The Online Gambler’s Snack Guide

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A message from your company’s computer help desk: Go out for lunch, people. A recent survey of 150 IT managers conducted by Sunrise Software, a British maker of programs that track help-desk activities, identified printer issues as the most common reason for a help-desk call. But it also revealed that in a typical one-month period, 56% of tech workers had to troubleshoot at least one food-related computer mishap. The things they encountered: everything from potato chips in a CD drive to desktops stubbornly stuck to a desk by unknown substances. In the U.S., keyboards are regularly rendered unusable by crumb buildup, spill-related stickiness, and foul odors from decaying food, says Jon Aumann, a field-agent manager for Best Buy’s Geek Squad, which serves small businesses and home offices. Aumann’s scariest memory: “I once found a sandwich inside a computer tower,” he says. “With a bite out of it.” –Ben Levisohn

It’s not easy getting up from an office chair to eat, but it is an unfortunate thing that must be

done, especially during a gambling marathon at the online casino. Ramen gets old fast, and

microwave meals start to add up in price. There has to be something delicious and easy, or at

least something that will keep you in the gambling mood while you prepare it. Luckily, there

actually are delicious snacks that fit these criteria, four in fact.

1. Poker Chip Nachos

What’s round like a poker chip and delicious on a tortilla chip? Pepperoni. Onions make

excellent white chips all in different sizes. Sliced olives fit the theme perfectly. For cheese, the

best bet may be a cheese stick cut into tiny circles. It might be shredded cheese. It’s really up to

you, but the chips definitely need to be circular.

2. Six-Sided Appetizer

One thing will definitely last you until the end of your gambling session, and that thing is six

different things. This dice-themed appetizer platter is best done on plates with built-in separators.

The idea is to pick out six very different things and then drop them in separate spots. Crackers,

fruits, and vegetables are a given, but try to be daring and really look at what is available. Go for

the most bizarre mix of foods available, then put them together into a six-sided side.

3. Doubled-Up Cookies

Not to name any specific brand or anything, but there is a specific type of cookie that looks like a

sandwich with two cookies on the outside and a sugary white filling in the center. That center

can be yanked out and piled up with another one to create a double cookie. Instead of taking a

loss, double up your cookies and try again. Let the deliciousness of doubling up be your fuel for


4. Fruit Trio

Slot machines have come a long way since their creation, but many of them still have the classic

fruit design printed on their reels. As Americans, we don’t eat enough fresh fruit, so you can

make a difference by opening up a classic slot machine in an online casino, and then eating three

pieces of fruit in a row. This is better for smaller fruits like berries or maybe clementines, but it’s

not unheard of to eat three apples, especially if they’re fist-sized.

Why Doubling Up Works

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It makes sense on the surface. When a gambler fails to get the result they want, they redouble

their efforts. They drop new chips on top of the old, and ride it out until they finally win. Is there

something more to this seemingly simple method? That question can be answered with a little

investigation and a little math.

The Gist

Doubling up works because so long as the bet increases enough, you can still earn your money

back as soon as you win. A starting bet of $5 becomes $10, then $20, then $40, followed by $80

then $160 then on and on until it finally pays off. The total winnings? $5. Doubling up on a loss

will only make as much as the original bet would have, no matter how much the bet goes up.

Doubling up also only works when a bet pays 2 to 1. If there are lower odds of winning, and a

higher payoff, then the bet will have to shoot much higher in order to make up for losses.

Why it Works

Doubling the bet is the easiest way of calculating the next bet down the line, but there is also

another way. If all the previous bets are added together plus the original bet, the results are the

same. In other words, the follow-up bets make up for the costs of each of the previous bets, plus

enough to make a profit if the bet wins. For example, a $5 bet loses, so you add the lost $5 plus a

new $5 to make $10. That loses, so you add the lost $10 to the original $5 plus an extra $5 to

make $20. That wins so you are rewarded $40, but minus all the money you lost in the previous

rounds, you finish only $5 ahead.

Why it’s Great

The best thing about doubling up is that so long as you can keep doubling up, you can always

make up for the losses and come out ahead. If nothing is stopping you from doubling up over and

over again until the bet goes through, you cannot lose.

Pitfall #1

A table limit can shut down a doubling up routine in a very tiresome way. The numbers stack up

very quickly, and can quickly pass into the hundreds or even the thousands from a low starting

bet like $5. Once the bet hits the cap, it’s over. The money can no longer be earned back in a

single bet. Instead of winning $5, you may lose hundreds.

Pitfall #2

When the table limit doesn’t get in the way, your wallet does. Everyone can only afford to

double up so many times before going broke. Once the numbers hit the point when there is

nothing left to lay on the table, the money is gone.

The Solution

Start small, and know how many times you can afford to double up before hitting the table limit

or the end of your budget. The more times you can afford to double up, the better. It may take a

long time to earn a substantial sum with small bets, but the ticket to success makes up for it.


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5 Bizarre Purchases by Big Gambling Winners

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Ever wonder what sorts of things people end up buying when the gambling technique works out?

It turns out that people buy when money is no longer an object varies as much as fingerprints or

the shapes of snowflakes. These are real accounts from big winners all across the United States.

1. A teacup pig.

When a Ferrari salesman made a modest $1 million off of scratch tickets, he set his sights on a

teacup pig. Sound strange: The pig was actually a gift for his daughter. Though a million dollars

was not enough to comfortably retire on, he decided to switch to a part-time job to spend more

time with his family.

2. Slippers.

Winning 1 million pounds, or $1.5 million, a lottery winner from England had no idea what to do

with his newfound riches. After spending the equivalent of $15 on a pair of shoes, the poor soul

had trouble deciding what to do with the rest.

3. The family home.

With $1.4 million to spend after a lucky game of keno, a 71-year- old electrical linesman finally

had the opportunity to retire. Motivated more by sentiment than by practicality, the newly retired

gambler explained his plans to purchase the home he grew up in with his deceased mother.

Though owning the home was a big part of his plan, living in it was not. He preferred the motor

park that he currently lived in.

4. A boat.

When most people say they plan to go fishing, the idea is hardly a budget-breaker. For a certain

former truck driver and owner of $116.5 million, however, the meaning is a little different.

Instead of fishing off the side of a lake like a commoner, this lottery winner elected to buy a boat

and take it out to where the big fish bite.

5. A novelty door knocker.

A millionaire can afford just about any strange and one-of- a-kind item, but it doesn’t always take

a millionaire. One lottery winner went home with $200,000 from three separate winning tickets,

and needed something to remember the money by. That is how he ended up with a door knocker

shaped like a crab.

The variety is unbelievable. Some of the choices are touching and sweet, some are extravagant

and unique, and others are just bizarre. Would you know what to do with a million dollars? It

turns out that some people were not as prepared as they thought they were.

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The 3 Types of Gambling Games

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Every game that ever touched the casino floor can be placed into three distinct categories. The

majority of casino games are vibrant if simplistic games that are random chance to the core, but

those are not the only options out there. Players looking for a challenge can find it within a few

popular games out there. Some take more work than others, meaning there is a game out there

for everyone. What kind of gambler are you? Do you prefer math, skill, or pure chance? Take a

look at the games and recommendations below.

1. All Chance

No matter the details, most gambling games are straight up chance. Keno gives a variety of

number choices, but the numbers that win are totally random. Roulette lets the players pick

different numbers or even groups of numbers, but the one that comes up is random every time.

Slot machines let player bet more or less coins or tokens, but there is no predicting what the

spinners will land on. Chances are that if cards are not involved, the game is up to the odds.

2. Mostly Chance

Some games still have a backbone of random chance while requiring a little more thought. Craps

comes to mind as a somewhat more complex game. The most popular betting choice is the Pass

Line, but the Don’t Pass Bar actually stands a better chance of winning. It takes guts to pick

Don’t Pass when surrounded by saying “pass,” making this game a little bit more than just

chance. Of course, the drama and the hassle can also be avoided by playing online. Other games

like baccarat have an opportunity for math and planning, but are usually played casually.

3. Mostly Skill

A few rare gambling games out there call on the need for calculation. Blackjack is the first and

foremost among them. The most successful blackjack players have learned the game inside and

out, know how to keep track of cards, and also have insight about what the other players might

be holding. Reading the other players is also a significant part of poker. Success at poker requires

figuring out the quality of each player’s hand, getting others to fold, and keeping secrets from

other players. The success of the two games, blackjack and poker, arises from their unique


Just like there is a lifestyle to fit every person, there is also a type of casino game and a casino to play at. For some,

letting go and surrendering to chance is the ideal option. For others, a little intrigue is required.

Everyone is unique, and so are the games people wish to play.

Beginners: A Curse, or Good Luck for All?

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The casino can sometimes be a hostile place for beginners. When a group of craps players

catches wind that one of the players is new, some of the players may become upset or agitated.

After all, beginner’s luck isn’t always good luck. In certain circumstances, luck appears to turn

on players who should be experiencing tons of good luck, and it can be difficult to draw the line.

When beginners have good luck and when luck is nowhere in sight is up for debate. According to

common lore, certain actions seem to come more easily to beginning players, like rolling a set of

dice for the perfect result or knocking down all the pins in a bowling game. Other acts don’t have

the same beginner’s luck flare, whether they require specialized skills and expertise or simply

involve a close-knit group that doesn’t see many newcomers. There is much at play, but little

hints can be seen in the background as to what is really going on.

Here are a few examples of how beginner’s luck plays out inside the casino.


Women have beginner’s luck, but men new to the game bring a curse with them. Male beginners

are more likely to roll 7s and female beginners are more likely to roll the point. These odds are

believed to be true whether the new player is shooting or not.


Beginners are thought to have very good luck, but may not know how to use it. For example, a

starting player may not know when to split, and may either be too hesitant or too reckless to

make the right calls, but good cards always seem to flow into the hands of these players. With

the right preparation, these two sides of the coin might just sort themselves out.


As a game that is all about luck, of course the verdict on slots says that good luck comes to new

players. For believers in a thing called luck, this game may be a very good thing to look into.

The invisible hand of luck is a mysterious and sometimes fickle ally. Wield it well, and the

promise of success grows much stronger. Just bear in mind that good luck for one person may

not pan out as good luck for another, and the reasoning may sometimes be difficult to grasp. All

that’s left to be said is, good luck!


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Not so Poor Now; Breaking the Gambler Stereotype

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No one hates the gambler stereotype more than the gambler. Rumors and hurtful words have

painted an unpleasant picture over the years. This article is about taking each of the cruel and

unfair statements said about gambling enthusiasts and debunking each one.

“Gamblers are all poor.”

The stereotype may be that people only gamble if they’re poor, but there are gambling

enthusiasts from every walk of life. According to a study by Peter D. Hart, only 15% of

households that include gamblers are making less than $35,000 per year. In fact, about half of

households with gamblers are making $60,000 per year or more. The majority of households that

include one gambling enthusiast or more is living quite comfortably and can afford a trip to the


“Gamblers can’t handle money.”

This is the argument that has shut down casinos around the world, making gambling illegal or

restricting it to a choice few activities. It is also not true for the vast majority of people who

enjoy gambling.

A 2012 study is out and ready to turn some opinions around. It demonstrates that even if people

sometimes lose money while out gambling, the real cash sinks are other things like going out to a

restaurant or buying new electronics. The study shows an overwhelming difference between the

small amount people lose at the casino and the large sums of money people spend going out to

eat and buying consumer electronics. Here is the total expenditure for Americans in 2012:

Commercial casinos: $37.3 billion

Consumer electronics: $204.0 billion

Full-service restaurants: $202.2 billion

It’s almost laughable to think that someone would look at the numbers and think playing at the

casino is a problem for the majority of casino-goers. Certainly, it can be a problem for some, and

it’s a mistake to assume every trip to the casino will be a profitable one, but there are many,

many more expensive things out there.

“Gamblers are alcoholics.”

This blanket statement is hurtful and downright untrue. It may be true that certain individuals

within the community struggle with drinking, but this is not true for the community as a whole.

In fact, according to a Peter D. Hart study, only 42% of casino visitors even visit a bar or

nightclub, meaning that they are likely there to visit the casino, not to drink.

“People just go to the casino to gamble.”

To someone outside the gambling community, it may look like gambling is the only thing to it,

but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. The casino grounds are full of entertainment and

recreation of nearly every variety, from spas and pools to restaurants and live shows. These

functions see a lot of use, almost as much as the casino, itself, sees. In fact, according to a study

by Peter D. Hart, more than half of casino-goers like to see a show or two while they’re there.

69% visit one of the restaurants surrounding the casino, and 45% go shopping during their down-

times. The fact is that casinos offer a multidimensional experience, and they are designed to be

fun, not just to get people hooked.

5 Activities which are Taboo at the Casino but A-OK at Home

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Looking for a reason to stay home to get your gambling fix? How about five? There are tons of

reasons why online casinos are better than gambling in person, but we won’t even touch on the

bonuses, the discretion, or any of those other compelling reasons to stay home. Instead, this is

just about what people can and can’t do at a real-life casino, and how much more freeing it is to

play at home.

1. Drinking the Bottle Clear

Even at the friendliest casinos, the staff has this odd habit of cutting people off when they’ve had

too much to drink. The drinks may be free, but once your face turns red and you start staggering

from table to table, the drinks disappear. Be loud enough and you may even find yourself sent

home early. Where is the fun in that? At home, you decide when you are done and when you are


2. Pulling an All-Nighter

No matter how well-behaved you are, no matter how much you tip, eventually the dealer will ask

you to go home for the night. This is because casinos have a habit of “closing,” or turning off all

the machines and locking the doors for several hours so the employees can sleep. Online casinos

don’t do this. You can gamble on your lunch break. You can gamble in the middle of the night.

You can gamble right now.

3. Hogging the Dealer

At the casino, you are either waiting for another player to set up their chips or trying to pick your

placements while everyone else stares. Online gambling happens at your pace. You click on the

“deal” button when you’re ready, not when the rest of the players start tapping their fingers.

4. Filming it

Have you ever whipped out a camera and started recording everyone around the table? People

tend to get nervous, or think you’re cheating. Online, however, a live stream is totally OK and

could even form a group of followers.

5. Swearing at the top of your lungs

When you set down all your chips on a single bet and then lose, it is time to yell. When you take

a risk and miraculously win, your arms are going up in the air and someone is going to get

punched. If you like to celebrate when you win and let it out when you lose, your antics may be

better off taking place at home.

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The 5 People You’ll Meet at the Casino

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1. Dressed up Disaster

Maybe it’s their first time at the casino. Maybe they hit a jackpot and wanted to make the

moment last. There are plenty of explanations for this casino phenomenon, but when someone

parades around the casino in orange velvet juggling black and purple chips, you never know

whether to be happy or sad for them.

2. Math Head

A calm and clean individual, this person could stand in for a cyborg in a movie or maybe even

voice the directions in a GPS. They may have done well in high school, right up until their 18th

birthday when a more profitable opportunity came around. Though not immune to loss-chasing

or competitive ploys, this is the person to go to for blackjack advice.

3. Good Luck Dealer

Like the designated driver at a rave, this is someone who hangs out with gamblers rather than

doing any of the gambling. They may hang around a gambler, offering free luck in return for

company. Young, attractive women fit the bill perfectly, since casino tradition insists that beauty

and luck walk hand in hand. There is a lot of variety going on behind the scenes. Some are

looking for a date and a place to spend the night. Some are just being friendly. Many, many,

many of them are escorts.

4. Penny-Dropper

Some people watch Netflix all evening until it’s time for bed. Some get a drink with friends.

Some golf. Others take their spending money to the casino. Many go for years satisfied with the

penny slots, spinning their time away. Casual, routine gamblers are some of the nicest, most

even-tempered people you will ever meet.

5. Stool-Squatter

There is law in America that if someone occupies a house for long enough, they become a legal

resident and cannot be kicked out. Some individuals believe the same law goes for slot machines.

People have been harassed, even assaulted, for taking someone else’s spot at a gambling

machine. People have been thrown out and banned for doing it. Don’t be this person.

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The 4 Luckiest Days of the Year

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January 23rd

Thanks to a declassified military document from 1961, we can finally know that two towns in

North Carolina almost blew up. Back in the Cold War, planes armed with nuclear warheads

made routine flights around American soil. On this particular flight, the B-52 bomber had trouble

leaving the ground and started spinning out of control. The two hydrogen bombs in its clutches

slipped loose, one of them falling just outside of Faro, North Carolina. The bomb hit the ground

and sent a detonation signal back to the plane, and it almost went off except for a single,

unreliable switch that was not turned. January 23rd is a day when everything could have gone

horribly, horribly wrong, but didn’t.

March 21-23rd

Do you go the extra mile at the casino on St. Patrick’s Day? It may be in the right spirit, but the

date is a little bit off. St. Patrick’s day may be the classic day for celebrating Irish culture and

taking advantage of the luck of the Irish, but this day is actually a celebration of the spread of

Catholicism, not Celtic lore. In fact, it’s essentially the opposite. To really get into the Irish

spirit, wait for a few more days until the Spring equinox. This way, you can celebrate Spring the

Celtic way and really tune in with the Irish traditions of good luck.

September 13th

“And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.”

These are the famous words of Francis Scott Key who saw the American flag still waving above

an American fort, British bombs hitting it over and over through the night. This imagery is the

heart of American fortitude, which later became the National Anthem.

October 28th

Happy birthday, Bill Gates! It is true that Bill Gates did not become the richest man on Earth

based on luck alone. It took dedication and sacrifice, and no little amount of skill. However, the

reality is Bill Gates was in competition with hundreds of computer startups, every one of them

vying to make the computer which would appear in every household. Many of the competitors

built excellent computers, and any of them could have become the American standard. The

reason for Microsoft’s success was vision, skill, and dumb luck. (For Apple fans, Steve Jobs’

birthday is February 24th.)


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Online Gambling FAQs

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The definitive list of need-to-know online gambling information. Tips for using online casinos,

similarities and differences to playing in person, and other common questions.

1. Does online gambling use real money?

Yes! The online gambling world, whether it takes place online, on the computer, or on a smart

phone, is ready to take real bets and send back real cash winnings. Certain online casinos offer

free trials or a chance to play around with the game, but after that, it’s time to get serious.

2. Do card games like blackjack work the same online?

This is an excellent question that a lot of people do not think about. There is one significant

difference between online and land-based card games: shuffling. In person, the deck is shuffled

as much as the dealer chooses to shuffle. Online, the cards are frequently automatically shuffled

every round, and there is no telling what will come next.

3. How do I use online casino bonuses?

One of the biggest draws for online gambling play is the opportunity to earn a little extra money

by using bonuses. Bonuses work a little bit like coupons, providing free betting money or extra

spins for different transactions like depositing money, inviting friends, logging in often, and

other things. There is often a large, heaping bonus of tens to hundreds of dollars just for signing

up. The best way to make sure your bonuses are reaching their full potential is to follow the

directions then call or text chat if anything doesn’t go through. Online casinos with quality

customer service will answer right away and help resolve the issue.

4. How do I find a good online casino?

The key components of a quality online casino are a well-known name, quick customer service,

and bonuses that play into the winnings for longer than just the first couple deposits. A well-

known name means a trustworthy source, quick customer service means any problems will be

resolved quickly, and prolonged useful bonuses means that casino is more than just any other

throwaway site.

5. Are the same gambling games available online?

Some classic games will be missing, but more cutting-edge and creative games will be added to

the menu. Specifically, poker and sports betting are not facilitated in the United States, but online

and mobile formats give the business a chance to change its face. Online, it is possible to find

slot machine games with the plot of a video game, blackjack with live video dealers leading the

game from the real world, and any number of other unique and crafty gambling experiences.