5 Different People You Will Meet At The Casino

5 Different People You Will Meet At The CasinoThe next time you visit a casino stop and look around. Who are your fellow gamblers? In truth every casino is a melting pot of many and varied people. Those super rich to others who are desperate and looking to change their luck. Not forgetting the regular faces who keep most casinos afloat. What’s better than people watching? There are so many characters who kind of make you grimace to a big broad smile. But which 5 kind of people have I clocked at the casino and what is the story for each of these groups?

1) The Regular Face

These punters don’t have to be locals but the chances are they don’t travel too far afield and they are known by all the staff. If they are big bettors you can guarantee their name is known and often spoken while at the table. Like ‘Graham’ at Great Yarmouth Grosvenor Casino. A man who isn’t out of his depth betting 10K a night. I wonder if he has any money left? The regulars are a mix of the good, bad and ugly. Those who have cash to burn and those who are borderline addicts. Most aren’t well dressed and only there for the gamble. They really wouldn’t care if the place was empty as long as they get their fix.

2) Arm Candy

There’s usually some old bloke with a suitcase full of money with a girl half his age hanging onto his arm. A super model look contrasting with an ugly mug but a sugar daddy who has plenty of cash to burn. As far as betting goes, he’s more interested in betting like a high-roller because he knows – with a bit of luck – that his payout will come at the end of the evening in some swish hotel. Yes, I’m a cynical so and so. Good luck to him or her and I say that with all honesty. If I had a wad of cash on the hip, I’d be betting like a King. Where would the casino be without a sprinkling of arm candy, a dolly bird, or your old gran dressed up to the nines?

3) The Vagrant Looking For His Next Meal

The chances are you won’t see these characters inside the casino but you can guarantee they will appear on your walk to the casino rather than leaving, when you might be broke. The amount of times I’ve walked toward the Grosvenor Casino at Great Yarmouth and someone has asked me for some change, a cup of tea or a meal is pretty high. Being a caring soul I usually give the individual a couple of quid. I often question whether they are actually homeless or struggling at all. Who knows? I can’t imagine they are asking for no reason but I’d love to hear the true story of the vagabonds.

4) The Rich Couple Who Don’t Mix

There is a share of rich people at the casino. Even rich people like to lose a few quid! Only joking. Like everyone else, they want a good night out, have a gamble, perhaps a meal in the restaurant and go home driven by Jeeves in a Silver Cloud Rolls Royce. What these rich couple don’t do is mix well with the lower classes. I remember my cousin chatting with this rich couple at the bar. Initially all was going well until my cousin turned the air blue with a few choice words. As this was natural discourse for the Fen Boys it didn’t register that anything was wrong until the elderly lady – akin to Hyacinth Bucket – looked horrified and muttered her disapproval and my cousin’s brother excused his language and the couple moved on. It was all very funny to watch from afar.

5) The Conman, Pickpocket and Would-be Mugger

I don’t like to be too critical but where there’s money there’s someone who is looking for an easy ride. So always be on your lookout for anyone who is a little too friendly, takes note you’ve been winning and wants to buy you a few shorts to tip you over the edge. They may help you to your taxi, but the chances are your wallet will have vanished when you arrive at your destination to pay. Always be careful.

I wonder what people you’ve noticed at the casino?

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Having Fun At The Casino Without Having A Bet

Having Fun At The Casino Without Having A BetWhen did you last go to a casino? Perhaps you have never been. Or you might be a regular, who is a face among the crowd. I often ask this question because all too often people associate casinos with betting your cold, hard cash. You’re saying: ‘No kidding, Sherlock!’ However, the gambling part is a matter of choice and you really don’t need to place a bet to have a brilliant night out. Don’t believe me! Here are my 5 suggestions to be a winner without fear of loss.

1) Plan Your Evening

To keep informed of what is happening at your local casino you should join their mailing list and follow their social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Mailings are the best because they usual only send them when they have a promotion which is good news for you as a freeloader! If you get the timing right you will be heading to the casino with a free bet. Even if it’s a fiver, for completing a survey, you have nothing to lose. Believe it or not, I’ve been given a free bet of £75, a free meal for two and a bottle of wine. Not kidding, just for being on the mailing list. That’s not because I lost a grand a month either (I’m actually winning money). Other freebies include live music, free alcoholic drinks and discounts on food. I’m sure there are other things you can enter such as competitions to win holidays.

2) Complete A Survey For Your Free Bet

That’s right. Complete a five-minute survey and you will get five pounds to spend on any of your favourite games. I’d be tempted to place it on black or red in hope of doubling your money. I remember seeing a lady place here free bet to win £5 on a single number on the roulette and it came up. Not realising she left all her winning on the same number and it came in again and walked away with £180. There are many opportunities to get free bets so keep a look out. If you can give feedback you are more likely to receive an email giving you some form of incentive.

3) Go For Romantic Meal (On The Cheap)

You don’t want to tell your other half they’re a cheap night out although they wouldn’t believe you even if you said. Many casino are situated in magnificent period buildings. For example Grosvenor at Great Yarmouth is a Listed building Shadingfield Lodge (pictured). It was designed by A.W. Morant for J Cudden ESQ, who was good friends with Edward VIII, King of England. So you will be in a restaurant that is fit for royalty. Not only that, the food in most casinos is greatly discounts and the service is exceptional. The waiter doesn’t know whether you intend to go to the gaming room and bet your free voucher or £1000 (but they will treat you the same and always go the extra mile). If the Mrs (or partner) isn’t a member of the casino, then get them signed up (you don’t need a deposit or ever place a bet) and you can often get 50% off your food bill for free. That’s for the whole table, so ideal for a party. To celebrate why not have two cocktails for just £12. Casino restaurants are usually very quiet so you will have the place to your self. Great Yarmouth’s casino down Marine Parade is a fine example of a Grade II listed building built in the later part of the 19th century. It has high ceilings, huge bay windows and elegant mirrors. And it does a decent meal. You would pay more at McDonalds.

4) People Watching Gambler Style

Some people like to watch a goldfish swim round a bowl. Well, you can go to the gaming room (after your romantic meal) and watch gamblers at work. It’s like watching a football match without a ball. Just sit back from afar or get close up and personal. Push someone and see what response you get. Literally lay on top of some innocent gambler siting at the roulette table as you place your free bet. They won’t mind as they expect it to happen. It’s par for the course. In fact, if you have a dab of Chanel No5 on your person they’ll be looking almost inviting you for second helpings. Some people fall asleep while dreaming of a big slot win as their money burns down like a fuse on auto play. You will see winners, losers, some, like you, watching the bull fight. People losing their life’s savings in plain sight while others cheer with delight as they won ‘Money without work!’ It will be a diluted scene from Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas. The only monster you will see is that little Argentinian bloke who turns up from time to time. You’ll be part of the gambler atmosphere enjoying the buzz. Your senses will be heightened by absurdity and heady mix of body odour and alcohol air. Put it this way, you will see some sights and it won’t cost you a penny. Keep your eyes pealed and you may even find a stray chip on the floor.

Gambling free money.

Good luck.

5) Free Drinks In The Gaming Room

That’s right. If you want soft drinks, tea, coffee, even a mug of coco, then just sit at one of the roulette terminals or slots machine and pretend you’re getting a fiver out of your purse and you’ll get table service. If that doesn’t happen, just go to the bar and you’ll find it’s free. You can save twenty quid without any trouble at all. If you’re posh, they may even have some earl grey tea, perhaps a leftover from those halcyon days when Edward VIII was in town.

Who says you can’t have a great night on the cheap, living the millionaire’s lifestyle on a budget.

At a casino near you.

It’s money without work!

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5 Financial Approaches To Betting Roulette

5 Financial Approaches To Betting RouletteRoulette. If you want to drive the croupier mad you can just bet black or red level stake but don’t be surprised if everyone laughs when zero pops up. That green will match the colour of your face. But joking aside, what is the best way to bet small, medium or large stakes on the roulette wheel? Obviously, it is your choice but – for what it’s worth – here are my thoughts from the most boring gambler in the world (me).

1) Small Stakes Big Win

The dream bet for every gambler but in truth very unlikely to happen but not beyond the realms. With £20 of 50p chips you can have a decent long game and you might just win big. Betting on a given single number just one chip a time and hope your single comes up a couple of times in a matter of spins. I’ve had a single number come out three times on the bounce (lucky number 5) and it was a great evening. If you get £50 in profit stick your original stake money back in your pocket and play £5 a spin and really hope you get lucky with a time thirty-five. It can happen and if so you can push your luck a little more or just walk away with a couple of hundred on the hip. It’s the way I play, and it really has been a good move over the years.

2) Betting Black Or Red: One Spin

You’ve probably seen this on Youtube where some mad and hopeful punter cashes all their money for chips and bets big. To be fair, I can’t see why anyone would want to do this but if you believe Lady Luck is your constant companion then go for it. Many gamblers lose a few hundred to a grand at a casino on an evening. They may play for a few hours. But you could just as well let one bet spin and double your cash on black or red. If you just want to nip into a casino and go home fast it could be your thing. Good luck if you are this brave and fearless soul.

3) Let’s Cover Every Number On The Table

I think for many roulette players this is their chosen style of betting. I’ve seen punters head to the table with several hundred in £5 chips, cover vast numbers, some with more and less, thinking, hoping, praying one of their numbers comes up, if not a single with a towering stack. You can have a long run with this approach and sometimes be up a good, few quid. The downside is that your betting odds are probably small and one or two spins where you miss a number and you see those punters walk away. I’ve seen many lose several hundred in a very short time. These players often go crazy when they are on a winning streak placing more and more bets and then they go bang.

4) Who Is Winning At Your Table

There is no logic to winning and losing. Each and every number has the same chance of coming up and over thousands of spins all numbers would be remarkably similar. However, it’s funny that someone is often having a purple patch and they seem to win all night long. You could do worse than note who is winning at your casino table and follow suit. At least you can blame someone else if you lose your cash.

5) Free Bet Or Match Bet Warrior

Without question, the best way you can put the odds in your favour on any game play at the casino is with a free or match bet. I’ve had free bets up to £75, match bets of £20 numerous occasions. If you bet small money this extra free cash really gives you every chance of winning. The casino just hope you carry on betting and lose your hard earned cash but the decision is yours. Who says the casino always wins or has the odds stacked in their favour. Foolish words from the non gambler brigade who simply have no idea of how to make the most of opportunities.