On November 9th 2019 the AITG private Facebook community, Art in The Game and Cousin Vito’s Casino podcast listeners enjoyed their first official group casino meet up at MGM Springfield. “Thanks-Gambling” was a day filled with benefits, community gambling, private VIP parties, and amazing prizes. Hosted by Chris DiMauro of Art in the Game & Vito Marchitto of Cousin Vito’s Casino Podcast.  AITG members who wanted to stay the weekend were provided a discount room block all on the same floor. We had 78 registered players the day of the 8-hour event.  One of the night’s highlights our record-breaking group high limit slot pull inside the Knox lounge at MGM Springfield.

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Group Slot pull photo. Photo Credit: MGM Marketing
The line to register.
The Gamblepalloza Gang.
Vito Myself and his cousin Mickie.
Get Set Marketing Dan B.
The Anytime Fitness gang.

Check in began at early at 2:00 PM with VIP tier match welcome at Tap Bowling.  It took a while but our hosts Jae and her Mlife partner checked all of us in and many players were automatically upgraded to Pearl or higher depending on card level from competing casinos.  We also all enjoyed our first $15 drink on MGM while getting to know one an other.  Also due to the generosity of our welcome bag sponsors the first 70 attendees received gift bags.

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Winning together is wonderful!

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At 5PM we all meet inside the Knox high limit room to cheer on the 62 participant’s of our record setting $6,200 group slot pull.  This portion of the evening may have been the most popular hour.  Vito lead us as we started on Top Dollar at $200 a pull! The first thousand went without any bonuses.  We then moved to Wheel of Fortune at $100 a pull again nothing big after a thousand coin in.  The then group decided to try Double Diamond Pinball at $75 a spin and we hit a $3000. hand pay!  Shortly another $2000. hand pay!

2 Free Spins!
It was fun setting the MA record!
Almost $80,000!
Scott and so many great AITG members!
Vito signing fir our first hand pay
Jimmy cheers on Big Lou and Vito!

Then we headed to The Commonwealth Lounge for Vito’s Birthday celebration.  We ate cake and we got paid!  From now on Payday and Cake will be a part of Thanks Gambling!  As long as we win.

Birthday Hopla
Vito cousin Mike and his MOM
We ate cake!
Having our own VIP section at Commonwealth was swanky.
Jae our host for the event was a total Rockstar!

After which we finally had time for open gambling and reconvened at the back room at Cale Mare. We all participated in a gambling contest and there were to be 3 winners.  Eric won the table game prize of $500. in chips and Frank the slot prize of $500 in free play.  We also were all entered in a raffle drawing for a signed Patriot’s helmet with COA.  Our new member Bonnie won.

AITG Members!
Back room at Cal Mare.
New member wins the signed N.E. Patriots helmet!
Linda hit on her free play!
Bogan and Bob
Eric and Frank TG grand Prize winners!
Jarod entering the raffle for the NE helmet.

All in all the event was a huge success.  Friendships were made.  New games learned in a friendly atmosphere. We set a record together and had a lot of fun with like minded people.  Hey we all deserve a holiday just for adults who love the casino.  Now we have one Set your calendars for early November 2020.  You wont want to miss the 2nd annual Northeast gambling holiday!

I was happy to see our logos up!

A sincere THANK YOU to MGM Springfield and all our gift and prize sponsors.  Most of all thank you to all who came and participated!  You all made TG what it is.  A fun holiday for friends who love the casino.

Thanks Again

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Official Thanks Gambling Image courtesy of Get Set Marketing
Our official TG MGM Springfield hotel discount link.

TG Event Itinerary:

2:00-3:30PM. VIP tier match check in and event registration with sponsored cocktail hour. Attendees with valid Free play offers at Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Atlantic City casinos up to $100 will get that same Free play matched for Thanks Gambling! This is where you will sign up for the Group High Limit Slot Pull. Members who sign up will receive $20 in Free Play. All Members will receive $15 drink coupon for the welcome party as well as sponsored welcome gift bags.

3:45-4:45 Tap lunch with Chris. I have about 25 seats reserved. Everyone can order of menu and pay for themselves.

5:00PM Group High Limit Pull inside Knox High Limit Room. Only those who have signed up for the slot pole and have an entry will participate. All others can observe.

6:00PM. Cousin Vito‘s birthday celebration inside of Commonwealth bar. Come and eat cake and sing happy birthday to my cohost Cousin Vito! Cake on us cash bar.

9:30-10:00PM. Grand finale party with prize giveaway! surprise location TBD.

This is sponsored private event. Attendees MUST be members of Art in the Game MGM Springfield closed group or direct invitation by one of the hosts.

More information coming soon!  Stay up to date on the Facebook closed group:

I would like to thank our presenting sponsor MGM Springfield for sponsoring Thanks Gambling 2019!


A special thank you to our promotional marketing and print sponsor Get Set Marketing.  I recommend the Get Set team for all marketing and print needs.

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Thank you to our Thanks Gambling prize and gift bag sponsors!  The Springfield Thunderbirds, Explore Western Mass and The Massachusetts State Lottery!

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