Graeme’s Misses

March 14, 2021 at 11:13 pm

In a casino that I attend a few times a year and which shall renamed unnamed, I would often see a man named Graeme on the roulette wheel. It wouldn’t matter if it was weeks or months since I’d last been there, just like clockwork Graeme would always be present and accounted for. Sometimes he’d be winning, sometimes losing (mostly losing tbh) but he was a, or the, regular fixture.

Graeme wasn’t alone though…  Graeme’s wife was always by his side, and always drinking a cup of steaming hot tea. I could not ascertain whether it was flavoured as I couldn’t get close enough to inhale the aroma without drawing undue attention to my fascination with Graeme and his other half. Of course the tea was free anyway so maybe she’s the real winner here, but I never quite understood her role in what was unfolding.

Was she the browbeaten wife with no option but to tag along, was she the mastermind behind a betting system that she forced Graeme to carry out over a period of many months, was she bored and just fancied seeing Graeme’s finances fly off the rails? We never did get to the bottom of it and one day Graeme stopped showing up so we had nothing more to go on. My ideal post  Graeme scenario would be for his wife to have continued to sit at the roulette table drinking tea (but not gambling), so sadly that didn’t happen either, and so on this occasion it looks like we all lost out.


February 7, 2021 at 12:07 am

If there’s one game that really draws people to casinos it simply has to be slots. Sure poker has its place, but it largely attracts a certain kind of cerebral attitude (if you’re into winning that is!). Roulette too is fun, though there is still a level of involvement that goes beyond that of slots. Slots is the ultimate ‘what you see is what you get’. There is of course the possibility of a big win that accompanies every spin of a wheel, and a somewhat hypnotic feel to proceedings, but it can also be a fun ‘time waster’.

Even ‘back in the day’ there was significant appeal to slots but nowadays there are countless themed games both online and off that essentially truly do mean that there is something for everyone. If you’re on your cell phone it’s the case of ‘pick up and play’, if you’re on a tablet or laptop it’s just as easy really. And there are countless welcome bonuses, free spins and the like to keep people coming back for more. That’s by virtue of how competitive the online casino site world has become.  Some people take advantage of these bonuses with regularity and are very disciplined in their play, bringing in a tidy profit through little work. Others are insteadon the look out for a life changing win from their slots playing.

So whether you’re playing for fun, or on the lookout for a life changing win, slots are a great way to spend your casino time. It’s important to know your limits but in terms of games that draw you in with lights, sounds and more importantly casino action, there is surely no other game that quite rivals that of playing slots.

Mob on the Run – 1987 Documentary – Las Vegas

February 4, 2021 at 4:38 am

A sense of balance

January 11, 2021 at 9:16 pm

One aspect of gambling that catches people out is the inability to either quit while they’re ahead, or accept that they’re not going to claw back their losses. Many a time in the casino I’ve witnessed someone ‘on a roll’ and experiencing a purple patch to end all purple patches, only to get intoxicated on their own success to the point where they have a total meltdown. I guess it’s greed really. The idea that they’ve struck gold and the inability to face up to reality when their fortunes change. This is likely in its own way a description of the majority of gamblers, or even people, but it doesn’t end anywhere desirable.

And from changing fortunes to simply not having a lot of luck to begin with, and attempting to ‘start back to where you started’, the loss of perspective from going  ‘on tilt’ doesn’t usually have a happy ending. It’s a mindset issue and I’m sure if you followed the fortunes of some of these weekly casino goers you’d realise that good luck or bad luck, they up the ante or push their luck to the point that they’re walking out as a loser.

A far more sensible solution, in terms of bricks and mortar casinos (and which can also be applied online) is to go in with a plan. One disciplined approach is to gamble what’s in one pocket and put (physically or lentally) your winnings as you go into the other. That way you can only lose as much as you set out to begin with, and yet you can still end up leaving a winner. Another is to set the amount of time you’re in the casino or your maximum bet – and stick with it. It’s all about finding the balance between a good night out and having fun. You don’t want to leave the casino wishing you’d never entered it!