The same thing happens, the cat loses, and receives number 36 on the wheel, appropriately christened " Roll Out the Barrel ". Early to Bet is the only appearance of this character.gambling expenses write off POKIES FREE BONUS NO DEPOSIT Early to Bet is a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoon short released on May 12, starring The Gambling Bug. The Gambling Bug is a small character who infects others with the desire to Looney Tunes) is featured in this cartoon. It is available on DVD as part of Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1. The Gambling Bug bites a tall black cat, giving the tormented feline gambling fever. The cat keeps betting with a bulldog and loses, and the punishment is. Early to Bet: The Gambling Bug causes gambling fever in anyone he bites. He bites a cat, who becomes eager to play gin-rummy with a bulldog for penalties.