Responsible Gambling Tips from NETG’s “Gambling Cats”

Cats Playing Blackjack

Cats Playing Poker

Just about everyone tries gambling of one form in their lives.  Some involve money, others may gamble at running a red light.  Each has its own degree of risk and consequences.

There are professional gamblers who have been able to gamble for a living and not fall into the dark side of addiction.  These Advantage Players, or AP’s, know the importance of knowing how they react to the rush of winning and the down side of losing.

Cat Advantage Player

Cat Advantage Player

But professionals also detach a lot of the emotion – it’s a business – which helps keep those fiery endorphins more stable.  Most humans can gamble, whether money based or consequence based (or both) without concerns, but some have trouble when any gamble turns into habit – especially casino gamblers.

With the help of the “NETG Gambling Cats.” this post includes simple tips and a few items to help responsible gambling.  While many have a fun, exciting gambling experience without them, these tips and forms may be something to consider.  As far as the cats know, they are the “purr-fect” answer to responsible gambling.

Take a look at the following tips; they’ll help you to learn more about how you can enjoy gambling without putting yourself at risk for problem gambling.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.Credit card Cat
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Know how much it costs to play per hour on the games you enjoy.  cat at pokerWhile 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.
  • What is your reason for gambling?  Don’t know? You should.  Be aware of your own reasons for gambling. Remember that, while gambling can be fun, it is not a way to solve problems, get away angry, or spend time depressed.  Have fun, enjoy time with friends and family.  Make it something you would do again with no consequence.
  • 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.Cat playing soccer
  • 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.

Please note: The above 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.


New England Casino Gambling History – Updated

What seemed to be a slow trot towards socially approving gambling in New England has changed to a sprint, with no finish line in sight. Expansion continues, with the word “saturation” thrown around annually. While we don’t know what the future holds concerning sports betting, casinos in Bridgeport, CT., East Windsor, CT., and southeastern Massachusetts, and the future competition in southern New England, we can look back to see how we got here.

My interest in gambling history began with playing card games – playing cribbage and Michigan Rummy while in elementary school. With visits to Hartford Jai-Alai and Plainfield Greyhound Racetrack during my twenties, visits to the Sands in Atlantic City and Foxwoods Bingo in my thirties, and the Connecticut expansion in the 1990’s, I was hooked.

"Roll the Bones" by Dr. David Schwartz

“Roll the Bones” by Dr. David Schwartz

One of my favorite books is “Roll the Bones” by Dr. David Schwartz. In his book, Dr. Dave explains that “….the human predilection for a wager shaped human history from the Ice Age to the Information Age. People spend nearly one trillion dollars worldwide on gambling a year–wouldn’t you like to learn a little about how we got there?”  The fact is, I did!.

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New England played a big part in the assertion of gambling in America. According to the California State Library, English settlers differed from their Puritanical neighbors in New England in many ways, but one influenced the early colonies to continue traditional styles of living in a new world , which included gambling, considering as a “harmless diversion, a popular and accepted activity.” Lotteries were used to bail out the Early Colonies when financial backers of the colonies began to see gambling as the solution to diminishing finances needed for the war effort. All 13 original colonies established lotteries, usually more than one, to raise revenue. Lotteries continue to be a main source of revenue for all six New England states.

Once Upon a time….

The Pequot War of 1637 set the stage for the separation of Pequot & Mohegan Tribes. Over 350 years after, both tribes started the New England Casino expansion we see today.

The Pequot War of 1637 set the stage for the separation of Pequot & Mohegan Tribes. Over 350 years after, both tribes started the New England Casino expansion we see today.

The Pequot and Mohegan Tribes were once one tribe, but war with colonists, differences with other tribes, and different tribal and colonial alliances caused a split that continues to this day.  Over 250 years later, a bingo hall in 1985 began the history of gaming in New England.

I should mention that casino gambling found a home in the 1800’s in Newport, Rhode Island, not to mention the numerous greyhound & horse tracks, parimutuel parlors, and Jai alai frontons in Milford & Hartford CT, and Newport, RI. However, in the past ten years, the horse-racing industry has seen a major decrease in raceway operations, Jai-Alai has moved out of the state, and parimutuel parlors continue to diminish in popularity, which may change with more legal sports betting in all six states

I you enjoy my look back at the journey of legalized gambling in New England below.

The New England Casino Historical Dateline:

Foxwoods Started it all with Bingo. This picture is the expanded Bingo Hall before Casino Expansion

Foxwoods Started it all with Bingo. This picture is the expanded Bingo Hall before Casino Expansion in 1992.


The first New England Casino as Foxwoods opens its doors in Mashantucket, CT

The Rainmaker at Foxwoods Resort Casino - part of the original casino before many expansions.

The Rainmaker at Foxwoods Resort Casino – part of the original casino before many expansions.

Rhode Island approves VLT gaming machines (classII) at Lincoln Greyhound Park & Newport Jai Alai Originally built for greyhound racing, Twin River Casino is now a full casino.


The Mohegan Tribe opens the second NE casino in Uncasville, CT

A Dollar Coin from Mohegan Sun Opening

A Dollar Coin from Mohegan Sun Opening


Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway opens in Bangor, Maine

Hollywood Casino, Bangor Maine

Hollywood Casino, Bangor Maine


Lincoln Greyhound Park turns into Twin River Casino with class III gaming; Newport Grand soon follows, redesigning without Jai-Alai

Twin River as Lincoln Park before Major Expansion

Twin River as Lincoln Park before Major Expansion


MGM joins Foxwoods with additional hotel / casino

MGM Tower at Foxwoods - Right side.

MGM Tower at Foxwoods – Right side.


MA legislature approves Expanded Gaming Act allowing construction of 3 Resort casinos & one “slot’s only casino”


Oxford Casino opens in Oxford, Maine

Oxford Casino, Maine

Oxford Casino, Maine


MGM pulls out of it’s Foxwoods partnership

MGM Ends Agreement with Foxwoods

MGM Ends Agreement with Foxwoods


Plainridge Park Casino Opens at Plainridge Raceway as the first Massachusetts casino (slots-only)

Plainridge Park Casino

Plainridge Park Casino in Massachusetts


     A Big Year for Gambling, Casinos and Hotels in           New England:

Oxford Casino, Oxford ME, adds Hotel, expanded casino and Ox Pu

Oxford Hotel & Casino

MGM Springfield Resort Casino opens

MGM Springfield

Newport Grand Slots Casino closes

Newport Grand Slots, Newport, RI

Tiverton Casino & Hotel opens

Tiverton Casino/ Hotel.

Twin River Casino adds Hotel

Twin River Hotel Lobby

Mohegan Sun opens Earth Expo Center

Mohegan Expo Center

Rhode Island approves and opens the first Sports Betting in New England

Opening day of Phase I Sports Book at Twin River Casino


Encore Boston Harbor to open in the fall

Encore Boston Harbor rendition, courtesy of Encore Boston Harbor pressroom

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February Promotions and Events at New England’s Casinos

February is here with lots of monthly promotions and events.



High Stakes Bingo, FW

CELEBRATE 27 YEARS OF THE WONDER OF IT ALL – Norwegian Cruise Line® Giveaways • $27 Food and Beverage Offerings • $27 Extreme Adventures • and much more!

Pajama Party Brunch BRUNCH, LIQUID SUNDAY STYLE – Centrale Fox Tower. 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM • Every first Sunday until April 7. Throw on your cutest/sexiest PJ’s and party at Centrale Fox Tower with drinks and a DJ. $20 General Admission – Includes choice of Mimosa or Bellini toast at noon.  $45 VIP – Includes access to the brunch buffet and choice of Champagne, Mimosa, or Bellini toast.

DRAWING MARCH 7, 7:00 PM. Qualify by playing your favorite Slots, Table Games, Bingo, Keno, Race Book, and Poker with your Foxwoods Rewards Card. For every two (2) Points earned, receive one entry into the drawing.

3x Tier Credits – FEBRUARY 8 • MARCH 8 • BEGINNING AT 6AM. Tier up faster with TRIPLE TIER CREDITS. Earn TRIPLE TIER CREDITS on slots, table games, keno, poker and race book.

Earn 2X Rewards Points – Monday, February 11 • Beginning at 6AM. Simply play your favorite Slots, Table Games, Keno, Race Book, and Bingo

$2,000 Hot Seat – YOUR CHANCE TO WIN $2,000 EACH HOUR. Wednesday, February 20 • 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Presidents Day Poker – $100,000 GUARANTEED. FEBRUARY 16 – 18Full Schedule

President’s Day Bingo – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16. Doors Open at 7:00AM • Games Begin at 10:30AM

Chinese New Year | Year of the Pig – Celebrate the Year of the Pig at Foxwoods with Mystery Cash, Prize Drawings, and more

Winter Deep Freeze Poker Challenge – $300,000 GUARANTEED!

ONGOING PROMOTIONS –  SPECIAL MILITARY OFFERS & DISCOUNTS, High Hand Poker Frenzy, Young & Fun Days, 55+ Offers

HOLLYWOOD Casino, Hotel & Raceway, BANGOR ME

Hollywood Legends Rewards – Sundays 1PM – 4PM. Patrons age fifty and older can swipe their Marquee Rewards card at our promotional kiosk to be eligible for our Hollywood Legends Promotional Game, where you can win up to $100 in Free SlotPlay.


Early Bird –  your chance to win Free SlotPlay based on your tier. February 2  from 1PM – 4PM we’ll call one winner every 10 minutes.



Inside MGM casino

Scratch It Rich – Swipe & Win. Receive one additional swipe for every 350 slot points or 500 tier credits from table play daily. All points earned on slot machines will be multiplied 2x. $80,000 Saturday Drawings. Finale Drawing is February 23. Be one of five winners at 10:00 p.m. for a chance at the Grand Prize of $5,000 FREEPLAY.

Chinese New Year – February 9. The year of the Pig with Traditional Lion Dance, starting at 3 p.m. on Armory Square, the Asian American Culture Center’s energetic dance troupe will perform the ceremonial dance featuring five authentic lion costumes. Don’t miss the Money God who will be handing out red envelopes with monetary gifts inside signifying great wealth ahead.

$30,000 Blackjack Tournament – On Mondays in February, beginning at 10:00 a.m. each day, M life Rewards members can win up to $5,000 in promotional chips, plus have the chance at claiming the million dollar prize.

President’s Day Lincoln MKC Giveaway – Monday,February 18. Earnings Begins February 1. Earn one entry for every slot point or tier credit from table play until President’s Day, Monday. February 18 at 6:59p.m.  Monday Drawings, February 18 at 2:00p.m. Be one of five hourly winners from 2:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. for a change to win FREEPLAY or promotional chips.  Grand Finale, February 18 at 7:00p.m.


MOHEGAN SUN Resort Casino, Uncasville CT

Mohegan Sun casino of the Sky

Gimme Some Sugar Giveaway – February 1st – March 31st. Swipe your Momentum card once a day at any promotional kiosk and you could sweeten your luck with Momentum Dollars or up to $1,000 in Free Slot Play. Triple your chances of winning each day. Play your favorite games to earn extra swipes. Earn 10 Momentum Dollars to get a second swipe! Earn another 10 Momentum Dollars and get a third swipe!

LUCKY SEAT FEBRUARY – Monday, February 4th 2019, 12:00pm. Weekly until Monday, February 25th 2019. ONE TABLE WILL BE RANDOMLY SELECTED EACH HOUR TO WIN. MONDAYS | NOON – 9:00PM $300 to one lucky seat / $100 to all other active players at the table. FRIDAYS | NOON – 10:00PM $300 to one lucky seat $150 to all other active players at the table


Double Momentum Dollars & Double Status points February 8th


OXFORD CASINO & Hotel, Oxford ME

Inside Oxford Casino, Oxford Maine

Valentine’s Day Buffet – Thursday, February 14, 2019. 5:00pm – 9:00pm $24.95 per person

President’s Day Buffet – Monday, February 18, 10:30am – 3:00pm. Regular price $12.95 per person. Earn 500 tier points between 8:00am and 2:00pm and get a President’s Day buffet!

The Great 250K Giveaway – Earn entries 10X faster on SUNDAYS – Every 50 Tier points will earn you an extra entry!

Thursday Dinner Buffet – Earn 500 tier points between 5:00am and 7:00pm to get a FREE Thursday Dinner buffet

ONGOING PROMOTIONS2018 Birthday Bash,  Fat Stacks of Cash, SATURDAYSuper 6SUNDAY16X Multiplier  TUESDAY – 15X Multiplier,  WEDNESDAY15X Multiplier & Seniors Day,  THURSDAY – Missile Madness, Every Thursday.  3:00pm – 8:00pm &– Free Lunch Buffet (100 pts earned)FRIDAY –  Mega High 5 , Prime Rib BuffetWeekend Breakfast Buffets

Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway, Plainville MA

Plainridge Park Casino

Busy Casino – Plainridge Park Casino

PROSPECTORS PLUNGEWednesdays in February, Win up to $500 in Free SlotPlay every hour during our Prospectors Plunge Bonus Slot Tournaments. Complete the Bonus Spins within 15 minutes after the top of the hour. The Top 10 High Scores will be awarded Free SlotPlay Prizes.

GREEN IS THE COLOR OF LOVE – February 1 – 23. From 4PM – 9PM, 5 winners will be selected every hour to win up to $1,000 Free SlotPlay.

MONEY GRAB MACHINE – February 9th – 16th, 4PM – 9PM. 5 winners will be selected every hour to step into our Money Grab Machine! Grab your share of Free SlotPlay in 30 seconds.

SILVER FRAME GIVEAWAY – February 10th. 1PM – 6PM. Earn 100 tier points on February 10 to claim a 5 x 7 Silver Frame in the Promo Zone.

CHOCOLATE BAR GIVEAWAY – February 14th in the Promo Zone.Earn 100 tier points on February 14 to claim your Chocolate Bar in the Promo Zone. Each bar contains a Golden Ticket of up to $1,000 Free SlotPlay


Twin River Casino & Hotel

Inside Twin River Casino's cavernous first floor casino.

Inside Twin River Casino’s cavernous first floor casino.

Twin River STAYCATION – Rates Starting at:$145*/night (Sun – Thu) $235*/night (Fri – Sat). Includes: Hotel Room (King, 2 Queen, Murphy or ADA Room), $50 Food & Beverage Gift Card (applicable at any outlet including Fred & Steve’s), $20 Free Play. Call 800.874.3669


February 9 – BLACK WOLVES VS. Rochester KnightHawkes, NLL Lacrosse at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:00PM

February 15th – KC & the Sunshine Band, 8:00PM, Twin River Event Center

February 15 – BELLATOR MMA at Mohegan Sun Arena, 6:30PM

February 16 – BELLATOR MMA at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

February 15 -17 – CONNECTICUT OUTDOOR EXPO at Earth Expo & Convention Center, Mohegan Sun

February 17th – Royal Rosé – all things Rosé with tastings, live music, Insta-Worthy moments

February 17 – BLACK WOLVES VS. Philadelphia Wings, NLL Lacrosse at Mohegan Sun Arena, 3:00PM

February 22-24 –SOUTHEASTERN CONNECTICUT HOME & GARDEN SHOW at Earth Expo & Convention Center, Mohegan Sun

February 23rd – CES MMA, 7:00pm, at Twin River Event Center

February 24 – BLACK WOLVES VS. Toronto Rock NLL Lacrosse at Mohegan Sun Arena, 1:00PM



February 8 – Adam Corrola at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 8 – Brett Young at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 8 – Old Dominion at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

February 9 – Aziz Ansari: Road to Nowhere at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 7:30PM

February 9 – Preacher Lawson at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 9 – Jimmy Dunn at The Loft, Plainridge Park, 8:00PM

February 15 – Gin Blossoms at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 15 – An Evening of Love, Featuring KEITH SWEAT • SILK • LLOYD • BOBBY VALENTINO  • MYA at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 16 – Steve Martin and Martin Short: “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t” at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 7:00PM

February 16 – Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 17 – El Gran Combo & La Sonora Poncena at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 7:00PM

February 18 – KIDZ BOP at Mohegan Sun Arena, 4:00PM

February 21 – Flogging Molly at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 7:30PM

February 22 – Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 7:30PM

February 22 – Jim Gaffigan at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 23 – Jim Gaffigan at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 7:00PM & 9:55PM

February 23 – Disturbed at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

February 24 – Jim Gaffigan at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 7:00PM

March 2 – Shinedown at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:00PM

March 3 – Darci Lynne at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 7:00PM


  • The Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun – Located in the center of the action, in Casino of the Earth, offers full beverage service, a state-of-the-art sound system, intimate seating and top performances by headliners. For complete schedule, click HERE.
  • Hollywood Bangor now offers two venues for live weekend music – 99 Hops House & the Sound Stage.  Click Here for schedule.  Summer Concert Series at the Darling Waterfront Pavillion is walking distance from Bangor Hollywood Casino
  • Newport Grand offers Free shows by Tribute bands  almost every weekend.  Click HERE for schedule.
  • Twin River Casino Lighthouse Loungeright in the middle of the downstairs casino.  Shipyard Pub – Upstairs in Non-smoking.
  • Tiverton CasinoCenter Bar
  • Plainridge Park Casino – the Revolution Lounge offers entertainment on the weekends
  • MGM Springfield – Commonwealth Bar & Lounge
  • Foxwoods – Atrium Lounge – Live bands on the weekend, specialty cocktails and great time.

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New England

Curious about casino expansion in our region? Then there’s only one place to go – visit us at NETimeGambling! For specific casino details, visit the websites of all seven casinos:  ConnecticutFoxwoods Resort/Casino & Mohegan Sun Resort/Casino; Rhode Island – Tiverton Casino Hotel (opening September 1st 2018) & Twin River Hotel/Casino; Massachusetts – Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway, MGM Springfield & Encore Boston Harbor  (opening Fall 2019); Maine –  Oxford Casino & Hollywood Bangor Hotel, Casino & Raceway.

NETimeGambling | Casinos in New England

Robin T Aubin (Binbin)

NETimeGambling is a non-monetized blog created for my personal interest and passion in the gambling industry – its history, and its ongoing evolution – mixed with my love for New England.  Come share my passion and visit us.”

I have taught middle school chorus and director middle school drama for 41 years, and I will be retiring this year to pursue travel with my wife and to further expand my side interest of the gambling industry which I became fascinated in over twenty years ago. 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 and advice.

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