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I need to break free of my gambling addiction.

I'm addicted to online gambling, and it's taking a toll on my social life, pocketbook, and self-esteem. I need to quit - and have tried to - but have relapsed each time within a week, give or take. The relapse usually occurs when I'm anxious/stressed (which unfortunately is quite often lately). To MeFites that have struggled with and overcome some form of addiction - how did you beat your habit? What did it take? How did you resist the temptation, even in moments of weakness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 7, 2014 - 13 answers

[How] Can I bet on Premier League games online while residing in the US?

Tottenham face arch rival Arsenal next week and I'd like to demonstrate my support with some cold, hard cash. Can I legally bet on games here in the US? (Can't get to NV or NJ so going to a sports book is not possible.) COYS!
posted by wensink on Sep 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Baccarat and money laundering

Why is baccarat more conducive to money laundering than other casino games? Or is it just that it was already the most popular game in places (e.g. Macau) where there's already a lot of money laundering going on?
posted by neat graffitist on Sep 17, 2014 - 6 answers

The Hugo Awards: what are the odds?

I thought bookmakers would take bets on just about anything, bookish competitions included—Ladbrokes has Haruki Murakami at 6:1 for this year's Nobel Prize for Literature—but I'm not finding anyone offering odds on this weekend's Hugo Awards. Are there any "official" odds on the Hugos? And if not, why not? [more inside]
posted by mumkin on Aug 15, 2014 - 3 answers

Cubs win World Series? ...Against Miami?

According to Back to the Future II, the Chicago Cubs will win the World Series in the distant future of 2015. If a meme started up and caused an inordinate number of people to jokingly/ironically bet on the Cubs next season, would that affect their odds? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Mar 9, 2014 - 2 answers

High stakes, and winning a new life in a new world.

What card game did my grandfather play on the voyage from Sicily to Ellis Island? Google is not giving me the detail I need. [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece on Feb 9, 2014 - 4 answers

A bit of a flutter!

I'm in London again, and having a whale of a time thanks to all the advice I garnered last year. One new thing I want to try this time is having a little flutter-I want to place a small bet on something. I don't expect to win, but would like to know how to bet intelligently so as to improve the odds. [more inside]
posted by L'Estrange Fruit on Sep 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Help the frustated gamblin' man get his small money fix.

What would be the most accessible and cost effective way for a U.S. resident to get a small value daily gambling fix? I enjoyed the daily stock market positions on Intrade (RIP), for instance. Day trading? Other gambling sites? Betting sidewalk strangers on coin flips? [more inside]
posted by bepe on Aug 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Online poker in the US?

What are the best ways for a Texas Holdem enthusiast to play online poker in the U.S. these days? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2013 - 5 answers

I need a scripted line for why I'm not betting.

A friend of mine is celebrating his birthday at a horse track. I am going to go and have a good time, despite not having warm fuzzy feelings about the treatment of the horses. What can I use as an excuse for why I'm not betting, given that I am known for being a very enthusiastic gambler? [more inside]
posted by Fig on Jun 17, 2013 - 40 answers

Three-Card-Monte style swindle for someone inept with card tricks?

My bike gang (previously) is throwing a "Street Hustle" themed alleycat bicycle race. I need to play a simple hustler card game with 20-30 different people who will pass through my checkpoint. Three Card Monte would be perfect, except I doubt my ability to perform the actual sleight-of-hand. Is there a similar card game that is easier to perform? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jun 10, 2013 - 7 answers

VEGAS, BABY!

Next month, I will be travelling to Las Vegas. For the very first time in my life. I have a whole bunch of Vegas-newbie questions. I’d like to ask you for your help. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Feb 27, 2013 - 28 answers

How do I fight City Hall and stop the building of a casino?

How do I fight City Hall and stop the building of a casino? [more inside]
posted by storybored on Feb 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Learning How to Play Blackjack at a Casino

I'm going to a casino in a few days, and I want to play blackjack. However, I've never played any of the card games at a casino, and I'm pretty ignorant about the strategy to use for blackjack, as well as any etiquette I need to be aware of. [more inside]
posted by DMan on Dec 16, 2012 - 12 answers

Gambling odds question

How would one (legally) take advantage of the change in odds of a given NFL team to win the Super Bowl? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on Sep 24, 2012 - 6 answers

What are the odds?

Math/probability not sports: I am not a gambler, but I am trying out a method of betting on sports with some initial success. At what point can I use the numbers to confidently assume that this is down to the system rather than luck? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Sep 19, 2012 - 4 answers

How to succeed at horse racing without really trying

Going out to the race track today at Lonestar Park in Grand Prarie, Texas. Problem: I've never been to a horse race before. I don't even know how they work. I would like to place one or two bets, but I don't know anything about the competitors. Any suggestions for a first timer in general? Futhermore, (if you are familiar with today's race), which horse would be a safe bet?
posted by Krazor on Jul 4, 2012 - 10 answers

Poker practice online not for cash

Where can one play good online poker with real players (or a program w/*really* good AI with weaknesses and styles)? Not for cash - just for practice. Ipad app or website fine. *Not* just Texas Hold'em/7 card stud, but finishing off the HORSE class and beyond (Hi/Lo Omaha, Hi/Lo 7 card stud, Razz). Don't want scummy spyware or to have to give credit card info. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Jul 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Gambling in Macau on the cheap?

I'm going to Macau and I'd like to see a few casinos and gamble a bit, but I'm also a poor student. What are the best games for me to play to get the most time and fun for my money, or to have the best odds of winning (impossible, I know)?
posted by reductiondesign on Mar 28, 2012 - 10 answers

The house always wins

Odds on the street: I think that my neighbor has a gambling problem. What should I do to protect myself and those around me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 23, 2012 - 6 answers

Are there ideal numbers to have in a basketball "Square pool"?

Math/sports question! I entered a "Square pool" (purely theoretical money at stake :) ), for the NCAA basketball tournament. I am curious if there are better numbers to have, and why that would be the case. More information inside. [more inside]
posted by JoeGoblin on Mar 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Can I Legally Bet on March Madness?

Sports betting in the USA, specifically March Madness, is it legal? [more inside]
posted by Talez on Mar 12, 2012 - 8 answers

Why is stock price related to company earnings? No really.

So I completely understand that prices of stocks, like anything in a market, arise from supply and demand. But at the end of the day, why does demand for a stock increase when a company's earnings increase? How does holding the stock of a company whose earnings have increased since purchase benefit a stockholder? It can't purely be that I care about earnings because I know everyone else cares about earnings because they know everyone else cares about earnings... can it? What is the ultimate source of this caring about earnings? If dividends were more common, I could understand all this as a jockeying for a good deal on a dividend. But as it is, it sounds no different than betting on a never-ending horse race with earnings arbitrarily picked as the indicator of which horse is in the lead.
posted by the jam on Feb 26, 2012 - 24 answers

Casino Statistics

Help me figure out how much the average casino gambler (anywhere) spends/loses per hour. [more inside]
posted by Partario on Feb 11, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I get out of this?

Escaping a bad life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2012 - 33 answers

The things I do for airline status

Help me gamble and eat during a six-hour Vegas layover. [more inside]
posted by willbaude on Dec 5, 2011 - 8 answers

What are unconventional things to do in Vegas?

What are some unconventional things to do in Vegas? I've done just about everything obvious. Halloween activities could be especially fun. [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Oct 5, 2011 - 12 answers

I'd like to make legal bets on top tier little league games. Forget whether it's ethical - is it POSSIBLE?

Is there any legal sportsbook/casino that takes bets on the little league world series? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Aug 22, 2011 - 2 answers

How do Vegas oddsmakers make their odds?

How do Vegas oddsmakers make their odds? [more inside]
posted by malhouse on Aug 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Need to amend taxes for a three word change?

TaxFilter: Received a 1099-MISC after filing, but I reported the income on 1040 Line 21. Do I need to amend? [more inside]
posted by jeversol on Feb 2, 2011 - 10 answers

Can you reccomened a gambling novel?

What novels with a heavy focus on gambling should I read? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics on Jan 21, 2011 - 31 answers

When you get the ideas, you get the itinerary. Then when you get the itinerary, then you get the fun.

Women, alcohol, drugs, cash, gambling, and guns. And questions. WAY LONGER inside. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Nov 17, 2010 - 37 answers

Zenyatta!

Tomorrow, Zenyatta will attempt to win her 20th and final race at Churchill Downs. I am not a gambler, but would like to place some bets to make watching the race more fun. Of course, I wouldn't mind winning some money, too. I'm hoping someone here can give me some strategy tips based on these odds. A friend has suggested placing 12 exacta bets on Zenyatta to win and each of the others to place. The assumption I'm making is that she will indeed win.
posted by Shike on Nov 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Betting on collegiate boxing

Where or how can someone bet on a collegiate boxing match? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on Nov 1, 2010 - 1 answer

Help me get my game on! Or at least fake it. :)

Hooookay. So I've been asked to play in a charity poker tournament. I'm fierce at craps and was a pool shark in my past life so it appeals to me, but I've just never had a weekly poker game or anything... truth is I haven't played poker in years. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Oct 18, 2010 - 16 answers

Online Poker

10 years late to the party filter. I want to play online poker for money (not that much to start out with). I'm confused, though, by what's legal and by which online sites actually offer the ability to gamble. I am in the United States. What's a good site that will allow me to play very small bets as I get started with online poker? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me organise an excellent Melbourne Cup sweep

How can I make my office's Melbourne Cup sweep interesting? [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Oct 12, 2010 - 15 answers

Can I get a swanky Vegas gambling experience - but with low limits?

I'm currently staying in Las Vegas and it seems silly not to have a go at playing some roulette and maybe some blackjack. The GF would like to try playing some slots. Where can we go on the mid-strip which is suitably classy but at the same time has low limits? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Sep 8, 2010 - 14 answers

I bet you a million bucks you can't go the rest of my life without contacting me again.

How can I find out which entity sold (at least) my name and address to the sleazebags at Betus.com when the latter company is unresponsive and apparently staffed by the proverbial 100 monkeys with typewriters? [more inside]
posted by Inspector.Gadget on Sep 7, 2010 - 10 answers

How can someone guess the betting lines for a sporting event?

How does one guess sports betting odds, or determine at what point to place a bet on a sporting event? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 6, 2010 - 9 answers

How can I keep from looking like a big dummy at the blackjack table?

In a few months, I'm heading to Las Vegas for a conference. I am absolutely not a gambler, but figure I'll spend an hour or two checking out some of the gaudiest casinos and maybe playing some slots. But, for some reason, I also have an urge to try playing blackjack. My question is twofold: 1. What can I expect from the blackjack-playing experience? I've only played slots before and have never interacted with anyone at a casino. How can I keep from looking like an idiot? 2. Any recommended resources for basic blackjack strategy?
posted by laze on Mar 23, 2010 - 28 answers

Is Online Poker Fun?

What is it like to play online poker as a hobby? [more inside]
posted by Spurious on Mar 15, 2010 - 24 answers

Can I run a fantasy parimutuel?

Under what conditions would online fantasy parimutuel be legal? [more inside]
posted by luke on Feb 7, 2010 - 6 answers

Oh yeaaaah, it's the taxman

A character in my story needs to hide gambling winnings from the IRS - what are some simple, non-James-Bondian ways he can hide his winnings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2010 - 29 answers

What is the game where you put a card on your forehead?

What is the card game where everyone puts a card on their forehead? [more inside]
posted by Wink Ricketts on Oct 31, 2009 - 17 answers

Daddy needs a new game of choice...

On a single round of betting at a casino what is the best odds? (One that doesn't require skill such as BJ or Poker. Something where I can just walk up and put a chip(s) somewhere like Roulette or Craps.) [more inside]
posted by who else on Aug 22, 2009 - 29 answers

Why are so many contests limited to the continental United States?

Why are so many contests limited to the continental United States? [more inside]
posted by yesno on Aug 13, 2009 - 7 answers

Recovery of US casino jackpot tax withholdings

As a Canadian, how do I recover gambling tax withholding from winnings at Las Vegas casinos? [more inside]
posted by albertagirl on Aug 5, 2009 - 8 answers

humiliating stakes for a friendly wager?

i've been recruited to help set the stakes for a friendly wager on the ole miss / alabama game in october. while money can be involved, the bet should be more centered around humiliation of some sort. any ideas for an entertaining bet between an already-tough-to-embarrass male and female friend?
posted by ames on Aug 4, 2009 - 13 answers

Fun Money Sites & Games For Kids

My 7 year old son has developed a passion for money. He enjoys collecting unusual coins and bills, spotting bargains at the grocery, playing 'store' and (yikes) making bets for cash. His favorite character is Mr. Crabs. Finance is not my specialty *snort* so any suggestions for age appropriate sites/activities that revolve around the wise use of filthy lucre will be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by maryh on Jul 21, 2009 - 26 answers

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