The Monday Link – “The Gamblers Ten Commandments”

Every Monday – The Monday Link

I love the Wizard of Odds website. If you are a gambler of any game, experience, or status, you should have this site bookmarked. It is my number one resource for:

  • Game odds, strategies & calculations
  • General Gambling info – definitions, money management, etiquette and FAQ’s
  • Playing simulations for free and learning correct strategies

About The Wizard of Odds himself – Michael Shackleford

This site was born on June 19, 1997. At first it was titled Mike’s Gambling Page. It was a good time to start a web site about gambling, as there were few good ones at the time. With plenty of shelf space, the site quickly became popular and took on a life of its own.  The Wizard of Odds is Michael Shackleford, a former professional actuary who has made a career of analyzing casino games.

He writes most of the content for this site, drawing on his training in mathematics and actuarial science. It started out as a hobby, then as it grew and became more popular he moved it to its own domain and had it professionally designed. Michael writes, “I’m proud to have built something that’s used by thousands of people every day and is known around the world for providing quality, authoritative information.”

Today’s “Monday Link”

Our link is not to be underestimated in its importance to all who gamble – whether professional or recreational.  Please heed the Wizard’s

The Ten Commandments of Gambling

You’ll be a better gambler, and a better person if you do!


“Recreational Gambling” – The Monday Link


Recreational gambling – frequent gambling trips with the intention to enjoy the casino visit with the hope of coming out ahead.

Today we introduce an interesting article about Recreational Gambling.  While there has been some connection to problem gambling, recreational gambling can be fun without the problem.

A little about our author – The Inveterate Gambler has had a keen interest in casino games and the casino industry for more decades that he likes to remember. Craps, Blackjack and some Pai Gow Poker are his games of choice. He also enjoys playing in the home poker game were wild cards and luck overcome skill. He has no interest in slots and if there were no table games he would never set foot inside a casino. He is an expert on the Atlantic City scene. Like Batman, Superman, The Green Hornet, and a host of his other comic book heroes, The Inveterate Gambler must keep his true identity secret.  He wrote this article for TravelZork,  a group of writers that possess an individual, personal, and passionate touch that brings the best travel and Vegas information and resources to the web and beyond.

“Recreational Gambling – A Fun Way to Spend Money”


    Gifts for Gamblers This Holiday Season

    images-1“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year….”    It’s time to shop for the gamblers in your life!

    What do gamblers like to get? – Jackpots, Progressives, Bonuses, Comps, FRB (Free Room & Board), Free Dining, Free Slot Play……….dice-tie

    Ok, so you can’t buy those things those things, but here are gift suggestions you can buy for the gambler in your life:

    • Casino Gift Cards – most casinos offer gift cards.  images (2)These gift cards could be used for such things as dining, clothing, drinks, show tickets, but they can’t be used for gambling purposes, such as slots, table games, or any gaming wagers and are not usually redeemable for cash. Click on all seven New England Casino websites in our menu to see gift card offers.
    • Casino Gift Cards Outside of New England – Any gambling destination (Viva Las Vegas!) will have gift cards available at many types of venues.  The best places to start would be the industry leaders –  MGM, Caesars, Stations, Wynn, and Boyd to name a few.
    • Zazzle – an online company with thousands of products to “let you add your personal touch to any part of your life.”  they have hundreds of Gambler’s Gifts.  th (1)Click on Zazzle and check it out.  Some gift ideas include neck ties, shirts, mugs, hats, and assorted gambling items, most of which you can personalize.  A similar online shopping site with gambler’s gifts is CafePress.
    • A Framed Print – For anyone who loves Las Vegas, frame a picture of your gambler’s favorite hotel, or view of Las Vegas.

      From Las Vegas Skyline at Night

      A picture of the Las Vegas Strip, or Downtown Las Vegas.  Maybe a historic canvas, or even one of “Old Blue Eyes” himself, Frank Sinatra.  If you have that picture of his/her first jackpot or royal flush, frame it in a small little frame for a stocking stuffer.

      Some of the many Jewelry choices at Etsy

      Some of the many Jewelry choices at Etsy

    • Jewelry – yes, from cufflinks and money clips, to ear rings and necklaces. Ever heard of Etsy? They are a newer company that has an array of gifts for gamblers, including lots of designer “bobbles & beads” for the well dressed gambler of either gender. They also have patents for printing, such as a vintage slot machine on a T-shirt. Check them out HERE
    • Speaking of  Stocking Stuffers – key chains, rewards card holders, little hand sanitizers, smart phone charger…..anything that will fit in a Christmas stocking!  Be creative.  Scratch TicketsHow about a roll of 5 $1 bills to tip the servers at the tables or the machines. Of course, the Scratch Off Card is a great stocking stuffer, but a little low on the creative side. Let your creative juices flow with stocking-stuffers.
    • Feel Good Gifts – Many of the bigger casino resorts have spas where a gift card can be purchased for a massage, or any other relaxing treatments. Give your gambler a chance to get out of the hustle & bustle of the casino and enjoy a wellness
    • A Magazine Subscription – Casino Player covers the entire thcountry and has articles that touch every facet of gambling, including travel and destinations.   Slot Player, an affiliate of the same company, does the same, but with more of a slant toward slot players.  Both can be found here.  For poker/card players, Bluff, Card Player, and WPT Poker are great resources.
    • Buying for Table Games Players / Home Poker Players – Whether it’s a steal on Ebay, an overlay at Kohls, or a real expensive RUSTIC POKER TABLE table at Americana Poker Tables, there’s a price for everyone.

      Kohls Table Games overlay

      Kohls Table Games overlay

    Finally, a great website for anytime of the year is the Gamblers General Store.  It’s the Worlds Largest Casino Supply Superstore with Gaming Equipment and Supplies, Playing Cards, Casino Dice and Cards, Custom Clay Poker and Casino Chips, Money Wheels, Prize Wheels, Raffle Drums, Poker Cards and Tables, Bingo Supplies, Books, Clothing, Souvenirs and More!logo-279x100


    So, have fun buying for the gambler in your life.  I hope this helps you get ideas started.  Happy Holidays!


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