A Gambling Podcast For The Northeast

sclfeeadI found a podcast that I enjoyed from the first episode I listened to.  As the picture above shows, it is called

“Due For A Win

Here is the link to listen to a great episode on “Comps Harvesting.”

Listening to it also brought back fond memories of trips to Atlantic City in the early 90’s when a certain tribal casino in Connecticut would change the casino landscape forever in the northeast – with the help of Pennsylvania.

At that time, Atlantic City seemed to dismiss Connecticut’s tribal casinos – Foxwoods and the addition of Mohegan Sun in 1996.  AC felt it had no threats to it’s east coast monopoly on gambling, with its thousand of riders by bus – “daytrippers.”

Remembering the Claridge & the Sands.

Remembering the Claridge & the Sands.

Listening to “Due For A Win” brought back memories of playing at the Claridge, collecting all players club cards, eating at Pickles Deli and staying in the small, old, but always clean rooms at Ballys.  Going up and down the long elevator and people mover at the Sands.  It was a great time.

Summer on the Boardwalk Late 90's

Summer on the Boardwalk Late 90’s

Now I spend a few times a year driving to AC, staying at Borgata, and while I enjoy myself in AC, I leave feeling sad after seeing the closed historic casinos on the Boardwalk.

Finding this new podcast gives me hope for Atlantic City.  They add some history with great gambling segments, AC’s up-to-date casino news, and humor about a city trying to reinvent itself.

The dynamic duo of Kyle & Craig write, “We spent so much time talking about proper blackjack techniques, casino openings and closings, comped rooms in Atlantic City, and potential-but-unlikely Vegas trips that we decided to create a blog. Despite our prolific output (10 posts in three years), we realized what we really enjoy is talking about Atlantic City and the casino business with each other, so we started the Due For A Win podcast in November 2015 and have been recording our discussions every other week since then.”

Besides the terrific podcasts, they also include a blog, tweets at @dueforawin, and a kickin’ Facebook Group, where anything and everything Atlantic City can be explored with its large fan base.

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Due For A Win – A podcast and blog about Atlantic City and the casino business.

I highly recommend this podcast – even though my loyalty is here in New England with our seven casinos – 10 or 11 by 2019.  But, to be honest, I enjoy my visits to AC. I feel it will rise again to relevancy with the seven casinos it has.

From the Marina to the Boardwalk,  “Due For A Win” can help you out with questions and concerns about your next AC trip.  Give them a chance – then subscribe.  You’ll be glad you did.

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Two Recent Books For Any Gambler’s Library

Two authors have recently published books with the gambler in mind.  Both are giants in their fields – Dr. David Schwartz, professor at the UNLV Center for Gaming Research; and Bob Nersesian, expert in gambling law.

BOOK #1 – BOARDWALK PLAYGROUND – The Making and Unmaking of Atlantic City

Dr. David Schwartz has been mentioned here on other occasions. Click on the following previous posts:

Another Must Read From Dr. David Schwartz – “Grandissimo”

“Roll the Bones”

"Boardwalk Playground," by Dr. David Schwartz

“Boardwalk Playground,” by Dr. David Schwartz

Well, he has done it again.  This time writing about some of his back east roots in Boardwalk Playground.  Boardwalk Playground shares a hundred stories of Atlantic City’s high spots and low points of the past century and a half, with an emphasis on the hospitality business that evolved into casino gaming—and is evolving again. With sections on the city’s history, its classic hospitality, personalities, community institutions, and casino resorts, this book is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what gives Atlantic City its unexpected allure.

The hundred stories of Boardwalk Playground show Atlantic City from its awakening as a tourist destination in the 1860s to its lowest point a century later, its gambling-fueled rebirth to its current crossroads. It provides a personal, thoughtful view into a city that continues to fascinate the world.

BOOK #2 – The Law for Gamblers: A Player’s Guide to Legal Survival in the Casino Environment

Bob Nersesian has made a career out of suing casinos and their security for assault and battery on behalf of customers.

510N3KQIaQLThe Law for Gamblers brings together decades of experience from the world’s pre-eminent gambler’s advocate, providing perspective gleaned from defending hundreds of casino-related criminal cases. With detailed discussions of subjects that include gambler taxation, the use of aliases, Indian gaming rules, and casino credit, and even hiring an attorney when necessary, The Law for Gamblers provides anyone who sets foot in a casino easy access to understanding their rights. Additionally, the collection of case law and statutory points of view within is unparalleled in the rapidly expanding area of gaming law.

I recently heard Bob describe parts of his book on Gambling With An Edge – a podcast for Advantage Players, hosted by Bob Dancer & Richard Munchkin. (which I highly suggest.)

These two resources will be both entertaining and valuable additions to any gambler’s library. Both are available at Amazon and as e-books.

Now, get reading!

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In the Casino Industry, It’s Good Not to Get TOO Attached to Anything!

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I have heard many of those who write or speak about Las Vegas say that you shouldn’t get too attached to things in the gaming industry, because as soon as you do, they’ll be gone.

“Don’t it always seem to go….”

It’s so true……so many things I have remembered and enjoyed in Vegas, and in casinos everywhere, only to never find them again.

“That you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.”

Which is why I thought I’d post this today after hearing about the impending sale and implosion of the Riviera, the first hotel/casino I stayed at in Las Vegas. Not that I ever wanted to go back to the Riv, with all the choices over the last 20 years, but still,mite right up there with Flamingo, the Sands, the Dunes…..etc.

“They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”  (Thank you, Joni Mitchell, from “Big Yellow Taxi”)

New England Casinos had some great things, but, to quote my Canuck heritage – “There they are…..gone!”

Here’s a list of some of the things – from New England Casinos, Las Vegas or casinos in general:

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    What a great looking machine, and the graphics and video were way ahead of its time!

    Odyssey 4-play Video poker & Slot Machines – they looked like a slot machine from another planet.

  • Fidelia's Coffee Shop

    Fidelia’s Coffee Shop

    Fidelia’s – Mohegan Sun’s previous 24 hour coffee shop/restaurant.  Great food, decent prices, and the feeling of times gone by like the vegas casino coffee shop, only nicer surroundings.

  • An Atlantic City with a fun Boardwalk and 12 casinos – now, it’s just sad.
  • Great availability of full pay video poker – although Mohegan Sun does have full pay JOB, they don’t accrue points.
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    Coupon Book

    Coupon books in Vegas – it was really fun to eek out a little free slot play here and some matchplay there, finishing up with a free hotdog or drink.

  • Fado Irish Pub

    Fado Irish Pub

    Twin River’s “FaDo” Irish Pub – It was the reason a lot of people went to twin river.  Great food, and entertainment.  Sure gave Mohegan’s Lansdowne Pub a run for it’s money.

  • The old buffet at Mohegan Sun – the new version is a pricier, lower quality Studio B Buffet (M Resort, Las Vegas).  It looks like a model copy, just smaller.
  • Arena Football!  Remember when Mohegan Sun had arena football?  Sorry to see it go.  It was fun to watch all that scoring.
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    Vacation Village – great old Vegas

    Vacation Village, a dumpy little casino with some of the greatest airfare promotions in the south of the strip, & the

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    One of the first Brew pubs in Vegas – Stratosphere in the background.

    Holy Cow in Las Vegas, the first Brew Pub in Las Vegas across from the Sahara, which is also gone.  I also miss Stardust, Aladdin, Lady Luck, and Frontier – they had character.

One thing I won’t miss, but I thought I would – coins!  Nope, love the TITO (Ticket In, Ticket Out) and don’t miss the hopper fills, never mind my dirty hands from dealing with coins.

That’s all for now

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