Bet On It
My husband and I are big fans of casinos. During our cruise to the Bahamas, we spent so much time in the ship’s casino that the employees working the room knew us by name and memorized our favorite drink orders. Locally, we love the Indiana Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, and even spent a Christmas there when our son was out of town with relatives. If time and money allowed, I’d be at the casino more often, but our schedules, our son and dog, and countless other factors only leave room for a handful of visits every year.
I love the sound of the slot machines, the tight look on the faces of gamblers around card tables, the crowds that form when someone hits big, and that satisfying feeing of cashing out with as much (or hopefully more) money as you walked in the door with. I’m a timid gambler; I stick to the penny slots and only put in a max bet when my husband reaches over my machine and does it for me. Even us frugal gamblers can get a lot out of the experience, which is unique in itself and unique to the individual locations. No two trips to any casino are the same, and I love that.
When you mention a casino, most people’s minds go to Vegas, but you don’t have to make that trip to have a good time. Yahoo has a great list of casinos outside of the Vegas strip that offer a great time and unique atmosphere. The Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut is one I never had a chance to visit when I lived in the area, but plan to get to in the near future. If none of those locations work for you, a quick internet search can pull up plenty of alternate options.
One alternative to being there in person is taking advantage of an online casino. CNN Money posted Q3 earnings from Galaxy Gaming that shows incremental growth, which highlights the increased popularity of online gaming. Playing online at Netbet casino is as close as you can get to being there while never actually leaving home. If you do a Google search for “casino” and virtually any other word, the top ten results will be about 50% physical locations and 50% online gaming sites.
As someone who just kicked an addiction to a SmartPhone slots app where the winnings were purely for fun with no real money involved, I can definitely understand the appeal of online gaming and gambling. With the holidays breathing down our neck, it might be worth a shot to take a short break, get in the car or log on, and see if you get lucky. My husband and I won $500 one year off of a scratch off ticket; anything is possible. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to pull some virtual levers and roll some digital dice.