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The New England Casino and Gambling Podcast.

The New England Casino and Gambling Podcast.

By Robin "Binbin" Aubin
Brought to you by, it's all about New England's Casinos and Recreational Gambling. We will look at news, trends, promotions, and events in New England's nine casinos and insights and tips for the recreational gambler.
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Ep #73 - 5 Tips To Raise Your Tier Status
5 Tips To Raise Your Tier Status is a guide to raise rewards tier levels and get better comps. Visit less and play big is our motto. This episode is also available as a blog post:
May 19, 2022
Ep #72 - Guest Justin Haapala and "What's So Good About Mohegan Sun?"
Justin Haapala is our guest as we talk about what Mohegan Sun has to offer, what makes it so good, and perks for the low-roller. We also discuss Mohegan Sun at the Virgin Hotel in Las Vegas. We also get to know Justin a little better with our NETG Lightning Round.
May 11, 2022
Ep #71 - Blackjack Side Bets
Episode 71 investigates some of the popular Blackjack side bets available today. We also look into the bigger house edge that goes along with playing them.
May 04, 2022
Ep #70 - Michael Trager part 2. Big Baccarat and Northeast casinos.
Michael Trager, founder of TravelZork, joins us once again. He talks all about Big Baccarat, the fun, superstitions, quirks and camaraderie of the game. Then, we touch on the future of casinos in the northeast.
April 27, 2022
Ep #69 - Where Did the Word Casino Come From?
In this episode, I look at how casinos started and where the name “casino” came from. “News In One Minute” includes the headlines of the week.
April 20, 2022
Ep #68 - Travel.Zork Founder Michael Trager and I discuss Travel, Las Vegas, & ZorkFest 2021. is a fabulous website for Casinos, Casino Travel, Las Vegas, Miles & Points, and Airlines & Hotels. The Founder, Michael Trager, gives us insight into travel deals and suggestions for your next Las Vegas trip.
April 14, 2022
Ep #67 - Video Blackjack for the Low-Roller
Is there any wonder that more red chippers are playing video blackjack instead of the tables? Here’s why. This episode is also available as a blog post at
April 06, 2022
Ep #66 - Do You Give In To Casino Trickery?
This episode is also available as a blog post:
March 30, 2022
Ep #65 - Steve Ruddock's Insight Into Massachusetts Gaming, Sports Betting and the World of Poker.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Steve Ruddock is widely known as a consultant in the fields of online gaming and gambling legislation. Steve is a prolific writer in the poker and gaming industry, covering a wide variety of topics. His main focus is the ongoing legal and legislative developments in the US and the convergence of terrestrial and online gaming. You can find his work online at, USA Today Sports, Sporting News,,,, as well as the print publications All-In Magazine, iGaming Business, Global Gaming Business, and Bluff Magazine.
March 23, 2022
Ep #64 - Where Do Old Slot Machines Go?
Where Do Old Slot Machines Go? Why do some stay on the casino floor longer than others? Do casinos buy or lease? This post investigates. This episode is also available as a blog post:
March 16, 2022
Ep #63 - March Madness Bracketology Tips
March Madness Tips for a Successful Bracket features tips to help your bracket for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. This episode is also available as a blog post:
March 09, 2022
Ep #62 - We Catch Up With Cousin Vito
For years, Cousin Vito's podcast has been one of everyone's favorite casino podcasts. Cousin Vito always has more irons in the fire than anyone I know. So, we catch up with him "live" in the Golden Basement Casino.
March 02, 2022
Ep #61 - How Big Should Your Bankroll Be
This episode is also available as a blog post:
February 23, 2022
Ep #60 - An interview With Joshua O’Connell of
This episode is our first with a guest. Joshua O’Connell shares his expertise concerning slot machine play as well as his background.
February 16, 2022
Ep #59 - (Archive) 7 Must Habits for Slots, Video Poker, and Video Keno
This is a repeat of Ep #29.
February 09, 2022
Ep #58 - 2’s, Deuces, Deuces Wild and EBH Poker News
A special episode honoring the number “2,” including a brief overview of Deuces Wild Video Poker.
February 03, 2022
Ep #57 - Don’t Rush the Royal Flush
What’s the rush? Let the Royal Flush in Video Poker come to you with these suggestions. This episode is also available as a blog post:
January 26, 2022
EP #56 - New MGM Rewards, One Man’s Opinion
The big story is changes from MLife to MGM Rewards. How does it affect you? Here’s my opinion how it affects me.
January 19, 2022
Ep #55 - Major Gambling Innovations - Rewards Cards
Major Gambling Innovations - Rewards Cards Is about the most important connection between casino and its clientele, the Rewards Club Card.
January 13, 2022
Ep #54 - 2022 Is Time For Mindful Gambling
It’s a new year. Are you looking to improve something in you gambling routine this year? Here is one important change you may want to make.
January 05, 2022
EP #53 - 2022 Will Be A Tough Year For Gamblers
The title says it all. Casino companies across the country have witnessed increase in revenue without bringing back low minimums, and keeping all those poor paytables, high food and hotel prices and fees, fees, fees. All without bringing back staff.
December 29, 2021
EP #52 - ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, 2021
A parody of this famous poem relevant to 2021. From all of us at NETG, Merry Christmas.
December 22, 2021
Ep #51 - Cruise Line Casinos and NCL Escape Report
A little overview of cruise ship casinos, the Norwegian Escape and advice to Video Poker Players in cruise ship casinos.
December 15, 2021
Ep #49 - The Ultimate Guide to Casino Chips
Episode #49 answers major questions about casino chips. So, what about those round things we use for money in the casino. Read on...
December 04, 2021
Ep #50 - 5 Considerations For Casino Freebies
This episode is also available as a blog post:
December 01, 2021
Ep #48 - Thank Notes
This episode is inspired by the Tonight Show and Jimmy Fallon’s “Thank-you Notes.” Special thanks to our nine New England casinos who strived to keep us safe the past year and a half.
November 24, 2021
Ep #47 - Las Vegas Trip Report celebrated two of our staff’s birthdays. Concentrating on center Strip properties, here’s our report.
November 16, 2021
Ep #46 - MGM Springfield Trip Report
Things are ramping up in Downtown Springfield and MGM is no different. Here’s a recent trip report.
November 11, 2021
Ep #45 - Spotlight On Oxford Casino Hotel
A few of the smaller casinos in New England don't get the attention they deserve. Oxford Casino Hotel in Maine is one of them. This podcast discusses their promotions that support their community organizations - something more casinos should consider doing.
November 03, 2021
EP #44 - Ever Play Pai Gow Poker? Here’s a Beginners Guide
Pai Gow Poker for Beginners is an overview to help players try Pai Gow Poker. The table set up, how to play, and side bets are covered. You can read the original post at here -
October 26, 2021
Ep #43 - 3 Reasons You’re Gambling Sessions Suck
3 Reasons Your Gambling Session Sucks is about making choices, creating success, and controlling your feelings for your session's success. This episode is also available as a blog post:
October 20, 2021
Ep #42 - Mohegan’s Sky Hotel and Arena Best Additions in 25 Year History
Mohegan Sun is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this month. The Sky Hotel and Arena have been the prime movers in 25 years of visitation.
October 13, 2021
Ep #41 - When Planning Your Bankroll How Much Is Enough?
Your casino bankroll requires planning for your next casino by deciding how long you're playing, what games, and what denominations
October 06, 2021
EP #40 - Dos and Donts of Recreational Gambling
Whether it's the first visit or one of many visits, 15 Casino Dos and Donts For the Recreational Gambler will guide your visit to the casino
September 29, 2021
EP #2 - New England Casinos Showing Signs of Recovery.
New England's casinos moving forward. Increased capacity, visitation and hotel reopening. New England Casinos Are Showing Signs of Recovery.
September 22, 2021
Ep #39 Blackjack Tips For Beginners
This episode is also available as a blog post:
September 22, 2021
EP #38 - So, What's a Casino Host?
The Ultimate Guide to Casino Hosts explains how to get a host, levels of hosts, expected play to get a host, tipping a host and more. This episode is also available as a blog post:
September 16, 2021
EP #37 - Best Gambling History Book is Roll The Bones
Roll The Bones By Dr. Schwartz The History of Gambling is a Must Read for those interestedly in gambling history from early in time to now.
September 08, 2021
EP #36 - Do you believe in casino karma?
This is a true story that made me think about karma in the casino, with my fellow gamblers. What about you? Do you believe in casino karma? This episode is also available as a blog post:
September 01, 2021
EP #35 - Ultimate Truth About Casino Players Cards & Slot Machines
The Ultimate Truth About Casino Players Cards and Slot Machines gives the truths and myths of what these rewards cards actualy do
August 26, 2021
EP #34 - The Beginner Guide to 3 Card Poker
The Beginner Guide to 3 Card Poker gives the basics of playing one of the popular table games in the casino, second only to blackjack.
August 18, 2021
EP #33 - Why Do We Play Video Poker?
Why Do We Play Video Poker? Consider the many elements, and you may see the numerous compromises we make for recreational video poker.
August 11, 2021
EP #32 - Casino Etiquette and Bad Behavior.
Ever come across bad behavior or a lack of casino etiquette when visiting the casino? Listen as I bring up examples and get a little rant in of my own.
August 04, 2021
EP #31 - Mohegan Sun Status Mayhem
Mohegan Sun Status Mayhem is a great promotion multiplier for slot and video poker players. Multipliers change from 2X to 5X. Great for low rollers.
July 28, 2021
EP #30 - Choosing The Best Video Poker Game For You
So, which Video Poker Game is right for you and your bankroll? Choosing The Best Video Poker Game For You considers all aspects to choose.
July 21, 2021
Ep #29 - Craps Players Have the Most Fun
It's a social event with excitement and fun, even if you're a newbie. Here are 5 Reasons Why Craps Players Have the Most Fun
July 14, 2021
EP #28 - Blackjack is Not a Team Game
Blackjack Not a Team Game looks at Blackjack as a single-player game. More camaraderie, less criticism and less shaming is needed.
July 06, 2021
EP #27 - Outdoor Food and Music Options at New England's Casinos.
Outdoor Food and Music Options at New England's Casinos outlines some great outdoor food, music, and entertainment options.
June 29, 2021
EP #26 - Casino Comps and Average Daily Theoretical
Casino comps are determined by your Average Daily Theoretical and the house advantage. It's all about the amount and Time played.
June 23, 2021
EP #25 - Casino Reward Clubs, ADT and ITV
The casino is missing out on one of the most important reasons we choose to visit a particular casino. This episode is also available as a blog post:
June 17, 2021
EP #24 - MGM Springfield Trip Report
A recent visit and Trip Report to MGM Springfield after a long hiatus due to the pandemic
June 08, 2021
EP #22 - The Amazing Comeback of Massachusetts Casinos
Episode #22 tells of the recovery Massachusetts casinos have shown in March and April.
May 25, 2021
EP #21 - It’s Time to Tier Match
This may be the best time to take advantage of tier matching offers before the casino industry begins its summer boom. This episode is also available as a blog post:
May 21, 2021
EP #20 - Reasons Why Casinos and Gamblers Are Optimistic for Summer 2021
We’re turning the corner. Enthusiasm and optimism are rising at the casinos. Here’s why.
May 18, 2021
EP #19 - Foxwoods Extends its Brand to Puerto Rico
Finally Foxwoods Resort has a project outside of CT. This episode is also available as a blog post:
May 14, 2021
EP #18 - Continued Look at Sports Betting in New England, featuring Connecticut and Massachusetts.
This is a continuation of the NETimeGambling post Progress of Legal Sports Betting in New England.
May 11, 2021
EP #17 - Progress For Legalized Sports Gambling in New England
Legal sports betting is a hot topic in New England. We look at all six states concerning sports betting. This episode investigates RI, NH, ME, and VT. This episode is also available as a blog post:
May 07, 2021
EP #16 Money-Saving Casino Tips From Jean Scott
Episode #16 features the wonderful influence and advice of Jean Scott, the Frugal Gambler.
May 04, 2021
EP #15 Beginner’s Guide to the 2021 Kentucky Derby
A quick look at the Kentucky Derby, including COVID changes for 2021.
April 29, 2021
EP #14 - New Dining Options at The Sun and Encore
The opening of new dining options accompanying the continued reopening of closed restaurants is a good sign. This episode is also available as a blog post:
April 27, 2021
EP #12 7 Of The Craziest Bets Ever Made
I’ve bet crazy at times, but I wouldn’t consider any of those bets part of the 5 Craziest Gambling Bets Ever Made. Today we take a break from the New England casino expansion to look at some of the craziest bets ever made. I’m not talking about taking insurance on a Blackjack hand, and I mean seemingly insane.
April 23, 2021
EP #11 - 4 Reasons To Play Pai Gow Poker On Multiplier Days
Don't have that BIG bankroll for that points multiplier day? Learn to play Pai Gow Poker. Here are 4 Reasons To Play Pai Gow Poker On Multiplier Days.
April 20, 2021
EP #10 - Bally’s Corporation Continues Expanding Brand
A brief look at the continued expansion of the Bally’s brand. We also look at the properties added to Twin River Worldwide Holdings, now Bally’s, list of old and new properties. This episode is also available as a blog post:
April 16, 2021
EP #9 - New England Casinos Support the Local Food Industry
New England Casinos continue to include local food businesses a part of their food option. Let’s see what’s new.
April 13, 2021
EP #8 - Where Would You Play a Bankroll of $250 in New England
New England Casinos on a $250 Bankroll descibes what casino I would choose according to my personal criteria with only $250 to play with.
April 10, 2021
EP #7 - Encore Boston Harbor Trip Report
It was a wonderful anniversary stay at Encore BH. EBH offers great guest service in a luxurious yet comfy atmosphere. bMMsoR3zO7NWu860UJYU
April 04, 2021
EP #6 - 3 True Stories About Slot Machine Vultures
This episode includes three true stories about being careful with money at the casino. This is especially with slot and video poker players in mind.
March 30, 2021
EP #5 - iGaming Will Put Connecticut On Top
This episode is also available as a blog post:
March 28, 2021
EP #4 - Only CT and NH Offer Casino Poker in New England
This episode is also available as a blog post:
March 25, 2021
EP #3 - Changing Your Gambling Plan at the Casino
This episode is also available as a blog post:
March 22, 2021
EP #1 - Massachusetts Is Making Casinos More Competitive
This episode is also available as a blog post:
March 16, 2021