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OneAngryDwarf
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February 25th, 2011 at 10:16:00 AM permalink
Well, February was not a good month for me, gambling-wise. Busted out completely on trips to Detroit, AC, and my own local casinos. Looks like I'll be avoiding making gambling trips altogether until I go back to work in a few weeks (save for WOVCon East, which is on March 12 in Pittsburgh--shameless plug).

In the meantime, though, I've found that "practice" gambling, with various online and download games, is actually a pretty decent substitute--some of the time. For blackjack, I like the game over at blackjackinfo.com--it has a lot of options for customization, so it's fun to experiment with different rules and scenarios.

Craps, of course, is a game that's heavily dependent on atmosphere and the fun of getting to throw the dice yourself--so clicking on virtual dice isn't nearly the same. But I still enjoy WinCraps, again for its ability to experiment with different betting strategies (which we know of course don't actually win in the long run, but it's still interesting to see which ones will last the longest).

It's not perfect, but it is acceptable when I feel like making a quick jaunt down to my local casino--and then think better of it. Do you enjoy gambling with fake-money as well, or is the atmosphere of a real casino, real cards, real money the only acceptable thing to you?
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Ayecarumba
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February 25th, 2011 at 10:27:22 AM permalink
For me, having something at stake, even very small stakes, makes wagering decisions, and the rush of winning or losing a totally different experience. It is hard to play poker against players with "play" money. Bluffing, calling and raising all have significantly different meanings when there is something of value to be won or lost.
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Nareed
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February 25th, 2011 at 10:29:56 AM permalink
Good for you.

For me it's ok for practice, and I do enjoy it. But not the same way I enjoy a real casino with real money. the thrill of a virtual fake money royal is nothing compared to even three of a kind in JoB with real money. Not to mention any big score on virtual land comes with a large pang of "If only this had been for real!"
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February 25th, 2011 at 11:31:03 AM permalink
I sense that fake money poker is probably bad for you. When there is no downside to a call 'to see what you have', then your ability to bluff is compromised when compared to a real money game. Also, opponents can go all in foolishly for the simple reason that they are no longer interested in playing at that time, not even close to what would happen with real money. I sometimes play LOW stakes poker with some friends/acquaintances, and in 7 card hi-low I am the only one who will ever go out after the initial 3 cards. The quarter does not deter the others from seeing that 4th card no matter how bad their first 3 are. I am often chided by the others during the play, but I always walk out with 30 or 40 dollars more than I came with, and to me that is more fun than seeing that useless 4th card. I know if we were playing even dollar ante the game would be far different.
Mosca
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February 25th, 2011 at 2:08:00 PM permalink
It has the same allure as playing free cell.
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Nareed
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February 25th, 2011 at 2:15:21 PM permalink
Quote: Mosca

It has the same allure as playing free cell.



I play free cell a lot. What are you implying :P

I got into the habit while waiting for pages to load on a 19,200 bps "high speed" modem.
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helpmespock
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February 25th, 2011 at 2:49:54 PM permalink
I need real money for the thrill even though I'm a low stakes gambler.

That said I do have the Reel Deal Casino computer game that is fun to play around with. I make sure I know the strategies and things are working as I expect, but it's not the same.

I play for real money, but low stakes at bodog.ca, but again it's just not the same.
kauboj
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February 25th, 2011 at 2:56:36 PM permalink
I like the rush of real wagering.. but i like the practice that you get from not playing for real money... lets me work on basic strategy.

Plus when im doing bad in virtual play... i tend to stay away from the real table
Mosca
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February 25th, 2011 at 6:30:15 PM permalink
Quote: Nareed

I play free cell a lot. What are you implying :P

I got into the habit while waiting for pages to load on a 19,200 bps "high speed" modem.



Oh, I play free cell, spider, and hearts incessantly, and sometimes minesweeper. And I spend a lot of time playing table games for free at Bodog. It just passes the time, I don't track any of it. I play every game of hearts to try and shoot the moon, I try to build up streaks in free cell and spider. Once I lose, I reset the stats (or exit hearts) and start over. At Bodog, I start by playing the max bet, $500, and seeing how high I can go. But it all just passes the time at work while I'm waiting for the real stuff to happen.
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pecogg
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February 25th, 2011 at 6:56:53 PM permalink
To me, its all about the thrill one gets that can only come from taking on the casino with real money. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose, but I always find it exciting to play.

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