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Gambling on a budget

August 30th, 2011 at 03:05 am

Saturday night, the hubs dad was in the next town over from our he asked us to go to dinner. We went to a nice steak and seafood place, known for its prime rib. It was very good, but the servings were HUGE. I seriously didnt even eat half of mine....actually about a third. We took the rest to go and nibbled on it throughout the weekend. The hubs dad treated because of the hubs birthday- which was really nice- I know the bill came to almost $200. He and his wife are separated, but working on things.

They suggested going to the casino nearby afterwards.

I will start with a caveat. I have nothing against those who gamble. Honestly, to each his own. I know lots of folks who love this past-time and are acutally quite lucky. Good for them!

I am not a gambler. It is simply not entertaining to me to drop any amount of money into a machine with the hopes that I might get lucky. So I tagged along and watched and listened. The first nugget I learned was that if a machine doesnt pay off within the first 3-4 spins, move on. Hmmm. That rule was immediately discarded if the machine paid just once during that first 3-4...then, some kindof auto-pilot takes over. I watched lots of people sitting at machines pushing the spin button over and over with just what I consider 'teaser' payouts of smaller and smaller amounts. Most people go ahead and play the amount down to zero. Then, they move on.

The second nugget I learned was that sitting at the same machine might get you a free drink. Emphasis on might. I think it is safe to say those free drinks pay for themselves many times over.

The final nugget that night was during the discussion on losing. Apparently, it's not so bad if you go with the intention that you will leave your money there. HUH? Yep, plan to blow a certain amount and then, if you leave with nothing, its no big deal.

I guess that is some folks philosophy to gambling on a budget. I see it differently. I'd rather have the sure bet of leaving with what I came luck required.

The hub gambled a whopping $7. Took about 10 minutes. We were both tired, and the place was way smoky (isnt indoor smoking illegal now???) We decided to head back to the condo.

We had a nice evening and I came home with a few nuggets. Wink

4 Responses to “Gambling on a budget”

  1. baselle Says:

    I won 104$ in Atlantic City on a Monday afternoon in 1985 ... never gambled again. (Why break the streak?) People watching in the casino is the only free entertainment. Good for you.

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    Smoking laws depend on the state (there are still a couple out there that allow indoor smoking, I believe) and even in my state, which has the most stringent anti-smoking laws out there, people can still smoke in the Indian casinos because they are considered sovereign nations and don't have to follow the state's laws in regard to smoking. Were you at an Indian run casino?

  3. Thrifty Ray Says:

    yep- sure were! That explains it LR...nasty none the less. I am so glad most places have outlawed it.

  4. Ima saver Says:

    I went gambling in Mississippi. We each had a roll of nickels. We got a free drink, went dancing and spent a lot of time watching other people at their machines. We had a good time and only lost $4 in nickels!

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