In the three years since the US Supreme Court agreed to a relaxation of sports betting laws, gambling has gradually started to hit the mainstream and is no longer just restricted to the likes of Las Vegas and Atlantic City. As the popularity of placing a bet has risen, so has the potential for that uniquely 21st century form of social commentary, the meme.
One of the most famous memes ever, from that most iconic social commentator Homer Simpson, was “it’s funny because it’s true.” That can certainly be applied to the lucky seven gambling memes we’ve chosen here. But which one do you think hits the jackpot?
1 – When to stop
Managing your bankroll is absolutely vital, whether you play online or in a real, land-based casino. It’s so easy to end up in this guy’s shoes. The problem is, of course, that one dollar can rapidly turn into 20 or more. It’s a slippery slope, so set aside your playing budget for the session and be strict with yourself about sticking to it, no matter what.
2 – We think we know it all
Be honest, what are your main casino influences? The big screen loves the turn of a card or the spin of a wheel, and the casino presents an ideal blend of glamor, sophistication and tension. But it doesn’t always give the most realistic interpretation of casino games. For example, Casino Royale took some liberties with the poker scene for the sake of ramping up the tension and progressing the plot. Likewise, while 21 gives a more accurate representation of card counting than, let’s say, Rain Man, it still exaggerates both the ease with which it can be done and the impact it can have on your success.
3 – The duck of wisdom
We love memes that take a “less is more” approach. Here’s a duck with wisdom beyond its years, so thank it for its advice and be a smart gambler. Of course, if you can gamble with someone else’s money, that’s even better. Slots featured at NoDepositHero are very popular with no deposit bonus fans because the platform will give you some betting money to get you into the game. If you win, you can keep right on playing, if you don’t, there’s no harm done.
4 – Divine intervention?
There are casino games like poker and blackjack where skill can improve your win rate. But even with these, the outcome is partially down to luck, as all ultimately depends on the turn of a card. In other games like roulette, all you can do is place your bet and hope. It’s little wonder, then, that some people start hoping for a little divine intervention, especially when they hit one of those bad runs that will inevitably come along from time to time.
5 – Silver surfers
The past 12 months or so have been even tougher on the older generations than on the rest of us. Coincidentally, this is actually the age group that you are most likely to encounter in land-based gambling establishments. The internet provides a great lifeline, and not just for staying in touch with the grandchildren, making grocery orders, or paying bills. Here’s a tip – if your family member claims to be “too old” to learn about using the internet. Mention the online slots and bingo options, and you might just initiate a change of heart.
6 – We all love a comp
The word “comps” is short for complimentary extras that you can get in casinos as an incentive to keep playing. Now, most people associate comps with the free drinks and snacks that are all part of the Las Vegas experience. However, there are comps available online, too, like free spins and those no deposit bonuses we mentioned earlier. Those are available to everyone, while in land-based casinos, the quality, size and regularity of the comps will depend on how much you gamble, not to mention your willingness to tip the serving staff. Just keep your expectations realistic, and don’t expect huge comps if you are only betting small amounts.
7 – Spare a thought for the dealer
Last but not least, being a dealer or croupier sounds like a fun job, sitting there glammed up and holding court at the table as the James Bond types place their bets and charm you with their repartee. Then, of course, you wake up and return to the reality of boorish bettors who can’t hold their drinks, struggle to hold their cards and have only a rudimentary idea of what they are doing. It’s another big plus point for the online versions. Although you can still play with a live dealer and other players, there is no risk of any obnoxious drunk stepping on your foot or knocking your drink over. There’s definitely a lot to be said for playing in cyberspace!