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Anybody like to gamble??

kandy
August 9th, 2005, 12:26 PM
I'm going to Vegas next week with my mom. They love her and give her free meals, hotel rooms, airfare, concert tickets, Nascar tickets - whatever she wants. She is lucky beyond imagination - she even bought a classic car with some of her winnings last year! Anyway, some of my friends think it's just terrible that I like to gamble and others try to give me money to gamble for them! :p My husband tells me that he's going to give me some extra money but he wants me to play Blackjack with a fairly large bet on each hand with all of it.

So, I am wondering - do any of you gamble and if so - what is your favorite game (slots, poker, blackjack, etc.)?

Puppyluv
August 9th, 2005, 12:31 PM
I LOOOOOOOOVE it!!! I'm a mindless penny slots girl myself. (What can I say, I'm a glutton for punishment.... I know I won't win, I just think it's fun). When we went to Costa Rica over Christmas, there was a one hour period each evening, during which it seemed everyone just dissapeared.. so I would plant my butt in front of the carona slots (no not the beer.... the currency :p ) and press away. My brother always played blackjack at the same time... the big difference? I would leave each night with empty pockets, and he would leave with his filled. :D

Rick C
August 9th, 2005, 12:36 PM
I'm going to Vegas next week with my mom. They love her and give her free meals, hotel rooms, airfare, concert tickets, Nascar tickets - whatever she wants. She is lucky beyond imagination - she even bought a classic car with some of her winnings last year! Anyway, some of my friends think it's just terrible that I like to gamble and others try to give me money to gamble for them! :p My husband tells me that he's going to give me some extra money but he wants me to play Blackjack with a fairly large bet on each hand with all of it.

It's just a guess on my part but I don't think your mother is getting all those freebies because she's winning!!!! :sorry: :eek:

I went to Vegas a few years ago and didn't see the point. I enjoyed driving out in the desert and, the reason we were there, a Lyle Lovett concert, and other stuff that had nothing to do with gambling.

The house always wins is a saying that didn't come from a loser!!

If people say to me they find enjoyment in the experience of gambling and are willing to pay for it . . . . I'm cool with that.

Of course, I should never have been a spoilsport and responded in this thread in the first place . . . . . :clown:

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

kandy
August 9th, 2005, 12:48 PM
It's just a guess on my part but I don't think your mother is getting all those freebies because she's winning!!!! :sorry: :eek:

Nope, she gets those freebies cuz she gambles lots of money and she goes to Vegas probably 4 or 5 times a year. But overall, she has more of their money than they have of hers. She gambles big - she wins big. Actually, most casinos go by a point system to decide what freebies you get. You sign up for their player's club and you get a card. You put your card in whatever slot machine you are playing - or give it to the dealer on the table games - and they keep track of how much you play (both time and $/bet). You get points based on how much you play. It wouldn't matter if you were winning or losing - you would still get the same points. :crazy:

Luvmypit
August 9th, 2005, 12:58 PM
I just got sucked into the new Texas hold em craze. My boyfirend and his friends play in our garage night after night. You go in there and you would think your in Las Vegas.

I refused to play at first just because I felt like it was just another new gimmick but I played once, and then again and again......

We only bet small amounts. 5 dollars a game. Sometimes just for fun.

I like the slots when I go to Niagara or Rama. And the money wheel is fun too.

Prin
August 9th, 2005, 01:02 PM
My man and I go to the casino here when there is absolutely nothing left to do and sitting at home has been overdone. We've been there twice in 4 years. We go in ok, come out pissed off and sad. :D We set a limit of money for the night (not very high) and we lose it all so fast (because it's not very high), and I just find the whole atmosphere so sad. I don't think we'll go back again. :rolleyes:

jjgeonerd
August 9th, 2005, 01:14 PM
I grew up in Las Vegas...was born there and lived there until I got the hell out to go to college. I'm not big on gambling...there's a reason why the casinos are so big! When I do gamble I usually just start with a fixed amount, say $40, and play until its gone or until I win...usually the previous.

Funny...I remember when casinos there were just buildings without clocks or windows and jam packed full of slots and tables. The Mirage was the 1st themed resort and opened when I was in High School and I remember the news saying it had to make $1 million/day to stay in business. Many "experts" predicted it would go out of business. Boy were they wrong! 60 Minutes just did a segment on Cirque Du Soleil (sp?) this past weekend and the Bellagio GM admitted that only about 40% of Vegas profits now come from gambling...the other 60% are from shows, food, etc.

kandy
August 9th, 2005, 02:11 PM
When I do go gambling - I only take however much I can afford to lose. I hear young people all the time saying "Well, there goes the rent money" :eek: and I'm thinking 'why the he11 are you betting with your rent money??'. I don't hear that alot in Vegas - but when I go to Wendover I hear it all the time. I think those kids are coming from Salt Lake City (there is a bus that runs twice a day to Wendover from SLC). You can't go with the assumption that you are going to win.

I love Texas Hold Em - I have a casino game for my computer and I play it on there. I've also played at one of the online sites but some guy kept sending me private messages that I had no idea how to reply to and it got really frustrating that this message kept popping up in front of my cards! All I wanted to do was learn how to play better - not flirt with all the other players! Haven't been back there again. I don't think I could play it in real life - I'm sure that I would be really easy to read and I'd get my butt kicked.

I am pretty good at Blackjack, and if I'd stick with that I'd probably go home with their money most of the time. I love the slots so I spend my money on the slots - go to the Blackjack table to earn some more and then take it back to the slots. :p

jjgeonerd
August 9th, 2005, 02:47 PM
I am pretty good at Blackjack, and if I'd stick with that I'd probably go home with their money most of the time.

ha ha...that's exactly what they want you to believe! ;)

Copper'sMom
August 9th, 2005, 03:10 PM
I L-O-V-E love the slot machines!!!!!! I now know why they have gambling help numbers on the bathroom stalls! It is sooo addictive!

kandy
August 9th, 2005, 03:18 PM
ha ha...that's exactly what they want you to believe! ;)

Actually Blackjack has the lowest house advantage of any casino game, so you have a better chance at winning. Doesn't always go that way - that's why they call it "gambling" and not "winning". :D :crazy:

pags
August 9th, 2005, 03:42 PM
Ah yeah we have casinos here. A whole bunch of them. I've been gambling about 5 times in the last 10 years. I can never help feeling like maybe I should have saved my 50 bucks and bought a throw pillow for the sofa or something.. You know, have something to show for the now-absent cash?

I just can't do it. I, too, go with really small amounts of money and it goes REALLY quickly. The ice in my coke doesn't have time to melt....

yviej
August 9th, 2005, 03:52 PM
I just got sucked into the new Texas hold em craze. My boyfirend and his friends play in our garage night after night. You go in there and you would think your in Las Vegas.

Oh yeah ... my boyfriend is into that too. More so in the past 6 months then now. He would go to the pool hall that he regularly goes to and plays with his friends there almost every single night. Otherwise he would hold a mini tournament at his place. It's usually $10/game. I've only played about twice and the first time I've actually played, I won .. hehe ... beginner's luck I guess.

Anywho ... he will still have the occasional game but not as much as before anymore.

Luvmypit
August 9th, 2005, 03:53 PM
I go with a small limit.

Like 50 or something. When I lose that at the slots after 10 minutes I usually go and take out more money.

I have a limit and then I have a real seriously not going to the bank machine limit again limit. Its like I tell myself 50 but that little voice will say hey you can afford 100 - 200 go for it girl. And then the other voice says if you spend more then that your an idiot. So I don't works well for me.

Joey.E.CockersMommy
August 9th, 2005, 03:53 PM
Actually I find gambling really boring. I went to the Casino here with some friends. I played the slot machines until all my money was gone. Ten whole bucks.Then went to the pub myself and waited for my friends to finish and come join me. I never seem to win anyways so I think its pointless. They are giving away a jeep at my work just for putting in hours. If I win I am going sell it and rennovate my house. :)

melanie
August 9th, 2005, 04:31 PM
the only things i gamble on is - the horses, ioh i love horse racing, i could sit in a pub all day throwing back a few beers and putting all my money on horses, well i used to do that, but these days i only bet when its big races, lets say i became a real GG girl at one stage in my life, my poor dad, he lost everythign on the GGs once and he alays tell me 'for gods sake girl say clear of those GGs' but do i listen, nahhhhhh :D but i hardly bet at all any more, jsut the big events loike the melbourne cup....

and the other thing i gamble on, my favourite game of all, Two Up... it was a game played by our anzacs in the wars and is a solid aussie tradition, you toss two coins and ebt on what ocmes up, i love that game and its great taking all the mens money, thats the best part really (then rubbing it in their faces with a victory dance)....

never been to acasino, we dont have many over here and i probably would get kickedo ut for not being flash enough or something :D

Roxy's_MA
August 9th, 2005, 05:50 PM
I think gambling is fun. As long as you can control yourself. I think of it as entertainment, and most entertainment cost you some money.

I usually play the $5 slots. I am not brave enough to play the tables. I tried once but this couple freaked on me. I guess I was asking for a hit when I shouldn't have been, even though I was winning those hands I ruined it for them.

My biggest win ever. I bought a $1 lottery ticket when I just turned 18, and won $10 000 :eek: . It was the first one I had ever bought. Unfortunatley I was pretty wild and irresponsible at that age and ended up blowing all the money. :( If I won it today, I would do alot of different things with the money.

Cinnabear
August 9th, 2005, 11:20 PM
My husband is very lucky when playing, I swear he has horseshoes up you know where. Carribean poker and 4 card poker is fun to play. I find slots not that much fun to play. I would take a walk around and see what's playing.

Have a fun trip. :crazy:

shannon1233A
August 10th, 2005, 06:26 AM
I love Texas Hold'em and am often, too often playing online at PP. I have a limit I allow myself, and usually stick to the tournaments. I've never been pm'd though, but since it's online, some people get real nasty. The good thing is you can turn the chat box off so no one can pm you, nor do you see any of the conversations at the table. I'll usually play the $5, $10, or $20 tournaments, and seldom but sometimes if I've won a few torneys I'll go to the $2/$4 tables. I wish I could find home games in our area, I spend enough time on this darn machine as it is, lol :evil:

kandy
August 10th, 2005, 10:26 AM
I think gambling is fun. As long as you can control yourself. I think of it as entertainment, and most entertainment cost you some money.
It is entertainment - just a little more expensive for some people! :p And I never take my debit card, or any credit cards with me so that I won't be tempted to get more money when mine is gone. If I'm losing that bad, I just follow my mom around and she gives me a 'tip' to haul her winnings to the cashier's cage for her. :D

I am not brave enough to play the tables. I tried once but this couple freaked on me. I guess I was asking for a hit when I shouldn't have been, even though I was winning those hands I ruined it for them.

Were you sitting at the last seat at the table? That is the anchor position and whoever is sitting there can make or break the hand for the whole table. Don't let it bother you or keep you from playing a table game if you want to. The bottom line is that you need to play your own hand and not worry about everyone else's - after all, it's your money. I try to stay out of the anchor spot because most times, I won't sacrifice my hand to save the table. You should've asked the dealer to control the couple. They shouldn't have been allowed to insult you or anything. If whoever is in the anchor position costs the table the hand - I might grumble to myself - but I would never say anything to them! They have the right to play their hand the way they want - no matter how it effects me.

I am so looking forward to my trip. The last time I gambled was on my cruise in 2003. :crazy:

Roxy's_MA
August 10th, 2005, 11:04 AM
It was over a year ago that I played, but If I remember correctly I was in the anchor position. Maybe it is time to try the tables again? I do like the odds of blackJack better than anything else at the casino.

kandy
August 10th, 2005, 11:47 AM
If you were in anchor then they probably felt that you should be sacrificing your hand to save the table. There are certain instances where the anchor "should" take a card - even if it busts their own hand - to make the dealer bust and thereby saving everyone else at the table. Or if the dealer has a 'bust' card showing and the anchor seat takes cards - you might take away the dealer's bust card, allowing the dealer to make their hand and causing the table to lose. If I were you, I'd sit in either the first or second chair (starting from right side of table if facing the dealer). That way, you don't have to worry about being the anchor - and having others leave or join the table won't effect your cards that much. If the anchor spot is the only open place at a table, I'll take it. If someone makes a comment about how I played a hand, I always tell them that when they are paying for my bets then they can tell me how to play my hand. :evil:

I like Blackjack because if you are a decent player, you can play all day long on $50 on a $5 table.

melanie
August 10th, 2005, 04:42 PM
tell me this, is machine gambling and casino stuff more common in your countries?? pokies are very popular here, but horses are still up there, i find it interesting that no one else here is into the Gs (not cart racing though, thats not nice)...

just interested

jjgeonerd
August 10th, 2005, 05:13 PM
Are the GG's horses?

melanie
August 10th, 2005, 05:27 PM
yes sorry, i use the word horses once and then use GGs because you know what?? i am very lazy and cant be bothered typing properly, which im suuuurrrreeee everyone has noticed, oh well, im shocking some days but its a nice life.... :D :D

jjgeonerd
August 10th, 2005, 05:45 PM
Why are they called GG's? Does it stand for something? Pretty interesting how we all speak English but have different terms for the same thing. :)

:sorry: ...off topic...sort of.

kandy
August 11th, 2005, 10:37 AM
In the US - Nevada is of course the gambling capitol. There are casinos all over though - lots of them on native american reservations. Most (definitely not all) states have some form of legalized gambling. Of course, it doesn't matter what state you live in anymore since the internet offers gambling too. :cool:

I don't know what GG stands for either. :confused:

melanie
August 13th, 2005, 05:04 PM
well you ppl like a challenge, i have never asked what GG means, i just knew its a horse, its jsut one of those terms, a bit like the word horse itself, you know what i mean??
so heres what i found,

a gee or gee-gee was originally the name for a child's form for "horse".

some ppl think its derived from the term 'Gee-up' which makes your horse move. 'Gee' itself is the command to make a horse turn right ('Haw' being to the left) "Will you put a few Gs on the gee-gee for me?" is apparently about 160 years old and is a term used commonly in Australia. there you go. man its hard being rom different countries so far apart, the new zealanaders have a good grasp of us as we do of them, but that does not apply to those further away i suppose.

casinos on Indigenous lands (native lands) yoru kidding right?? i thought that was jsut a simpsons joke, but i was definatly wrong...

boy wont go there but holy crap that would have a huge amount of socio/ecoinomic issues associated with it, wow interesting subject for a thesis thats for sure, thats if your a mongrel that can detach yourself, wow that5s jsut shocked me big time, man thats just wild truly :o

kandy
August 15th, 2005, 11:41 AM
I think for the most part the gambling gives the native american communities a huge economic boost. For example, we have a reservation about 2 hours from us that has been trying to get the Wyoming government to allow them to have a casino for years. They finally got it passed this last year and are in the process of building their casino. They will be attracting people from all over Wyoming (as they are in the central part of the state) and probably folks from some surrounding states as well. Gambling is big business and I guess they want their slice of the pie as well.

Melanie: Thanks for the explanation of GG's. And to answer part of your question - machine gambling (slots, video poker, video bingo, etc) are where the casinos make the most money. Table games such as poker, blackjack, roulette, etc) still make the casino money, but not as much as machines.

melanie
August 15th, 2005, 04:51 PM
i fond it fascinating, having just written a thesis on the indigenous ppl of my land and several socio/economic aspects of industry creation for them, i find this topic just fascinating and rather scary, i never thought it was true, jsut a simpsons thing....

wow but i suppose even to the most oppressed, when youve had all your skill, history, cultural industries, identity and such removed by force then you will turn to any industry to make a buck, even to the detriment of culture and identity. i cna tell you now it is very rare that indigenously owned operations work fairly or survive, often internal conflict means funds are not distributed fairly and often the white fella is in there makin a buck too plus a billion other issues.

wow what a world in which we live, i find it so fascinating, all a result of genocide as far as im concerned, jsut fascinating to find out about, its really interesting if you can detach yoruself.

thanks for the info guys, youve certainly opened my eyes a bit here.