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Offline JoshEEE

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Gambling...
« on: August 25, 2003, 12:10 PM »
I'm planning another trip to Vegas later this year, and thinking about how much I might throw down at the tables this year.

Spawned this obvious question:

What's the most money you've ever lost gambling? (in one trip, or one sitting....your pick).

What's the most you ever won?  (and that means LEFT the city with)
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Re: Gambling...
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2003, 12:33 PM »
I don't gamble...  I spend/lose enough money on my SW  habit...  I mean collecting. :o

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Re: Gambling...
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2003, 12:47 PM »
I suppose some Star Wars collecting (that done by the toy "investors") could be considered gambling, but that's not exactly what I was asking.

I'm sure everyone gambles in SOME way.  You haven't even bought lottery tickets or anything?   :)
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Re: Gambling...
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2003, 12:54 PM »
Vegas! Kaching!  Man, I haven't been back to Vegas since the summer of 1986. I just love playing the dollar slots. The Triple Diamond is my favorite. Most I walked away with was $1000. Most I spent,  :-X

Someday I will go back there & see all the changes that have been made.  8)

 

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Re: Gambling...
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2003, 01:35 PM »
Most I've lost to scratch tickets was $10, most I lost in a casino was $2.75.

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Re: Gambling...
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2003, 01:38 PM »
Whenever I go gambling, I always set a limit (usually $100 - $200)  If I blow it in five minutes, then so be it.  If I can sit at a blackjack table for five hours, even better.  The most I walked away with was close to $400 after sitting at a $25 blackjack table for about 5 hours.

I'm going to Vegas in October for my one year anniversary.  I won't spend the whole time gambling but would definitely like to get a few hours in.
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Re: Gambling...
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2003, 01:38 PM »
Ok, you guys are making me look like I have a gambling problem.  $2.75  ;D

The most I've ever lost was a little over 300 bucks. That's not counting what I "won" back, or any of the other entertainment expenses on the trip....just cash I lost at the tables.

The most I won was 600.

The most I've ever had in chips on a table at one point or another was 1200 dollars, which was a lot considering it was a 5 dollar table and I started with 200.

I try to never bring more than 300 anytime I go to Vegas, because that's about as much as I'm comfortable throwing away. Any more than that, and I'd probably be mad at myself.
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Re: Gambling...
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2003, 01:39 PM »
My buddy and I were at one of the local Native American Casinos a long time ago, we were big fans of nickle video poker.  He had won at one point $500 in nickles close to 10,000.  I kept telling cash out, cash out...he said when  I get to 10,000.  Lets just say he walked away from the machine with less than 1 nickle and more than -1 nickle.

I have never been a huge gambler, I love playing poker with the fellas but that is usually with ye olde change bucket.  Casinos are generally too smokey and noisy for my liking.


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Re: Gambling...
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2003, 02:13 PM »
That's why I don't like slots.

1. There's that temptation to "Play till you lose it" which is just stupid.
2. They've changed most of them to "credits" now, which means no more putting in the quarters and losing them one at a time. Now you press one button and bet like 2.50 on a spin.  That's just lame.

If the table games ever went that way, (sort of like the video machines at the bars) I think I'd stop gambling altogether.
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Re: Gambling...
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2003, 02:49 PM »
Not to sound like 4-LOSW, but I LOVE gambling!   8)  I'm mostly just a Blackjack, Sports betting, and Video Poker kinda guy though.  I can sit at a Blackjack table for 12 hours straight - easy.

Being here in SoCal, Vegas is only a 4-5 hour jaunt across the desert, and a trip that I've made many, many times - probably over 100x.  I love that city, and if I hadn't met my wife Patty, I would've probably moved out there!  I used to go there at least once a month during about a 5 year span in college.  I had some buddies who went to UNLV out there, so it was always free accomodations.

As for my highs and lows of gambling money, I've probably both won and lost about $500 or so in one sitting of Blackjack, but those were just a few extreme cases.  I'll usually cash out when I'm at +- $100.  I usually only play $10 a hand, but sometimes when I'm feeling rather bold (usually due to the free alcohol), I'll up my bets to the $25 chips.

I'll toss some quarters into the video poker machines when I want to just unwind for a little while - we're talking +- $20 here.  I'll plunk down some fat change at the Sports Books though, and have done quite well betting on NFL and NBA.  That's some fun, though occassionally very frustrating, stuff!  Love the 5-parlays!

Well, I'm starting to twitch now, and am contemplating hopping in my car for the quick trek across the desert, so I better stop discussing my gambling urges here...   :P

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Re: Gambling...
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2003, 05:13 PM »
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Re: Gambling...
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2003, 08:22 PM »
I was driving home from Orlando one time, and there was a huge detour on the interstate...

The detour took us right by the Seminole Indian Gambling Casino - so we stopped.

I started with $4.00

I won some slot machine thing and at one point was at $6.00

Needless to say I was rollin'

But, from that point on I was rollin' down hill - I left with nothing.

I learned my lesson, and it only cost me $4.00

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Re: Gambling...
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2003, 09:19 PM »
I like to gamble once in a while (about two times a year).  The most I have lost on a trip would probally be around $500 or so (Money that I took with me not counting any winnings).  The most I have ever won at one time is propbally around 2 or $300 playing either roullete or Let it Ride my two farvorite games.

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Re: Gambling...
« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2003, 09:48 PM »
I love Vegas and go a couple times a year. I'm a true low-roller, and I'm not comfortable betting more than $2-$3 a hand at blackjack. I prefer a $1 minimum table, of course.  :)

I never win or lose too much, because I don't bet too much per hand, but I sit at the tables for hours on end, drinking for free, and having a grand ol' time. Last trip to Vegas in June, I sat at the Sahara one night for four hours, and drank a bunch, and walked out with $10 less than I walked in with. That's just fine with me.
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Re: Gambling...
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2003, 10:42 PM »
I've been to Vegas once, and Atlantic City a number of times.  I usually play blackjack, and the occassional machine, and that's it.  Some key tips?

Only gamble money that you can afford to lose.  In fact, think of it as spending money, and that's it.  It's money that you're using for entertainment, and no more.  If you start using money that you might need for something else (hotel, rental car, rent, etc), then you've got a problem.

As for winning and losing...both happen.  The odds favor the house, otherwise they wouldn't be in the casino business.  I've won big and lost big.  There are definitely some rules that you should keep in mind.

-Don't play poker.  Only play poker with people you know.  Otherwise, you could be walking into a setup, where several people could be playing in a cooperative fashion.  If that happens, they could really taje you for a ride.

-If you play blackjack, learn basic strategy.  Also, playing at more expensive tables is usually better.  Why?  Because fewer players means fewer variables in terms of what cards get drawn, and patterns in the cards are a little easier to pick up on.  And finally, in blackjack, if you win a hand, don't stay at the same bet level.  Increase your bet with some of the money you just won in the previous hand.  This is called progressive betting, and will help you win if your luck and the cards hold out.

-One last tip:  if you win, and you've made 10% or more of your bankroll in your winnings:  walk away.  Call it a day, and spend it on a meal, or something nice, and quickly.

That's gambler's 101 according to Nicklab.  Hope I could be of help.
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