Podcast – Mickey Crimm 3/23/2023

Podcast - Buddy Frank & G2E 2022

Our guest this week is Mickey Crimm. Mickey is a slots pro. We talk about how slot hustling has changed over the years, and his life on the road.

We welcome your questions – send them to us at [email protected], or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter or https://www.facebook.com/GamblingWithAnEdge.

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Show Notes

[00:00]  Introduction of slot hustler, Mickey Crimm

[00:34]  Mickey’s first gambling game

[03:34]  Two Hustlers episode of Risk of Ruin podcast

[05:11]  Living in Montana

[07:25]  Using player’s cards, longevity, comps

[15:45]  How has slot hustling changed in the last 5 to 10 years?[

[23:09]  Analyzing slot games

[29:56]  Commercials

[32:02]  Longevity tips

[35:40]  Information sharing and trolling

[38:21]  Competing for machines

[44:33]  Checking the most popular games, opportunity cost

[47:09]  Sweating other players, waiting for machines

[49:19]  Walking versus using a wheelchair

[53:16]  Recommended:  The Glory on Netflix, The Big Short

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Successful Video Poker Play Differs from Slot Play

Successful Video Poker Play Differs from Slot Play

This post is syndicated by the Las Vegas Advisor for the 888 casino group. Anthony Curtis comments on the 888 article introduced and linked to on this page.

AC says: Two comments on this article. First, the return percentages cited are too low. I haven’t seen many slot statistics or par sheets, for that matter (par sheets disclose what a machine is set to hold), that indicate returns of 85% and below. Certainly higher-denom slots can be found in the 95% range. The range for slots should be more like 87%-96% returns. Similarly, it’s a rare video poker schedule that returns only 88%. The range for video poker is more like 94%-99%. Second, this article correctly indicates that results in video poker are skill-dependent, but mentions only knowing how to play the hands correctly. The first part of the skill equation is paying attention to the paytables and playing the higher returning among them. There are many good learning tools, including these.

This article was written by Jerry Stich in association with 888Casino.

Successful Video Poker Play Differs from Slot Play

A major portion of virtually every casino’s floor is filled with slot machines and video poker machines.

They’re huge money makers. They work 24 hours a day – non-stop. They do not require rest or lunch breaks. They are always there, never crabby, always beckoning the gambling public to give them a try.

Video poker machines are classified as slot machines in monthly casino financial reports. They are mixed into the sea of standard slot machines. To the untrained eye, they may all look alike. However, becoming a successful video poker player is quite different from having success playing standard slot machines.

This article covers the differences in play, preparation, and expectations playing video poker versus standard slot machines.

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The Joy of Sports Betting

The Joy of Sports Betting

Last night I watched the World Baseball Classic (WBC) semi-final between Japan and Mexico. I think it was the most perfect baseball game I’ve ever watched. The next day I’m still coming down from the excitement. Coming back from 0-3 and 3-5, Japan won with a walk-off double by 24-year-old Munetaka Murakami, MVP and Triple Crown winner in Japan’s highest level professional baseball league. Murakami had been in a slump throughout the WBC and was set up to be the goat (not G.O.A.T.) for Japan’s sports-crazy fans. Now he’s again the hero. Japan plays the U.S. for the title tonight.

The WBC has taken some criticism as being a money grab by baseball owners, with professional players not yet in regular season form risking injury, while getting little or no money to participate. In fact, Mets star closer, Puerto Rican Edwin Diaz, will miss the season and may never be the same after tearing the patella tendon in his knee in an on-field celebration of a win, no less. Astros star, Venezuelan Jose Altuve, was hit by a pitch, suffered a fractured thumb and will be out a couple of months. Some other players suffered less serious injuries. But the joys and heartbreaks witnessed of players playing hard for very little money but a lot of national pride makes this a worthy event for both players and fans.

Which brings me to the point of this blog. A couple of months ago my friend Mike, who spends hours every day searching through betting lines looking for weaknesses, told me that Japan at +450 to win the WBC had slight value. I found it at Westgate and made a small “sweat bet.”

Japan had been a huge favorite in their games leading up to the Mexico game, so I paid little attention. But last night’s game was to get into the final, so it was time to sweat!

A word about sweating; among my circle of friends are professional gamblers who are in it for the bottom line, not the enjoyment. Many don’t watch the games; they just look at the results to see if they won. I don’t get it. I believe if you don’t enjoy your work, it becomes drudgery. For me, the payoff for doing the work finding the bets is getting to sweat the game or event! Win or lose, it’s my entertainment.

In the ‘90s I was part of one of the most successful sports-betting groups in history. We were betting big. So big that one of our guys tried to sweat the games and ended up in the hospital with an ulcer. Our computer guy cared only about results. Me? I was in sweating heaven! Especially when we started seriously winning.

Had I not bet on the WBC, it’s very unlikely I would have watched this game, thereby missing out on a great viewing experience. In fact, I can count on one hand the sporting events I’d watch without having a little action. And I almost always have a little action on them anyway!

In my upcoming book, with the working title All About Sports Betting, I do my best to educate readers, many of whom will be introduced to legal sports betting for the first time, on all aspects of the sports betting world, including a journey through the years with my group. I also include an important section outlining the things I do now, absent the advantages of working with a highly intelligent and motivated team, to try to ferret out small edges in the battle against the sports books. I think it will illuminate for my readers the best approach to recreational sports betting.

Sports betting is now my primary source of entertainment, not income. I no longer have delusions that I can make lots of money betting on my own. My goal is to break even or make a small profit, get some comps, and have a year’s worth of great entertainment, like the WBC game that I would have missed without having a bet. Hopefully my readers will be cured of any such delusions and learn how to enjoy the entertainment the sports betting world offers and avoid the inherent dangers.


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Do APs Cheat? – Gambling With An Edge

Putting Bills Into a Machine

At the recent World Game Protection seminars, casino expert Sal Piacente said: “Advantage players don’t want to cheat and aren’t doing anything illegal, but instead use their minds to beat the game, whether watching to see if a dealer exposes a hole card or by card counting.”

I’m not so sure.

For any group of 1,000 advantage players, you’ll have 1,000 different conclusions on how close to the line — or how far over the line — they are willing to go to collect money from casinos and others.

Richard Munchkin has said on the air that he and the teams he belonged to used electronic devices to help them play blackjack when it was legal, but when it became illegal, they stopped. I believe him. But I also believe that there are still APs today who use illegal devices to assist them in beating casinos.

Piacente spoke about card counting and hole carding. Those are legal maneuvers in many, but not all, jurisdictions. Try card counting in London and they’ll likely keep your money if you lose and not cash your chips when you win. Get caught hole carding at certain tribal casinos in Michigan and elsewhere, and you probably won’t be paid.

In video poker, most casinos say you can only play on your own player’s card and not anyone else’s. I’ve successfully played on both my card and my wife’s card at many casinos. I don’t consider that cheating. Occasionally a casino tells me I shouldn’t do that anymore, and when that happens I honor their directions.

There are players, though, who regularly play on 20 or 60 different cards. They find casinos that give generous mailers and other benefits for a minimum amount of play. I believe this to be fraudulent. I see this as very different from me playing on my wife’s card. Clearly others don’t make the same distinction I do.

I’m not claiming that I’m a saint. I’ve written about various things I’ve done in casinos and elsewhere that don’t pass the “smell test.” Most I wouldn’t do today. 

Many players have the attitude of, “If you can get away with it, it’s not cheating,” while others have a more restrictive code of, “There is right and wrong and one should not confuse the two.”

In no way am I arguing that all APs cheat. That’s nonsense. Many of my best friends are APs and I trust them completely. But there are many other APs I do not trust. Richard once said about a famous AP, “I like him, but I would never do business with him.” 

I’ve been burned before by strong players. Just because you can count cards successfully doesn’t mean you’re trustworthy. With that said, however, I do believe that there are a large number of players who win just by using their brain and skills without cheating at all. That’s how I like to think of myself — although I know that I’ve not always risen to that standard. But that’s my goal and I keep trying to achieve it.


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Podcast – Mail Bag 3/16/2023

Podcast - Buddy Frank & G2E 2022

No guest this week as we answer questions from our mail bag.

We welcome your questions – send them to us at [email protected], or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter or https://www.facebook.com/GamblingWithAnEdge.

podcast – https://www.spreaker.com/user/7418966/mail03142023

Show Notes

[00:00]  Introduction

[00:31]  Income from positive EV games versus income from mail and comps

[06:36]  Video poker machines in racinos in New York

[07:52]  Why don’t casinos use CSMs across the board?

[09:10]  Evaluating the return of a mailers

[11:45]  Playing on a spouse’s player’s card

[12:35]  Can casinos adjust line plays and bonus pays independently

[14:08]  Booking a room for an evening flight

[16:29]  Prenups for APs

[19:13]  Cell phone use at tables and slots

[23:07]  Are casino drawings fair?

[24:48]  Will casinos pay slot tickets via bank transfer

[26:11]  Declaring cash when traveling abroad, currency restrictions

[29:03]  Response to being flat-bet

[30:49]  Deuces Wild DDB strategy

[31:59]  Odds of hitting a royal holding two cards

[33:11]  Three Way Action Video Poker

[35:06]  The Plaza $75 Bingo match play

[36:20]  Commercials

[38:49]  World Game Protection Seminars

[46:38]  Recommended:  Waco on Showtime, The Collectors by David Baldacci

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Smoke and Mirrors – Gambling With An Edge

Putting Bills Into a Machine

I’ve written two recent blogs about a drawing in Reno that was supposed to take place in early March. It was cancelled due to weather, and re-scheduled for the end of June, nearly four months later. Normally writing continually about a promotion that is of interest to a relatively small percentage of my readers doesn’t make sense. But this time, several of you asked me how this change would affect my “go-or-not-go” calculus. So, I’m writing again.

In fairness, the weather in Reno and elsewhere around the country has been brutal recently. There were about four feet of snow in Reno proper in the week prior to the scheduled drawing, and snow was scheduled for all three days of the drawing. Reno normally receives less than two feet of snow a year. In the areas just outside of Reno, the snowfall was deeper. Since drawings are geared to bring in a lot of players and a lot of play, and the weather precluded this, the casino had a choice of either biting the bullet, having the drawing anyway, and suffering big losses because the promotion didn’t create the anticipated amount of play. Or postponing the drawing. This casino, this time, chose the latter option. Next time, when the circumstances will invariably be different, they may choose the other opposite.

But they delayed it almost four months! This is a $100,000 giveaway that received plenty of press. Normally a casino would have one of these every three months or so. But this time, they didn’t come up with a new one. They just extended the old one.

I was already in Reno when I heard it had been postponed. Because I’m Seven Stars, I normally receive 20x drawing tickets. I play at least 5,000 Tier Credits ($50,000 coin-in video poker; $25,000 coin-in slots; or some mixture of the two) daily because that maxes out the bonus Tier Credits. On the days of the drawings, they give 30x drawing tickets. Since it is still wintertime and flights are often delayed or cancelled (I’m still a loyal Southwest Airlines passenger!), I planned to come a day early. If my plane was delayed, I’d still likely be there in time to get my 30x drawing tickets.

Once they postponed the drawing for almost four months, to “compensate” the players who showed up anyway, they awarded 220x tickets rather than 20x. That is, instead of earning about 100,000 drawing tickets a day, I was earning 1,100,000! I started my trip with about 600,000 accumulated tickets. I ended it with more 4,000,000.

That sounds like a lot! Except other players got multipliers as well. And who knows if they’ll have some 300x days between now and the end of June? It’s not the absolute number of tickets you have. It’s the relative number compared to other players.

The reason I called this post “Smoke and Mirrors” is because the large number of tickets we all will receive seem like they give us a super-duper chance at winning the grand prize. But it’s still the same $100,000 drawing — split among the player base. If some players get a greater chances to win, it means others get a correspondingly lesser chances.
In my previous article, I mentioned that I probably would not go there for this drawing except there was something else going on in greater Reno, so I could kill two birds with one plane flight. This same event won’t be recurring on the last weekend in June — but it’s possible that there will be an additional opportunity there in addition to this series of drawings. We’ll see. I don’t know yet.

In no way am I criticizing this particular casino. Had I been an advisor, I might well have recommended they follow a course similar to what they did. I’m only using this example to describe my thought processes in how I decide whether to participate in a drawing or not.


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How Pull-Tabs Became a Pillar of Minnesota’s Bar Culture

How Pull-Tabs Became a Pillar of Minnesota’s Bar Culture

When you walk into the Fraternal Order of Eagles club in South Minneapolis, you’re greeted by the croak of a bingo caller. The bar, locally known as Eagles #34, is thrumming with the sounds of a local punk band soundchecking on the other side of wooden accordion doors. Dart league has just wrapped up, and teammates are gathered in a booth, ripping excitedly at paper cards and drinking Michelob Golden Light.

This is Minnesota bar culture, distilled perfectly into a set of communal rituals. At the center are 2-inch-by- 1-inch tickets with little perforated tearaway strips called pull-tabs. They work like a scratch ticket or a little cardboard slot machine. The goal is to rip away the strips and uncover a set of matching symbols. The tearing of the pull tabs establishes a rhythm that underscores the rest of the activity in the bar.

As the night bores on, the spent cards pile up in red plastic fry baskets, strips curled away from the card in defeat. The game manager — in this case, a saintly older woman with Martin Scorsese glasses — sits at the front of the room, surrounded by clear boxes of unclaimed tabs. Some call her stand the “jar bar.” Prizes, some as high as $700, are labeled on the outside. Every once in a while, that cadence of ripping and shuffling is interrupted by a triumphant yelp. Someone’s pulled a winner. They hand the lucky card to the manager, who blots out the prize on a sign with a big orange dot, and takes a tip for her trouble.

Thirty-eight other states sell pull-tabs, including Minnesota’s neighboring rival Wisconsin, which is more often lauded for its dive bar traditions. But this scene is purely Minnesotan.

According to 2019 data from the National Association of Fundraising Ticket Manufacturers (NAFTM), a trade organization for pull-tabs manufacturers, Minnesota raked in $1.97 billion in gross receipts from pull-tabs that year, 533 percent more than the average of the 13 other states polled. In 2012, Minnesota became the first state to legalize electronic pull-tabs in an effort to offset the cost of building the Minnesota Vikings’ new home field, U.S. Bank Stadium. Minnesotans responded with so much gusto that the stadium is nearly debt free, 20 years ahead of schedule. In 2022, electronic and paper pull-tabs brought $4.02 billion in wagers, netting the state over $425 million in revenue.

Nowhere in the world are pull-tabs such an ingrained part of a night out as they are here in Eagles #34 and the thousands of other bars between the St. Croix and Red Rivers. But how did the North Star State rise so high above its peers and become the pull-tabs capital of the universe?

Barnstorming for Bingo

It’s no coincidence that bingo and pull-tabs are often found in the same bar. It was in the 1970s that bingo halls, veterans’ organizations, and fraternal orders first started to expand into the “instant bingo” cards known today as pull-tabs. These games were, at the time, illegal.

Even though Minnesota had legalized bingo games for charitable gambling in 1945, pull-tabs were expressly disallowed. But the decades after saw a gradual expansion of acceptable bingo games. In 1978, the state legislature expanded the types of bingo allowed to include things like raffles and paddle wheels. According to a history written by the Minnesota House Research Department, sanctioning these games was merely “a recognition of a form of gambling that was already widespread despite being illegal,” but even so, pull-tabs were seen as “a minor part of the gambling picture.”

In 1981, pull-tabs finally got added to the list of legal bingo games. But there was a variable the legislature hadn’t calculated. In the 1978 law change, they’d allowed for any business with a liquor license to hold such games. The intention was to keep them at private clubs, but because pull-tabs were played out of a very portable booth with a small footprint, charities began to rent space in public bars.

In states like Texas and California, pull-tabs could only be sold at official bingo games, and often bars were not eligible to host. Even in Wisconsin, there was a raging debate about the legality of pull-tabs that kept them from ubiquity. But Minnesota took the restrictor plates off — even if that wasn’t the legislature’s intention — and the game exploded out of small fraternal clubs and into mainstream life.

“Most clubs [where pull-tabs are found] around the country are closed clubs, only open to members and guests,” explains NAFTM president Mary Magnuson. “Minnesota is odd by comparison, because ours tend to be public.”

In 1984, responsibility for regulating pull-tabs was transferred to the state, and the Gambling Control Board was founded. Games were so prevalent that Attorney General Hubert H. Humphrey III wrote that Minnesota was “on a gambling binge,” and by 1989, charitable gambling surpassed $1 billion in gross receipts for the first time.

Pull-tabs are now available at everyday bars in states like Nebraska, Ohio, Massachusetts, Alaska, and North Dakota, Magnuson says. And others, like Washington and Indiana, now allow for pull-tabs that have no charitable purpose. But as more states have brought on the old model, Minnesota has innovated new ways to bring the game to larger audiences.

In 2012, Minnesota became the first state to legalize electronic versions, further embedding the pop-and-win sensation into bar life in the Gopher State. Played via touchscreen terminals like video poker, e-tabs allow players to gamble at the bar rail, without any of the waste or the pageantry.

Minnesota’s gusto for pull-tabs may be mostly due to sheer exposure — in no other state is the game of chance so common — but Magnuson, a St. Paulite, supposes that there is something of a social X-factor. Minnesota consistently ranks as one of the most charitable states in America. Proceeds of pull-tabs once benefited local church parishes, but now they’re more likely to support causes close to Minnesotans’ hearts, like affordable housing programs and youth hockey teams. When you combine that philanthropic nature with the ubiquitous opportunity to exercise it, you arrive at a cultural touchstone.

“It’s embedded in Minnesota,” Magnuson says. “I think people have a sense that, even though they’re spending money, and they may actually be losing money, that money goes to a good cause, anyway.”

Take a Chance at the Dive

Bill Lindeke, a lecturer of Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota and MinnPost columnist, has maintained the loving, ground-level blog Twin Cities Sidewalks since 2005. He’s also produced several booklets profiling the dives of both Minneapolis and St. Paul, and in each he lays out the trappings of the aesthetic: greasy food, drop ceilings, and pull-tabs.

Borne in the fraternal clubs and veterans organizations, pull-tabs have thrived in dives and down-home neighborhood places where regulars come to sip and tear. Lindeke’s booklets and his 2019 tome “Closing Time: Saloons, Taverns, Dives and Watering Holes of the Twin Cities,” written with Andy Sturdevant, are littered with references to Minnesota’s favorite game, telling the lore of places like Half Time Rec, once embroiled in a pull-tab profit-skimming scandal, and the windowless Vogel’s Lounge.

“I would put pull-tabs in [the] category of vernacular, idiosyncratic, cultural bar traditions,” Lindeke says. “It’s one of those things that if you see it, you know you’re in an old-school, very local, kind of place.”

When local restaurateur Doug Flicker and his wife Amy Greeley took over the notorious Sunrise Inn, they inherited a piece of Twin Cities dive bar history. Flicker called the place “a drinking bar,” a no-frills hole in the wall embedded in a neighborhood that dreaded the derelicts it attracted.

Flicker wanted his new pub to pay homage to this classic piece of drinking culture. Opened in Sunrise’s former location in 2017, Bull’s Horn Food and Drink not only honors its forebear, but the countless other lowbrow spots littered across the Minnesota landscape. There’s greasy food, a weathered wood bar, cheap beer, a jukebox, bubble hockey, and, right at the back, straight down from the doors, a pull-tab booth stacked with clear boxes.

Flicker admits he could probably make a lot more money by putting a table in place of the booth, and says he barely makes any money from renting the space to the pull-tabs vendor. But his commitment to the dive bar aesthetic would not be complete without the game on site. It takes him back to his days as a kid, watching his parents drink in his uncle’s bar, Flicker’s Liquors in the northern town of Pierz.

“It’s just one of those things that I never questioned really where it came from or what it was,” Flicker says. “It was something they would do, and they would have fun doing it, and every once in a while, they would win a couple bucks.”

Lindeke prizes the communal aspect of pull-tabs, something that becomes a fabric of a night in a place like Bull’s Horn. There are certain traditions Minnesotans have, and if you’re bellied up with some regulars, you need to know the etiquette.

You purchase tabs in rounds. Maybe everyone puts in a couple bucks per round, or maybe each person puts down a $20 bill for the table. But you buy together, rip together, and win together. If you pull a $200 or $500 winner, that’s not your money — it’s everyone’s, and everyone celebrates with you. You may pocket some cash, but you’d be better served buying some pitchers and a couple Heggies frozen pizzas for the table. Oh, and always tip the game manager for your good fortune.

There are also customs for losing tickets. Some discard them in piles around their barstools, a careless gesture that isn’t seen as rude but as a monument to misfortune. Most people collect spent cards in fry baskets. Others fiddle with them, building houses of cards or folding them together in slapdash origami.

If you’re lucky, you’ll be playing on a night where there’s a run on the box. That’s when the supply of tickets in the plexiglass gets low without the big jackpot being claimed. The excitement in the air starts to percolate. Lines form at the counter, with patrons throwing down bills to try and turn the average night into a legendary evening. If it goes well, the whole box gets bought out, and whenever that big winner gets pulled — whoever in the bar pulls it — the whole place erupts.

“I was at a bar called Shadey’s [in St. Paul] one afternoon, and a bunch of the regulars started just pulling out hundreds of dollars out of the ATM and buying all the pull-tabs,” Lindeke says. “They saw there were a bunch of winners left, and there were only so many to go. Somebody made some serious money that day.”

Pulling for a Future

When e-tabs debuted a decade ago, Lindeke was concerned that the “kitschy, interesting, almost innocuous” traditions around pull-tabs would be lost, effectively turning a communal game into an iPad casino app. In 2012, when e-tabs first appeared, he wrote they would “ruin everything.” Lindeke’s concern, though bombastic, was shared by many, who feared cheaper operations would make paper pull-tabs obsolete.

“These are endangered species, really,” Lindeke says. “Drinking culture today is less social and more individualistic. Pull-tabs are part of this disappearing social world of the local bar, where it’s people from the neighborhood, and pull-tabs are dependent on those sorts of local connections and communities.”

Lindeke’s concerns have not yet come to fruition. E-tabs now represent over 47 percent of all pull-tabs receipts but both forms of the game are on the rise. Despite concerns that the pandemic would put 45 years of pull-tabs to an end, betting in 2022 was up 37.4 percent over 2021 and 104 percent over 2020.

“I don’t think we’re going to see a change in people’s interest in either paper or electronic gaming,” Magnusaon says. “I’ve heard from bars who will say that, even though they may not participate in the proceeds, they are very interested in having [pull-tabs] to be competitive with the bar down the street that also has them.”

Over pull-tabs’ 45-year legal history, the bar landscape has changed dramatically. Fraternal and veterans organizations struggle with membership now more than ever, as the Vietnam War generation dies off and younger people find their community online. The pandemic laid waste to the bar scene, with low-rent dives being particularly affected. In the Twin Cities, long-tenured bars like Liquor Lyle’s, Williams Uptown Pub & Peanut Bar, and the Unofficial have all closed, leaving fewer homes for physical pull-tabs counters to operate in.

Magnuson is careful to attribute a rise in gross receipts to an increase in people playing. Ticket prices have increased over the years, from the standard $1 to as high as $5, so it could be a smaller percentage of people spending more money.

But Flicker isn’t the only establishment owner who was raised to a soundtrack of pull-tabs tearing, and the next generation of Twin Cities proprietors are the first to live full lives in a legal pull-tabs system.

Murphy Johnson’s father was a beer distributor, and he and his brother Cooper spent a lot of time in local bars, breathing the atmosphere. When the family opened BlackStack Brewing in St. Paul in 2017, they resolved to incorporate those traditions. The taproom features a pull-tabs vending machine, which despite not being as classic as a booth, still gives the same ephemeral nostalgia of those old rural dives in their airy, hypebeast-y brewery.

“As a kid, it was kind of mysterious,” Johnson says. “Once I got older, it was something where, sometimes you have a few, and you play, and sometimes you get in trouble. You almost never win, but occasionally you hit big. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but they’re always there.”

Murphy memorialized the comforting ubiquity of the game in Pull Tabs, a 6 percent ABV hazy pale ale that BlackStack released in 2022. The beer is an emblem of how the craft brewing industry has taken up the cause of their forebears, bringing pull-tabs to the modern Minnesota drinker.

Craft beer was once at odds with the pull-tabs ethos (one of Lindeke’s criteria for a dive bar is a dearth of microbrews). But now, as breweries rise to fill the role of third places in modern society, destinations like BlackStack, Plymouth’s Luce Line Brewing, Eagan’s Bald Man Brewing, Robbinsdale’s Wicked Wort Brewing Company, and St. Cloud’s Pantown Brewing are becoming bastions of pull-tabs preservation — and they’re doing it for the same reasons the game rose to prominence 45 years ago.

“When you do win, it’s [the] bonding that comes from it that I love,” Johnson says. “You’re in it together, up or down. It’s about the camaraderie more than the money.”

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Problem Gambling Awareness During March Madness

Preventing the Link Between Crime & Problem Gambling

Whether you scored seats to watch your favorite team battle it out on the court or are hosting a watch party from the comfort of your living room, we are guessing that you, along with many other Americans, will be tuned in to the excitement that is March Madness. While this tournament is a great time to celebrate the sport you love with your favorite watching buddies, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) knows it can also be a dangerous time for those at risk of problem gambling as legal and illegal sports bets are placed in The Sunshine State. 

Before we launch into basketball fans’ favorite few weeks of the year, we encourage you to keep reading to learn more about the realities of sports gambling and how to practice responsible gambling as this season comes to a spectacular close. 

It’s no coincidence that Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) also takes place in March. When this initiative was launched 20 years ago, it was only a weeklong and inspired by the surge in sports bets placed during the NCAA’s legendary March Madness Basketball tournament. In 2022 alone, it was estimated that 45 million American adults would bet on the outcome of the games. Those bets would total over $3.1 billion, including bets placed legally and illegally.[1] This year, it’s projected that $6 billion will be legally gambled during March Madness. [2] 

Now a full month, PGAM is a culmination of efforts across various organizations working together from all over the nation to raise awareness about problem gambling and to connect people who are in need of help with the resources they need for recovery. While online sports gambling is still illegal in Florida, those who find themselves gambling too much should be aware of the risks of even seemingly casual betting among friends and coworkers. 

This year, the PGAM theme is “The Game of Life: Choose Your Path,” and when you click here you can play an interactive card game the FCCG created based on a gambling industry employee’s ideation. During this game, just like in life, players will be faced with important decisions and challenged to choose the next right step. We want to stress that when (GAMBLING IS NO LONGER A GAME, LOSING IS NOT AN OPTION). Before any wagers are set on Selection Sunday, we want to provide the background information needed to make the responsible choice. For example, did you know the odds of picking the perfect bracket is 2 to the 63rd power? That means there is a 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 chance— that’s 1 in 9.2 quintillion! [3] 

For those who choose to take part in wagering during the tournament, we want to make sure all participants are practicing responsible gambling behaviors so that these games stay what they should be — fun. Some tips to keep in mind during the tournament and in any gambling setting include:

  • Taking frequent breaks in play and set time limits
  • If you’re no longer having fun, stop playing
  • Don’t chase losses
  • Don’t depend on “good luck” strategies
  • Don’t think of it as way to make money 
  • Don’t gamble with essential funds
  • Don’t gamble when upset, stressed, or under the influence [4]

This year PGAM and March Madness season, we can all use a reminder to take a step back and unplug from the madness. While opportunities to gamble on the games are available 24/7, so is 888-ADMIT-IT, Florida’s multilingual and confidential HelpLine that helps those struggling with problem gambling and their loved ones get connected to resources for Your One Sure Thing, recovery.

  1. “45 Million Americans to Wager $3.1B on March Madness.” American Gaming Association, 13 Mar. 2022, https://www.americangaming.org/new/45-million-americans-to-wager-3-1b-on-march-madness/
  2. “Betting on March Madness Tournament to Top $3 Billion, Gambling Group Predicts.” CBS News, CBS Interactive, 14 Mar. 2022, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/march-madness-tournament-sports-betting-gambling/
  3. Wilco, Daniel. “The Absurd Odds of a Perfect NCAA Bracket.” NCAA.com, NCAA.com, 13 Mar. 2022, https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/bracketiq/2022-03-10/perfect-ncaa-bracket-absurd-odds-march-madness-dream#:~:text=As%20such%2C%20the%20number%20of,correctly%201%20in%209.2%20quintillion.
  4. “Tips to Keep Your Gambling Safe: Safer Play: For the Public: Responsible Gambling Council.” Tips to Keep Your Gambling Safe | Safer Play | For the Public | Responsible Gambling Council, https://www.responsiblegambling.org/for-the-public/safer-play/safer-gambling-tips/.

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El Problema de Apuestas Durante March Madness

Preventing the Link Between Crime & Problem Gambling

Ya sea que haya conseguido asientos para ver a su equipo favorito batallar en la cancha o que esté organizando una fiesta para ver los partidos desde la comodidad de su sala de estar, suponemos que usted, junto con muchos otros estadounidenses, estará sintonizado con la emoción que es March Madness. Si bien este torneo es un buen momento para celebrar el deporte que uno adora con sus mejores amigos, el Consejo de Juego Compulsivo de Florida (FCCG) sabe que también puede ser un momento peligroso para quienes están en riesgo de problemas con el juego, ya que en el Estado del Sol se hacen apuestas deportivas legales e ilegales. 

Antes de lanzarnos a las semanas favoritas del año para los aficionados al baloncesto, lo animamos a seguir leyendo para saber más sobre las realidades de las apuestas deportivas y cómo practicar el juego responsable a medida que esta temporada llega a un final espectacular. 

No es coincidencia que el Mes de Concientización sobre el Problema de las apuestas (PGAM) también se lleve a cabo en marzo. Cuando se lanzó esta iniciativa hace 20 años, solo duró una semana y se inspiró en el aumento de apuestas deportivas realizadas durante el legendario torneo March Madness Basketball de la NCAA. Tan solo en 2022, se calculó que 45 millones de adultos estadounidenses apostaron por los resultados de los partidos. Esas apuestas totalizarían más de 3,100 millones de dólares, lo que incluye las apuestas hechas legal e ilegalmente. [1] Este año, se prevé que se apostarán legalmente 6 mil millones de dólares durante March Madness. [2] 

Ahora con un mes completo de duración, el PGAM es la culminación de los esfuerzos de varias organizaciones de todo el país que trabajan unidas para crear conciencia sobre el problema de las apuestas y conectar a las personas que necesitan ayuda con los recursos que necesitan para su recuperación. Si bien las apuestas deportivas en línea siguen siendo ilegales en Florida, quienes se encuentran apostando demasiado deben estar conscientes de los riesgos que implican incluso las apuestas aparentemente casuales entre amigos y compañeros de trabajo. 

Este año, el tema del PGAM es “El juego de la vida: elija su camino”, y cuando uno hace clic aquí puede jugar un juego interactivo de cartas que el FCCG creó basado en la ideación de un empleado de la industria del juego. Durante este juego, como en la vida, los jugadores se enfrentarán a decisiones importantes y se les desafiará para elegir el siguiente paso correcto. Queremos enfatizar que cuando (APOSTAR YA NO ES UN JUEGO, PERDER NO ES UNA OPCIÓN). Antes de que se hagan apuestas el domingo de selección, queremos proporcionar la información de antecedentes necesaria para tomar la elección responsable. Por ejemplo, ¿sabía que las probabilidades de elegir el intervalo perfecto son de 2 a la 63.a potencia? Eso significa que hay una probabilidad de 1 en 9,223,372,036,854,775,808, ¡eso es 1 en 9.2 millones de billones! [3] 

Para quienes eligen participar en apuestas durante el torneo, queremos asegurarnos de que todos los participantes estén practicando comportamientos de apuestas responsables para que estos juegos sigan siendo lo que deben ser: divertidos. Entre algunos consejos que conviene tener presentes durante el torneo y en cualquier entorno de apuestas tenemos:

  • Tomar descansos frecuentes en el juego y establecer límites de tiempo
  • Si ya no se divierte, deje de jugar
  • No persiga las pérdidas
  • No dependa de estrategias de “buena suerte”
  • No piense en ello como una forma de ganar dinero 
  • No apueste con fondos esenciales
  • No apueste cuando esté molesto, estresado o bajo la influencia de alcohol o drogas [4]

Este año en el PGAM y la temporada de March Madness, todos podemos beneficiarnos de un recordatorio para dar un paso atrás y desconectarnos de la locura. Si bien las oportunidades para apostar en los partidos están disponibles las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana, también lo está 888-ADMIT-IT, la línea de ayuda multilingüe y confidencial de Florida que ayuda a quienes están luchando con problemas con las apuestas y a sus seres queridos para conectarlos con recursos para Your One Sure Thing (Su única cosa segura), la recuperación. 

  1. “45 millones de estadounidenses apostarán $ 3,100 millones en el March Madness”. American Gaming Association, 13 de marzo de 2022, https://www.americangaming.org/new/45-million-americans-to-wager-3-1b-on-march-madness/
  2. “Las apuestas en el torneo de March Madness superarán los 3 mil millones de dólares, predice un grupo sobre apuestas”. CBS News, CBS Interactive, 14 de marzo de 2022, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/march-madness-tournament-sports-betting-gambling/.
  3. Wilco, Daniel. “Las absurdas probabilidades de un intervalo perfecto de la NCAA”. NCAA.com, NCAA.com, 13 de marzo de 2022, https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/bracketiq/2022-03-10/perfect-ncaa-bracket-absurd-odds-march-madness-dream#:~:text=As%20such%2C%20the%20number%20of,correctly%201%20in%209.2%20quintillion.
  4. “Consejos para mantener sus apuestas seguras: Juego más seguro: Para el público: Consejo de Apuestas Responsables”. Consejos para mantener sus apuestas seguras | Juego más seguro | Para el público | Consejo de Apuestas Responsables, https://www.responsiblegambling.org/for-the-public/safer-play/safer-gambling-tips/.

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Random Number Generator Explained – Gambling With An Edge

Random Number Generator Explained - Gambling With An Edge

This post is syndicated by the Las Vegas Advisor for the 888 casino group. Anthony Curtis comments on the 888 article introduced and linked to on this page.

A.C. says: This article addresses one of the most discussed topics relative to machine play: How does the random number generator (RNG) create results? While the fact is that it really doesn’t matter in terms of strategy considerations for players, the workings of the RNG have always been of major interest for one reason, which is how it affects the timing of jackpots. This article explains when the RNG stops and how that affects jackpots, bringing home the reality that when you walk away from a machine that immediately pays a jackpot to the next player, it almost certainly wouldn’t have hit for you had you played longer.

This article was written by Jerry Stich in association with 888Casino.

Random Number Generator Explained

The random number generator (or RNG) is the heart and brains of all modern electronic casino games. This article explains how the random number generator works. It also tries to clear up some myths and misconceptions. Read on to learn more about this simple yet complex piece of slot machines, video poker, and keno games in every casino.

A random number generator is a computer algorithm contained on a microchip inside a slot machine or video poker or keno machine. It has the simple function of generating a number between 0 and about 4 billion (4,000,000,000). It does this continuously, hundreds of times a second. It functions 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as long as there is power.

Because the RNG is programmed it technically is not random. Rather it is a “pseudo-random number generator” (PRNG). This is because the series of numbers must start somewhere and is actually predetermined.

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