoy Your Favorite Slot

Slots, Slots and More Slots

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Many apps for your devices include your favorite casino slots. All of these are free to download, with the ability to purchase credits. Options for the Stay-at-Home Gamblersuggests 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).

In addition, popular casino apps include Slotomania,  Caesars Slots, and PartyCasino.

Table Game Apps

Here are a few apps for table game players. One is Riverboat Gambler, which hosts Blackjack, Mississippi Stud, Three Card Poker, and Pai Gow Poker – basically 28 games, new and old. 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. There are many BlackJack apps, but the best tutors reviewed are BlackJack Trainer HD Free and BC Blackjack

Casino / Gambling Podcasts – Something for Everyone

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Great Podcast for Craps, home poker games, and gambling advice.

I love to listen to podcasts. Regarding gambling/casino podcasts, each below has knowledgeable hosts with insightful guests who are fun and informative. The following list is excellent for the “podcast binge.” Start at episode #1 and begin the journey.


I understand the “stress” many of us are dealing with in a new world right now. But, think of the money you’re saving. If you are smart, you put away monthly bankroll money for that big play when casinos open. In any case, I hope this Guide for the “Stay at Home” Gambler has given you an outlet for some of your pent-up gambling enthusiasm.

Remember, all nine brick & mortar casinos in New England have free casinos online as well.

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