Thursday, 12 May 2022

Gambling and Horoscope are Co-dependent—Myth or Truth!!

Gambling is considered one of the oldest professions of the mankind. Though, gambling that is prevalent in the present day is entirely different from what existed in the previous centuries. But one thing was common in previous centuries as well as in the present century in gambling is the stroke of luck. Every gambler in the world attributed their success to luck. There are certain gambling games which involve some technique and skills like poker, but there are many games which are entirely luck-oriented. After big wins many gamblers claimed that they made it because their stars were aligned in their favour; whether there is any scientific evidence to that claim is beyond our knowledge. Many professional gamblers have gone too far with this superstition. They have used horoscope as a tool to calculate their odds of success in the game. Horoscope uses a person’s birth date and astrological chart to determine what is in store for that person. Our logic says, to win in gambling you need skills, but who can argue with a gambler and his believes. It may be hard to believe that by using the date of birth and alignment of stars, it can provide useful information about gambling. There are many casinos around the world which uses horoscope, and this has created a subculture in the gambling community. In this article, we will try to prove whether there is any truth in this claim.

Horoscope finds its origin dated as back as 2000 years. People have been using birth date and stars position to know about the future. In Latin, it is known as “view of the hour”. Many websites and news outlets use this information to educate people about their future. 

Now many casinos also have started using horoscope to know the future about their house. Especially in this UK based gambling website, you can find a separate space in the page which tells about our future. Before the advent of the internet, gambling was more restricted among the high society people. But the online gambling opened a new door for gamblers where everyone can do gambling in the comfort of their bedroom. In the U.S.A, online gambling is prohibited due to several laws which resulted in the growth of online gambling sites outside of States; this resulted in the growth of many websites like this one. Now lets study few of the zodiac signs and how lucky they can be in winning big as far as gambling is concerned.

1. Aries: They are considered to be very competitive, aggressive type who loves to compete against others. Skill-based games can be the best option for an Aries. They are also believed to be adventurous which means they will not step back when specific risk needs to be taken during a game. 

2. Taurus: They are the conservative breed who avoids taking risks. Maybe a Taurus is not very well suited to gambling. But games like Baccarat and Craps can be the perfect game for this crowd since these games have a more predictable output. 

3. Gemini: These groups of people can be considered to be more active and fun loving type. They are very adaptive and can fit into any crowd. Crap is the best-suited game for this crowd since it is a dice based game. They love to be the centre of attention. 

4. Cancer: These people have a slow and more laid back approach towards life. Online gambling is the perfect fit for this crowd. In the present day, one can find all games in any gambling websites. They love to interact with people who make live casino the best bet for them. 

5. Leo: This group of people is the perfect fit for gambling. They are very flamboyant in nature and do not step back from taking risks in life. They should try their hands on casino tournaments where the prize money, as well as the stakes, is really high. 

6. Virgo: Unlike Leo, they are more responsible and sensible type when it comes to decision making. They consider several factors before making any decision. This makes them not a good fit for gambling. But they can try sports betting and poker cash games which require skills and thorough study to make any profit. 

7. Libra: Librans are more intellectual and artistic in nature. To feed their intellectual side skill-based games can be a good fit for them. They can also try slot machine games which are designed with artistic flair which will be well appreciated by a Libra. 

8. Scorpio: They are perfect for lottery, keno and slot machine games as they love to take risks in life. They are very confident and trust their instinct while making any decision in life. They love to involve in games with the higher chance factor. 

9. Sagittarius: This group of people loves to travel and try new things new in life. They are not a good fit for online casinos. A Sagittarius can be found in Las Vegas or Atlantic City pulling the lever of a slot machine. They are fearless and love experimenting in life. 

10. Capricorn: If you find someone who exhibits a perfect balance between being practical and ambitious chances are he is a Capricornia. These people will find success in skill-based games like blackjack, pokers, and sports betting. 

11. Aquarius: This group of people is both logical and unpredictable. They should try their hands on Blackjack, Progressive jackpots, and Caribbean stud pokers. They are capable of enjoying a casino game with a lot of volatility. 

12. Pisces: A Pisces is well known for being moody and emotional. Skill-based is not at all a good fit for them. They should try their hands on nonskilled games where taking emotional decision will not have any catastrophic effect on their finance. As we can see each zodiac signs are suited for certain type of gambling, it will not hurt much to consider horoscope before a big hand.

Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Do Casinos Track Your Losses?

How much does a casino know about its players? All modern casinos require their players to use ‘Player Cards’ which is a system designed to get a hold on them. This tells them who is playing their machines, what machine they are playing, how much money they are wagering and how much time are they spending on each of their machines. 

In the slightly older times, casinos had to employ a really intricate system of surveillance cameras, personal and other tracking devices to keep an eye on their players. This came with a lot of tediousness. Not only did they have to alert throughout, they also had to be smart & vigilant enough to track some of the more carefully planned errors. 

Over time, casinos starting pushing the player cards in the garb of loyalty programs. Players were encouraged to buy such cards so that they could avoid buying coins, paper money or tickets. This was originally inspired by the credit card and airline card systems where rewards (food, rooms, gifts, cash, free play etc.) exist but every kind of behaviour is also recorded. 

The membership is always free and each player is issued a card when he or she signs up at the players’ club booth. The machines too were modified later to include card readers so that every member inserts the card to initiate a game. Casinos, at the end of all this, are able to get a definite sense of their customers by using complex programs that sort through data. All of this is then broken into demographic detail, an analysis of behaviour of sorts, which allows them to modify or introduce new offers. 

The player analysis also helps casino draw generics and target players accordingly. For example, retired men and women under 30 have similar proclivities when it comes to gambling. This information is especially gold for casinos who can devise and innovate for these needs. When this cloud of data is enquired, an animated sense of behaviour is realized. 

The data analysis tells them how to approach a gambler individually and also where they fit collectively. Where they’re at that evening, what they are likely to do next and the whole profitability factor. Casinos, to put in simple terms, are not particularly interested in a player’s win/loss record but the design of their game-play and how they can be targeted. 

The whole deal might seem very sketchy and a bit intrusive too. But there are quite a few advantages to using a player card: 

Free Slot Play: Every casino offers free slot play reward when a player signs up newly. This allows players to try out a few slots and get their heads around how things work in a casino. These rewards are usually loaded into the card by default. 

Complimentary Gifts: Casinos offer gifts in many ways to encourage loyalty on the player’s part. These gifts are often interesting and useful that tends to showcase the personality of the place. There’s usually a team dedicated to these aspects of casino that put in good thought. Free drinks to gas cards, the gifts range according to individual tastes. 

Travel: Many casinos offer travelling as a complimentary gift that usually includes visiting a sister casino. The lowest tier players too are offered in many cases where a short trip, usually a bus ride away, is offered along with the stay. 

Tracking of Losses: 

One thing is for sure. If you’re a frequent visitor and enjoy a bit of gambling every now & then, it is imperative to keep a track of your gambling winnings and losses. This helps you to deduct losses because the government mandates to provide tickets, statements, receipts or any other form of proof that acts as acknowledgement. 

Gambling winnings are certainly taxed like regular income. Every time you cash in a slightly large amount in chips, you are asked to show your ID and fill out a tax form. The government however allows you to deduct your losses from the winnings but not more than the winnings.

It is therefore highly important to have clear idea of where the losses have occurred and to ensure a proof of sorts resides with us. Let’s say you get lucky and win really big. To reduce your taxes, you would want to reduce your losses from the gambling winnings. If there is no document around that supports your claim of having lost so much, there’s no way the government is going to believe it. This is where the player’s card comes in very handy. Every casino that gives out this card will require you to swipe or use it all the time. Casinos are then able to track your performance and maintain a record of wins and losses. Thereby, when the taxing time is around, the casino can give a detailed account of losses.

Monday, 21 February 2022

Is The Grand National like a Game of Roulette?

Imagine being at a casino. You bet a stack of chips on the number 25 black. The ball is fired at speed to stop at one lucky number...

The games you play at the casino whether roulette, blackjack, three-card poker, craps or dice have one thing in common. Their odds are unquestionably fixed. Someone may tell you they have a system to win but long term you are guaranteed to lose. 

So what's the difference with horse racing? 

Surely, it's the same. The bookies have priced the odds and they don't add up to 100%. They take their cut. Doesn't that mean they are guaranteed to win? 


You may lose if you bet on every horse in the race but even then you may get lucky. Take for example the betting odds of Mon Mome who won the Grand National at 100/1. 

The difference with horse racing to betting at the casino is that horses odds are not fixed. The endeavour of picking a winner is skill based. If you know more than most you can win betting at the races. Your strength is that you don't have to bet on every horse. That option to pick and choose can be your angle to win. 

I have always specialised with two-year-old horse racing. It pays to have a niche. Be domain specific rather than domain-general as they say in psychology. You don't take a pair of shoes which need to be re-heeled to the blacksmiths...although I'd quite like to see a pair of funky boots with full-metal soles. 

I have never met any gambler who has the grand national as their specialised subject. However, there are plenty of well-respected websites like Grand National 2019 who detail the runners and riders plus all-important Grand National betting odds

One of forty horses will win this year's Grand National. A sporting spectacle watched by millions of race fan across the world. Even a roulette wheel doesn't have so many numbers to choose. 

Whether your selection is based on skill, pure luck or the roll of a die, there will be winners and losers. 

Names such as Red Rum, Foinavon and Lottery all had their day if not days. When it's time to bet it's time to show your skill. 

Who will win this year's Grand National? 

Only time will tell. 

Photo: Pixabay free for commercial use and no attribution 

Monday, 24 January 2022

Casino Bucket List: Seven World Famous Casinos You Have To Visit

The Kurhaus of Baden-Baden Casino 

Back in 2006 everyone in England knew all about Baden-Baden. At the height of the WAG culture, England captain David Beckham campaigned for wives and girlfriends to travel to the 2006 World Cup in Germany. 

As skipper and just about the most powerful man in English football, he got what he wanted and they all checked in at the spa town of Baden-Baden. For three weeks it was paparazzi photos of Cheryl Cole, Victoria Beckham, Colleen Rooney and co drinking cocktails all day, making trips making to designer boutiques in the afternoons and hitting the nightclubs when the sun went down. What a waste. 

They should have ventured up the mountain to the town’s famous Casino. On the outskirts of the Black Forest, the 1824-built Casino is made to look like a French palace in the Belle Epoch style, filled with chandeliers suspended by velvet ropes, golden mirrors and hand-painted stained-glass windows. 

The surrounding Caracalla Spa is a 43,000 square-foot complex with thermal waters in pools, grottos and whirlpools and once you’re done feeling cleansed and invigorated, you can always visit the Faberge Museum, also on the premises. Up the road is the Iffezheim racetrack, home to some of Europe’s most prestigious horseracing events. 

Dostoyevsky’s famous ‘The Gambler’ is set there and the great Marlene Dietrich, who knew a thing or two about these things, called it ‘the most beautiful Casino in the world’. 

Hotel de Paris & Casino de Monte-Carlo (Monaco) 

If it’s luxury, exclusivity and tasteful bling you want, head to this one. 

Created, built and owned by Monaco’s ruling Grimaldi family as a way of financing the principality almost 150 years ago, it’s been a big hit among millionaire businessmen, big-spending sportspeople, deep-pocketed playboys and members of European royalty ever since. 

It’s not unusual to see millions of pounds worth of sports cars parked outside the doors or to spot world-famous names chancing their arms at Roulette, Blackjack or Baccarat. Mind you, it’s not so easy to get a game there as most evenings are invite-only affairs and getting on the guest list is easier said than done. 

Part of Ocean’s Twelve was filmed there and It was the inspiration for James Bond’s first-ever gambling outing in Casino Royale. That’s pretty appropriate because as far as the world’s Casinos go, it’s royalty. 

Estoril Casino (Portugal) 

Like with the Monte Carlo Casino, James Bond makes a stop here as well, this time in ‘On her Majesty Secret’s Service’. And that’s hardly surprising. 

During the Second World War it was a popular meeting place for real-life spies, double agents, informers and ‘upmarket’ criminals, so a realistic spot for 007 himself to get to work at. Rubbing shoulders with the spies of the day were also dethroned Royals and wartime chancers, playing the tables like everyone else. 

These days it’s a slick, smooth, sharp operation that lacks the somewhat artificial feel of a Vegas Casino and is far more friendly to the general public than some others on this list. 

Located in the seaside town of Estoril, the Casino boasts a performance space for concerts, a valuable art gallery and one of Portugal’s finest Chinese restaurants. 

But what about the gambling? Well, there’s the small matter of it having the largest slots/video poker gaming area of any Casino in Europe, on the ground floor. Head upstairs for all the usual table games.

If you’re not currently within a stone’s throw of Estoril, you can always play casino games at Marathonbet, instead. Signing up and getting under way should take you less than five minutes. 

Marino Bay Sands (Singapore) 

Not every Casino on this list can have history on its side and this one isn’t even quite a decade old. Built in 2010 and apparently costing a rumoured $8 billion, it’s thought to be the most expensive standalone Casino in the world ever built. 

Nightclubs? An indoor ice-skating rink? Michelin-starred restaurants? You got it. They’re all there, as are 600 gaming tables and over 2,5000 slot machines in what is the best-known building in the whole of Singapore.

If you’re one of the guests occupying one of the 2,561rooms you’d be well-advised to take a trip to ‘the pool’, which happens to be the largest infinity pool in the world, on the top-floor roof deck. 

Venice Casino (Venice) 

This one has more time on its side than any other featured here. After all, it’s the world’s oldest Casino.

Admittedly, the building in which its located has only been the site of the Casino since the 1950s but before that, Venice Casino was just a couple of doors down and had been since 1638. 

It manages to combine classic good taste with modern, understated d├ęcor and cool lighting and doesn’t make an unnecessary spectacle of the gaming itself. Games are played out in a professional, controlled way rather than in the loud, chip-throwing, vigorous-clapping environment of a few other Casinos we could name. 

Given a trip to Venice Carnival or the Film Festival are great outings in their own right, a trip here to the Casino is a must, if only to be able to say you once arrived at a Casino by water taxi. 

The Wynn Casino (Macau) 

Say what you like about the controversial Steve Wynn but he sure knows how to build a Casino. Having been responsible for the facelift given to lots of Casinos on the Vegas strip in the 90s and having owned plenty of Casinos in Vegas for almost 50 years, he decided to roll the dice in the East. 

The Wynn, built on Macau’s waterfront, comes under the lavish and decadent category of gaming joints. Another one where Michelin-starred restaurants are two-a-penny and one where the grounds have more luxury shopping outlets than most mid-size cities have in total. 

There are 840 slot machines and 500 table games to choose from in a place that’s all about the extravagance. Case in point: a Dragon of Fortune with an animated head and red eyes rises 30ft from the at regular intervals to the shock of the Casino’s patrons. Just because. 

Crown London Aspinalls (London) 

Sadly, you can’t just rock up and play here. You’ll need to fill in a membership form in advance, e-mail or fax it to the Club and well, hope for the best. You’ll also need a Tuxedo or an evening dress because a place for the gambling riffraff, this is not. 

When it first opened its doors in the 1960s it really was the place for English aristocrats to gamble away money they hadn’t worked for, in luxurious surroundings. Among those was Lord Lucan, whose disappearance in 1974 remains one of England’s great unresolved mysteries. Founder John Aspinall didn’t want his mate to be forgotten about and erected a bust of the enigmatic Lord within the Casino. It’s still there. 

These days it’s more representative of Mayfair’s current residents, so English gentry has been replaced by internet millionaires, the odd Premier League footballer and other folks for whom money is of little concern. But there’s still something very special and classy about the place and the name is still associated with everything that’s affluent and stylish about London nightlife.

Tuesday, 21 December 2021

When You Hit The Jackpot in the USA: What Happens Next?

So, you've hot the JACKPOT! 

Wow! It's every gambler's dream. But you may be surprised to learn that you can't collect your money and walk off into the sunset. Well, not just yet.

8 Things You Will Have Think About

1) Resident or not of the US you have to complete a tax form.

That's right. No escaping the RSA as they want a slice of the money pie. Get ready for the W - 2G form. It's a special document for ''certain gambling winnings''. If you have lost money gambling before you may be able to deduct the money owed. Well, if you kept a record of your winning and losing. Unlikely, hey. 

2) You're Being Watched

Big Brother is watching you. So your name isn't Winston Smith but as soon as you hit the jackpot a casino worker will be hurrying towards you as a signal has been sent to a monitoring room. They will need to verify your win. Sometimes machine malfunction and they don't want any jiggery pokery. Basically, you will need to have ID else you won't be getting a cent. Non residents will have to use their ID and pay a different amount of tax. Casinos have been known to keep winnings for years until all the boxes have been ticked. 

3) Over $5,000 - Wait A ''Minute''

OK, so you win big. Up to $5,000 you are likely to be handed a bundle of cash but if its millions you won't see someone careering down the isle with a wheelbarrow filled with $100 dollar bills. The thought. Yes, please. Unsurprisingly, you are likely to be paid with a BIG cheque (or check as they say in the US). Casinos do like paying you cash. The reason, you might carry on playing and give some or all of it back! Also, you will be checked to see if you are legal in their state. If for whatever you have been excluded. Bang. You won't get a shiny farthing. This exclusion is usually placed on gambling addicts and if they casino allows such players they can be fined. Imagine losing all your money and then strike the jackpot and not given a cent! 

4) You May Not Get All of Your Win

How come? Well, when you win it has to be verified. Hold your breath. The dreaded malfunction could stop a rhino in its tracks. As you may have read with a big ''winner'' from New York winning $43 Million doesn't mean you are a WINNER. 

5) Win More Than A Million - You Get Part Of Your Money 

So you get the bulk of the cash. Rightly so. However, the casino may offer you an annual fixed sum. It might be the smarter choice. We all remember what happened to Michael Carroll when he won the National Lottery. It may help you look after your money and reduce the hefty tax bill. Not all bad then. You have 90 days to make your decision so I'd do it was some 5 star hotel in Hollywood. Helps you think better. The casino will be on your back and trying to promote the hell out of your win so make sure you do what is good for you. Just think of all those hangers on who will remember you from school days. 

6) From Now On When You Bet - You Will Be Under Suspicion

Right or wrong - a big winner could mean you got lucky or an incredible thief. The majority are the former. However, the casino will be taking note of your every move, just in case lightning strikes twice. 

7) You Might have To Wait For Your Cash 

If you win BIG BIG MONEY you will have to wait a while for your wonga. Money doesn't grow on trees even in Las Vegas.  After all the checks have been made they will usually get you the cash in a few hours. However, some slots are paid out by the manufactures and that can take several weeks. OK, don't go buying the Lamborghini just yet. 

8) You Don't Realise How Lucky You Are

Just think how many people lost for you to get that big win! For instance, a slot machine with 64 stops on each real pays out 1 in almost 300,000. Blimey. And most machines have a lot more stops than 64. In general, slot machines take 25% of the money so if you win $4 million the casino has probably made $1 million overt hat period of time. It is virtually impossible to cheat slot machine although it has been done. 

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Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Promotion at Great Yarmouth Grosvenor Casino

Last Saturday (14th March) we ventured to Great Yarmouth and one of our favourite places the Grosvenor Casino, Shadingfield Lodge

It was a bit of a family occasion, my two brothers and I, plus extended family. With the fears of the Corona virus we thought it would probably be the last chance to get out and by the look of things, this is true. 

We travelled from our hometown of March, in Cambridgeshire, by train, changing at Ely and Norwich before the final journey shadowing the Acle straight to Great Yarmouth. The journey takes about two and a half hours. Not too bad with company but boring as hell if travelling alone. 

Anyway, we arrived at the Norfolk coast at about 7:30pm. Waiting for Albies taxi in the bitter cold. I didn't realise how cold it was. They are normally like clockwork but we waited a good ten minutes which seemed longer as the wind blew. 

The taxi dropped us off at the Embassy Hotel. I've stayed there before and the manager, David, is a great person, very helpful & polite. We were shown to our room 28, up in the rafters. It was the family room which consisted of three beds a double and two singles. I think the hotels fall short when it comes to decore but if this room had been decorated to a high standard it would have been the most exquisite room you could find. I couldn't help but think about how I would make the room look if mine. 

I'm not sure if you have stayed at Great Yarmouth, but the cost of staying in a hotel out of season is very affordable. In fact, this family room cost just £50 including breakfast. The Embassy Hotel is a lovely building, especially the bar area, that reminds me of a traditional pub in its contrasting green and brown flock-style wallpaper. 

Anyway, we settled into our room, had a cup of tea or two then walked from Camperdown to Marine Parade, less than fives minutes away. We walked past Pamela's restaurant that is a hidden gem for fine dining. I would recommend this establishment as you will not be disappointed. 

We arrived at the Grosvenor Casino at about 8:30pm. I love this listed building and it is a beautiful building. In fact, it was a place frequented by royalty and the future King of England Edward VII. 

You need to be a member to play and unfortunately, there were three new members before us which meant we had to wait for about 20 minutes. They really need a different process or swipe-card system as it took literally ten seconds for my memebership card to be scanned. 

I think it must have been one of those days as I didn't have much luck when eating at the in-house restaurant. The plus side is that the room is simply majestic with high ceilings, ornate coving and huge mirrors. It is a beautiful room which looks over the front. In fact, you can see the Wellington Pier across the road. 

Now here is the problem. We have had a few niggles with the restaurant before with very slow service or poor-quality food. To be fair, it can vary from one extreme to another so you don't know what to expect. The staff are always exceptional. They do their best but there must be a lack of communication because I was left wanting when it came to ordering my meal. 

I follow the Great Yarmouth Grosvenor Casino Facebook page to see if they have any promotions. 

I noticed their St. Patrick's Day promotion which ran until the 17th March. The promotion said: Beer, Burger Bet for £12.95. 

This sounded great value. These promotions are detailed to attract new and old customers alike. However, there was a problem. Upon asking the staff about the offer they didn't have any idea what I was talking about!

It really is something and nothing but this just isn't what customers need. If it had been a new customer they would have been left feeling they were the problem for asking for a promotion. At one point, I had three members of staff helping, talking to others, making a phone call, and needing to take my membership card (I have no idea why) and waited literally 20 minutes for the order to be taken. That would be bad enough if I was alone, but my two brothers' order wasn't being cooked because of my promotional meal was in limbo. 

It really is something and nothing but I wasn't happy about it because it shouldn't be a problem. Will it put me off asking for more promotions? No. I could have easily said forget about the promotional burger and got something simple. However, I didn't for the principle because these problems need to be ironed out. I was sent a survey a couple of days later and detailed all of this and I left a message on the Facebook page. It may seem a bit picky but I may save someone else a bit of hassle and it makes companies appreciate if they have an offer or promotion they live up to expectation.   

I was left feeling a bit irritated by the whole scenario. I could tell I was looked upon as the problem when that was far from the case. 

In future, I will be asking for every promotion the restaurant offers and if they don't know about it then I will ask to see the manager and detail all this again. 

I finally got my beer, burger and bet for £12.95. The burger was very good. It was the Cha Cha Slide that is meant to cost £8.95. I had a pint of Coors lager (worth about £5) and given a free bet voucher for £10 to play on the roulette or blackjack table. So in essence, the meal cost about -£2. I think the general bet voucher of £5, but I imagine they gave me the £10 for the hassle and delay. 

People may read this and think I am a grumpy old man. Perhaps, at times, I am but apart from a few occasions, I sing the praises of the Great Yarmouth Grosvenor Casino. I have written many posts on varied websites giving glowing praise and have little doubt I've informed many readers about the existence of this casino and this seaside town as a place to holiday. In fact, if these posts had been paid advertising they would have cost several hundred pounds. 

After an hour or so in the restaurant, we walked downstairs to the gaming room. It has slots, blackjack, poker, three-card poker & roulette. 

Considering the Corona virus was being brought to our attention I was surprised how many people were betting. I guess they, like us, wanted one last opportunity to forget about the problems at hand. 

I don't bet much money at the casino as it is more of a social thing than trying to lose the shirt off my back. The casino are so desperate to get you betting they are very interested in giving you free bets. I had my £10 free bet and a couple of other £5 match bets from a previous occasion. I put £20 on the roulette table and given £40 in bets. This is the reason you are very likely to win when betting small stakes. 

The rake on roulette is (if memory serves) 2.7%. So I firmly have the odds in my favour. This is the way to make your betting pay but also have a great evening out which costs next to nothing. Remember my promotion meal (yes, I haven't forgotten it was hard-fought) cost me nothing. In fact, I was £2 in pocket. 

Additionally, all soft drinks, tea and coffee are free to all when betting downstairs. When you consider these would normally cost £4 - £5 a time you are looked after. They are brought to you at the table or from the bar.

I generally play roulette. I've had a few games at three-card poker but the rake is poor and if playing for a number of hours I think you need to be very lucky to win. From what I have seen, you are more likely to lose. I have the most boring approach to playing roulette. I bet on a single number and hope it comes up early. It is the equivalent to watching paint dry but it is just about the only way I know to give yourself a chance of winning. 

This time I stuck with the number 28. It had come up a couple of times before I started and I often stick to those as they seem to come up again. Unfortunately, number 28 must have been sitting in the middle of a dusty, barren desert. The oasis wasn't anywhere near although it must have taken an hour and a half to lose my chips as the croupier seemed particularly slow. I think it was a combination of slow players and slow spins. I didn't mind as I was people watching. A couple of people won here and there but I think most covered the table and one or two spins which fall on barren ground means they walk away with little to show. 

My brothers played on the roulette machines. Tony was up and down like a yo-yo but finished £90 up while Gareth was level. 

My relatives had mixed fortunes. I would normally say a little bit more about the wins and losses but that's their business. 

I do love the casino. It makes me smile and hearing the cheers of the crowd when someone wins and fleeting thoughts of those who look like they have suffered one loss too many. It is par for the course and you have to protect your own interests because if you lose a fortune you only have yourself to blame. 

We left at about 1am. 

Back to room 28 at the Embassy Hotel. It is like a maze. Through reception, up the stairs leading to number 1 - 7 and up, up and away, to the top of the hotel. I was pleased to get back. 

I must admit I haven't had much luck with hotel rooms. I have stayed at the Comfort hotel and had to change rooms as some crazy couple were laughing and shouting about all hours. 

Well, we got back to the Embassy Hotel and straight away heard some noise coming from an adjacent room. I wasn't sure if it was above, below or to the side but it was a noise wherever. Thankfully it was muffled. However, I could hear a duet of out of tune singing, then, later, argument and cursing at each other. I couldn't help but wonder who was in the room. Where did they come from? What had they been doing that evening? And what on earth did they look like? I had this image of some strange-looking beasts with monobrows, broken teeth and lizard tongues. 

After an hour, I fell to sleep. 

I woke just before 7am. I had a shower. I take a long shower to wake up as much as getting clean. 

Tony and Gareth were still asleep. 

By 8am we were ready to go to the bar area to get breakfast. It was a help-yourself-service but the food was good. It was a full English breakfast and you could have as much as you wanted. The staff were helpful and courteous. 

It made me smile as my cousins arrived one by one. 

One or two got in at 4am. I thought that was quite amusing. One cousin left the casino at 6am. Basically, they must have been asked to leave as it closes at that time, only to open again at 8am. 

I could only imagine someone staying until 6am in the morning meant they were winning at 5am.

I didn't ask too much about winners or losers as I think most were feeling the effects of too much beer. Thankfully, I don't drink more than two pints. I felt pretty healthy and my finances weren't shot either. 

I looked around the room and wondered if the argumentative pair of monobrow nutcases were tucking into a sausage or two. I didn't notice or hear anyone of that description telling the waitress to f-off or singing Morning Has Broken badly out of tune. I guess they had a lay-in.  

We went back to our hotel room. We returned back to the bar area to waste a little time before leaving to walk along the front. 

It was a warmish day and it is always lovely to walk along the front. Great Yarmouth is a place I hold dear to my heart because we always stayed at Caister-on-sea when youngsters as dad timed it to go to Great Yarmouth horse racing and the 3-day Eastern Festival in mid-September. 

We walked along the front from Camperdown, past the Othello restaurant towards the Brittania Pier. I bought four doughnuts from a stall at the front and chatted to the lady about Coronavirus and the effects it would have on business.

We walked back to the casino, with a view to having Sunday lunch, meeting up with our cousins, and perhaps have a little game. 

The casino was pretty quiet. A few patrons eating in the restaurant. The substantial breakfast meant we didn't need to eat, so we went downstairs to the gaming room. I played roulette on the machine and luckily won £30, I won £10 on the night and day. I have been very lucky over the years and well in profit. 

Tony won £50 over the weekend and Gareth finished level.I'm not sure how my cousins went although I know at least one or two won. 

At about 2pm Albies taxi arrived (punctually) and we got to the railway station, waiting just a few minutes to catch the train back to Norwich, changing at Ely and arrived at March about 4:30pm. 

All in all, it was a great weekend.