It’s a strange time right now for most. Depending on where you live you may well you lounging around at your favourite cafe or bar, or in a state of complete lockdown! Unfortunately for lots of European countries the latter is the case and we’re all inside twiddling our thumbs and waiting fot a brighter day to come. Hopefully the vaccination program will bring that, but in the meantime it could be said that we’re at something of a loose end. So what to do? Some of us no doubt took on new hobbies like cooking or having a movie night to liven the days up. Others a daily walk to keep themselves sane!

It’s led to people having to rethink what’s important to them and how to put ‘workarounds’ in place to make life at least somewhat similar to how it was pre-pandemic. Really for our own sanity we need to do this, as people really aren’t designed to just shut down for months or even years on end. We are especially missing out of the ‘community’ and ‘crowd’ based activities now and for some (like crowds at a football match) it can be hard to replicate that atmosphere. For others people, people have found their own ‘next best thing’ or substitute that works well for them. I’ve found myself in that position too.

So, what of those activities we all used to know and love. One of my personal favourites was an occasional trip to the casino with my brothers or cousins. it was a family tradition of sorts with accompanying highs and lows that always made it an eventful time. A couple of us would gravitate towards the roulette table, others three card poker and we’d all have a story to tell (some good, some bad!) by the end of the night. So what to do now? Well all is not lost really, with the likes of Online Casino Bluebook and other online casino sites available to play from the comfort of your own home.

Online casino play has always been a popular and useful option but right now it’s really come int its own. I don’t exactly live right next to a casino and so it’s the type of situation where convenience wins out and I can play the top casino games in comfortable and familiar surroundings. An advantage of online play too is that they can so easily add new games overnight and they are available to play for all of their customers. This is especially true I find of slots options. Many online casino sites offer a staggering array of different slots games on every theme under the sun, to the point where ‘offline’ casinos struggle to compete.

So, it’s a relief really that the casino experience can be (and indeed has been) relatively easily recreated in an online environment. All of the games we know are love are still present – and then some. Slots, roulette, poker, it’s all there. There is a contrast with sport here in that for now the atmosphere of a crowd at, say, Premier League football matches has been lost, and in the UK the Grand National was last year cancelled in favour of a ‘virtual’ version, which certainly didn’t work great due to the history of form of real horses not factoring in. So really for us casino fans, we’re lucky that even when we can’t go to a bricks and mortar casino, we conveniently have our casino fix just the click of a mouse away. So whether your preference is the spin of a roulette wheel, or the bright lights and sounds of a slot machine, there is still no stopping you! Enjoy!

We had some snow here today and the weather forecast seems to suggest we might have even more on the way. I had rather hoped that like some kind of Charles Dickens novel, I was going to open the door on Christmas Day to see a picture postcard view that puts my snow globe to shame. Sadly though that wasn’t to be and we are instead in danger of being snowed in, in mid January!

If that does happen one concern of mine is that it’ll be living my own ‘Dancing on Ice’ as I always seem to have far less balance than other people when I’m out and about and it’s snowy or icy. Another is that our locked down world will get even smaller. Still, there is a whole world online nowadays, and besides, in some countries they have this weather much more frequently than we do. I’m sure the average Canadian for instance, especially those into casino games, is making a beeline for jeux de casino en argent réel as soon as the weather takes a turn for the worse, rather than complaining.

Interestingly, a good friend of mine recently moved to Canada, and he really seems to have taken to the place, even suddenly becoming an ardent ice hockey fan. I’m half expecting to hear that he’s considering becoming a lumberjack! I’d love to visit but travel plans have currently been kicked down the road for a few months, so such bright ideas get ‘put on ice’. My pal is an ardent casino fan too, and like me he’s more likely to be found on or other casino sites than the bricks and mortar variety.

So whatever the weather come tomorrow, I’ll endevour to make myself useful. And it sounds like it’ll either by falling on my ass outside much to the amusement of others, or killing some time playing slots or poker on one of my favourite online casino sites!

I long for the day I can return to a bricks and mortar casino. They’re all shut here for now and so such an aspiration is currently a complete non starter, but hopefully a few months down the line that situation will change again.

So what it is about these venues that holds appeal, when online venues like cancasinos and the like offer such a wide range of games right from the comfort of your home? Well, don’t get my wrong, online casino sites are my ‘go to’ and often offer a great range of bonuses and games to play, but it’s good to mix things up too and bricks and mortar casinos offer such a variety of environments and characters that there is never a dull moment.

I often enjoy a bit of people watching at our local casino, and let me tell you, there’s is always something or someone that turns heads. My favourite type of player just has to be the ‘hoverer’ ; the patron who certainly doesn’t require a chair and instead endlessly flits between roulette tables ‘lumping on’ as the wheel is mid spin. Bizarrely they almost never seem to win, and so it’s like they possess the very opposite of a sixth sense. Other types of players of note are the stony faced individuals who have the exact same facial expression regardless of whether they’ve won or lost a fortune. Botox perhaps? Along the same lines the ‘It has to be red!’ crew who haunt the roulette wheel waiting for a run of blacks (or reds), convinced that the results somehow have a bearing on the next spin and their colour of choice will come rolling in. Come to think about it, the majority of a casinos characters are roulette players.

But all things considered the ‘real world’ and online experience also have a lot in common. They both offer a dizzying variety of slots, roulette, card and casino games in general (with online casinos having an especially broad range of frequently updated games). They both also require the right temperament, as well as the sensible setting of limits and having a fun approach to gambling. So whatever your casino game of choice, and wherever you intend to play, have fun!

I’ve never been to Australia but I wouldn’t precisely be able to tell you why that is. The distance obviously factors in, but I have been to Japan which isn’t a world away  so that’s no excuse.  I’d also have an interest in visiting New Zealand so that would be an opportunity to ‘kill two birds with one stone’ should I have put plans in place. Plenty of friends have had  their own Aussie experience and loved it.  Weirdly Australian soaps (Neighbours and Home & Away) were massively popular here when I was growing up too, and so I intrinsically do feel at least some kind of connection to the country.

One thing I do know about Australians from my Aussie friends here though is that they love a good gamble. Whenever there’s a card game on the go with a bit of financial interest they are first in line!  And they are often telling me their casino stories of real money pokies and the like. Maybe there is a bit more of an upfront, daredevil attitude with Australians compared to more reserved nations . There is always good humour with it too, and so a healthy approach to fun!

All of that sunshine certainly can’t do our Aussie mates any harm either. None of those dull and rainy days and instead an almost perpetual Vitamin D dream of sun, sea and sand. It brings about a more positive outlook which certainly can’t hurt in life. There is no need to escape to sunnier climbs in winter months for Aussies considering that they experience good weather more than most anyway.

But of course life can’t always be lived outdoors, and as such especially in these tricky covid times indoor hobbies certainly have their place to. And as I said having a healthy ‘flutter’ can be a good option. Having a few spins of the roulette wheel or on the slots at online casino Australia can sometimes be the order of the day! We all need a break from the day today and our Aussie mates are no different in that regard!